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.
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.
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.
TRENTON – In an effort to address a current and worsening physician shortage in New Jersey, state Sen. Joseph F. Vitale is sponsoring a bill that would establish a Physician Loan Redemption Program for both primary care and specialty physicians who pledge to work in underserved and physician shortage areas.
STATE – Some New Jersey residents are still cleaning up from the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene and subsequent storms, and one environmental advocacy group warns that future effects could be even worse if state officials continue to allow overdevelopment and sprawl.
STATE – As elections officials prepare to print sample ballots for the November election, a Bergen County Democrat hopes to make the paper ballots a relic of the past.
STATE – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants all survivors of Hurricane Irene to receive the maximum assistance for which they are eligible.