Two Wildwood police officers have been reassigned to administrative duty while an investigation is conducted into the arrest of a woman on the beach and a video that shows police punching the woman, the Press of Atlantic City says. The police department said on its Facebook page that the woman was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and other charges. Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. is defending the actions of the officers, saying they “were doing their job,” NJ.com writes.
ASSEMBLY SENDS TRANSGENDER RIGHTS BILLS TO GOVERNOR
Three bills awaiting the signature of Gov. Phil Murphy could make New Jersey a leader in transgender civil rights, the Observer reports. One of the measures would make it easier for residents to change the gender on their birth certificates. The governor, who has pledged to promote LGBT equality, is expected to sign the legislation into law.
MURPHY STICKING WITH CHRISTIE’S PLAN FOR STATE HOUSE REHAB
Once a sharp critic of a plan put in place by former Gov. Chris Christie to renovate the deteriorating State House, Gov. Phil Murphy now says it’s too late to unwind the project, NJ Spotlight writes. The work has been moving forward as originally planned, with demolition work and debris removal proceeding on schedule and on budget. Christie devised a complicated bonding process to pay for the renovation work. Murphy’s budget proposal includes $30 million for debt service on the bonds.
NJSIAA TO INVESTIGATE REPORT OF FAKE TRACK MEET
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association will investigate a complaint alleging that a track meet involving some of the state’s top high schools was never actually held, The Record reports. The Brick City Invitational was listed on a track website as having been held May 20 in Newark, with East Orange Campus, West Side, Shabazz, Benedictine Academy, Notre Dame and Immaculate Conception of Montclair competing. A parent of one of the alleged participants made the complaint.
MURPHY SPENDING LESS THAN CHRISTIE ON TRAVEL … SO FAR
In the first four months of his term, Gov. Phil Murphy spent less on traveling around the state than Gov. Chris Christie did, NJ.com says. Christie often used the state’s helicopter, which costs $2,500 an hour, to move around the state. But so far Murphy has shown a preference for traveling by SUV.