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News Around New Jersey

April 15, 2024

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy wants to pump nearly $1 billion more into New Jersey schools. The new spending would increase state aid to public schools by 5% over the current level and is meant to “fully fund” K-12 education to ensure that New Jersey children receive a top-notch ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey State Assembly passed a resolution Monday to “reaffirm freedom of access and protection of reproductive health care services,” including in vitro fertilization (IVF), in New Jersey. The resolution was a direct response to an Alabama Supreme Court ruling earlier this ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Senate unanimously passed a resolution Monday calling on Congress and President Biden to raise the threshold for the federal poverty level in states like New Jersey. The resolution, SCR-93, is an official expression of state support for a proposal introduced by Rep.

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TRENTON, NJ — The Senate Education Committee has advanced a proposal to allow some school districts to ask voters to raise local property taxes over the current 2% cap to cover reductions in state support for the district. Districts facing cuts in state aid or spending below the state’s ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled a $55.9 billion budget Tuesday -- the largest ever -- that he told a joint session of the Legislature would "ensure New Jersey retains its proud reputation as the best place, anywhere, to raise a family." The spending plan for Fiscal Year 25 increases ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The state's largest law enforcement agency has 86 new officers. The New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC) welcomed Class 255, the largest class since 2019 to graduate from the department's Correctional Staff Training Academy. The officers were sworn in Tuesday at Patriots ...

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TRENTON, NJ — For the first time in nearly 100 years, big changes are coming to New Jersey's liquor license laws. In addition, restrictions on breweries and distilleries are being eased. Gov. Phil Murphy signed S4265/A5912 into law Tuesday in Trenton. Murphy and lawmakers called the old laws ...

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TRENTON, NJ — School districts in New Jersey are now required to add lessons about grieving to health classes for students in eighth through 12th grade. Gov. Phil Murphy signed S3330/A501 Thursday in Trenton. The law requires schools to provide instruction on coping mechanisms and techniques ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Efforts to battle food insecurity among New Jersey youth took a step forward Thursday when the New Jersey General Assembly, by a vote of 74-1, passed legislation requiring school districts to provide information to parents and guardians about the National School Lunch Program and the ...

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TRENTON/PRINCETON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy are inviting New Jersey residents to visit Drumthwacket during the holidays. The Drumthwacket Foundation is teaming up with seven garden clubs from around the state, for "The Holidays at Drumthwacket." Each public room on the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey and 41 other states have sued Meta in federal and state court, claiming the company knowingly designed features on Facebook and Instagram that are harmful and purposefully addict children and teens. The plaintiffs say Meta falsely assured the public some features are ...

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UNION, NJ — College campuses in New Jersey will be required to strengthen mental health support for students, with increased awareness, more training for staff and more access to resources that will help prevent suicides. Lt. Gov. Tahesha Way signed bill A-1176 into law Thursday at Kean ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) say drivers should be careful this time of year, as fall mating season for deer begins. “Deer are involved in thousands of collisions with motor vehicles in New Jersey each year, ...

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POMONA, NJ — The nonpartisan advocacy organization South Jersey Forward released a detailed report on how to fill the news void in South Jersey. It's called "The (Sad) State of Local Media in South Jersey and How to Change It.” “By working together—citizens, the private sector, and ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way was sworn in Friday as the state's new lieutenant governor. Gov. Phil Murphy named Way to succeed the late Sheila Oliver, who died last month. "To me, Sheila was more than a trusted colleague," Way said. "She was a cherished friend, a ...

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TRENTON, NJ — A new anti-SLAPP law in New Jersey protects people from lawsuits meant to silence or intimidate them. A SLAPP suit (strategic lawsuits against public participation) is a lawsuit that’s filed simply so the defendant will incur significant costs. Gov. Murphy signed S2802/A4393, ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has expanded its Safe Haven Infant Protection Act to give another option to parents to safely surrender newborns without fear of prosecution. Gov. Phil Murphy signed A4110/S2828 Friday in Trenton. Parents can now voluntarily surrender their newborns at the hospital where ...

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TRENTON, NJ — A new law requires New Jersey schools to offer free menstrual products for students in grades six through 12. Gov. Phil Murphy signed S1221/A1349 Wednesday in Trenton. “When students can’t access the menstrual products they need for their reproductive health, the potential ...

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TRENTON, NJ — A new law in New Jersey, signed Wednesday by Gov. Phil Murphy in Trenton, establishes penalties for deaths and injuries that occur as a result of gun trafficking.  Under the law, known as the “Real Accountability for Consequences of Unlawful Trafficking of Firearms Act,” anyone who ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey businesses can't profit from credit card surcharges, under a new law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy Friday. The law, which goes into effect immediately, also requires information about the charges to be posted. “All residents and visitors doing business in New Jersey ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Lottery Commission is moving forward with a plan to sell lottery tickets online. The decision, which was made during a meeting Thursday, applies to games like Powerball, Mega Millions and Jersey Cash 5. It does not include scratch-offs. "The Lottery has been ...

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PERTH AMBOY, NJ — New Jersey is tops nationwide when it comes to providing summer lunch to children from households who participated in school year lunch, according to the Food Research and Action Center. The success was highlighted in a visit Wednesday to the Raritan Bay Area YMCA Summer Stars ...

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TRENTON, NJ — State leaders, family, friends and former staff members are paying their respects to Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver in Trenton. Oliver is lying in state at the New Jersey State House Rotunda. Mourners can remember the late lawmaker and public servant, who died last week, until 6 p.m.

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TRENTON, NJ — A new law in New Jersey bans extreme confinement of breeding pigs and calves raised for veal. Gov. Phil Murphy signed A-1970/S-1298 into law Wednesday. The legislation prohibits the animals' confinement in an enclosure that does not let them move freely and groom themselves, and ...

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TRENTON, NJ — A new law in New Jersey lets stalking victims obtain restraining orders against strangers, closing what was known as the "stranger loophole." Gov. Phil Murphy signed S-1517 into law Monday. The law was inspired by Michele Albano, whose daughter received threatening texts from a ...

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NEWARK. NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy will lead an economic mission to East Asia this October, which includes visits to Japan and South Korea. Murphy announced the visit during a forum Wednesday at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark with New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom ...

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TRENTON, NJ — A new commission in New Jersey will study the impact of social media usage on adolescents, both in and out of school. Gov. Phil Murphy established the Commission on the Effects of Social Media Usage on Adolescents by signing bills S-715/A-1192 into law Monday in Trenton. The ...

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FORT LEE, NJ — The message from New Jersey leaders is unified, when it comes to New York's congestion tolling plan. “The Garden State is not New York’s piggy bank. We are not the MTA’s ATM,” Rep. Bill Pascrell (D - District 9) said. “New Jersey has been our region’s pack mule for a long time.

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TRENTON, NJ — Franklinite, a mineral found in the northwest portion of New Jersey, is now the official mineral of the state. Gov. Phil Murphy signed bills S1727/A3393 into law on Wednesday. “Franklinite represents an important part of New Jersey’s history for the role it played in helping to ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has launched a new campaign that targets drivers who speed. New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin, the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety (HTS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are teaming up with law enforcement statewide and ...

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