POINT PLEASANT — Launching the start of the Fourth of July weekend, the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Chairman and Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez joined Chief of the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau Dennis Tully and the New Jersey Marine Trades Association to remind boaters to stay safe, to be prepared and to be sober on the waterways this summer.
TRENTON – Three men and the companies that they operated have been indicted on first-degree conspiracy and money laundering charges for allegedly defrauding five freight brokers out of $2.6 million through an elaborate shipping scam, Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced.
TRENTON – A suspended New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) senior engineer and an alleged accomplice have been indicted on charges that they solicited a railroad company to fraudulently inflate the cost of a state-funded railroad repair project by more than $700,000 and pay them $325,000 in bribes, Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced.
TRENTON – Juveniles caught sending sexually explicit photographs via their cell phones would not face criminal prosecution but rather intense education on the ramifications under a bill that’s headed to the governor’s desk.
TRENTON – In party-line votes, the Legislature passed a Democrat-sponsored state budget proposal yesterday that Republicans criticized and Gov. Chris Christie has no plans to sign.
SEASIDE HEIGHTS – State officials remind motorists not to leave animals behind to swelter in their parked cars this summer.
TRENTON – The state Senate approved a $30.6 billion state budget proposal sponsored by Democrats, 23-15 this afternoon.
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie has signed a controversial bill into law, which requires public workers to pay more for the pension and health care benefits. The bill received bipartisan support in the Legislature, but a majority of Democratic lawmakers joined union leaders in opposition to the changes.
AT&T and Verizon Wireless contributed $386,000 and $35,500 respectively to members of the House Tea Party Caucus in the 2010 election cycle, and both companies donated to conservative extremist Rep. Michele Bachmann.
BELMAR – Attorney General Paula T. Dow today joined with state, county and local law enforcement officials to announce a comprehensive law enforcement and public awareness effort by the Divisions of Alcoholic Beverage Control and Highway Traffic Safety to combat underage drinking in Jersey Shore resort areas this summer.