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NEW JERSEY STRONG NEWS – ‘Secure The Shore’ During Summer Surge

Hamilton, NJ: NJOHSP reports - TRENTON, NJ — The Jersey Shore becomes larger-than-life over the summer. As one of the nation’s most popular destinations during the season, “The Shore” will soon host millions of residents and tourists ready to enjoy their favorite beaches, food, and family-friendly activities. The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) launched its second annual “Secure the Shore” Initiative earlier this month. A subsection of the year-round “See Something, Say Something” campaign, this seasonal initiative assists coastal communities in reducing risk and vulnerabilities due to an influx of visitors for various outdoor activities and events. “Secure the Shore” focuses on municipalities within Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May counties and encourages outreach with local,…
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Nation

Old Guard Flags In Memorial Day

Soldiers from the 3d Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) place flags at headstones as part of Flags-In at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, May 23, 2019. For more than 55 years, soldiers from the Old Guard have honored our nation’s fallen heroes by placing flags at gravesites for service members buried at both Arlington National Cemetery and the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery just prior to the Memorial Day weekend. Within four hours, over 1,000 soldiers place 245,000 flags in front of every headstone and Columbarium and niche wall column. ( Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery)
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New Jersey Man Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support to Hamas, Making False Statements

Also Charged with Making Threats against Pro-Israel Supporters. NEW JERSEY STRONG NEWS - Newark, NJ: DOJ NJ reports - A Somerset County, New Jersey, man was arrested today for attempting to provide material support to Hamas, lying on his application to enlist in the Army, and making threats against pro-Israel ; Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, Attorney Craig Carpenito for the District of New Jersey, FBI Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Michael McGarrity and Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie of the FBI’s Newark Field office made the announcement. Jonathan Xie, 20, of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, was arrested this morning and is charged by complaint with two counts of attempting to provide material support to…
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AG Grewal Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Twenty Generic Drug Companies, Alleging Conspiracy to Raise Prices on Over 100 Drugs

Defendants Include Eleven New Jersey Companies, Five New Jersey Residents. Office of the Attorney general reports - TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today that New Jersey and a coalition of 43 other States have filed a lawsuit accusing 20 generic drug companies of conspiring to artificially inflate the prices of over one hundred generic drugs, in violation of federal and state antitrust and consumer protection laws. Filed in District Court in Connecticut, the complaint also names 16 individual defendants – drug company executives responsible for sales, marketing, pricing and operations – and outlines their alleged involvement in “one of the most egregious and damaging price-fixing conspiracies in the history of the United States.” More than half of the…
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Awareness

FBI WANTED TERRORIST – Joanne Chesimard First Woman Named to Most Wanted Terrorists List

Joanne Chesimard First Woman Named to Most Wanted Terrorists List. Act of Terrorism - Domestic Terrorism; Unlawful Flight to Avoid Confinement - Murder Joanne Chesimard is wanted for escaping from prison in Clinton, New Jersey, while serving a life sentence for murder. On May 2, 1973, Chesimard, who was part of a revolutionary extremist organization known as the Black Liberation Army, and two accomplices were stopped for a motor vehicle violation on the New Jersey Turnpike by two troopers with the New Jersey State Police. At the time, Chesimard was wanted for her involvement in several felonies, including bank robbery. Chesimard and her accomplices opened fire on the troopers. One trooper was wounded and the other was shot and killed…
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ICE FIELDS – ICE arrests 13 in 4-day NJ surge effort

Agency targets fugitive aliens and those with criminal offenses ICE reports - NEWARK, — Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 13 immigration violators in New Jersey during a 4-day surge effort that targeted aliens who have been issued a final order of removal in the past five years, have failed to depart the United States, and have received criminal convictions or have pending criminal charges.“As this operation clearly demonstrates, ICE continues to focus its efforts first on public safety threats,” said ERO Newark Field Office Director John Tsoukaris. “The vast majority of the individuals targeted in this effort have criminal offenses in addition to their immigration violations, making them among the highest priority for enforcement.” On May 13, 2019, ICE…
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Hate has no home in the Garden State – Governor Murphy, NJOHSP Announce Expansion of the New Jersey Nonprofit Security Grant Pilot Program

NEW JERSEY STRONG NEWS - Office of the Gov reports -TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) today launched the New Jersey Nonprofit Security Grant Pilot Program (NJ NSGPP) open application period which will remain open through June 14, 2019. On January 9, Governor Murphy and NJOHSP announced that NJ NSGPP would be expanded for security measures available to eligible nonprofit organizations deemed vulnerable to attacks. Under Assembly Bill No. 3906, nonprofit organizations can apply for grant funding to hire security personnel and acquire target hardening equipment to enhance facilities’ preparedness in combating threats and other violent acts. Previously, grant money could only be awarded for procurement of security personnel.…
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AG Grewal, Division of Consumer Affairs Announce Three Rulemaking Actions Addressing the Opioid Epidemic Rulemakings Focus on Prevention, Education, and Treatment

TRENTON, NJ: Office of Attorney General reports – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, together with the New Jersey Coordinator for Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies ("NJ CARES"), today announced a series of regulatory actions that will advance the State’s battle to end the opioid epidemic, including proposed rules that will expand access to the prevention and treatment of opioid use disorder through telemedicine. The proposed telemedicine rules, published in the New Jersey Register today, establish standards for medical doctors and podiatrists who provide health care services – including the treatment of opioid use disorder – by means of telecommunications technology. “Making medication-assisted treatment more widely accessible through telemedicine removes the barriers to…
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NEW JERSEY STRONG – National Hurricane Preparedness Week

