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NJ Schools Awarded Prizes for their Approach to Address Climate Change

Area high school and middle school students receive awards for their approach to address the impacts of climate change TRENTON, N.J. (June 12, 2024) – Atlantic City Electric, the Drumthwacket Foundation and Sustainable Jersey honored 12 student teams for their New Jersey Student Climate Challenge action projects that address the causes and impacts of climate change at the local level. Student teams, from high schools and middle schools across New Jersey, were tasked with developing and executing a school or community-based climate action project and creating a digital story video to share what they accomplished. Submissions from schools within the... Read more →

With the Help of Hackensack Meridian Health, NJ Electrician Beats Testicular and Esophageal Cancer

As a 20-year-old man in the mid-1980s, electrician John Keane survived Stage IV testicular cancer at Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH), receiving the most aggressive chemotherapy treatments yet administered by the health system at that time. Because of the biological stress from Keane’s treatment, and in conjunction with his wife’s personal fertility circumstances, the couple was told they’d never have children. “We then had four children over the next five years,” remembered Keane, triumphantly. Fast-forward 32 years. During a normal workday, Keane experienced dizziness and a complete lack of energy. “I felt like if I were to fall down, I wouldn’t... Read more →

CNB ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Bally Play in Partnership with Ruby Seven Studios

PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- June 4, 2024 – Bally’s Corporation (NYSE: BALY), a global casino-entertainment company with a growing omni-channel presence, has partnered with leading social casino gaming company Ruby Seven Studios to launch Bally Play, a new free-to-play online social casino in North America. Bally Play offers an innovative and engaging free-to-play online casino experience for Bally’s patrons. It features a wide variety of exciting games, including slots, table games, Keno, Bingo and Video Poker from providers such as IGT, Aruze, High 5 Games, Everi, Konami, BluBeri, Gaming Arts and many others. Bally Play offers players the opportunity for endless hours... Read more →

Journalists Disappointed in Murphy Signing Bill that Changes OPRA Law

NJ-SPJ President P. Kenneth Burns issues the following statement regarding Gov. Murphy taking action on OPRA legislation: We are disappointed that Gov. Phil Murphy has signed Bill S2930, which drastically changes the Open Public Records Act. We REFUSE to call this the reform that Sen. Paul Sarlo wants to sell this as. REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER While we agree with the governor that laws must keep up with the times, this bill does the opposite. It will make it much harder to obtain public records. There will be no incentive for any agency or government to follow the law. Anyone who... Read more →

The Role of Technology in Shaping the Online Casino Experience

The integration of technology into various aspects of our lives has revolutionized numerous industries, and the online casino sector is no exception. The rapid advancements in digital technology have created a dynamic and immersive environment for players, enhancing both accessibility and the overall gaming experience. This article explores the various ways in which technology has influenced online casinos, highlighting the innovations that have reshaped this form of entertainment. One can explore such innovative features on platforms like, which exemplify the technological advancements in the online casino industry. High-Quality Graphics and Sound One of the most noticeable impacts of technology... Read more →

Battleship New Jersey Returns to Camden City on June 20, 2024

CAMDEN CITY, NJ (JUNE 2, 2024After nearly 12 weeks in dry dock at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Battleship New Jersey will return to her home port on the Camden Waterfront on Thursday, June 20. The Battleship will depart from the Philadelphia Naval Yard on June 14 and will dock in Paulsboro for six days for ballast work . On June 20, she will make the trip to her home berth along the Camden Waterfront. The public is invited to celebrate this historic milestone and welcome home the nation’s longest, fastest and most decorated battleship. Crew members man the rails aboard... Read more →

Local Residents Among University of Scranton Graduate Class

SCRANTON, PA (05/20/2024)-- Local residents were among the more than 465 graduates who earned master's and doctoral degrees at its graduate commencement ceremony on May 19 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre. Degrees were conferred to graduates who had completed their academic degree requirements in August and December of 2023, as well as January and May of 2024. At the ceremony, the University conferred doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in accounting degrees, doctor of nursing practice degrees and doctor of physical therapy degrees, in addition to master's degrees in various disciplines. Graduates represented 26 states, including Arizona, California,... Read more →

