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Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce Statement on the Updated Redevelopment Plan for the Borough of Flemington

The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors continues to support the Re-Development Project proposed by developer Jack Cust for the Borough of Flemington. The recent adjustments to Mr. Cust’s proposal address concerns of the historic community while promoting much-needed economic development in Flemington. The Chamber’s mission is, “to…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – READINGTON CANDIDATES – Our Position on Solberg Airport

We are not in favor of seeing the airport expand in a manner that will adversely impact the community.  We do not support runway expansion.  That being said, we are keenly aware of the fact that the law limits Readington’s ability to control the airport, and in particular prohibits Readington…

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LETTER – READINGTON ELECTION

Dear residents and supporters: Citizens for Readington (CFR) has once again sent a list of questions to all candidates to answer so they can “report” on it, and then “endorse” their chosen candidates. We do not plan to respond or otherwise legitimize this group for the reasons specified below. We…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – READINGTON ELECTION

To the Editor, I have served as a volunteer for over thirty years in Readington Township in various leadership positions and have met many thousands of people through work.   I think I have become a good judge of character. I have great reservations about having Britt Simon represent us on…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – READINGTON ELECTION

Britt Simon recently penned a Letter to the Editor regarding the upcoming election. The letter contains 1,143 words. There are 6 occurrences of “Mrs. Heller” or “Jonathan Heller’s wife”, 10 occurrences of “she” or “her” in reference to Mrs. Heller, and one paragraph out of nine solely regarding an interaction…

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POLITICAL COMMENTARY – Hypocrisy in the House – District 7 politics.

Watching House Republicans giving high fives to the President and swilling beer in the Rose Garden to celebrate the passage of Trumpcare by two votes made me more than mildly nauseous. Not only were they celebrating a plan what would deny healthcare to more than twenty million poor and sick…

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LETTER – bill banning smokeless tobacco in schools earns committee approval

The use of smokeless tobacco on public school grounds is prohibited by legislation sponsored by Assemblyman David C. Russo and passed today by the Assembly Education Committee. Russo’s bill (A493) establishes escalating fines for any violation of the prohibition. It advanced by a 9-0 vote. “According to experts, more than…

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LETTER May 20: Protesting Trump and Offshore Drilling at Bradley Beach

On May 20th, we will be having a protest with speakers and locking hands to stand up against Trump and his oil drilling cronies from threatening our coasts. This is one of hundreds of synchronized events globally to raise awareness about the dangers of dirty fuels and the need to…

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LETTER – O’Scanlon Decries Assault on Motorists – beware the speed trap

In an incredible, ironic confluence of events, two different bills are up simultaneously in separate committees that, if enacted, will serve to enable the fleecing of reasonable and safe New Jersey motorists. Red-light cameras are – for now – a thing of the past, but the same flawed and failed…

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Letter – Bill creates special motorcycle tags for veterans

Veterans who enjoy motorcycle riding and New Jersey’s scenic back roads will have the option of purchasing special license tags for their bikes under a bill sponsored by Assemblymen Anthony M. Bucco and Park Space. The bill (A2729) cleared the transportation committee today by a 10-0 vote. “Our veterans, who…

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LETTER – Dancer bill targets cameras in restrooms of government buildings

Cameras seem to be everywhere, but they will no longer be in restrooms in government buildings under a bill introduced by Assemblyman Ron Dancer. “When it comes to cameras in the bathroom, I just think Big Brother has gone too far,” said Dancer (R—Ocean). “People expect privacy when they walk…

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HUNTERDON RESIDENTS AGAINST PENN EAST PIPELINE HERE IS LETTER TO SEND TO BOOKER AND MENENDEZ

If you use this link you can just copy it  http://www.lambertvillenj.org/filestorage/94/Booker-Menendez_Community_Letter__FEIS_-FINAL-_CrownHTCAP_(Apr2017).pdf  Date: U.S. Senator Cory Booker U. S. Senator Robert Menendez 359 Dirksen Senate Office Building 528 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D. C. 20510 Washington, D. C. 20510 Via U. S. Postal Service Dear Senators Booker and Menendez, I…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – READINGTON ELECTION GETTING UGLY – candidates heckled at public meeting by other candidate??

