TRENTON – Attorney General Paula T. Dow today released the 2010 Uniform Crime Report (UCR) which shows the overall crime rate in New Jersey increased one percent compared to the previous year, while total violent crime edged up less than one-half of one percent.
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie today signed legislation to strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence by imposing stricter conditions for bail for domestic violence offenders who violate pre-existing restraining orders or are found in contempt of a restraining order.
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill into law that will permit county colleges and vocational school districts to establish green job certification programs.
TRENTON – Legislation that would make it easier to create charter schools in failing school districts was officially signed into law on Thursday.
TRENTON — The Senate Republican Caucus today met to elect its leadership team for the 2012-2013 legislative session. Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R- 21), will serve as Republican Leader, with Senator Diane Allen (R- 7) serving as Deputy Republican Leader.
TRENTON – The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) and Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey (SANJ), today kicked-off the second annual American Medicine Chest Challenge-New Jersey, at a statehouse press conference.
NEWARK – According to its most recent fiscal report to the state, the AARP Foundation, based in Washington, D.C., spent 90 percent of its annual funds to provide information, education, and service to individuals 50 years old and older. The organization spent the rest on expenditures related to fundraising, management, and general costs.
STATE – Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in four New Jersey counties battered by Hurricane Irene will close Wednesday, Nov. 16, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced. Among the locations closing is the DRC at East Brunswick Division of Parks, 334 Dunhams Corner Road, in Middlesex County.
TRENTON — The Assembly Republican caucus re-elected Assemblyman Alex DeCroce today as its leader for his fifth consecutive term. Caucus members who were elected on Tuesday unanimously selected DeCroce, who represents the 26th Legislative District (Morris and Passaic Counties).
TRENTON – The Assembly’s incoming Democratic Majority Caucus on Thursday chose Sheila Y. Oliver to continue as Assembly Speaker and selected Assembly budget chief Lou Greenwald as the new Assembly Majority Leader. Greenwald will replace current Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan (D-Union.)