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.
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson boasts the busiest emergency room in the state and says it recently became the first emergency room in the nation to adopt an alternative to opioids program.
The township of North Bergen has sued Palisades Medical Center and its Harborage nursing home in tax court. Sen. Nick Sacco has introduced a bill to keep the tax exempt status for nonprofit hospitals and their nursing homes but allow municipalities to charge $2.50 per day for each licensed bed.
The Lakewood school district is $12 million in debt. The proposed budget, which the school board condemned and the superintendent refused to certify, would cut 68 teachers, which could lead to class sizes of 40.
Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian blames Gov. Christie for the city's shutdown, set to begin April 8. But the governor blames Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto for not bringing the takeover bill up for a vote.
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