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Togetherness Prominent at Homeland Security Interfaith Council Meeting

The NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness has an interfaith advisory council that meets every three months. Represented were a variety of faith leaders who agree that working together is the key to building relationships and preventing violence.

In Newark, Federal Supervision of Police Department Set to Begin

The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman's office revealed problem areas identified in a report for the Newark Police Department and plans to fix them.

Bill Proposes $50 Fine, Possible Jail Time for Distracted Walking

Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt introduced a bill last week that would make texting or talking on a hand-held cell phone while crossing the street a punishable offense like jaywalking. The fine would be $50 and habitual offenders could go to jail.

Asst. Ocean County Prosecutor Talks Heroin Epidemic

Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Rory Wells says heroin overdose deaths have increased over the years in New Jersey and would be extremely high without antidote drugs currently in use.

Bill Would Allow for Selling of Homemade Baked Goods

New Jersey is one of two states where it's illegal to sell home-baked goods outside of bake sales and charity events. Sen. Kip Bateman wants to change that with legislation he first introduced in 2009.

Conference Celebrates Successes, Challenges of Re-entry Efforts

Panel discussions during the Jersey City prisoner re-entry conference included elected officials and judges who have started drug courts and aggressive re-entry programs.

Wyckoff Chief Steps Aside While Attorney General Investigates Racially-Charged Email

Wyckoff Police Chief Ben Fox is being investigated after he sent an email seeming to justify racial profiling.

Christie Gives Briefing on NJ Security After Brussels Terror Attack

Gov. Christie outlined the increased security measures taken in and around New Jersey after the terror attacks in Brussels were carried out.

Objection to Proposed Gun Permit Rules for Officials

Sen. Gerry Cardinale has proposed legislation to make it easier for legislators and judges to obtain permits to carry firearms. Both pro-gun and anti-gun groups have spoken out against the proposed legislation.

Education Fairness, AC Takeover, Legalizing Marijuana All Topics at State Budget Hearing

The Assembly Appropriations Committee heard from residents about the proposed $34.8 billion New Jersey budget.