Prosecutors are now going after Sen. Bob Menendez by introducing testimony about a port security contract he allegedly helped co-defendant Salomon Melgen try to salvage. NJTV reports Melgen owned half of a company that secured a contract to screen cargo in the Dominican Republic. That contract became worthless when the U.S. State Department donated surplus equipment to the country, causing Melgen's business to lose value, at which point Sen. Menendez allegedly tried to intervene on behalf of his friend.
GATEWAY OFFICIAL SAYS THERE'S 'NO PLAN B' IF FEDERAL FUNDING FALLS THROUGH
Nearly 10 percent of the nation's gross domestic product hinges on building the proposed Gateway rail tunnel, according to a key transportation official. Yet, NJ Spotlight says there is no "plan B" in place if federal funding for the project falls through. Although the U.S. House of Representatives approved up to $900 million in the latest federal budget, the funding must still be approved by the Senate and the Trump administration.
TRUMP TAX PLAN LIKELY TO WHACK NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY
As the Trump administration and Republican leaders inch closer to releasing their tax framework later this week, Bloomberg says details are starting to leak that suggest the plan would dramatically cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy, provide some middle-class tax relief, and punish households in Democratic-leaning states like New York and New Jersey. While some of the details in the plan have yet to be solidified, a list of specifics that has been circulating among Washington lobbyists reveal that it breaks from the president's recent rhetoric against tax cuts for the rich.
NEW JERSEY BOROUGH HIT BY 1.5 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE
Federal officials recorded a small earthquake in Morris Plains last night – coming in at a meager 1.5 magnitude. The Associated Press says the quake was small enough that most people wouldn't be able to feel it. But USGS officials say this particular tremor was more noticeable because it occurred directly beneath Morris Plains.
NJ SCHOOL DISTRICTS ASKING VOTERS FOR $320M FOR RENOVATIONS AND REPAIRS
Fifteen New Jersey school districts are asking voters to approve more than $320 million in school construction and renovation projects. NJ Spotlight says the projects range from fixing ceilings with loose tiles and realigning schools to upgrading and enhancing facilities to make them more competitive with other schools in the state. The most common proposals seek to expand buildings, renovate classes, improve technology, upgrade security and make necessary health and safety repairs.
NJ TRANSIT'S TRAIN OPERATIONS DISPLAY BOARD IS GOING DARK
The iconic NJ Transit display board in Kearny was considered state-of-the-art when it was installed in 2002, with many calling it the "gold standard" for railroad control centers. Now, The Record says the obsolete board is going dark, one panel at a time. The manufacturer of the failing display says the shutdown is creating "potential safety issues" for thousands of passengers, train crew, and staff.