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New Jersey Senate delays vote on test consequences

7-9-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey state Senate is giving Gov. Chris Christie more time to work out a compromise on how to slow down use of a new standardized test to judge teachers' performance. Sen. Jeff Van Drew says the Senate will not vote ...

Developer pitches $4.6B Jersey City casino

7-9-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers say a venture capitalist wants to build a $4.6 billion casino in Jersey City, but the state would first need to allow casinos outside of Atlantic City. State Sen. Raymond Lesniak says the plan calls for a ...

Report: US spies on prominent Muslim-Americans

7-9-14
WASHINGTON (AP) — A media account reports that the National Security Agency and the FBI covertly scanned the emails of five prominent Muslim-Americans under the government's secret surveillance program aimed at foreign terrorists and other national ...
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Jaffe Morning Briefing: July 9, 2014

7-9-14
Jaffe Communications gives its take on the news in New Jersey.

Firm seeks $260M in incentives for Camden project

7-9-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey company that makes components for power plants is seeking a $260 million 10-year New Jersey tax break to do business in Camden. The state Economic Development Authority's agenda for Thursday includes the ...

Port Authority warns of E-ZPass scam

7-9-14
WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (AP) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is warning motorists about an email phishing scheme that's targeting E-ZPass motorists. The email advises customers that they have not paid and to service their accounts with a ...
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Showboat Employees, Asm. Brown Decry Casino Closure

7-8-14
Longtime employees at Showboat are upset that they will be losing their jobs in August. Assemblyman Chris Brown has introduced legislation to help keep casinos in Atlantic City open.
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NJ Sierra Club Director: Sandy Aid’s Sitting While People Still Suffer

7-8-14
New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel says Hurricane Sandy recovery money is sitting in accounts while people are still suffering.

NJ tax preparer sentenced to 18 months for scam

7-8-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey tax preparer is headed to prison for filing false returns. Kellar Covington Jr. was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months by a federal judge in Newark. He had pleaded guilty in February to assisting in the ...

Coast Guard comes to aid of distressed kayaker

7-8-14
PORT MONMOUTH, N.J. (AP) — The Coast Guard has come to the aid of a man whose kayak capsized in waters off central New Jersey. The man was near Port Monmouth when they kayak filled with water and became unstable on Tuesday. He used his cell phone ...