The State Department reports that New Jersey has taken in 194 refugees since last fall, and 80 just in July. Most of the refugees are making their new home in immigrant-rich areas near Jersey City, Elizabeth and Paterson.
Senate President Steve Sweeney wants the U.S. attorney and New Jersey attorney general to investigate claims that the NJEA is trying to coerce officials into approving a pension ballot question by threatening to withhold political contributions.
The public pension fund is $44 billion in debt and a bill to put a question on this November’s ballot asking voters for a constitutional amendment that would lock the state into making quarterly payments to replenish the fund by 2020 is gridlocked.
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