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21 NJ county bar groups urge Rabner reappointment

5-8-14
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Supreme Court chief justice is getting a vote of confidence from attorneys across the state. County bar associations from all 21 counties have signed petitions urging Gov. Chris Christie to reappoint Chief ...

New Jersey lawmakers hot over civil service rules

5-8-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Some New Jersey lawmakers say that new Civil Service Commission rules are unfair to workers and possibly illegal. The commissioner approved new rules on Wednesday to incorporate "banding," which allows managers to promote state ...

NJ prevents $7.4M in fraudulent tax refunds

5-8-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State auditors in New Jersey have prevented $7.4 million in fraudulent tax refunds this year, including some filed on behalf of taxpayers who died. The state Taxation Division says it halted payments of $4.6 million based on ...

Belmar bans smoking on beach, boardwalk

5-8-14
BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — Belmar is the latest Jersey shore town to ban smoking on its beaches and boardwalk. The year-round ban will take effect on Memorial Day weekend. The town had previously allowed smoking in designated areas. Mayor Matt Doherty ...

Poll: US split on legal pot, against online bets

5-8-14
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new poll finds that Americans are split over whether marijuana should be legalized for recreational use. But the poll finds them solidly opposed to online gambling. A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll ...

New Jersey looks to cut costs amid big shortfall

5-8-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's state treasurer says the state is looking for ways to cut its budget between now and the end of June to fill an $800 million budget gap. Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff appeared Thursday before the Senate's budget ...
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Assembly Budget Committee Questions State Treasurer About Shortfall

5-7-14
Democrats on the Assembly Budget Committee pressed State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff about how he plans to close an $800 million budget shortfall.
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Taxpayers Paying for Internal GWB Review

5-7-14
The legal bills for the internal GWB lane closure review are being paid for by taxpayer money and whatever the Christie administration can raise through campaign funds.
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Six Days Before Newarkers Go to the Polls, the Campaign Tightens

5-7-14
Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries are campaigning with less than a week to go before election day.

Port Authority sued by former no. 2-ranked cop

5-7-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey sheriff who was hired by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey claims in a lawsuit the agency mistreated him and forced him to resign. Jerry Speziale filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Newark. The former ...