Steven Michael Belfiglio, of Yemassee, S.C; formerly of Gloucester City; Silver Star Recipient
Pallotta Statement on Gov. Murphy’s Tuition Grant Awards

NJ NEWS COMMONS: ASSEMBLYMAN WANTS NJ TO CALL STATE OF EMERGENCY

Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-Roselle) sent a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy yesterday outlining an argument for the governor to call a state of emergency in response to the ongoing crisis of lead in Newark's water supply. "The public's faith in its government is at stake here," Holley wrote. (TAPinto Newark)

STATE STAFFER FIRED, CONTROVERSIAL FACEBOOK POSTS

A state Department of Labor employee who was hired in February was fired yesterday — his Facebook posts courted controversy. A sample: "The Jewish news media don't want to show us black news" and "Jews use a Willie Lynchtechnique to divide and conquer blacks and black and Latino people for power." He also criticized the former CEO of the state's Schools Development Authority for "hiring all Latino family members and friends and excluding black people." He is the president of Passaic County's NAACP chapter. (NJ.com / Politico)

COMMUTERS! NEWARK PENN STATION TO GET $18M UPGRADE

Yesterday, Sens. Cory Booker, Bob Menendez, and members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee announced $18.4 million in federal funding to improve Newark's Penn Station. The funds will "rehabilitate and enhance service" at the station, including repairing Platform D. (Patch)

PROTESTS PLANNED: EDUCATION BOARD MEETING TODAY

Two groups will rally at a Toms River Regional school board meeting tonight. The demonstrations are in response to a school board member's anti-Muslim Facebook posts. A petition supporting him has gathered 750 signatures — this group will protest before the meeting. Another group will protest with "Hate Has No Home Here" signs, and call for him to resign. (Asbury Park Press)

 

🙈 We're keeping an eye on—

  • New Jersey takes big step to bring back right-to-die law (Patch)
  • How to change juvenile justice system in Newark (NJTV News)
  • Man falls out of NJT train when doors open on wrong side (The Record)
  • Don't leave kids in hot cars, Rutgers says (TAPinto New Brunswick)
  • 'Sit down and shut up' Christie creates civility-focused think tank (WNYC)

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