TRENTON – New Jersey lawmakers plan to introduce legislation that would prevent the sale of drugs marketed as bath salts that can pack as much punch as cocaine or methamphetamines.
STATE – Gasoline prices are holding steady near $3.39 in New Jersey, but many motorists have already reached their breaking point from over three straight weeks of one price increase after another. The cumulative effect of higher fuel prices is causing some drivers to change their habits and to seek ways to save money at the pump.
TRENTON – A suspended senior state correction officer from Newark pleaded guilty to trafficking 22 kilograms of cocaine from Texas to New Jersey, Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced Wednesday.
WOODBRIDGE – As members of the township’s police union protested outside, Gov. Chris Christie told a packed house at the Woodbridge Community Center that public employee pension costs are killing New Jersey’s future.
STATE – The 60 Plus Association, which touts itself as the conservative alternative to the AARP, has come out in support of state Sen. Raymond Lesniak’s legislation to deregulate New Jersey’s landline phone market.
STATE – Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Ray Lesniak to deregulate the telephone industry would likely mean higher prices for New Jersey landline telephone customers, according to a report released this week.
NEW BRUNSWICK – A majority of New Jersey voters say that they prefer to keep Democrats in control of the state Legislature, but only 30 percent say they would vote for their current legislators according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll.
NUTLEY – This volunteer crew of Columbia Bank employees recently completed a “Paint Day” at the Phoenix Center, a Nutley based school that provides educational and therapeutic services to children with disabilities.
FAIR LAWN — A small contingent of students and their faculty advisors from Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) in Wayne recently took time out of their busy school schedules to stop by Columbia Bank’s corporate headquarters in Fair Lawn to thank the bank for their career support efforts and also to showcase their fellow student’s talents.
STATE – The state’s economy lost an estimated 13,000 jobs in January, according to data released today by the state Labor Department. Both the private and public sectors were affected, shedding 7,100 and 5,900 jobs respectively.