Two Prominent Democrat Mayors Say Murphy Should Veto Public Records Bill

Gov. Murphy should veto public records bill, say mayors of N.J.’s two biggest cities by Sophie Nieto-Munoz, New Jersey Monitor May 22, 2024 The mayors of the state’s two largest cities are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to veto a controversial bill sitting on his desk that would revamp the state’s public records law. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, who are both running for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2025, criticized the bill as a step backward for government transparency and accountability. The measure would make numerous changes to the Open Public Records Act... Read more →

NJ Comptroller: State Police Knew Minority Motorists Received Adverse Treatment But Did Nothing

CNBNews contacted Kevin D. Walsh, the Acting State Comptroller in September 2023. We asked Mr. Walsh if some actions taken in 2023 and 2024 by the mayor, council, and the upper echelon of the police department were legal. The following month, the CNBNews Editor, William E. Cleary Sr., was cited for theft and trespassing at Cold Springs Elementary School. The two charges were never proven. Was it just a coincidence? Most likely. But we will never know. Related: JUSTICE FOR ALL, NOT JUST FOR SOME Posted by the New Jersey Comptroller on - 05/21/2024 TRENTON—Key policies and processes that were... Read more →

New Jersey Governor Murphy Allows Cities and Towns to Raise Property Taxes, Exceed CAP

(The Center Square) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a package of bills that will allow cities and towns to consider overrides of a local property tax cap to offset proposed funding cuts to some school districts. A key provision of the Democratic-led proposal would allow school districts to exceed the state’s 2% cap on property tax levy hikes by leveraging portions unused in previous budget cycles. It would also create a Stabilized School Budget Aid Grant Program under the state Department of Education to provide grants equal to 45% of a school district’s state school aid reduction... Read more →


WITH FREE TOLL FRIDAY ON THE AC EXPRESSWAY AND HONOR VETERANS THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND * Chickie's and Pete's to Pay Memorial Day Friday Tolls for Cars Heading to Shore following the Summer Kick-Off Celebration at the Frank S. Farley Plaza with FREE Crabfries for all!* Philadelphia, PA – Chickie’s & Pete’s, home of world famous Crabfries®, teams up once again with the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) and the Atlantic City Expressway to kick-off the summer by paying travelers tolls Memorial Day Weekend. Chickie's and Pete's will be paying tolls (cash and EZ Pass) for all drivers at the... Read more →

Jordan Ford, a Barnegat High School Senior, Wins Shout Down Drugs Competition

BARNEGAT, NJ—Jordan Ford, a senior at Barnegat High School, clinched first place in the 20th Annual Your Song! Your Voice! Shout Down Drugs competition, sponsored by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey. Ford's winning entry, "Fading," captures the struggles of drug misuse through a deeply personal narrative, earning him a $5,000 music contract. "I had no clue what to do for days. I was on the verge of giving up," Jordan said. His perseverance paid off when he tapped into the profound emotional toll of drug misuse, linking it to his personal experiences with loss. "I channeled the emotions... Read more →

Arguments under way in Menendez Trial

Did he take bribes, or was he duped by his wife? by Dana DiFilippo, New Jersey Monitor May 15, 2024 After a slow start, Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial hit warp speed Wednesday, with the defense team using opening arguments to blame everything on his wife and ending the day by demanding a mistrial. With 12 jurors and six alternates seated after two and a half days of questioning, the case kicked off after lunchtime with prosecutor Lara Pomerantz methodically outlining the 18-count indictment against Menendez — a Democrat and New Jersey’s senior senator — and two of his co-defendants,... Read more →

Budget Chair Hints An Increase In NJ Sales Tax on the Horizon

by Nikita Biryukov, New Jersey Monitor May 14, 2024 New revenue projections unveiled at the Statehouse Tuesday contain little indication of an April surprise that would alter lawmakers’ options as they negotiate the next year of New Jersey’s spending, though looming funding needs have one legislator raising the possibility of a broad-based tax hike. The Treasury predicted the state would draw $54.3 billion in revenue in the fiscal year that begins July 1, a $140.2 million increase from earlier projections, while the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services forecasted $54.04 billion in revenue, a $106.5 million reduction from its earlier estimate.... Read more →

DRBC Launches Food Drive Ahead of Meeting in Narrowsburg, N.Y.

WEST TRENTON, N.J. (May 13) – Reflecting the Delaware River Basin Commission’s (DRBC) commitment to communities throughout our shared waters, the agency is kicking off a distributed food drive benefiting food pantries in several upper Delaware River Basin communities. Donations are being collected through June 4 and will be presented to the Narrowsburg Ecumenical Food Pantry, the Wayne County Food Pantry Program, and the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless at the DRBC’s second-quarter business meeting in Narrowsburg, N.Y., on June 5. Collection points also reflect the partnership at DRBC, with an array of nonprofits, local businesses, and government offices... Read more →

DOWN THE SHORE: Madison Resorts Wildwood Crest Grand Opening..

... THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2024 Image provided by Madison Resorts Wildwood Crest, NJ - Madison Resorts and Founder Dan Alicea are proud to announce the opening of Cape May County’s largest and newest beach resort. Madison Resort Wildwood Crest will officially open at 7201 Ocean Avenue on Thursday, May 16th, with a special ceremony and ribbon cutting at 1:30pm featuring local dignitaries. For Alicea and his team, this has been a project two years in the making. The new resort will bring together the historic doo-wop stylings of the Oceanview Motel and combine it with the iconic Royal Hawaiian property... Read more →


Rowan Battles But Falls Short in NJAC Women's Lacrosse Championship Game

EWING, NJ (MAY 4, 2024)– Senior goalie Mel Rodgers made 16 saves and Rowan battled but fell just short in its bid to upset #9 TCNJ in the 2024 NJAC Women's Lacrosse Championship game, with the Lions winning, 11-8. Elaina Corson and Molly Green led the Profs with three goals apiece. Rodgers faced 27 shots on goal and turned away six in the first quarter to help Rowan get off to a strong start. Her 16 saves marked the second highest total of her career. In a game that was worthy of championship status, it was nip and tuck with... Read more →

Route 45 single lane closures Friday and next week in Salem County

Alternating traffic to be maintained during construction (Trenton) – Route 45 is scheduled to have lane closures with alternating traffic beginning tomorrow and continuing into next week between Action Station Road/CR 653 in Mannington and Route 40/East Avenue/Baily Street/CR 616 in Pilesburg, Salem County. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, May 3, and continuing daily Monday, May 6 through Wednesday, May 8 at the same times, a single lane Route 45 will be closed in both directions from Action Station Road/CR 653 and Route 40/East Avenue/Baily Street/CR 616. The lane closures are necessary for pavement repairs. Construction is... Read more →

Rowan Moves to the Next Round of NJAC Baseball Championship

UNION, NJ – Tyler Cannon and Anthony Schooley had three hits each, and righthander Mike Shannon went eight innings to earn the win, as fifth-seeded Rowan (25-11) held on for an 8-6 win over second-seeded Kean in the opening round of the NJAC Baseball Championship. CNBNews graphic files The double-elimination tournament moves to Rutgers-Camden for the weekend with the #21 Profs set to take on third-seeded Ramapo, on Friday at 7 p.m. The Roadrunners defeated Rutgers-Camden, 8-7, today. Shannon (7-2) went 8.0 innings and struck out three, allowing three runs. It marked the third straight game in which the senior... Read more →

Partnership for a Drug-Free NJ Conference Tackles Opioid Misuse in Youth Sports

MILLBURN, NJ — The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ), along with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and the Opioid Education Foundation of America, hosted the "Keeping New Jersey Youth Athletes Safe" conference at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City on Friday. The event gathered coaches, athletic directors, teachers, school nurses, and others involved in youth sports to discuss the link between athletics and opioid misuse. "It's essential to educate those involved in youth sports about the potential for opioid misuse among student-athletes," said Angelo Valente, Executive Director of PDFNJ. "The purpose of... Read more →

N.J. Supreme Court: Improper instruction led to alleged gang leader’s racketeering conviction

by Nikita Biryukov, New Jersey Monitor March 27, 2024 The New Jersey Supreme Court reversed an alleged gang leader’s conviction on promoting organized street crime Wednesday, finding lower courts improperly told jurors that charges of conspiracy to sell drugs could support the other offense. The high court’s unanimous decision overturns a single conviction a jury meted out to Kalil Cooper, whom a jury convicted on a series of drug and other charges during a racketeering case targeting Elizabeth’s Grape Street Crips. The seven justices found Cooper’s conviction was improper because conspiracy to distribute controlled dangerous substances is not a predicate... Read more →

