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The Week of the NJ Transit pay raises

By David Wildstein, July 28 2019 1:24 pm

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Winner Losers
BOB MENENDEZ PHIL MURPHY
“I know who you are and I won’t forget you.”  The Democratic U.S. Senator punches ex-opponent Bob Hugin in the face after the pharma company he ran agreed to settle a lawsuit for blocking generic drug competition as a way to raise prices on two life-saving cancer drugs.  Hugin spent $36 million of his own money –a  fortune Menendez said he earned on the backs of cancer patients — in a bid to unseat the Senator in 2018.   Massive salary increases are taken by many of NJ Transit’s top executives, despite continued complaints about late and cancelled trains and horrendous customer experiences.  This is something that could cause a political headache for the Governor of New Jersey, who has said “the buck stops with me.”   The story is worse because two of the @NJTransit execs have close ties to Murphy’s 2017 campaign for governor.
RICHARD CODEY STEVE FULOP
The high school basketball team coached by the former Governor of New Jersey and longtime legislator, the West Orange Knights, won the Amateur Athletics Union Boys Basketball National Championships. The Jersey City Mayor continues to face fallout over a tough Bloomberg investigative report: now the Jersey Journal is looking at how a construction firm that has profited off of actions taken by the mayor on Jersey City real estate matters, is building the Fulop home in Narragansett, Rhode Island.
JOSE ARANGO BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN
The Hudson County Republican Chairman pulled his candidate for Sheriff out of the race hours after she made a homophobic comment at a Jersey City Board of Education meeting.  The 3-term Congresswoman is facing some backlash after being one of just 17 House members to vote no on a resolution opposing the Israel Boycott movement — and could now face a challenge in the 2020 Democratic primary.
JOHN HEINIS DANIEL LEONARD
With the retirement of Augie Torres, the departure of Terrence McDonald and the announcement that the Hudson Reporter has laid off Al Sullivan, the owner of the Hudson County View is now the senior political reporter in Hudson The Toms River School Board member has become a national news story after anti-Muslim posts on his Facebook page, including one that said his “life would be complete” if Rep.  Tashida Tlaib were dead.  He still won’t resign.

 

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