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MURPHY RENEWS VOW TO FIX NJ TRANSIT PROBLEMS   

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After a summer of delays and cancellations, Gov. Phil Murphy is promising NJ Transit commuters that they will see improvements, NJ Spotlight reports. The governor said the agency is making progress in dealing with a shortage of engineers and with installing safety equipment required by the federal government. "We're obsessed with getting this right, and we will," Murphy said earlier this week on a radio program. 

HUGIN RUNNING DECEPTIVE CAMPAIGN, MENENDEZ SAYS

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez called his Republican opponent, Bob Hugin, deceptive in an interview with NJTV. Menendez said Hugin's ads have blamed him for the closing of Fort Monmouth but that he wasn't a senator when the decision was made to close the military base. "So, it seems to me that Bob Hugin needs to get his facts straight, but facts doesn’t stop him from being deceptive," Menendez said.

REPORTS: NJ UNPREPARED FOR ECONOMIC DOWNTURN

Two reports say that New Jersey is one of the least prepared states if the country faces another economic downturn, NJ.com writes. The state's budget reserves are too low to soften the blow of even a moderate economic slump, according to reports from Moody's Analytics and S&P. Moody's found that only Oklahoma, North Dakota and Louisiana were less prepared than New Jersey for an economic downturn. 

STATE TAKEOVER OF ATLANTIC CITY MAY BE ENDING SOON

New Jersey's takeover of Atlantic City's major decision-making power and its assets may be coming to an end soon, The Associated Press says. Gov. Phil Murphy, who campaigned on ending the takeover, is scheduled to appear in the city to make an announcement about the takeover this afternoon. Atlantic City has been under state control since 2016, when Gov. Chris Christie and the Legislature was unable to get its finances in order. 

MISS AMERICA PRICE TAG CALLED TOO HIGH FOR AC

The contract for the Miss America competition to be held in Atlantic City expired after this year's pageant, and officials say they are reluctant to provide millions of dollars in subsidies, the Press of Atlantic City reports. Over the last three years, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority has paid about $4 million annually to the Miss America Organization. CRDA Executive Director Matt Doherty and Mayor Frank Gillum said Wednesday the current subsidy is too much.

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