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In a letter to NJ Transit CEO Kevin Corbett, state Senate President Steve Sweeney — so much alliteration — raised the possibility that his committee might compel officials at the agency to testify in Trenton. Today's hearing is the fourth in the state Senate's investigation. Lawmakers invited six members of NJ Transit's inner circle to tomorrow's hearing, including the agency's Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer. One issue is its reputation as a so-called patronage pit enmeshed in favoritism. (NorthJersey.com)

And there's this:

  • NJT hires raise questions of favoritism by executives (NorthJersey.com)
  • NJ Transit blames rogue employee for ‘inappropriate’ tweet slammed by Gov. Phil Murphy's senior advisor (NJ.com)
  • Mader NJ Transit tweet bashing reporter was done at direction of Kwon (New Jersey Globe)

VOTER DRIVE FOR THOSE ON PAROLE AND PROBATION

In December, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a landmark law that restores voting rights for people who are out on parole and probation. It affects about 80,000 New Jerseyans — and now, the League of Women Voters is organizing a campaign to get everyone signed up and registered to vote, with seven sites set up across the state. The law goes into effect in March. (NJ Spotlight)

ATLANTIC CITY CALLS OUT ANTI-MUSLIM DISCRIMINATION

On Wednesday, Atlantic City council members accused Mayor Marty Small, Sr. of discriminating against two Muslim women who were appointed to the city municipal utilities authority. They are "not good people," Small allegedly told a state monitor. (He denies doing so.) The state demanded that the women provide resumes, council members said — it's a layer of vetting that hasn't been done before, and could signal discrimination. (NJ.com)

MANY NJ STUDENTS STRUGGLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET

On Wednesday, state officials and representatives for the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice shared the results of a new report on how college students are faring financially. 9,000 students enrolled in New Jersey community colleges were represented in the study, which found that 33 percent of white students and 52 percent of Black students had experienced food insecurity. 14 percent had been homeless in the last year. (NJTV News)

 

🙈 We're also keeping an eye on—

  • NJ Transit blames rogue employee for ‘inappropriate’ tweet (NJ.com)
  • Extending benefits for Korean American veterans (NorthJersey.com)
  • Voter registration drive for NJ on parole and probation (NJTV News)
  • Rep. Josh Gottheimer backs Bloomberg's bid (NorthJersey.com)
  • Bayonne to bond for $10M to build 2 pedestrian bridges (Jersey Journal)
  • Woman charged with anti-Semitic graffiti (Asbury Park Press)
  • Fort Lee near GWB named worst in the nation (NorthJersey.com)
  • NJ's top 700 highest-paid employees in 2019 (Patch)
PLUS:
  • Dstrict to pay $25K to settle suit: 10-year-old was racially bullied (NJ.com)
  • Charges bounce off ‘Superman’ during fifth graders’ mock trial (WHYY)
  • Oprah gives NJ-based after school program $5M (NJ.com)
 

😜 Not everything is terrible—

  • 8 great places to celebrate National Margarita Day in NJ (NJ Flavor)
  • Asbury Ocean Club Hotel on Travel and Leisure 'It List' (APP)
  • 500 jobs at NJ companies on Fortune's 'Best To Work' list (Patch)
  • 'West Side Story’ revival: the classic gets a daring update (NJ.com)

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