JERSEY CITY – Wednesday morning, members from more than two dozen faith based, community and immigrant rights groups, including members from Pax Christi NJ, IRATE & First Friends, American Friends Service Committee Immigrant Rights Program- Newark and NJ Advocates for Immigrant Detainees plan to make a 12-mile “pilgrimage” from Liberty State Park to the Elizabeth Detention Center to protest the detention of immigrants.
SANDY HOOK–New Jersey residents and beach lovers are once again asked to help rank the state’s favorite shore destinations in the 5th annual New Jersey Top Ten Beaches Poll. Visitors to njtoptenbeaches.org, which officially opens for vote collecting at noon, will also be invited to take part in a simple, single-question poll that asks them to select which issue they feel will have the biggest impact on the future of coastal New Jersey.
WESTFIELD – CONTACT We Care, a crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline, has announced the “Save our Youth” campaign designed to raise awareness about teen suicide and increase resources to help teenagers in crisis.
TRENTON – Assembly Democrats John Wisniewski, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Linda Stender and Ruben Ramos, Jr. have introduced legislation that would grant the Assembly Transportation Committee rare subpoena power in order to obtain highly sought after answers into the record toll hikes approved in August by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
STATE – Gov. Chris Christie placed third in a new national poll of registered voters who were asked who should be the Republican nominee for Vice President. Florida’s Senator Marco Rubio topped the list in the poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™, followed by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Christie.
STATE – MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that focuses on money’s influence on politics, has conducted an analysis of campaign contributions from companies and organizations to the sitting members of Congress from each state.
TRENTON – A suspended police captain with the New Jersey Human Services Police was indicted today on charges that he submitted fraudulent time sheets that indicated he was working when, in fact, he was traveling out of state for personal pleasure or business, or gambling in Atlantic City, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced.
TRENTON – A medical doctor and borough councilman in Madison was arrested on charges that he allegedly sold prescriptions for the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin to individuals he never treated or examined, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced.
TRENTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday approved a bill sponsored by state Sen. Nicholas Scutari to amend New Jersey’s marriage licenses requirements and eliminate a mandatory 72-hour waiting period. The bill is identical to a measure approved by the full Legislature in the previous session, but Gov. Chris Christie prevented it from becoming law via a pocket veto.
NEWARK — NJ Transit reminds customers that holiday schedules will be in effect on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 20.