State News

U.S. Senate Approves $6.9 Billion Disaster Relief Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate approved a bill to authorize $6.9 billion in disaster relief funding yesterday, by a 62-37 vote. The money is needed to help pay for recovery efforts from the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene and other natural disasters around the nation.

State Officials Say Auction Results Justify Decision To Drop Out Of Greenhouse Gas Program

TRENTON – State officials cited a weak market for carbon dioxide allowances to support the Christie Administration’s decision to pull out of a regional program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but an environmental group blasted the governor for undermining the market.

Exception Nullifies NJ’s Pay-To-Play Provisions At Local Level

TRENTON – Relying on evidence gathered from its contract reviews, the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) released a report today that shows how a series of flaws have rendered New Jersey’s Pay-to-Play law essentially meaningless in the effort to prevent local governments from steering contracts to politically favored vendors.

NJ Jobs, Unemployment Rate Shrink In August

TRENTON – Employment in the Garden State fell in August, down by 7,100 jobs largely due to a labor strike affecting 7,000 Verizon employees. After accounting for the Verizon strikers, who have already returned to work, total employment in New Jersey declined by 100 jobs.

Gov’t Officials: Throwing Away An SBA Application Is Like Throwing Away Money

STATE – If there is one message that state and federal officials would like to share with New Jersey residents recovering from the Hurricane Irene disaster, it is fill out and return your U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) application – Don’t Throw It Away!

Red Cross Continues To Aid New Jersey Flood Victims

STATE – The American Red Cross is continuing to aid the victims of major flooding in New Jersey. Last night, the Red Cross operated three shelters in the state, aiding 150 residents. At the height of the storm, the Red Cross had more than 60 shelters open, or on standby to open, in New Jersey.

NJ Transit To Replace Bridges In Plainfield, Roof At Newark Penn

NEWARK – NJ Transit announced plans to replace two undergrade rail bridges in Plainfield and install a new roof at Newark Penn Station as part of the transportation agency’s infrastructure maintenance program.