NJ Politics Digest: Booker Wants Confederate Statues Out of Capitol

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The fight over Confederate statues is moving to the halls of United States government, as Sen. Cory Booker plans to introduce legislation to remove such statues from the U.S. Capitol building. Meanwhile, Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) said he supports a new version of the Voting Rights Act.

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While other states have said they won’t cooperate, the New Jersey Division of Elections is turning over some records to President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Division Director Robert Giles said New Jersey would supply information that’s already publicly available.

And Phil Murphy plans to raise taxes on the wealthy and pot smokers to generate $1.3 billion to pay for his progressive campaign platform. He wants to hike the millionaire’s tax, close several corporate loopholes and legalize and tax recreational marijuana.

Quote of the Day: “Individuals who were treasonous to the United States, who took up arms against their own country, and inflicted catastrophic death and suffering among U.S. citizens, are not patriots and should not be afforded such a rare honor in this sacred space. — Cory Booker on removing confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol.

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Why N.J. lawmaker who helped Trump just rejected the president
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Fourth public gig for this N.J. Democrat boosts his pay to $273K
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N.J.’s links to Nazis, the KKK and the Confederacy
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Lakewood Orthodox leaders to Trump: Rethink Charlottesville
Leadership of the township’s large Orthodox Jewish population – which was all-in for Donald Trump in last year’s election – say they want the president to take a stronger stand against the white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups that gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, for the deadly “Unite the Right” rally.
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Linwood, Philadelphia men plead guilty in federal prescription drug fraud case
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A bipartisan group of elected officials from the Jersey Shore joined with environmental groups Thursday to denounce proposed cuts to the budget of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, reductions they say would decimate programs that keep the state safe and its residents healthy.
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EpiPen maker finalizes settlement for government overcharges
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NJ Politics Digest: Booker Wants Confederate Statues Out of Capitol