Government

May 30, 2018

FLEMINGTON, NJ -  Hunterdon's Freeholders approved their 2018 budget yesterday afternoon. The $87.78 million spending plan is about $982,000 less than last year’s $88.76 million county budget. It is the fifth consecutive year that the Freeholders have cut the budget. The savings is the result ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ -  Borough Council is expected to vote on this year’s budget at its next meeting on May 29. It will be the second time this year that it’s tried to approve a budget. In an unusual event last month, Council defeated its own budget, 3 to 2. Borough Chief Financial Officer Bill Hance ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Do you think your phone plan is expensive? County government here spent $405,000 on its phones last year, but a report from last year’s technology assessment suggested there could be savings to be had. At the May 14 Hunterdon Freeholder meeting, the board awarded a contract ...

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RARITAN TWP., NJ -  The red signs are popping up all over the Clover Hill section of the township. Residents are attending Township Committee meetings by the dozen. They’re part of the effort of a growing coalition that objects to an athletic complex proposed for Clover Hill Park, 115 acres of ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – At the public meeting held by the state Board of Public Utilities in Sergeantsville on Friday, the most common complaint was poor communication from Jersey Central Power & Light regarding the outages that plagued Hunterdon in March. The pair of storms left some without power ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Police will not be filing charges against the two people most recently accused of trespassing at the landmark Union Hotel here. Previously, police filed criminal trespass charges against the so-called “Flemington Four.” George Eckelman, Richard Giffen, Steve Romanowski and Gary ...

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TRENTON, NJ -  Central New Jersey Assemblymen Roy Freiman (D-16th) and Andrew Zwicker (D-16th) have introduced a bill to raise the minimum age to buy rifles and shotguns in New Jersey. Under current law, handguns cannot be sold to anyone under 21 although licensed gun dealers in the state are ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Borough Chief Financial Officer Bill Hance said he’s never seen it happen before here. But at Monday’s Borough Council meeting, this year’s $5.63 million draft municipal budget was defeated by Council. The budget was a $100,164 increase from last year, Mayor Phil Greiner ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Condemnation, compromise and civility were among the topics at yesterday’s contentious meeting of Borough Council, which lasted nearly four hours last evening. Councilperson Betsy Driver, who has filed to run for mayor this year, introduced a centerpiece to the dais. It was a ...

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PHILLIPSBURG, NJ -- New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) will host his 47th in-person town hall meeting on Friday, April 27 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Phillipsburg High School. During the town hall meeting, Lance will take questions on the important issues facing Congress and the American ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – A decision by a little known group called the Construction Board of Appeals Wednesday could have a big impact on the future of the “Flemington Four.” The Flemington Four were charged with criminal trespass at the Union Hotel here in January after a video they made inside of the ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – State regulators have scheduled a public hearing in Hunterdon to examine Jersey Central Power & Light’s response to this winter’s storms. “I have promised that we will get to the bottom of what led to so many state residents losing power for such a long period of time,” said ...

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RARITAN TWP., NJ – The death of a dog at PetSmart here has led one state legislator to introduce legislation to increase protections for family pets. If Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill is passed into law, pet groomers would be required to be properly trained and licensed. Bateman  calls his proposal ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Concerns about transparency regarding Jack Cust’s Courthouse Square project, the potential use of eminent domain and the mayor’s call to negotiate settlements in  lawsuits filed against the borough dominated discussion at Monday’s Borough Council meeting. Councilperson Michael ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – President Trump continued his focus on immigration today, tweeting this morning that Congress should act to change Obama-era laws. “Our Border Laws are very weak,” Trump said on Twitter. “The Democrats stand in our way – they want people to pour into our country ...

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TRENTON, NJ – The state Assembly has voted 76-0 with three abstentions to prohibit telephone, cable and utility companies from charging dead customers early termination fees. The measure specifically pertains to providers of: cable television and satellite service; cell phones; electric ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Hunterdon County is joining the fight against the PennEast pipeline. The proposed $1 billion PennEast pipeline would be a 120-mile, primarily 36-inch, underground pipeline. It would originate in northeastern Pennsylvania and end at Transco’s pipeline interconnection near ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - About 200 New Jersey women will participate this Friday and Saturday in Ready to Run, an “electoral boot camp” for women on organizing political campaigns, raising funds and mobilizing voters. Demand for the Rutgers University–New Brunswick program has surged over the past 15 ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Two Freeholder Directors have asked Gov. Phil Murphy to implement a statewide damage assessment to determine state and county eligibility for federal disaster relief. Hunterdon County Freeholder Director Matt Holt and Warren County Freeholder Director Ed Smith also asked the ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Of three recent efforts seeking to increase government transparency in Hunterdon, results so far are mixed. In Flemington, Borough Council wants to return to the practice of live streaming its meetings, something that will require permission from the county Freeholders for ...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated to include a response from JCP&L. FLEMINGTON, NJ - Hunterdon County Freeholder Director Matt Holt has slammed the performance of Jersey Central Power & Light in the wake of Friday’s nor’easter as “unacceptable. “It is not like we haven’t ...

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RARITAN TWP., NJ – It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. In both the township and in Flemington, that’s what advocates of more open government are saying about their efforts to improve government transparency. “Openness and transparency form the foundation for good government,” said Raritan ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With Bridgewater Township Police prepared outside the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School for potential protestors, Rep. Leonard Lance, R-7, held his 46th town hall meeting Saturday, fielding questions from constituents about his thoughts on the relevance of the electoral college, ...

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CROZET, Va. – New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance, R-7th, was uninjured in the crash of an Amtrak train on its way to a GOP retreat in West Virginia today, one day after President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. Lance tweeted his spokesman, John Byers, immediately following the collision ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – It looks like the Union Hotel may get a bit of TLC. Residents have long pressured Borough Council to invoke its property maintenance ordinance to allow it to take steps to preserve the landmark Main Street building. Council has resisted the efforts, with former Council President ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – A court appearance set for this afternoon regarding trespass charges at the Union Hotel has been postponed, according to the court administrator. George Eckelman, Richard Giffen, Steve Romanowski and Gary Schotland were charged by police, who said the charges stem from a video ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – News that four prominent local residents were charged with trespassing at the Union Hotel here prompted a heated outbreak of claims and counterclaims on social media last week. Accusations of political payback and retribution, “fake news” and overzealous and inconsistent ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – For more than a year, a whisper campaign waged in private and on social media has accused some Hunterdon Freeholders of harassment and inappropriate behavior. There’s even a Facebook group dedicated to exposing it. Publically, the freeholder board has been tight-lipped. At ...

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RARITAN TWP., NJ – The Township Committee held its annual reorganization yesterday, Committeeman Lou Reiner nominated Committeeman Mike Mangin to serve as mayor for 2018. Mangin was approved unanimously, although Committeeman Craig O’Brien, who arrived at the meeting late, was absent for the ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – This year’s reorganization of Borough Council included the swearing-in of two new councilpersons, but the need for three new nameplates to accompany them on the dais. Political newcomers Betsy Driver and Michael Harris were each sworn to a three-year term on Council. But ...

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