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Sustained, Severe Cuts Equal Setbacks at N.J. Department of Environmental Protection

November 14, 2017

Long-term budget and staff cuts have severely impacted the ability of the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection to carry out critical work to protect New Jersey’s environment and residents. This has serious implications for wildlife, public health and our economy. DEP is charged with managing and protecting the state’s environment and natural resources.

This requires an ...

Canadian Aquaculture Giant Gobbles Up Last American Bait Fish Grinder as Major Decision Looms

In case you haven’t heard, a multinational fish farming company (Cooke Inc.) has made a deal to purchase Omega Protein Inc. and take them into the private sector. While the ink is not dry on this deal, it is obvious that the American fishing community will not be part of this new portfolio. There is no doubt that new, private ownership will continue to disregard the needs of the ecosystem ...

Belmar Mayor: What We’ve Learned … Five Years After Superstorm Sandy

Editor’s Note: Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty takes a look at the borough’s response and recovery — and lessons learned — five years after Superstorm Sandy left a path of unprecedented destruction along the Jersey Shore.

BELMAR, NJ — Sandy struck the Jersey Shore on October 29, 2012, with an unprecedented impact that continues to linger even today, five years ...

U.S. Air Traffic Control Isn’t Working; Here's How to Fix It

For over 30 years, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has tried — and failed — to modernize America’s woefully dysfunctional air traffic control system (ATC). It is time to get ATC out from under the thumbs of federal bureaucrats and partisan politicians, and create a completely new structure that will get U.S. air traffic moving.

American ATC is stuck in the 1950s.

America First? Don’t Forget Our Seas

In building a policy agenda for our nation’s future, the Trump Administration has made “America First” its guiding principle. With that in mind, our federal government must continue to invest in U.S. scientists to explore a resource critical to American strength and prosperity — our oceans.

Why invest in undersea research? That’s easy. We are the greatest maritime ...

One More Trenton Raid?

June is budget month in Trenton. Gov. Chris Christie and state Legislature are seeking to balance the budget in a challenging fiscal situation. Unfortunately, environmental funds top the list of places to find “extra” money to balance the budget.

Just a few months ago, with strong bipartisan support, the state Legislature acted to give voters the opportunity to protect natural ...

New Jersey's Banking Industry: At Forefront of Protecting the Elderly from Financial Abuse

Older Americans are increasingly becoming targets for fraud and financial exploitation. Persons over age 50 control more than 70 pecent of the nation’s wealth. Many seniors do not realize the value of their assets, particularly homes that have appreciated markedly.

Fraudsters target older Americans because they may be experiencing cognitive decline, limited mobility or other disabilities ...

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