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Mega Millions lottery: Did you win Friday’s $750M Mega Millions drawing? Results, winning numbers (1/15/2021) - nj.com
The winning Mega Millions lottery numbers are drawn Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, at 11 p.m. The Mega Millions jackpot drawing for (1/15/2021) is worth an estimated $750 million for a single winner. Check back later to see if anyone won the Mega Millions jackpot las…
The Mega Millions jackpot for Fridays lottery drawing has jumped to an estimated $750 million making it potentially the fifth-largest in U.S. lottery history. The winning numbers were: 3, 11, 12, 38 and 43. The Mega Ball drawn was 15 with a Megaplier of 4X. The payout would also be the second-largest since Mega Millions began in 2002. The last time any lottery player won the top Mega Millions jackpot was Sept. 15, 2020, when a $120 million ticket was sold in Wisconsin. Since then 34 drawings have been held without a top-prize winner. While no one across the country hit Tuesdays $625 million jackpot, a ticket sold in Hoboken was one of nine, second-prize tickets bought nationally. All the tickets are worth at least $1 million and matched five numbers but not the Mega Ball. There were also nine tickets valued at $10,000 apiece purchased in the Garden State, New Jersey Lottery officials said. Each third-prize ticket matched four numbers plus the Mega Ball The winning numbers drawn Tuesday were: 12, 14, 26, 28 and 33. The Mega Ball drawn was 9 with a Megaplier of 2X. Two top jackpots were hit in New Jersey in 2020. An anonymous winner claimed the $202 million prize won on Feb. 11 with a ticket sold in Edison and a $124 million ticket was bought in Bayonne for the July 24 drawing. Mega Millions tickets cost $2 each and in New Jersey must be bought by 10:45 p.m. on the evening of the drawing. The odds of a ticket hitting the jackpot by matching five numbers and the Mega Ball are 302,575,350 to 1. Players have a 1 in 12,607,306 shot to win the second prize of at least $1 million by matching five numbers. Mega Millions is played in 45 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The New Jersey Lottery office in Lawrence is open to the public by appointment. You can still claim your winnings provided theyre less than $599.50 in person at any retailer. The lottery is also accepting mailed claims, though officials warn payments might be temporarily delayed. Winners are advised to make copies of the claim form and the winning ticket for their records. Jeff Goldman may be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @JGoldmanNJ. Find NJ.com on Facebook. Chris Sheldon may be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @chrisrsheldon Find NJ.com on Facebook. Our journalism needs your support. Please subscribe today to NJ.com.
Smokers before teachers? Educators ‘incensed’ over N.J.’s COVID vaccine priorities. - NJ.com
New Jersey has yet to make teachers eligible for the coronavirus vaccine, but 2 million smokers now qualify.
At first, New Jerseys COVID-19 vaccination plan made sense to teachers. The state began with frontline health care workers, then residents of long-term care facilities followed by police and firefighters. But on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced an estimated 2 million smokers will become eligible for vaccination, along with millions of people who are 65 or older or have pre-existing conditions. Teachers? Still not on the list. And theyre rather incensed about it, said Susan McBride, president of the Bergen County Education Association. I think the prioritizing of smokers as a group has insulted educators, she said. (We) were very much led to believe that we were imminent in the hierarchy of vaccine recipients, and that seems to have been changed as of (Wednesdays) press conference. The heated national debate over who should be next in line for vaccination continues as states grapple with a limited supply and overwhelming demand for coveted doses. McBride and other union leaders said they understand the challenge state leaders face. Yet the prioritization of smokers over teachers and some other essential workers has emerged as arguably the most controversial decision in New Jerseys vaccination rollout. A lot of people sort of reacted to the smoker part of it, said Anthony Rosamilia, president of the Essex County Education Association. If at this point, in 2021, you dont know how dangerous smoking is and you still choose to smoke and then that puts you ahead of someone who doesnt its not just educators, I think the general public is not happy about that. The state has said it is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which lists smoking as a condition that puts individuals at increased risk of severe illness from the