New Jersey Strong (tm).com

ENERGY – PennEast Pipeline Gains Eminent Domain

Trenton, NJ: by Sierra Club NJ. Taylor McFarland reports - Federal court has granted PennEast the use of eminent domain to gain access to properties to do survey work. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted of a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the PennEast Pipeline project. This decision by FERC allows PennEast to use eminent domain to get on property where they need data for applications. FERC made their decision last January and issued an order denying a rehearing in August.  “This is not just the beginning of the end, this is the end of the beginning. The next round in the battle to stop PennEast starts now. Although we expected it, it is still wrong that court has gave PennEast access to get on…
Watch News Video / Read More »
Environment

Gov Murphy’s Cardinale Trophy Park Proposal to Turf Pineland Critical Forest Sensitive Wildlife Areas

Murphy’s Soccer Team Massive Sprawl Project in the Pines.   Trenton, NJ: Sierra Club NJ Taylor McFarland reports - A massive 200- acre sports complex has been proposed in the Pinelands of Jackson. The project called Trophy Park, would be built outside of the Pinelands Reserve on much of the wooded land along the shore of Prospertown Lakethat was once owned by the late Stanley Switlik. The park would also be right next to the Prospertown Wildlife Management Area. This is critical forest area that drains into the Barnegat Bay. Trophy Park would feature 23 full sized athletic fields, a 400,000 square foot indoor sports facility, and more. Sky Blue FC is a partner in this project. Governor Phil Murphy is also a co-…
Watch News Video / Read More »

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…
Watch News Video / Read More »
Awareness

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…
Watch News Video / Read More »
Awareness

GAS DISASTER – 80 Homes Explode / Burn in New England Valley – PSE&G Sends 50 Employees to Aid Columbia Gas

(NEWARK, – September 14, 2018) Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, is sending 45 gas service technicians and 6 gas supervisors to assist Columbia Gas of Massachusetts as they work to ensure the continued safety of area residents in the wake of yesterday’s fires. “Our hearts and thoughts are with the families who are suffering and with all those affected by this tragedy,” said Joe Forline, PSE&G vice president of gas operations. “Safety is the highest priority in our industry. Our service technicians quickly responded to the call to provide support to Columbia Gas employees as they investigate the cause and work to restore service.” The PSE&G employees expect to arrive in the Boston area…
Watch News Video / Read More »

PSE&G Becomes First Utility to Meet Department of Homeland Security Anti-Terrorism Standards

New Jersey Strong. com NEWS - (Aug. 20, 2018 ─ Newark, ) ─ PSE&G is the first public utility in the United States to obtain SAFETY Act liability protections from the Department of Homeland Security for the deployment of physical security measures that are designed to detect, deter and recover from acts of terrorism. The protections cover the PSEG Holistic Security Model, a customized anti-terrorism program that is designed to identify and reduce risks based on comprehensive planning processes and physical security measures at five PSE&G critical electrical sites in New Jersey that are subject to North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) standards, and runs through July 31, 2023. “PSEG immediately recognized the value of having…
Watch News Video / Read More »

Attorney General’s Office Charges Four More Individuals With Filing False Applications For Superstorm Sandy Relief Funds

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced that the Attorney General’s Office and its state and federal partners have charged four new defendants 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 120 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 $ million through these prosecutions and we also have sent a strong message that should deter this type of fraud during future disaster…
Watch News Video / Read More »
Environment

Congressman Chris Smith Tours Flood Damage in Wall, Howell Meets with affected residents, local officials and law enforcement in preparation for federal assistance request

Monmouth County, NJ, Aug 17, 2018 Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) surveyed extensive flood damage in Wall and Howell Township, meeting with local officials, residents, and law enforcement, and was briefed on the extent of flood damage in Monmouth County after record rainfalls in the area. “The recent flooding has created a disaster for residents in Monmouth and Ocean counties, plain and simple,” Smith said. “I saw roads and bridges washed out—that may take weeks to repair—and met with homeowners who have suffered nightmarish damage to their properties.” “This flooding requires all hands on deck to help victims recover, and I look forward to Gov. Murphy requesting federal disaster assistance so that these residents can receive the aid they need right now,” Smith said. According…
Watch News Video / Read More »
Awareness

