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The Jaffe Briefing - November 8, 2017

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL - There's a new governor in town, and very soon New Jersey will be debating a very different agenda. Rather than the conservative policies of the last eight years, designed to appease Iowa corn farmers and, then, orange-faced Presidents, New Jersey will be welcoming a new era of progressive politics. Phil Murphy will be talking about legalizing marijuana, instituting a $15 an hour minimum wage, protecting undocumented immigrants, tightening gun control laws and fighting the Trump agenda. It's the type of agenda that sickens the traditional card-carrying Republican, now already contemplating who can possibly beat the Democrat in 2021.

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The Jaffe Briefing - November 7, 2017

TODAY IS ELECTION DAY - GO VOTE
If you voted for president last year, you can vote today.
Click HERE to see if you're registered
Click HERE to find your polling place
Or call 1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837)
 
OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL - All right. Finally. We are here. Election Day. If you live under a rock, and somehow still received this email, let's get you updated. Phil Murphy is running against Kim Guadagno for governor. Also, all 120 seats in the state Legislature are up for grabs. There are also candidates on the ballot for freeholder, mayor, council, and school board. There are also two ballot questions; one seeking approval to upgrade antiquated libraries, the other to ensure environmental settlements go to the towns where pollution occurred, not the general treasury. Polls are open until 8 p.m. Weather is downright perfect. Now, you are officially an educated voter. No excuses. Go vote. And bring money if there is a bake sale at your polling place.

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The Jaffe Briefing - November 6, 2017

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL - It's one thing when cash-strapped New Jersey residents refrain from donating $1 to the Gubernatorial Election Fund on their tax returns, but it's an entirely different matter when the two leading candidates for governor fail to check off that little box for publicly-funded elections. NJ.com reports that Phil Murphy, who received $9.3 million in matching funds from the public supported program, abstained from the $1 donation. So did Kim Guadagno, before accepting $3.3 million. The Murphy campaign called the abstention an "oversight," while Team Guadagno wasn't talking. It's all moot tomorrow, when the polls close promptly at 8 p.m.

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The Jaffe Briefing - November 3, 2017

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY
 
BASKING RIDGE - Nothing is more titillating than writing about home insurance, so here we go: Basking Ridge apparently is the second cheapest town in the entire nation for home insurance, at just $485 a year, NJ 101.5 reports. That's because all those underwriters look at a bunch of factors, like construction costs, amount of claims, credit scores, crime, etc. On the flip side, and of no great surprise to anyone, Atlantic City has the most expensive insurance rates in the state, at an average of $1,431 per year - more than $200 above the national average. One factor is because shore towns have a greater chance of storm exposure. Another unproven theory: thieves could burglarize your home and then swim to England with the bounty.

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