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New Jersey Assembly Appropriations & Senate Judiciary Committees Vote in Support of Marijuana Legalization

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Trenton NJ , Today, the New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee voted in support of legislation (S2703/A4497) that would the legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults 21 years and older.

Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, issued the following statement after today’s votes: 

“Today’s votes are an important step toward legalizing adult-use marijuana in New Jersey.  Although this bill is not perfect, we greatly appreciate the changes that the sponsors of the legislation have made based on the recommendations of advocates.

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REPUBLICAN DAVID HENDERSON ANNOUNCES HIS CAMPAIGN TO BECOME HAMILTON TOWNSHIP MAYOR

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Hamilton NJ , David Henderson said “I simply cannot sit by any longer and watch the town that I grew up in run into the ground by the mismanagement and corruption of the current Administration. I want Hamiltonians to have a viable, conservative choice to manage the affairs of their government moving forward.”

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New Jersey Online Sports Betting

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Atlantic City NJ, Many sportsbooks have already been opened for New Jersey residents in the first few months of legal sports betting since June 2018 and more are scheduled in the near future. Hundreds of millions of dollars have already been won, and critically, the state of New Jersey has also collected plenty of revenue to assist in providing better services to the state’s residents.

NJ online Sports Betting Regulations allow for licensed state casinos and horse racing tracks to support land-based, mobile, and online sports wagering and prohibits casinos/racetracks that own a sports team from participation in sports betting. Limitations also exist for potential operators who may have a vested interest in a sports franchise.

The New Jersey sports betting law allows for online and mobile betting anywhere within the state’s borders is protected by geolocation software.

New Jersey’s legal sports betting market is structured in such a way that it allows a number of online brands to compete in the Garden State. Key licenses to operate online sports betting are restricted to the state’s land-based casinos and racetracks. Each key license holder is permitted to establish to three unique sports betting brands online and may partner with external brands.

This effectively means that the maximum number of online sportsbooks possible in New Jersey is a ceiling of 42. New Jersey may not see all 42 spots claimed, however, with new sportsbooks opening regularly (at least 10 more on the cards before the start of 2019-20 NFL season), it may get close.

New Jersey gambling laws serve as a model for many US states. New Jersey has embraced gambling like few other states in the Union. Even before the United States existed, the colony of New Jersey used a lottery to fund the French and Indian War. New Jersey’s contribution to the American Revolution was partially funded by a lottery. Monmouth Park, the Oceanport racetrack at the center of the US Supreme Court decision to repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), opened in 1870.

While New Jersey’s legislature banned lotteries in 1844 and all gambling in 1894, gaming never really went away. Churches and other non-profit organizations funded projects through bookmaking, numbers games, and even slot machine betting. In 1939, the state legalized pari-mutuel wagering again. That was followed by the legalization of bingo gaming for non-profit organizations in 1953.

By the time New Jersey legalized a state lottery in 1969 and casino gambling for Atlantic City in 1976, the state was one of the leaders in the American gambling industry. In 1989, Atlantic City was the only place east of Las Vegas which had casino gambling. Much has changed in the 30 years since, but it was New Jersey which led the fight to strike down a federal ban on sports betting. After a 6-year fight, the US Supreme Court struck down PAPSA in the landmark Murphy v. NCAA decision. New Jersey opened the door for sports betting throughout America.

Every licensed casino and racetrack in the Garden State can offer sports betting, provided they are approved to do so. Most importantly for regular casino goers in New Jersey that includes Atlantic City casinos (a total of 6 of the 9 New Jersey Casinos operate land-based sports books), as well as three of the state’s racetracks – Monmouth Park, The Meadowlands, and Freehold Raceway.

The New Jersey sports betting law allows for online and mobile betting anywhere within the state’s borders is protected by geolocation software.

New Jersey’s legal sports betting market is structured in such a way that it allows a number of online brands to compete in the Garden State. Key licenses to operate online sports betting are restricted to the state’s land-based casinos and racetracks. Each key license holder is permitted to establish to three unique sports betting brands online and may partner with external brands.

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BIPARTISAN BILL WOULD ELIMINATE CORRUPT SCHOOLS DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

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TRENTON NJ, Under fire for its nepotistic hiring practices, the Schools Development Authority would be eliminated under a new bill sponsored by Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips. The bill (A4908) would transfer the agency’s functions to the Economic Development Authority, which already provides the financing for school construction.

