This Week in Politics: Wrapping Up New Jersey's Lame Duck Session
It's been an eventful December in Trenton with some of the biggest issues in New Jersey taking center stage at the Statehouse. Potentially transformative legislation is on the table, dealing with everything from marijuana legalization to a plastic bag ban to restoring voting rights for people on parole and probation. And Garden State lawmakers appear especially busy as this lame duck session's legislative calendar winds down.
But , politics reporter for the Star-Ledger and NJ Advance Media, says the list of significant accomplishments could have been longer
Speaking with , he says the discord between Gov. Phil Murphy and State Senate President Steve Sweeney played a part in scaling back the legislature's agenda.
"We're dealing with some controversial bills that probably will get to the governor and will be signed," said Arco. "But recreational marijuana, more appointments for the governor -- there's things that fell short."
Review: 'The Thin Place' Tells a Spooky Ghost Story
Do you believe there's an afterlife — another place where our loved ones can hear us, see us, reach out to us? Hilda does, in Lucas Hnath's new play "The Thin Place."
She's a vulnerable woman who's just suffered a major loss, and her belief in an afterlife is bolstered when she befriends a medium who claims she can talk to the dead.
Hnath is best known for his politically-minded dramadies like The Doll House Part 2, which garnered eight Tony nominations, and last year's "Hillary and Clinton." But this work is completely different. It's a spooky ghost story, a delightful piece of theater magic.
I can't tell you much more than that without spoiling its many delightful surprises. But one of the most interesting things about this 90-minute show is that underneath the pure pleasure of it is a fierce debate about fear and belief and how they inform each other — and how, together, they affect everything from our political leanings to our personal relationships to our spirituality, tugging us in directions we might not otherwise go if we were just making rational choices. Hnath says — sure, ill-informed beliefs can lead to interpersonal (or international) warfare, and they make it easier for us to be manipulated. But they can also keep us going when we're afraid, or when life gets very, very hard.
" " by Lucas Hnath and directed by Les Waters at Playwrights Horizons.
New Legislation Would Require Some Real Estate Developers TO Set Aside Apartments For Homeless
New York City's plan to address its ongoing homelessness crisis is getting a major boost. In a landmark policy shift, Mayor Bill de Blasio and a group of City Council members have hammered out legislation to require certain real estate developers to set aside a significant number of new units for homeless New Yorkers. Gothamist's Liz Kim explains the reasons and politics behind the bill with WNYC's Jami Floyd.
Memorial Set for Third Civilian Victim in Jersey City 'Domestic Terror' Attack
Douglas Miguel Rodriguez, 49, an employee of JC Kosher Supermarket, will be remembered at a service on Saturday in Patterson.