virus, just like those who are obese or have heart disease. The decision comes down to who is most at risk of dying from COVID-19, said Donna Leusner, spokeswoman for the state Department of Health. If an individual who smokes gets COVID, they get sicker much quicker, Leusner said. Our goal is to save as many lives as possible and to promote vaccination among the highest risk groups. New Jersey has received 658,800 doses of the coronavirus vaccine, according to figures tracked by the CDC. On Thursday, state officials reported 300,213 doses have been administered including 264,556 first doses and 35,512 second doses. Meanwhile, the state announced another 5,967 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, one day after setting a record of 6,922. Teachers remain in Phase 1b on the states priority list, and the next wave of eligibility is still being determined, according to the state. New Jersey also urges anyone who is smoking to quit, Leusner said. Prioritizing smokers is a good policy since it may decrease the number of people who need to be hospitalized, said Stephanie Silvera, an epidemiologist at Montclair State University. If the point of vaccination is to reduce the number of cases, and therefore reduce the number of people who are hospitalized, then we need to create a vaccination plan that isnt judging the worthiness of who needs to be vaccinated, she said. But Judith Lightfoot, the chief of infectious disease at Rowan University, called the decision to vaccinate all smokers, regardless of age, odd. From a medical standpoint, smokers do terrible with COVID, she said. But I can also make the argument anyone with COVID with no medical conditions could do just as poor, no matter what age you are. She and Silvera agreed, however, that judging who is most worthy of vaccination is not as important as getting people vaccinated, period. I could say, You got diabetes because youre overweight, Lightfoot said. Or, You got HIV because of your sexual behavior. Society can go on and on. Educators likely have no problem being behind a cancer survivor or someone who is diabetic, Rosamilia said. Its the fact that smokers are actively making a choice to do something unhealthy that upsets people, he said. Nick Zaneto, a teacher and coach at Metuchen High School, said students are taught to avoid bad habits like smoking. And this almost seems like a reward, he said. Getting teachers vaccinated will be a key step toward reopening schools and should be one the states highest priorities, McBride said. I think that individuals who choose to smoke should not be given a priority over public school employees who are essential workers in the state of New Jersey who educate hundreds of thousands of the states students, she said. Educators and health experts have warned that teacher vaccination alone isnt enough to fully reopen schools. But it could go a long way to expanding in-person instruction, they said. New Jersey began the week with just 79 school districts offering full in-person instruction. COVID-related staff shortages have made it difficult for some districts to remain open, and some large school systems dont plan to re-open until March or later, meaning students will have spent a full year away from the classroom. One district, Hillside Public Schools, has already announced it will remain in all-virtual instruction for the rest of the academic year. The New Jersey Education Association, the states largest teachers union, said it is incredibly frustrated with the federal governments failure to distribute the vaccine as quickly as promised. It urges the state to do everything in its power to speed up vaccine access for educators, spokesman Steve Baker said. Our schools are too important to wait one day longer than necessary, he said. The states vaccine eligibility expansion announced this week will allow at least some educators to get vaccinated, including those who are most vulnerable because of age or medical condition, Rosamilia said. Hes hopeful an announcement that all educators are eligible will come as soon as next week. I think if next week comes and we dont see that, I think the impatience is going to grow, Rosamilia said. This is a serious situation, and we are hopeful that things are going to change soon. NJ Advance Media reporterMatthew Stanmyre contributed to this report Our journalism needs your support. Please subscribe today to NJ.com. Adam Clark may be reached at [email protected] Have a news tip or a story idea about New Jersey schools? Send it here.
N.J. hospitals preparing for COVID patient ‘surge’ that could trigger new restrictions - NJ.com
Moderate models have shown between 4,000 to 4,500 coronavirus hospitalizations, while high models show more than 6,000 — which Persichilli said “would be tough” to manage.
