Mount Laurel Woman Recognized for 3,000 Volunteer Hours at Samaritan Healthcare/Hospice
FACE OF DEFENSE: Coast Guard cutter seizes $44 million in cocaine, now home in Virginia Beach

NJ News Commons: CLEANING HOUSE: STATE'S HIRES AGAIN RAISE EYEBROWS

 

The Schools Development Authority has been embroiled in scandal since Albert Avarez resigned his post as chief of staff amid sexual assault allegations.In August, Lizette Delgado-Polanco took on the role of CEO in August. The authority has hired 38 people since then (full list here). Their salaries — which are paid by taxpayers — total $3.3 million per year. "It is clear," Dustin Racioppiwrites, "that the restructuring has benefited those close to Delgado-Polanco and her family while veterans of the authority were fired." (NorthJersey.com)

NJ CLOSER TO RETIREMENT PLAN FOR PRIVATE WORKERS

On Monday, the state Assembly passed a bill that, if signed by Gov. Phil Murphy, would implement a retirement savings plan program for private-sector workers. New Jerseyans working at companies with 25 or more employees would be automatically enrolled — and this automation requirement was criticized by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. (New Jersey 101.5)

MAP SHOWS RAPID SPREAD OF HATE GROUPS ACROSS NJ

According to a new map (and video) from the Southern Poverty Law Center, 18 recognized hate organizations are now established across the state. That number is growing, as is the frequency of violent incidents. (Toms River Patch)

NJ RESIDENTS RATE QUALITY OF LIFE AT THREE-DECADE LOW

On Monday, Monmouth University released an annual poll detailing what we New Jerseyans — well, the 604 people surveyed — think of this state. The director of Monmouth's Polling Institute called it a "precipitous drop from any prior reading." The opinion is split: for example, New Jersey residents earning less than $50,000 per year rated the state 10 points higher, at 57%. (NJ.com)

 

👀 Stories we're keeping an eye on...

Amazon
  • Are Somerset County and Amazon perfect together? This local official thinks so (NJBIZ)
Education
  • Students weigh in on how to fix New Jersey's school segregation problem (The Record)
Gam(bl)ing
  • Can you claim a lottery jackpot anonymously? No, but this NJ bill aims to change that (The Record)
#MeToo + Katie Brennan
  • New Jersey lawmaker aims to expand sexual-assault victims’ rights (Wall Street Journal)
  • Is politics running the Brennan committee? (NJTV News)
PARCC Public Health Sen. Cory Booker
  • Presidential candidate Cory Booker has a love/hate relationship with Silicon Valley (Recode)
  • Progressive activists push 2020 Dems to pack Supreme Court (Politico)
Transportation
  • Murphy says he’ll try to change Trump’s mind on Gateway tunnel in face-to-face meeting with president (NJ.com)
  • Lawmaker wants instant receipts for E-ZPass users (NJ Spotlight)
  • NJ Transit says Gladstone Branch trains will finally roll on Tuesday (NJ.com)
Water Safety
  • Newark's lead service line replacement program set to break ground next month, city says (TAPinto Newark)
 

😜 Not everything is terrible...

🤣 Buzz Aldrin recalls 'Simpsons' moment, 25 years later (Montclair Patch)
🍴 Where to get some of the best halal in NJ? At this school cafeteria. (NJ.com)
👜 Fashion company gives $5K scholarship to student (TAPinto Newark)
😍 Vittorio's in Ocean City to give away free cannolis (Ocean City Patch)
🍿 This company makes gourmet popcorn with a purpose (TAPinto Piscataway)
❤️ Students raise $3,700 for Special Olympics at Polar Plunge (Berkeley Patch)
🎼 These students top NJ’s best high school musical competition.(NJ.com)
 

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