State News

Latest Crime Data Shows Statewide Overall Crime Rate Down 9 Percent

TRENTON – Attorney General Paula T. Dow released the 2009 Uniform Crime Report (UCR) which shows the overall crime rate in New Jersey dropped nine percent compared to 2008, with a significant 15 percent drop in the number of murders reported statewide in 2009.

Medicine Chest Challenge Cleans Up Over A Ton Of Unwanted Medicine In NJ

STATE – On Nov. 13, the American Medicine Chest Challenge — a public health initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and a statewide day of disposal of unused, unwanted, and expired medicine — was held in 100 communities throughout New Jersey, and resulted in thousands of residents disposing of over a ton of unused, unwanted, and expired medicine.

Longtime Aide Of Former Perth Amboy Mayor Pleads Guilty

TRENTON – A longtime aide of former Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas pleaded guilty today to conspiring with Vas to obtain an illicit payment from a city vendor and illegally funneling money into Vas’ congressional campaign via straw donors to evade campaign funding and reporting rules.

NJ Lawmakers Introduce Federal Anti-Bullying Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ-12) today introduced the “Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act,” legislation that would require colleges and universities to have anti-harassment policies in place.

NJ Shows Modest Job Growth In October

TRENTON – Employment in New Jersey improved modestly in October, based on growth in private sector employment. At the same time, the state’s unemployment rate dropped 0.2 percentage point to 9.2 percent, moving further below the national rate, which was unchanged in October at 9.6 percent.

New Report Touts Success of New Jersey’s Adult Drug Courts

STATE — Khara Murphy had reached a fork in the road.

Facing five years in prison for crimes she committed to finance her drug habit, Murphy decided instead to apply for admission into the New Jersey Judiciary’s rigorous drug court program.

Assembly Panel Advances Measure To Make Unemployment System Available Online 24/7

TRENTON – The Assembly Labor Committee advanced legislation Tuesday that would bring New Jersey’s unemployment benefits system in line with 21st century technology and help struggling out-of-work residents more easily manage their benefits.