New Jerseys top health official warned Wednesday the state is preparing for a surge in hospitalizations from the latest spike in coronavirus cases that could come as soon as next week and may trigger a new round of restrictions, particularly with elective surgeries. While hospitalizations have remained between 3,500 and 3,900 for weeks, far below the more than 8,000 peak in the spring, Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said that hospital officials are concerned about the weeks ahead due to available staffing. We are preparing for the predictive surge that may start as early as next week into the middle of February, Persichilli said Wednesday during the governors regular COVID-19 briefing. What we will not have is the appropriate level of staffing that people are familiar with, conventional staffing, she said. So we will be working with our hospitals if they need to progress to what we call contingency staffing, and hopefully never crisis staffing. Gov. Phil Murphy has warned that hospitalizations above 5,000 patients would likely trigger some new restrictions particularly on elective surgeries, which include procedures like removing tumors. In the spring outbreak, New Jersey benefited from health care workers from other parts of the country arriving here to help treat patients. Now that the virus is raging across the nation, health officials dont expect to be able to receive that same support which could mean a shortage of workers to meet the high demand of patients. There were 3,638 people being treated across the states 71 hospitals as of Wednesday evening, down 88 patients from a day earlier, according to state data. New Jersey, however, reported a single-day record 6,922 new confirmed positive tests on Wednesday and 95 additional deaths. The seven-day average for new confirmed cases increased Wednesday to 5,679, up 22% from a week ago and 18% from a month ago. Thats the highest seven-day average in the outbreak to date, though the lack of testing in the spring likely undercounted the extent of the infections in the first wave. Hospitalization increases tend to follow one to two weeks after spikes in new cases as symptoms worsen and people seek advanced medical care, officials have said. Hospitalizations as of 1/13/21 CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES: Live map tracker | Newsletter | Homepage (We) are watching that number and this number like a hawk, Murphy said on Wednesday. Moderate models for the outbreak predict a peak of 4,000 to 4,500 hospitalizations, while high models show more than 6,000, Persichilli said. The high model would be tough to manage, Persichilli said. At that point, were going to have pull some levers that were not pulling at the moment, Murphy added. The state of 9 million residents has now lost 20,161 residents in the COVID-19 outbreak 18,070 confirmed deaths and 2,091 considered probable. The probable deaths were revised higher Wednesday from 2,059. New Jersey has already announced 969 confirmed deaths this month, following 1,890 in December. Our journalism needs your support. Please subscribe today to NJ.com Matt Arco may be reached at [email protected]
Second stimulus check update: Biden calls for $2,000 payments but this Democrat may make it difficult - NJ.com
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said he would not vote for increasing the coronavirus stimulus payments to $2,000.
President-elect Joe Biden on Friday called for increasing the most recent payments to $2,000 as part of the next coronavirus stimulus bill. We need more direct relief flowing to families and small businesses, including finishing the job and getting people $2,000 in relief, Biden said in Delaware. Six hundred dollars is simply not enough when you have to choose between paying rent or putting food on the table and keeping the lights on. But at least one key Democrat isnt that enamored of the idea, saying the top priority needs to be vaccinating Americans. If there are to be checks, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., told the Washington Post, they needed to be targeted to those in need. If they can direct money and they say, This will help stimulate the economy, hell yeah Im for it, Manchin told the newspaper. But basically right now, you better get them vaccinated. Because the base is so much higher than it is with $600 checks, a family of four, which would start with $8,000 in stimulus checks, would have to make $310,000 before the entire payment would end, according to calculations by the Center for a Responsible Federal Budget. For a family with five children, the cutoff would be $430,000. What makes Manchins vote so crucial is that Senate Democrats can bypass a filibuster and approve the higher checks with just 51 rather than 60 votes, and he is one of the 51. So if hes a no, incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York would need to find at least one Republican to pass the bill. Of course, that may not be an issue as several GOP senators supported the $2,000 payments after President Donald Trump called for them, but outgoing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., refused to allow a vote. Both Biden and Schumer endorsed Trumps call for the higher checks. Now that he will be the one deciding which bills reach the floor, Schumer said approving higher checks was one of the first things that I want to do after victories in Georgias two U.S. Senate races earlier this month gave the Democrats their first Senate majority since 2015 thanks to incoming Vice President Kamala Harris tie-breaking vote. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES: Live map tracker | Newsletter | Homepage The Democrats also could try to get the 60 votes needed to pass the bill under regular procedures with the support of Republican senators, led by Josh Hawley of Missouri, who demanded higher payment. Without Manchin but with every other Democrat on board, Schumer would need 11 of the 50 Republicans. Manchin was part of a bipartisan group of senators and representatives, including Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-5th Dist., who developed a $908 billion plan that wound up jump-starting negotiations on the final coronavirus stimulus bill. That legislation did not include stimulus checks, which were added after Senate Republicans refused to support federal help for states and municipalities. The Internal Revenue Service currently is sending out the $600 payments, either through direct deposit or prepaid debit cards. Jonathan D. Salant may be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @JDSalant. Our journalism needs your support. Please subscribe today to NJ.com.
