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YOU CAN ASK A JUDGE TO TAKE SOMEONE'S GUNS AWAY

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A new gun reform law is set to take effect in New Jersey on Sunday that allows you to ask a judge to take a family member or loved one's guns away from them if they are deemed mentally unstable. The law also allows the judge to prohibit that person from buying a gun. Family members or people who live in the same household with the person in question may submit an application to the state Superior Court arguing that a judge should issue an "extreme risk protective order" to keep guns out of the hands of someone who is in "danger of causing bodily injury" to themselves or others. (NJ.com)

NJ DEMS WANT FEDS TO SIGN OFF ON PORTAL BRIDGE

The big dogs of NJ government gathered at Secaucus Junction on Wednesday to call on the federal government to sign off on the Portal Bridge rail project, a replacement for the aging rail bridge that frequently causes delays and slowdowns for NJ commuters. Gov. Phil Murphy, along with several prominent NJ Democrats, said the state is ready to put up $600 million to replace the 109-year-old bridge, which often fails to close and literally requires a man with a sledgehammer to "come out and knock the rail into alignment," according to Jerry Zaro, chairman of the Gateway Program Development Corp. (NJTV)

SWEENEY: NJ IS IN WORSE FINANCIAL SHAPE THAN ILLINOIS

NJ Senate president Steve Sweeney says the state is in worse financial shape than it seems, and that credit-ratings companies may be underestimating just how bad things are. "We are in worse shape than Illinois," Sweeney said in an interview. "We are not investing in education, we are not investing in the areas that we want because all the money is going to pensions and health care." New Jersey notoriously failed to set aside enough money for years to cover the $212 billion of benefits promised to NJ workers. (Bloomberg)

MURPHY: THE GAS TAX IS NOT GOING UP THIS YEAR

For the first time in two years, New Jerseyans will pay the same tax when they go to fill up at the pump. Gov. Murphy announced yesterday that the gas tax will remain at 41.4 cents per gallon of unleaded and 48.4 cents per gallon of diesel. The rate is holding because the state sold as much or more gas this year as it did last year. The gas tax fuels the state's Transportation Trust Fund, which pays for road and rail projects across the state. (NJ.com)

 

🙈 We're also keeping an eye on—

  • Only white teachers at Montclair middle school got to teach extra classes, complaint says (The Record)
  • Labor, social justice, job retraining experts see opportunity in offshore wind (CivicStory)
  • Morristown mourns postman who delivered smiles in all weather (Morristown Green)
  • Looking forward to Labor Day? Thank an American worker (The Record)
  • Ex-CEO of Bucks County drug rehab pleads guilty to milking patients for profits (Philly Inquirer)
The water crisis in Newark:
  • Baraka administration to allow press access to lead water meetings (TAPinto Newark)
  • TAPinto Newark's Mark Bonamo discusses Newark water crisis, freedom of the press on NJTV (TAPinto Newark)
  • In closing Newark meeting, Baraka administration crosses swords with media again (NJTV)

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