State News

Lesniak Urges Governor To Take Action To Mitigate Foreclosure Crisis

State Sen. Ray Lesniak

TRENTON – Following news reports that New Jersey rose past Nevada in the second quarter of this year in the number of mortgage defaults, Senate Economic Growth Committee Chairman Raymond J. Lesniak today said that Gov. Christie and his administration have not done enough for people already in foreclosure or facing down foreclosure.

State Officials Warn Against Eating Meat From Deer That Appear Sick

TRENTON – The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is advising hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts to be alert for white-tailed deer that may be experiencing symptoms of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD), a virus that spreads among deer though the bites of midge flies but cannot be transmitted to people.

Poll: Christie’s Convention Speech Did More For Him Than Romney

Gov. Chris Christie

STATE – Almost three-in-five (58%) registered New Jersey voters with knowledge of Gov. Chris Christie’s speech at the Republican National Convention believe he was more successful in selling himself to the American public than he was in advocating for the Romney/Ryan ticket, according to a recent poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind.

State Reaches Settlement With Defendants Accused Of Using Charity To Avoid Tax On Luxury Cars

NEWARK – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs today announced a settlement agreement with defendants accused of fraudulently using a cancer charity’s tax exempt status to purchase millions of dollars’ worth of luxury cars without paying sales tax. The defendants exported the vehicles across Europe, Asia, and North America.

Trainer Admits Submitting Forged Medical To Clear Fighters For Mixed Martial Arts

Philip Dunlap (Photo courtesy of the NJ Attorney General's Office)

TRENTON – A man who trains fighters for amateur Mixed Martial Arts contests in New Jersey pleaded guilty today to submitting false documents, including medical forms, to the State Athletic Control Board so that his athletes could fight without undergoing mandatory physical examinations and medical tests, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced.

AAA Holds September Food Drive

AAA-logo

FLORHAM PARK – AAA New Jersey Automobile Club is holding a food collection drive and invites AAA members and the general public to donate to help less fortunate individuals and families through the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in Hillside.

Senate Committee Advances Bill To Require Direct Deposit Of State Employee Paychecks

TRENTON –A Senate panel advanced a bill Thursday that would require direct deposit for all state employee compensation on and after July 1, 2014, and allows counties and county colleges, municipalities, school boards to opt for mandatory direct deposit for all employee compensation on or after July 1, 2014.

Bill To Promote Partnerships Between Higher Ed And Businesses To Foster Economic Growth Clears Committee

Sen. Barbara Buono

TRENTON – Legislation to promote the establishment of partnerships between institutions of higher education and the business community to increase collaborative research and innovation was approved Thursday in the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Christie Administration Announces Public Awareness Campaign To Encourage Residents To Report Suspicious Activity

TRENTON – The Christie Administration announced Thursday the public can now report suspicious activity to the state’s 24-hour terrorism tip line by dialing 2-1-1. Calls to 2-1-1 are free, and can be made using a landline or a mobile device.