NEWARK — Citing a looming $300 million budget deficit for the coming fiscal year, NJ TRANSIT today released a proposal to increase fares by 25 percent systemwide and trim service proportionate to recent ridership declines.
ELIZABETH—A Garwood woman was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment after she pled guilty to neglect in the death of her 25-year-old daughter.
CARTERET — A Carteret man driving what passed for an unmarked police car was arrested by State Police detectives after one of more than a dozen people he pulled over on the Garden State Parkway in the past year turned out to be a real cop, according to a report on Cliffview Pilot.
CARTERET – Carteret Mayor Daniel Reiman told residents that they shouldn’t see an increase in their municipal taxes this year during his annual state of the borough speech this week.
PERTH AMBOY—The staff of the Jewish Renaissance Foundation and Boys & Girl Clubs of Perth Amboy have made the extraordinary commitment of continuing working at club sites without pay in the face of state cutbacks to the New Jersey After 3 program.
STATE—According to the most recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™, support for President Obama and his health-care reform proposals has begun to rebound in New Jersey, even as a rematch with Tom Kean Jr. indicates trouble for Sen. Bob Menendez in early polling of the state’s next scheduled Senate race.
NORTH BRUNSWICK – Traffic on Route 1 in North Brunswick in the vicinity of a bridge over an abandoned Conrail freight line will be detoured to parallel service roads for two consecutive Saturday mornings starting March 6 to allow crews to make emergency roadway repairs.
More crawl-under-your-skin icky than scary, Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” perpetrates a major, if not really novel, twist. Still, a stellar performance by Leonardo DiCaprio and great production values almost save the day. Too bad neither O. Henry nor his filmic heir, M. Knight Shyamalan, were aboard to engineer the movie’s big surprise.
NEWARK – Attorney General Paula T. Dow reminded residents to remain cautious of potential scams if they receive donation requests to aid victims of this weekend’s earthquake in Chile.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—A new study by a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration economist estimates the total economic impact of foodborne illness across the nation to be a combined $152 billion annually.
NEWARK – Attorney General Paula T. Dow said this week that her office is encouraged by Toyota’s announced plan to address safety issues in its recalled vehicles and that her office and the Division of Consumer Affairs will monitor Toyota’s actions in carrying out the required repairs.
TRENTON – Assemblywoman Celeste Riley and Assemblyman Peter J. Barnes III vowed to introduce legislation recommended by the state comptroller to make it tougher for unscrupulous public officials and contractors to unlawfully profit from government contracts.
TRENTON – Legislation to require police accident reports to include whether drivers were distracted at the time of an accident was released Thursday by an Assembly committee.