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NJ cigarette sales jump; lawmakers unhappy

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:22:32 GMT

State budget analysts have speculated that an increase in cigarette tax collections is related to a new higher Pennsylvania tax on cigarettes, but spending by new smokers hasn't been ruled out NJ cigarette sales jump; lawmakers unhappy State budget analysts have speculated that an increase in cigarette tax collections is related to a new higher Pennsylvania tax on cigarettes, but spending by new smokers hasn't been ruled out Check out this story on TRENTON - For the first time in five years, cigarette tax collections in New Jersey are increasing - prompting renewed concern from lawmakers about the state's investment in smoker cessation programs.

Racetrack owner who wants casino says plan can wait 6 years

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:48:02 GMT

Jeff Gural, operator of the Meadowlands Racetrack, speaks at a gambling conference in Atlantic City N.J. on Thursday May 25, 2017, at which he said that a proposal to build a casino at his track just outside New York City can wait for six years. A referendum that would have allowed it was defeated last November by an 80-20 margin.

Racetrack owner who wants casino says plan can wait 6 years

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:48:01 GMT

The owner of a New Jersey racetrack who wants to build a casino there says the proposal can wait for six years. Meadowlands operator Jeff Gural said Thursday that a proposal to have Hard Rock International build a casino at the track in East Rutherford, near New York City, can wait until New York state opens three more casinos, which he said should happen in about six years.

New Jersey's Newark Airport reopens after plane engine fire

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:27:31 GMT

Passengers on a United flight evacuated via emergency slide at Newark Airport Tuesday night after the control tower spotted a fire in one of the plane's engines. Footage surfaced Monday of a belligerent airplane passenger wearing a " Make America Great Again " hat being kicked off a United Airlines flight from Shanghai.

Hot Dog Food Crawl in North Jersey, the epicenter of the hot doga

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:54:06 GMT

Hot dog food crawl in the epicenter of the hot dog universe, North Jersey This is THE place for hot dogs. Check out this story on New Jersey may be famous for its tomatoes, blueberries, corn and Taylor Ham, but many Americans, New Jerseyans among them, may not know that it is also the hot dog capital of the world.

"Deer whisperer" patrolman rescues baby fawn from sewer

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:23:30 GMT

A New Jersey patrolman who proudly refers to himself as a "deer whisperer" is celebrating his latest rescue, helping a baby deer out of a storm drain. Woodbridge Patrolman Timothy Majek says he was at work Wednesday when he heard about the baby deer stuck in a sewer drain near an apartment complex.

N.J. beaches are clean, open and ready for summer tourists, officials declare

Thu, 25 May 2017 04:00:53 GMT

LONG BRANCH -- New Jersey's beaches are in their best shape in decades heading into the summer, courtesy of a relatively quiet winter and the continuation of massive beach widening projects, officials said Wednesday in their annual pre-Memorial Day report on the Shore. Hit by only two significant storms since the fall, the New Jersey coastline withstood serious damage because the weather events were not protracted and many of the beaches were already widened through beach replenishment, said Jon Miller, research associate researcher at Stevens Institute of Technology.

NJ Civic Youth Ballet Announce Peter and the Wolf and New Original Ballet the Magic Toy Shoppe

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:26:14 GMT

The New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet will present two wonderful ballets for children of all ages at the Sitnik Theater, on June 4th at 4:00. As the theatre darkens the beloved tale of Peter and Wolf come to life onstage, with a surprise ending this ballet will delight children ages 4 - 104.

N.J. AG toughens bail rules for gun crimes, sex offenders

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:46:39 GMT

TRENTON -- As New Jersey's new bail system takes heat from police, New Jersey's attorney general on Wednesday issued tougher guidelines for when prosecutors should seek to have defendants locked up without bail. The new rules , which amended a directive published by Attorney General Christopher Porrino last year, instruct prosecutors to ask judges to lock up anybody who is accused of serious gun crimes, has a history as a sex offender or is on parole or pre-trial release for another crime.

How New Jersey prosecutors handle kids' accidental shootings

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:32:42 GMT

Law enforcement authorities in New Jersey have had to consider whether to charge adults whose young children accidentally shot themselves or other children several times in the last few years. It's a question faced roughly once a week around the U.S., according to an investigation by USA TODAY Network and The Associated Press .

How to get your kid a seat in one of N.J.'s hardest-to-get-into high schools

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:04:50 GMT

This story is part of "N.J.'s hardest-to-get-into high schools," an NJ Advance Media special report on the rise of specialized public high schools for top students around the state. Long before they start dreaming about applying to college, many New Jersey middle school students are striving to get into some of the state's best high schools.

N.J. residents face higher costs, loss of tax break under Trump budget

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:26:38 GMT

WASHINGTON -- At the same time he proposes to take away a key tax break for New Jersey residents, President Donald Trump wants them to pay more. Trump's proposed budget for the federal fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 would cut Medicaid funding , require states to pick up part of the cost of providing food stamps, and eliminate help for poor New Jerseyans with high winter heating bills.

Prieto Not Fretting About NJ Speaker's Race, But Won't Count Votes

Wed, 24 May 2017 04:53:52 GMT

Facing a challenge to his leadership spot, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto surrounded himself with liberal groups on Tuesday and rolled out legislation to beef up New Jersey's paid family leave law. Democrats are favored to retain control of both houses of the Legislature in November's elections, when all Assembly and Senate seats will be on the ballot, but things are not so certain for Prieto and the speaker's gavel he has held since 2014.

NJ Democrats and Republicans blast Trump plan for flood insurance hikes

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:05:38 GMT

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speaks during a press briefing about President Donald Trump's 2018 budget proposal. Jonathan Tamari is the Washington correspondent.

The piping plover, quirky place names, and other New Jersey tidbits | Albright

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:05:17 GMT

The piping plover, a federally endangered species of bird, usually nests along the Jersey Shore, over a hundred pairs settle along the shore. The small black and white creatures are noted for giving broken-wing distractions when their nests are approached by people ore predators.

New Jersey American Water announces 2017 Environmental Grant Recipients

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:46:46 GMT

VOORHEES, NJ, MAY 23, 2017 -- New Jersey American Water today announced the recipients of its 2017 Environmental Grant Program. The company has awarded $29,000 to the following four noteworthy organizations within its service areas that are engaged in sustainability projects to improve water source protection or watershed protection: Bridgewater Township Environmental Commission has been awarded $6,500 to install a demonstrative native plant garden with bee-friendly habitat and bee-friendly water bath at the Bridgewater Library.

Take a look at the top 20 N.J. baby names of 2016

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:04:34 GMT

There were more than 500 newborns each named Liam and Olivia last year, making them the most popular baby names in 2016, according to the state Department of Health. This is the second consecutive year that Liam - a gaelic version of William - tops Jersey's list.