Local Beat: Morris Sheriff says sanctuary cities are ‘bad business’

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MORRIS SHERIFF SAYS SANCTUARY CITIES ARE ‘BAD BUSINESS,’ OUTRAGE ENSUES 
Pro-immigrant activists crashed a Tea Party meeting at the county library in Whippany this week, just in time to hear Morris County Sheriff James Gannon proclaim that sanctuary cities are “bad business” and possibly illegal. Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green says the sheriff’s comments did not go over well.

DEFUSCO SAYS HOBOKEN NEEDS TO IMPROVE EQUALITY RIGHTS AT LGBTQ EVENT
Hoboken 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco on Monday called on the city to drastically improve the protections and equality rights afforded to LGBTQ residents. John Heinis of Hudson County View says DeFusco claimed that there was a “shadow campaign” underway during the 2015 council race, where he was attacked for his sexual preference, a claim that Mayor Dawn Zimmer was quick to refute.

JERSEY DIGS CREATES MAP OF ALL JERSEY CITY DEVELOPMENT PLANS AND PROJECTS
Jared Kofsky of Essex County Place has plotted every single development project in the pipeline for Jersey City and has published the map via Jersey Digs. As of March 2017, there were more than 37,000 units planned for Jersey City, with more than 9,000 already under construction.

VERONA’S LAURA FORTGANG RUNNING FOR STATE ASSEMBLY
Small business owner and Verona resident Laura Fortgang has announced her Democratic candidacy for the New Jersey state Assembly, representing the 26th district. Virginia Citrano of MyVeronaNJ says Fortgang is running to unseat longtime incumbents who she feels have abandoned their constituents and who have “anti-family, anti-children, anti-woman, anti-education, anti-public health voting records that are an offense to the hard-working families of our district.”

NEW JERSEY’S BEST TOWNS FOR FAMILIES
NJ Family has published its comprehensive collection of lists that break down some of the best New Jersey towns for families. The lists include considerations like education, affordability, crime rates, commute time, diversity and access to hospitals. This year, NJ Family also added high school performance rates and a special “NJ’s Favorite Kids’ Docs” for each town, as chosen by readers.

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