A 52-year-old woman with a permit to carry a handgun in Florida could face up to 10 years in prison after being arrested in Jersey City while attempting to board a ferry to Ellis Island while carrying a gun, authorities said. Elizabeth J. Griffith, of Daytona Beach, was arrested by U.S. Park Police on July 14… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: July 31st, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Guns, New Jersey, News | Tags: 2A, Elizabeth J. Griffith, Ellis Island, Gun Rights, Guns, Jersey City, NJ Gun Laws, Reciprocity, Second Amendment | No Comments »
TRENTON — State Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Wednesday the answer to New Jersey’s rising public employee pension debt lies in creating a trillion dollar federal loan program that will help states avoid insolvency, spare millions of government workers from economic devastation and take the pressure off state budgets. The government aid program — which Sweeney… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: July 30th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, News, Pensions, Stephen Sweeney | Tags: 2017 Gubernatorial race, Federal Loan Program, NJ Pension Crisis, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Steve Sweeney | 3 Comments »
Anyone touring the Shore quickly notices the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy, with outward signs of damage still visible. The inward signs of damage, however, are harder to spot: Children who are nervous every time it rains, parents whose health problems mask underlying anxiety. A new study reveals that more than a quarter of the people… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: July 29th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: New Jersey, News, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: Columbia University, New York University, NJ Department of Health, Rutgers University, Sandy Child and Family Health Study, Superstorm Sandy | 2 Comments »
BORDENTOWN CITY — State Fish & Wildlife officials are monitoring a manatee that was spotted Tuesday in the Delaware River as photos circulated online of the warm-water creature swimming near Bordentown City. The docile “sea cow” was spotted by a fisherman near the Crosswick Creek in Bordentown on Tuesday around 5:30 p.m. State Division of Fish… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: July 29th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: Bordentown, Bordentown City, Crosswick Creek, Delaware River, Manatee, NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, Sea Cow | No Comments »
All of New Jersey State Police officers will be equipped with body cameras by early next year, recording their interactions with the public. UPDATE: Body cams coming to a cop near you as N.J. pledges millions to equip officers Gov. Christie’s administration plans to allocate $1.5 million of the State Police’s existing budget to outfit the… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: July 29th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: New Jersey, News, NJ State Police | Tags: Body Cameras, NJ State Police, Police body cameras | No Comments »
TRENTON — A bill to force Gov. Chris Christie and all governors who follow him to reimburse New Jersey taxpayers for travel and security expenses associated with their out-of-state political trips easily cleared the Senate’s State Government committee Thursday. “All we are asking for is fairness here,” said Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), the bill’s sponsor. “If… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: July 23rd, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ State Legislature | Tags: 2016 Presidential politics, Chris Christie, Christie Security Costs, NJ State Legislature, NJ State Senate | 2 Comments »
NEPTUNE — It’s still not exactly clear why Michael and Emy Streko allegedly abducted their own son — taking him from his grandmother’s home in Green Brook, where she had custody of the 8-year-old. But when Michael Streko cleared out the Neptune City home where family members had previously lived together, he left behind two cats… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: July 23rd, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: cats, Child Abduction, Emy Streko, Michael Streko, Monmouth County News, Neptune City, Somerset County Prosecutor | No Comments »
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives voted Monday to allow businesses damaged by Hurricane Sandy to again seek federal disaster loans. The legislation to reopen the application process was passed by voice vote in response to reports of delays in the Small Business Administration loan process, where the agency was overwhelmed by requests for assistance… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: July 14th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Small Business Administration, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, SBA, Small Business Administration, Superstorm Sandy | Comments Off on Businesses damaged by Sandy may get new chance to seek federal help
By Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon
Now that the 2016 budget debate is over, we must get back to the most pressing state issue of our time. The suggestion of some in the public worker sector that those of us who voted against the budget are in favor of our abandoning our commitment to ensuring their pensions is completely false. For any responsible elected official, and decent human being, it is imperative that we meet our commitments in a way that protects our pubic workers – and the NJ economy at the same time.
The reason we couldn’t make a payment larger than the $1.3 billion one included in the Governor’s budget has nothing to do with a lack of will or integrity. It’s about devoting as much $ as possible without inflicting massive, economy-killing, tax increases on an economy just now showing signs of real growth. Without economic growth there will be no chance we will be able to meet our commitments to the system in the many years to come – so ensuring growth is as important to public workers as anyone else. We don’t simply have a $1.8 billion deficit this year. We have a $6 to $7 billion hole over the next few years. Taxing the life out of our economy this year, with no plan going forward – and leaving us in a $2 billion hole next year as the Democrat’s proposed budget would – is bad policy, for all New Jerseyans.
But it is true as well that we can’t foster growth to the exclusion of our obligation to our dedicated public workers. And I can’t state that point vehemently enough. Our teachers and other public workers are decent, devoted, professional people. Generalizations to the contrary are without merit.admin | Filed under: 2015 Legislative Races, Declan O'Scanlon, Economy, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ State Legislature, Opinion | Tags: Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, Declan O'Scanlon, New Jersey State Budget, Opinion, Pension and Benefit Reform | 13 Comments »
A patient who was taken overnight to a local hospital because of Ebola-like symptoms has a conventional travel-related illness, not the deadly virus, a spokeswoman for the N.J. Department of Health said. While the patient had recently traveled to Africa, “this person had not even traveled to an Ebola-affected country,” said Donna Leusner, the spokeswoman. Nor… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: July 8th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Ebola, New Jersey | Tags: Ebola, Lakewood, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Ocean County | Comments Off on Lakewood patient doesn’t have Ebola, state says