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South Jersey continues to be an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to the Economic Opportunity Act of 2013.
In this week's State Street, we look at Subaru, which has its U.S. headquarters in Cherry Hill, and which could use the new incentives to stay or move elsewhere in the state. The company is said to be looking at Camden as one possible relocation site.
Subaru is one of several companies watching the movement of the legislation closely. As of now, final passage of the bill isn't expected until May.
Also in State Street, we look at the next iteration of the battle over liquor licenses. Developers say New Jersey's current population-based system is antiquated and want the law changed to allow new licenses for significant redevelopment projects. But the New Jersey Restaurant Association says it's tired of the string of liquor license-related legislation. And while they're open to discussion a large-scale revisions, they say any major changes would have to come with compensation for current license-holders.
Meanwhile, Grapevine looks at how last week's Mike Rice scandal could affect plans to revamp the Rutgers Athletic Center, better known as the RAC. Sources told Grapevine the Board of Governors had planned to discuss the RAC renovation at its meeting this week. The item's now off the agenda, as the governors suddenly have more pressing matters to tackle.
Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled this morning to hold his first press conference since the Rice scandal broke.
Speaking of Christie, Grapevine has an interesting take on this fall's legislative elections. One source discusses why it may not be in the governor's interest to win both houses of the state Legislature.