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Menendez Skeptical of Secretary of State Nominee, Other Trump Choices

1-6-17
Sen. Bob Menendez criticized President-elect Donald Trump for choosing Rex Tillerson for secretary of state and publicly questioning the intelligence community. He also called Russia an adversary of the U.S.

Hiccups Amid Implementation of Bail Reform

1-5-17
In Essex County, pretrial detention hearings were supposed to begin at 9 a.m. Instead, proceedings began at 3 p.m. and not one had an actual hearing where prosecutors were to present clear and convincing evidence that each defendant was a risk for coming back to court or a risk to commit another crime if released.

Bayonne Water Rates Spike After Privatization

1-5-17
Instead of trying to upgrade the crumbling water infrastructure on its own, Bayonne forged a 40-year partnership contract with $150 million in up-front financing from the private Wall Street equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. Since then, rates have increased.

Criminal Justice Reform Legislation Back in the Mix

1-5-17
Three opponents of criminal justice reform legislation are no longer on the Senate Judiciary Committee, so the chairman says moving it forward is on the agenda.

Port Authority Board Approves 10-Year Capital Plan

1-5-17
Highlights of the proposed capital plan include $3.5 billion over 10 years for a new bus terminal, $2.7 billion for the new Gateway Trans-Hudson Rail Tunnel project and more than $1.5 billion each for two new rail links to Newark Airport from Manhattan and to LaGuardia from Queens.

Christie Signs Bill to Help Small Businesses Get Surety Bond

1-4-17
Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill making it easier for small businesses to get a surety bond through the state Economic Development Authority. The bond is usually needed if a small business wants to bid on a public contract.

Obama, Pence Try to Persuade Congress on Affordable Care Act

1-4-17
Vice President-elect Mike Pence rallied Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act while President Obama told Democrats to hold the line.

NJ Board of Education Considers Changes to Charter School Regulations

1-4-17
Members of the New Jersey State Board of Education were shown a plan to relax state certification rules for the 31 best-performing charter schools.

AC Mayor Delivers Unofficial State of the City Speech

1-4-17
Don Guardian laid out his fiscal vision for Atlantic City in 2017, highlighting civic improvements, new development and revenues, but admitted new state overseer Jeff Chiesa plans deep cuts, including perhaps 250 police and firefighter jobs.

Vin Gopal Steps Down as Party Chair to Run for State Senate

1-4-17
After serving four years as the Monmouth County chairman for the Democratic Party, Vin Gopal is running for State Senate in District 11.