New Jersey's Burgeoning Marijuana Market Has Earned Over $1.3 Billion

Chicago, Ill., April 8, 2024 (CNBNews)– Chicago Atlantic has deployed a $20 million facility in senior secured financing to Nova Farms, a fully integrated cannabis operator managing a Massachusetts cultivation farm, seven retail brands, and five full-service dispensaries across Massachusetts, Maine, and New Jersey. CNBNews graphic files Chicago Atlantic’s capital investment will support Nova Farms’ efforts to expand its footprint of dispensaries in key states, including New Jersey, a burgeoning market that has earned more than $1.3 billion since the beginning of adult-use cannabis sales in April 2021, and Connecticut, which legalized adult-use cannabis in January 2023 and saw $274... Read more →

NJ Comptroller: Hudson County Broke Prison Health Service Contracts

by Nikita Biryukov, New Jersey Monitor March 2024 Hudson County repeatedly violated state procurement laws meant to guard against corruption when awarding contracts worth more than $50 million for health services at the Hudson County Correctional Center, the state comptroller said Thursday. Meanwhile, when told about the violation, the county’s top attorney told the comptroller’s office that opening up bidding for the contract to the public would have resulted in proposals from vendors the county didn’t want to participate in the bidding process, according to a letter unveiled Thursday by acting State Comptroller Kevin Walsh. Walsh said Hudson County repeatedly... Read more →

I-295 Northbound Overnight Lane Closures this Week

Pavement preservation project begins in Burlington County; Closures necessary for concrete slab repair (Trenton) - I-295 northbound is scheduled to have a series of overnight lane closures this week for concrete slab replacement as a pavement preservation project begins inMount Laurel, Westampton, and Burlington townships in Burlington County. Beginning at 8 p.m. tonight, Monday, April 1, until 5 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, April 2, and continuing each night through Thursday, April 4, at the same times, lane closures are scheduled on I-295 northbound between the Route 38 interchange in Mount Laurel and Elbow Lane in Burlington for concrete slab repairs. The... Read more →

CNB Fishing News: NJ's Trout Season April 6

SPRING TRADITION GETS UNDERWAY WITH OPENING DAY OF TROUT SEASON ON SATURDAY, APRIL 6 (24/P09) TRENTON – New Jersey waterways will be freshly stocked with more than 180,000 rainbow trout, as well as larger broodstock, for anglers eagerly awaiting the beginning of spring trout season on Saturday, April 6. Anglers of all ages are expected to head to their favorite fishing spots on opening day, which kicks off at 8 a.m. Trout season in New Jersey, bolstered by the efforts of staff at the state’s Pequest Trout Hatchery, provides an excellent opportunity to spend quality time outdoors and enjoy some... Read more →

Federal Judge Expected to Dismiss Lawsuit

Targeting N.J. policy allowing cops to use cannabis by Sophie Nieto-Munoz, New Jersey Monitor April 1, 2024 A federal judge could decide as early as Monday whether to dismiss a lawsuit Jersey City filed against the state over claims that state officials are forcing the city to violate federal law by allowing police officers to use cannabis off duty. The city has been fighting the state in federal court since the state Civil Service Commission ordered the city to reinstate two officers it had fired for using cannabis. Though the city lost in that venue, its attorneys note that the... Read more →

NJ Students Named to Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

BATON ROUGE, LA (03/28/2024)-- The following people recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Elizabeth Boyle of Wall Township (07719) at The University of Alabama. Michael Helvitson of Pennsville (08070) at Campbell University. Julianna Morris of Burlington (08016) at The College of New Jersey. Jenna Sprigman of Mickleton (08056) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. Tyler Semon of Cherry Hill (08003) at United States Military Academy. Maya Feinstein of Haddonfield (08033) at University of Delaware. Nigel Patterson of Oaklyn (08107) at University... Read more →

Justice Must Be for All, Not Just a Few

Recently, William E. Cleary Sr. CNBNews Editor and Publisher, and his son, William E. Cleary Jr., had to endure such a stressful situation due to false charges brought against them by the Gloucester City Police Department. Over several months they were summoned to court six times to answered charges of trespassing and theft that were never proven. Not knowning how many more times they would have to appear in court they pleaded guilty to a plea agreeement and each had to pay a $500 fine. It is even more disheartening to know that some of the people responsible for this... Read more →

CNBNEWS SPOTLIGHT ON Widener University Recognizes Local High School Students

for Outstanding Leadership and Civic Contributions CHESTER, PA (03/28/2024)-- Widener University, in partnership with WCAU-TV NBC10 and Telemundo62, is proud to recognize the 137 winners of the Widener University High School Leadership Awards for 2024. Over more than a decade, the university has recognized more than 1,300 students from high schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware who demonstrated leadership within their communities. The program recognized 137 students on Wednesday, March 20 from high schools throughout the region for their abilities to stand up for what they believe in, speak out on behalf of others and make an impact in... Read more →

