June 20, 2018: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

June 20, 2018: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams


>>>MAJOR FUNDING FOR NJTV NEWS IS PROVIDED IN PART BY RWJ BARNABAS HEALTH, LET’S BE HEALTHY TOGETHER. NJM INSURANCE GROUP SERVING THE INSURANCE NEEDS OF NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES FOR MORE THAN 100 YEARS AND HORIZON BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF NEW JERSEY. AN INDEPENDENT LICENSEE OF THE BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD ASSOCIATION. . >>>TONIGHT ON NJTV NEWS, LAWMAKERS GET READY TO VOTE ON A BUDGET THAT DOES NOT HAVE THE GOVERNOR’S SUPPORT. >>GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY VISITS THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO MAKE THE CASE THAT HIS BUDGET PLAN IS BETTER FOR SCHOOLS THAN THE LEGISLATURE’S PLAN. . >>THE STATE COLLECTED BILLIONS IN FEES ON YOUR 911 CALLS BUT LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES SAY THEY HAVEN’T SEEN A PENNY. >>PLUS, THE WHITE HOUSE REVERSES COURSE ON SEPARATING FAMILIES AT THE SOUTHERN BORDER. AND ONE CITY HOPES BRONZE WILL HELP BRING IN SOME GREEN. THOSE STORIES AND MORE NEXT ON NJTV NEWS. >>LIVE FROM THE AGNES VARIS NJTV STUDIO AT 2 GATEWAY CENTER IN NEWARK, THIS IS NJTV NEWS WITH MARY ALICE WILLIAMS. . >>HELLO. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. I AM MICHAEL ARON. MARY ALICE WILLIAMS IS OFF TODAY. THE SENATE AND THE ASSEMBLY PLAN TO VOTE TOMORROW ON A NEW BUDGET, A BUDGET GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY DISAGREES WITH. THEY HAVE 10 DAYS TO WORK IT OUT OR GOVERNMENT WOULD SHUT DOWN JULY 1. GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY EXPLAINED WHY HIS WAY IS THE BEST WAY. MICHAEL ARON REPORTS. . >>Reporter: GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY HIGHLIGHTING WHAT HIS BUDGET MEANS FOR SCHOOLS. >>THE BUDGET WOULD INVEST $341 MILLION DIRECTLY IN NEW JERSEY’S FOLLOW KIDS. DIRECT — SCHOOL KIDS. IT WOULD BEGIN A FOUR YEAR PROCESS OF FINALLY AND FULLY FUNDING OUR SCHOOLS. >>Reporter: YESTERDAY BOTH HOUSES ADVANCED A SCHOOL FUNDING REFORM BILL THAT GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY AGREES WITH BUT HE IS USING IT AS LEVOLOG TO GET — LEVERAGE TO GET HIS WAY ON WHICH TAXES SHOULD BE RAISED TO FUND THE BUDGET. >>TILL WE HAVE AN AGREEMENT WE CANNOT HAVE AN AGREEMENT ON SCHOOL FUNDING. >>Reporter: STEVE SWINNY AND CRAIG COUGHLIN ARE DUG IN ON THEIR VERSION OF THE BUDGET. GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY IS DUG IN ON HIS. THEY SAY HIKING THE BUSINESS CORPORATE TAX CAUSES THE LEAST PAIN. GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY BELIEVES A MILLIONAIRE’S TAX IS BETTER FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS. >>THEY DESERVE MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER ONE SHOT. AS GOVERNOR I CANNOT COMMIT THE STATE TO A NEW SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA WITHOUT KNOWING THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP THE PROMISE BEYOND THE SCHOOL YEAR. >>Reporter: IT HAS BECOME A WAR OF WORDS. SWEENEY COMPLAINED GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY IS NOT NEGOTIATING. WE PUT THAT TO HIM TODAY. >>I AM AVAILABLE EVERY 2nd SECOND OF EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY. FOLKS COME TO THE TABLE WITH SUSTAINABLE LONG TERM REVENUE SOURCES. >>Reporter: ECHOES OF WHAT HAPPENED TO GOVERNOR OF HIS FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE. INHERITING A DEFICIT. THE LEGISLATURE INCEST HE HIKE THE INCOME TAX AND HIKE THE SALES TAX FROM 5 TO 6%. IT WAS CONSIDERED FRONT PAGE NEWS BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BACK THEN. HE REMEMBERS IT WELL. HAVING SERVED IN HIS CABINET. >>HE WASN’T HAPPY ABOUT IT. AS YOU REMEMBER, VERY KIND MAN. YOU NEVER HEARD A HARSH WORD OUT OF HIS MOUTH. >>Reporter: THE POLITICAL FALL OUT — >>HE SUFFERED — MEMORY SERVICES ME, LITTLE OR NO POLITICAL DAMAGE FROM THE TAX HIKES. >>IT WILL WORK ITWAY OUT ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. THREE WEEKS FROM NOW THIS WILL BE NEW JERSEY POLITICAL FOLKLORE. >>Reporter: THERE IS HISTORIC PRECEDENT FOR A FIRST YEAR GOVERNOR GIVING IN TO THE BUDGET OF THE LEGISLATURE. IT DIDN’T HURT TOM CANE IN THE LONG RUN, IT MAY NOT HURT GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY, ESPECIALLY IF HE HELD HIS NOSE. MICHAEL ARON, NJTV NEWS. >>>A WARNING ABOUT RAISING TACKS. STANDING BY AT THE STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP STUDIO AT NJCU SCHOOL OF BUSINESS IS RHONDA SCHAFFLER. RHONDA, THIS HAS A MESSAGE WITH NO TAKERS IN THE STATE CAPITAL? >>Reporter: IN THIS BATTLE OVER TAXES IN THE STATE, ONE BUSINESS LEADER ADMITS DEFEAT. THE CEO OF THE NEW JERSEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAID OVER HIS ORGANIZATION’S OBJECTION IT APPEARS THE BUDGET WILL BE FUNDED WITH THE CORPORATE TAX INCREASE OR A MILLIONAIRE’S TAX. HE NOTED HE TESTIFIED BEFORE LAWMAKERS YESTERDAY THAT EITHER TAX WOULD HURT THE STATE’S COMPETITIVE STANDING BUT TO NO AVAIL. HE SAID LAWMAKERS NEED TO COMMIT TO REJECTING IRRESPONSIBLE INITIATIVES POINTING TO THE BILL THAT WOULD FATTEN PENSIONS FOR CERTAIN OFFICE HOLDERS. THIS KIND OF LEGISLATOR INSANITY MUST STOP. >>Reporter: FOCUS ON WHETHER THE STATE GETS A MILLIONAIRE’S TAX OR HIGHER CORPORATE BUSINESS TAX, LAWMAKERS HAVE APPROVED BILLS BUT IMPOSED OTHER TAXES. ONE BILL PASSED WOULD ALLOW SOME POPULATED COUNTIES TO IMPOSE A NEW TAX ON HOSPITAL PROCEDURES. UNDER A 5 YEAR PILOT PROGRAM THE MONEY RAISED WOULD BE REINVESTED IN HOSPITAL CARE FOR LOW INCOME RESIDENTS IN THOSE COUNTIES. THE LEGISLATION COMES AFTER THE GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY’S ADMINISTRATION DELAYED PAYMENTS DUE TO A REVENUE SHORT FALL. HOSPITALS USE THE PAYMENTS TO TREAT PATIENTS