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February 7, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — “This is a huge step back towards normalcy,” Gov. Phil Murphy said after announcing a mask mandate in schools and daycare settings will be lifted starting March 7. "I must thank the overwhelming majority of students, parents, administrators, educators, and support staffers who have ...

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BELLEVILLE, NJ — Cardiovascular disease claims the lives of one in three women each year. Stacy Quinn was almost one of them.  “I’m lucky to be here. I was a time bomb,” Quinn said. Quinn is a stroke survivor. But like so many other women, she ignored the signs of stroke, passing off an ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R - District 13), Sen. Michael Testa (R - District 1), and Sen. Republican Leader Steven Oroho (R - District 24) joined together to voice their opposition to the use of emergency power by Gov. Murphy.  The Senate Republicans are launching an initiative ...

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CARLSTADT, NJ — It’s no secret New Jerseyans take their pizza seriously.  Take one look at Gov. Murphy’s Twitter page, and you’ll see he is currently embroiled in a tongue-in-cheek social media battle with Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont over which state has the best slice. Ask anyone on the ...

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NEW JERSEY — Organ donations in New Jersey reached a record high in 2021.  NJ Sharing Network says 233 people gave the gift of life last year, which is an all-time high. It is a 5% increase over 2020, which was a record, at the time. The number of New Jerseyans signing up to register as an ...

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TRENTON, NJ — At a ceremony on Friday, January 28, Monmouth County Administrator Teri O’Connor was sworn in at the Senate Chambers of the State House in Trenton. She's the first county administrator to become President of the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC). “I stand here as the first ...

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PATERSON, NJ — In the wake of an uptick of shootings in the Tri-State area in the past few weeks, Gov. Murphy announced two new initiatives to stop gun violence.  He joined Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck Thursday to announce a $7 million investment in gunshot detection technology and ...

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TRENTON, NJ — “Our Democratic Party is not defined by one individual or one single entity. It is defined by our ideals,” said LeRoy Jones, Jr., the Democratic co-chair of the Legislative Apportionment Commission before a public redistricting meeting Wednesday night.  “Our strength is in our ...

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SECAUCUS, NJ - The Route 3 Bridge over the Hackensack River connecting East Rutherford to Secaucus is getting a much-needed facelift.  It will cost $143.6 million.  Sens Bob Menendez (D - NJ) and Cory Booker (D - NJ), along with Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D - District 9) joined Gov. Phil Murphy ...

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NEW JERSEY — A piece of New Jersey will be represented at the Winter Olympics and Paralympics despite controversy surrounding the games.  Team USA’s opening ceremony uniforms in Beijing will be assembled and manufactured by Clifton, New Jersey-based manufacturer Better Team USA designed by Ralph ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Senate Minority Leader Steven Oroho says it’s time to get to work. “Now that the housekeeping is complete, we shouldn’t waste any time getting back to work in Trenton on efforts to make New Jersey more affordable,” Oroho said. Affordability has been a key word used over the past ...

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TOMS RIVER, NJ — A banker by day, a pizza lover for life. If anyone knows Jersey pizza, it’s Johnny C.  “There’s so many great pizzas throughout New Jersey. I could go on and on, even in North Jersey where my roots are from. There’s a lot of good places," he said. “I like a certain pie. I’m ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Murphy was met swiftly with strong opposition after announcing an updated vaccine mandate for all health care workers.  While touring a new federal COVID-19 testing facility at Stockton University in Galloway on Wednesday, the Governor announced anyone who has a job in a ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey schools will now be required to include curriculum regarding the history and contributions of Asian Americans.  Gov. Phil Murphy signed two pieces of legislation Tuesday that will ensure that the contributions, history, and heritage of Asian Americans and Pacific ...

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TRENTON, NJ — “Were all the votes counted?” joked Josh Murphy, as he and his siblings introduced their father during his inauguration for second term as 56th Governor of New Jersey.  After the small roast from his four children and a speech from his wife and First Lady Tammy Murphy, Governor ...

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NEW JERSEY — Dozens of New Jersey school districts will receive more money to help upgrade their security systems.  Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that appropriates a total of $5,150,531 from the “Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act” to provide grants for school security projects in ...

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TEANECK, NJ — “It’s great to see you, even though you look a little bit like Nanook of the North," said now former Senator Loretta Weinberg to First Lady Tammy Murphy with a smile and sparkle in her eye. “I’m really glad to see you out and about.” Those were Weinberg’s opening remarks at the ...

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TEANECK, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy has signed into law a bill declaring abortion a fundamental right in New Jersey.  The Senate passed The Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act by a vote of 23-15 on Monday, and the Governor had vowed to sign it.  The push to get the bill passed in New Jersey ...

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NEW JERSEY — New Jersey may now have another tool in its belt to help fight COVID-19.  Two new antiviral pills have been delivered to pharmacies in more 30 states across the country including more than 50 New Jersey Walgreens locations.  Federal officials say both drugs have proven successful ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Governor Phil Murphy gave the 2022 State of the State address on Tuesday. In what would normally be a room filled with a who’s who of New Jersey lawmakers, he instead spoke to an empty auditorium in a pre-taped message.  It's the norm, it now seems, as New Jersey faces the most ...

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NEW JERSEY — Retired teachers may soon be allowed to return to the classroom to earn a paycheck and their pension at the same time.  “The number of teachers entering this profession has been eclipsed by those retiring for some time, and this predicament has been greatly exacerbated by the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — A busy week in Trenton as new members of the Assembly will be sworn-in.  With cases of COVID-19 still rising rapidly in New Jersey, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin announced that all attendees of the Assembly session and reorganization ceremony will be required to show proof of a ...

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TRENTON, NJ— The National Guard is being deployed to help with staffing shortages due to COVID-19 at long-term care facilities in New Jersey.  Approximately 150 soldiers and airmen will be sent to more than a dozen struggling facilities. “Time and time again, the New Jersey National Guard has ...

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NEW JERSEY — With the season of snow now officially upon us, school snow days are inevitable.  As the New Year kicked off with about 100 school districts switching to remote learning due to the influx of Covid-19 positive cases among students and staff, going virtual for inclement weather seems ...

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TRENTON, NJ — State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg will resign with just a few days left in her term, as Senate President Stephen Sweeney appoints her to the board of Directors of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Horizon is the state’s largest health insurer, providing ...

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DOVER, NJ — Daniella Mendez is used to being in the spotlight.  Having won the Miss Gay NJ Pageant in 2016, and working as a performer, advocate, and spokeswoman, she’ll now be adding a new title to that list: the first openly transgender woman to be elected as a Board of Education member in ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The incoming President of the New Jersey Senate, Senator Nicholas Scutari, appointed Senator Troy Singleton to the Senate Democratic Leadership team, elevating him as Senate Majority Whip. “I’m honored to be part of this historic team and look forward to getting to work,” Senator ...

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TRENTON, NJ — There are hundreds of new laws going into effect this new year. And some of them could impact your wallet directly.  Here are a few of them. Minimum Wage Increase: The new year kicked off with a dollar increase in minimum wage from $12 an hour to $13. This increase is part of ...

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