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March 21, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — A little relief may be coming at the gas pump if a couple of senators get their bill proposals passed. As prices at the pump hold steady at record-breaking highs of over $4 in the state, Sen. Shirley Turner (D - District 15) announced she plans to introduce legislation to ...

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PORT READING, NJ — New Jersey is making a strong commitment to help Ukraine as it continues to deal with the impact of the war created by Russian President Vladimir Putin.  More than 250 pallets of medical supplies and equipment and 40,000 doses of medications will be sent to the country under ...

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PATERSON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has a few reasons to raise a pint to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day.  Murphy announced, while attending an Irish flag raising in Paterson, that he will lead a four-day, two-city economic mission trip to Ireland in April.  The delegation will visit Dublin and ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Lawmakers are aiming to make New Jersey more welcoming for veterans and military families by expanding tax credits for the companies that employ them and ensuring dependents of military personnel have access to community-based services. The Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Individuals who are on the autism spectrum may soon be able to declare their status on their driver's license.  Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin M. Corrado (R - District 40) that would allow individuals diagnosed with a communication disability, or an Autism Spectrum Disorder ...

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TRENTON, NJ — When Sadaf Jaffer was asked to run for the Assembly seat 16th Legislative District last year, she visited the Center for Women in Politics. For inspiration, she searched for a timeline of other Asian American women who had served in the same position, and she soon realized, there were ...

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NEW JERSEY — For more than 14 years, Maggie Doyne has spent her time caring her 50 children. Biologically, she has two. But she is legal guardian to more than four dozen children in Nepal.  Doyne grew up in Mendham and decided to take a gap year in Nepal after graduating from high school in ...

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EDISON NJ — If Gov. Phil Murphy gets his budget plan approved, $19.2 billion will go towards increasing K-12 school aid, expanding pre-K funding and school construction.  Murphy visited James Monroe Elementary in Edison Thursday to talk about his plan to increase K-12 school aid by $650 million, ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced a $48.9 billion budget proposal for key issues like property taxes rebates, affordable housing, school funding and pensions. The spending plan includes a record proposed surplus of $4.2 billion, nearly twice the size of the surplus proposed in last year’s ...

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TRENTON, NJ — “We’re in big trouble, really big trouble,” Sen. Bob Smith (D - District 17) said.  Smith has devoted a majority of his time in the Senate not only to his constituents in the 17th Legislative District but also the environment.  The release of the latest United Nations Climate ...

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TRENTON, NJ — What’s in the box? It could result in a fine for online retailers.  If passed, new legislation would prohibit retailers from shipping small items in oversized boxes, or risk a fine.  Assemblyman John McKeon (D - District 27) introduced the bill last month, after ordering a small ...

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TRENTON, NJ - There’s a new law for New Jersey drivers when it comes to sharing the road.  The NJ Safe Passing Law (NJSPL) (A5570/S2208) went into effect on Tuesday.   Like other road safety laws, the NJSPL provides clear rules of the road for all motorists. This law focuses about when—and ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Governor Murphy signed an executive order on Wednesday extending the vaccine deadline for health care workers. The Governor signed Executive Order No. 290, which updates and clarifies timeframes for requiring covered workers at health care facilities and high-risk congregate ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Parents, students, and New Jersey charter school faculty members recently gathered at a press conference in Trenton to air their frustration in response to recent expansion denials of top-performing charter schools.  The press conference was held at the Achievers Early College Prep ...

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TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey drivers may soon be able to pump their own gas.  Legislation sponsored by Assembly members of both parties, Carol Murphy (D-7), Ned Thomson (R-30) and Annette Chaparro (D-33) was introduced Monday allowing for a hybrid fueling model in New Jersey.  The “Motorist ...

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TEANECK, NJ — Sen. Gordon Johnson says he had a great mentor before he took on the role in the 37th District. “I’ve had a 20-year apprenticeship with Loretta Weinberg," Johnson said. "I’ll be carrying on her priorities mixed with other priorities that I may have. It’s an honor to be able to do ...

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NEW JERSEY — It's cycling for cause.   As part of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, CycleNation is a yearly event to help raise awareness about heart disease and stroke.  Brett Paddock, President and CEO of Titanium Industries and chair of Northern ...

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TRENTON, NJ — As the mask mandate in New Jersey schools is set to expire March 7, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has released updated masking guidance for K-12 schools and child care centers.  The guidance is meant to help clarify when masking might be necessary. The decision for ...

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TRENTON, NJ — 35 years ago this month, before becoming one of most influential public affairs groups in New Jersey, Princeton Public Affairs Group (PPAG) had just two clients, Philip Morris and Essex County.  Hundreds of clients later, it has been consistently named New Jersey’s number one ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Nearly 187,000 New Jersey households will soon find out if their main water source is being delivered through a lead service line. Affected residents will receive a letter at some point this week. In addition, more than one million lines containing unknown materials are subject to ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Senator Holly Schepisi (R - District 39) made history last March being elected as the first female senator from her district. “It was really cool because it also during women’s history month," Schepisi said. "For myself, nobody in my family had ever held office like this. But also ...

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WHITEHOUSE STATION, NJ — A daily summer chore almost killed Chris Rush. “We often ignore the symptoms, and often think it can’t happen to me,” Rush said. Rush had just arrived home from work and wanted to mow the lawn before heading to bed. He called it a race between the sun setting, and the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — More help is on the way for New Jersey residents facing foreclosure.  In all, $10 million from the Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) will be allocated to support New Jersey’s Foreclosure Prevention Act program, which is administered by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Legislators in Trenton have advanced 11 bills targeting hunger in the state.  Spearheading the legislation is Speaker Craig Coughlin (D - District 19), Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D - District 6) and Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D - Distict 27).  “We’re in an ongoing fight ...

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WILLINGBORO, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and four Democratic senators announced their support for a package of bills aimed at making prescription drugs more affordable.  “We have made strong strides over the past four years to put health care back within reach of many, but we must continue to find new ...

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TRENTON, NJ — "The Coughlins are really, really lucky,” Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said. The third time is the charm for Speaker Craig Coughlin (D - District 19), who entered 2022 in his third term as New Jersey’s 171st General Assembly Speaker.  Whether it’s luck, or simply his ability ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Dr. David Finkelstein, the director of physician advisor services at RWJ Barnabas Health, is used to giving his patients advice on their health.  He just didn’t take his own.  “I know, it was the dumbest thing I could have done. It was the dumbest thing I did all day. And I ...

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TRENTON, NJ — A deadline to allow legal adult-use marijuana sales in New Jersey looks like it will be missed.  February 22 is the self-imposed state deadline to open adult-use recreational marijuana sales. But cannabis industry insiders say, like other deadlines, it won't be met.  “I think ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Trenton MOVES is on its way to becoming the first large-scale transit system to operate by using self-driving shuttles. New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti and Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora announced a $5 million NJDOT local ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Some much-needed assistance is here for those who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments over the past two years.  The Emergency Rescue Mortgage Assistance program (ERMA) will give up to $35,000 to eligible homeowners who have been unable to keep up with their mortgage ...

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