THAT ARE ININSURED AND THEY — UNDERINSURED AND TO TAX AIRBNB ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE HOTELS AND MOTELS ARE TAXED. THE GOVERNS MILLIONS COULD BE RAISED BY TAXING SERVICES LIKE AIRBNB AND LYFT AND COMMITTEES IN THE SENATE AND THE SLABBED PASSED LEGISLATION — ASSEMBLY PASSED LEGISLATION TO OPPOSE A FEE ON PLASTIC BAGS. WALL STREET, STOCKS CLOSED MIXED. THE DOW FELL 42 POINTS AND THOSE ARE OUR TOP BUSINESS STORIES. >>>SUPPORT FOR THE BUSINESS REPORT PROVIDED BY VERIZON.>>>PRESIDENT TRUMP DID IT. HE TINED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO STOPIVATING IMMIGRANT FAMILIES — STOP SEPARATING IMMIGRANT FAMILIES AFTER THEY CROSS THE BORDER. THE BACK LASH INCLUDED FORMER FIRST LADIES CALLING THE POLICY UNAMERICAN AND INHUMANE. THE EXECUTIVE ORDER TO KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER DOES NOT — >>>A GRAND OPENING IN ELIZABETH FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD. DESCRIBED AS A STATE OF THE ART FACILITY AND ONE THAT WILL OFFER WELL WOMAN CHECK UPS TO BIRTH CONTROL TO ABORTIONS. PLANNED PARENTHOOD SAID 1-FIVER AMERICAN WOMEN CHEWS IT FOR HEALTHCARE AT LEAST ONCE IN ALIFE TIME — ONCE IN A LIFE TIME. >>I CALLED THE NEAREST HEALTH CENTER, WENT DOWN THE STREET AND THE CARE I RECEIVED WAS INCREDIBLE. THEY WERE KIND AND SUPPORTIVE. >>I HAD INSURANCE BUT I WAS PETRIFIED MY PARENTS WOULD FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED. >>THE STAFF WORKED WITH ME SO I COULD PAY OUT OF POCKET. BUT MOST OF ALL THEY HELPED ME REGAIN A SENSE OF CONTROL. I WANTED NOTHING MORE THAN TO FORGET THAT NIGHT AND THEIR CARE AND COMPASSION HELPED ME MOVE PAST MY EXPERIENCE. >>PLANNED PARENTHOOD OFFERS FREE SERVICES BECAUSE OF FUNDS GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY RESTORED AFTER THE FORMER GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION CUT FUNDING FOR 8 YEARS. >>>SURPRISE THE WORLD, WHAT HE TOLD THE STATE’S CASINO CONTROL COMMISSION. A DECISION COULD COME THURSDAY. HE SAID HE HAD $40 MILLION ON HAND TO RUN THE REBEL CASINO. HE SAID JAMIE FOXX WILL BE A HOST ON OPENING WEEKEND. >>>ADVOCATES EAGER FOR NEW JERSEY TO LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA. AS WE SAW THIS WEEK IN PATTERSON. >>WHY WOULD CHILDREN BE SMOKING MARIJUANA, IT IS IN THEIR HOUSEHOLD. >>HE OPPOSES MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION. HE IS AN OUTSPOKING ADVOCATE FOR LEGALIZATION. HE RECALLS HOW A DECADE’S OLD CAMPAIGN LEAD TO THE MARIJUANA ARRESTS, PROSECUTIONS AND CONVICTIONS AND INCARCERATIONS OF BLOCKS BROWNS. — BLACKS AND BROWNS. >>THERE ARE 100,000 MARIJUANA SMOKERS IN THE UNITED STATES AND —- OF BLACKS AND BROWNS. HE QUOTED HARRY ANSLINGER, THE FIRST COMMISSIONER OF THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF NARCOTICS. >>THERE ARE A TOTAL OF 100,000 MARIJUANA SMOKERS IN THE UNITED STATES, AND MOST ARE NEGROES, HISPANICS, FILIPINOS AND ENTERTAINERS. THEIR