Trump Insists He Saw Celebrations in New Jersey on Sept. 11

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November 23, 2015


TRUMP INSISTS HE SAW CELEBRATIONS IN NEW JERSEY ON SEPT. 11

When it comes to fact-checking, Donald Trump has earned more Four-Pinnochio ratings than any other presidential candidate this year – and he just earned another one. Trump continues to insist that he saw thousands of people in Jersey City cheering as the World Trade Center collapsed on September 11, 2001. The Washington Post has put such claims to rest, but Trump continues to make similar statements on the campaign trail. 
NJ POT ARRESTS INCREASE EVEN AS LEGISLATORS CONSIDER LEGALIZATION
As nationwide arrests for simple possession of marijuana continue to drop, New Jersey is going in the other direction. Philly.com says marijuana arrests in the state jumped 10 percent in 2012 and 2013. In fact, the 24,765 arrests made for possessing small amounts of marijuana in 2013 is the highest number in 20 years.
POLLUTED INDUSTRIAL SITES NOT A PROBLEM FOR NJ DEVELOPERS
Lenders are becoming more comfortable financing development on contaminated sites in New Jersey, as long as they are in close proximity to population centers. The Wall Street Journal says the real estate mantra "location, location, location" is seeing a resurgence as even some of the more difficult sites are in high demand.
THE RACE TO BE CHRISTIE'S SUCCESSOR IS HEATING UP
All-aboard the political-party party bus. Philly.com says the leading contenders in the 2017 gubernatorial race to succeed Chris Christie have been throwing big parties in Atlantic City for the last three days in an attempt to show that they're serious about running. Some political observers say this unofficial campaign momentum, which is already pretty hyperactive on the Democratic side, will pick up even more after the new year.
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