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US Department of Education repeals Gainful Employment law

TRENTON, NJ: NJ Higher Education reports - New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Zakiya Smith Ellis “On Friday, Secretary DeVos and the US Department of Education repealed a critically important measure designed to protect students from low-quality career-oriented programs—the gainful employment rule. Students attend college and technical schools to make a better way for themselves, and programs that purport to help launch students into careers that require high debt with little return actually make students worse-off in the long run. We owe it to students to ensure that programs promising ‘gainful employment’ actually provide it. Repealing this rule now leaves students vulnerable to ineffective or unscrupulous postsecondary education providers. The State of New Jersey is committed to protecting all students…
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Four More Individuals Charged with Filing False Applications for Superstorm Sandy Relief Funds

OAG NJ reports - TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced that the Attorney General’s Office and its state and federal partners have charged four additional defendants during the past three months with filing fraudulent applications for federal relief funds related to Superstorm Sandy, bringing the total number of defendants charged by the office in these cases to 130 since March 2014. “Any fraud against public assistance programs is deplorable, but these thefts were especially egregious because they diverted funds intended for victims left homeless by one of the most devastating storms in New Jersey history,” said Attorney General Grewal. “We have recovered over $4 million through these prosecutions and we also have sent a strong message that…
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DEP aware of residents living in a toxic environment around wind turbines. Supreme Court Shuts Down Turbines in MA

BOSTON STRONG news - Massachusetts Supreme Court has shut down both Falmouth wind turbines as they are a nuisance. Town Had Been Warned Prior To Construction. Massachusetts Department of Environment Protection since 2008 has acted as the architect of publicly funded wind turbines. Ignored Health. PATCH reports By Frank Haggerty, Patch Contributor -The Massachusetts Department of Environment Protection since 2008 has acted as the architect of publicly funded wind turbines. The DEP oversees contractors and almost everything except your health and safety working on publicly funded projects financed by the State Revolving Fund (SRF) In 2009 the federal government passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) an economic stimulus package to stimulate the economy. The common denominator…
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NEW JERSEY STRONG WATER DISASTERS – Dangerous bacteria blooms

Sierra Club NJ reports - Trenton, NJ: More NJ Beaches Closed Due to Dangerous Bacteria Dangerous bacteria blooms are prompting advisories and forcing closures of more public swimming areas in New Jersey. The Spruce Run reservoir in Hunterdon County has been closed to swimmers for all but one day in June because of cyanobacteria blooms. The Hopatcong State Park beach was recently closed because of a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB). Now 7 other Lake Hopatcong beaches have also been closed over bacteria concerns. Lake Mohawk in Sparta is under an advisory, although swimming is still allowed. The Swartswood Lake State Park swimming area has reopened after closing because of a HAB earlier this month.  “Our July 4 week is beginning, we’ll have…
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New Jersey/Pennsylvania Doctor Indicted For Accepting Bribes And Kickbacks From A Pharmaceutical Company In Exchange For Prescribing Powerful Fentanyl Drug

DOJustice NJ reports - A doctor who practiced in New Jersey and Pennsylvania was charged in an indictment unsealed today for his alleged participation in a scheme to receive bribes and kickbacks from a pharmaceutical company in exchange for prescribing large volumes of a powerful fentanyl narcotic. Assistant Attorney Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Attorney Craig Carpenito of the District of New Jersey, Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie of the FBI’s Newark Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Scott J. Lampert of the  Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Office of Investigations—New York Region and Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA)…
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Governor Murphy Reiterates Call for Fee on Opioid Manufacturers

Governor Murphy’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Included a Fee on Opioid Manufacturers to Fund Opioid Recovery Programs Legislature’s Budget Gives Opioid Manufacturers a Pass by Putting Burden of Opioid Recovery Funding Solely on New Jersey Taxpayers  EWING – Governor Phil Murphy was joined today by the New Jersey Department of Health and New Jersey Department of Human Services to emphasize the importance of including a modest fee on opioid manufacturers and distributors to help offset state costs for crucial programs to fight the opioid epidemic and support recovery. “Fighting New Jersey’s opioid epidemic will take a comprehensive approach, from the Administration to our health care partners to opioid manufacturers and distributors,” said Governor ;“The Legislature’s budget gives opioid manufacturers and distributors…
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NEW JERSEY STRONG WATER DISASTERS – First responders rescue hundreds from South New Jersey Floods

TRENTON, NJ: Office of the Gov reports – Today, Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency, effective immediately, in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties due to severe weather conditions, including heavy rains and extreme flooding.  “Our top priority is the safety our residents,” said Governor Murphy. “We have activated the State Emergency Operations Center as of 6:00 this morning and are deploying resources and personnel to help with recovery efforts.”
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Governor Murphy Signs “Sami’s Law” to Enhance Protections for Rideshare Passengers

