LETTER – Highlands Rule Override Up in Senate Committee

On Monday, the Senate Environment and Energy Committee will hold a public hearing and vote on SCR163 (Smith) that determines DEP Highlands Septic Rule is against legislative intent. The DEP’s proposed Highlands Forest Preservation Area is a major source of drinking water for up to 6 million people that includes pristine trout…

Letter to editor – A victory for New Jersey’s environment

Letter to editor – A victory for New Jersey’s environment EDITOR: New Jersey’s environment was a big winner on Nov. 7, as voters approved a measure to prevent lawmakers from diverting funds earmarked for cleanups of polluted sites. Ballot Question 2, which was passed by nearly 69 percent of voters,…

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LETTER – More Volkswagen Money for NJ: Needs to be Dedicated

More Volkswagen Money for NJ: Needs to be Dedicated Today the Christie Administration announced that Volkswagen Group of America will pay New Jersey $69 million to settle allegations that it “violated New Jersey’s clean air statutes and defrauded consumers by selling diesel vehicles equipped with “cheat” software that deactivated their…

LETTER – proposed trickle down budget

A Cautionary Observation It is fashionable there days to let opinion dominate fact. The most obvious place that happens is in our Congress. I don’t usually object because gridlock and ineptitude rule and nothing much happens. That changed recently, when Congress desperate to prove they could do something, cobbled together…

Letter for endorsement of Lisa Hughes

Diane Hart Steinberg Vote for Lisa Hughes for HCHS Board of Ed on Nov. 7th I am writing to endorse Lisa Hughes for Hunterdon Central High School Board of Education.  My husband and I have lived in Readington Township for the past 16 years.  We have 3 children attending the…

LETTER – Carroll, Bucco introduce bill providing major property tax relief, protecting taxpayers from losing federal deduction

Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll announced today that he will introduce legislation with his district mate Anthony M. Bucco providing significant tax relief by permitting state residents to deduct the full amount of their property taxes from their state income taxes. President Donald Trump has proposed to eliminate the federal tax…

Endorsement Letter for Flemington Borough Council

Vote Michael Harris for Flemington Borough Council Tiffany Giles, Flemington Borough   I’ve lived in Flemington the majority of my life. I was born here. I moved away for college, but moved back to raise my family. I have seen Flemington go through many ups and downs. We are still…

LETTER – Michael Dendis and I am honored to be running as the East Amwell Township representative on the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Board of Education.

To East Amwell Voters, My name is Michael Dendis and I am honored to be running as the East Amwell Township representative on the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Board of Education. Currently I am serving on the board as an appointed member. I was selected over my opponent, by…

LETTER – Scott Nicol for the Hunterdon Central Board of Education

To the Editor, I am writing this letter to let people know about Scott Nicol. Scott is running for a seat on the Hunterdon Central Board of Education this election day. Scott brings to this job practical knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the school district as his three…

LETTER – Lisa Hughes for the Readington seat of the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Board

We are writing to encourage the community of Readington Township to show their support and vote on Nov. 7 for Lisa Hughes for the Readington seat of the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Board of Education. As Readington Township residents, parents of three children who currently attend Readington Middle School…

LETTER – support for Chris Zappa and Jack Torkildsen’s campaign for High Bridge Borough Council

I am writing today to express my support for Chris Zappa and Jack Torkildsen’s  campaign for High Bridge Borough Council and my intention  to vote for both in the upcoming elections.   I know both candidates personally and strongly feel that they both exemplify honesty, fairness, and thoughtfulness. Chris Zappa is always honest and pragmatic, and has…

LETTER – Rooney joins with PDFNJ for National Prescription Take Back Day

  While many people will be tailgating in anticipation of the Don Bosco vs. Bergen Catholic rivalry football game, Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney will be using the time to tackle the opioid crisis. Rooney will join forces with A Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey to share information about the…

LETTER – bill closes Megan’s Law “loophole;” prohibits sex offenders from living near victims

Assemblyman Ron Dancer will introduce legislation prohibiting convicted sex offenders from residing within 1,000 feet of a victim’s home or workplace “Now that the public has access to the whereabouts of these heinous criminals, we have to ensure they keep their distance from their victims,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “Their psychological…

LETTER – 5 Years Since Sandy; Are We Ready for the Next Storm?

