TRENTON – The state’s unemployment rate declined over the month, down by 0.1 percent, to a December rate of 9.0 percent. New Jersey’s unemployment rate has trended lower over the past several months, dropping in four out of the last five months.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, a Republican representing New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, voiced concerns about the controversial “Stop Online Piracy Act,” or SOPA.
BRIDGEVILLE – New Jersey remained consistent in some areas, but fell short in others to protect children and adults and curb tobacco-related disease in 2011 according to the American Lung Association’s State of Tobacco Control 2012 report.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – New Jersey Congressman Steve Rothman, a Democrat representing the state’s 9th Congressional District, declared his opposition to the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act on a day when major websites, such as Wikipedia and Google, went dark or placed a message on their home page protesting the pending legislation.
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation yesterday sponsored by state Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak to allow licensed casinos in Atlantic City and racetracks throughout the state to operate sports wagering pools on professional and collegiate sporting events.
NEWARK – Between Nov. 3 and Dec. 7, 2011, a single patient obtained a four-month supply of oxycodone and methadone by presenting prescriptions, now believed to be forged, to three New Jersey pharmacies on a total of 14 occasions.
STATE – Leading Democrats questioned Gov. Chris Christie’s proposal to cut income taxes ten percent for all New Jersey residents over a three-year period.
TRENTON – On Tuesday, Governor Chris Christie signed into law legislation allowing for local school board and budget elections to be moved from April to November. The bill, passed with bipartisan support in the legislature, puts into law a tool kit proposal originally introduced by Christie in May 2010.
TRENTON – During today’s State of the State speech, Gov. Chris Christie proposed a 10 percent cut in state income taxes across the board that would be phased in over three years beginning in January 2013.
TRENTON – Legislation intended to protect sexually exploited minors has been signed into law. The measure (A-3700-3934) will provide an affirmative defense to any person under 18 who engages in prostitution. An affirmative defense is an explanation for a defendant’s actions that excuses or justifies his behavior.