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INDUSTRIAL OPIOID DISASTER – A blizzard of prescriptions’: Documents reveal new details about Purdue’s marketing of OxyContin

Stat News by Andrew Joseph reports – When Purdue Pharma started selling its prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin in 1996, Dr. Richard Sackler asked people gathered for the launch party to envision natural disasters like an earthquake, a hurricane, or a blizzard. The debut of OxyContin, said Sackler — a member of the family that started and controls the company and then a company executive — “will be followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition.” Five years later, as questions were raised about the risk of addiction and overdoses that came with taking OxyContin and opioid medications, Sackler outlined a strategy that critics have long accused the company of unleashing: divert the blame onto others, particularly the people…
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Largest Women’s March NJ Statehouse Protest Cancelled Due to Murphy State of Emergency

Trenton, NJ: The largest group to march annually at the Trenton Statehouse is cancelled for Saturday due to a State of Emergency for forcasted winter snow storm. Stay off the roads. The Women's March, an independent solidarity, power, progress themed demonstration. Watch the 2017 March in Trenton TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today declared that New Jersey will enter a state of emergency beginning at noon on Saturday ahead of Winter Storm Harper, authorizing the State Director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate response and recovery efforts. Executive Order No. 50 indicates a state of emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey, and allows resources to be deployed throughout the state during the duration of the storm.“As Winter Storm Harper approaches New Jersey,…
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Lanterns Lift at Spc Ben Moore’s Bordentown Memorial

WATCH VIDEO – Bordentown, NJ: Hundreds gather in Saint Mary’s Cemetery for the 8th anniversary Memorial Lantern Launch for Army Spc. Benjamin G. Moore, of Bordentown, who gave his life for his country on Jan. 12, 2011, while stationed in Afghanistan. He died in Ghazni the province of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. Moore was a recipient of the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Moore was a 2006 graduate of Bordentown Regional High School. Moore was a firefighter for Hope Hose Humane Co. No. 1 Station No. 602/609 of Bordentown City, Union Fire Co. No. 1 Station No. 261 of Crosswicks, DeCou Hose Co. No. 1 Station No. 15 of Hamilton Township, Westampton…
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PSE&G Receives 2018 Outstanding Customer Reliability Experience Award NYSE: PEG

Also named most reliable Mid-Atlantic utility for 17th straight year. PHOENIX, AZ: - Public Service Electric and Gas, New Jersey’s largest utility, last night was recognized by PA Consulting as the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Customer Reliability Experience Award. PSE&G also received the ReliabilityOne™ Award for Outstanding Reliability Performance in the Mid-Atlantic Region for the 17th consecutive year. This award is presented to a ReliabilityOne™ recipient who has the best overall customer experience as it relates to outage reporting and restoration communications, and has taken steps to engage with their customers by providing real-time access to information across various channels. By embracing these communications channels during both blue-sky and major events, they have seized the opportunity to deliver a…
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Stay Safe During The Holidays

HAMILTON, NJ­— With the holidays upon us, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) would like to remind all residents and visitors throughout the State of the various resources that our Office provides to help keep you safe. The Facility Self-Assessment Tool assists organizations in identifying security vulnerabilities and offers possible solutions. Through NJOHSP’s Special Events reporting, a statewide list of special events is compiled to be distributed to all law enforcement agencies for situational awareness and to assist in local planning requirements. Officials in any town can assist in keeping New Jersey prepared by completing an online “Special Events Submission Form.” NJOHSP offers a variety of training and exercise programs to assist our partners with incident preparedness and response. Grant opportunities are available through…
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Hoax Threats are Serious Federal Crimes – Think Before You Post

“Hoax threats disrupt school, waste limited law enforcement resources, and put first responders in unnecessary danger. We also don’t want to see a young person start out adulthood with a felony record over an impulsive social media post.” David Bowdich, deputy director, FBI. FBI release - In the aftermath of tragic shootings, such as the ones at Santa Fe High School in Texas and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, there is often an increase in hoax threats to schools and other public places. Safety is paramount, and the FBI and our state and local law enforcement partners always respond to each threat. In recent months, the FBI and law enforcement around the country have investigated a number of hoax…
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VOTE TUESDAY – NATION Joint Statement on Election Day Preparations

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)—in coordination with federal, state, local, and private sector partners nationwide—are continuing efforts to protect our elections. Today, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, DNI Dan Coats, and FBI Director Christopher Wray released the following joint statement: “Our agencies have been working in unprecedented ways to combat influence efforts and to support state and local officials in securing our elections, including efforts to harden election infrastructure against interference. Our goal is clear: ensure every vote is counted and counted correctly. At this time we have no indication of compromise of our…
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NATION – Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 27, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, October 31, 2018.  I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for…
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On the Sixth Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Governor Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Oliver Announce Major Changes to Superstorm Sandy Recovery Housing Programs

