Democrats Criticize Christie’s School Aid Cuts

STATE – Four local lawmakers have criticized Gov. Chris Christie’s line item veto cuts to education aid. Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green and Asw. Linda Stender noted that 13 of 14 school systems in their district will lose funding thanks to the governor’s cuts, while every school system in Asm. Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. and Peter J. Barnes III’s district is a victim of the governor’s budget axe.

U.S. Unemployment Rises To 9.2%

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. unemployment rate ticked up a tenth of a percent to 9.2 percent in June, according to data released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The economy added 57,000 private sector jobs, but that was offset by a drop of 39,000 government jobs for a net increase of just 18,000.

Linden Police Blotter

June 30 at 3:24 p.m. – Officers investigated an armed robbery at East Edgar Road (Routes 1&9) near South Park Avenue. A mustached man in his early 20s jumped up on the driver’s side of a delivery truck, pointed a black handgun at the driver and demanded cash.

Local Students Receive Scholarships

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Gina Antuono of Hillside and Ranndy Gee Tache of Spotswood recently were presented with community scholarships for $1,400 each by Menlo Park Mall and Brunswick Square on behalf of Simon Youth Foundation (SYF), a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational and career development opportunities to youth.