NJ Senator Menendez Wont Run For Re-Election As A Democrat

(The Center Square) (March 27, 2024)— Embattled New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez says he won't be seeking reelection as a Democrat this year but is leaving open the possibility of running as an independent candidate. In a video posted on social media, Menendez, 70, said he won't resign from office and expects his "exoneration" from multiple federal indictments he is facing by the summer, allowing him to run in November’s general election. "Unfortunately, the present accusations I am facing — of which I am innocent and will prove so — will not allow me to have that type of dialogue... Read more →

Congratulations from CNBNews: Widener University announces president's list students

CHESTER, PA (03/13/2024)-- Widener University has announced the students named to its fall 2023 president's list. They included: Jenna Angelucci of Bordentown, NJ, 08505. Cameryn Brubaker of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, 08234. Rashem Bryant of Swedesboro, NJ, 08085. Michael Burckley of Somerdale, NJ, 08083. Christopher Cori of West Deptford, NJ, 08086. Katharyn Mackiewicz of Cinnaminson, NJ, 08077. Maria Muzzarelli of Vineland, NJ, 08360. Brooke Myers of Gloucester City, NJ, 08030. Victoria Nitti of Bordentown, NJ, 08505. Lauren Petsch of Margate City, NJ, 08402. Alexa Ruberte of Pennsauken, NJ, 08109. Lorelei Scully of Pine Hill, NJ, 08021. Tatum Stielow of Sicklerville,... Read more →

The Evelyn Hill Cycling Club for Women Will Begin Its 2024 Bicyle Rides on April 1; You're Invited

ROSENHAYN, N.J. (March 24, 2024)(CNBNews)– The Evelyn Hill Cycling Club for women will begin its 2024 bicycle rides at 6 p.m. Monday, April 1, at the Evelyn Hill Cycling warehouse, 685 Kenyon Ave, Rosenhayn, N.J. The club is open to women of all ages and abilities and new members are welcomed. Rides are held at 6 p.m. Monday and Thursday and 10 a.m. Saturdays, weather permitting. “Our EZ Monday rides are short and perfect for beginners, or women getting back into cycling,” said club founder Barbara Kornbluh. “We are a friendly group of women who ride together for fun and... Read more →

Spectators Gather Along Delaware River to See Celebrated USS Battleship New Jersey Pass By

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (March 22, 2024)(CNBNews)--Former Brooklawn residents Michael and Rosemary Costello came to Gloucester City Thursday to see the Battleship New Jersey BB62 head south on the Delaware River to the Paulsboro Marine Terminal. Michael is a Navy vet from the 1960s, so it was special for him to see the Battleship live! Photo /caption credit CNBNews photographer Joe Townsend CAMDEN CITY, NJ (March 22, 2024)(CNBNews)—On Thursday, March 21, a large crowd gathered at the home of the Battleship New Jersey to watch the historic ship depart for needed maintenance at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. New Jersey Gov. Phil... Read more →

Widener University announces president's list

CHESTER, PA (03/13/2024)-- Widener University has announced the students named to its fall 2023 president's list. They included: Jenna Angelucci of Bordentown, NJ, 08505. Cameryn Brubaker of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, 08234. Rashem Bryant of Swedesboro, NJ, 08085. Michael Burckley of Somerdale, NJ, 08083. Christopher Cori of West Deptford, NJ, 08086. Katharyn Mackiewicz of Cinnaminson, NJ, 08077. Maria Muzzarelli of Vineland, NJ, 08360. Brooke Myers of Gloucester City, NJ, 08030. Victoria Nitti of Bordentown, NJ, 08505. Lauren Petsch of Margate City, NJ, 08402. Alexa Ruberte of Pennsauken, NJ, 08109. Lorelei Scully of Pine Hill, NJ, 08021. Tatum Stielow of Sicklerville,... Read more →

Sarlo's Wild Claim About OPRA

Sen. Paul Sarlo, who seeks to take a hatchet to the state Open Public Records Act, claims creeps have used the law to try to obtain video of children on playgrounds. (Sarlo photo by Hal Brown for New Jersey Monitor) by Terrence T. McDonald, New Jersey Monitor March 13, 2024 I’m on the hunt for some OPRA perverts. Allow me to explain: Sen. Paul Sarlo made an alarming claim last Monday in Trenton, where lawmakers were set to advance a bill of his that would revamp — critics say gut — the Open Public Records Act. That’s the law that... Read more →