SATANIC MUSIC, JAZZ AND SWING, RESULT FROM MARIJUANA USAGE. THIS MARIJUANA CAUSES WHITE WOMEN TO SEEK SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH NEGROES, ENTERTAINERS AND OTHERS. >>YOU KNOW WHAT? THAT IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE EVER HEARD THAT. THAT IS ALARMING. >>REPORTER: BOYER IS A FAMILIAR FACE IN THE HALLS OF NEW JERSEY LAWMAKING AND THE PASTOR OF BETHEL AME IN WOODBURY. HE IS ENCOURAGED HIS FATHER, REV. ALLAN BOYER, THE LONGTIME PASTOR OF FIRST BETHEL AME IN PATERSON, TO TAKE A SECOND, THIRD LOOK AT LEGALIZATION. IT IS A HARD SELL FOR THE FATHER WHO’S SEEN LIVES FALLING PREY TO THE OPIOID CRISIS RIGHT OUTSIDE HIS CHURCH. BUT ON MONDAY NIGHT, THE ELDER BOYER AND THE DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE HELD A FORUM ON THE JUSTICE SIDE OF LEGALIZATION. >>YOU CAN’T MAKE MARIJUANA LEGAL TODAY, AND IT WAS ILLEGAL YESTERDAY AND ALL THE PEOPLE STILL HAVE IT ON THEIR RECORDS ARE STILL SITTING IN PRISON ARE STILL CRIMINALIZED. AND NOW TODAY A WHOLE BUNCH OF YOUNG, WHITE MEN COME IN AND ARE MADE THE HEROES AND THEY ARE THE NEXT TWITTER AND FACEBOOK LEVEL FOLKS. >>THERE IS A LOT OF MOMENTUM, NOT JUST IN NEW JERSEY BUT AROUND THE COUNTRY, FOR MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION AND A LOT OF IT IS DRIVEN BY THE DESIRE TO RAISE TAX MONEY AND TO MAKE MONEY. AND THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT, BUT IF THAT IS THE ONLY THING THAT WE DO, IT IS A FAILURE. >>REPORTER: THE STATE ESTIMATES LEGALIZATION WOULD ADD $300 MILLION A YEAR TO ITS BUDGET. PATERSON’S CORPORATION COUNSEL SAID CITIES DESERVE A SHARE, WHICH THEY HAVE NEVER GOTTEN FROM ALCOHOL. >>BUT IT CANNOT BE WHAT WE SEE WITH ALCOHOL LICENSES. WE SHOULD FOCUS THE REVENUE THAT IS GOING TO BE DERIVED TO BENEFIT THE PLACES THAT ARE GOING TO HAVE TO ABSORB ALL THE EFFECTS OF WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN WITH MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION. >>REPORTER: THE CANNABIS CULTURAL ASSOCIATION SAID IT FORMED BECAUSE IT SENSED BLACKS AND BROWNS WERE BEING EXCLUDED FROM CONSIDERATION FOR MARIJUANA BUSINESSES. >>WE WOULD ASK QUESTIONS LIKE, HOW DO WE GET MORE PEOPLE WHO LOOK LIKE US INTO THE ROOM? AND THEY WOULD NOT PROVIDE US WITH AN ANSWER. >>REPORTER: WHAT ABOUT DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF MARIJUANA WHEN THC STAYS IN SOMEONE’S SYSTEM FOR 30 DAYS, BUT A DAY AFTER SMOKING MARIJUANA THE SMOKER IS NOT HIGH? >>HOW DO WE TEST THOSE THAT HAVE A CDL LICENSE? HOW DO WE ENSURE THAT OUR CHILDREN ARE GOING TO BE SAFE ON THE SCHOOL BUS NOW WHEN WE DO THIS? >>IF YOU GET STOPPED BY A DRUG RECOGNITION EXPERT, THEY MAY DEEM YOU TO BE UNDER THE INFLUENCE. >>REPORTER: LAWMAKERS SAY THEY ARE STILL WRITING AND REWRITING LEGALIZATION BILLS AND URGED THE PUBLIC TO GET INVOLVED. >>REPORTER: THE SENIOR PASTOR BOYER DESCRIBED THE FORUM AS INFORMATIVE AND SAYS HE HOPES AND