Dear Editor: As the residents of Readington know by now, Wayne Borella and I are running for Township Committee.  Also by now most have heard about how Jonathan Heller and his wife appeared a short time ago at a meeting of homeowners from Whitehouse Village and the surrounding area, uninvited and…

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Schepisi and Bucco bill protecting volunteer firefighters from forced retirement earns committee approval

All volunteer firefighters, EMTs and ambulance corps who retire with a state pension will not be forced to resign their volunteer positions serving the public and responding to emergencies under a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi and Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco. The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee today…

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LETTER – READINGTON ELECTION – not so fast …..

LTE in response to 5/3 LTE HC News: We have read our opponent’s recent Letter to the Editor from May 3rd.  We certainly have a different perspective on most of what was stated and do not agree with their characterization of what is presented as fact in this piece.  In…

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Letter – Trump Nominates Fossil Fools to FERC

Donald Trump has appointed two Republicans, Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson, to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The nominees must be confirmed by the Senate before they can serve. FERC can have a maximum of three members from the same political party of their five-member board. The…

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LETTER – ELECTION – READINGTON IS AT A CRITICAL JUNCTURE

Letter: Soon we will again see election signs all over town.  This year’s Republican primary will be on June 6th and there are four candidates running for two Readington Township Committee seats.   Many residents have asked me why I am running.  I tell those who ask that I am…

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LETTER – New Water Supply Master Plan Puts Our Drinking Water at Risk

After two decades of inaction, the DEP has come out with an extremely flawed Water Supply Master Plan. The revisions to the NJSWSP are intended to improve the management and protection of the State’s water supplies. This five (5)-year Plan constitutes the second complete revision of the NJSWSP. The Water…

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Scott Salmon Launches Campaign to Unseat Congressman Leonard Lance

The grassroots uprising against Donald Trump’s dangerous policies gained an energetic new voice in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, where local attorney Scott Salmon announced his candidacy today as a Democrat. “If we are going to fight back, we need to hit Trump where it hurts, and it starts with…

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Hunterdon County Freeholders’ Produce Flat Budget For 4th Straight Year NOW LOWER THAN 2006

Holding the line on spending for the fourth consecutive year, the Hunterdon County Freeholder Board introduced a budget for 2017 that maintains no increase in the county tax rate. The introduced budget total of $88,761,819 is slightly lower than the $88, 764,948, 2016 plan. “Despite the various cost pressures on…

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DEP Rejects PennEast Pipeline Application as Deficient

The DEP has rejected PennEast Pipeline’s application for water permits. This is a major setback because they have told PennEast that they do not have enough information for them to evaluate land use permits and their application is deficient. PennEast has applied for their 401 Water Certificate and other water and wetlands permits. Since 65…

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Letter to the editor in support of the Flemington improvment and development project

‘‘To be or not to be … that is the question!” “To be, or not to be” is one of the most widely known and quoted (Shakespeare) lines in modern English, and the soliloquy has been referenced in innumerable works of theatre, literature and music. Today, it echoes on the…

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LETTER – Jersey Mike’s Subs Raises $263,000 for Make-A-Wish New Jersey Flemington store’s wonderful involvement

My name is Michael Dominick, Director of Communications for Make-A-Wish New Jersey. Our mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. This past March, 95 Jersey Mike’s Subs Stores nationwide selected to partner with Make-A-Wish during…

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Bank of America is Sponsor of 2017 Bucks County Playhouse Season

Alexander Fraser, Producing Director of Bucks County Playhouse, is proud to announce that Bank of America has joined the Playhouse as a sponsor for the theater’s 2017 Season. The announcement was made as part of the ribbon cutting for Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s new office in Yardley. Photographed here…

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LETTER #3 – RE YESTERDAY STORY – JUNKIES CRASH IN RARITAN TWP

Hello. I am writing in regards to the article titled “two junkies crashed”. I am appalled and disgusted by the title and very offended. I understand that you are doing your job by reporting the news but to label and name call is just in poor taste. I am sure…

