Vetoes and Cuts at the End of August
Let’s bounce around on the final day of August. How could that be?
No surprise in that Governor Christie vetoed legislation that would have raised the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next several years. That move was criticized by many who cite the fact New Jersey is such an expensive state to live in and higher wages are needed for many to survive.
It was likely applauded by business owners who insist at some point they would have had to diminish their work force or cut hours. Meanwhile the issue is not going away and the Democratic controlled legislature is going to try and let voters decide by getting a question on the ballot in 2017.
Some disappointing news out of Giants camp for a couple of former Shore Conference High School stars trying to earn a spot with the NFL team as waived on Tuesday were Bennett Jackson and Ryan Malleck. Jackson, who played at Raritan High School before having a terrific career at Notre Dame, was drafted by the Giants in 2014 but has hardly seen the field because of knee injuries.
Malleck, a rookie tight end out of Point Pleasant Boro and Virginia Tech had a pretty good summer but suffered a burner (nerve injury to the neck and shoulder) in practice Tuesday. He is likely to be picked up by another NFL team but if not would probably collect an injury settlement. I’m sure what the ex-Panther wants is another opportunity and that seems almost a guarantee.
Mets & Yankees fans are more and more feeling like September will find them focused on baseball and not football. Despite a rash of injuries the Mets have won 8 of their last 10 and find themselves just 2 ½ games behind St. Louis for a playoff spot in the National League. Meanwhile the revamped Yankees have won 7 of 11 and are just 3 ½ games out of an AL wild card spot although they have several teams to pass. Regardless both teams have showed some grit and it could make for a fun month of baseball.