PRAYS THAT LEGALIZATION IN NEW JERSEY WILL TAKE THE STING OUT OF THE ILLEGAL DRUG TRADE AND THE IMPACT HE SEES RIGHT HERE OUTSIDE HIS CHURCH. >>>MICHAEL HILL, NJTV NEWS. >>>ONE OF THE REASONS FOLKS DON’T TRUST POLITICIANS. MOST OF ALL THE MONEY GOES TO SOMETHING ELSE. BRIANA VANNOZZI REPORTS. >>Reporter: KISPATCHERS ANSWERING CALLS — DISPATCHERS ANSWERING CALLS THAT SHERIFF’S OFFICE DIVERT CALLS AS QUICKLY AS THEY COME IN. LUT LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENT — BUT LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES SAY LAGS BEHIND THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. >>EVERYONE PAYS 90 CENTS ON THEIR 911 PHONE BALL. EVERY SINGLE PERSON THAT HAS PHONE SERVICE. REGARDLESS OF CARRIER. 90 CENTS. NONE OF THAT MONEY MADE ITS WAY TO OUR 911 CENTER. NOR TO THE 192 PUBLIC SAFETY ANSWERS POINTS. OTHER 911 CENTERS AROUND THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY. >>Reporter: TAKE A LOOK AT ANY PHONE BILL. YOU WILL FIND THE 90-CENT FEE TACKED ON. AS BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS STRUGGLE IN TRENTON LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT GATHERED OUTSIDE THE DISPATCH CENTER CALLING ON GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY TO END A PRACTICE DIVERTING THE FUNDS TO GENERAL COUGHERS. THIS YEAR ALONE THE FEES ARE EXPECTED TO GENERATE MORE THAN $134 MILLION STATEWIDE. THAT GOES TO A TRUST FUND TO HELP UPGRADE LOCAL COUNTY AND STATEWIDE 911 SYSTEMS LIKE THE ONE WE ARE STANDING IN NOW. THEY SAY THEY HAVEN’T SEEN A CAME TO SINCE 2011. >>THE STATE HAS COLLECTED APPROXIMATELY $1.3 BILLION IN FEES SINCE 2006. WAS ONLY 11% OF THAT FUND MONEY BEING SPENT ON ELIGIBLE EXPENSES. >>Reporter: WHAT IS WORSE THEY SAY LEGISLATORS ARE LOOKING TO HIKE THE FEE UP TO 99 CENTS EACH BILL CYCLE. ALONG WITH AN ADDITIONAL FEE FOR PREPAID CUSTOMERS. THE FUND IS TO ACQUIT NEXT GENERATION 911 SYSTEMS SO YOU COULD SEND PHOTOS OR VIDEOS DIRECTLY WITH YOUR EMERGENCY CALL BUT LAW ENFORCEMENT LEADERS DOUBT THEY WILL EVER SEE THE MONEY. >>WE ARE USING TECHNOLOGY FOR 911 THAT WAS THE OLD DIAL-UP MODALM TO TRY — MODEM TO FIGURE OUT LOCATIONS. >>Reporter: ACCORDING TO AN FCC REPORT NEW JERSEY IS ONE OF SIX STATES TO USE 911 RELATED PUBLIC SAFETY FUNDS FOR NON- RELATED PROGRAMS. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE DID CONFIRM THE FUNDS ARE ALLOCATED TO PROGRAMS IN LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY, MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS AND THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT. BRIANA VANNOZZI, NJTV NEWS. >>THAT WILL GET THEIR ATTENTION. >>>TONIGHT’S GARDEN STATE EXPRESS THE SITTING HAS 10 NEW RESIDENTS ON BROADWAY. SOME ARE SITTING, SOME ARE READING, SOME ARE TALKING TO EACH OTHER. ALL BRONZE STATUES. THEY HAVE DRIVERS AND PEDESTRIANS DOING DOUBLE TAKES. THE CITY IS RESTORING THE DISTRICT WITH FORMER AND THEY INVITE RESIDENTS