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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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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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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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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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New Jersey Strong Water Disasters – Trenton Water Lead Toxic Flow

Hamilton, NJ: Watch video of Trenton Water Works 2019 educational water contamination Hamilton Twp public meeting and 2016 Trenton public school press conference . During the HAMILTON TOWNSHIP COUNCIL May 7, 2013, Hamilton resident Ms. Elaine Candelori of Stewart Street stated that she is a recipient of a recent letter sent by Trenton Water Works and is deeply concerned about the toxic chemicals within the water. When she contacted the EPA about the matter, the advice given to her was that maybe she should drink some of the water and then some bottled water; she had to wonder what kind of people are working at EPA. She asked the Council what was being done about this matter. She asked if…
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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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NJOHSP Pilots Maritime Radiation Detection Operations Course With DHS

CAMDEN, NJ­ — On September 25-27, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) piloted a three-day course from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) called Maritime Rad/Nuclear Detection Operations Course (PER 350) aboard the historic Battleship New Jersey in Camden County. Over the years, NJOHSP has developed a successful partnership with the personnel on the Battleship, who provided the classroom portion of the three-day training. The rest of the exercise was composed of maritime drills for public agencies to participate in on the Delaware River. “We are honored and proud to have the Battleship serve as a resource for this important training program,” said Phil Rowan, CEO of the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial. “The…
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Presidential Notice Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Certain Terrorist Attacks

Washington, DC: from the President of the United States, Donald Trump.  Consistent with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act, 50 1622(d), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency previously declared on September 14, 2001, in Proclamation 7463, with respect to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on the United States. Because the terrorist threat continues, the national emergency declared on September 14, 2001, and the powers and authorities adopted to deal with that emergency must continue in effect beyond September 14, 2018. Therefore, I am continuing in effect for an additional year the national emergency declared on September 14, 2001, in response to certain terrorist attacks. This notice…
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Call for ‘Renewed Vigilance’ to Ensure School Safety

TRENTON,  — New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet, and New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) Director Jared M. Maples, are calling on school communities for renewed vigilance to help ensure the safety of students and staff. “School safety is a concern shared by all, and everyone has a role to play in helping schools foster a safe and secure learning environment,” said Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet. “The message that educators and parents need to impart upon young people is that if you hear something or see something, you need to say something.” “The safety of our children is paramount to our overall mission,” said Jared Maples, Director…
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Disaster Planning – Drug Free Moms Infant and Child Feeding

Natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and tornados, can make it hard for parents and caregivers to feed their infants and young children safely. Follow these tips to feed your child safely when disaster strikes. For Parents and Caregivers. In the event of a natural disaster, be prepared for challenges, which may include power outages, unhealthy living spaces, and unsafe water. Always check with local authorities on the status of the drinking water and follow boil water advisories. The following tips provide specific information for how to feed your young child safely during an emergency. Breastfeeding. Breastfeeding remains the best infant feeding option in a natural disaster situation. Breast milk helps protect babies from diseases such as diarrhea…
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Don’t Drive into Water – Gov Visits Flash Flood Aftermath

Little Falls, NJ: Governor Phil Murphy visited Little Falls to see firsthand the damage from yesterday's flooding and meet with Mayors Damiano, Kazmark, and local officials and residents. Murphy stated he is "Grateful to our first responders and volunteers helping around the clock with the recovery effort".  
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NATIONAL GATEWAY – Superstorm Sandy Coast Guard cuts ribbon on state-of-the-art facility at Station Sandy Hook

NEW YORK – Capt. Tim Heitsch, commander, Coast Guard Base Boston, and Mrs. Linda Papp observe damage to Station Sandy Hook housing, , Nov. 9, 2012. Papp met with members from Station Sandy Hook and toured the unit and housing, which sustained damage from Hurricane Sandy. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco. Atlantic Highlands – Sandy Hook, NJ: Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook unveiled a new, state-of-the-art facility, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Following Superstorm Sandy, Congress appropriated $54 million to bring the new facility to fruition, allowing Station Sandy Hook to continue to maintain the highest level of operational readiness. Superstorm Sandy made landfall along the Northeast coast in October 2012 and left…
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Illegal Immigration Crisis – DHS Secretary Nielsen’s Remarks

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen delivered remarks at the White House Press Briefing on the illegal immigration crisis at the southern border: SECRETARY NIELSEN: Good afternoon. It is my pleasure to be here because I would love to see if I can help explain some of what is going on and give you some of the facts. I know there have been a lot put out there but hopefully we clarify some things today. I just wanted to start by thanking the sheriffs of the United States, I had the privilege of speaking to them this morning at the National Sheriffs’ Association Conference. We are so thankful for their partnership here at DHS and all they…
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2 men charged in plot to distribute over 9 kilograms of heroin, 50 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in NJ

TRENTON, – Two California men who were arrested in Mercer County, New Jersey, with over 50 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and nine kilograms of heroin appeared Wednesday in Trenton federal court, Attorney Craig Carpenito announced, following a following a Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Newark investigation, which also included State Police, and Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division. Gabriel Acosta Villa, 29, of Lake Forest, California, and Oscar Perez Jr., 23, of Santa Ana, California, are both charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin. They appeared this afternoon before Magistrate Judge Lois H. Goodman and were…
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‘UNDERTOW’ GRABS THREE ARRESTS, OVER $300K IN DRUGS

Drug Network was Moving Kilo of Coke/10,000 Bags Heroin per Week in Neptune Area FREEHOLD – After a five-month investigation, three members of a Neptune Township cocaine and heroin distribution ring were arrested during the last several days. The group was moving about a kilogram of cocaine and 10,000 bags of heroin a week, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. The investigation led by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics and Criminal Enterprise Investigation Section dubbed “Operation Undertow,” culminated with the arrest of three men earlier this month while one man remains at-large. Kurrian Grasty, 38, of Neptune Township; Terrence Wright, 47, of Orange; and Marlo Taylor, 41, also of Neptune Township, were arrested as part of the drug…
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Trenton NJ Art All Night Mass Shooting followed Notice to Hamilton Twp and Trenton City Police

  Trenton, NJ: Sunday’s Trenton Mass Shooting at Art All Night injuring 22 and killing 1 followed a public post on Facebook from a neighboring suburb Hamilton Township teacher. Wilson Elementary School teacher posted “they will be shooting it up” on Facebook in advance of the fatal mass shooting. The post was seen by Hamilton Township Police and Trenton Police. Mercer County Prosecutor Onofri faults Facebook and recommends alerting Police with potential threats. “If you see something, if you hear something, say something,” “Why a person would post on Facebook if they were this concerned about violence breaking out at this event, there were only three numbers they needed to remember, and that’s 911.”
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