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BILL WOULD BAR BADGES FOR PORT AUTHORITY OFFICIALS  

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Badges resembling law-enforcement identification would be barred for officials of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey under legislation that won approval in the Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday, The Record reports. The committee action comes about five months after a video surfaced showing former Port Authority Commissioner Caren Turner using such a badge in a traffic stop as she berated a police officer.

MONMOUTH PARK, MEADOWLANDS RACETRACK IN TURF WAR

Signs of conflict between the state's top two racetracks spilled into public this week raising questions about the relationship between the New Meadowlands Racetrack and Monmouth Park, the Asbury Park Press writes. The tracks exchanged press releases about the cancellation of turf races scheduled for Friday at the Meadowlands with each track blaming the other. Monmouth canceled the turf races because it said the track at the Meadowlands would be unsafe because of recent rainy weather. The Meadowlands insisted that the track would be fine but that Monmouth did not have enough thoroughbred horses for the race card.

BILL TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH COVERAGE ADVANCES

Legislation intended to ease the financial burden of treatment for mental health and behavioral disorders won unanimous approval in the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee on Thursday, NJ Spotlight reports. The measure would require insurance companies to cover behavioral health care services at the same benefit level as medical care. The bill would mandate that health insurance companies provide data each year showing state regulators that their coverage meets the requirements of a 2008 federal "mental health parity" law.

NEW ROAD IN MORRIS PLAINS NAMED FOR CHRIS CHRISTIE

Former Gov. Chris Christie was given the first ride Wednesday on a new road in Morris Plains named Governor Chris Christie Drive, NJ.com writes. The former governor sat in the passenger seat of a 1922 Franklin as the owner of the vintage car, Arthur Lee, drove him along the one-third-mile-long road, which was built to provide access to the Central Park of Morris County. Christie, who drove himself to the event, attended the road's groundbreaking ceremony last November, two months before the end of his second term.

HOBOKEN MAYOR CALLS SEX ACTS AT BAR 'AFFRONT TO HUMAN DECENCY,' SEEKS BAR'S LIQUOR LICENSE

A restaurant and bar in Hoboken that advertises itself as New Jersey's "ultimate nightlife destination" has agreed to remain closed while the the city's Alcoholic Beverage Control board is investigating reports of lewd sex acts being performed in front of a large crowd, The Jersey Journal reports. Graphic video of the incident at The Hub's promotion party called "Supreme Saturdays at HUB" has been widely circulated on social media. Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla called the incident "an affront to human decency" and a "horrific objectification of women." He is seeking the revocation of The Hub's liquor license.

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