Politics & Government

NJ Senate panel advances bail reform bill

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's bail system could see some changes. A measure advanced by the Senate Budget Committee would create pretrial bail alternatives for poor defendants charged with committing nonviolent crimes. Recent studies show that ...

NJ lawmakers seek to raise smoking age to 21

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Two New Jersey lawmakers want to raise the minimum smoking age to 21. A bill sponsored by Sens. Dick Codey and Joe Vitale would raise the minimum age for buying tobacco products and e-cigarette devices as well as regular ...

NJ grocer sentenced for role in food stamps scheme

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who managed a grocery store is going to prison for 37 months for stealing more than $2.5 million through a food stamps scheme. Thirty-five-year-old Alexander Vargas of Camden pleaded guilty to purchasing ...

Jaffe Morning Briefing: June 5, 2014

Jaffe Communications gives its take on the news in New Jersey.

Proposed tax breaks could help Camden projects

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey legislative committee has advanced a bill to offer tax breaks to some projects in the pipeline in the state's poorest city. Under proposed revisions to last year's Economic Opportunity Act, the state would offer ...

New Jersey panel advances end-of-life bill

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey Assembly committee has advanced a proposal allowing terminally ill residents to end their lives on their own terms. The bill would allow patients diagnosed as terminally ill and given less than six months to live ...

Bill to allow Tesla to sell in New Jersey advances

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Electric-car company Tesla Motors might be able to stay plugged in in New Jersey. An Assembly committee on Thursday unanimously advanced a bill that would allow electric car manufacturers to sell vehicles directly to residents. ...

Bill would make salt water taffy NJ’s state candy

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Salt water taffy is one step closer to becoming New Jersey's official state candy. An Assembly committee on Thursday approved a bill that would honor the sugar-laden confection with the designation. A group of ...

Candidates Elected in Congressional District Primaries

Candidates are elected during Tuesday's Primaries in the third Congressional District and 12th Congressional district and are set for the November election.

Despite Return of Some Control, Newark, Paterson School Officials Want More

The New Jersey State Board of Education held a meeting where Newark and Paterson were given partial control of their school districts.