Government

September 21, 2020

SPARTA, NJ  - Female leaders from across the country, the state, and the local community are mourning the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday, Sept. 18. Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman ...

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Some lawmakers and state-funded organizations worry what will happen when that money is gone. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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ANDOVER, NJ – The Andover Land Use Board is meeting to hear the application from BHT to develop the former Sussex Airport into a car storage yard and auction site.  The project has gotten pushback from area residents who oppose having the “5,000+ car junk yard on beautiful Stickles Pond Road,” ...

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NEWTON, NJ – The Town of Newton is restarting the Senior Shuttle.  The service began on Monday.  Town officials announced there will be social distancing and masks will be required.  Schedule for Monday through Friday: Brookside Terrace - 10 a.m.  11 a.m. 1 p.m. Liberty Towers - 10:20 ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ -- Gov.Phil Murphy today delivered his revised $32.4 billion Fiscal Year 2021 Budget -- including "revenue raisers," such as higher taxes on New Jersey millionaires, a "baby bond" of $1,000 for babies born in 2021, spending cuts, $4 billion in borrowing, and a $2.2 billion closing ...

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TRENTON, NJ – The Nov. 3 general election will be held overwhelmingly via a vote-by-mail model as per an executive order forthcoming from Gov. Phil Murphy, who says this is the safest way to ensure the voting process during the COVID-19 pandemic. All registered New Jersey voters will receive ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey has updated its list of 33 states and territories -- near and far -- from which people should self-quarantine for 14 days after visiting. The states include populous states such as Texas, Florida and California, as well as remote locations including Montana, ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Murphy again condemned crowded house parties, which he says are causing the number of new COVID-19 cases to rise in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Trenton. He said that over the past four months, New Jersey residents have “crushed ...

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Trenton, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy on Monday pleaded with New Jersey’s youth and their parents to protect public health by not holding secret indoor parties and other large indoor gatherings. “We have many examples of people congregating indoors without face coverings, without social distancing ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Sparta Township has prevailed in the New Jersey Supreme Court on July 21, regarding the Glen Lake Dam assessment.  The ruling upholds the township’s ability to levy a special assessment for the member of the private beach club, to recoup the cost of repairing their dam, according to the ...

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TRENTON, NJ --- Gov. Phil Murphy today said he “is pleading for direct (financial) assistance” from the federal government during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, July 24. The governor said he is asking for more than $20 billion for Washington. “We will continue to push ...

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IRVINGTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy moved Thursday to put a computer in every student’s hands and internet connectivity in their homes. The initiative to bridge the so-called digital divide in New Jersey will cost $115 million and will be paid for mostly with federal grants. The rest will come from ...

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NEW JERSEY — Removing “freeholder” from New Jersey’s 21 county legislative boards will mean the country’s full eradication of the title — which has been called confusing, insensitive and racist. The inspiration for the change came from Union County Freeholder Angela Garretson, who broached the ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Face coverings are now required in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not practicable, Gov. Phil Murphy announced during his COVID-19 press conference in Trenton on Wednesday, July 8. Exceptions are individuals under age two, people who are eating/drinking at an outdoor ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Face coverings are now required in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not practicable, Gov. Phil Murphy announced via Twitter today before his COVID-19 press conference. The exceptions for individuals under two years old, people who are eating/drinking at an outdoor ...

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BERKELEY TOWNSHIP,  NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy called upon the federal government to mandate face coverings at the spread of COVID-19 surge across the United States' Sunbelt. Murphy said New Jersey is seeing a small spike in cases due to travelers coming into the Garden State from Florida and South ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Residents are able to enjoy the town’s parks and playground and visit the municipal building.  As of July 2 Memory Park and Pine Street Park are open according to a proclamation issued on Thursday morning. Addendum Number 4 to the Local Emergency Proclamation 2020-1 also announced the ...

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NEWTON, NJ- The Newton municipal building will reopen to the public for walk-in service beginning Monday, July 6.  The revised hours of operation, according to township officials, will be 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. During the height of the pandemic and stay-at-home executive orders, the Town of ...

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NEW JERSEY — When Stage 2 of New Jersey’s COVID-19 restart and recovery plan takes its first steps Monday, it will allow for outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping. Despite no defined date over indoor dining, the Asbury Park City Council voted Wednesday to allow for it — a decision that ...

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NEWTON, NJ – Town officials have announced curbside recycling pickup has resumed in June.  The normal schedule will be followed Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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TRENTON, NJ -- Some good news for teenagers who have been patiently, and not so patiently waiting to get their drivers licenses. Gov. Phil Murphy and Chief Administrator Sue Fulton of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission or MVC on Friday announced plans for a phased reopening of MVC ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday kept up his praise for New Jersey residents marching for George Floyd, but admitted he was concerned over a spike in COVID-19 cases as a result of the crowds. “Yes, I’m concerned but it’s not a reason not to protest,” the governor said this afternoon at ...

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NEW JERSEY — Eight days after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer saw at least 21 protests across New Jersey on Tuesday.  Gov. Phil Murphy in a press conference Wednesday said these have been peaceful demonstrations, despite the crowds at some — with Mayor ...

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TRENTON, NJ - In the wake of days of civil unrest across the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed New Jersey's efforts by law enforcement at collaboration and trust-building with the public while also unveiling a new data point to bolster his decision to move the state farther along its path toward ...

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NEWTON, NJ – Town officials have issued clarification to spring brush cleanup.  The cleanup is for residents to clean up naturally occurring fallen winter brush and light pruning. The town will not be picking up non-chippable items.  This includes leaves, vines and stumps.  Town officials ...

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NEWTON, NJ - Town of Newton officials have announced the hydrant flushing program for all fire hydrants in the Town of Newton water system will begin on Saturday, May 30, 2020 and run through Friday, June 5, 2020. The flushing for the water customers in Sparta and Andover will be conducted on ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy closed out his daily COVID-19 press conference on Friday with comments about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kept his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes. "George Floyd should be alive today – ...

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NEWARK, NJ- A former aid to Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D-5) has pled guilty to mailing false documents, using congressional letterhead in July 2019.  Patrick Sheehan, 29 of West Milford is facing up to six months in prison, charged with unauthorized use of the seal of the United States House of ...

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ANDOVER, NJ- Thousands of disabled cars could end up in Andover if the Land Use Board approves a request for a variance made by BHT Properties Group. On Tuesday, May 19, the Land Use Board is set to hear the variance application for the old airport on Stickles Pond Road. Residents have spoken ...

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