Additional Funding to RREM and LMI Homeowner Rebuilding Program and Changes to Recoupment Policy Will Help Sandy-Impacted Homeowners Still Recovering from the Storm UNION BEACH – Governor Phil Murphy and Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), today announced significant changes to the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation, and Mitigation (RREM) Program and the Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) Homeowner Rebuilding Program, the two main housing recovery programs for homeowners impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The changes will enable program participants who have not yet finished construction on storm-damaged property to receive more money to complete projects. Participants who owe money to the program will also have an opportunity to demonstrate that repayment of the amount owed will create…
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NATION – Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 27, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, October 31, 2018.  I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for…
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Four Defendants Convicted In Multi-State Dog Fighting Case After Three-Week Jury Trial

New Jersey, New Mexico, and Indiana Defendants Convicted As Part of Operation Grand Champion TRENTON, FBI release – Four men were convicted at trial in connection with their respective roles in a multi-state dog fighting operation, Attorney Craig Carpenito and Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division announced today. Justin Love, 38, of Sewell, New Jersey; Robert A. Elliott Sr., 49, of Millville, New Jersey; Dajwan Ware, 45, of Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Robert Arellano, 64, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, were convicted Oct. 16, 2018, of engaging in a conspiracy to sponsor and exhibit dogs in animal fighting ventures and to buy, sell, possess, train, transport, deliver and receive dogs for purposes of…
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WATER DISASTERS – City Of Newark To Provide Water Filters To Residents With Lead Service Lines

TRENTON – New Jersey state health and environmental officials are supporting the City of Newark’s decision to provide in-home tap water filters to Newark residents whose homes have lead service lines. The City is taking prompt action after receiving notice that recent tests indicate that the Newark water department’s corrosion-control treatment is no longer working effectively in some areas. The service lines are the pipes that connect residents’ homes to the City’s water lines. The City is taking quick and aggressive action to provide tap water filters to homes with lead service lines in order to protect public health. I fully support Mayor Baraka’s efforts to urgently respond to this situation,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Our first priority is assuring the health of…
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New Jersey Resident Convicted of Threatening to Murder Congressman, Staff

CAMDEN, – - A New Jersey resident was convicted by a federal jury today of two counts of threatening to murder Rep. Frank LoBiondo and members of the congressman’s staff, Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Joseph Brodie, 39, of Millville, New Jersey, was convicted in Camden federal court following a seven-day trial on two counts of making threats to officials, officers and employees of the United States – specifically, for threatening to murder LoBiondo’s chief of staff and threatening to murder LoBiondo, his chief of staff, his veterans affairs liaison, and all of the staff of the Mays Landing office. The jury deliberated for approximately six hours before returning the verdict. According to documents filed in this case and the evidence…
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Water Disaster Recovery – NJOP to host “Our NJ Our Future Convention”

New Jersey Shore - This Saturday the NJ Organizing Project (release) will host the "Our NJ Our Future Convention." Amanda Devecka-Rinear for NJOP states: I know many of you may be watching Michael hit Florida and the rain outside your window right now. Yesterday, a Sandy survivor told me when she watches videos of storms hitting and people cleaning out she thinks, 'They have no idea, that's the fun part." She's still not finished six years later, and the same is true of 19% of the people in the RREM program. We can pray for these families, and we can donate supplies and send them down.  But we also have to be the ones who change the system for disaster recovery. These…
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Coastal Resiliency Plan Missing Urgency and Action

Trenton, NJ: NJ Sierra Club release – Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner McCabe announced a forthcoming Coastal Resilience Plan from the department. The announcement was made today during the during the Coastal Resilience Summit at Monmouth University. The plan is meant to be “a blueprint for protection of property, lives, infrastructure and natural environments by guiding policies, regulations, resources and funding.” The DEP will be conducting stakeholder outreach over the next year, which includes the launching of their new website on the Plan. The plan also includes grants of up to $200,000 each for four regional planning teams (Jersey City, Middlesex County, Long Beach Island, and Ventnor). “The DEP is announcing a planning process while New Jersey sees the affects of…
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Upstate Limo Disaster – 20 Killed in NY limousine crash, Driver & Vehicle Unlicensed

Latham, NY: State Police release – The investigation into the fatal limousine crash killing 20 on October 6, 2018 is ongoing. Currently, a State Police Forensic Investigation Unit is examining the vehicles involved in the crash and a State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit will perform a mechanical examination of the limo, to determine if it was mechanically sound. Data is being collected from the scene and that information will be examined and analyzed. State Police are in possession of the airbag control module, what would be considered the vehicle’s black box, and that is being analyzed for post-crash data. Investigators are continuing with interviews of witnesses and family members and autopsies of the victims are also still ongoing at Albany…
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