TO SHOP AND DINE DINE THERE. THE BRONZE FIGURES ARE BY FAR THE BIGGEST ATTRACTION, ESPECIALLY WITH THE KIDS. NEXT, THEY THOUGHT THE SIGN WAS STOLEN. THE RESULT OF SOMETHING FISHY PERHAPS. TURNS OUT THE SIGN WAS NOT IT WAS A JERSEY STORE ICON AND THE CLASSIC DRIVE-IN IT OFFERED THE CLASSIC EXPERIENCE. JERSEY CITY FOR THE SO-CALLED RACE WITHOUT EQUAL. OR THE RACE THAT SEEMS TO HAVE NO END. A DOZEN 70-FOOT OCEAN YACHTS RESTING UP FOR MONDAY IN THE FINAL AND 8TH LEG OF THE CLIPPER AROUND THE WORLD YACHT RACE BACK TO EUROPE. THEY BEGAN THE JOURNEY LAST AUGUST IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. THE SKIPPERS ARE THE ONLY PROFESSIONALS ON BOARD. THEY DIRECT CREWS DARING TO TAKE ON WHATEVER THEY ENCOUNTER ON THE HIGH SEAS. THE FIRST PERSON TO SAIL SOLO NONSTOP AROUND THE WORLD BACK IN 1986 THAT’S OUR GARDEN STATE EXPRESS FOR THIS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2018. SOMETHING UP IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD? TIP US OFF. >>>SPORTS BETTING IS NOW LEGAL IN NEW JERSEY AND YOU CAN BET THE COUNCIL ON COMPULSIVE GAMBLING HAS SOME BIG CONCERNS. THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NEVA PRYOR SPOKE WITH CORRESPONDENT MICHAEL HILL. >>HILL: NEVA, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. >>PRYOR: THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. >>HILL: YOU ARE WELCOME. WHAT ARE YOUR BIG CONCERNS? >>PRYOR: MY BIG CONCERNS ARE THAT NOW PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE AVAILABILITY TO GAMBLE. AS I SAID BEFORE, WE ARE NEITHER FOR NOR AGAINST GAMBLING. WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE KNOW WHERE TO GO FOR HELP IF THEY DO DEVELOP A PROBLEM. WHAT WE ARE GOING TO SEE NOW IS PEOPLE WHO NEVER GAMBLED BEFORE, NOW THEY GET CAUGHT UP AT THE SUPERBOWL GAME, OR THEY GET CAUGHT UP WHEN THEY GO TO THE CASINO OR TO THE RACETRACK TO GAMBLE. AND SO, THEY ARE GOING TO WANT TO MAYBE THROW $5 ON IT SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE SKIN IN THE GAME. SO IF THEY HAVE AN ADDICTIVE PERSONALITY, THAT MIGHT LEAD TO A PROBLEM FOR THEM, ESPECIALLY ONCE YOU THROW ALCOHOL ON TOP OF IT BECAUSE IT LOWERS THEIR INHIBITIONS. >>HILL: WHAT SHOULD FAMILY, WHAT SHOULD FRIENDS LOOK FOR IN TERMS OF SOMEONE GETTING INTO TROUBLE IN TERMS OF, OKAY, THIS IS NOT JUST A ONE-TIME BET, TWO- TIME, THREE-TIME BET, BUT THIS IS SOMEBODY WHO IS REALLY INTO THIS, SOMEBODY WHO IS ADDICTED, AS YOU SAID. >>PRYOR: WELL, YOU WILL SEE THE PERSON BEING PREOCCUPIED. WITH INTERNET GAMING, WE SEE THEM ON THEIR PHONE A LOT OR ON THE COMPUTER A LOT. WE SEE VERY SIMILAR THINGS TO SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER, WHERE THE PERSON WILL BE GONE FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME. WITH THE GAMBLER, IT IS THE MONEY. LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY WILL BE GONE. WE HAVE SEEN WHERE PEOPLE HAVE GAMBLED AWAY THEIR PENSIONS, ABSENT