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Governor Murphy Visits Hackensack, Announces American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program at HFD

May 17, 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 provide first responders with proper protective, cleaning and sanitation equipment, according to a news release from the Governor's office. 

“Confronted by new ...

More than $85 Million in Government Grants Fuels Carteret Renaissance

CARTERET, NJ – A simple, one-page spreadsheet at Borough Hall shows the amount of state and federal grants that have been secured to fuel hundreds of millions of dollars of redevelopment underway throughout town.

And it is an impressive list, showing nearly $85 million in external funding sources are being leveraged with private dollars to reshape the community for a new generation ...

New Water Bill Regulations Will Keep Renters From Getting Ripped Off, Group Says

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Fidela Franco said that after living in the same house for 16 years, a new landlord came in and began charging her and her family $500 a month for water.

“It’s hard for me to understand because previously I had never paid for water,” she said through a translator. “So, the six months that I paid for water, that expense is a lot for me and my ...

Probating a Will With the Middlesex County Office of the Surrogate

(Editor's Note: This article is part of a series being published by TAPinto to provide Middlesex County residents with information on and about the services provided by the Office of the Surrogate. The next article will focus on 'Guardianship of an Adult Incapacitated Person.')

MIDDLESEX, NJ – In New Jersey, probate is the legal process that happens after a person ...

New Brunswick Sets Tax Rates for Recreational Pot Businesses

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Recreational marijuana wholesalers will pay a 1% tax under an ordinance adopted at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting.

Cannabis cultivators, manufacturers and retailers will be taxed at 2% of the receipts for each sale.

Ordinance 0-3220, which outlines New Brunswick’s cannabis taxes, was unanimously approved by the council members who attended ...

Masks Will Be Optional as New Brunswick City Council Returns to In-Person Meetings

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Masks will be optional for those attending the first in-person City Council meeting in more than two years.

The city announced Monday a revision to its guidelines – which included a lifting of the prohibition on in-public meetings – on March 16.

The City Council meeting will be held Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the New Brunswick Municipal Courthouse, ...

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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 ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 16, 2022

STATEWIDE – Imagine it’s a typical weekend of sports. NFL, MLB, NBA; you name it. And that means you are faithfully situated in front of the high-def. But state officials are concerned about what happens during the commercial breaks, when you are slammed with ads for online sports betting companies. And they seem to sponsor everything, from the game breaks, to the score recaps to ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 16, 2022

TRENTON – State budget officials have unearthed an unexpected $3.7 billion in the current and upcoming fiscal years, as New Jersey’s revenue stream is stronger than ever. But, for those who think the cash will just keep raining, have you recently checked the stock market? Yes, we all know, money can come in frantically, and then vanish the exact same way.  State ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 13, 2022

STATEWIDE – Gas won’t be cheap, but it will be a few cents cheaper today, as part of a clever PR stunt to show that we could all save money by pumping our own damn gas. It’s all coming from the New Jersey Gasoline, C-Store, and Automotive Association, which is listing a bunch of gas stations from Bergen to Ocean counties that will offer a price drop of about 15 cents per ...

The Jaffe Briefing May 12, 2022

STATEWIDE – Towns with their own e-newsletters spend plenty of time and effort to develop lists of local residents, who voluntarily opt-in to receive municipal information. And now a non-profit is suing 30 municipalities, demanding access to those email lists to send out its own information, the Record reports. The entity is called “Rise Against Hate,” founded in ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 11, 2022

TRENTON – Tampons required in boys’ bathrooms in school? That was the big question at the Statehouse yesterday, as a well-intentioned proposed bill would require some public schools to provide free tampons in all bathrooms, regardless of gender, in grades 6-12.  The law is designed so that students would not need to take an embarrassing trip to the nurse’s office or find ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 10, 2022

TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy is eager to close loopholes in the state’s bribery laws. And where’s the fun in that? He is looking to tighten the grip on a proposed law that would make it illegal for political candidates to accept bribes – those go-getters who want to start collecting paper bags full of cash before they are even elected. Murphy gave a conditional veto to the ...

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Proud Day For Grads, Loved Ones at Rutgers' First In-person Commencement Since 2019

May 15, 2022

PISCATAWAY, NJ – In many ways, Kamil Skup’s journey to graduation day at Rutgers can be traced to 1979, when his father and avowed supporter of dissident Lech Walesa’s Solidarity trade union was barred by communist authorities from returning to his native Poland.

“He had come here to visit and had to stay here,” said Piscataway’s Skup. “He ...

Tears of Joy, Tons of Traffic: Rutgers Readies For First In-person Commencement Since 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Caps and gowns. Pomp and Circumstance. Scarlet and White.

The images of thousands of graduates from Rutgers-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences filing into SHI Stadium on Sunday, May 15, will represent the end of a journey that was filled with many tests – academic, epidemic and personal.

The Class of ’22 will someday have a ...

Rutgers Enlisting State's Teachers, K-12 Students to Fight Against Spotted Lanternflies

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – It takes a village to rid a state of spotted lanterflies.

That’s why Rutgers University is enlisting the state’s K-12 teachers and students in a Spotted Lanternfly Eradication Unit through a program designed to teach how to trap and kill the invasive East Asia insect that imperils the Garden State’s crops.

The Rutgers Center for Mathematics, ...

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

May 12, 2022

CARTERET, NJ – Jack McGreevey, a battled-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 ...

OPINION

Proposed cannabis operation benefits West Amwell

May 3, 2022

Dear Editor:

There has been a lot of online discussion about the plan to build an indoor cannabis farm on Brunswick Pike in West Amwell

Despite what may be circulating on social media, these types of operations are required to comply with strict state environmental regulations. They are a win-win for their host communities, creating enormous local tax revenue through assessments and sales.

Find Fund Flip, Real Estate Investing Seminar comes to Carteret, New Jersey on May 21!

May 16, 2022

Benz and JT Morel of Epic Level-Up Group present Find Fund Flip, a real estate seminar designed to GROW your business and your team in today's intense real estate market!

When: Saturday, May 21st, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: The Saint Demetrius Community Center, 691 Roosevelt Avenue, Carteret, New Jersey.

This great networking and educational opportunity are back by popular ...

OPINION: Residents and Workers of NJ Nursing Homes Have Not Been Forgotten

April 26, 2022

As we grapple with the terrible toll COVID-19 has taken on our state, we continue to look for answers that will help us emerge from the public health crisis better prepared for any future threat.

Over two years after New Jersey saw its first case, we often look back on the early days of the pandemic in frustration and awe, realizing just how much damage was done, how much suffering was endured ...