UTICA, N.Y.–An early binge of holiday gift shopping may not continue, as 35 percent of U.S. adults expect to spend less this year than in other years according to IBOPE Zogby interactive poll. Meanwhile one-half say their spending will be about the same as other years and just 7 percent expect to spend more.
ELIZABETH – The holidays are a busy time of year for everyone. The Postal Service expects to deliver 16.5 billion cards, letters, and packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Postmaster Dennis Allocco has a tip for relieving some of the hustle, bustle, and costs of the busy holiday season.
TRENTON – Assembly panel approved two bills Monday that would help towns provide long-term solutions to ward off future flooding problems.
CAMDEN – Building on New Jersey’s existing prisoner re-entry, rehabilitation and prevention programs, Gov. Chris Christie today outlined an initiative to help more offenders get the support they need to successfully re-enter society, break the cycle of criminality and lead productive lives.
UNION COUNTY — Help check out hunger this holiday season with donations to a Food Drive being sponsored by the Union County Public Libraries. From now until Dec.16, local public libraries will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit the New Jersey Community Food Bank and other local food pantries.
The United States has historically stood for unfettered free speech, which is vital to a functioning democracy. Unfortunately, the tendency on the part of government and law enforcement officials to purge dissent has largely undermined the First Amendment’s safeguards for political free speech.
From The Center for Public Integrity: A little more than a year ago, on the day after the GOP regained control of the House of Representatives, Speaker-to-be John Boehner said one of the first orders of business after he took charge would be the repeal of health care reform.
NEPTUNE – New Jersey residents whose homes and properties sustained damage in Hurricane Irene have until Nov. 30 to register for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
MORRISTOWN — Liquid Church of New Jersey is inviting individuals from around the world to participate via webcams and YouTube in the first ever Christmas Virtual Choir for Christmas Eve services. The church will leverage technology to synchronize individual singers from around the world into a unified choir rendition of Silent Night.
TRENTON – An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation to protect sexually exploited minors.