State News

Officials Say Enough Disaster Assistance For All Who Qualify

SOMERSET — Kind-hearted New Jerseyans affected by the severe storms and flooding mid-March should not forego registering for disaster assistance just because they think it will keep that aid from reaching their less-fortunate neighbors.

NJ DEP Changes Shellfish Gardening Rules

TRENTON—Yesterday, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin banned research-related gardening of commercial shellfish species in coastal and inner harbor waters classified as contaminated, and also is seeking immediate removal of species now being grown in such waters.

State Program To Help Dry Cleaners Clear The Air

TRENTON–The Department of Environmental Protection is offering dry cleaners a first-in-the-nation grant program to help them protect the air by replacing dry cleaning machines that use harmful chemicals with new, environmentally friendly models.

Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries Can Save Money on Healthcare, Prescription Costs

TRENTON—Health and Senior Services Commissioner Poonam Alaigh, M.D. is encouraging low-income Medicare beneficiaries to enroll in two under-utilized federal programs that can help reduce their out-of-pocket health and prescription drug costs.

Housing Advocate Criticizes Lesniak For Steering Public Money To Private Developer

TRENTON – A housing advocate said that state Sen. Raymond Lesniak is trying to redirect $20 million from the state’s housing trust fund to aid a private developer renovating apartments down the street from the Democrat’s Elizabeth home.

Government Reports Modest Job Growth In May

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. economy added 431,000 jobs in May, according to Keith Hall, commissioner of the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the majority of the job growth could be attributed to the hiring of temporary workers for the U.S. Census.