TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Barbara Buono and Linda R. Greenstein to require that even in an emergency, state contracts would be publicly advertised and bid and must follow the state’s pay-to-play laws was approved today by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee.
TRENTON – A state Senate panel today advanced a Democrat-sponsored bill which would require Legislative approval any bid to privatize the state lottery.
TRENTON – The State Police sergeant who led an unauthorized escort of a high-speed sports car caravan to Atlantic City in 2012 pleaded guilty today to a crime for altering the numbers on the license plates of his troop car with electrical tape during the incident. He and a second trooper who assisted in the escort agreed to forfeit their jobs with the State Police, according to Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa.
TRENTON – The Communications Workers of America (CWA) have launched a television ad campaign to oppose Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to privatize the state lottery. The commercial will run as a statewide cable buy for the next few weeks.
STATE — Average retail gasoline prices in New Jersey have fallen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.51 per gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 3,525 gas outlets in New Jersey.
TRENTON – An East Rutherford man was sentenced to prison today for acting as a broker in a scheme involving former clerks at the Jersey City Motor Vehicle Agency to illegally sell New Jersey digital driver’s licenses to unauthorized persons, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced.
ATLANTIC CITY—The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) and Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind released the results of their six year study of the effectiveness of drug-testing in the prevention of substance abuse among New Jersey middle school students at the statewide Addiction Conference.
TRENTON – Assemblyman Peter J. Barnes III on Thursday introduced legislation designed to ensure smart and efficient reconstruction of the Jersey Shore following Hurricane Sandy under the guidance of a newly formed coastal commission that would coordinate planning efforts.
TRENTON – A Paterson man pleaded guilty today to a drug charge and a charge of criminal restraint in connection with his arrest last August, when detectives executed a search warrant at his house during a drug investigation and discovered that he had been keeping his girlfriend locked in their bedroom, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced.
TRENTON – Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Peter Barnes III and Ruben Ramos, Jr. on Thursday called on the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to install an environmental monitor to oversee the post-Sandy debris removal process in order to protect the public’s health and the sanctity of the state’s aquifers and waterways.