Giants legend Eli Manning in a spat with Eagles’ Fletcher Cox over tanking allegations - NJ.com
The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Washington Football Team, 20-14, on Sunday. As a result, Washington won the NFC East division title and eliminated the New York Giants from playoff contention.
Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox just cant stop chasing former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. The two-time Super Bowl champion was one of the first to complain on Twitter about the Eagles 20-14 loss to the Washington Football Team on Sunday. The Eagles had 10 starters inactive for the game. Making matters worse, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson pulled starting quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second half, benching him for backup Nate Sudfeld, who hadnt thrown a pass in the regular season since 2018. By beating the Eagles, Washington clinched the NFC East division title and eliminated the Giants from playoff contention. Sign up for Giants Extra: Get exclusive news, behind-the-scenes observations and the ability to text directly with reporters After the game, several members of the Giants organization turned to Twitter to register their complaints, including Manning, who tweeted: This is why we dont like the Eagles. Cox didnt waste the chance to sack Manning one more time with his response: We dont like you either. Former Giants offensive lineman and Manning teammate Geoff Schwartz came to the quarterbacks defense: Eagles captain doesnt seem too upset about what happened tonight. But Cox didnt miss a beat: Hmmmm trying to see whats upset got to do with me trolling Eli. Both the Eagles and Giants will be home Saturday watching Washington hosts Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC wild-card game. Get Giants text messages: Cut through the clutter of social media and text directly with beat writers. Plus, exclusive news and analysis.Sign up now for a free trial. Thank you for relying on us to provide the journalism you can trust. Please consider supporting NJ.com with a subscription. Mike Rosenstein may be reached at [email protected] Tell us your coronavirus story or send a tip here.
NFL Draft 2021: Here are 12 Jets targets to watch, including Ohio State’s Justin Fields, Clemson’s Trevor Law - NJ.com
The Jets' season is over, so they can now turn their focus toward the 2021 offseason.
