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News Around New Jersey

July 6, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — After seeing what's in the fiscal year 2023 budget that Gov. Phil Murphy signed last week, Tom Bracken has one question. "What's the plan for economic recovery?" the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President and CEO asked in an interview with TAPinto. "That’s a fair question to ask, ...

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​​​​​​METUCHEN, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed seven new bills into law on Tuesday that tighten gun regulations in New Jersey. "These are not going to be our last words on gun safety," Murphy said. "We cannot walk away from here today, none of us, thinking our job is done because it is ...

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BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — New Jersey had among the toughest gun ownership restrictions in the United States, 2021 according to a 2021 report by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.  Prior to last month's United States Supreme Court ruling. New Jersey was a "may issue" state for concealed gun ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed the $50.6 billion fiscal year 2023 budget on Thursday at Cranford High School. "The priorities of this budget are the priorities of our families," Murphy said. "At the top that list is affordability." Among the provisions in the budget: $2 billion ...

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TRENTON, NJ — When thinking of the future for businesses in New Jersey, Michele Siekerka is confident and hopeful. "I’m always a glass half full person and very optimistic," Siekerka, the President and CEO of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) said. "I believe for every ...

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TRENTON, NJ — It's a big week for Tom Bracken and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. "This is a week that's been building since the beginning of COVID," Bracken, the organization's President and CEO said. "This is the week where we'll know what kind of resources will be allocated to really ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto is announcing veteran New Jersey journalist James McQueeny is joining TAPinto as News Around New Jersey Managing Editor and Columnist. "We are thrilled to welcome veteran journalist and public policy analyst James McQueeny to the TAPinto family. Jim brings a wealth ...

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BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — New Jersey has an economy about the size of Sweden’s though we consider ourselves a small state of smaller towns.  In most of them, there's a few longtime gas stations that hired high school kids in summer to work the pumps, fixed kids’ bikes, sponsored community sports teams ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The Assembly Judiciary Committee has advanced nine bills, that Democrats say, will help curb gun violence in New Jersey. Assembly Republicans say the bills take aim at residents exercising their Second Amendment rights. “New Jersey continues to lead the nation on fair and robust ...

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RED BANK, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced back-to-school supplies will be tax-free in New Jersey from August 27 to September 5. Murphy, Senate President Nicholas Scutari (D - District 22) and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D - District 19) announced at an event in Red Bank the agreement was ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The Senate Education Committee has approved a bill that would change the state law concerning graduation proficiency requirements in New Jersey. S2349 is sponsored by Sen. Shirley Turner (D - District 15) and Sen. Patrick Diegnan (D - District 18). The COVID-19 pandemic is a major ...

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TRENTON, NJ — A bill that requires schools to submit critical information to local law enforcement has advanced in Trenton. The Senate Education Committee approved it by a vote of 4-0. Sen. Joe Lagana (D - District 38) sponsored the bill, which would require schools to document "critical ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Some years ago, I was covering an anti-tax rally with demonstrators holding up placards damning the New Jersey politicians and policies that they believed were responsible for their high local property taxes. “Down With Big Government!” “Give Us Back Our Money.” “Trenton is a $$$ ...

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NEW JERSEY - After extensive water quality monitoring, the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says New Jersey’s lakes and beaches are ready for swimming.  Just in time for the unofficial start to the summer. Shawn LaTourette joined other state leaders in Asbury Park ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Calling out Republican leaders directly in a press conference, Gov. Phil Murphy urged lawmakers to pass a gun reform bill package in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.  Murphy initially proposed a wide-ranging gun safety package in April 2021. He called for ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Some New Jersey lawmakers want a “Ban the Box” law for students applying to college.  New Jersey's “Ban the Box” law took effect in 2015. It prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from requiring that a job applicant to complete any form during the initial application ...

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EWING, NJ — There is still time to apply to a college loan forgiveness program.  Last October, the U.S. Department of Education announced a limited Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver opportunity, which temporarily waives certain program rules helping public service employees eliminate ...

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NEW JERSEY — Could New Jerseyans be getting a tax rebate? The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to commit to expanding tax relief. An update from State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio showed a total of more than $9 billion of tax over ...

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NEW JERSEY — The Garden State Parkway was shut down last week for miles after a crash caused by a police chase involving a car that was reported stolen. One of the suspects fled on foot through Clark. Officers caught up with him, arrested him and three other suspects who were then turned over to ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Aiming to “lift the unfair stigma” placed on law enforcement, Gov. Phil Murphy along with Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin announced a new police licensing program that will require all law enforcement officers hold a valid, active license issued by the Police Training ...

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TRENTON, NJ — “This is a horrendous piece of legislation,” said Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R - District 25) during the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee meeting on Monday.  His objection came prior to the committee clearing Assemblyman John McKeon’s (D - District 27) oversized box ...

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HACKENSACK, NJ — More protection is coming for New Jersey’s firefighters.  In a news conference Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the new American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program, which will help local and regional fire departments provide first responders with proper protective, ...

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NEW JERSEY — “Did you know that the state animal is the horse?” asked Assemblyman Kevin Rooney (R - District 40). He knows a few things about horses. And about public service too.  Rooney has over 20 years of public service. He served as Wyckoff Township committeeman from 2010 to 2016, as ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey parents could have more of a say in what their children are learning in school and potentially opt students out of lessons. Legislation aimed at improving clarity for parents and guardians and allowing comment on any curriculum necessary to implement the New Jersey ...

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TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Phil Murphy announced new legislation Wednesday that would renew abortion rights in the state and expand access to reproductive care. The proposal would mandate insurance plans in New Jersey to cover abortion procedures with no out-of-pocket costs. Murphy also announced his ...

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NEW JERSEY — One week after the plastic bag ban went into effect, many New Jerseyans seem to be getting into a routine of bringing reusable bags with them to grocery stores.  As of May 4, 2022, large chains and stores 2,500 square feet or larger, are no longer allowed to give out single-use ...

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NEW JERSEY — New Jersey is seeing a lot of action! The state has become one of the biggest places for movie and tv productions, and the demand is increasing to historic levels, according to the NJ Motion Picture & Television Commission.  "New Jersey's film production industry is experiencing ...

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NEW JERSEY — More financial help is being offered for small business owners. Gov. Phil Murphy, along with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)  announced plans to open applications for its Micro Business Loan next month, which will make additional funding resources available ...

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LAMBERTVILLE, NJ — “Ida was no fluke,” Gov. Phil Murphy said. In an effort to combat further flooding catastrophes in the state, Murphy announced at a news conference new investments in flood protection. It includes $50 million in the Blue Acres Buyout Program for Ida-impacted communities and ...

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MARLBORO, NJ — A policy put in place just five months ago is being thrown into reverse. At the beginning of the year, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General (NJOAG) updated guidelines on the state’s use-of-force policy went into effect, which did not allow police pursuits over car thefts.

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