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NJ NEWS COMMONS: SWEENEY SURPRISED RETIREMENT MARKETPLACE MISSING

 

Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney was surprised to hear that the state-run Small Business Retirement Marketplace signed into law by former Gov. Chris Christie three years ago doesn't exist, reports Samantha Marcus. "They should implement what we legislated [...] This is one I’m going to have to reach out to the administration on,” he said. Murphy signed a more expansive retirement bill,Secure Choice, in February — but, as Marcus writes, "there’s a catch: It could be another two or three years before that’s up and running." (NJ.com)

DATA SHOWS DISTRICTS PILE UP DEBT BUILDING SCHOOLS

Our public school system carries less debt than other states, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Yet the $1 billion the state spends every year to pay off the bonds to finance school buildings "equals about a quarter of the state’s total debt service," Colleen O'Dea writes. New Jersey averages $5,100 per student, which is roughly 60% of the nationwide average of $8,900 per student. Some districts account for much more of the debt than the rest of the state: 23 districts spent more than $20,000 per student. Check your district here. (NJ Spotlight)

CROOKS POSING AS IMMIGRATION OFFICERS, POLICE WARN

In an alleged crime that Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said "puts unnecessary fear in our immigrant community," two brothers from Parlin posed as immigration officers to rob a man in Newark. Police said that around 1:30 a.m. last Monday, they cut off the victim's car at an intersection: they jumped out of their car, and ordered the victim out of his car. (Newark Patch)

11 NJ COMPANIES MADE 2019 FORBES BEST EMPLOYERS LIST

Drum roll please: the top New Jersey-based company featured in the Forbes Best Employers list this year — according to a nationwide survey of 30,000 Americans at businesses with 1,000 employees or more — is NRG Energy, which ranked 44th. The second highest in our state (ranked 64th overall): Celgene, a controversial drugmaker formerly led by CEO turned Senate challenger turned pharma bigwig Bob Hugin. Check out the nine other New Jersey employers featured on the Forbes list below. (Princeton Patch)

  • Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick (#88)
  • Bayer (Health Care subsidiary), Hanover (#150)
  • Century 21, Madison (#190)
  • Merck, Kenilworth (#255)
  • Prudential Financial, Newark (#273)
  • Quest Diagnostics, Madison (#408)
  • Novo Nordisk, Plainsboro (#428)
  • PSEG, Rockaway (#470)
  • Verisk Analytics Jersey City (#491)
 

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