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The Jaffe Briefing - January 16, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
TRENTON - Red-blooded New Jerseyans, in their respectable Republican cloth coats, have been dreading today. An actual breathing liberal, once again, takes over the governor's office and ruins everything. It was eight strong years of solid conservative stewardship, they think, as they trudge up the stairs of the War Memorial in Trenton, scuffing their high-gloss wingtips, and brace themselves for this former Obama-era German ambassador to take the oath as governor at high noon. To them, a basement of liberals is a "whine cellar." Murphy probably calls his Tic Tacs "Entite-mints," they grumble. He'll probably turn Drumthwacket into a community beet farm. But, hey, it is only four years, right? RIGHT?
 

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The Jaffe Briefing - January 12, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
YOUR BACKYARD - If we don't kill our bears, their children and grandchildren will be living in your backyard. That is one way to summarize a 12-page report from state wildlife officials, claiming that Gov.-elect Phil Murphy's plan to stop the bear hunts could cause their population to double by 2022, NJ.com reports. Murphy wants to explore some "non-lethal alternatives" to a bear hunt. An idea: blindfold the bears, load them on a NJ Transit bus and drop them off the New York Thruway with maps pointing North.

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The Jaffe Briefing - January 11, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
UP THE CREEK - New Jersey has a weaker tax base, higher taxes and simmering fury amongst taxpayers. It is a recipe for financial trouble, reports The Wall Street Journal, noting it has been more than 20 years since New Jersey was current on its pension payments, leaving the state nearly $100 billion in the hole. And while the state can skimp out on its payments, local government cannot, according to NJ.com, which is why towns may have to come up with an additional $422.5 million for the upcoming fiscal year. Of course, towns can surpass the state's 2 percent tax cap to cover pension costs, but they are dealing with an electorate now dealing with President Trump's $10,000 federal income tax cap on state and local tax deductions. Gov. Chris Christie is painting a rosy fiscal picture as he speeds out the door, while Gov.-elect Phil Murphy is praying for spare change under Drumthwacket's couch cushions. Righting this ship, while somehow placating taxpayers, will require plenty of balance and prayers for a robust economy.

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The Jaffe Briefing - January 10, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie talked for more than two hours yesterday, in his farewell "State of the State" address, highlighting all of his accomplishments. He served eight years (well, minus the two years he ran for President) and has done so much that we must recognize and appreciate. So, without further ado, free of slant or snark, here is Christie, unfiltered, talking about Christie:

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