State News

Murders Increased In 2010 As Overall Violent Crime Declined, According To FBI Report

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.

Christie Blasts Lawmakers For Inaction At Union Twp. Town Hall

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.

50% Toll Hike Takes Effect On NJ-NY Crossings

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.

Residents In North Jersey ”Bear Country” Urged To Secure Trash

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.

Vitale Sponsors Bill Creating Physician Loan Redemption Program

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.

Sprawl & Overdevelopment Make Flooding Worse, According To NJ Sierra Club

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.

Port Authority Bridge & Tunnel Tolls Go Up Sunday

STATE – It’s going to get more expensive for drivers to travel to New York this weekend. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is raising tolls on all of its bridges and tunnels between the two states starting Sunday.