State News

Pro-Choice PAC Endorses Menendez

Sen. Bob Menendez

NEW BRUNSWICK- Citing his defense of woman’s reproductive rights, access to preventive medical services, and availability to contraception NARAL Pro-Choice America’s political action committee has announced its endorsement of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez for re-election.

Amtrak Announces Record Ridership Levels

An Amtrak train at Trenton Transit Center (Photo credit: Michael E. Pearson via Wikimedia Commons)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Amtrak announced record ridership on the Northeast Corridor during fiscal year 2012, increasing 4.8 percent to 11.4 million passengers. Overall, Amtrak carried more that 31.2 million passengers, the highest annual total since the rail service began operations in 1971. Amtrak’s overall ticket revenue rose 6.8 percent to $2.02 billion.

NJ Businesses Received $602 Million In SBA Loans In FY 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With loan volume steadily increasing for the past six quarters, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s loan programs posted the second largest dollar volume ever in FY 2012, supporting $30.25 billion in loans to small businesses. That amount was surpassed only by FY 2011, which was heavily boosted by the loan incentives under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.

NJ Residents Largely Unaware Of $750 Million Bond Question

STATE — Garden State residents are poised to head to the polls in November knowing little about an important bond issue on the ballot. According to the most recent poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, 87 percent of registered voters have heard “little” or “nothing” about the bond on the November ballot that would allocate $750 million dollars for college and university infrastructure in New Jersey.