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The Jaffe Briefing - October 26, 2017

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
STATEWIDE - So, it's 10 years after the beginning of the "Great Recession," and how you doin'? A new Rutgers report says the state lost about 100,000 good-paying jobs, which have since been replaced with about 150,000 crappy-paying jobs. That's because of a structural change, where there is less need for our sprawling suburban office parks and this new economy does not particularly require living in super expensive New Jersey. Some good news: All those Millennials now living in trendy enclaves of Brooklyn or Philly are starting to have kids, and may soon be tepidly interested in our endless supply of 1960s split-levels. Luckily, New Jersey also has about 200 rail stations - all affording opportunities to create walkable, lively communities with businesses that remind these stunned new homeowners of that hip coffeehouse in Bed-Stuy.

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The Jaffe Briefing - October 25, 2017

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
MAHWAH - Of no surprise to anyone who has casually perused the U.S. Constitution in ninth grade, the state is suing Mahwah for its (alleged) efforts to keep Orthodox Jews from local parks. The state filed the lawsuit yesterday, likening the conduct of town officials to the "1950s-era white flight suburbanites" who sought to keep Blacks out, FOX reports. Not only does the state want the ordinance to be rescinded, it's also calling for the return of $3.4 million in "Green Acres" money for Mahwah's efforts to ban "out-of-state" residents from using the parks. The state's argument is obvious: land acquired with public money can not be restricted on the basis of religion or residency. Of greater concern: the state files lawsuits as a last resort, meaning that Mahwah officials have been digging in their heels to defend flagrant antisemitism. Frightening.

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The Jaffe Briefing - October 24, 2017

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
WARETOWN - As little ghosts and goblins head out on Halloween, and prance on down Mizzen Way, they will be welcomed by a gruesome crime scene, a body pinned between a tree and a blood-soaked car. It's all part of a local holiday display, certainly getting plenty of attention. Some see it is a truly bitchin tribute to the holiday, others are aghast. Local cops say they have been inundated with complaints. The family even posted a fake news story about "Bob the Zombie," being "zombified" by drinking contaminated drinking water from a power plant, CBS reports. There's also another body on the ground named "Zombie Cindy," for good measure. The homeowner tells CBS that he's just a guy celebrating a holiday.

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The Jaffe Briefing - October 23, 2017

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
STATEWIDE - When you read about the NJ Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, you immediately think about the poor little puppy shivering in the cold and feel guilty for not immediately sending a donation somewhere.  But the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation (SCI) isn't feeling the same way, releasing a scathing report that calls the society a dysfunctional non-profit, mired by waste, abuse, debt and conflicts of interest. And it's full of "wannabe cops" that are somehow allowed to carry guns, Politicoreports. The state agency wants the NJSPCA stripped of the power to enforce the state's animal cruelty laws, leaving it to tried-and-true law enforcement. The report is nothing new; the SCI yapped the same recommendation 17 years ago. So far, nothing is different.

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