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News Around New Jersey

August 10, 2022

PARAMUS, NJ — Sen. Joseph Lagana has three main inspirations for wanting to keep New Jersey's children safe at school. "I try to use my real-life experience and apply it to my job as a legislator," Lagana (D - District 38) told TAPinto. "And part of (that) is being a father and having three ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) are getting a big financial boost. Gov. Phil Murphy and Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced Monday the programs, which help and support victims of violence, will receive $10 million in federal American ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's State Parole Board is teaming up with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care to help offenders struggling with substance use disorder, both before and after their release. "We're confident that this is something that could be life-changing to a lot of people," State ...

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KEARNY, NJ — A project to replace the Portal North Bridge, which has been the cause of countless commuting nightmares for many over the years, is moving forward. When it's complete, rail delays due to marine traffic in the Hackensack River will be a thing of the past. "Today, we take the next ...

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PATERSON, NJ — The Paterson Healing Collective is always ready to jump into action to help crime victims. The program, which was created in partnership with St. Joseph's Health, supports survivors of violence and their families. When a shooting or stabbing victim arrives at St. Joseph's ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has launched a Naloxone Distribution Program statewide, which lets qualifying agencies request the potentially life-saving medicine online, when needed, for free. Naloxone, which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, reverses an opioid overdose when ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are asking residents and businesses to conserve water, because of the hot and dry weather the state is dealing with right now. "Now is the time for New Jersey to be especially mindful of water usage ...

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ASBURY PARK, NJ — New Jersey is offering as much as $4,000 off the purchase price of a new electric vehicle (EV), Gov. Phil Murphy said as he launched the third year of the Charge Up New Jersey electric vehicle incentive program. Murphy also announced during an event Monday in Asbury Park ...

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BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — I recently took a bus to NYC rather than deal with all the tolls, parking, gas and hassles. My bus was late, so I was left standing for maybe a half-hour at the corner of a busy intersection down the hill from where I live. I took count of how many drivers jumped the red ...

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FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ — On Sen. Steven Oroho’s first day as a legislator in Trenton in 2008, he found himself scratching his head when it came to the state’s finances. “The night before, they came up with a new school funding formula, it increased spending by $1 billion,” Oroho ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The retired, long-time head of Roseland-based Automatic Data Processing (ADP), Josh Weston, knows about facts and figures, dollars and cents. He doesn’t like one bit what he sees going on with the leaders of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), the union representing New ...

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TRENTON NJ — New Jersey’s unprecedented budget process during the past several months has been one helluva Lollapalooza. Hope you enjoy the performance because it’s not coming on tour again.  The $50.6 billion spending plan, infused as it was with copious dollops of anomalous federal ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Residents of New Jersey enrolled in the state's Medicinal Cannabis Program will now not have to pay any sales tax on cannabis and cannabis products bought at a permitted medicinal dispensary. The sales tax was eliminated in three steps, under the Jake Honig Compassionate Use ...

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WEST TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey leaders are encouraging all eligible men and women to apply to be a State Trooper with the New Jersey State Police. It's part of a recruiting campaign from Gov. Phil Murphy, members of Murphy's cabinet and members of the Legislature. The application process opened ...

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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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