State News

Labor Day Travel Expected To Increase 2% In New Jersey

STATE – More than 1 million New Jersey residents are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home for the Labor Day holiday weekend in 2012; an increase of 1.9% compared to the 983,400 who traveled in 2011, AAA Mid-Atlantic projects. The 2012 Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 3.

NJ Voters Not Impressed With Christie’s New National Prominence

Gov. Chris Christie

NEW BRUNSWICK – As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie prepares to give the keynote speech at the Republican National Convention (RNC) today, New Jersey voters do not expect his latest moment on the national stage will benefit the Garden State’s image, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. While nearly a third believes Christie’s address will enhance New Jersey’s image with the rest of the country, 46 percent think it will make no difference; 14 percent say Christie’s speech will hurt the state’s image.

NJ Gas Prices Rise Again

STATE — Average retail gasoline prices in New Jersey have risen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.62 per gallon yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.73 per gallon, according to gasoline price website NewJerseyGasPrices.com.

NJ Residents’ Economic Confidence Slips

STATE — According to the most recent consumer survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, 26 percent of New Jerseyans say they are better off financially than they were last year, down six points from January 2012. Two in five (43 percent) report they are worse off, virtually unchanged from January (41 percent).

State Temporarily Suspends License Of Doctor Accused Of Conducting Unauthorized Research On Patients

NEWARK – The New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners, within the State Division of Consumer Affairs, has temporarily suspended the license of Dr. Philip B. May, who is under investigation by the New Jersey Department of Human Services for allegedly conducting unauthorized research on patients with intellectual disabilities at the Hunterdon Developmental Center.