Jets fans spent most of the brutal 2020 season looking forward to the 2021 offseason. And now its here. So lets examine some potential Jets targets in the 2021 NFL Draft. General manager Joe Douglas will have major decisions to make, since he has two picks in Round 1, one in Round 2, and two in Round 3. Those extra picks in Rounds 1 and 3 came from Seattle, in the Jamal Adams trade. So here are the names to watch, considering the Jets many needs: QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson: Will he fall to the Jets at No. 2? Still seems unlikely, despite Clemsons loss to Ohio State in the national semifinals. Expect the Jaguars to take him at No. 1. QB Justin Fields, Ohio State: If the Jaguars make the safe pick and take Lawrence, what does Douglas do at No. 2? He could do a lot worse than Fields, whose draft stock will skyrocket if he excels against Alabamas sophisticated defense in the national title game. QB Zach Wilson, BYU: Douglas taking Wilson at No. 2 would be fascinating, presuming Douglas even wants to move on from Sam Darnold, who has mostly struggled through three seasons (including two with Douglas as GM). Douglas could perhaps trade back a bit in Round 1 in a deal with another quarterback-needy team and land Wilson that way. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State: His team didnt play in 2020, because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Actually, he played one non-conference game, against Central Arkansas. But who cares about that?) Lots of uncertainty surrounding Lance. Like Wilson, he is an option if Douglas trades back in Round 1. Expect Lawrence/Fields or Fields/Lawrence to go first and second to the Jaguars and either the Jets or another quarterback-needy team. WR JaMarr Chase, LSU: What if Douglas wants to draft a quarterback in Round 2? Or maybe give Darnold another year to prove himself? Or sign a veteran stopgap quarterback, like Jameis Winston? Quarterback isnt the Jets only need. They have to get playmakers. WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama: He or Chase would certainly qualify as a No. 1 receiver from the get-go for whomever the Jets put at quarterback in 2021. Itll be interesting to see how the pre-draft process goes for these two receivers, in terms of who gets picked first. WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama: The Jets wont take him at No. 2, but he could be an option if they trade back in the first round. He is a superb talent, but hes not on the level of Chase and Smith. Or thats how most draft analysts view things right now. OT Penei Sewell, Oregon: Douglas got left tackle Mekhi Becton at No. 11 last year, and he played well as a rookie. Perhaps Douglas can pick Sewell the consensus top offensive lineman in this draft and put him at right tackle. That would be quite the pair. CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama: Outside of safety Marcus Maye, the Jets secondary was disaster in 2020. Surtain would help fix that. He is the son of former NFL cornerback Patrick Surtain. CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech: Similar situation to Chase and Smith at wide receiver. There is some debate about whether Surtain or Farley is the top cornerback in this draft. Either way, either player would qualify as a No. 1 corner for the Jets in 2021. Edge rusher Patrick Jones II, Pittsburgh: The Jets havent had a dominant edge rusher since John Abraham in 2005. Long time ago. Jones had nine sacks and 13 tackles for loss in 2020, compared to 8.5 and 12 last season. Edge rusher Gregory Rousseau, Miami: He opted out of the 2020 season, so there are some questions surrounding him. He simply doesnt have as much film as Jones, for scouts to analyze. But last season, he was a monster 19.5 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks. Thank you for relying on us to provide the journalism you can trust. Please consider supporting NJ.com with a subscription. Darryl Slater may be reached at [email protected] Tell us your coronavirus story or send a tip here.
Mega Millions lottery jackpot soars to $432M, with no top winner in New Year’s Day drawing - NJ.com
One Mega Millions ticket worth $1 million was sold in Texas, and 31 tickets from Friday night won $10,000 each.
The Mega Millions lottery jackpot has grown to $432 million for Tuesday nights drawing, after no tickets matched all six winning numbers from Friday night the first major lottery drawing of 2021. One ticket sold in Texas matched the five white balls, but not the gold Mega ball, according to the official Mega Million website. So that ticket is worth $1 million. Throughout the nation, 31 tickets from Fridays drawing won a prize of $10,000, with those tickets matching four white balls plus the gold Mega ball, the lottery said. Also, 741 tickets won $500 each for matching four white balls. The winning numbers in Friday nights drawing (1/1/2021) were 8, 24, 53, 68 and 69. The gold Mega number was 7, and the Megaplier was 5x. The next drawing takes place at 11 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Jan. 5. The cash value of the estimated $432 million jackpot will be about $329.7 million. The last time any lottery player won the top Mega Millions jackpot was Sept. 15, 2020, when a $120 million ticket was sold in Wisconsin. Two top jackpots were hit in New Jersey in 2020; an anonymous winner claimed the $202 million prize won on Feb. 11 with a ticket sold in Edison, and a $124 million ticket was bought in Bayonne for the July 24 drawing. ALSO: These were the top prizes won by N.J. lottery players in 2020 Thank you for relying on us to provide the journalism you can trust. Please consider supporting NJ.com with a subscription. Len Melisurgo may be reached at [email protected]
Live N.J. power outage tracker: A dark Christmas for thousands. Getting the lights back may take a while. - NJ.com
More than 100,000 were without power overnight. Restoration efforts could take days.
