OLIVER, SWEENEY KEEP TOP POSTS IN LEGISLATURE

Shelia Oliver is retaining her spot as Assembly Speaker. The decision was rendered on Thursday after some wondered whether she would make it through. Disgruntled members of the legislature were upset when Oliver supported pension and health benefits reform. Democrats chose to keep her in that role for another two years though.  Senator Steve Sweeney…

MENENDEZ BILL TO HELP VETERAN’S GETS APPROVAL

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez announced the  passage of legislation in a vote 95-0 he co-sponsored to help New Jersey’s veterans get back to work.  The “VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011” combines components in the President’s American Jobs Act and additional initiatives to boost employment opportunities for veterans.  In New Jersey, unemployment among veterans…

CRDA MOVES AHEAD WITH NEW BUDGET PLAN

A major player in Atlantic City is getting a big increase in its annual budget. A 30 percent increase was approved for the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. Gov. Chris Christie has asked this group to oversee some of the tourism improvement plans the state has implemented for the resort. A tourism district is being established…