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LETTER #2 – RE YESTERDAY STORY – JUNKIES CRASH IN RARITAN TWP

I am writing to comment on the headline of a news article I saw online yesterday  “Junkies Crash in Raritan Township” written by Christian. The online posting date was March 22, 2017.  I have a HUGE problem with labeling these two men as “junkies”.  Does the Hunterdon County News realize there is…

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LETTER #1 – RE YESTERDAY STORY – JUNKIES CRASH IN RARITAN TWP

I am writing about an article posted on The Hunterdon County News on March 22, 2017. http://thehunterdoncountynews.com/junkies-crash-in-raritan-twp/ I am appalled at the headline which states that “Junkies Crashed”. In this day and age with the nationwide epidemic of heroin addiction as well as the local epidemic it is unreal that…

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CLINTON MAYOR COMMENTS ON THIS YEARS BUDGET

Mayor’s 2017 Budget Letter   Dear Clinton Residents:   It is that time of year and our 2017 budget has been introduced with a public hearing scheduled for March 28.  First, before we get into the specifics of the budget, please remember that while the Town may collect the entire…

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letter – Phoebus bill extending the age requirement for police officer jobs for deployed reservists clears committee

Legislation (A3846/S1856) sponsored by Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus helping National Guard members keep their civil service eligibility when called for active duty, today cleared the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee by a 6 to 0 vote. “U.S. armed forces reservists who are deployed should not lose their chance to become…

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Letter – Reform Farmland Assessment Bill is No Reform

A new report from Spotlight has come out stating that a law signed by Governor Christie in 2013 called S589 (Sweeney)has failed to fix certain provisions in the Farmland Assessment program to prevent fake farming.  At a time when property taxes are soaring and farmland is being paved over at…

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LETTER – Sierra Club: Frelinghuysen, Stop Hiding from the Public!

oday we will be joining with other groups and citizens on the steps of Morristown Town Hall to demand Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen to speak to his constituents. Congressman Frelinghuysen has not hosted a town hall in over 4 years. Today we’re calling him to represent the people and protect our…

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LETTER – Bills to Block Logging on Public Lands

  Senator Lesniak has today introduced legislation to modify the Highlands Act to protect public lands from logging. Another piece of legislation will require environmental criteria in forest stewardship plans to prevent clear cutting and other abuses. The first bill will exclude Forestry and Forest Stewardship from public lands. This…

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LETTER – Senate Approves Pruitt- Dismantling EPA Will Accelerate

The Senate has confirmed anti-environment zealot and climate change-denier Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt by a vote of 52-46 to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Democrats have cited concerns with Pruitt’s ties to fossil fuel companies and have requested to see e-mail correspondence between Pruitt and the fossil fuel industry. Even though…

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LETTER – DEP Water Presentations Shows Delay on Drinking Water Action Deliberate

  The New Jersey Sierra Club are releasing DEP slideshows kept from the public that shows they are misleading the public and the Senate about the need to update standards to protect our drinking water. This important information includes their plans to review amendments to the New Jersey Safe Drinking…

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LETTER – De-Facto Moratorium on Pipelines Now that FERC Chair has Left

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chair Norman Bay had his final day today and now there are only two commissioners lacking the quorum needed to approve projects. His resignation came after President Trump replaced his position with Cheryl LaFleur who has been known to push pipelines and dirty infrastructure. This forced…

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LETTER Water Bill Held: DEP Lies Put People at Risk

Today the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee held a bill to updated New Jersey’s Drinking Water Standards. The bill, S2468 (Lesniak), directs the DEP to adopt standards for 16 hazardous drinking water contaminants as recommended by Drink Water Quality Institute. Some of those contaminates include perchlorate, radon, and formaldehyde. The…

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Oroho/Doherty/Thompson Statement on First School Funding Hearing

Senate Republicans Stephen Oroho, Mike Doherty and Sam Thompson issued the following statement on the first meeting of the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness. As committee members, the senators are working on a bipartisan basis to examine the state’s broken school funding system – a major component of…

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LETTER HUNTERDON STATE SENATOR Doherty Praises Trump’s Actions to Secure Nation’s Borders & Enforce Immigration Laws

Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) praised President Donald Trump for signing a pair of executive orders that would enhance border security and protect communities from unauthorized immigrants who engage in illegal activity. Executive orders signed by President Trump call for the construction of a new border wall on the nation’s southern…

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LETTER – Foothill Road in Readington claims several more tires

As the Township of Readington continues to do nothing to improve the safety and quality of life along Foothill Road several more residents and non-residents sustain flat tires due to gravel and large rocks that are dug up by the town grader. Please read the below emails that were sent…

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LETTER – Lambertville residents a little testy during the holidays

Hi, I hope you could publish this just as a reminder to some Lambertville citizens that they don’t need to scream and holler at people not from the area. Recently I was lost in your small community and found myself on a very tight two way street. As I waited…

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LETTER Scrooge visits Foothill Road in Readington

Letter: Looks like the Readington Township committee once again cannot find a reasonable solution for Foothill Road so they yet again decide to do what comes easy,  NOTHING. The committee recently sent out a survey to the residents with 2 options: 1.) Leave the road as is 2.) Pave Foothill…

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LETTER – Water Crisis: More Talk, No Action

Today the Legislature is holding a Joint Legislative Task Force on Drinking Water Infrastructure meeting. The Task Force will be receiving testimony on New Jersey’s drinking water, including our drinking water infrastructure. They will be taking suggestions for improvements to make our drinking water supply safer and more plentiful. The…

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Letter – Army Corps Removes Environmental and Public Input from Resiliency Projects

The Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) has decided to withdraw its intent to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for resiliency projects on the Hudson River and Meadowlands. We are very concerned with this decision because we believe the proposed resiliency projects will cause environmental harm and the review…

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LETTER – Governor signs Bucco-Rible-Schepisi school security bill

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republicans Anthony M. Bucco, Dave Rible and Holly Schepisi that will allow public and non-public schools and county colleges to hire retired law enforcement officers on a part-time basis to provide security on school grounds was signed into law today by the governor. “This is a…

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LETTER Drought Gets Worse, NJ Should Declare an EMERGENCY

While New Jersey’s drought worsens throughout the state, while our reservoirs are continuing to drop. Currently 12 of our state’s reservoirs are operating at about 52 percent of their full capacity of 70.6 billion gallons of water. Severe drought conditions have been declared when they jumped from 39.1 percent of…

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Green Acres Releases Open Space Funds After 2+ Years

In a recent press release, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced that $67.4 million in green acres funding is now available for open space programs. The Green Acres program will accept applications from municipalities, counties and nonprofit groups to use the funds for grants and loans for…

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Letter to the editor – Preparing for environmental changes ahead

Preparing for environmental changes ahead With a new administration preparing to move into the White House, changes are coming. Exactly what these changes will be is still unknown, but there’s cause for deep concern when it comes to the environment. During the campaign, the president-elect spoke of shutting down the…

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LETTER Assembly OKs Russo bill protecting intellectual property rights for inventors

Legislation revising New Jersey’s inventor-rights laws, sponsored by Assemblyman David Russo, was approved today by the General Assembly. The legislation (A492) protects an employee’s rights to their own inventions when it is unrelated to their job and created without using their employer’s resources. Employment contracts can allow an employer to…

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LETTER Assembly advances Muñoz bill to further protect domestic violence victims

Domestic violence victims will be afforded another layer of protection under legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz which was advanced today by the General Assembly. The bill (S-2483/A-4126) prevents a person convicted of a domestic violence crime or who is under a domestic violence restraining order from possessing or…

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LETTER Muñoz bill banning underage marriages approved by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz barring individuals under the age of 18 from marrying or entering into a civil union received General Assembly approval today. “New Jersey’s children are one step closer to no longer being victims of forced or arranged marriages. I am extremely happy for Fraidy…

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LETTER Assembly approves Dancer/DeCroce/Clifton bill memorializing fallen trooper

Legislation honoring a young state trooper killed in the line-of-duty, sponsored by Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton, and Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, earned Assembly approval today. The bill (S2526/A4105) designates a portion of Interstate 195 in Upper Freehold as the State Trooper Anthony A. Raspa Memorial Highway. “This is a…