For many waking up this morning, it wasnt a White Christmas. It was a dark one. A heavy storm accompanied by high wind gusts pulled down trees and utility lines overnight, at one point knocking out the power to more than 100,000 utility customers across New Jersey. By mid-morning, more than 87,300 homes and businesses still had no lights and with the damage so extensive and involving so many individual lines, that utility officials warned it could take days to get them all back. The path of the storm was widespread, from Gloucester to Bergen counties. Downed wires in South Brunswick shut down normally busy Route 1 in both directions. Trees in Teaneck were reported down all over the town, with more than 2,500 customers without power as of 9 a.m. Public Service Electric & Gas Co., the largest utility in the state, still had more than 13,000 of its 2.3 million customers without service at 10:30 a.m., more than half of them in Bergen County. PSE&G employees have forgone holiday vacations and are working safely and as quickly as possible to restore power to the customers without power, said spokesman Michael Jennings, noting that there are more than 1,500 workers, including linemen, contractors and tree crews, focused on getting the power back. We are shifting crews to Bergen and Hudson County to expedite restoration efforts. Winds took down a tree and power lines on Bogert Street in Teaneck in the wake of the Christmas 2020 storm.Steve Hockstein | For NJ Advance Media Ohio-based FirstEnergy, the parent company of Jersey Central Power & Light Co., was reporting at mid morning that more than 35,000 of its 1.1 million customers were without service. JCP&L supplies electricity to Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties. The challenge today is with it being Christmas, and it being a fairly widespread weather event, there are not a lot of other utilities able to provide mutual aid, said FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin. Our crews are out there and will continue to be working. He could not provide an estimate for restoration, but due to the massive tree damage across the area, there will likely be customers without power throughout Christmas Day, the company said. By mid-morning, JCP&L reported that its crews had restored power to about 75,000 customers, and were continuing to work around the clock to restore service to the remaining customers. More than half of those outages were located in Monmouth County. The utility has repeatedly come under fire in the past for its slow pace of restoring service after hit by severe weather and even on Christmas, customers were repeatedly asking what was taking so long. The company said in the aftermath of a storm there are typically hundreds, even thousands, of damage locations that line crews must address. It said its main priority was clearing hazards such as downed power lines, downed trees and equipment blocking the roads and then assessing the damage so that line crews can access the site of an outage and begin to make the repairs. Orange & Rockland Utilities, which serves more than 72,000 New Jersey customers in Bergen, Passaic and Sussex counties, was reporting about 4,000 of them still out of service on Christmas morning mostly in Bergen. A company spokesman said company and contractor linemen, tree removal crews and more than 140 additional personnel from other utilities, worked through the night on Christmas Eve to restore power to almost 20,000 people who lost their electricity because of the heavy rain and strong wind gusts. The mutual aid crews obtained by O&R doubled the companys emergency response resources. The company also recalled employees from vacation and holiday days off to work the storm, said the spokesman, Mike Donovan, who was also among those recalled from vacation. Atlantic City Electric Co., which serves the southern end of the state, said restoration efforts could take days. Some 7,400 of the companys 546,000 customers were without power as of 10:30 a.m. The storm caused extensive damage in our service area, toppling trees and bringing down tree limbs that downed power lines and damaged electric equipment, interrupting electric service for customers, said Frank Tedesco, an Atlantic Electric spokesman. While the storm caused damage and outages across our entire service area, the majority of outages are located in Atlantic, Gloucester and Salem counties, where we saw some pockets of higher winds. He said crews from Atlantic City Electric, outside contractors and mutual assistance utility crews some from as far as Florida are working to restore service. A significant amount of work remains to repair the damage and customers should be prepared for a multi-day restoration effort, said Tedesco. We expect to have the vast majority of customers restored today, however some customers are expected to be impacted into the weekend. Local journalism needs your support. Subscribe at nj.com/supporter. Ted Sherman may be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @TedShermanSL.
