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News Around New Jersey

May 20, 2022

NEW JERSEY — The Garden State Parkway was shut down last week for miles after a crash caused by a police chase involving a car that was reported stolen. One of the suspects fled on foot through Clark. Officers caught up with him, arrested him and three other suspects who were then turned over to ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Aiming to “lift the unfair stigma” placed on law enforcement, Gov. Phil Murphy along with Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin announced a new police licensing program that will require all law enforcement officers hold a valid, active license issued by the Police Training ...

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TRENTON, NJ — “This is a horrendous piece of legislation,” said Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R - District 25) during the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee meeting on Monday.  His objection came prior to the committee clearing Assemblyman John McKeon’s (D - District 27) oversized box ...

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HACKENSACK, NJ — More protection is coming for New Jersey’s firefighters.  In a news conference Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the new American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program, which will help local and regional fire departments provide first responders with proper protective, ...

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NEW JERSEY — “Did you know that the state animal is the horse?” asked Assemblyman Kevin Rooney (R - District 40). He knows a few things about horses. And about public service too.  Rooney has over 20 years of public service. He served as Wyckoff Township committeeman from 2010 to 2016, as ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey parents could have more of a say in what their children are learning in school and potentially opt students out of lessons. Legislation aimed at improving clarity for parents and guardians and allowing comment on any curriculum necessary to implement the New Jersey ...

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TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Phil Murphy announced new legislation Wednesday that would renew abortion rights in the state and expand access to reproductive care. The proposal would mandate insurance plans in New Jersey to cover abortion procedures with no out-of-pocket costs. Murphy also announced his ...

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NEW JERSEY — One week after the plastic bag ban went into effect, many New Jerseyans seem to be getting into a routine of bringing reusable bags with them to grocery stores.  As of May 4, 2022, large chains and stores 2,500 square feet or larger, are no longer allowed to give out single-use ...

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NEW JERSEY — New Jersey is seeing a lot of action! The state has become one of the biggest places for movie and tv productions, and the demand is increasing to historic levels, according to the NJ Motion Picture & Television Commission.  "New Jersey's film production industry is experiencing ...

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NEW JERSEY — More financial help is being offered for small business owners. Gov. Phil Murphy, along with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)  announced plans to open applications for its Micro Business Loan next month, which will make additional funding resources available ...

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LAMBERTVILLE, NJ — “Ida was no fluke,” Gov. Phil Murphy said. In an effort to combat further flooding catastrophes in the state, Murphy announced at a news conference new investments in flood protection. It includes $50 million in the Blue Acres Buyout Program for Ida-impacted communities and ...

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MARLBORO, NJ — A policy put in place just five months ago is being thrown into reverse. At the beginning of the year, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General (NJOAG) updated guidelines on the state’s use-of-force policy went into effect, which did not allow police pursuits over car thefts.

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NEW JERSEY — The plastic bag ban is now in effect across the state. So what exactly does that mean? Most grocery stores, particularly large chains and stores 2,500 square feet or larger, will not be allowed to give out single-use plastic or paper bags. Customers will have to bring their own ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Now that the weather is getting warmer, the Murphy administration is urging everyone to get “Outside, Together!” That's the name of a new, comprehensive outdoor recreation plan Gov. Phil Murphy launched alongside the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The recreational ...

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MARLBORO, NJ — “Don’t leave your key fobs in the darn car!” Gov. Phil Murphy said. Murphy, alongside Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin, New Jersey State Police (NJSP) Lt. Col. Fritz Frage, and Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik announced a $10 million investment in automated license plate ...

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TRENTON, NJ — “Thank God Trenton is not like Washington, D.C.,” Sen. Patrick Diegnan (D - District 18). As the author of more than 200 pieces of legislation throughout more than two decades in public service, Diegnan credits part of his success in office with the ability to work with colleagues ...

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NEW JERSEY — Nearly one in 11 households reports not having enough to eat in a week, according to the New Jersey Census Bureau. Now, more funding from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is aiming to alleviate some hurdles in getting more food on plates.  The NJEDA Board has ...

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NEW JERSEY — It has been a busy and fruitful trip in Ireland for Gov. Phil Murphy. The Governor, who says he is a “proud Irish-American,” visited Dublin and Cork with a delegation on an economic mission trip. The mission focused on deepening economic ties between Ireland and New Jersey, promoting ...

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NEW JERSEY — It may be a week past Tax Day, but eligible New Jersey residents can still claim thousands of dollars in expanded tax credits. The Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can still be claimed by those who didn’t file by Tax Day or didn’t claim all available credits on ...

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NEW JERSEY — It’s that time of year when the flowers are in full bloom, and so are watery eyes, itchy throats, and consistent sneezing. But is it allergies kicking in, or is it something more? Two latest omicron stealth sub-variants, BA.2.12 and BA. 2.12.1, have been confirmed in the state by ...

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NEW JERSEY - Gov. Phil Murphy says he is open to creating legislation that would potentially ban off-duty police officers in New Jersey from smoking legal marijuana now that recreational sales at about a dozen dispensaries around the state have begun.  At a news conference last week announcing a ...

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NEW JERSEY - Recreational marijuana sales officially began today after the Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) gave the approval to seven medical marijuana companies to sell at 13 dispensaries. The locations, which have been serving nearly 130,000 patients in the Medicinal Cannabis Program, will ...

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PATERSON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy is renewing his push for legislators to take action and pass a comprehensive gun safety legislative package that he initially proposed in April 2021 in Newark. If passed by the Senate and Assembly and signed into law, the bill package would be the third wide-ranging ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has ended the rule requiring masks or face coverings on NJ Transit and South Jersey Transportation Authority. That follows a federal judge's ruling Monday that ended the nationwide mask mandate covering public transportation. Hours after that ruling, the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Entrepreneurs looking to create a startup in New Jersey now have a new tool to help them get started. The New Jersey Innovation Evergreen Fund (NJIEF) has been approved by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority Board to help increase access to resources and venture capital ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has put planned gender identity and sexual orientation lessons on hold for first and second-graders after it outraged some parents and lawmakers. Under new sex education guidelines that was slated to start in September, a 30-minute lesson called “Pink, Blue and ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Legal recreational marijuana sales are finally expected to start, a year and a half after New Jersey residents voted to legalize cannabis.  The state Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) has granted seven medical marijuana companies the ability to start selling in a matter of ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Certain state employees will be allowed to work from home for year. Calling it a “bold step toward modernizing New Jersey’s State workplace landscape,” the New Jersey Civil Service Commission voted to approve a pilot program empowering State of New Jersey departments and ...

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TRENTON NJ — There’s a new state initiative to get more men of color to become educators in the state. The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) and Rowan University are teaming together for an initiative called "Men of Color Hope Achievers" (MOCHA), to recruit male minority teachers, ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Lawmakers are considering a boost in paid maternity leave and disability payments for middle-class workers. The bill, S-508, would increase the maximum benefit from the insurance programs that allow employees to take time off to care for a newborn or newly adopted child, a sick ...

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