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Getting Back On Our Feet

By Assemblyman Joseph Vas With each New Year, we must take stock of past accomplishments and turn our sights to future challenges. There is no doubt that our economy is struggling, and if past history is an indicator for New…

New Jersey Lost 6,200 Jobs in November

STATE—New Jersey employers shed jobs for the fourth consecutive month in November while the state’s unemployment rate moved higher. Employment was lower by 6,200 over the month. The state’s unemployment rate rose to 6.1 percent, the highest rate since August…

Voice of the People: Disgraceful Politicians

By James J. Devine New Jersey lost 6,200 jobs in November, the fourth consecutive month that the state’s unemployment rate moved higher. In Elizabeth, Mayor Chris Bollwage and the City Council decided that something had to be done, so they…

Politician Pay Hikes Pass

ELIZABETH—Mayor J. Christian Bollwage signed into law a measure that raises salaries for himself and the City Council members who enacted the pay hike ordinance. Only Councilman Carlos Cedeño voted against the politicians’ pay hike, while eight other members of…

Job Cuts Crashing Jersey Economy

ELIZABETH—Pike Machine Products In Elizabeth has announced it will lay off  71 workers by the end of January while Sears in Woodbridge advised 94 workers that they no longer have jobs, as soaring unemployment has its impact on the local…

County Adds Computers To Deal With Increased Unemployment Demand

ELIZABETH—Union County residents seeking to file claims for unemployment insurance online can get help from the county’s One-Stop Career Centers. The One-Stops provide free public access to computers and many other forms of employment assistance. The county has posted a…

Jersey Jobless Fund Going Broke

STATE – An increasing number of claims is rapidly draining the fund that bankrolls unemployment benefits in New Jersey, raising the unwelcome prospect that taxpayers will be required to provide a cash infusion. According to the state Labor Department, businesses…

NJ Republicans Call For Sales Tax Holiday

TRENTON – Republican lawmakers proposed a 50 percent reduction in the state sales tax this holiday season, saying it would help consumers and retailers in a worsening economy. The plan is backed by business advocates, including the National Federation of…