Bigoted Artist Angers Christians In Israel
CC Freeholder Director Cappelli Takes Exception to Critical Comments Made by Gov. Murphy 

NJ NEWS COMMONS: POLS ON STATE-OF-STATE: DEMS TEPID, GOP PREDICTABLE 

 

Gov. Phil Murphy's first State of the State address Tuesday (remarks here) was wide-ranging: legal marijuana, $15 minimum wage, NJ Transit, opioids, state tax breaks — and the final item wasn't terribly popular with members of his own party, who were "hardly effusive" given the state's "fiscal hole," John Mooneywrites. "We won’t be able to do those things if we don’t have the revenue,” state Senate Pres. Steve Sweeney said. "It was half his speech," Bergen County Sen. Loretta Weinberg said. "It was a little overdone.” (NJ Spotlight)

TREASURY SAYS $700M REVENUE GAP DUE TO GIT RECEIPTS

The Department of Treasury has announced that though it expected a 7.5% growth in revenue over the last year, its coffers (pdf) only grew 4.1%. That's a $700 million gap. The reason is a drop in Gross Income Tax (GIT) receipts, it says. Tax collection is down $335 million since last year. (Point Pleasant Patch)

10 JESUIT PRIESTS IN NJ, 1 IN PA ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

The USA Northeast Province Jesuits released a report Tuesday detailing its priests found to be credibly accused of child abuse. It goes back to 1950. The one Pennsylvania-based priest was impeded from the ministry in 2002. Most of the 10 New Jersey-based priests served in Jersey City. State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal launched an investigation in September. (North Jersey Record)

#NOMOREEMPTYDESKS SPEAKS AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE

An art project-turned-political-movement that transforms desks into memorials for shooting victims is gaining popularity. It's called #NoMoreEmptyDesks, and it was launched by a Camden City School District nurse, Robin Cogan. Cogan's niece, Carly Novell, survived the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting in Parkland, Florida. Cogan's hope is to use this idea to help more students heal. (TAPinto Camden)

 

👀 Stories we're keeping an eye on...

  • The Force Report | Attorney general begins nationwide search to reform how N.J. tracks police use of force (NJ.com)
  • Newark + Lead Levels | Governor stresses unsafe lead levels in NJ water but offers no quick fixes (NJ Spotlight)
  • HealthPlus Surgery Center, Saddlebrook | Two former patients at Saddle Brook facility test positive for hepatitis B, lawyers say (North Jersey Record)
  • William R. Oslin + Vineland | Man arrested for ignoring police orders is now in a coma with fractured skull (NJ.com) | Cumberland County Prosecutor investigates Vineland officer's use of force (Press of Atlantic City)

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