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MURPHY SAYS PROGRESS BEING MADE IN NJ BUDGET TALKS

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As another government shutdown looms, Gov. Murphy says he's been in deep discussions with legislative leaders and they are focused on delivering a budget before the June 30 deadline, reports WBGO. Murphy has proposed raising the sales tax to 7 percent and raising taxes on income over $1 million in order to raise revenue for his budget priorities. 

 SPORTS BETTING TO OPEN THIS MORNING IN JERSEY


Gov. Phil Murphy will place the first legal sports bet in New Jersey at 10:30 a.m. at Monmouth Park Racetrack, reports Philly.com. Murphy's inaugural bet will mark the culmination of a more than eight-year-long battle by state lawmakers to legalize what is expected to become a multi-billion-dollar industry. 

AS NJ RENTS CONTINUE TO CLIMB, FINDING AN APARTMENT BECOMES EVEN TOUGHER
Hundreds of thousands of people in New Jersey don't make enough money to afford an average apartment, reports NJ Spotlight. Rental costs went up by more than 3 percent over the last year, making New Jersey the sixth most-unaffordable place in the country when it comes to renting a two-bedroom apartment. The average two-bedroom rental in New Jersey costs $1,465 a month, which means someone has to make at least $28.17 an hour in order to afford rent.

MUSLIM TEENS BERATED AS 'TRAITORS TO THE COUNTRY'
Five Muslim teens were walking to the mall in Jersey City Tuesday afternoon when a man started berating them because of their religion, writes the Jersey Journal. "It's important ... your sh*tty people should go ...," the man can be heard saying in a video of the encounter, "you are traitors to the country." 

MURPHY SIGNS SIX NEW GUN CONTROL MEASURES 
Gov. Phil Murphy signed six new gun control measures into law yesterday, reports The Record. The laws vary in scope and effectiveness, ranging from a reduction in legal magazine capacity to allowing a family member to file a petition for an "extreme risk protective order" that would authorize authorities to seize a weapon from an at-risk family member. 


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