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Rep. Gottheimer Pushes Measure to Rid School Water of Lead

4-10-17
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

4-10-17
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

4-10-17
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

4-7-17
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

4-7-17
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

4-6-17
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

4-6-17
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

4-5-17
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

4-5-17
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

4-5-17
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.