New Jersey’s vaunted “Pay to Play” law was supposed to eliminate the legalized form of bribery by which elected officials award public contracts at taxpayer expense to the campaign contributors that helped them get elected but according to the state comptroller, Matthew Boxer, that statute is worthless and ineffective.
STATE – New Jersey saw a slight decrease in violent crime from 2009 to 2010, but the number of murders increased during that same time period, according to crime data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday.
UNION – Gov. Chris Christie held his first town hall meeting in nearly three months at the Boys and Girls Club of Union County in Union Township on Monday, and he took the opportunity to blast Democratic lawmakers for taking to long to act on his legislative agenda.
CLARK – From now through the end of October, a pair of Clark orthodontists are trying to raise breast cancer awareness and raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
STATE — The next time you drive to New York City, make sure you bring a few extra bucks. It now costs $12 to drive over the George Washington Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing or through the Holland or Lincoln tunnels.
STATE — Mold is an ever-present problem following storm flooding and can be a significant health risk if care is not taken, state and federal officials warn.
(StatePoint) No matter where you work, chances are you’ve come home after a long day with some aches and pains — even if you spend most of your time at a desk, work station or behind the wheel.
TRENTON — The state’s Department of Environmental Protection is advising residents and outdoor enthusiasts in North Jersey, especially in areas regularly frequented by black bears, to strictly adhere to guidelines for eliminating or securing potential black bear food sources during the fall period when bears feed extensively to build fat layers for hibernation.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The county’s flu immunization clinics are underway and will continue through Oct. 7. Flu immunizations will be provided to Middlesex County residents 6 months of age and over, no appointment is necessary. For locations and dates, visit http://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/publichealth/flu-clinics.asp
TRENTON – The president of the Elizabeth School Board, a city employee, and the husband of the head of custodians for the Elizabeth School District were arrested this morning and charged with defrauding the Elizabeth School District’s free lunch program, Attorney General Paula T. Dow announced. The program provides free and low-cost nutritious lunches for students who cannot otherwise afford them.