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News Around New Jersey

April 7, 2022

Trenton, NJ — Child care access and education is getting a boost from Trenton. Senate Majority Leader and education advocate Teresa Ruiz (D - District 29), along with Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D - District 5), Sen. Joe Vitale (D - District 19), and Sen. Sandra Bolden Cunningham (D - District 31) ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Many of us remember the horrific events of September 11, 2001. But there is a whole generation of students who are unaware of what unfolded that day 21 years ago. One lawmaker is making sure to change that.  “The events that unfolded on September 11, 2001 remain one of this ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Two bills advanced in the Senate, with one aiming to provide more protections for first responders. Legislation approved by both lawmakers in the Assembly and Senate last week prohibits employers of first responders from discharging, harassing or otherwise discriminating against an ...

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TRENTON, NJ — For a third year in a row, New Jersey has reached a record number of acts of prejudice and bias incidents.  According to a preliminary report compiled by the New Jersey State Police, the total number of bias incidents reported for 2021 represents a 29 percent increase from the ...

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HIGHTSTOWN, NJ — Making sure no one goes hungry, while keeping restaurants afloat.  It started with the creation of Soup Kitchen 411 in 2016, which has since become the top-rated hunger awareness charity that connects people in need to free meals near them. Chairman and Co-Founder Ken DeRoberts ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Eleventh grade students may be able to skip a required exam needed to graduate. Proposed legislation to temporarily suspend the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment passed the Assembly. Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D - District 28), Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D - District ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey makes another move to crack down on those annoying robocalls. Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced a new partnership with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to support investigations of illegal robocalls. New Jersey joins more than 20 states that ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey high school students may soon be able to sleep in a little later. According to the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, 85% of New Jersey schools start before 8:30 a.m. New legislation from Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin (D - District 19) and ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s last remaining coal power plants will be shutting down. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has approved a petition filed by Atlantic City Electric Company (ACE) that modifies Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and Power Sales Agreements (PSAs) between ACE ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey drivers may have to wait longer to pump their own gas.  Despite bipartisan support, it seems a bill introduced to have the self-serve gas option at stations, has been stalled after a lack of support from State Senate President Nicholas Scutari (D - District 22). “The ...

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TRENTON, NJ — After enduring two years of systemic failures of the Department of Labor (NJDOL) during the pandemic, both Republican and Democratic Senators are demanding changes. During a heated three-hour labor hearing March 10, Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo was grilled about the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Migrant children seeking refuge in New Jersey will now have access to legal representation for free.  The Department of Human Services (DHS) announced a partnership with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) to provide free legal counsel and social services to unaccompanied minors seeking ...

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NEW JERSEY — How can New Jersey’s economy make a full rebound post-pandemic? Business executives from large and small companies, government leaders and members from trade groups, nonprofits, and academia across New Jersey will join together to discuss the topic at the New Jersey Chamber’s “ReNew ...

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TRENTON, NJ — A little relief may be coming at the gas pump if a couple of senators get their bill proposals passed. As prices at the pump hold steady at record-breaking highs of over $4 in the state, Sen. Shirley Turner (D - District 15) announced she plans to introduce legislation to ...

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PORT READING, NJ — New Jersey is making a strong commitment to help Ukraine as it continues to deal with the impact of the war created by Russian President Vladimir Putin.  More than 250 pallets of medical supplies and equipment and 40,000 doses of medications will be sent to the country under ...

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PATERSON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has a few reasons to raise a pint to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day.  Murphy announced, while attending an Irish flag raising in Paterson, that he will lead a four-day, two-city economic mission trip to Ireland in April.  The delegation will visit Dublin and ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Lawmakers are aiming to make New Jersey more welcoming for veterans and military families by expanding tax credits for the companies that employ them and ensuring dependents of military personnel have access to community-based services. The Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Individuals who are on the autism spectrum may soon be able to declare their status on their driver's license.  Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin M. Corrado (R - District 40) that would allow individuals diagnosed with a communication disability, or an Autism Spectrum Disorder ...

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TRENTON, NJ — When Sadaf Jaffer was asked to run for the Assembly seat 16th Legislative District last year, she visited the Center for Women in Politics. For inspiration, she searched for a timeline of other Asian American women who had served in the same position, and she soon realized, there were ...

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NEW JERSEY — For more than 14 years, Maggie Doyne has spent her time caring her 50 children. Biologically, she has two. But she is legal guardian to more than four dozen children in Nepal.  Doyne grew up in Mendham and decided to take a gap year in Nepal after graduating from high school in ...

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EDISON NJ — If Gov. Phil Murphy gets his budget plan approved, $19.2 billion will go towards increasing K-12 school aid, expanding pre-K funding and school construction.  Murphy visited James Monroe Elementary in Edison Thursday to talk about his plan to increase K-12 school aid by $650 million, ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced a $48.9 billion budget proposal for key issues like property taxes rebates, affordable housing, school funding and pensions. The spending plan includes a record proposed surplus of $4.2 billion, nearly twice the size of the surplus proposed in last year’s ...

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TRENTON, NJ — “We’re in big trouble, really big trouble,” Sen. Bob Smith (D - District 17) said.  Smith has devoted a majority of his time in the Senate not only to his constituents in the 17th Legislative District but also the environment.  The release of the latest United Nations Climate ...

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TRENTON, NJ — What’s in the box? It could result in a fine for online retailers.  If passed, new legislation would prohibit retailers from shipping small items in oversized boxes, or risk a fine.  Assemblyman John McKeon (D - District 27) introduced the bill last month, after ordering a small ...

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TRENTON, NJ - There’s a new law for New Jersey drivers when it comes to sharing the road.  The NJ Safe Passing Law (NJSPL) (A5570/S2208) went into effect on Tuesday.   Like other road safety laws, the NJSPL provides clear rules of the road for all motorists. This law focuses about when—and ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Governor Murphy signed an executive order on Wednesday extending the vaccine deadline for health care workers. The Governor signed Executive Order No. 290, which updates and clarifies timeframes for requiring covered workers at health care facilities and high-risk congregate ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Parents, students, and New Jersey charter school faculty members recently gathered at a press conference in Trenton to air their frustration in response to recent expansion denials of top-performing charter schools.  The press conference was held at the Achievers Early College Prep ...

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TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey drivers may soon be able to pump their own gas.  Legislation sponsored by Assembly members of both parties, Carol Murphy (D-7), Ned Thomson (R-30) and Annette Chaparro (D-33) was introduced Monday allowing for a hybrid fueling model in New Jersey.  The “Motorist ...

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TEANECK, NJ — Sen. Gordon Johnson says he had a great mentor before he took on the role in the 37th District. “I’ve had a 20-year apprenticeship with Loretta Weinberg," Johnson said. "I’ll be carrying on her priorities mixed with other priorities that I may have. It’s an honor to be able to do ...

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NEW JERSEY — It's cycling for cause.   As part of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, CycleNation is a yearly event to help raise awareness about heart disease and stroke.  Brett Paddock, President and CEO of Titanium Industries and chair of Northern ...

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