If Giants fire Dave Gettleman, how would their general manager opening compare to Falcons, Texans, Lions, Jag - NJ.com
Assessing the NFL's current general manager openings, and how they'd stack up with a potential Giants vacancy.
It remains unclear if the Giants will fire general manager Dave Gettleman. But if they do, theyll have some competition as they seek a new GM. Five NFL teams have already fired a GM this season Falcons, Texans, Lions, Jaguars, and Panthers. Washington went this season without a GM, after firing Bruce Allen last year. So lets take a look at how a potential Giants opening would compare to those vacancies, by assessing four key areas salary cap space, 2021 NFL Draft capital, quarterback situation, and head coach situation. SALARY CAP SPACE This is based on overthecap.coms $176 million cap projection for 2021. Jaguars: $77.6 million (first in NFL) Washington: $48.2 million (fifth) Panthers: $16.9 million (17th) Giants: $16.8 million (18th) Lions: $12.1 million (19th) Texans: minus-$10.1 million (25th) Falcons: minus-$24.3 million (30th) 2021 NFL DRAFT CAPITAL This is based on Tankathons draft power rankings, as they currently stand. Jaguars: 5,226.6 value points (first in NFL) picking first in Round 1 Panthers: 2,729.4 value points (fifth) picking fourth in Round 1 Falcons: 2,641.0 value points (6th) picking fifth in Round 1 Giants: 2,138.4 value points (10th) picking 10th in Round 1 Lions: 2,076.5 value points (11th) picking 11th in Round 1 Washington: 1,771.4 value points (14th) picking 19th in Round 1 Texans: 515.9 value points (30th) first pick not until 68th overall (Round 3) QUARTERBACK SITUATION Were ranking these quarterback situations from best to worst. Texans: Deshaun Watson is a fantastic player, and hes under contract through 2025. He currently ranks third in the NFL in quarterback rating, behind Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes. The Texans have a lot of issues. Watson isnt one of them. Jaguars: Theyre on track to draft Trevor Lawrence first overall, now that the Jets have won. Hes an elite prospect, but nobody really knows if he will deliver in the NFL. Still, the No. 1 pick and the chance to get Lawrence makes this GM job quite attractive. Lions: Matt Stafford hasnt declined in a major way, but hell be 33 when next season opens. The Lions can easily cut him after 2021. And they can perhaps cut him after 2020, but it wont be as easy $19 million dead money, $14 million cap savings. Panthers: Teddy Bridgewater probably isnt the long-term answer, but hell be back in 2021, because of his contract structure. And hell have a $23 million cap hit. After that, he can be cut with ease. Falcons: Matt Ryan is still a capable starter, but hell be 36 years old when next season starts. And because of his contract, the Falcons probably cant cut him until after the 2022 season. The new GM needs to think about the future at quarterback. But thatll be hard to do right now. Giants: Gettlemans potential replacement would have to determine if Daniel Jones is the answer. The jury is still out on that. Next season is Jones third and its a big one for him. Washington: Dwayne Haskins is a bust, and Alex Smith isnt the solution. Washington needs a fresh start at quarterback. But its draft position in 2021 might not allow for that to happen immediately. HEAD COACH SITUATION Same thing here. Ranked from best to worst in terms of appeal for the new GM. Falcons: Coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff were both canned, so theres a clean slate in Atlanta, where Arthur Blank is a well-regarded owner. Jaguars: Doug Marrone is going to be fired, so its a fresh start in Jacksonville, too. But the Jaguars ownership hasnt exactly been competent over the years. Lions: Matt Patricia was an absolute mess, so the Lions new GM will be starting at the same time as their new coach. Ditto on the ownership issues here. Texans: Houston fired Bill OBrien, who doubled as GM and head coach. But Texans ownership is dysfunctional, so dont put it past Cal McNair to force the new GM into an arranged marriage with a head coach not ideal. McNair has stunk as an owner. Giants: Joe Judge will return for Year 2 in 2021. He has