TRENTON—Students from the Juvenile Justice Commission’s (JJC) residential community homes and day programs attended a mock senate session Wednesday at the New Jersey State House in the official Senate Chambers. After studying the governmental process in the classroom, students debated bills and cast their votes on several pieces of legislation pertaining to juveniles.
NEWARK— The NJ Transit Board of Directors today approved a plan to raise fares by up to 25 percent to help close the agency’s looming $300 million budget gap.
TRENTON – New Jersey’s employment fell in March, with the largest losses occurring in the public sector. The state’s March unemployment rate fell by 0.1 percentage point to 9.8 percent and remained above the national rate of 9.7 percent.
STATE – After listening to public input at a series of hearings last month, New Jersey Transit is considering an increase of just ten percent on certain bus and light rail fares, instead of the 25 percent hike in had originally proposed.
UNION COUNTY — A virulent anti-establishment sentiment among Democratic primary voters could take a real toll on some political insiders backed by the county political machine. There is a slate running under the slogan “Democrats for Change” headed by Union County Sheriff candidate Charles E. Mitchell Sr., with Lisa McCormick of Rahway seeking the Democratic nomination for County Clerk and three freeholder candidates, Carmen Southward of Linden, Janet V. Reynolds of Roselle and Elcy Castillo-Ospina of Elizabeth.
UNION COUNTY – Former U.S. Rep. Robert D. Franks died Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 58.
TRENTON – Citing dramatic cuts proposed for municipal aid, school aid and vital social services, 18th District Legislators – Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono, Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr, and Assemblyman Peter J. Barnes III – will hold a local budget hearing to gauge the impact these cuts would have on Middlesex County residents and help formulate more equitable alternatives to deal with the looming budget gap.
FORT MONMOUTH — Inspectors contracted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are contacting New Jersey residents applying for disaster assistance following the storms and flooding of mid-March.
ELIZABETH—New Jersey is still recovering from the widespread flood damage from the March 13th storm and subsequent rain. NJ 2-1-1 offers information and assistance to the area’s storm victims both by dialing 2-1-1 and at the companion web site www.nj211.org.
STATE — New Jersey saw a jump in initial unemployment claims for the week ending March 27, according to information from the federal Department of Labor.