Gov. Phil Murphy, a first-term Democrat, and Democratic lawmakers, who control both houses of the Legislature, are at odds over how to pay for such budget items as K-12 education, public pensions, property tax relief and mass transit. Without a budget agreement, the state government will shut down on July 1. John Reitmeyer of NJ Spotlight breaks down the points of contention between the governor and the lawmakers and looks at how the impasse could be resolved.
HOLMDEL KEEPS DISABLED STUDENT OFF STAGE AT GRADUATION
Lili Portmann and her family say she was kept off the stage at her high school graduation on June 19 because she uses a wheelchair, the Asbury Park Press reported. Even though she had rehearsed riding her wheelchair up a ramp to the stage, during the ceremony she was told that she should stay put and that her diploma would be delivered to her offstage. Portmann’s mother, Tracy Welch, says her daughter doesn’t understand why she wasn’t allowed onstage.
MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING OPENING CANCER CENTER IN MONTVALE
The cancer treatment center MSK Bergen will open in Montvale soon for outpatient care, The Record writes. Memorial Sloan Kettering, one of the nation’s top-ranked cancer hospitals, is opening the satellite center, which will bring the hospital’s specialists to North Jersey and provide patients new treatment options. MSK Bergen, in a renovated former corporate headquarters, is about a mile from the Garden State Parkway. It will make outpatient care more convenient for the 10 percent of Memorial Sloan Kettering patients who live in Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Hudson and Sussex counties.
FAMILY, FRIENDS RALLY OVER FATAL SHOOTING IN ATLANTIC CITY
Relatives and friends of Timothy Deal, who was fatally shot by Atlantic City police, gathered Sunday to pray and light candles near the place where he was killed, the Press of Atlantic City reports. Deal, 32, of Atlantic City, was shot by a police officer on Friday. Authorities say Deal stabbed the police officer before he was shot. Deal was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
SPORTS BETTING TO BEGIN AT MEADOWLANDS NEXT MONTH
The Meadowlands Racetrack plans to offer sports betting starting on July 15, The Associated Press says. Jeff Gural, who manages the track, said he expects the Meadowlands track to become the state’s busiest sports betting venue, especially since New York state has yet to take action on sports betting.