Benson Bill Would Force Employers to Pay Commuting Costs for their Employees
ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA PLACES PRIEST ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE

NJ NEWS COMMONS: ALLEGED RACIST ASSEMBLYMAN WILL RUN FOR COUNTY SURROGATE

 

Over the years, New Jersey Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll, a Republican, has stirred up controversy with comments on urban poverty, public education, and other issues. In 2008, his remarks to the Associated Press on slavery attracted headlines but didn't hurt his legislative career; he was briefly nominated to be a judge. Now, he is leaving his post to run for Morris County Surrogate. The state's Primary Election is June 4. (WNYC)

AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION GIVES NJ A MIXED GRADE

The American Lung Association's annual "State of Tobacco Control Report" assesses states on several measures — and in 2019, our state failed. Partly. New Jersey (.pdf, page 98) earned an 'F' rating for its level of funding, and a 'D' for 'Tobacco Taxes.' But it did ace the 'Smokefree Air' category. The report includes several recommendations. (Parsippany Patch)

HADDONFIELD MAYOR NEAL ROCHFORD ON THE YEAR AHEAD

NJ Pen spoke with Haddonfield Mayor Neal Rochford about several issues important to the community, including redevelopment and affordable housing. As Madeline Ference reports for MercerMe, Hopewell Township is also navigating a Fair Share Housing agreement. (NJ Pen / MercerMe)

TRENTON MAYOR SIGNS VACANT PROPERTIES ORDINANCE

Registration fees for vacant properties in Trenton are rising to catch up with cities like Newark and Camden, thanks to a new law designed to "deter property owners from sitting on vacant homes and refusing to rent or sell them,” Mayor Reed Gusciora said in a statement. “[I]t's a blight on the surrounding neighborhood and slows down economic development." (The Trentonian)

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