A reform plan to solve teachers’ pension problem once and for all | Opinion

somerset-county-director-jack-ciattarellijpg-734d8c01280cf4bbBy Jack Ciattarelli For decades, Trenton politicians from both parties have shied away from providing real long-term solutions. We can’t afford to wait any longer. Why are pension systems for municipal and county employees, as well as the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System, all solvent? Because the employer pension contributions to these systems are funded by… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, Opinion, Pensions | Tags: , , , , | 5 Comments »

Seafood at gunpoint: Why one N.J. group raises oysters on a naval base

LEONARDO — Past the gates and security checkpoints, down the miles of reinforced pier where train cars load ordnance aboard warships, beneath the waves and the watchful eye of the United States Navy, sit the world’s most heavily-guarded shellfish. For three years, the environmental group NY/NJ Baykeeper has been growing tankfuls of oysters at Naval Weapons… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Environment, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

N.J. judge approves controversial Christie, Exxon settlement

assetContent (60)TRENTON — A New Jersey judge on Tuesday approved a controversial settlement between the Christie administration and ExxonMobil over contamination at its old industrial sites in North Jersey. Superior Court Judge Michael Hogan, in an 81-page decision, called the deal “fair, reasonable, in the public interest, and consistent with the goals of the Spill Compensation and… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Environment, Exxon Mobil, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Ashley Madison leak contains 88 emails tied to government agencies in N.J.

ashley madisonEighty-eight email addresses tied to government agencies that conduct business in New Jersey were part of the massive Ashley Madison leak, a NJ Advance Media analysis has found. Of the 88 email addresses, 54 were listed as working addresses, or addresses to which the service was able to send an email. On August 18, a group… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

N.J. lost 26,100 jobs in June and July but the unemployment rate fell

Spring Job Fair at Brookdale Community College, April 2014. file photo

Spring Job Fair at Brookdale Community College, April 2014. file photo

TRENTON — New Jersey lost nearly 14,000 jobs in July, with the largest employment declines posted in leisure and hospitality and professional and business services, according to new labor data released on Thursday. The state’s unemployment rate, which is measured by a different federal survey, decreased to 5.9 percent, down from 6.1 percent in June and… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Economy, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

NJ Pipeline Pushed Through Without a Vote

SJ_pinelands_pipeline3A plan for a 22-mile gas pipeline through the protected Pinelands in New Jersey quietly dodged a major obstacle Friday. The proposed South Jersey Gas pipeline had been rejected two years ago by the Pinelands Commission. But the commission’s executive director, an appointee of pro-pipeline Gov. Chris Christie, told commissioners that the pipeline doesn’t need their… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on NJ Pipeline Pushed Through Without a Vote

Hanlon announces reforms to Vote By Mail procedures

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon announced important reforms in how Monmouth County voters can apply for Vote By Mail ballots with the County Clerk and how the Board of Elections can receive voted ballots from voters.

The reforms are effective immediately under a new law signed by Governor Chris Christie on August 10, 2015.

“The new law impacts New Jersey voters who, by necessity or by choice, have another individual submit a Vote By Mail request and/or election ballot on their behalf,” Hanlon said.

The new law reduces number of voters for whom a person can serve as “messenger” from 10 to three.

It also limits the number of voted mail-in ballots transmittable by a “bearer” to the County Board of Elections to three ballots.

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Posted: August 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Life, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Christie signs law criminalizing dog fighting in N.J.

assetContentTRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie on Monday signed legislation making dog fighting a criminal offense and adding it to a list of crimes that can be prosecuted under the same laws used to target organized crime members. Under the bill ( S736), it is now illegal for anyone to keep or use a place for dog… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Christie signs law criminalizing dog fighting in N.J.

Fla. woman with carry permit faces 10 years for bringing gun on Statue of Liberty trip

assetContent (46)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: | Filed under: Guns, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Fla. woman with carry permit faces 10 years for bringing gun on Statue of Liberty trip

Sweeney wants federal loan program to rescue public worker pensions

Senate President Steve Sweeney. file photo by Art Gallagher

Senate President Steve Sweeney. file photo by Art Gallagher

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: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, News, Pensions, Stephen Sweeney | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »