TRENTON – Despite massive protests by unions, the state Assembly passed a controversial bill to reduce future costs by changing the pension and health care benefits offered to public workers. The vote was 46-32, with 14 Democrats joining 28 Republicans to vote for passage.
TRENTON – The full Assembly voted for a Democratic-sponsored measure that would void the contract recently negotiated by the Christie administration to give control of the state’s public broadcasting to a New York broadcaster while leaving taxpayers on the hook for remaining costs.
NEWARK – The Cleveland Cavaliers made former St. Patrick High School star Kyrie Irving the first pick in last night’s NBA draft.
ELIZABETH — A Newark man pleaded guilty to his role in the 2008 murder of a Jersey City man in Elizabeth, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow announced. Jose Rodriguez, 35, will be sentenced to 21 years in prison. Rodriguez…
ELIZABETH — An Elizabeth man was found guilty of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend at knifepoint, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.
UNION COUNTY — The county’s two public swimming pools will soon be open to help residents beat the summer heat.
WOODBRIDGE – Asm. Craig J. Coughlin announced the second annual “Bowl for Hunger” charity event, in partnership with the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation and Middlesex Water Company, at a press event Wednesday. The July 19 fundraiser will aid the community’s 32 food banks and soup kitchens.
WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Internal Revenue Service announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rates for the final six months of 2011 on Thursday.
CARTERET — Carteret has awarded a $2.2 million capital improvement contract to Cruz Contracting to complete sanitary sewer line upgrades, Mayor Dan Reiman announced this week.