FROM WORK. THEY BECOME IRRITABLE. PEOPLE THINK BECAUSE IT IS NOT A SUBSTANCE, THERE IS NO PHYSICAL SIGNS, BUT THERE ARE PHYSICAL SIGNS. THE PERSON WILL BE BECOME ANXIOUS. THE PERSON MIGHT BE A LITTLE 3 ANGRY IF ONE TRIES TO STOP THEM. SO, IT IS VERY, VERY SIMILAR TO SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER. AND WHAT WE TELL PEOPLE IS TO SEE WHAT IS GOING ON, AND IF THEY HAVE A PROBLEM, CALL 1-800- GAMBLER SO WE CAN GIVE THEM THE SUPPORT TREATMENT AND HELP THAT THEY NEED. >>HILL: NEVA, WHEN WILL THE COUNCIL KNOW THAT, OKAY. HERE WE HAVE NOW SPORTS BETTING IN NEW JERSEY IS LEGAL. WHAT WILL YOU LOOK FOR IN TERMS OF WHETHER NEW JERSEY IS NOT WEATHERING THIS AS WELL AS PEOPLE WANT NEW JERSEYANS TO DO? >>PRYOR: WELL, AS QUIET AS IT IS KEPT, AND I HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT RECENTLY, 10 PERCENT OF OUR CALLS OVER THE LAST QUARTER WERE FOR SPORTS BETTING AND IT WASN’T EVEN LEGAL. SO REALLY UNTIL IT IS ANALYZED, THERE ARE A LOT OF RESEARCHERS WHO WILL BE INTERESTED IN THE DATA. SO, IT WON’T PROBABLY BE NOTICED UNTIL WE GET THAT DATA. WE OURSELVES WILL LOOK AT THE 1- 800-GAMBLER CALLS AND SEE HOW MANY CALLS ARE COMING IN WITH SPORTS BETTING AS AN ISSUE. SO WITH THAT, THEN WE WILL BE ABLE TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH IT IS CAUSING THE PEOPLE IN NEW JERSEY PROBLEMS. BUT, ONE THING TO NOTICE IS THAT OUR GAMBLING RATE OF PROBLEM GAMBLERS IS 6.3 PERCENT. THAT IS TWICE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE BECAUSE WE HAVE SO MUCH AVAILABILITY. NOW, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER AVAILABILITY WITH THE SPORTS BETTING, SO WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. >>HILL: NEVA, WALK ME THROUGH SOMEONE WHO HAS A GAMBLING ISSUE OR A LOVED ONE CALLS 1- 800-GAMBLER, WHAT HAPPENS? >>PRYOR: WELL, ONE OF MY STAFF, DURING THE WEEK WE TAKE THE CALLS IN THE OFFICE, SO WE WILL ANSWER THE CALL. WE WANT TO FIND OUT WHAT KIND OF GAMBLING ARE THEY DOING. WHY DID YOU CALL US TODAY? DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU HAVE A PROBLEM? BECAUSE IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU HAVE A PROBLEM, THEN YOU ARE REALLY READY TO TAKE THAT NEXT STEP. SO WHAT WE OFFER THEM ARE GA MEETINGS, GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS. TO THE LOVED ONES, WE WILL OFFER GAM-ANON, VERY SIMILAR TO AL-ANON. THEN, WHAT WE WILL DO IS IF THEY NEED TREATMENT, WE HAVE TREATMENT PROVIDERS THAT EITHER WILL BE ABLE TO COUNSEL THEM AT NO COST OR LOW-COST. WE WILL FIND OUT IF THERE IS OTHER ISSUES THAT MAYBE WE NEED TO REFER THEM, AND WE ALWAYS CHECK FOR SUICIDALITY BECAUSE ONE OUT OF FIVE GAMBLERS WILL TRY TO COMMIT SUICIDE IN THEIR LIFETIME. >>HILL: ARE THE RESOURCES BEING DEVOTED TO ANTI-GAMBLING OR ANTI-ADDICTION IN THIS REALM THAT YOU NEED TO DO THE JOB THAT YOU NEED TO DO TO REALLY HELP PEOPLE? >>PRYOR: WELL, LIKE I SAID BEFORE WE ARE NEITHER FOR