NJDEP Forest Fire Service Joins With DOD to Protect Areas Near Military Basis

TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Forest Fire Service and local officials today showcased a partnership with the Department of Defense that is helping to protect properties adjacent to military installations in the Pinelands from the increased risks of wildfire due to a changing climate. The officials toured a strategic forest fuel break in Manchester Township, Ocean County, one of three wildfire resilience projects in the Pinelands funded through the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Challenge Program. REPI facilitates long-term partnerships to improve resilience to climate change, preserve wildlife habitats and... Read more →

NJ-SPJ Directors Thankful OPRA Law Remains

The Board of Directors of the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists issues the following statement in response to today’s announcement that A4045 was pulled from consideration: We are glad that common sense and a commitment to government transparency prevailed in the Legislature on this day. We commend Speaker Coughlin for acknowledging how an open and transparent government is not only important for journalists, but a cross section of New Jerseyans who rely on OPRA requests in their individual or collective situations. The New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists is ready and willing to meet with Sen. Sarlo, Asm. Danielsen,... Read more →


Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel is wanted for allegedly killing his wife by striking her multiple times with an object while they were both working at a donut shop in Hanover, Maryland, on April 12, 2015. A local arrest warrant was issued in the District Court of Maryland for Anne Arundel County on April 13, 2015, and Patel was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and a dangerous weapon with intent to injure. A federal arrest warrant was issued in the United States District Court, District of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, on April 20, 2015, after Patel was charged... Read more →

New Jersey to Join State-to-State Verification Service for Licenses, IDs

During the System Upgrade, NJMVC Agencies to Close March 23 with Limited Online Services Available March 23–24 TRENTON — Starting Monday, March 25, New Jersey will join the State-to-State (S2S) Verification Service to further strengthen the security of driver licenses and IDs issued in the Garden State. By joining the program, New Jersey will finalize its compliance with the federal REAL ID Act. “Ensuring one driver has one license is the goal of the State-to-State service,” said Latrecia Littles-Floyd, Acting Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC). “With New Jersey signing on to the program, the Motor... Read more →


Join SPJ for Sunshine Week starting Sunday! Explore the Sunshine Week website for all things freedom of information related. See what the Freedom of Information Act is and why it matters and learn more about our right to know. Follow #SunshineWeek or @SunshineWeek for open government columns, op-eds, cartoons or graphics. SPJ will be posting special columns from the SPJ Freedom of Information Committee on Plus, use the toolkit with sample posts and graphics. This is a time to share why freedom of information is so important, whether you're a journalist or not. SPJ will also be hosting events... Read more →

Tammy Murphy’s Campaign Fueled by Big Money

MOORESTOWN N.J. – This morning, another headline shows that First Lady Tammy Murphy’s campaign continues to be powered by those seeking to use campaign funds to stay in favor with the NJ State Government, especially as the budget process kicks off. The story in today’s Star Ledger (below) shows hundreds of thousands of dollars have poured into Murphy’s campaign account by “contractors and lobbyists with business at the Statehouse.” This is in contrast to Kim’s campaign, which as of the last filing, consisted of 92% of donations received being $100 or less, with $0 coming from the support of corporate... Read more →

The Front Pack of RACE Remains Competive

629 miles in...Iditarod leaders are closing in on Kaltag ON THE IDITAROD TRAIL Brushkana musher Jessie Holmes shows his hand, still swollen days after punching a moose, while at the Ruby checkpoint on Friday. (Casey Grove / Alaska Public Media) The front pack of this year's race remains as competitive as ever, now that most mushers have reached the Yukon River. Jessie Holmes left the checkpoint of Nulato for Kaltag this morning less than two hours after Travis Beals, the current leader, and both of them have taken their mandatory 8-hour Yukon River rests. Don't sleep on the other mushers,... Read more →

Severe Weather Headed To Parts of NJ

Flood Watch CNBNews graphic files Severity: Severe Significant threat to life or property Weather Event Onset 1:00 PM (EST), March 9 Description * WHAT...Flooding caused by excessive rainfall is possible. * WHERE...Portions of New Jersey, including the following areas, Camden, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Northwestern Burlington, Ocean, Somerset, Southeastern Burlington and Western Monmouth and southeast Pennsylvania, including the following areas, Delaware, Eastern Montgomery, Lower Bucks and Philadelphia. * WHEN...From Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening. * IMPACTS...Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Creeks and streams are running high and may... Read more →