On the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, we are reflecting on our resiliency in the face of the next superstorm. Sandy was supposed to be a 1-in-100-year storm, but now it is predicted major storms will increase 1 in every 25 years because of sea level rise. Per. Rutgers, nine…

LETTER – Christie’s Hurricane Sandy Denial Tour

This week Governor Christie is traveling and promoting his post-Sandy efforts. In actuality, what he is promoting is a failure to help the victims of Sandy and to prepare New Jersey for future storm events. A recent poll states that more than half of the victims of Superstorm Sandy are…

LETTER – Dancer bill prohibits mandatory microchipping of employees

  Citing privacy and health issues, Assemblyman Ron Dancer will introduce legislation prohibiting employers from forcing employees to be implanted with personal identification microchip technology. “A device implanted in an employee’s body should never be a condition of employment,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “It’s an invasion of privacy and an assault…

Letter to endorse Lisa Hughes for a seat on the Hunterdon Central Board of Education

Letter to the Editor: We are writing this letter to endorse Lisa Hughes for a seat on the Hunterdon Central Board of Education.  We have known Lisa for over 10 years and have seen first-hand her dedication and leadership to our community and schools.   She’s been chair or co-chair of…

Simon & Caliguire Demand Retraction

An negative attack mailer paid for by “Zwicker Freiman Poppe for LD16” blatantly lies about Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire’s tax record as a Montgomery Township Committeeman and Mayor from 2003 to 2011.   “It appears that liberal elitist and self-proclaimed smartest guy in the legislature, Andrew Zwicker, has trouble…

LETTER – RE ASSEMBLY RACE DONNA SIMON

  October 23, 2017   Dear Editor: Rarely do we see hypocrisy taken to the level of Democratic Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker. Coddled in academia his whole professional life, Zwicker is running a campaign so far afield from the truth he must think voters are dumb. For a man who says…

LETTER Bear Hunt Has Done Enough Damage: DEP Should Cancel December Session

Bear Hunt Has Done Enough Damage: DEP Should Cancel December Session The Fall section of the New Jersey black bear hunt has ended with 243 bears killed. The hunt allowed archery for three days, followed by three days of additional muzzleloaders from October 9th through 14th. If the DEP decides…

LETTER – LISA HUGHES FOR BOARD OF ED

I am writing in support of Lisa Hughes for the Readington Township seat on the Hunterdon Central High School Board of Education. Why am I supporting Lisa Hughes? Quite simply-because I believe she will make a positive difference. I have known Lisa and her family for over a decade.  In…

Letter to the Editor Central Board of ED

On Election Day – Tuesday, November 7th – residents of Readington Township will have the opportunity to elect to the Hunterdon Central High School Board of Education a highly accomplished and dynamic new addition – Lisa Hughes. We have known Lisa for ten years and we know her to be…

Letter to the editor/op-ed from Raritan Headwaters Association – Imagine a day without water

Can you imagine a day without water? Just one day? If you’re like most people, even going 24 hours without water is nearly unthinkable. For starters, it would mean no morning shower, no coffee or tea, no brushing your teeth, no washing laundry or dishes, no flushing the toilet, no…

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker and Roy Freiman Endorsed by New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker and Roy Freiman, the two Democratic Assembly candidates, have been endorsed by the New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police in New Jersey’s 16th Legislative District. With 328,000 members, the FOP  is the world’s largest organization of law enforcement officers. The New Jersey State Lodge was formed in…

LETTER – Bear Hunt Starts: UnBearable

Today New Jersey begins the black bear hunting period. Archery hunting will be allowed through the 14th. For the last three days of the hunt, muzzleloaders will also be allowed. If the DEP decided to extend the hunt, it will reopen between December 4th and 9th. In 2016, the NJDEP…

LETTER – Lisa Hughes For Hunterdon Central High School Board of Education

October 5,  2017   To Whom it May Concern,   I am writing this letter as a means of expressing my wholehearted support of Lisa Hughes becoming a member of the Hunterdon Central High School Board of Education.  I have known Lisa for over ten years and over time, she…

LETTER – NJ to Receive $72 Million in VW Settlement: Will Christie Act?

