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Clifton — It’s a sad morning, with no gum-cracking waitress calling us “hon” or warming up our coffee for the eighth time. Why? Because for likely the first morning since the Truman administration, the Tick Tock Diner is not slinging eggs and bacon on the side of Route 3. The landmark diner was set to close last night for a major rehab. There will be a new kitchen, new bar, new furniture and a bunch of other improvements at this stainless steel-encased temple, bowing to the late-night glory of disco fries and Taylor Ham. The Tick Tock will reopen just in time for the grand opening of the American Dream megamall, creating the perfect stopover for all the hungry people sitting in traffic.
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September 13, 2019

Dark Money Group That Supports Murphy Releases Its Donor List
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Few surprises among the contributors to New Direction New Jersey, beyond total amount — $4.5M — donated by NJEA group
Trying to Reduce ‘Costly Public Health Crisis’ of Senior Falls
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
In 2017, over 77,500 people in New Jersey were hospitalized from falls; Senate committee calls for $11.7 million pilot program to reduce fall risk among elderly Medicaid members
BPU Urged to Delve into Cost Impacts of Energy Plan
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Consumer advocates and business interests are asking the agency to extend public comment until more is known about the costs of transitioning to clean energy
Governor creates task force to study vaping regulation
Michael Aron | NJTV News | Healthcare
Announcement comes amid concerns about severe respiratory illness among e-cigarette users, including three cases in New Jersey
Murphy’s conditional veto of expungement bill leads lawmakers to rewrite
Joanna Gagis | NJTV News | Politics
Senate president says new bill builds on chief executive's proposal and will be put up for a vote in the Senate
Op-ed: Expanding tax credits for workers would strengthen economy
Vineeta Kapahi | Opinion
By improving the state Earned Income Tax Credit, New Jersey lawmakers could boost the pay of hardworking New Jerseyans and strengthen the state economy
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September 12, 2019

Business Groups Say Energy Master Plan Could Cause Job Losses, Rate Hikes
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Major organizations urge Murphy administration to proceed with caution in implementing plan to make New Jersey a clean-energy economy
Minimum-Wage Hike May Cost Workers Medicaid But ACA Will Kick In
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
‘Coverage gap’ will affect relatively few low-income workers, but lawmakers and policymakers moving to protect them
Train Engineer in Fatal 2016 Hoboken Crash Wins Job Back with NJ Transit
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | Transportation
Arbitrator cites engineer’s ‘long and distinguished career’ with NJ Transit as an influencing factor in her decision
PSE&G’s Scaled-Back Proposal for Upgrading Gas and Power Grids OK’d
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
State agency shelves the utility’s separate filing for $2.8 billion on energy efficiency projects
Proposed $120M Bond Will Speed Newark’s Push to Get Lead Out of Drinking Water
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Additional funding could help the Brick City resolve its drinking-water crisis in two to three years, cutting time needed by half
Op-Ed: Who’s Profiting from Repairs to Aging water and Sewer Systems?
Peggy Gallos | Opinion
‘It may not always be apparent, but shareholder primacy seems to have guided many of the activities of investor-owned utilities in New Jersey and around the country’
NJ lawmakers consider barring pharmacies from selling tobacco, e-cigs
Joe Hernandez | WHYY | Healthcare
Proposal comes in shadow of mysterious illness related to vaping. Separately, Senate President Steve Sweeney discusses outright ban of all electronic smoking devices in New Jersey

September 11, 2019

Another Rebuff for PennEast: Court Halts Bid to Seize State Lands
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Federal appeals court reverses lower court’s decision that allowed company to exercise eminent domain over properties along pipeline route
A Day Of What-ifs, Spent In Service Of Ensuring Free And Fair Elections
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Elections officials, others gather in Princeton to hone plans to prevent cyber attacks, and other threats to democracy
Governor uses state pocketbook as weapon in gun safety campaign
Michael Aron | NJTV News | More Issues
Under Murphy’s new executive order, state government would purchase firearms only from manufacturers and dealers it deems responsible
NJ Foundation Funds a Push for Equitable Medicaid Programs Nationally
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
State, insurance and healthcare officials in New Jersey will partner to reduce racial disparities in Medicaid’s maternal and infant care
Slow Progress on NJ’s water quality management law Frustrates Legislators
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | Energy & Environment
Compliance with two-year-old law has been uneven; advocates say enforcement is necessary
On Tap: A Summit To Boost Firms Owned By Women And Minorities in NJ
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
Daylong session in Newark on Sept. 20 will feature panel discussions, learning opportunities and lots of time for networking

September 10, 2019

Out-of-State Insurer Fined $1M for Peddling Policies to NJ Gun Owners
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
Lockton Affinity gets rapped for selling Carry Guard, personal-liability insurance, a product of the NRA
State Holds Hearings on Sexual Harassment, How to Counteract It
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Three hearings, the first of which takes place tomorrow in Asbury Park, will focus on harassment in the workplace, in housing and in public places
EPA Faulted for Not Doing Enough to Protect Kids Against Lead at Home
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Without effective oversight federal agency can’t monitor remediation efforts. Meanwhile, blood-lead levels in more than 2 million children have climbed
Will NJ’s new ‘red flag’ law prevent shooting deaths?
Leah Mishkin | NJTV News | More Issues
Law allows gun rights to be removed from people deemed a risk to themselves or others; not everyone is happy with it
Governor Marks Milestone for Arts Education in NJ
Michael Aron | NJTV News | Education
Murphy says New Jersey is only state with universal access in schools to art programs
Op-Ed: Extension of Voting by Mail in NJ Is A Step in the Right Direction
Shennell McCloud | Opinion
More people voting makes for the election of better leaders and the enactment of better policies

September 9, 2019

NJ Public Worker Healthcare Costs to Decrease Next Year
John Reitmeyer | Budget
State treasurer acclaims “good news” for property taxpayers but officials provide no estimates of taxpayer savings. Some Medicare retiree rates will rise
Insurance Giant and Healthcare Providers Take Battle to Federal Court
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield and American Specialty Health Group allege that various alternative healthcare providers have spread false and defamatory information against them
Murphy Administration Boosts NJ Child Care Subsidies by $54M
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Children’s advocacy group and lawmakers say more funds are needed to help NJ parents cover pay raises for child care workers statewide as a result of increased minimum wage
State Urged to Consider Costs for All Utility Customers in Energy Plan
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Rate Counsel’s filing with BPU emphasizes the importance of a rate impact analysis for the state’s residential, commercial and industrial customers
Bobwhite quail set for bigger return to New Jersey
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Rare bird, believed extinct in the state, has shown it can live at Pinelands site after small shipments from Georgia
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