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The Jaffe Briefing - January 31, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
NEWARK - If it wasn't for the video on social media, no one would believe an airline passenger tried to board a peacock on a United flight.  A Brooklyn woman brought a big peacock named "Dexter" to Newark Liberty International Airport for "emotional support" and plunked down money for a second ticket. But United Airlines obviously said "no way." That's because you can't upcharge a peacock. It has no baggage, it doesn't drink alcohol and likely won't order anything other than the free peanuts. You also can't charge for extra leg room, because, well, the bulk of the bird is really in the body. United Airlines also likely expressed concern that the peacock is not a frequent flier, and would have no problem travelling on a competing airline. So, with all these indisputable facts, the bird was not permitted past the ticketing area.

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The Jaffe Briefing - January 30, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
TRENTON - Some think it isn't Kool that state officials are calling for a ban on menthol cigarettes. Our lawmakers are looking to mess with one-third of the cigarette market, citing research that shows menthol encourages even more addiction. The cooling effect also makes smokers suck even more toxins into their blackened lungs. New Jersey would be the first US state to ban menthols, but they're already banned in Brazil. Meanwhile, the European Union wants them out by 2022. NJ 101.5 reports some American cities also ban sales, like Minneapolis, Oakland and San Francisco. But obviously not Salem or Newport.

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The Jaffe Briefing - January 29, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
STATEWIDE - Pastor, don't forget your hymnals and the .44 Magnum. That could be the friendly reminder at houses of worship across New Jersey, under a ludicrous bill introduced by Assemblyman Ronald Dancer (R-Ocean). Dancer introduced the law that would allow churches, synagogues, mosques, etc. to have a "qualified person" carry a concealed handgun during prayer services. Luckily, there are no co-sponsors. (Hallelujah!) Dancer said his proposal is all about safeguarding the masses from mass shootings, such as the tragedy at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November. Yes, Dancer is trying to protect the public. But such a law brings guns into our houses of worship, rather than takes them out.

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The Jaffe Briefing - January 26, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
TRENTON - Minor league ballplayers will do anything to make it to the show. That will be evident in Trenton, where the team will be renamed the "Trenton Pork Roll" for its Friday night games, beginning May 18. Players will be handed special uniforms featuring a pork roll and will be instructed to actually wear them in public, before actual fans on an actual ballfield. Obviously, the concession guys will be selling pork roll and expect plenty or pork-based merchandise to be hawked. Embarrassing for players? You betcha. But these guys are well aware the Thunder is the AA affiliate of the New York Yankees, home of the multi-million dollar contracts. So, hey, whatever it takes.

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