TRENTON – Following Monday’s court ruling that prevents the state from making judges pay more towards their pensions and health benefits, Gov. Chris Christie said that he would seek an amendment to the state Constitution, if necessary, to have judges treated equally with other public employees who are being asked to make sacrifices.
TRENTON – The state Department of Education today submitted New Jersey’s application for the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge to the US Department of Education. This application would help to improve the quality of programs for over 75,000 low-income children from birth to age five in non-Abbott school districts across New Jersey.
NEPTUNE – With the deadline to register for disaster assistance less than two weeks away, officials announced that federal aid to New Jersey residents who suffered damage from Hurricane Irene totaled more than $181 million as of Oct. 18.
ROBBINSVILLE – A new, first-in-the-nation education initiative designed to help high school coaches make student athletes aware of the New Jersey Graduated Driver License (GDL) program has been unveiled by the NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association) and the NJ Teen Safe Driving Coalition.
TRENTON – Today, the New Jersey Conference of Mayors called for a level playing field between New Jersey brick-and-mortar businesses and out-of-state, internet-only retailers.
TRENTON – State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff reminded taxpayers last week to file their applications for the Homestead Benefit and the Senior Freeze property tax relief programs before the Oct. 31 deadline.
TRENTON – An audit released today by New Jersey’s Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) found the state’s largest Medicaid health maintenance organization has done a poor job of pursuing and reporting fraud and abuse recoveries that would lower insurance costs paid by the state.
STATE – Though just a third of New Jersey voters approve of the job their state legislature is doing, few are willing to cross party lines in the upcoming election, according to the results of the latest Monmouth University/NJ Press Media Poll.
LITTLE FALLS – Gov. Chris Christie announced a payroll tax cut that is expected to allow most New Jersey workers to save about $87 per year. The tax cut, which takes effect next year, results from changes to the Temporary Disability Insurance fund payroll taxes.
STATE – Today is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election, when voters will select state legislators as well as county officials. There are also local contests in some municipalities.