STATE – Last week, Gov. Chris Christie signed the “Grow New Jersey” bill into law, touting it as a measure that would create and retain New Jersey jobs. The GrowNJ Assistance Program offers tax credits to businesses that make significant capital investments and create or retain at least 100 full-time jobs.
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie will give his annual State of the State speech on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. It was originally scheduled for this Tuesday, but Christie postponed it out of respect for Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce, who died suddenly on Monday night.
STATE – New Jersey voters are almost evenly split on their opinion of President Barack Obama’s job performance, according to a new statewide poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™. The president enjoys a one point advantage, with 46 percent approving and 45 perceent disapproving.
TRENTON – Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex) on Thursday pledged to support a pro-conservation agenda for the most densely populated state in the country after being appointed by Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver to chair the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee for the new 215th Legislature.
TRENTON – Leading Democrats made marriage equality the first order of business of the new legislative session this week, introducing a bill to fully recognize same-sex unions as “marriage” under state law.
STATE – National rail carrier Amtrak announced plans for its major projects in 2012, which include preliminary work to speed trains between Trenton and New Brunswick and ease congestion arriving at New York Penn Station.
PARSIPPANY – Funeral arrangements for Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce have been announced.
STATE — NJ Blood Services, which supplies blood products and services to 60 hospitals throughout the state, needs of volunteers to work blood drives.
NEWARK – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety nearly $2 million to improve highway safety and reduce traffic accidents, injuries, and deaths, U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez (both D-NJ) announced today.
TRENTON – New Jersey is nearing a major milestone in its continuing multi-prong effort to reduce harmful emissions from diesel engines, virtually completing the retrofit of nearly 800 NJ Transit older style diesel-engine buses with technology that will control harmful diesel exhausts, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin and NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein announced today.