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Morning Brief: October 28

by Kris Venezia
San Francisco.

Gavin Newsom, Flickr

San Francisco might soon be celebrating their third World Series title in the past five years. The Giants lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, and tonight the team will have the opportunity to clinch the series and another championship. The Kansas City Royals will hope to keep the series alive as they host game six. The Royals have not won a World Series title since 1985 and that team knows the feeling of being one game away from elimination. The '85 Royals were down 3-2 in the series to the St. Louis Cardinals, but they then captured games 6 and 7 for the title.

New Jersey Lawmakers Looking at Paid Sick Leave

by Associated Press
Office.

Chris Meller, Flickr

New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would require employers in the state to offer workers paid sick leave - a requirement that's been gaining some momentum.

   The Assembly labor committee heard from labor and trade associations that support the concept Thursday, employers' organizations who support making changes to it and some opposed entirely.

   Workers would be entitled to one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours they work under the proposal. They could accrue up to 40 hours - or five days for full-time employees.

Billionaire Would Consider a Northern NJ Casino

by Associated Press
Casino.

Moyan Brenn, Flickr 

Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson says he's interested in building a casino in the northern New Jersey Meadowlands if the state allows the expansion of gambling beyond Atlantic City.

   Speaking Wednesday at a casino industry forum in Las Vegas, the chairman of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation called the East Rutherford site "a very attractive place" for a casino. The area is home to the Meadowlands sports complex where the NFL's Jets and Giants play, as well as the Meadowlands race track, just outside New York City.

Morning Brief: September 25

by Jeff Coltin
Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter, Keith Allison/flickr

Tonight will be Derek Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium. Or will it? No, we’re not expecting Jeter to pull a Michael Jordan and come out of retirement (twice!)—the issue right now is the weather.  Fears are drivng down ticket prices in what otherwise would be the most expensive regular season game in history. Only time will tell…

New York, New Jersey to Ramp Up Security

by Associated Press
New York harbor.

Diarlocritico de Venezuela, Flickr

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are announcing increased security across their two states.

   The measures are being taken in the wake of increasingly active terrorist groups overseas.

   Cuomo said Wednesday they are not linked to a specific threat targeting the New York City region.

   The governors appeared at 7 World Trade Center to sign a bistate memorandum of understanding. They say it will lead to further cooperation between the two states' law enforcement agencies.

Christie Growing Tired of Bridge Committee

by Associated Press
Governor Christie.

Gage Skidmore, Flickr

Gov. Chris Christie says he's growing tired of the joint legislative committee investigating lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.

   Christie on Thursday blasted the committee for leaked documents to the media. He accused its members of being more interested in getting their names in the newspapers and on television and he urged them to finish up their work.

   The remarks were some of Christie's harshest yet against the committee, which includes both Republicans and Democrats.

Cory Booker Ramping Up Senate Re-Election Effort

by Associated Press
Cory Booker.

Tris Hussley, Flickr

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey has formally launched his re-election campaign with the first of a series of kick-off events.

A poll last month showed the incumbent Democrat may have a tighter race than observers expected. The Quinnipiac Poll showed Booker was ahead of little-known Republican Jeff Bell by 10 percentage points.

Booker told supporters at Camden County College on Wednesday that he is working with Republicans and Democrats on a variety of issues, including the cost of college and federal funding for programs for veterans with traumatic brain injuries.

Poll Shows Christie Trails Clinton in New Jersey

by Associated Press
Governor Chris Christie.

Brookings Institute, Flickr

Gov. Chris Christie trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton among New Jersey voters surveyed in a poll about the 2016 presidential race.

   The Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-uh-pee-ack) University poll released Wednesday shows Clinton leading the Republican governor 50 to 42 percent. Both are considering 2016 runs but haven't committed.

   The poll also shows Clinton with strong support among women New Jersey voters surveyed. Men are divided. Clinton has a slight edge among independent voters.

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