New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took to the airwaves again during his monthly radio show on NJ 101.5 to defend President Trump's recent actions and discuss the impacts that recent Christie memes have had on his family. NJTV says the "Beachgate" memes have had a particularly negative impact on his children, but Christie's recent confrontation with a Chicago Cubs fan at baseball game suggests that the Christie meme mania may be far from over.
FORECLOSURE CRISIS BUILDS IN EAST ORANGE AND NEWARK
The business press often makes it sound as if the foreclosure crisis is all but over, but an investigation by WBGO has found that foreclosures are hollowing out entire neighborhoods in places like Newark and East Orange.
STATE GIVES OK TO GROW MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN SECAUCUS
The Meadowlands is poised to become the site of the state's largest medical marijuana dispensary and grow operation. The Record says the Christie administration this week issued a permit to grow medical marijuana at the Harmony Foundation where, once it opens, the dispensary will serve up to 4,000 patients a month with a variety of cannabis strains.
PSE&G POISED TO INVEST $69M IN ENERGY-EFFICIENCY PROGRAM
Public Service Electric & Gas reached a tentative agreement last week to invest $69 million dollars in a new energy-efficiency program, but the state's largest utility could end up spending much more if it's allowed to decouple sales from its distribution efforts. NJ Spotlight says the utility plans to file with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities for a much larger energy-efficiency program next year.
JERSEY SHORE BEACHES CLOSED DUE TO HIGH BACTERIA LEVELS REOPEN
All 15 of the New Jersey beaches that were closed last week due to high levels of bacteria have been reopened, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. Philly.com says runoff polluted with bird droppings following heavy rains was the main culprit for the higher bacteria levels.