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Booker Sees Support ‘Virtually Disappear’ In New Hampshire

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July Poll by Saint Anselm College Survey Center Shows Democratic Presidential Primary Field Taking Shape:

Founded in 1889, Saint Anselm College is a nationally-ranked four-year liberal arts college providing a 21st century education in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Located in the greater Boston region in southern New Hampshire, Saint Anselm College is well-known for its strong liberal arts curriculum, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, commitment to inclusiveness, a highly successful nursing program, and a legacy of community service.

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New Jersey Millennials Have 4th Largest Credit Card Debt at $5,288 Average

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Ridgewood NJ, The millennial generation (people in the age range 23-38) increased their average credit card debt by 7% in the past year. This is the second-largest increase in credit card debt among all generations. Experian examined millennial credit card usage and compared it to determine how the generation spent compared to its peers.

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Legislators Blast Murphy’s Moves Toward Sanctuary Statehood

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Trenton NJ, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe of the 10th Legislative District are speaking out against Governor Murphy’s directive forcing jails in the state to reduce their cooperation with federal immigration authorities. The legislators blasted it as yet another step in the Governor’s quest to turn New Jersey into a sanctuary state.

“Governor Murphy’s directive will prevent our jails from working with ICE to deport known criminals who are already in custody,” said Senator Holzapfel. “It’s an outrageous and dangerous political statement that jeopardizes the safety of millions of New Jersey residents. We shouldn’t allow the Governor to create a sanctuary for criminals in our state.”

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UFO’s Reported Over New Jersey

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Ridgewood NJ, according to the National UFO Reporting Center ,UFOs and the possibility that aliens from another galaxy could be sending emissaries to check things out on planet Earth have captivated Americans since the 1947 Roswell incident.

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Senate President Steve Sweeney Calls Murphy Budget Freeze a ‘Shameless Act Of Political Retribution’

Trenton NJ, Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement in response to Governor Murphy’s so-called budget freeze:

“The Governor’s action putting a so-called freeze on items cherry picked from the budget is a shameless act of political retribution that is both petty and vindictive – it’s Bridgegate on steroids that punishes those who disagree.

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President Congratulates New Jersey Legislature for Finally Not Raising Taxes

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Washington DC, President Donald Trump this morning extended congratulations to the New Jersey Legislature for not affirming Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget, and not raising taxes yet again on New Jersey cash strapped residents .

“Congratulations to legislators in New Jersey for not passing taxes that would have driven large numbers of high end taxpayers out of the state,” Trump tweeted. “Many were planning to leave, & will now be staying. New York & others should start changing their thought process on taxes, fast!”

In his tweet the President reminded New Jersey politicians why so many tax payers and businesses have fled the state ,debasing the state tax base .

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New Jersey’s minimum wage law takes effect Today July 1, 2019

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Trenton NJ, New Jersey’s minimum wage law takes effect on July 1, 2019, lifting the earnings of more than one million workers. The goal of the law is to achieve a $15 hourly minimum wage without adversely affecting small and seasonal businesses, so incremental rates were set to give certain employers additional time to comply. 

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Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi, ” Instead of raising taxes AGAIN why don’t we try getting our fiscal house in order”

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River Vale Nj Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi speculates , “It will be very interesting to see what appropriations are being held hostage and what got cut because I’m fairly certain it isn’t any of the new spending programs created under the Governor’s administration. Instead of raising taxes AGAIN why don’t we try getting our fiscal house in order, provide much needed property tax relief through additional school funding to any municipality where school funding accounts for more than 50 percent of the tax bill and take care of our struggling middle class residents. ”

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New Jersey Dethrones Nevada as Top Destination for Sports Betting

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ATLANTIC CITY NJ,  New Jersey  took in more sports bets last month than Nevada .According to gambling regulators in both states, New Jersey saw $318.9 million worth of bets, edging past Nevada, which took $317.4 million.

Earning New Jersey casinos and racetracks made $15.5 million in revenue, compared to $11.6 million in Nevada. ever since New Jersey won a U.S. Supreme Court case in May 2018 that cleared the way for all 50 states to offer legal sports betting sports betting has  grown very rapidly in the state dethroning Nevada as the sports betting capital of America.

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More NJ Beaches Closed Due to Dangerous Bacteria

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Sparta NJ, Dangerous bacteria blooms are prompting advisories and forcing closures of more public swimming areas in New Jersey. The Spruce Run reservoir in Hunterdon County has been closed to swimmers for all but one day in June because of cyanobacteria blooms. The Hopatcong State Park beach was recently closed because of a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB). Now 7 other Lake Hopatcong beaches have also been closed over bacteria concerns. Lake Mohawk in Sparta is under an advisory, although swimming is still allowed. The Swartswood Lake State Park swimming area has reopened after closing because of a HAB earlier this month.

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