Government

August 2, 2021

  TRENTON, NJ – All workers in certain state and private health care facilities, and high-risk congregate settings will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be subject to testing weekly (at minimum one to two times per week). This requirement is designed to help increase ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the ...

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  SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission is accepting applications for the 2022 Local Arts Program Grant. These grants support local arts development within Somerset County and are available to organizations such as arts agencies, libraries, non-profits, and ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Mayor Dennis Sullivan was joined by environmentalists, public health advocates and other elected officials Tuesday afternoon to urge strong federal investments in clean transportation infrastructure and the benefits of automobile charging stations, “You don’t have to be a ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Since 2009 when he first introduced legislation that would allow state residents to legally sell cookies and cupcakes they made at home, Sen. Kip Bateman, R-16th has been a vocal advocate for home bakers with an entrepreneurial dream. Earlier this month, his efforts paid ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Since 2009 when he first introduced legislation that would allow state residents to legally sell cookies and cupcakes they made at home, Sen. Kip Bateman, R-16th has been a vocal advocate for home bakers with an entrepreneurial dream. Earlier this month, his efforts paid ...

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As the Aug. 21 deadline to decide on legal marijuana gets closer, towns in Somerset County are banning or allowing — mostly banning — cannabis businesses, with some enacting penalties as high as $200 for smoking weed in public. The laws passed by the state legislature this year gave ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ -- Lawyers for a township homeowner filed an Order to Show Cause in Middlesex County Superior Court on Friday to prevent the township from razing a house at 1126 River Road, a property located directly across the street from Rutgers football stadium in Piscataway.  The filing by ...

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BEDMINSTER, NJ — The Township Committee Monday night passed an ordinance establishing regulations prohibiting the public consumption of cannabis and marijuana in Bedminster. The New Jersey Cannabis and marijuana Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act signed into ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ -An ordinance designed to combat the uncontrolled growth of invasive bamboo plants has been adopted by the Borough Council The ordinance will regulate planting of new bamboo shoots and includes a provision whereby the borough can fine a property owner if a complaint is received ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his regular COVID press briefing on Monday, July 19, that over 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in New Jersey and that more than 5 million individuals who live, work, or study in the state are now fully vaccinated. Among ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Borough Council Monday night approved two ordinances that will permit retail sales of marijuana at a maximum of two locations limited to storefronts on state highways 22, 202 and 206. Other neighboring towns, including Hillsborough, Bridgewater and Manville, have been less ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Borough Council Monday night will consider two ordinances that would permit retail sales of marijuana at a maximum of two locations limited to storefronts on state highways 22, 202 and 206. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at police headquarters, 24 So. Bridge St. The meeting ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Just like the pesky plant it intends to control, an ordinance designed to combat the uncontrolled growth of invasive bamboo plants has reemerged after it was tabled by lawmakers more than two years ago. The Borough Council will hold a public hearing on the revamped ordinance at ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Legislation to require public elementary and secondary schools in New Jersey to install panic alarms and red emergency lights for use in security emergencies has been approved by an Assembly committee.  The bill is named after Alyssa Alhadeff, a 14-year-old student and former ...

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  TRENTON, NJ - In an effort to expand the use of renewable energy across New Jersey, the Senate has approved two bills sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman and Senator Bob Smith which would increase the capacity for solar energy development throughout the state. “Solar energy will play an ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Attorney General Gubir Grewal has resigned. Grewal, the country's first Sikh Attorney General, will become the Director of Enforcement at the Securities Exchange Commission on July 26. Gov. Phil Murphy lauded the many accomplishments and initiatives of Grewal and added, "Though ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) Acting Commissioner Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, and New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli on Monday announced a series of coordinated recommendations and guidance documents to assist school ...

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TRENTON, NJ - With a burgeoning surplus of $10 billion and no shortage of debt brought on by decades of short- and long-term borrowing to finance state government, Assemblyman Roy Freiman and several of his colleagues says it's payback time. They want to retire some of that debt, and ultimately ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Batman that would require the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to establish a C-PACE program to facilitate the financing of renewable energy projects was approved by the New Jersey Senate. “Throughout New Jersey, there are countless ...

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NEW JERSEY - The new Department of Health building scheduled to be built this year in downtown Trenton will be named after Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli. The Judith M. Persichilli Building will recognize what Gov. Phil Murphy called her “past and ongoing service to the people of New ...

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TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey has committed to ambitious energy goals under the 2019 Energy Master Plan, and the Senate has approved Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill codifying those targets. “The numbers reflect a very aggressive approach, but technological advancements make them attainable,” said Bateman ...

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Residents Can Safely Dispose of Harmful Items at Hillsborough Location HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — The Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management is holding a free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off event, so residents can safely dispose of their harmful household items. The event will be held on ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County office buildings will reopen to the public beginning Tuesday, June 15. The decision to reopen is based on recommendations by state and federal healthcare mandates and guidelines issued by the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. In most facilities, ...

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  TRENTON, NJ - Bipartisan legislation that would help spur the adoption of electric vehicles in the state was advanced today by the Senate. Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman encourages the inclusion of zero-emission vehicle charging and fueling infrastructure in municipal ...

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  TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman that imposes stricter penalties on jewelers who violate New Jersey’s secondhand jewelry and precious metals record keeping laws has been approved by the New Jersey Senate. "Under my legislation, jewelers who pawn off illegally ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Township Committee approved an ordinance Tuesday night prohibiting retail marijuana sales, farming and warehouse operations within the township by a 4-1 vote. The proposed law as written prohibits cannabis establishments, delivery services and distributors from operating ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Monday welcomed home Ashu Mahajan, a Scotch Plains resident who recently traveled to India to visit his ailing father and became trapped by tightening COVID-19 ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy has lifted indoor mask mandates for vaccinated individuals ahead of Memorial Day weekend.  Effective May 28, New Jersey will lift the requirement for maintaining six feet of social distancing in indoor and outdoor settings and will lift the prohibitions on dance ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Township Committee will hold a public hearing Tuesday, May 25 before voting on an ordinance that would prohibit marijuana sales within the township. The ordinance prohibits cannabis establishments, delivery services and distributors from operating anywhere within the ...

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