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NJ TRANSIT BOARD VOTE ON HOLIDAY DRAWS CRITICISM

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After postponing a vote scheduled for last week on a controversial plan to purchase waterfront property in Hoboken, the NJ Transit board is scheduled to vote on the plan today – on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Hoboken Mayor Ravinder Bhalla called the timing of the vote “disgraceful,” Eric Kiefer writes for Patch.com. Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, who takes office on Tuesday, called the timing of the vote “irresponsible,” NJ.com reports.

CHRISTIE, MURPHY TEAM UP TO OPPOSE OIL DRILLING OFF THE SHORE


The outgoing Republican governor and the incoming Democratic governor have joined in opposition to President Donald Trump’s plan to allow oil drilling off New Jersey’s coastline, according to NJ.com. Gov. Chris Christie, Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, Sen. Bob Menendez and Sen. Cory Booker wrote to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke saying that the plan “puts at risk the strength of New Jersey's economy and the health of the state's unique marine ecosystem."

EFFORT TO SAVE CAMDEN HOUSE WHERE MLK LIVED IS STALLED
An effort to gain a spot on the National Register for Historic Places for a house in Camden where Martin Luther King Jr. lived for a time between 1949 and 1951 has stalled because of questions about the residence’s significance, NJ.com reports. Meanwhile, North Jersey leaders are reflecting on King’s message and work 50 years after his assassination, according to The Daily Record.

PSEG EXPECTS $850 MILLION WINDFALL FROM TRUMP TAX CUT
PSEG, which recently failed to win legislative approval for a nuclear subsidy paid by customers, expects to receive a windfall of $660 million to $850 million because of the Trump tax cut. According to NJ Spotlight, the request for a $300 million-a-year subsidy is expected to be introduced again in the next legislative session.

MURPHY SELECTS MONMOUTH COUNTY COLONEL TO LEAD NATIONAL GUARD
Col. Jemal J. Beale, a 48-year-old decorated combat veteran from Ocean Township, has been selected by Gov.-elect Phil Murphy to lead the New Jersey National Guard and the state Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs, the Asbury Park Press reports. Beale will be the first minority to lead the National Guard, Murphy’s staff said in a news release.

AFTER 8 YEARS IN OFFICE, A NOT-SO-FOND FAREWELL FOR CHRISTIE
Today is Chris Christie’s last day as governor, and even New Jerseyans who agree with him on political issues are not sorry to see him leaving, according to The Record. “On Sandy, I thought he did a good job until he told that guy to sit down and shut up,” said Pat Brown, 69, of Fair Lawn. “He’s a public servant. He shouldn’t talk to his constituents like that.”

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