Yesterday the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust settlement was finalized. New Jersey will have 60 days to accept the money of up to up to $72 million. States must identify a lead agency to supervise the distribution of settlement money no later than Friday, December 1, 2017 in order to access these…

LETTER – A Year After Hoboken Crash: Are We Safer?

It is the one-year anniversary of the NJ Transit train crashed in Hoboken, while the agency has seen multiple major derailments. The Hoboken disaster killed one person and injured more than a hundred people during the morning rush hour. There have been multiple other derailments since. All of these incidents may…

LETTER – Oroho and Space hail grants to provide food for low-income families

Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space today commended the award of more than $130,000 in community services block grants to provide food and diapers to low-income families. Gov. Chris Christie and the state Department of Community Affairs announced the grants to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Inc….

LETTER – Lopez- New EPA Region 2 Administrator- Will He Stand Up to Trump?

Assemblyman Peter Lopez, R-Schoharie County, has been selected as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new Region 2 administrator. Region 2 covers New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The announcement was made in an email from Acting Region 2 Administrator Catherine McCabe. Lopez is expected to join…

LETTER – BPU Solar Stakeholder Process- Finally!

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has directed staff to open a stakeholder review on the state of the solar market in New Jersey. This review will solicit input from all stakeholders in the solar industry culminating in public hearings to be held in across the Garden State….

LETTER – CHRISTIE STEALS MORE FROM ENVIRONMENT SETTLEMENTS

The public was so outraged with the Christie Administration stealing of the settlement monies from the Passaic River and the sham Exxon Settlement, that the legislature voted to put a constitutional dedication on the ballot. Ballot Question #2 would ensure monies from environmental settlements would go to repair, preserve, replace,…

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LETTER Pinelands Commission Betrays Pines: Approves NJNGas Pipeline

Pinelands Commission Betrays Pines: Approves NJNGas Pipeline Today the Pinelands Commission approved the New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG)’s proposed Southern Reliability Link (SRL) pipeline with a Commission vote of 8-4, and one abstention. The Commission originally approved the pipeline and was challenged by NJ Sierra Club and others. The court…

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Bramnick demands Legislature address high-density housing issue

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick issued the following statement: “Trenton must act now to solve the high density housing problem that is hurting our towns with expensive, unnecessary lawsuits.  Local municipalities are losing control to the courts and must be protected.  Local officials – not the courts – should determine…

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DRBC Bans Fracking While Dumping Frack Waste in the Delaware

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has officially added a ban on fracking to their Wednesday, September 13th meeting agenda. They will consider the resolution to address natural gas development activities within the Delaware River Basin and could even vote on it at the meeting. They can later begin the…

LETTER – IN FLEMINGTON Is the first of many broken promises?

To the editor:   Is this  the first of many broken promises?   At the Borough Council meeting on August 22, 2016, Jack Cust presented his Main Street redevelopment plan, and when questioned if it would increase taxes for Borough ratepayers, the developer promised that “any infrastructure costs would be…

LETTER – Honey Bees could use a hand

Tomorrow is National Honey Bee Day, and people across the nation will be planting wildflowers to support the honey bee population. Assemblyman Ron Dancer, who sponsors several bills to protect the pollinators that are crucial to our food supply, urged residents to do their part to help save the bees….

