The 219th New Jersey Legislature will be sworn in today before Governor Phil Murphy’s State of the State address. In our First District, Assemblymen-elect Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan will both take their oaths of office. They defeated two incumbent democrats in the November election.
A proposal to ban both plastic and paper bags in the State of New Jersey failed on Monday as lawmakers in the Assembly did not vote on the bill. The conflict in the Assembly was the ban on paper bags. Lawmakers say they will re-introduce the bill in the new legislative session, which begins today.
A bill that will ban the sale of flavored vaping products has been approved by the legislature and headed to the desk of Governor Phil Murphy. Lawmakers voted in favor of the ban, saying the flavored vaping products are manufactured to entice young people to get hooked.
A new law is now on the books in Trenton that will boost the amount of money New Jersey spends on tourism promotion. The new measure increases the annual amount of funding from $12.76 million to $17.6 million. The law takes effect immediately.
A new law that would have removed religion as an exemption for vaccines died in Trenton Monday. The controversial bill did not get enough votes for passage by the legislature, meaning it’s probably done for the time being. Bill sponsors say they will give it another go in the new legislature that convenes starting Tuesday.
It’s all over for Senator Cory Booker. The New Jersey democrat announced Monday morning that he has suspended his campaign for President. Booker was not invited to the next democratic debate, scheduled for tomorrow night. Booker said he would only stay in the race if there was a clear path to victory, and he has…
The former campaign manager for republican Congressman Jeff Van Drew has flipped, and will instead work for democratic hopeful Amy Kennedy of Atlantic County. Joshua Roesch lives in Stowe Creek and was recruited by Kennedy to head up her campaign.
Governor Phil Murphy will deliver his State of the State address on Tuesday. Murphy is expected to again call for a millionaire’s tax in New Jersey, and may spend some time talking about the political culture in New Jersey that allows women to be subject to sexual harassment. The governor will also talk about his…
The fierce battle over vaccinations for children comes to a head today in Trenton. Lawmakers are poised to vote on a bill that would end parental objections over religious reasons. The state’s capitol is expected to be flooded with protesters as lawmakers cast a final vote during the final day of a lame duck session.
If you need a job, the United States Census is looking for you. The Census says it will hire 64,000 people in the Garden State this year for jobs that pay between $20-$22 an hour. It’s the biggest mobilization for a Census count since 1790.