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LETTER We Must Dedicate Environmental Settlement Funds

For Immediate Release November 21, 2016 Contact Jeff Tittel,609-558-9100   We Must Dedicate Environmental Settlement Funds The Senate Environment and Energy Hearing is today holding a public hearing on the following Concurrent Resolution: Dedication of Environmental Settlement Funds SCR39 (Smith) would to dedicate environmental settlement Funds. ACR127 (McKeon) amends the Constitution to ensure…

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LETTER DEP Must Continue to Oppose Selling NJ’s Water, Drought or Not

The DEP has come out against a proposal for Suez in Rockland County, New York to buy five million gallons of water a day from the Wanaque Reservoir, the largest reservoir in North Jersey. North Jersey District Water Supply Commission is considering selling 6 million gallons a day that they consider…

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LETTER – Obama- No Drilling in Atlantic: Will it Last in Next Admin?

  Due to a large public outcry, the Obama Administration has rescinded their plan to allow areas in the Mid and South Atlantic coast to be opened for offshore oil and gas drilling. In their statement, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)…

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LETTER – Ciattarelli says Jersey City’s better credit rating another reason for school funding reform

Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli issued a statement today on Mayor Steve Fulop’s boast after Moody’s raised Jersey City’s debt rating to double-A. “Moody’s, the Wall Street rating agency, recently raised Jersey City’s debt rating to double A.  This is certainly good news for Jersey City, but more of the same for…

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LETTER Dedication of Enviro Settlement Monies Bill Released from Comm

Dedication of Enviro Settlement Monies Bill Released from Comm Today the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee released a bill to dedicate environmental settlement Funds. ACR127 (McKeon) amends the Constitution to ensure all State moneys received from settlements and awards in cases of environmental contamination for certain environmental purposes. The…

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LETTER Ciattarelli says Jersey City’s better credit rating another reason for school funding reform

Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli issued a statement today on Mayor Steve Fulop’s boast after Moody’s raised Jersey City’s debt rating to double-A. “Moody’s, the Wall Street rating agency, recently raised Jersey City’s debt rating to double A.  This is certainly good news for Jersey City, but more of the same for…

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LETTER – Gov. signs Webber bill allowing veterans to claim unemployment benefits online

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Jay Webber that streamlines the unemployment application process for veterans was signed on Monday by Governor Christie. Webber’s bill (A-3606) allows out-of-work veterans to claim unemployment insurance benefits online. “Veterans will now be treated just like everyone else in New Jersey,” said Webber (R-Morris). “There’s no…

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LETTER Space & Phoebus bill creating Fishing and Boating Week advances from agriculture panel

The Assembly agriculture committee today cleared a resolution sponsored by Assemblyman Parker Space and Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus designating the first full week of June as New Jersey Fishing and Boating Week. “Fishing and boating is a major sector of the state economy,” said Space (R—Sussex). “There are more than 750,000…

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LETTER Committee clears Space & Phoebus resolution promoting donations to food banks

A resolution sponsored by Assemblyman Parker Space and Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus encouraging contributions to food banks and pantries cleared the Assembly Human Services Committee today. AJR-51 designates November as Food Pantry Donation Month in New Jersey. “More than 10 percent of New Jerseyans are struggling to keep food on the…

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LETTER Education panel clears Rible bill introducing new drug prevention program in schools

A bill implementing a new drug prevention effort in state school districts, sponsored by Assemblyman Dave Rible, was cleared today by the Assembly Education Committee. The bill (A2422) calls on the commissioner of education to roll out the Natural High Drug Prevention program to encourage students to follow a drug-…

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Letter – Committee clears DeCroce legislation allowing military uniforms for high school graduation

A bill sponsored by Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce allowing high school graduates to wear their military uniforms at high school graduation cleared the Education Committee today. “Students who have entered the military deserve the opportunity to proudly display their commitment to freedom and patriotic service to the country in front of…