NOR AGAINST. WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR NAME IS THERE. THAT THE 1-800-GAMBLER NUMBER IS THERE IF A PERSON HAS A PROBLEM. AND, YOU WILL SEE THAT ON THE BACK OF LOTTERY TICKETS, YOU WILL SEE IT AT THE CASINO, PLACES LIKE THAT. THAT IS WHAT WE NEED. WE NEED THE MONEY TO HAVE BILLBOARDS, TV ADS, WEBSITE OPTIMIZATION, WE NEED MONEY FOR THOSE THINGS. NOT FOR US TO GET RICH, BECAUSE TRUST ME WE AREN’T GOING TO, BUT JUST SO THAT I CAN MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS MONEY THERE FOR PUBLIC AWARENESS AND I CAN KEEP MY STAFF ON BOARD. >>HILL: HOW MANY MEMBERS DO YOU HAVE ON YOUR STAFF? >>PRYOR: THERE IS NINE OF US AND MOST OF US ARE IN THE FIELD DURING THE DAY AND THEN I HAVE A SMALL STAFF INSIDE. . >>ALL RIGHT. NEVA PRYOR, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NEW JERSEY COUNCIL ON GAMBLE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING US. >>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. ERE ARE SOME NOTEWORTHY FAC TS FROM TONIGHT’S PROGRAM THAT HELPS YOU KNOW JERSEY. WITH THE OPENINGS OF HARD ROCK AND OCEAN RESORT CASINO ATLANTIC CITY WILL HAVE 9 CASINOS. 6.3% OF NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS ARE PROBLEM GAMBLERS. ACCORDING TO A POLL TOM CAIN IS THE MOST POPULAR NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR AND THERE ARE MORE THAN 8,000 AIRBNB HOSTS IN NEW JERSEY. F THERE IS SOMEONE YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET TO KNOW JERSEY SHARE HASHTAG #KNOW JERSEY. TOMORROW ON NJTV NEWS, STATE SENATORS AND ASSEMBLY MEMBERS PLAN TO VOTE ON A BUDGET THE GOVERNOR PLANS TO VIDEO. >>Reporter: TO SHARE ANY STORY YOU HAVE SEEN TONIGHT GO TO WWW.NJTVONLINE.ORG. WE WILL SEE YOU BACK HERE TOMORROW. GOOD NIGHT. >>THE MEMBERS OF THE NEW JERSEY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION MAKING PUBLIC SCHOOLS GREAT FOR EVERY CHILD. AND PSE&G, WE MAKE THINGS WORK FOR COMMUNITIES. >>PSE&G IS BUILDING NEW JERSEY’S CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE. WE ARE WORKING TO PROTECT OUR NETWORK AGAINST EXTREME WEATHER. EXPANDING AND UPGRADING TRANSMISSION LINES AND MODERNIZING OUR NATURAL GAS SYSTEMS BY INSTALLING NEW MORE DURABLE UNDERGROUND PIPES. AT PSE&G OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE SAFE, RELIABLE ENERGY YOU NEED TO POWER YOUR LIFE NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE. >>>IN EVERY COUNTY ACROSS THE STATE >>Jenna: I DO LIKE THAT HORIZON AS A JERSEY COMPANY SOUNDS LIKE A SPORTS TEAM FOR US, IT’S LIKE OURS. >>IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH. >>Jackelyn: YOU NEVER THINK IT’S GONNA HAPPEN TO YOU ESPECIALLY BEING SO YOUNG, HORIZON HAS BEEN THERE FOR ME THROUGH EVERYTHING I HAVE BEEN THROUGH. >>WITH EXPERIENCE AND STABILITY, WE ARE BEHIND YOU. >>John: YOU KNOW WE’RE HARD WORKING PEOPLE IN NEW JERSEY. HORIZON GETS US.

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