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Rep. Gottheimer Pushes Measure to Rid School Water of Lead

Congressman Josh Gottheimer is proposing the Lead-Free Schools Act, which he says will increase resources for testing, report results and create a pilot program.

Menendez Worries Russia Could Take Over Citgo

Sen. Bob Menendez believes Russia is waging geopolitical war, using corporations like Citgo as weapons. Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft loaned $1.5 billion to Venezuela’s state-owned oil company. Venezuela owns Citgo.

Christie Marks Re-Opening of Mid-State Correctional Facility as Treatment Center

Mid-State Correctional Facility will specifically treat inmates with substance use disorders. Gov. Christie hopes it becomes a national model.

Bills Would Strengthen Building Codes to Prevent Fires

Lawmakers will consider legislation to strengthen building codes to try to prevent large-scale fires like the one that destroyed an Edgewater apartment complex in 2015.

Rep. MacArthur Explains Legislation to Curb Addiction

Congressman Tom MacArthur is co-sponsor of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which aims to help those struggling with drug addiction.

Christie Calls for NJ Transit to Withhold Amtrak Rental Fee

After two derailments in two weeks, Gov. Christie fired off an angry letter telling Amtrak NJ Transit would withhold its monthly $2.5 million rental fee for using New York’s Penn Station.

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Questions Left Off Next Census

LGBT community members are upset questions relating to sexual orientation and gender identity are being left off the 2020 census.

Independent Review: NJ Revenues Trail Expectations

The Office of Legislative Services provided an independent revenue forecast for the Assembly Budget Committee that found revenues are trailing expectations.

Maplewood Bans Commercial Use of Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

Members of the Maplewood Township Committee voted unanimously to ban the commercial use of gas-powered leaf blowers from May 15 to Sept. 30.

In Newark, Officials Say Police Reforms Will Move Forward Despite Sessions Order for Review

Newark is one of 14 police departments across the country currently under consent decrees. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called for an immediate review of that process.