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Obituary: Damien Steel of Deptford, age 38

MURPHY PROPOSES 'MASTER PLAN' TO REVIVE ECONOMY

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Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday a list of six economic goals he wants to accomplish by 2025. He said these goals "will not be easy, but they are achievable", NJ.com reports: add 400,000 jobs to the state's economy; drive 4 percent wage growth or a $1,500 increase in the median wage; increase number of women and minorities in STEM by 40,000; see $625 million in new venture capital investment; increase employment of women and minorities by 42,000; and reduce the poverty rate in cities to match the statewide average.

AG GREWAL CHALLENGES TRUMP'S ASYLUM POLICY

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has filed an amicus brief in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. challenging a Trump administration policy that blocks immigrants from seeking asylum on the grounds of domestic or gang violence in their home countries, North Jersey reports. More than 3,000 people in the state were granted asylum between 2012 and 2016. Grewal joined the attorneys general of several other states, including Delaware, Iowa, Minnesota, and New York.

HARD ROCK REPLACES ATLANTIC CITY CASINO PRESIDENT

Hard Rock International is replacing the president of its half-billion-dollar Atlantic City casino after just three months of operation, the AP reports. Announced on Monday night, the decision installs Joe Lupo as head of Hard Rock Atlantic City, which was formerly the Trump Taj Mahal casino. He will take over Nov. 1. No reason was given for the change.

SWEENEY PROPOSES CHANGES TO STATE PENSION SYSTEM 

Senate President Steve Sweeney's proposal to move some state and local employees to a new 401(k)-like pension system has the potential to save the state billions of dollars, says NJ Spotlight, but it's also likely to prompt strong backlash from public workers’ unions. Sweeny's panel recommends that new hires and employees with less than five years of service should be moved out of the defined-benefit pension system.

NEPTUNE CITY MAYOR REBUKED FOR FACEBOOK POST

Neptune City Mayor Robert Brown was in hot water Monday after residents discovered a post he shared on Facebook, according to the Asbury Park Press. The Republican mayor shared a meme depicting Clint Eastwood with the message, "Every morning I wake up and feel so grateful that I'm not a brainwashed, anti-American, liberal piece of sh--." Democratic Councilwoman Pamela Renee criticized the Mayor for a lack of "civility." He deleted the post on Monday afternoon.

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