TRENTON – After six consecutive months of private sector job growth, the state’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.0 percent in March. The state’s economy shed 8,600 jobs during the month, according to estimates released today.
STATE – Half of New Jersey voters believe President Barack Obama should be re-elected in November, while 40 percent say it’s time for someone new in the Oval Office, according to a new Monmouth University/NJ Press Media Poll. Those numbers are up from 47 percent in February and 46 percent in October.
ATLANTIC CITY – Beginning this Saturday, April 21, fugitives hiding from the law have the opportunity to surrender safely at a neutral location in Atlantic City, take responsibility for their crimes and receive favorable consideration from the court.
NEWARK – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, and the New Jersey Department of the Treasury today are warning consumers about fake checks, which are highly detailed and realistic, and purport to be cashier’s checks for $3,800, issued by the New Jersey State Treasury.
TRENTON – As a public service, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Health and Senior Services today reminded anglers to be aware of routine fish advisories that are in place for fish caught recreationally in New Jersey. These advisories allow members of the public to make informed choices about the fish they catch and eat.
Morristown’s Speedwell Avenue redevelopment project appears to be heading towards approval. As reported by Maria Pfeifer in MorristownGreen.com, the Planning Board directed special counsel to prepare a resolution approving Phase 1 on the redevelopment plan, which calls for construction of residential units along Speedwell Avenue and Early Street.
LAKEWOOD – Five Chambers of Commerce will present a Mega Business Expo at Martell’s Tiki Bar in Point Pleasant Beach on Thursday, April 19 from 5 until 7:30 p.m. Brick Township, Lakewood, Point Pleasant, Point Pleasant Beach, and Toms River are collaborating to host this professional outing.
NEWARK – On Tax Day, two weeks after the New York Times tallied Chris Christie’s corporate welfare awards at $1.5 billion, the Republican Governor is taking some heat from the Better Choices for New Jersey coalition over his plan to give Prudential $250 million in public funds to move a few blocks down the street.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa today announced the arrests associated with a large-scale child porn investigation dubbed Operation Watchdog. The three-month, multi-agency effort resulted in 27 men and one woman being charged with distribution and possession of child pornography.
STATE — An Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) review released today found the New Jersey State Police is continuing to effectively handle allegations of trooper misconduct. The OSC review also identified a number of steps that can be taken to further improve state practices in this area, such as ensuring that the prosecution of trooper discipline cases and the impartial monitoring of those cases are not handled by the same office.