WASHINGTON, DC: The White House reports – During National Hurricane Preparedness Week, I encourage all Americans living in hurricane-prone areas to take the measures necessary to safeguard their families, homes, and businesses.  As a Nation, we are sadly too familiar with the destructive force of hurricanes.  To help prevent and mitigate hurricane-related harm, it is critically important that we prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, which starts next month. This September marks the 30th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo, one of the strongest and most costly hurricanes to hit the United States from the Atlantic Ocean.  That destructive storm devastated the Caribbean Islands of Guadeloupe, St. Croix, and Puerto Rico before making final landfall in South Carolina.  The storm surge it…
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Victory! Trump Stops Offshore Drilling

Watch NJ Rally for Clean Ocean. Trenton, NJ: Sierra NJ reports - Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told WSJ at the Senate hearing that the Trump administration’s plan for federal offshore oil and gas is on hold indefinitely. Due to the lawsuit blocking similar drilling in the Artic, Bernhardt has decided to wait on the outcome of appeals to the March case before deciding on the offshore drilling plans. In March, a federal judge in Alaska reinstated a ban on drilling in the Arctic originally implemented under the Obama administration. Jeff Tittle Sierra Club NJ 2018 “We just had a victory when the Trump Administration pulled their plan to drill off the Atlantic and in Alaska. The decision by Secretary Bernhardt…
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Task Force Fields 16 Child Predators Using Social Media to Lure Children for Sex

New Jersey Strong news - Office of the Attorney General reports - Trenton, NJ: AG Grewal Announces Arrests of 16 Men in “Operation Home Alone” Undercover Operation by AG’s Office, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, NJ State Police and ICAC Task Force Targeted Child Predators Using Social Media to Lure Children for Sex . Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo today announced arrests of 16 alleged child predators in “Operation Home Alone,” a multi-agency undercover operation targeting men who allegedly were using social media in an attempt to lure underage girls and boys for sexual ; The defendants will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. The underage “children” were,…
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New CDC analysis shows steep and sustained increases in STDs

Latest data reveal threat to multiple populations. CDC reports – Nearly million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the United States in 2017, according to preliminary data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the National STD Prevention Conference in Washington, This surpassed the previous record set in 2016 by more than 200,000 cases and marked the fourth consecutive year of sharp increases in these sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The CDC analysis of STD cases reported for 2013 and preliminary data for 2017 shows steep, sustained increases: Gonorrhea diagnoses increased 67 percent overall (from 333,004 to 555,608 cases according to preliminary 2017 data) and nearly doubled among men (from 169,130 to 322,169). Increases…
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Mercer Salutes Dispatchers During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

TRENTON, NJ: Mercer County reports – Whether you’re in need of medical assistance or you witness an accident, dispatchers are the bridge between emergency personnel and you. Dispatchers are the calming voice on the end of the line and the composed professional when crisis strikes and time is critical. Mercer County recognizes April 14-20 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in appreciation of public safety communications professionals and the citizens they serve. Celebrated the second week of April each year, and sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, Mercer County honors the men and women who answer the 9-1-1 emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the citizens of Mercer ; Just…
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Awareness

Mining TALC – Johnson & Johnson Issues Statement on April 9 Reuters Article

Talc Baby Powder New Brunswick, NJ – J&J reports - We stand behind Johnson’s Baby Powder because science confirms it is free of asbestos and safe to use. The accusations being made against our company are not only false, but the idea that we would purposefully and systematically target a community with bad intentions is unreasonable and absurd. We’re caught between sad and angry that anyone would ever allege this about our company. Historic Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder ads More than forty years of exhaustive internal and independent testing and clinical research prove that Johnson’s Baby Powder is safe and does not contain asbestos. Based on the extensive evidence, regulators and NGOs around the world – including the FDA…
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ICE arrests 123 in New Jersey during nationwide operation targeting aliens with prior arrests or convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

ICE reports NEWARK, — A Mexican national who was previously deported, with convictions for indecent assault of a minor and DUI, is among 123 foreign nationals taken into custody during a month-long operation conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in New Jersey. The operation, which was spearheaded by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), targeted at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and other immigration violators who had prior arrests or convictions for DUI. Of those arrested during the operation, 90 percent had prior criminal convictions and/or pending criminal charges.“The remarkable results of our officers and law enforcement partners highlight ICE’s ongoing commitment to public safety,” said John Tsoukaris, Field Office Director of ERO Newark. “This operation focuses on the arrest…
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Man Made & Natural Disasters

Governor Murphy Takes Major Step Forward to Provide More Funding to Sandy-Impacted Homeowners

2015 Hurricane Sandy survivors encampment protest at the Trenton Statehouse. Homeowners Still Rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy Will Also Receive Rental Assistance Extension NEPTUNE, NJ: Office of the Gov. reports – Governor Phil Murphy,  Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, Senator Bob Menendez, Congressman Frank Pallone, and state Senator Vin Gopal today visited Neptune’s Shark River Municipal Marina to discuss the State’s plan to remove the cap on access to Sandy-related funds, allowing homeowners who have long been in limbo to complete construction on their primary homes. Additionally, those still impacted by Sandy (October 2012) will be able to get additional months of rental assistance. These efforts to support homeowners in the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation, and Mitigation (RREM) Program and the Low-to-Moderate Income…
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