Christie's veto of 'Leah's Law' shows disregard for state workers' lives

During his campaign to run for higher office, Gov. Chris Christie often liked to say how every life is precious.

It was galling to hear such chutzpah, especially since earlier this year Christie vetoed "Leah's Law" — a measure that would force the state to protect workers at the Division of Children and Families (DCF) by re-instating Human Services Police in the field and implementing safety measures. Christie's callous veto  puts thousands of DCF workers at risk of injury or even death.

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NJBIZ reveals Power 50 Health Care

How important is health care to the economy of New Jersey?

Consider these stats from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development:

  • It is roughly 7 percent of our Gross Domestic Product, contributing nearly $35 billion in 2012, which was the last year statistics were available.
  • It has contributed approximately 200,000 jobs since 1990, more than double the total of all private sector employment.
  • It paid employees in the sector more than $23 billion in 2013, or more than 12 percent of all wages paid.

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Citing pension woes, S&P just cut N.J's credit outlook to negative

TRENTON — Standard and Poor's Ratings Services lowered its outlook for New Jersey from stable to negative Tuesday over concerns with the state's declining pension funding levels and growing retirement liabilities.

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Getting More Value for Your Health Care Dollar

Whether as a child, a teenager, or an adult, we have all sustained an injury or illness. It’s just a part of life. Sometimes these things are minor in nature; other times they are much more serious...

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Coughlin, Lampitt, Singleton, Benson, Vainieri Huttle & Mosquera Bill to Add Cyber-Harassment to Domestic Violence Statutes Continues to Advance

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Pamela Lampitt, Troy Singleton, Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, and Gabriela Mosquera to bolster protections against cyber-harassment for domestic violence victims in New Jersey continues moving through the legislature with approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

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Singleton, Holley & Downey Bill to Help Homeless & Disabled Veterans Procure Affordable Housing Approved by Assembly

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Jamel Holley and Joann Downey to establish an affordable housing occupancy preference for homeless and disabled veterans in New Jersey was approved Monday by the General Assembly.

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School funding concerns dominate South Jersey budget hearing

Gov. Chris Christie's proposed state budget for the upcoming 2017 fiscal year may call for every public school district to get a small boost in aid, but for many districts the increase is still far short of the millions more they should be receiving under the state's eight-year-old school funding formula law.

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N.J. receives federal disaster declaration for January winter storm

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a disaster declaration for 17 New Jersey counties, making them eligible for federal aid to reimburse counties and towns for the cleanup of January's winter storm.

Gov. Chris Christie had requested federal help following the Jan. 22-24 storm, which brought up to 30 inches of snow, plus high winds and flooding, and left around 270,000 homes without power. High tides caused coastal flooding in the southern part of the state, contributing to beach erosion and damaging dunes.

The state said the damage cost was around $82.6 million.

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Singleton & Mazzeo Introduce Bill Requiring Officials to Reimburse State for Expenses Not Related to Official Business

Legislation would Require Governor, Legislature and Other State Officers to Report Expenses Related to Travel & Security to State Ethics Committees


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Singleton bill could require Christie to reimburse taxpayers for security at political events

One of Burlington County's state lawmakers has penned legislation that could compel Gov. Chris Christie to reimburse the state for some of the costs of his travel and New Jersey State Police security.

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