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Jon Whiten of NJ Policy Perspective, Erica Jedynak of Americans for Prosperity, Thurston Powers of the American Legislative Exchange Council and Assemblyman John Wisniewski criticize plans to offer Amazon $7 billion in state and local tax credits if it builds a headquarters in Newark. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Jon Whiten of NJ Policy Perspective, Erica Jedynak of Americans for Prosperity, Thurston Powers of the American Legislative Exchange Council and Assemblyman John Wisniewski criticize plans to offer Amazon $7 billion in state and local tax credits if it builds a headquarters in Newark. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Right and left ally to bash idea of $7B in tax breaks for Amazon

The state is offering Amazon $5 billion in tax breaks, with Newark adding $2 billion more. Strange bedfellows are teaming to try to sink the idea.

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Christie OK with federal proposal that would raise taxes for many in NJ

Gov. Chris Christie says federal tax changes are being worked out but that he supported ending state and local tax deduction while running for president.

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Donald Trump stands on stage with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at the Lawrenceville National Guard Armory
Donald Trump stands on stage with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at the Lawrenceville National Guard Armory (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Dems say Christie should lobby Trump against health-care replacement

Votes in Congress on replacing the Affordable Care Act are imminent. A report says the plan could cost a half-million New Jerseyans health coverage by 2020.

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What would a repeal of Obamacare look like in NJ?

A report says 1.1 million New Jerseyans would lose benefits and $4B in federal funds would be lost if the Affordable Care Act is repealed without replacement.

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People hold signs and chant slogans in front of a McDonald's during a rally supporting a $15-an-hour minimum wage in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. Fast-food cooks and cashiers are striking today, joining home care and other workers in pressing for a more livable wage. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
People hold signs in front of a McDonald's during a rally supporting a $15-an-hour minimum wage in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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NJ’s minimum wage going up in 2017 … but not by much

Lawmakers hold off on the $15 minimum wage idea.

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In reversal, Christie to continue NJ’s income-tax agreement with Pennsylvania

Commuters from both New Jersey and Pennsylvania who cross the Delaware River to work can rest easier: Their income taxes aren’t changing in New Jersey, after all.

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5 ways NJ could ease the college debt crunch

As a new report outlines the deep cuts in New Jersey spending on colleges, lawmakers ready package they hope can reduce the growth of student debt

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College aid for immigrants here illegally? NJ GOPer might be open to it

Students here illegally can already qualify for in-state tuition rates.

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Construction work at an intersection on Route 31 in Raritan Township on June 28, 2016. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media New Jersey)
Construction work at an intersection on Route 31 in Raritan Township on June 28, 2016. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media New Jersey)
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Cut sales tax, raise gas tax: Is that really a good tradeoff for NJ?

Is the sales tax cut a good trade for drivers facing a higher gas tax? Depends on an individual's situation, but the average impact looks to be basically a wash.

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California To Raise Gas Tax
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NJ lawmaker says raise gas tax but let residents deduct cost from income tax

A Republican senator says a gas-tax hike is a fair way to pay for road work because out-of-state drivers would pay. He says NJ residents should get a tax deduction.

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