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LETTER Dancer bill clarifies improvements permitted on preserved farmlands

Assemblyman Ron Dancer introduced legislation protecting farmers of preserved land from legal action resulting from confusing language in the preservation program’s deed restrictions. The bill (A5171) establishes that the construction of new buildings for agricultural purposes and roadways necessary to service crops are permitted on preserved farms. “Preserving the land…

LETTER – Planned Parenthood Endorses Zwicker and Freiman

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker and Assembly candidate Roy Freiman have earned the backing of Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey for their staunch support for women’s rights to health care and privacy. “Thank you so much to Planned Parenthood for this vote of confidence,” said Assemblyman Zwicker, who received a…

LETTER – EPA Gives Water Funding, But Won’t Solve Water Crisis

The EPA has awarded $70 million to New Jersey to help finance water infrastructure projects to protect public health and the environment. Most of the funding will go towards the New Jersey Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which is administrated by the DEP and its financing program, the Environmental Infrastructure…

LETTER – Flemington Borough Council Continues to Discourage Transparency – Why My Sign Finally Went Up

Caitlin Giles-McCormick, Flemington Borough Here on Spring Street in Flemington we got our “Stop Demolition…” sign about six months ago. While I had deep concerns about the redevelopment project, I desperately wanted it to come together and work, because we desperately need redevelopment on Main Street. The sign sat on…

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Poppe, Zwicker, and Freiman Earn Backing of Healthcare Professionals

 Healthcare Professionals and Allied Employees, representing men and women in the front lines of providing for New Jersey’s well being, endorsed Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker in his bid for reelection, Laurie Poppe for State Senate, and Roy Freiman for Assembly in District 16.. “I am honored to receive the endorsement for…

LETTER – IN SUPPORT OF THE CUST PROJECT TO REVITALIZE FLEMINGTON

August 10, 2017 To The Editor, Thirty seven years ago, we created our business and chose Flemington for its location. A town with a great central New Jersey location, midway between New York and Philadelphia, with easy access from many towns in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Flemington was vital, at…

LETTER – HIGHLANDS ACT Survives Christie: Sierra Club Annual Report Card

It is the 13th anniversary of landmark legislation to protect the Highlands called the Highlands Water Protection Act. This is our 12th Report Card issued by the Sierra Club on the Highlands Act Anniversary based on the Governor, DEP, and other agencies’ implementation of the Act. Even though the Christie Administration still received an F, this…

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DeCroce bill memorializing fallen trooper signed by governor

Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce honoring a rookie state trooper killed in the line of duty. The law designates a three-mile portion of Route 55 as State Trooper Frankie Williams Memorial Highway. Williams was responding to multiple reports of a vehicle being driven erratically when…

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Governor signs Bucco/Space/DeCroce bill assisting veterans through special motorcycle tags

Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Anthony Bucco and Parker Space, and Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce giving veteran bikers the option of purchasing special license plates for their motorcycles. “Veterans are justifiably proud of their service to our country,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “Thousands of veterans have special tags on…

LETTER – Governor signs package of Oroho-Space farm bills

A package of comprehensive farm bills sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space benefitting the state’s farming industry, schools and food banks was signed today by Gov. Chris Christie. “New Jersey has a long history of farming and farm culture, especially in the district I represent,” said Oroho…

LETTER – Bucco bill helping disabled people retain retired service dogs as pets signed into law

Gov. Chris Christie today signed legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony Bucco allowing the disabled to keep their retired service dogs as pets without violating housing contracts that restrict animals. “When a person depends on their dog for help to get through the day, an intense bond develops that should never…

LETTER – New DEP Water Standards on PFNA and 1,2,3-TCP Too Little, Too Late

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is proposing to amend the New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) rules at N.J.A.C. 7:10 to establish, as recommended by the New Jersey Drinking Water Quality Institute (Institute), a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) of 0.013 micrograms per liter…

LETTER – Exxon Sell-Out: Court Case Scheduled Sept. 11th

Our day in Court for oral arguments to appeal the Exxon Settlement has been scheduled for Monday, September 11th. The New Jersey Sierra Club and other environmental groups plan to appeal Judge Hogan’s decision to uphold the Exxon settlement at the Appellate Court. The groups represented in the case believe…