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CENTRAL STILL HAS NO DEAL WITH THE TEACHERS

Letter from the HCRHS Board of Education Dear Parents, Guardians and Community, The Hunterdon Central Board of Education (Board) would like to update you on the progress of contract negotiations with our teachers and affiliated staff who belong to the Hunterdon Central Education Association union (HCEA). The current HCEA contract…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – Safety Issues – Foothill Rd, Readington Township

Senator, Congressman, Assembly Members, Freeholders, It has been a year and six months since I contacted each of you to advise you of the degraded and unsafe conditions of Foothill Road in Readington Township, New Jersey.    It has been over six years since the residents of Foothill Road initially raised…

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Sierra Club Opposes DEP Beach Access Rules

The New Jersey Sierra Club has submitted comments against the new DEP Public Access Rules that takes the side of developers and special interests over our right to access our beaches and waterways. In New Jersey, under the Public Trust Doctrine, the people have a right to access our state and coastal waters,…

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Letter to the Editor-Endorsement of Lori Blutfield for HCRHS BOE

To The Editor,   We are writing to endorse Lori Blutfield for re-election to the Readington seat on the Hunterdon Central Board of Education. We have every confidence that she is the perfect person for this position because we have seen her hard work and dedication over the past 3 years as a current…

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Letter – from BOE candidate Blutfield

To the editor:   My name is Lori Blutfield, and I’m running for re-election to the Readington Township seat on the Hunterdon Central Board of Education on November 8.  I’m asking for your vote so I can continue to be your voice in helping shape Hunterdon Central’s future. My goal…

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LETTER – Lori Blutfield for BOE

To the editor:  I am writing to strongly encourage Readington residents to re-elect Lori Blutfield for the Readington Township seat on the Hunterdon Central Board of Education.  As a teacher in Readington for 32 years, I have seen outstanding board members really make a difference for our children’s education. These…

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Letter endorsing Ron Armellino Hunterdon Central Regional High School (HCRHS) BOE.

Dear Readington Township Residents:  While my wife and I are not Readington Township residents, we would like to add our endorsement to Ron Armellino’s candidacy to be elected to a Readington Seat on the Hunterdon Central Regional High School (HCRHS) BOE.  We came to know Ron very well  a number…

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LETTER World-class cancer treatment center will boost health in North Jersey

 Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco joined Gov. Chris Christie and healthcare leaders to break ground today on the Summit Medical Group’s new MD Anderson Cancer Center.  The new 130,000-square-foot state-of-the-art cancer center will be adjacent to Summit Medical Group’s new facility in Florham Park. “North Jersey residents will have more convenient…

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LETTER – Rible to introduce legislation preserving estate tax cut

 Assemblyman Dave Rible, the Republican conference leader, plans to introduce a constitutional amendment Thursday prohibiting a repeal of the estate-tax cut after it is fully phased-out on Jan. 1, 2018. “This will show taxpayers we are serious about rolling back the estate tax and prevent a future legislature from reinstituting…

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HUNTERDON STATE SENATOR Doherty: Cut Road Construction Costs, Don’t Raise Gas Tax

Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) said that he opposes the newest plan to raise the state’s gas tax by $2 billion, and again called for the passage of legislation he sponsors which requires an analysis of New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation road construction costs. Sen. Jennifer Beck and Sen. Mike Doherty held a…

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LETTER – DEP Pipeline Water Permit Sell-Out Changes Rules for SRL and All Other Pipelin

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has rolled back protections for our streams and buffers and has opened up our waterways for pipelines and other destructive activities. Due to the change in the Flood Hazard Rules, they now determined that a pipeline crossing a stream will “not disturb the…

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Fairness Formula Town Hall with Governor Chris Christie tomorrow in Annadale

DATE: Friday, September 30, 2016 WHEN: 11:30 AM – Doors open at 10:30 AM WHERE: Annandale Hose Co. Fire Station 68 Beaver Ave, Annandale, NJ 08801 Please RSVP to FarinessFormula.Clinton@nj.gov if you wish to attend. For more information on Governor Christie’s proposal, please visit click here.

