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.
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST – Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst hosted the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Remembrance Ceremony on Wednesday in Lakehurst’s historic Hangar 1.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
NEWARK—NJ Transit will add on-board cameras to its entire bus fleet in a move aimed at enhancing the overall safety and security of both customers and operators.
STATE – Residents of New Jersey now eligible for individual disaster assistance should know that the help they may receive will be based on their own unique circumstances and needs.