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.
TRENTON – Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver says that a Republican bill that would allow public workers to opt out of joining a union is “dead on arrival.”
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.
STATE — Municipal zoning in New Jersey has resulted in a land-use pattern promotes sprawl and limits the availability of affordable housing, according to a new study.
CLARK — Clark Recreation recently installed a plaque at its teen center recognizing former Clark Teen Center Director Chris Monaco for many years of dedicated service to the youth of Clark.
TRENTON – The state Assembly recently passed legislation that would require educational brochures on college loan repayment schedules to be created and distributed to high school students.
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.
RAHWAY – The Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal’s Kids Kingdom Traveling Jubilee will bring an afternoon of entertainment and activities for children to Rahway River Park off St. Georges Avenue in Rahway on Saturday, July 9, from 1 to 6 p.m.
PERTH AMBOY — One of two eastbound lanes on the Outerbridge Crossing will be closed for construction from 9 p.m. Friday, July 8, through 11 a.m. Saturday, July 9, for necessary construction work.