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LETTER Senate Sides with Christie and Sells Out Clean Water

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued their Administrative Order to implement their Flood Hazard Rules with some of the changes from the Concurrent Rule. The DEP has already signed their hazardous Flood Hazard Rules into effect, allowing developers to gain permits under these weak rules that will be active…

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LETTER Senate Sides with Christie and Sells Out Clean Water

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued their Administrative Order to implement their Flood Hazard Rules with some of the changes from the Concurrent Rule. The DEP has already signed their hazardous Flood Hazard Rules into effect, allowing developers to gain permits under these weak rules that will be active…

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LETTER – Ciattarelli: Count me out for any immediate 23 cent gas tax increase

Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-Somerset) issued the following statement today:   “It seems like what we needed all these years for there to be ‘tax reform’ is a Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) crisis.   “While we absolutely need a reliable, pay-as-you-go funding source for the TTF, most in Trenton still willfully…

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HUNTERDON STATE SENATOR Doherty: We Don’t Need Another Complex School Funding Formula, We Need Simple Fairness

Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) said that it would be a mistake to replace New Jersey’s complex and failed school funding formula with another convoluted formula that would be the likely result of a study commission proposed by Senate Democrats. Sen. Mike Doherty will introduce Gov. Christie’s proposed “Fairness Formula” to…

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LETTER – High Bridge Statement re water utility

STATEMENT FROM THE BOROUGH OF HIGH BRIDGE REGARDING WATER UTILITY ARTICLE IN HUNTERDON COUNTY NEWS -7/20/16 An article appeared in Hunterdon County News recently making claims about the Borough of High Bridge and the efforts underway to explore the potential sale of the municipal water utility. Other than including some…

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LETTER NJ Needs a Clean TTF Bill

At today’s press conference, Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel is speaking out about the need for a bill to fund the Transportation Trust Fund that isn’t attached to anything else. A “clean” bill would be best for New Jersey since our TTF is broke and desperately needs funding. We oppose…

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LETTER – statement on court’s affordable housing decision

Assembly Republican Whip Scott T. Rumana (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris and Passaic) released the statement below following a New Jersey Appellate Division decision today not to mandate retroactive affordable housing obligations:   “This decision is welcome news as it will significantly reduce the number of housing units that municipalities will be…

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LETTER – bill preventing benefit payments to dead recipients

 The Assembly State and Local Government Committee today advanced a bill sponsored by Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Jay Webber that combats fraud in state and federal public benefit programs.   Under the bill (A3448), state entities that administer benefit programs are required to verify a recipient’s personal information and cross-check…

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“Blue Alert” Bill Protects Police Officers with Statewide Cooperation

A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Dave Rible enabling statewide cooperation to find missing police officers and suspects of harming an officer will be voted on Thursday.  The bill (A2674) establishes the “Blue Alert System” to rapidly release information statewide to catch suspects of assaulting or killing law enforcement officials.  …

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LETTER DEP Commissioner Spins and Lies, Especially about Pipelines

Today NJDEP Commissioner Bob Martin testified before the Assembly Budget Committee. The FY2017 budget targets the environment yet again, but is especially troubling as it continues the policy from last year’s budget of diverting money from Natural Resource Damage (NRD) litigation to the General Fund. This money should go towards cleaning up contaminated sites and restoration…

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LETTER NJPP report ignores estate tax effect on local farmers and small business owners, says Bucco

Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco responded to a Wednesday article by New Jersey Policy Perspective that was critical of eliminating the state’s estate tax, saying it helps the state’s economy.   “The estate tax does more than just drive wealthy taxpayers out of the state,” said Bucco (R-Morris).   Responding to a question from Bucco at a…

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LETTER – Webber Bill Protecting Seniors and Disabled from Predatory Criminals Approved by Panel

Assemblyman Jay Webber sponsors legislation that was approved today by the Law and Public Safety Committee.  The bill would protect senior and disabled citizens from being targeted by criminals by making it easier to prosecute suspects for preying on the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of their victims, and increases the penalties…

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LETTER – The TSA should not be blaming travelers for their poor performance

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick responded today to the U.S. Transportation Security Administration blaming a lack of passenger pre-check enrollment as a reason for long security lines at Newark airport.   “That is a lot like blaming the victim,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “From what I have witnessed, it is the TSA…

