TRENTON — Rutgers University restricts competition for its public contracts by rejecting basic bidding requirements imposed on all other New Jersey state colleges and universities, an Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) audit has found.
STATE – New Jersey earned a “A” for its smoke free air laws, but got an “F” for its spending levels on tobacco prevention and control programs in the American Lung Association’s State of Tobacco Control 2010 report.
NEWARK – New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs launched a multimedia outreach campaign this week to educate consumers about how to avoid credit repair scams that may actually worsen their situation.
TRENTON–A first-in-the-nation grant program targeting air pollution caused by dry cleaning has been an initial success in New Jersey, with nearly 300 applications received statewide to finance new and upgraded dry cleaning equipment, and with thousands of pounds of pollutants already removed from the air, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced Wednesday.
TRENTON – New Jersey’s economy lost 16,300 jobs in December, according to date released today by the state Department of Labor. Three thousand jobs were lost in the public sector, while the private sector shed 13,300 positions.
EDISON – State Sen. Barbara Buono, Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan and Assemblyman Peter Barnes will hold a public hearing in Edison on Thursday, Jan. 20, to give students, parents, teachers and residents an opportunity to share how the governor’s $1 billion cut to public education has impacted their lives and their schools.
NEW BRUNSWICK — To highlight the unique medical and social challenges facing teenage cancer patients, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Dr. Poonam Alaigh toured the teen lounge and met with patients and survivors at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey on Tuesday.
TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Education approved 23 new charter school applications today. This marks the largest number of charter schools approved in an application cycle since the Charter School Program Act was signed into law in 1995.
TRENTON — Data released by the Department of Education today shows the majority of charters in urban areas last year outperformed other public schools in their host districts on required standardized testing. However, many of the charter schools still performed below state average.
STATE – A new statewide poll shows that less than half of New Jersey voters approve of President Barack Obama. Sen. Bob Menendez has similar numbers, but had more support than six potential Republican challengers that may face him in the 2012 election.