New Jersey

October 4, 2018

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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TRENTON, NJ – Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin have proposed a 3-month state tax amnesty program to help raise revenue for the state Treasury.. “This works,” said Karabinchak (D-Middlesex). “We must consider all alternatives in these difficult budget times, and ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Replacing longtime chairman and now-retired Somerset County Freeholder Peter S. Palmer, Union County Freeholder Bruce H. Bergen has been named chairman of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, a rail transit advocacy group representing towns and counties along the NJ Transit Raritan ...

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TRENTON, NJ – The state Assembly has voted 76-0 with three abstentions to prohibit telephone, cable and utility companies from charging deceased customers early termination fees. The measure specifically pertains to providers of: cable service, cell phone service, satellite service, electric ...

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    TRENTON, NJ  - The Senate State Government, Waging, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee has approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) to designate the bog turtle as New Jersey’s Official State Reptile. “You used to ...

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  TRENTON, NJ – In the wake of the deadly Valentine's Day school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 students and teachers dead and other recent mass shootings, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal has issued a statewide law enforcement directive to clarify that when local law enforcement ...

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TRENTON, NJ -– The Extreme Risk Protective Order Act of 2018 - which authorizes new protective orders against those who pose a significant danger by either possessing or purchasing a firearm -  was one of several gun control measures passed by state legislators yesterday. The Assembly bill was ...

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TRENTON – Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D-Middlesex/Somerset), chairman of the Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee moderated a hearing Mondayy on the potential impact of legalizing marijuana in New Jersey. “I want to thank everyone who testified for their input. This was a ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey’s longest-serving U.S. senator, left an outsize imprint on state politics and national policy by the time he died while in office, in 2013. His papers, now curated and maintained by the Rutgers University Libraries, encompass 2,250 boxes of hats, ...

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TRENTON, NJ - A resolution sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman (R-Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer) opposing a federal plan to allow offshore drilling for oil and natural gas along the Atlantic Coast hs been approved by the Senate Environment & Energy Committee. “The United States has a glut of ...

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    TRENTON, N.J. – Two Republican lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that would make it easier for beleaguered New Jersey property taxpayers to apply for homestead property tax rebates. Sponsored by Assemblymen John DiMaio of Warren County  and Parker Space of Sussex County, the bill was ...

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    TRENTON, NJ - A resolution sponsored by state Sen. Kip Bateman, R-Somerset/Hunterdon/Middlesex/Mercer designating February 14 of each year as “Socks for the Homeless Day” has been approved by the state Senate. The legislation now heads to the Assembly for approval. “A new pair of ...

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