Newark's Drive-Through Drug Gang Indicted
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NJ News Commons: Booker Kicks Off Campaign

FOR HIS CAMPAIGN 'KICK OFF', BOOKER KICKS IT IN NEWARK

Nearly every story about Sen. Cory Booker's launch of a two-week "Justice for All" campaign tour on Saturday focused on the Newark-ness and the New Jersey-ness of it all — and Iowa will surely get similar treatment, with ledes about silos in the springtime and corn dogs at the fair. But TAPinto Newark's write-up is actually worth reading, if only for Mark J. Bonamo's new nickname for the junior senator: "the selfie king of American politics." (TAPinto Newark)

LAWMAKERS WANT HEALTH INSURERS TO COVER ALL KIDS

78,000 children in our state lack health insurance, according to a just-released report by the left-leaning New Jersey Policy Perspective — and the enrollment number is so low that the state should set a goal of "universal health coverage for kids," its author said. On Friday, Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) announced new legislation that aims to boost outreach funding for NJFamilyCare and bring premium costs down to zero. The measure would also close the 90-day waiting period and repeal immigration-related eligibility restrictions. (NJ Spotlight)

HOBOKEN, SUEZ WATER REACH DEAL FOR $33M UPGRADES

In August, Hoboken Mayor Ravinder Bhalla considered filing a lawsuit against a Suez Water after the city experienced 14 water main breaks in 64 days. In a press conference on Friday, Mayor Bhalla announced the city has reached a contract agreement with the utility. The deal would devote a $33 million investment for "critical" infrastructure upgrades. At this point, the contract is tentative: the Hoboken City Council must still approve it. (Hoboken Patch)

SEN. MENENDEZ ANNOUNCES CRACKDOWN ON ROBOCALLS

Eric Kiefer says the fact that Sen. Bob Menendez received a robocall during his presser conference about the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act is "seemingly too-coincidental-to-be-true," which is probably true. (The measure unanimously passed the Senate Commerce Committee last month.) Robocalls are not just annoying: they're ubiquitous. By one estimate, 135 million people in New Jersey were robocalledlast month. (Newark Patch)

 

👀 Stories we're keeping an eye on...

Education Environment
  • NJ first lady bashes Trump for climate initiatives (TAPinto New Brunswick)
  • Andy Kim: NRC should listen to Lacey's concerns on plant (Lacey Patch)
  • Monmouth faces $233M lawsuit over county dump (Asbury Park Press)
  • Neighbors worried about this massive dirt pile for years. Now chemicals linked to cancer have been found, tests show. (NJ.com)
Politics
  • Task force finds potential crimes in tax-incentive programs (NJ Spotlight)
  • Did Gilmore 'willfully' evade taxes? Jury gets case (Asbury Park Press)
  • Camden Democratic challengers sue clerk's office (Gloucester Patch)
  • Council moves to block NYC from sending homeless families to Newark (TAPinto Newark)
Public Safety
  • Parents of slain NJ student will discuss ride-sharing safety on ‘Good Morning America’ (NJ.com)

published gloucestercitynews.net | April 15, 2019

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