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The Jaffe Briefing - October 3, 2017

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
ATLANTIC CITY - It could very well be the worst motel in New Jersey -and that's saying something. After a three-foot-long alligator was found in the pool, followed by a huge drug and weapon bust this summer, the now-vacant Bayview Inn & Suites has apparently been set on fire. NJ.com reports that firefighters descended on this dictionary definition of a "fleabag" early yesterday, with flames shooting out a second-floor room. Firefighters smashed through the roof to get to the fire. Homeless are suspected, as the motel remained in the process of being boarded up, after sustaining damage five years ago in Superstorm Sandy. Can't wait to read the reviews on Yelp.

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The Jaffe Briefing - October 2, 2017

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
STATEWIDE - Don't expect a huge spending spree in January, when the state's minimum hourly wage is expected to surge a whopping 16 cents. If this was, say, 1960, there would probably be celebration in the streets. But, when you factor in today's taxes, and the rising cost of everything, the new $8.60 an hour rate is, well, kinda, paltry. Minimum wage increases every year are based on the Consumer Price Index. If the index doesn't go up, minimum wage doesn't either. Meanwhile, in liberal circles, there is still broad hope that New Jersey will somehow, someday, hit $15 per hour. At this rate, perhaps sometime next century.

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The Jaffe Briefing - September 29, 2017

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
MAHWAH - Apparently, the grass, trees and air in Mahwah are the strict property of residents, so outsiders are banned from using the public parks. State officials are rightfully investigating an outrageous township policy that bans non-New Jersey residents from using municipal parks. Such a law seems to violate most of the U.S. Constitution and perhaps the Magna Carta. It's also quite un-neighborly. Let's use the same logic here: Imagine taking your kids into Central Park for a pretzel, and some NYPD cop giving you the boot because you reside in New Jersey. Ridiculous, right?

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The Jaffe Briefing - September 28, 2017

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
STATEWIDE - In what has become a huge bidding war, New Jersey is poised to offer $5 billion in tax incentives over 10 years to Amazon if it locates a headquarters in the state. NJ Spotlight reports the staggering sum is being offered, with the belief that Amazon will spend $5 billion and bring 50,000 good jobs to the state, taking advantage of a terrific transportation network and 24-hour diners. And there's this local sweepstakes going on, as well, with every major and mid-sized city and town in the state claiming they offer the absolute best amenities and workforce to accommodate the mega-operation that Amazon is dubbing "HQ2." It's all fascinating to watch, with the Oct. 19 application deadline quickly approaching.

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