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News Around New Jersey

March 1, 2022

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 on 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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TRENTON, NJ — 35 years ago this month, before becoming one of most influential public affairs groups in New Jersey, Princeton Public Affairs Group (PPAG) had just two clients, Philip Morris and Essex County.  Hundreds of clients later, it has been consistently named New Jersey’s number one ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Nearly 187,000 New Jersey households will soon find out if their main water source is being delivered through a lead service line. Affected residents will receive a letter at some point this week. In addition, more than one million lines containing unknown materials are subject to ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Senator Holly Schepisi (R - District 39) made history last March being elected as the first female senator from her district. “It was really cool because it also during women’s history month," Schepisi said. "For myself, nobody in my family had ever held office like this. But also ...

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WHITEHOUSE STATION, NJ — A daily summer chore almost killed Chris Rush. “We often ignore the symptoms, and often think it can’t happen to me,” Rush said. Rush had just arrived home from work and wanted to mow the lawn before heading to bed. He called it a race between the sun setting, and the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — More help is on the way for New Jersey residents facing foreclosure.  In all, $10 million from the Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) will be allocated to support New Jersey’s Foreclosure Prevention Act program, which is administered by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Legislators in Trenton have advanced 11 bills targeting hunger in the state.  Spearheading the legislation is Speaker Craig Coughlin (D - District 19), Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D - District 6) and Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D - Distict 27).  “We’re in an ongoing fight ...

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WILLINGBORO, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and four Democratic senators announced their support for a package of bills aimed at making prescription drugs more affordable.  “We have made strong strides over the past four years to put health care back within reach of many, but we must continue to find new ...

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TRENTON, NJ — "The Coughlins are really, really lucky,” Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said. The third time is the charm for Speaker Craig Coughlin (D - District 19), who entered 2022 in his third term as New Jersey’s 171st General Assembly Speaker.  Whether it’s luck, or simply his ability ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Dr. David Finkelstein, the director of physician advisor services at RWJ Barnabas Health, is used to giving his patients advice on their health.  He just didn’t take his own.  “I know, it was the dumbest thing I could have done. It was the dumbest thing I did all day. And I ...

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TRENTON, NJ — A deadline to allow legal adult-use marijuana sales in New Jersey looks like it will be missed.  February 22 is the self-imposed state deadline to open adult-use recreational marijuana sales. But cannabis industry insiders say, like other deadlines, it won't be met.  “I think ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Trenton MOVES is on its way to becoming the first large-scale transit system to operate by using self-driving shuttles. New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti and Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora announced a $5 million NJDOT local ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Some much-needed assistance is here for those who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments over the past two years.  The Emergency Rescue Mortgage Assistance program (ERMA) will give up to $35,000 to eligible homeowners who have been unable to keep up with their mortgage ...

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TRENTON, NJ — “This is a huge step back towards normalcy,” Governor Phil Murphy said on Monday after announcing that the mask mandate in schools and daycare settings will be lifted starting March 7. "I must thank the overwhelming majority of students, parents, administrators, educators, and ...

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BELLEVILLE, NJ — Cardiovascular disease claims the lives of one in three women each year. Stacy Quinn was almost one of them.  “I’m lucky to be here. I was a time bomb,” Quinn said. Quinn is a stroke survivor. But like so many other women, she ignored the signs of stroke, passing off an ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R - District 13), Sen. Michael Testa (R - District 1), and Sen. Republican Leader Steven Oroho (R - District 24) joined together to voice their opposition to the use of emergency power by Gov. Murphy.  The Senate Republicans are launching an initiative ...

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CARLSTADT, NJ — It’s no secret New Jerseyans take their pizza seriously.  Take one look at Gov. Murphy’s Twitter page, and you’ll see he is currently embroiled in a tongue-in-cheek social media battle with Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont over which state has the best slice. Ask anyone on the ...

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NEW JERSEY — Organ donations in New Jersey reached a record high in 2021.  NJ Sharing Network says 233 people gave the gift of life last year, which is an all-time high. It is a 5% increase over 2020, which was a record, at the time. The number of New Jerseyans signing up to register as an ...

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TRENTON, NJ — At a ceremony on Friday, January 28, Monmouth County Administrator Teri O’Connor was sworn in at the Senate Chambers of the State House in Trenton. She's the first county administrator to become President of the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC). “I stand here as the first ...

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PATERSON, NJ — In the wake of an uptick of shootings in the Tri-State area in the past few weeks, Gov. Murphy announced two new initiatives to stop gun violence.  He joined Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck Thursday to announce a $7 million investment in gunshot detection technology and ...

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TRENTON, NJ — “Our Democratic Party is not defined by one individual or one single entity. It is defined by our ideals,” said LeRoy Jones, Jr., the Democratic co-chair of the Legislative Apportionment Commission before a public redistricting meeting Wednesday night.  “Our strength is in our ...

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SECAUCUS, NJ - The Route 3 Bridge over the Hackensack River connecting East Rutherford to Secaucus is getting a much-needed facelift.  It will cost $143.6 million.  Sens Bob Menendez (D - NJ) and Cory Booker (D - NJ), along with Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D - District 9) joined Gov. Phil Murphy ...

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NEW JERSEY — A piece of New Jersey will be represented at the Winter Olympics and Paralympics despite controversy surrounding the games.  Team USA’s opening ceremony uniforms in Beijing will be assembled and manufactured by Clifton, New Jersey-based manufacturer Better Team USA designed by Ralph ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Senate Minority Leader Steven Oroho says it’s time to get to work. “Now that the housekeeping is complete, we shouldn’t waste any time getting back to work in Trenton on efforts to make New Jersey more affordable,” Oroho said. Affordability has been a key word used over the past ...

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TOMS RIVER, NJ — A banker by day, a pizza lover for life. If anyone knows Jersey pizza, it’s Johnny C.  “There’s so many great pizzas throughout New Jersey. I could go on and on, even in North Jersey where my roots are from. There’s a lot of good places," he said. “I like a certain pie. I’m ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Murphy was met swiftly with strong opposition after announcing an updated vaccine mandate for all health care workers.  While touring a new federal COVID-19 testing facility at Stockton University in Galloway on Wednesday, the Governor announced anyone who has a job in a ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey schools will now be required to include curriculum regarding the history and contributions of Asian Americans.  Gov. Phil Murphy signed two pieces of legislation Tuesday that will ensure that the contributions, history, and heritage of Asian Americans and Pacific ...

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TRENTON, NJ — “Were all the votes counted?” joked Josh Murphy, as he and his siblings introduced their father during his inauguration for second term as 56th Governor of New Jersey.  After the small roast from his four children and a speech from his wife and First Lady Tammy Murphy, Governor ...

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