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TRANS WOMAN KEPT IN MEN'S PRISONS FOR OVER A YEAR

A transgender woman claims she spent the last year and a half being shuffled around to different men's prisons since 2018, despite the fact that her driver's 4ef2ddad-68fe-4367-af9d-5f794a541b69license lists her as female. Sonia Doe has been receiving hormone therapy for than a decade, yet in her lawsuit against NJ officials Doe claims she was forced to endure sexual harassment from male inmates and mockery from guards and prison staff when she asked to be moved to a facility for women. State officials recently agreed to move Doe next month to the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, the only NJ prison for female inmates. (NJ.com)

Read more about Sonia Doe:

  • NJ to move transgender woman out of men’s prison after lawsuit (WHYY)
  • After keeping her in a men’s prison for 17 months, N.J. will move transgender inmate to women’s facility (The Inquirer)
  • Transgender woman who alleged abuse in men's prison to be moved to New Jersey women's facility (NBC News)

FORMER BOOKER AIDE COURTED DONORS VIA WATERSHED

A longtime friend and adviser to former Newark Mayor Cory Booker allegedly directed the head of Newark's watershed to court political donations from agency contractors in the late 2000s. The previously unreported allegations are documented in a 2015 FBI memo. The nonprofit Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation was led at the time by Linda Watkins-Brashear, who pleaded guilty in 2015 to accepting roughly $1 million in bribes from contractors. Watkins-Brashear told the FBI that the watershed counsel at the time, Elnardo Webster, told her to hire vendors for the watershed corporation, including multiple contractors who would go on to assume direct control of the city’s water system. (Politico)

Read more coverage of this story:

  • Booker ally pressured Newark water contractors to donate to mayor’s campaign, jailed official told FBI (NJ.com)
  • Big NJ water agency failed in scandal when Booker was mayor (ABC News)
  • Booker allies ruined N.J. water agency in scandal on his watch (WHYY)

UNION COUNTY: SETTLEMENT WAS A 'BUSINESS DECISION'

Union County officials say the $395,000 payment to settle sexual harassment claims lodged by two of its employees was a "business decision" made to avoid a costly trial. "The county asserts that they underwent a cost-benefit analysis," the settlement reads, "made a business decision, and have agreed to settle this lawsuit in order to avoid the inherent uncertainties with any legal proceeding and the additional legal fees and expenses with continuing this dispute." The county still denies wrongdoing in case, and the man named in the suit is still employed by the county. (TAPinto Westfield)

VACCINE EXEMPTIONS IN NJ ROSE BY MORE THAN HALF

The number of New Jersey families claiming religious exemptions in order to avoid getting vaccinated has gone up by 53 percent over the last five years, according to a new study from the Center for Health Analytics, Research and Transformation (CHART) at the New Jersey Hospital Association. The percentage of children who claimed religious exemptions went from 1.7 percent in 2013-2014 to 2.6 percent this year. That rise in exemptions was accompanied by a rise in measels outbreaks, an illness that until recently was considered wiped out in the United States. (Philly Inquirer)

 

🙈 We're also keeping an eye on—

  • Hasbrouck Heights police chief, already under fire, is suspended with pay (The Record)
  • After federal rule change, N.J. lawmakers want to hike funding for Planned Parenthood (WBGO)
  • Residents skeptical of plans to dismantle Oyster Creek nuclear plant (WHYY)
  • Bob Marley's son hopes to open medical marijuana dispensary in Montclair (The Record)

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