New Jersey

January 13, 2019

    TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy has signed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Hunterdon/Middlesex/Mercer) that will permit eligible nonprofits, including houses of worship, to access grants to increase security and keep New Jersey families safe ...

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BERNARDS, NJ – In an effort to halt the impact of massive overdevelopment occurring across the Garden State to satisfy affordable housing needs, Bernards Insight has launched a petition that demands representatives in Trenton collaborate on a legislative fix to NJ’s unsustainable affordable housing ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Daniel Benson and Patricia Egan Jones was signed into law Thursday that will bring governance, oversight and accountability reform to troubled NJ Transit.             The bill was introduced after McKeon in 2017 chaired ...

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TRENTON, NJ –Making the path to higher education easier for New Jersey service members and veterans, two bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats to assist with college course registration and to earn credit for their skills have been approved by the full Assembly. The first bill (A-790), known as ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Looking to strike a balance between innovation, transparency, consumer protection and business bottom lines, a bill prohibiting the use of an online “bot” to communicate or interact for the purpose of misleading during a purchase, or to influence an election, cleared the Assembly ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Legislation co-sponsored by state Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman to allow dogs in New Jersey breweries has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. “One of the biggest challenges any small business owner will face is increasing foot traffic. Our bill will increase foot ...

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TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey college students who are convicted of hazing would no longer be eligible to receive State financial aid, under new legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean. The bill was advanced today by the Senate Higher Education Committee. More than 200 students ...

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TRENTON, NJ – After hearing from communities and all potential stakeholders throughout New Jersey, the Assembly Appropriations Committee Monday approved a measure that would set new, unprecedented regulation in the state for the possession, personal use, and sale of cannabis. Currently Colorado, ...

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  TRENTON, NJ – It is now legal to grow hemp in New Jersey. Seeking to expand the state’s commercial hemp market and spur economic growth, Assembly Members Nancy Pinkin and Verlina Reynolds-Jackson sponsored the legislation to allow industrial hemp farming in New Jersey which was signed into ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Following the tragic death of a local teen, Senator Kip Bateman has introduced the “Timothy J. Piazza Law,” to increase criminal penalties for hazing. Timothy Piazza, a 19-year-old Penn State University student, died on Feb. 4, 2017 during a fraternity hazing ritual. Timothy’s ...

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TRENTON, NJ – No Ghost Guns. No 3-D Firearms. And no purchasing any component used in making either of these weapons. Legislation banning the manufacturing of any untraceable or covert firearm was approved 68-5-3 by the full Assembly and the Senate 31-0 Monday. The bill (A-3129)- sponsored by ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health said any person who was in Newark Liberty International Airport on Sept. 28, 2018, between 5:30 and 10:30 a.m. may have been exposed to measles. Someone flying from Tel Aviv in Israel had the highly contagious infection and arrived in Terminal B ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Mayor Ellen Brain has joined with mayors of towns along the NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line to petition Gov. Phil Murphy and members of the Senate and Assembly to address deteriorating service and specifically, the lack of peak hour one-seat rides for RVL customers. In a letter ...

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TRENTON, NJ  - Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer)appropriating $9.703 million from corporate business tax revenue to the NJ DEP for state capital and park development, preservation, conservation, and recreation projects has been ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ –. A new Rutgers Regional Report, “The ‘Burbs’ Bounce Back: ‘Trendlet’ or ‘Dead Cat Bounce’?” finds that the predicted transformative demographic shifts of the early part of the decade (2010-2016)—an urban resurgence and a suburban malaise—may, in fact, be reversing. The ...

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TRENTON, NJ  - Legislation that would help municipalities unmask partners in Limited Liability Corporations that own neglected or abandoned real estate could go a long way to combating blight in urban and suburban New Jersey communities. State Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, D-Mercer, ...

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CLIFFSIDE PARK, NJ – Gov. Phil MurphyTuesday signed landmark legislation to fully and fairly fund public school districts in the Garden State. The bill, S-2, modernizes the State’s school funding formula for the first time in ten years. “This legislation is long overdue and I thank Senate ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A bill passed bythe New Jersey Senate last month may have many opting to use reusable bags at the supermarket, drug store, and other retailers.  Bill A3267, if signed by Gov. Phil Murphy, would impose a 5-cent fee on single-use bags in chains or any store with retail space ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D-17th), is sponsoring a bill that would revise the requirements to authorize and access medical marijuana. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy plans to open six more dispensaries to help better serve New Jersey’s expanding medical marijuana demand. Since the ...

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  TRENTON, NJ - The Murphy administration on Monday announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling. “Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in New Jersey, ...

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  TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R-Somerset/Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex) and inspired by students from Princeton designating the endangered bog turtle as the New Jersey State Reptile has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy. “I am so proud of the ...

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    TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Joann Downey and Nancy Pinkin requiring the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to update the New Jersey Shore Protection Master Plan has approved by the the Assembly.             “It is imperative that we take the necessary ...

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  TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by several Democratic members of the state Assembly would ban smoking at public parks and beaches. The bill was approved by the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee and goes before the full Assembly for a vote on June 7. Democrats Vince ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - The driver of a school bus involved in a crash on Route 80 last week that killed two people faces two counts of second-degree vehicular homicide/death by auto, it was announced today. The driver, Hudy Muldrow, 77, of Woodland Park, attempted to make an illegal U-Turn on the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – With the Murphy administration well underway, New Jerseyans are now split over the direction of the state, as more feel better than they have in recent years about where New Jersey is headed. Gov. Phil Murphy remains an unknown to a sizeable segment of the public, but initial ...

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  TRENTON, NJ – The endangered bog turtle continues to plod along on its way to becoming New Jersey’s State Reptile. Companion legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16th) to officially designate the bog turtle as the official State Reptile of New Jersey was advanced by the ...

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  TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to protect New Jersey’s families from contaminated storm water by permitting municipalities to establish and operate storm water utilities has passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. “Storm water runoff ...

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, NJ – Eight measures designed to help New Jersey’s burgeoning winery industry create jobs and stimulate economic development were approved by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee during a special meeting at the Jessie Creek Winery. The bills are sponsored by ...

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TRENTON, NJ -  Central New Jersey Assemblymen Roy Freiman (D-16th) and Andrew Zwicker (D-16th) have introduced a bill to raise the minimum age to buy rifles and shotguns in New Jersey. Under current law, handguns cannot be sold to anyone under 21 although licensed gun dealers in the state are ...

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SAYREVILLE, NJ - April is National Autism Awareness Month, and Autism New Jersey has named the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey (ESCNJ) its designated “Ambassador Program” representative. “We are honored and enormously proud to receive this designation,” said ESNCJ Superintendent ...

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