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NJ Senate Confirms FERC Appointments

the Senate voted to confirm Donald Trump’s nominees for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), ​​Neil Chatterjee and Rob Powelson. FERC can have a maximum of three members from the same political party of their five-member board. The Trump Administration is working to stack FERC to make it Republican-majority. This…

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LETTER – DEP Rule Threatens People, Property and Environment

For Immediate Release August 3, 2017 Contact Jeff Tittel, 609-558-9100 DEP Rule Threatens People, Property and Environment   The DEP has come out with proposed amendments, repeals, and new rules to the Coastal Zone Management Rules that threaten people, property, and the environment. The proposed amendments are related to shellfish aquaculture,…

LETTER – Rooney introduces E-ZPass bills to protect New Jersey drivers

  Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney has introduced a package of pro-commuter bills protecting New Jersey’s E-ZPass customers who use New York’s bridges and tunnels from being overcharged. The legislation is in response to a recent AAA study that found drivers who purchased E-ZPass tags from out of state agencies are…

LETTER We Oppose Nuclear Subsidies and Want 100% Renewable

The New Jersey Sierra Club has always been opposed to subsidizing nuclear plants. However, we have declined to join the NJ Coalition Against Nuclear Taxes because although we agree with the Chemical Council and Petroleum Institute against supporting nuclear, we disagree with them on supporting other forms of dirty energy….

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Assembly approves Space bill to keep parks open if government shuts down

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Parker Space to ensure state parks remain open to visitors in the event of a state shutdown was approved by the General Assembly today. The bill (A5128) requires state attractions to remain operational for seven days if the Legislature fails to pass a budget. “People who…

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LETTER – Schepisi package to fix municipality’s court-mandated over development again blocked by speaker

For the second time in 28 days Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi’s attempt to get the State Assembly to relieve municipalities from over development arising from court-mandated housing requirements was denied. “I’m very disappointed that the speaker again blocked my efforts to relieve municipalities of this incredible burden.  The only roadblock helping…

LETTER – Cust Redevelopment Project Determined to be an Encroachment on Flemington’s Historic District

The New Jersey Historic Preservation Office (HPO) has determined that a massive redevelopment project proposed by Jack Cust Jr.’s Flemington Center Urban Renewal LLC constitutes an encroachment upon Flemington’s nationally recognized historic district. Under state law, the Historic Preservation Office’s Historic Sites Council (HSC) must review any public undertaking that…

LETTER – Leonard Lance Loves Financial Institutions

With daily disruptions and eruptions from the White House and the spectacle of Republican Senators vying for the Ebenezer Scrooge award for heartless cruelty to the old, poor, and disabled, it’s easy to lose track of other important things going on in the swamp. One we should all be concerned…

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Governor sign’s O’Scanlon legislation modernizing NJ EMS

Gov. Chris Christie today signed into law legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon that brings the EMS community into the 21st century. The bill (A4925) uses technology and comprehensive data collected by first responders to deliver the best emergency medical care possible. “For too long, the emergency medical services system…

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Auth/McGuckin/Schepisi/Peterson measure locking away predators for life signed into law

Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill expanding Joan’s law, which denies parole to anyone who murders someone under 18 years old while committing a sex crime.  The original law, enacted in 1997, eliminated parole for the murder of minors under 14 years old. “Teenagers are often targeted by predators,” said…

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Governor signs Dancer bill helping NJ horse tracks

Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer allowing New Jersey thoroughbred tracks to better compete with out-of-state venues. Under the new law, the number of annual thoroughbred live racing dates together at Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands Racetrack shall be no fewer than 50 days, provided that…

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Governor signs Muñoz and Bucco bill strengthening penalties for drunk drivers who kill someone

Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz and Assemblyman Anthony Bucco increasing penalties for deaths caused by drunk drivers. Ralph & David’s Law, named for two drunk driving victims, establishes a 3rd degree crime called strict liability vehicular homicide. “The punishment will fit the crime with…

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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…