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Bramnick call for Assembly to address high density court-mandated housing at its next voting session

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick said today the Assembly should address the high density court-imposed housing issue during its next session on Monday, July 31. “The courts should not control housing in our municipalities. Local officials should determine what housing belongs in their towns,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “The Legislature needs…

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LETTER – Pay furloughed workers, penalize legislators for government shutdown

 Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick said today he supports legislation to retroactively pay state employees furloughed during the recent three-day state government shutdown, but adds that legislators’ salary should be reduced $1,000 this year. “State workers were furloughed through no fault of their own. They were willing to work. They…

OP ED America First? Don’t forget our seas Ocean exploration key to helping U.S. keep its economic, national security edge

By Vice Admiral Paul Gaffney II, U.S. Navy (Ret.) In building a policy agenda for our nation’s future, the Trump Administration has made “America First” its guiding principle. With that in mind, our federal government must continue to invest in U.S. scientists to explore a resource critical to American strength…

Governor Vetoes Oil Train Safety Bill – unconscionable, reckless, and dangerous

  Governor Vetoes Oil Train Safety Bill Today Governor Christie conditionally vetoed a bill, S806 (Weinberg), that sought to make oil trains in the state safer.The bill required operators carrying Bakken crude shipments to have discharge response, cleanup, and contingency plans to transport certain hazardous materials by rail. Previous Bakken…

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LETTER – DEP Water Plan: Drought of Planning and Action, Flood Of Spin

The DEP Water Supply Master Plan does not adequately address threats and problems when it comes to drinking water in New Jersey. This Plan is one of the most important strategic documents produced by the DEP.  It is supposed to be based on the most available science and data and is the…

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UCS Study on Sea Level Rise: Alarm Bell for New Jersey

A new study by analysts at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has revealed that the threats of sea level rise are worse than we originally thought. The study warms that nearly 170 communities in less than 20 years and as many as 670 by the end of the century…

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Bill supports horse boarding on preserved farms

New Jersey’s horse industry will get a boost from legislation introduced by Assemblyman Ron Dancer facilitating boarding stables on preserved farms. The bill (A4829) allows the construction on protected land to house workers.   “Boarding horses is an important business in New Jersey’s agriculture sector,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “The unique…

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DEP Hearing on Flawed Water Supply Master Plan Tomorrow

The DEP’s extremely flawed Water Supply Master Plan will have public hearings this week. The Water Supply Master Plan is one of the most important strategic documents produced by the DEP.  It is based on the most available science and data and is the guiding document for water supply for both quality and quantity. The plan should be called the State of our Waters because…

LETTER – Enviros and Legislators Speak Out Against Pipelines and Dirty Infrastructure

Today at the Statehouse, elected officials are joining with environmental groups to speak out against the proliferation of pipelines and fossil fuels in New Jersey. Assemblyman Gusciora, Senator Bateman, Assemblywoman Muoio, Assembly McKeon and more invited officials will join the New Jersey Sierra Club, Environment New Jersey, and Clean Water…

LETTER – Flemington’s Urban Renewal Plan Stalled by NJ Historic Preservation Office

Summary The state Historic Preservation Office (HPO), which is part of the Department of Environmental Protection, must approve the sale of the Hunterdon County National Bank building at 90-100 Main by Flemington Borough to Jack Cust, Jr.  This sale is connected to the Flemington Center Urban Renewal project.  HPO has…

LETTER – Fair Share Housing admits its own numbers are “a lie”

 The Fair Share Housing Center expected the Mercer County Superior Court to affirm it’s projected affordable housing obligations; but are now saying those numbers are a lie after Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi used them to paint a picture of over-development.   Fair Share, which has taken towns to court to enforce…

Forged with Fire

On May 20th the Union Forge Heritage Association kicked off a year long calendar of events celebrating the 250th anniversary of the historic Union Iron Works of Hunterdon county with their “Forged with Fire”event at the associations 1760 Joseph Turner House and museum. Pictured are Ryan (left) and Tony of the NJ Blacksmith Association…

HUNTERDON STATE SENATOR Doherty On Judge’s Decision to Block Statehouse Renovations Lawsuit

  Senate Republicans Kip Bateman and Mike Doherty released the following statements on a State Superior Court judge’s ruling against their lawsuit to halt Governor Christie’s multi-million dollar Statehouse renovations. Sens. Kip Bateman and Mike Doherty are speaking out following State Superior Court Judge Jacobson’s June 14, 2017 ruling against their lawsuit to…

NJ Senators Lead Efforts to Block Seismic Testing Off Our Coast

Senator Cory Booker, Senator Robert Menendez, lead all 12 members of the House of Representatives to sign a letter opposing 5 permit applications for seismic activity in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean.  The first letter is signed by our Senators and their Democratic colleagues in the Senate requesting an extension to the…

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Bramnick-Muñoz bill creating a wildlife habitat program for homeowners continues to advanc

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick and Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz allowing homeowners to create native habitats on their properties by planting native grasses, plants and trees was approved today by the full Assembly. The Bramnick-Munoz bill (A1069) creates a private wildlife habitat certification program overseen by the…

LETTER – READINGTON ELECTION

Dear Neighbors, Over the past two months we have reached out to many residents discussing our position on the issues facing Readington.  We feel it is key that voters are informed prior to casting their vote.  We realize that it is hard to reach out to every single resident, in an…

LETTER – READINGTON ELECTION

I also have volunteered for over thirty years in Readington township and am always dismayed by the misinformation written during campaigns. I was also at the 2014 Board of Adjustment reorganization meeting and the recent letter in the news is NOT an accurate representation of that event. It is misinformation….

LETTER – READINGTON ELECTION – these fellas do not like each other

The Republican primary election is this coming Tuesday (June 6) – Mark your calendars.  There is much at stake in this election, so do not discount your 1 vote!  Every vote counts.  There are two seats to fill and four candidates running. For years, the same group of people have controlled…

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Dancer bill makes New Jersey more food truck friendly

The food truck industry continues to expand rapidly with revenue growth in the industry of almost 8 percent per year since 2011. Assemblyman Ron Dancer has introduced legislation helping ensure New Jersey is in position to capitalize on the trend. Dancer’s bill (A4828) simplifies the licensing and permitting processes to…

LETTER – READINGTON ELECTION AND THE AIRPORT

Candidates for Readington Township’s Committee, Britt Simon and Wayne Borella have all but conceded defeat in a recent letter explaining their position regarding Solberg Airport. They certainly concede any resolve for the ongoing appeals process supported by a majority of voters in elections over the past two years. Further, in…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…