Sarlo's Bill Would Gut Transparency

Critics warn senator’s bill to amend state’s public records law would gut transparency by Dana DiFilippo, New Jersey Monitor March 7, 2024 New Jersey lawmakers are set to consider legislation Monday that critics warn would gut the state’s public records law, threatening transparency in a state notorious for corruption. The bill Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) introduced Monday is the latest legislative effort to add new hurdles to the Open Public Records Act, which was meant to expand public access to government records and is commonly referred to as OPRA. A series of bills that proposed similar restrictions failed to advance... Read more →

State Law to Stop Bad Teachers from Getting Hired is Flawed

by Sophie Nieto-Munoz, New Jersey Monitor March 6, 2024 A state law intended to stop teachers with histories of sexual misconduct or child abuse from finding jobs in other school districts has systemic flaws and is easily manipulated by both child predators and schools avoiding accountability, state investigators say in a new report. CNBNews graphic files In one instance, school officials investigated a teacher for watching girls bend over to pick up items he had dropped, but kept their findings secret from the school that later hired him. In another, multiple students complained about a teacher’s inappropriate sexual comments to... Read more →

Businessman Pleads Guilty to Bribing U.S. Senator Menendez (D. NJ); Will Cooperate with Prosecutors

by Dana DiFilippo, New Jersey Monitor March 1, 2024 One of the businessmen accused of bribing Sen. Bob Menendez entered a surprise guilty plea on Friday in federal court in Manhattan. Jose Uribe, an insurance broker, was indicted for giving Menendez’s wife, Nadine, cash in 2019 for a down payment on a Mercedes-Benz convertible and making payments until authorities served search warrants on Menendez’s home in June 2022. Uribe had pleaded not guilty in October, but Friday, he appeared with his attorneys in court before Judge Sidney H. Stein to change that plea, waive his right to a trial, and... Read more →


NEW JERSEY STATE PARKS SEEKING APPLICANTS (24/P6) TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has begun accepting applications for more than 800 peak-season part-time jobs throughout state parks, forests and historic sites, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today. Available seasonal part-time job opportunities include lifeguards, naturalists, history educators, general maintenance workers, visitor service assistants and office staff. Peak season generally runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, with select state parks extending positions from April to October based on operational needs. Applicants, such as students and teachers whose availability may be limited to weekends during specific periods of... Read more →

Senator from New Jersey Visits Health Clinic in Kenya

NAIROBI, KENYA – CFK Africa, an international nonprofit with offices in Kenya and the U.S., hosted U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey on Monday, Feb. 19, at its health clinic serving residents of Kibera, Africa’s largest informal settlement situated on the outskirts of Nairobi. Booker visited CFK Africa’s Tabitha Medical Clinic, a full-scale medical facility in the heart of Kibera, Kenya, that hosts one of the largest urban infectious disease surveillance platforms established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in an informal settlement. The research findings from this platform have informed policy in Kenya and globally,... Read more →

Winners of the Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards

The National Association of Women Business Owners South Jersey (NAWBO SJ) Chapter announced the 2024 award honorees and sponsors for its 20th Annual Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Ceremony. The awards dinner celebration will take place Wednesday, 03.06.2024 at the Mansion on Main Street, 3000 Main Street, Voorhees Township, NJ 08043, 530pm – 9:00 pm. NAWBO SJ Beyond the Glass Ceiling Honorees 2024 NAWBO SJ honors extraordinary individuals for their contributions to women and women business owners, as well as our community at large. The following community leaders have been chosen as award recipients: Women Business Owners of The Year... Read more →

Murphy Proposes Investments in NJ Transit and Open Spaces

Trenton, NJ - Governor Murphy is proposing to make significant investments in our open spaces, grid and to NJ Transit. On February 27th, Governor Murphy gave his fiscal year budget address for 2025 (FY 25) which is available online here. Anjuli Ramos-Busot, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, issued the following statement; “The FY 2025 state budget has some wins for our environment, including free state park entrance and dedication to the Garden State Greenway and adding much needed green space to urban North Jersey. Together, there will be $70 million allotted in this budget for the revitalization of... Read more →