Gov. Phil Murphy celebrated the first 100 days of his administration with a speech in New Brunswick and a number of media interviews, NJ Spotlight writes. While he focused on legislation that he has signed, the governor faces some of his biggest challenges in the coming weeks when the Legislature takes up some of his biggest initiatives. On the list of Murphy’s goals are increasing taxes on the wealthy, setting the school financing formula and legalizing marijuana.
EAST ASIAN TICK FOUND IN SECOND NJ COUNTY
The presence of a tick species that previously had never been found in the United States has been confirmed in a second New Jersey county, NJ.com reports. The tick, also known as the longhorned tick or bush tick, was found on the Watchung Reservation in Union County, the state Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday. The tick was first found on a farm in Hunterdon County, which is about 40 miles from the reservation.
NJ RANKS HIGH ON LIST OF MARIJUANA ARRESTS, PROFESSOR SAYS
People are in New Jersey are more likely to be arrested on marijuana charges than people in every other state except Wyoming, NJ.com writes. The assessment comes from Jon Gettman, a professor at Shenandoah University in Virginia who analyzed data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting program. The data for 2016 show that New Jersey law-enforcement authorities arrested 35,700 people on charges of marijuana possession or distribution.
2 CASINOS OPENING ON THE SAME DAY IN ATLANTIC CITY?
Although no official announcement has been made, the Ocean Resort Casino is looking to open in Atlantic City on June 28, the same day the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is opening, the Press of Atlantic City reports. The date is included in signed employment agreements for new hires at the Ocean Resort. The casino’s chief executive says only, “The Ocean Resort Casino Team is committed to opening this summer and looks forward to announcing its highly anticipated opening date soon.” Hard Rock announced its June 28 opening date last week.
BARCLAYS MOVING HUNDREDS OF JOBS TO NJ
The Britain-based bank Barclays is moving hundreds of jobs to New Jersey from Manhattan, Crain’s New York Business says. The cost-cutting effort will see about 7 percent of the bank’s Manhattan employees relocated to the Garden State. Barclays acquired an office in Whippany last year for $69 million.