shown potential this season, but it would be insane to say right now that hes definitely going to be a great head coach. Panthers: Matt Rhule was just hired before the 2020 season, and hes going to have significant say in the GM hire not vice versa. Rhule is far from a proven NFL coach. Washington: Ron Rivera debuted with Washington in 2020, and he has a lot of say in the organization. Washington could target a GM who has previously worked with Rivera like Marty Hurney, whom Carolina just canned. Also, owner Daniel Snyder is terrible. FINAL ANALYSIS If were just going by points (seven points for first place in each area, and so on) heres how things look ... Jaguars: 26 Panthers: 17 Lions: 16 Falcons: 16 Texans: 14 Giants: 13 Washington: 10 Look, this isnt wholly scientific. But all things considered, it feels right that the Jaguars are No. 1, even though their ownership hasnt been superb. The chance to get Lawrence is huge for a new GM. Plus, lots of cap space. The Giants have stable, proven ownership, so they maybe deserve to be ahead of the Texans, though the Watson factor looms large. Washingtons ownership is a fiasco, of course. And Washington has no answers right now at quarterback. Awful organization, all around. Ultimately, cap space and draft capital matter a ton for a new GM, in terms of a jobs appeal and the Texans lag in both areas. Because of those two factors, it makes sense that the Panthers would be so high on this final list, even though the GM will be forced to work with Rhule, and will have to sort out the quarterback situation eventually. Get Giants text messages: Cut through the clutter of social media and text directly with beat writers. Plus, exclusive news and analysis. Sign up now for a free trial. Thank you for relying on us to provide the journalism you can trust. Please consider supporting NJ.com with a subscription. 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Live N.J. power outage tracker: Thousands out as Christmas Eve storm brings strong winds, heavy rain - nj.com
Santa may have problems overnight, with a heavy storm that is expected bringing flooding to some parts of the state.
Talk about rain-deer. A Christmas Eve storm late Thursday made travel difficult even for a guy being led by a glowing red nose, as high wind gusts and heavy rain raced across the state. For many, it was a dark night, with the winds taking down trees and power lines. As of 11:15 p.m., more than 24,200 people were without electricity across New Jersey. Jersey Central Power & Light Co., which is often hard hit because so much of its service territory is heavily wooded, had more than 7,600 customers without power. About 2,600 of them were in Middlesex County. Public Service Electric & Gas Co., the largest electric company in the state, had nearly 8,000 customers out more than 5,000 of them in Bergen County. Even Bruce Springsteen was talking about the weather: The National Weather Service called it a strong and complex storm, which was expected to weaken and move away over the weekend with high pressure building over the area. Forecasters were expecting 60 to 70 mph winds along the barrier island of New Jersey and into coastal portions of the state. By Monday, another low will cross north of the area and cause a cold front to extend over the region, meteorologists said. According to AccuWeather, the storm swept across the East. Unlike the storm last week, which had a fresh supply of Arctic air to tap and brought heavy snow, this time strong southerly winds drew in warmer air from the south ahead of the system. That first major snowstorm of the season that hit New Jersey dropped more than 12 inches of powder on parts of the state. AccuWeather said this storm will likely eat away at the existing snow cover in New England and the coastal mid-Atlantic. That could add to the major flooding that is also in the forecast. Forecasters say rivers and streams will rise with all the precipitation, possibly overspilling their banks and theres a chance of flooding in low-lying or poor drainage areas. Local journalism needs your support. Subscribe at nj.com/supporter. Ted Sherman may be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @TedShermanSL.