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New Jersey Relaxes Rules for Police Stun Gun Use

3-8-16
Acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced that police officers are now permitted to use stun guns in more situations. He says the action is meant to save lives. Attorney

Mother, Daughter Share Experiences on Camden Police Force

3-8-16
Linda Alicea and her daughter Cynthia Melendez are both members of the Camden County police force. Alicea is a lieutenant and Melendez in an officer for the department.

PSE&G Holds Training Exercise with First Responders

3-7-16
PSE&G held a drill in Nutley for first responders and the utility to practice what to do in the case of a natural gas leak.

Bill Would Prohibit Using Ticket Numbers to Evaluate, Discipline Police

3-4-16
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would restrict police departments from using ticket standards to evaluate or discipline officers, which the state PBA says is happening in some places.

Bill to Take Over Edison Police Internal Affairs Moves Forward

3-3-16
The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee voted to move a bill forward that would let the state AG's office take over the Edison Police Internal Affairs unit because of its alleged dysfunction.

GWB Lane Closure Legal Bills Climb; Both Sides Point Fingers

3-2-16
Assemblyman John Wisniewski says Gibson Dunn, which the Christie administration hired after the GWB lane closure scandal, over-billed the state by about half a million dollars.

Investigation Into Passaic HS Bomb Threats Continues

3-2-16
There were five bomb threats at Passaic High School in February, prompting bathroom monitoring and an ongoing investigation.

Student Upset with Rutgers’ Response to Her Report of Swastika

3-2-16
Rutgers senior Sara Rosen says her roommates taped a symbol that looked like a swastika to her dorm room ceiling and the university brushed off her concerns.

Suit Claims State Police Allowed Disqualified Recruits to Join Ranks in Diversity Push

3-1-16
A lawsuit from a trooper who helped screen candidates for the State Police claims that the state pressured her to overlook previously disqualified candidates in order to artificially inflate the number of minority candidates in the class.

Christie Nominates David Bauman to NJ Supreme Court

2-29-16
Gov. Christie has nominated Judge David Bauman to fill a long-vacant position as Associate Justice of the State Supreme Court.