Governor Phil Murphy signs a bill ensuring protections for rideshare services on Thursday, June 20, 2019. Edwin J. Torres/ Governor’s Office. NEW JERSEY STRONG news - Robbinsville, NJ: Office of the Gov reports - ROBBINSVILLE – Governor Phil Murphy today signed legislation to enhance safety for rideshare passengers by requiring additional identification for drivers. The bill’s passage and signing follows the tragic death of Samantha “Sami” Josephson, a Robbinsville resident and student at the University of South Carolina, who mistakenly entered a car she thought was her ; “Every day, thousands of rideshare passengers entrust drivers to get them to and from home, school, and work safely and without delay,” said Governor ;“Just one unscrupulous mind seeking to take advantage of those…
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Industrial Opioid Disaster – State Distributes Opioid Overdose reversal drug Narcan at Select Pharmacys

State Health gives away Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Narcan. Here is how to deploy the Lifesaving Drug. Walgreen's Pharmacist Chirag Patel demonstrates. WATCH GreenCrossStrong Video on Channel. New Jersey Strong news - Trenton, NJ: As part of Governor Murphy’s initiative to combat the opioid crisis, New Jerseyans were able to visit participating pharmacies and anonymously obtain naloxone at no cost. Find More:
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Trenton Art All Night

Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy attend the Art All Night Festival in Trenton on June 16, 2019. Edwin J. Torres/ Governor’s Office. Trenton, NJ: Art All Night which was the scene of mass shooting in 2018, will rebound and open this weekend with tightened security. WATCH video from 2018 vigil: Watch Video - Art All Night Mass Shooting 2018 Vigil. Art All Night releases the following: If you are attending the event here are some key details about the event, location and security details. Is Art All Night going to run for 24 hours this year? No. Art All Night will be closed between the hours of 1 and 7 on Sunday. The event will run from…
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NEW JERSEY STRONG WATER DISASTERS – Licensed Operator of South River Water Department Charged with Falsifying Water Purity Testing

NEW JERSEY STRONG NEWS - Office of the Attorney General reports - TRENTON –Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that the licensed operator of the South River Water Department, the public drinking water system for South River Borough in Middlesex County, was arrested today and charged with submitting false water samples and records to a lab that tests such samples for coliform bacteria for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Robert Baker Robert Baker, 56, of Mine Hill, , was arrested early this morning and charged with a violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act, a third-degree crime. He was charged in an investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice Specialized Crimes Bureau, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office,…
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INDUSTRIAL OPIOID DISASTER – NJ Governor Murphy to deploy Lifesaving Overdose reversal Naloxone during Free Distribution Throughout New Jersey on June 18

Will Lifesaving Non Drug Abuser Diabetes Insulin be next ? GREEN CROSS STRONG NEWS Visit Participating Pharmacies to Anonymously Obtain Free Lifesaving Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdoses. NEW JERSEY STRONG NEWS - Office of the Governor reports TRENTON, NJ – Today, Governor Phil Murphy announced free distribution of naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug, at participating pharmacies throughout New Jersey on June 18. As part of Governor Murphy’s initiative to combat the opioid crisis, New Jerseyans will be able to visit participating pharmacies and anonymously obtain naloxone at no cost on June 18, without an individual prescription or an ;Naloxone will be available at select locations of chain pharmacies such as Walgreens, Rite Aid, ShopRite, and CVS as well as…
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Prepare for hurricane season

Be ready before a storm strikes TRENTON—This week marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, and Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes is taking this opportunity to advise County residents to plan and prepare for potential storms this summer and fall. Although the peak time for hurricane and tropical storm activity in New Jersey is mid-August to late October, severe weather conditions can occur at any time, as evidenced by the recent tornado warning issued for Mercer County. “Tropical storms and hurricanes can be deadly and destructive, even as far inland as Mercer County,” Mr. Hughes said. “It’s essential that you and your family be ready before a storm strikes, and not put yourselves or others at risk by…
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NEW JERSEY STRONG WATER DISASTERS 7 Years after Superstorm Sandy, Legislation Signed to Support Impacted Homeowners

Governor’s 300th Bill Signed into Law Extends Foreclosure Protections for an Additional Three Years TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed legislation to extend for three years foreclosure protections and mortgage relief programs for homeowners impacted by Superstorm Sandy, which were originally set to expire on July 1, 2019.   “Superstorm Sandy affected all New Jerseyans, but some of our residents are still suffering the impacts of that terrible storm,” said Governor ;“It is our responsibility to protect our neighbors and friends from any continued financial fallout and to keep these families in their homes. I thank the legislative sponsors and advocates for their leadership in standing up for Sandy-affected homeowners.” “Superstorm Sandy left a tremendous scar on New Jersey, which is why…
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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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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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