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'It Saved My Life:' Drug Court Grads Celebrate Emotional Milestone

November 30, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Lloyd purchased his first car. Ashley was promoted to cashier. Michael is working after obtaining his commercial driver’s license.

Jahad recently got married. Joseph opened his first bank account in five years. Alex graduated from Middlesex College and works as an addiction counselor.

The graduates from Middlesex County’s Drug Court talked about how they ...

Middlesex County Drug Court Ready to Graduate a New Class

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Sergio was addicted and sleeping in the back of a barbershop with his dog when he entered Middlesex County’s Drug Court program.

After the court teamed him with a recovery coach, and he began treating his addiction at a facility in Perth Amboy, his life began to turn around.

Today, Sergio has been clean for two years, works a union job with full benefits and just ...

New Jersey Judiciary Expunges More than 360,000 Marijuana Offenses

NEW JERSEY -- The New Jersey Judiciary has expunged more than 362,000 marijuana and hashish cases from court records since the Marijuana Decriminalization Law became effective July 1.

Eligible cases are expunged automatically by the Judiciary. Once a case is expunged, it is removed from the court’s public record and does not have to be reported on applications for jobs, housing, or ...

Two-Time Super Bowl Champ Carl Banks Among Public Storage Customers Seeking Return of Possessions

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Among those frustrated by his inability to visit his unit at Public Storage on Route 22 in Scotch Plains is two-time Super Bowl champion and Giants legend Carl Banks, who stored mementos of his stellar NFL career at the storage facility. 

Items in the storage unit include Banks's Pro Bowl jersey and items belonging to his son, CJ, that include a signed Michael ...

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Congratulations to the Saint Joe’s Swim Team 🦅

Saint Joseph Swim team enjoyed some recent victories in the water.

In a meet against  North Brunswick, Saint Joseph's HS ended with 133 to their competitors 36.

The following swimmers placed first in their individually events: 

Kyle Talerico (200 Free, 500 Free)

Nick Roberson (200 IM)

Ben Lockey (50 Free)

Tyler Knurek (100 Fly)

Tim Kou (100 ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 8, 2021

TRENTON – Winter is coming. And that means a whole new round of debates about vaccinations for private businesses. The Asbury Park Press reports that Gov. Phil Murphy has a tough decision: Does he follow NYC and make vaccines mandatory for private companies or does he roll the dice with the emerging COVID variants? Of course, this mandate – like any other in New Jersey – would ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 7, 2021

Marking the 80th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Attack – December 7, 1941

STATEWIDE – Vote-by-mail ballots come in before Election Day, yet county officials are banned from counting them until the polls close. With the insatiable demand to know instant results, there’s now a bill in the state Legislature that would allow county election officials to start tallying ballots as ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 6, 2021

MONTCLAIR – As we are still trying to figure out if 2021 was “good” or “bad,” there’s at least one sector of New Jersey that has endless blessings to count. And that would be anyone who sold real estate this year. NJ.com reports that homes sold at more than 100% of asking price every month except February, when they sold at “just” 99.9% of asking ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 3, 2021

TRENTON – Stunning that the news of the day at the Statehouse has nothing to do with the people’s business. Rather it’s about some headline-grabbing Republican lawmakers, who flagrantly ignored the Statehouse mandate to show a vaccination card or a negative test – following the deaths of nearly 28,500 New Jerseyans from this stubborn pandemic. These lawmakers ignored state ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 2, 2021

TRENTON – The state Legislature is actually in session today, with plenty of lame-duck bills in the pile. But the news is not about what laws will be passed. Rather, it’s all about who will actually show up to vote. Republican lawmakers are suing over a mandate that anyone entering the Statehouse be vaccinated or tested. In the crosshairs is a group that no one knew ever existed ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 1, 2021

TOMS RIVER – In politics, is there really anything “permanent”? Of course not. But that has not stopped the township council from “permanently” banning recreational marijuana businesses. Some residents expressed disappointment with the so-called “permanent” ban, the Asbury Park Press reports, noting a 2020 referendum showed that 63.7% of township voters ...

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December 1, 2021

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Middlesex County Commissioner Tomaro Receives New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - In recognition of extraordinary service to his community, Middlesex County Commissioner Charlie Tomaro has been honored with a New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award.

Each year, the New Jersey Governor’s Jefferson Awards highlight the spirit of civic engagement among New Jersey’s 1.5 million volunteers, who donate an estimated 170 million ...

With Reproductive Freedom in Danger, NJ Must Expand Protections and Accees

December 7, 2021

When Texas banned nearly all abortions, it showed us that what happens on the state level can reach far beyond state lines. Just as starkly, it has shown the grim reality that when reproductive freedom comes under threat, people of color and those on the economic margins will undeniably bear the brunt of the harms caused by abortion restrictions.

Following the Texas ban, people ...

Long-Term Elder Care Offers a Career in Compassion

Today, there are more than 46 million older adults aged 65 and older living in the United States. By 2050, that number is expected to grow to almost 90 million – nearly one-third of the population in America.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also projects the health care field will grow by 3.3 million jobs between 2018 and 2028.

The demand is clear – the U.S.

End Tariffs on Aluminum to Support New Jersey's Building Industry

It’s been well reported that New Jersey’s consumers and businesses continue to struggle with supply chain disruptions and historic inflation, causing job loss in many manufacturing sectors.

A major culprit is the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum, imposed by President Donald Trump in 2018. They continue to harm the state’s economy, negatively affecting New Jersey ...