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Letter Rible bill to prohibit release of police addresses clears committee

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Dave Rible that prohibits government agencies from releasing the home addresses of police officers was approved today by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee. “Police officers are prime targets for aggrieved individuals they may have encountered while performing their duties or someone who simply has…

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LETTER Panel Approves Bucco Bill Protecting Identity of Violent Crime Victims

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco to protect the identities of violent crime victims and witnesses cleared the Law and Public Safety Committee today. The bill (A3626) prohibits the release of identifying personal information in response to an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request.   “Violent crime can have…

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LETTER Panel advances Rible’s ‘Blue Alert System’ bill

Legislation Assemblyman David Rible sponsors to help apprehend individuals who have killed or seriously injured law enforcement officers was approved today by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee. The bill (A2674) establishes an emergency “Blue Alert System” that allows the media to quickly disseminate information to the public when…

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LETTER – Planned Parenthood funding bill meets Sen. President’s ‘political theater’ definition

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, the Republican budget officer, responded to Sen. Loretta Weinberg and Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo’s announcement today to propose legislation to “restore” funds to Planned Parenthood in the state budget.   “This is pure political theater,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth).  “It’s not a restoration because even the Democrats didn’t include…

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LETTER NJDEP Enforcement Drops Dramatically under Christie Administration

NJDEP has failed to release their Compliance and Enforcement Report for Fiscal Years 2013, 2014, and 2015 because they are hiding significant drops in oversight.  The New Jersey Sierra Club filed an OPRA looking for these recent reports, but we were told by the NJDEP that they no longer complete the…

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LETTER – Assembly Panels Approve Pair of Webber Property Tax Relief Bills

A pair of bills targeting New Jersey’s property tax crisis, sponsored by Assemblyman Jay Webber, advanced from Assembly committees today. A-312 mandates the publishing of comprehensive property tax data on the Division of Local Government Services website, and A-302 provides direct relief for property taxpayers from energy tax receipts.  …

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LETTER BILL ALLOWS PRIVATE DONATIONS TO FUND EQUIPMENT AND SALARY ENHANCEMENTS FOR POLICE OFFICERS

Legislation (A-3537) to authorize in every municipality public safety trust funds financed by private donations, not public tax dollars, to pay for police officer safety equipment or provide salary enhancements has been introduced by Assemblyman Ron Dancer. “Police officers provide a valuable service, ensuring safe, crime-free neighborhoods for New Jersey families,”…

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LETTER NJ Ending Tailpipe Emission Testing

Beginning in May, the Christie Administration New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission will no longer be testing tailpipe emissions from automobiles. This will mean that all vehicles will be exempt from air quality inspections. This will effect old cars, pick-up trucks, and SUVs. The Sierra Club is opposed to this decision….

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LETTER – Sierra Club Calls on Attorney General to Investigate Exxon

Today the Sierra Club is standing with Senator Lesniak in asking the State Attorney General to investigate Exxon Mobil. We believe they should be investigated for deceptive statements and practices in their role in investigating climate change. We also should be looking into their recent settlement and whether they were…

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HUNTERDON Lance Letter: House Corrects a Terrible Injustice

The House of Representatives today reversed a shocking decision by U.S. Army leadership that rescinded the rights of Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, to have their remains buried at Arlington National Cemetery. This group of nearly 1,100 female pilots flew non-combat missions during WWII.  Their service came at a…

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LETTER – WILD ORPHANS: TO RESCUE OR NOT?

In the spring, all wildlife species are searching for a place to nest and give birth to their young.  If you think you have wildlife living in your attic, crawlspace, under your deck, in your shed or other out-building this spring or summer, it is almost certainly a mother with…

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LETTER – Dems Seek $240 Million in Unfunded Spending as Roads and Bridges Crumble

Assemblyman Dave Rible, R-Monmouth and Ocean, issued the following statement regarding today’s legislative agenda in the General Assembly:   “Today’s agenda represents the misguided priorities of the majority party, which is seeking to spend nearly $240 million through today’s legislation alone. The residents of New Jersey are watching their property…