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Good morning, it’s the start of a new week and the end of the month in Trenton. So, before we dive into another day of politics as usual, here’s our look at some things that are going on in the capital and around the state.

Your Weekly NJ Political Bonbons
As anther eventful week in NJ politics yielded to a nice, long three-day weekend, here’s something dishy and opinionated to read while you languish at the Jersey Shore!
Jay Lassiter, PolitickerNJ Read more

A Memorial Day Message from Steve Sweeney
I wanted to take a moment to wish you and your family a Happy Memorial Day. Today is more than just the unofficial start to summer – it’s a day to acknowledge those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Stephen M. Sweeney, PolitickerNJ Read more

A Memorial Day Message from Phil Murphy
For many, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. It’s a weekend of family events — often associated with the opening of pools, trips down the shore, and picnics.
Phil Murphy, PolitickerNJ Read more

Governor Christie’s Memorial Day Statement
In honor of Memorial Day, Governor Chris Christie released the following statement:
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more
Medical pot proposal before N.J. Supreme Court could ease lawyers’ fears
New Jersey’s medical marijuana program has been up and running for nearly six years. But under federal law, marijuana remains a “Schedule I” controlled dangerous substance, meaning the U.S. Justice Department considers it to be among the most harmful illicit drugs.
Salvador Rizzo, The Record Read more

Clinton counting on N.J. delegates
With New Jersey set to vote next week in the final round of Democratic presidential primaries, the state’s 142 delegates could put Hillary Clinton over the top and ensure she wins the nomination — if the superdelegates pledged to her are included.
Herb Jackson, The Record Read more

Can Atlantic City fill a $44 million budget hole in 5 months?
The clock is ticking on city officials, who have five months to draft a five-year plan that includes a 2017 balanced budget or else face a state takeover.
Christian Hetrick, Press of Atlantic City Read more

House Democrats have secret weapon against Scott Garrett: Donald Trump
New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District, where Rep. Scott Garrett is seeking re-election, is one of 15 in the U.S. where residents will see digital ads trying to tie House Republicans to presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

Bob Torricelli wants you to ‘like’ him
Google Robert Torricelli’s name and the algorithm will spit out a trail of entries touching his 20-year tenure in the U.S. House and Senate, his decision to abandon his Senate reelection campaign amid ethics allegations in 2002, and his second career as a business consultant and real estate developer.
The Auditor, NJ.com Read more

Lance plans to stay conservative course in Congress
Since his ascension from the New Jersey Statehouse to the United States Congress in 2008, Rep. Leonard Lance has dominated the polls, winning re-election three times by double-digit margins in the Republican-heavy 7th District.
William Westhoven, Daily Record Read more

Jacob pursuing American dream straight to Congress
Emigrating from India to the United States in 1986, the parents of Peter Jacob sought a new life and new opportunities for their children.
William Westhoven, The Daily Record Read more

Judge rules against TR councilman in church lawsuit
A judge has ruled that The Presbyterian Church of Toms River can continue leasing parking spaces in its lot to a local auto dealer, rejecting claims by a township councilman and eight other residents who claimed the Board of Adjustment had acted improperly by approving the parking plan.
Jean Mikle, Asbury Park Press Read more