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The Jaffe Briefing - January 25, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
FREEHOLD - "I do," and please pass a square. A Jersey Shore couple was married in the bathroom of the Monmouth County Courthouse, after the mother of the groom began having trouble breathing in the ladies' room. NJ 101.5 reports the EMTs rushed in with oxygen, and then did not want to move mom back into the courtroom. The Ocean Township couple couldn't wait another 45 days to get hitched, so it was decided the ceremony would be in the bathroom. With the oxygen hissing in the background, and the couple standing next to the paper towel dispenser, they pledged their lifetime love for one another before Judge Katie Gummer. It was all caught on video. Fortunately, no one flushed.

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The Jaffe Briefing - January 24, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
TRENTON - Marijuana, once again, is the smoldering debate in New Jersey. We have Gov. Phil Murphy dashing off his sixth executive order in seven days, looking to ease the state's overly-strict medical marijuana laws. And we have Rep. Frank Pallone on Capitol Hill, slamming Attorney General Jeff Sessions for sticking his beak into New Jersey and trying to derail the ongoing march toward the legalization of pot for recreational use. Pallone says the majority of the state's voters want legalization, evident in the election of Murphy. So, Sessions, go away.

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The Jaffe Briefing - January 23, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
TRENTON - What's a billion dollars among friends? It looks like New Jersey taxpayers - and their children and grandchildren - will be embracing $1 billion in long-term debt to pay for some current goodies - like a renovated State House, new offices in Trenton and perhaps a pedestrian strip at Rutgers. Not a nickel of this $1 billion went before voters, prompting this question: Why do some capital expenses require voter approval, and others not? The Record reports there is a way around annoying ballot questions that require voter support: Structure bond payments as leases, with the state serving as the landlord. Sounds brilliant, except our state has the second-lowest credit rating and huge - and growing - debt that someone, at some time, needs to actually pay back.

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The Jaffe Briefing - January 22, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
AT THE DINER - Don't expect anyone to rush to refill your coffee cup, as a proposed federal rule would allow employers to take their employees' tips, if workers are paid at least minimum wage. It seems cruel to strip money from workers at the low end of the pay scale, but, hey, this is Trump World.  The Economic Policy Institute (which has a very impressive name, so it must be 100 percent accurate) says this rule could take upwards of $5.8 billion in lost tips from U.S. workers, 80 percent of whom are women. That could equal around $20 million or so in lost tips to New Jersey workers, who now suggest you bring your own damn breadsticks.

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