John Whitman, husband of former N.J. Gov. Christie Whitman, dies

TRENTON — John Whitman, the husband of former Gov. Christie Whitman who also had a successful career in finance and was a decorated Vietnam veteran, died Thursday. Whitman suffered a catastrophic brain injury on June 19, Christie Whitman announced in a statement. He was 71. “He passed away peacefully today, surrounded by his family,” Gov. Whitman,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: , , | No Comments »

N.J. leads nation in all-cash home purchases, report finds

Nearly half of the homes sold in New Jersey in May went to buyers who paid all cash, according to a new report, giving the state the largest share of those types of purchases in the country. The report released on Thursday morning by the Irvine, Calif-based housing research firm RealtyTrac shows 48 percent of single-family… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Economy, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

At Christie 2016 campaign launch, religion was off the table

TRENTON — In his announcement Tuesday that he’s seeking the Republican nomination for president, Gov. Chris Christie didn’t make any mention of faith in God or religion — something presidential historians and GOP campaign managers say reveals much about his 2016 campaign strategy. Unlike other conservative 2016 candidates, such as U.S. Sen Ted Cruz of Texas… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Hospitals Join Law Enforcement In Fight Against Opiate Overdose Deaths

NarcanEvery hospital in Monmouth and Ocean Counties will exchange ready-to-use new doses of the overdose antidote naloxone, free of charge, for the empty syringes used to resuscitate the overdose victims, under a partnership agreement announced today by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni and Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato.

The hospitals affiliated with Barnabas Health, Meridian Health and CentraState Medical Center are absorbing 100% of the cost of the antidotes exchanged with law enforcement officers, according to Charles Webster, spokesman for Gramiccioni’s office.

“Protecting our citizens is our most basic and fundamental function in law enforcement. We can’t do it alone, so we count on help from friends and partners who cooperate with us and who share, in some form or fashion, the same responsibility and commitment in helping to protect human life. It is these partnerships that make us even better.  Through this partnership, our local hospitals are standing with us as we fight the deadly epidemic of heroin or prescription opiates drug overdoses,” Gramiccioni said.

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Posted: July 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Heroin, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor, New Jersey, Ocean County | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Halfacre Joins Genova Burns

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Michael Halfacre

Michael Halfacre, the former Mayor of Fair Haven, and as of this morning the former Director of the New Jersey Division of Alcohol Beverage Control, has joined the prestigious law firm of Genova Burns as Counsel.

Working from the firm’s Red Bank office, Halfacre will be a member of the Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment and Business Law & Commercial Transactions Practice Groups.  He will also be available for consultation to the Firm’s Craft Beer, Spirits & Alcohol Law Practice Group.

Michael’s experience running the ABC these past three years makes him an excellent choice to offer counsel to the Firm’s newly formed Craft Beer, Spirits & Alcohol Law practice group,” said Managing Partner Brian W. Kronick. “Moreover, during his many years in private practice prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office he was highly regarded for his representation of clients in business transactional work and particularly in real estate leasing and transactions. He brings those skills and strategic abilities to the Firm as well.”

In his private practice, Halfacre specialized in transactions, including sales and refinance of commercial real estate and transfers of ABC licenses.

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Posted: July 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Fair Haven, Mike Halfacre, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, July 3-5, 2015

By Greg Kelly

 

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Friday, July 3

  • Atlantic Highlands Fireman’s Fair – MORE INFO
  • Manasquan Gala July 4th Celebration – MORE INFO
  • Closure at NJ Repertory Theatre (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Jockey Autograph & Memorabilia Sale at Monmouth Park (Oceanport) – MORE INFO
  • Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes at The Stone Pony (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO
  • Denis Coughlan (Belmar) – MORE INFO
  • July 4th Fireworks (Atlantic Highlands) – MORE INFO
  • July 4th Fireworks (Bradley Beach) – MORE INFO
  • July 4th Fireworks (Union Beach) – MORE INFO
  • July 4th Fireworks (Ocean Twp) – MORE INFO
  • July 4th Fireworks (Matawan) – MORE INFO

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Posted: July 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Christie announces change to N.J. gun policy on eve of 2016 kickoff

TRENTON — At 9:30 p.m. on the eve of his Republican presidential campaign kickoff, Gov. Chris Christie announced a change to state firearm policy on an issue that has been riling gun rights activists. The governor also signaled support for loosening New Jersey’s strict gun control laws. Reacting to the June 3 death of 39-year-old Berlin… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Gun Rights, Guns, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Christie will reintroduce himself to American voters with 2016 campaign kickoff

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie will deliver a speech aimed at reintroducing himself to the American people when he launches his campaign for president on Tuesday, according to a campaign organizer with knowledge of his kickoff event. The governor, who will ditch a teleprompter and be guided by notes, will use the speech to portray himself… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: , | No Comments »

The Arnone Report: Share the roads with cyclists and pedestrians

Setting  the record straight on proposed Two Rivers bike lanes

By Tom Arnone, Monmouth County Freeholder

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Freeholder Tom Arone

Now that summer is here, the kids are out of school and the beaches are open. We know a few things are certain while living in our beautiful Monmouth County – sand will find its way into the house, barbeques will be plentiful and many of us will give in to ice cream cravings on the boardwalk. As residents we will also witness a significant increase to our population as our tourism season gets into full swing.  With this population surge, we will also see an increase in cyclists and pedestrians sharing the roads with motorists throughout the county.

I urge you to be aware of the statewide “rules of the road” and other specific rules in your municipality for whatever mode of transportation you choose. This is especially important when traveling on primary and secondary roads that are highly used, like those without designated bike lanes or sidewalks.  It is extremely important for all of us to be diligent when sharing roads so they are safe for all users– pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists – as safe travel for all is of the utmost importance.

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Posted: June 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Fair Haven, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, News, Rumson, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Will Sandy recovery help or hurt Christie? | Di Ionno

Today, Jon Bon Jovi is hosting a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in his French Chateau overlooking the Navesink River. It’s a mile from Jyll Jakes’ neighborhood in Sea Bright, where every other house remains boarded up. “It’s a still mess down here. I think people have forgotten how bad it is,” said Jakes, who credits… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, FEMA, Flooding, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »