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The Jaffe Briefing - February 16, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
E STREET - While a tired nation is demanding gun control (yet again), Springsteen guitarist Stevie Van Zandt is having none of it. No stranger to political opinions, the New Jersey icon tweeted "What happened to us? We are averaging 2 school shootings per week AND WE DO NOTHING ABOUT IT!" Many tone-deaf politicians on Capitol Hill surely scratched their heads, wondering how someone like Van Zandt missed all their "thoughts and prayers" extended on-camera and via press release and social media.

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The Jaffe Briefing - February 15, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
TRENTON - As state lawmakers are set to announce a bill at 11 a.m. to decriminalize pot - an issue that has consumed the Statehouse -  the Record is reporting on an often-ignored issue: the state's ridiculously antiquated liquor laws. For example, supermarkets in the state can only have up to two liquor licenses, stemming from a law created during the Kennedy Administration to appease the liquor store lobby and organized crime. So, in most towns in the state, people must buy their groceries in one place, and then run someplace else to get wine or beer. This flies in the face of logic, as well as the common practices in most states in the country, where people freely buy liquor in supermarkets. There is a bill in the state Legislature that would allow supermarket chains to finally have more liquor licenses - which would certainly put us all in better spirits.

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The Jaffe Briefing - February 14, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
ON AIR - Gov. Phil Murphy had his very first "Ask the Governor" monthly program last night. He appeared on News 12 New Jersey to field your questions about all things New Jersey. Impossible to recap an hour segment. Of course, we will try: New Jersey should be a better place to retire. The state pension mess will be solved.  Pot should be legal. New Jersey likes its undocumented immigrants, and they should get drivers' licenses. And maybe NJ Transit employees will get raises. This was all said with a loosened necktie and his jacket off, so you know the governor is working really hard on all this stuff.

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The Jaffe Briefing - February 13, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
ON THE RAILS - Perhaps Donald Trump is still ticked that New Jerseyans had no interest in his team, the New Jersey Generals, which played football in the now-defunct USFL. Or, perhaps he is angry we didn't frequent his now-defunct casinos in Atlantic City. Or, perhaps he is seeking revenge for the fact that 546,345 more New Jerseyans voted for Hillary. Whatever the case, he is obviously brushing off New Jersey, stripping billions from the federal share for the Gateway Project. Originally, the plan was for NJ and NY to split the $30 billion construction cost with the feds. Now, Trump is only willing to give 20 percent, leaving the states to scramble and wonder if this desperately-needed tunnel can ever be built.

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