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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Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Zakiya Smith Ellis “On Friday, Secretary DeVos and the US Department of Education repealed a critically important measure designed to protect students from low-quality career-oriented programs—the gainful employment rule.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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1,100 MW OFFSHORE OCEAN WIND PROJECTS TO END QUIET BEACHFRONTS

NEW JERSEY BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES AWARDS HISTORIC 1,100 MW OFFSHORE WIND SOLICITATION TO ØRSTED’S OCEAN WIND PROJECT Office of the Gov reports - The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) unanimously granted the state’s first award for offshore wind to Ørsted’s Ocean Wind 1,100 MW project, giving the company the opportunity to build 1,100 MW of offshore wind in federal waters. The 1,100 MW of offshore wind is expected to power roughly 500,000 New Jersey homes and generate $ billion in economic benefits, in addition to creating an estimated 15,000 jobs over the project life. The decision sets the record for the single largest award for offshore wind in the country to date and marks further progress toward…
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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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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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Governor Murphy Lifts Flood State of Emergency in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties

NEW JERSEY STRONG WATER DISASTERS - TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy today announced that the State of Emergency issued on Thursday, June 20, 2019 in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties has been lifted as of noon on Monday, June 24, 2019.  WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 70 (2019), declaring a State of Emergency, was issued on June 20, 2019, because of severe weather conditions, including heavy rains and flooding, that occurred in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties beginning on June 19, 2019; and WHEREAS, the severity of the conditions necessitating the declaration of a State of Emergency has eased; NOW, THEREFORE, I, PHILIP D. MURPHY, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by…
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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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Historic Disasters: 8 Dead at Great Adventure Haunted Castle Fire

Jackson, NJ: 5/11/1984. The Haunted Castle at Six Flags Great Adventure was a haunted attraction at Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park in Jackson Township, New Jersey. On May 11, 1984, eight teenage visitors were trapped in this attraction and lost their lives when the structure was destroyed by fire. Six Flags Great Adventure and its parent company Six Flags were indicted for aggravated manslaughter, accused of recklessly causing the deaths by taking inadequate precautions against a fire. In the trial, the prosecution argued that repeated warnings by safety consultants to install sprinklers or smoke alarms had been ignored. The defendants denied any culpability, and contended that the fire was arson and that no precautions would have saved lives. The…
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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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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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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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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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