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Federal Funding Grants Announced for Fire Departments

May 17, 2022

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, cleaning, and sanitization equipment.  

The Firefighter Grant ...

Assemblyman Kevin Rooney on Mental Health Help, Horse Riding Therapy and 'Chopped'

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 deputy mayor in 2010 and 2014 and mayor in 2011, 2015 and 2016. He also ...

New Jersey Senators Propose 'Parents Bill of Rights'

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 Student Learning Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education was cleared by the Senate ...

New Jersey Abortion Access Would Expand Under Gov. Murphy's Proposal, Republicans React to Plan

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 support to expand the pool of abortion providers to include ...

New Jersey Plastic Bag Ban, One Week Later

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 plastic or paper bags. There are some exceptions to the new rule, including ...

Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson Spotted Filming in NJ During TV and Movie Industry Boom

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 a renaissance, due to the Film and Digital Media Tax credit ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Small Business Loans, State-Backed Certification Program for LGBTQ+ Businesses

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 through the Main Street Recovery Program. Nearly $5.5 million in grants ...

Murphy Administration Announces Investments in More Flood Protection

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 $10 million in community stormwater assistance ...

Attorney General Reverses Decision on Police Pursuits Due to Rising Car Thefts

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. It was only allowed if chase vehicles were involved in more ...

Plastic Bag Ban Now in Effect Statewide, What You Need to Know

NEW JERSEY — The plastic bag ban is now in effect across the state.

So what exactly does that mean?

Most grocery stores, particularly large chains and stores 2,500 square feet or larger, will not be allowed to give out single-use plastic or paper bags. Customers will have to bring their own bags or purchase reusable bags on site. There are some exceptions to the new rule, ...

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African American Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBH Transaction with St. Peters

New Brunswick, NJ – Access to quality medical care in New Jersey is vital to underserved populations. That's why the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (“AACCNJ”) announced its support for the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick, which will lead to the creation of New ...

RWJBarnabas Health, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Vision to Create NJ’s First Premier Academic Medical Center Gets State Approval

New Brunswick, NJ – RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System (“Saint Peter’s”) announced that the State of New Jersey has approved their transaction to create New Jersey’s first premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) located in New Brunswick.

“This is a tremendous milestone in a years-long ...

Felician University Announces 2022 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient

RUTHERFORD, NJ - President James W. Crawford, III and the Felician University Board of Trustees have announced that Jeh Johnson will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree and serve as keynote speaker at this year’s Commencement. He will address the graduates during the ceremony which will begin at 10am on May 21st at American Dream. Mr. Johnson is the former Secretary of ...

Governor Murphy Announces American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program

May 16, 2022

HACKENSACK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy visited the Hackensack Fire Department Monday morning to announce the new American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program. The grant will help local and regional fire departments across the state provide first responders with proper protective, cleaning and sanitation equipment, according to a news release from the Governor's office. 

“Confronted ...

Jack McGreevey, a No-Nonsense Supporter of Veterans, Dead at 93

CARTERET, NJ – Jack McGreevey, a battle-hardened Marine drill sergeant turned dogged advocate for his fellow veterans, who passed his passion for service to his son, former Gov. Jim McGreevey, died May 12.

He was 93.

Mr. McGreevey, of Carteret, was a constant presence throughout the 19th legislative district, serving in the legislative office since 1998. He proudly wore his ...

TurboTax/Intuit to Pay "Misled" NJ Customers $2.15M in Restitution

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced on Wednesday a $141 million settlement with the financial software company Intuit Inc. that resolves a multi-state investigation into claims Intuit misled consumers into paying for online tax preparation services instead of using the company’s free service offerings.

As part of the settlement, more than 70,000 New ...

New Poll: Majority of New Jersey Voters and Parents Support Public Charter Schools by a 2:1 Margin

May 11, 2022

HAMILTON, NJ – May 11, 2022 – A new statewide poll from Change Research released today by the New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association (NJPCSA) found that a majority of voters in New Jersey support public charter schools by a nearly 2:1 margin (50% of respondents indicated support and 27% indicated opposition), while parents surveyed have an even higher level of support (56% ...

Letter to the Editor: Schools Budget Not 'Charter Versus District'

May 13, 2022

Dear Editor:

In a statement, Lauren Calmas (Hoboken Charter School board member), Nicole Cammarota (Hoboken Dual Language Charter School) and Chris DeFillipis (Elysian Charter School), said, "It's a false narrative to say that Hoboken's public charter schools are responsible for increasing taxes. By law, the board of education merely acts as a transfer agent — transferring ...

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