Cigarettes are the means of distribution and consumption of an addictive drug called nicotine and they kill 400,000 people a year. I gained 50 pounds when I stopped smoking, so I can attest that it is hard to give ’em up. If you don’t smoke, then try to understand that kicking the habit is such a heavy load that some of our smartest and strongest neighbors just cannot do it.
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie said that New Jersey is in a “state of financial crisis” and outlined cuts to address a $2.2 billion gap in this year’s budget before a joint session of the Legislature this morning.
UNION COUNTY—A politically-connected former police officer who resigned in disgrace is said to be getting ready to have his criminal record erased so he can land a county job that will preserve his taxpayer-funded pension benefits.
Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Donohue, who is the brother-in-law of Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, a top deputy to Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich and a political power broker, cannot ethically sit in judgment of Genarro Mirabella, who is the brother of Freeholder Alexander Mirabella and son of former Elizabeth Police Chief Gene Mirabella.
ELIZABETH – Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) urged federal regulators to approve an acquisition to save a struggling Elizabeth bank whose officers included contributors to his campaigns.
UNION COUNTY—Sledding was on the agenda for many of Union County’s children, who were off from school for a second day. For smaller children, the small slopes in Briant Park in Summit and Lenape Park in Cranford were enough.
STATE—New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of the New York Blood Center (NYBC), is calling upon the community to please donate blood and platelets, to replace nearly 1,500 donations expected to be lost during the recent winter snowstorms. Healthy people of all blood types and ethnicities are encouraged to donate this week.
ELIZABETH — A Jersey City man was found dead on Irvington Avenue on Wednesday, Feb. 10, less than 24 hours after police shot and killed a suspected car thief, and an off-duty Newark police officer was shot in the leg outside his girlfriend’s house on Adams Avenue.
CLARK – The efforts of a group of concerned parents may be enough to keep St. Agnes School open after all.