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NJ NEWS COMMONS: AMID SHARP CRITICISM, CEO OF NEWARK HOSPITAL RESIGNS

The CEO of New Jersey's only public hospital—University Hospital in Newark—resigned Thursday, amid significant pressure from the public following a state investigation of its infection control practices, and criticism from Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. The investigation began after Gov. Phil Murphy demanded a monitor look into the hospital. Since September, four babies in the NICU became ill from a bacteria they were exposed to at the hospital. Three have died. (A final cause of death has not yet been determined.)  (NJ Advance Media)

LAWMAKER INTRODUCES $15 MINIMUM WAGE BILL FOR 2024

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin introduced a bill Thursday that would delay Gov. Phil Murphy's pledged goal of a $15 per hour minimum wage until 2024. The wage would rise gradually, and some workers wouldn't be eligible until 2029: seasonal workers, farm workers, youth under 18, and workers at companies with fewer than 10 people. Senate President Steve Sweeney praised the bill. Advocates called it "unconscionable." (North Jersey Record)

STATE SUES EIGHT POLLUTERS IN LOW-INCOME AREAS

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed eight lawsuits on Thursday against companies targeted for polluting low-income neighborhoods. Two polluters are in Newark (Gulf Gas, Novick Chemical). Two are in Camden (Monk’s Amoco, Puchack Wellfield). The other sites are in Trenton (323 N. Olden Ave.), Flemington (Tirpok Cleaners), Phillipsburg (South Main & Hudson), and Palmyra (Filit Corp.) More suits will be filed next year, Grewal says. (WHYY)

FIFTH GUILTY PLEA IN LAKEWOOD STATE BENEFITS FRAUD

In an Ocean County court Thursday, a fifth Lakewood resident pleaded guilty to defrauding the state: over seven years, he under-reported his income in order to receive state benefits, including Medicaid and food stamps. He must pay over $50,000 in restitution. 26 people were arrested on similar fraud charges in Lakewood, which led to a controversial amnesty program. (Asbury Park Press)

MISS AMERICA CUTS TIES WITH MISS NJ, SEEKS AC MONEY

The Miss America Organization has severed ties with three more states: New York, Florida, and New Jersey, likely in response to a letter signed by state directors calling for the CEO and the board to resign. MAO has also submitted a request for sponsorship to the Atlantic City-based Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. It's “too early to say" what impact this might have on the pageant's funding, the CRDA's director said. (Press of Atlantic City)

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