Dear EarthTalk: Why don’t we reprocess and re-use our nuclear waste like France does? Would it be possible for us to start doing so? — Albert Jukowsky, Silver Spring, MD

Christie, Legislature Could Restore State Aid For Cities

TRENTON – After slashing $139 million in aid for New Jersey cities from the state’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget, Gov. Chris Christie signaled a willingness to restore the funding today. However, the money will come with a catch – the state Department of Community Affairs would oversee the aid program.

NJ Rail Project Could Lose $450 Million In Federal Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill that would shift $1 billion in federal money for high speed rail to fund Midwest flood relief, New Jersey’s senators called upon the Department of Transportation to thwart the move.

Pension Changes Will Save $43 Million In FY2012

TRENTON – The controversial public worker pension reforms Gov. Chris Christie signed into law last month will allow local governments to save $43 million in Fiscal Year 2012, according to projections released by the governor’s office today.

Middlesex County Police Departments Offered Grants For Community Safety Programs

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The Middlesex County Prosecutor is offering $135,000 in grants to the county’s local police departments for the development of programs aimed at enhancing public awareness while combating a variety of crimes, including bias intimidation, bullying and vandalism.