“This latest S.D.A. hiring scandal proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Trenton needs to take an entirely new approach to our school construction dollars. The S.D.A. has lost the trust of the people of New Jersey, and the taxpayers must be protected against further mismanagement and corrupt hiring practices,” said DePhillips (R-Bergen). “It is time for the Assembly to take up my bi-partisan legislation to abolish the S.D.A. and consolidate its functions within the E.D.A.”

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Rooney seeks answers to questionable Murphy hires at Schools Development Authority

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WAYNE NJ, Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney has filed an Open Public Records request seeking answers to the questions about the qualifications of new hires at the Schools Development Authority.

A NorthJersey.com report this week outlined how the chief executive officer of the Schools Development Authority hired 38 new people since August, some for higher salaries than the workers who were replaced even though they were inexperienced.

“The Murphy administration’s hiring practices continue to be problematic and need to be fully vetted,” said Rooney (R-Bergen).  “Governor Murphy has tried to represent himself as an outsider in a state notorious for its corruption.  But he hasn’t done a good job keeping good company.  He surrounds himself with cronies who have their own cronies.”

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NJ Plan to Expand Jet Fuel Tax Will Raise Fares Out of Newark Airport

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Newark NJ, Plan to Expand Jet Fuel Tax Bad for Business, Economy, Consumers

Legislation to expand jet fuel taxes imposed on commercial airlines in New Jersey will lead to higher airfare costs for consumers and businesses, and make New Jersey’s already challenging business tax climate even worse, according to the New Jersey Business & Industry Association.
The bill is scheduled for a vote in the Assembly today.

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The Case for Legalized Marijuana

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With neighboring Canada and individual states such as California and Colorado legalizing marijuana, the fight for recreational marijuana legalization has become a highly contentious topic. However, when reviewing both sides of the debate the choice becomes clear. Long term, legalizing marijuana can be the most beneficial option for the United States.

Legalized marijuana has the potential to cut down the thriving black market for the drug that only continues to grow despite the government’s continuous efforts to curb it. If successful, the legalization of marijuana could essentially destroy the black market for the drug by getting buyers to purchase the product legally rather than illegally. This, in turn, would run illicit dealers out of business and end its mass smuggling into and within the United States.

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PHILL MURPHY RECALL PETITION FILED WITH STATE

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Trenton NJ, the process to recall Phil Murphy is officially under way . A petition to recall Phil Murphy has been filed and last Thursday, the state of New Jersey acknowledged receipt of the letter of intent filed by New Jersey residents Monica Brinson, Terry Becak and Patty Hoch.

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Governor Murphy has announced a State of Emergency beginning at 12:00PM today Saturday, January 19, 2019.

The State Emergency Operations Center will be activated as of 12:00PM Saturday, January 19, 2019, as well.

What is a State of Emergency?

New Jersey State law allows the Governor and County and Local Emergency Management Coordinators to declare a State of Emergency during significant weather events and natural disasters. The emergency declaration is a tool used by the government officials who are managing the emergency. It allows State agencies to quickly respond to needs of citizens, reassign personnel, and deploy vehicles, trucks, and equipment to respond to the incident. A State of Emergency allows the government to act more quickly than it can during non-emergency times.

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Assemblywomen Schepisi says ,”NJ may be only State that needs to build a wall to keep residents in”

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Westwood NJ, Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi‏  said on twitter , “Governor Murphy’s top NJ priorities for 2019 are increasing minimum wage and legalizing pot. What about crushing property taxes? What about huge outflux of our residents to cheaper states? What about NJ’s $195.5 BILLION financial hole? What about fairness for the middle class?”

Garden State Initiative chimed in , “an @AsburyParkPress analysis by @scervenka finds the avg NJ property tax bill has doubled in 20 yrs far exceeding income growth. Will @GovMurphy address this in his State of the State? https://www.app.com/story/news/investigations/data/analysis/2019/01/15/nj-property-taxes-double/2474323002/ … “

Holly Schepisi concluded the discussion ,”Not one mention of any initiative to combat high property taxes, unaffordability or exodus from the State. We may be only State that needs to build a wall to keep residents in. @GovMurphy @NJAssemblyGOPhttps://twitter.com/gsi_newjersey/status/1085150245934325760 …  “