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".  
Watch News Video / Read More »

Indictment Charges Man with Soliciting Bribes and Fictitious Fees from Victims of Superstorm Sandy While Employed at Housing Recovery Center

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that a man who worked at a state-operated housing recovery center in Newark after Superstorm Sandy has been indicted on charges that he demanded thousands of dollars in bribes and fictitious fees from storm victims, fraudulently representing to the victims that he could expedite and/or increase the federal relief funds they received. The Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau obtained a four-count state grand jury indictment on Friday, July 20, charging Ronald Golden, 43, of Norristown, Pa., with bribery in official and political matters (2nd degree), theft by deception (3rd degree), attempted theft by deception (3rd degree), and identity theft (4th degree). The indictment is the result of an investigation…
Watch News Video / Read More »

‘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…
Watch News Video / Read More »

Governor Phil Murphy on Trump Administration’s Forced Separation of Migrant Children from their Families at the U.S. Border

Trenton, NJ: Gov. Phil Murphy release - “For centuries, America has been a refuge for those seeking freedom and yearning for a better life. President Trump has turned this promise on its head. “The Trump policy of separating families, housing children in cages, and preventing members of Congress from even seeing the conditions in which migrant families are housed defies any sense of logic and human decency. I add my voice to the chorus rightfully condemning the President’s decision to allow such inhumane treatment of children and families. That these detainment practices are being conducted in New Jersey, within mere miles of the Statue of Liberty, is beyond abhorrent. “Let’s be perfectly clear – the choice to implement this appalling…
Watch News Video / Read More »
Awareness

Flowers Mark site of Mass Gang Shootings during Trenton Art All Night Festival at Roebling Wire Works

Governor Phil Murphy on Sunday remarked publically regarding Trenton Art All Night Gang Shootout - Late last night, tragedy struck Trenton, with over 20 people injured in a shooting at an arts festival. We are grateful to our first responders and all those who sprung to action to help those injured. Because of faith, because of community, we will rise above this senseless violence. New Jersey Capitol City Trenton gang war takes Art All Night festival to a close as multiple people sustained gunshot wounds during a capacity crowd event. Trenton Police shot one of the two gunman. The former Roebling Steel Plant which once produced wire steel for bridges has been hosting the show for 12 years.
Watch News Video / Read More »

Mental Health Addictions – Gambling: State Health Mental & Addiction Services Seeks to Expand Services.

Trenton, NJ: The goal of treatment for gambling disorder is to change unhealthy gambling behaviors, to help manage gambling urges, and to solve financial, work, and relationship problems that are caused by the addiction. Gambling may be classified into four categories: • Recreational Gambling (non-problem) • At Risk Gambling (moderate risk) • Problem Gambling (high risk) • Disordered Gambling (meets DSM 5 diagnostic criteria) Share More:     
Watch News Video / Read More »

TRUMP Approves FEMA Major Disaster Declaration for NJ Following March Nor’Easter

TRENTON - Governor Phil Murphy’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the March 6 to March 7, 2018 winter storm was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Declaration helps alleviate the financial burden created by the storm by making millions in local disaster response expenditures in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic and Somerset counties eligible for federal reimbursement. The Declaration also provides funding for statewide hazard mitigation projects to help protect against future disasters. “Alleviating the suffering and damage which resulted from the dangerous weather conditions during the March nor’easter is a crucial step towards recovery,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “I thank the federal government for approving this request to ensure New Jersey receives the assistance it needs to fully recover…
Watch News Video / Read More »
Awareness

Beach Disaster – Visitor Charged with Aggravated Assault by Spitting Bodily Fluids at / on a Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Obstruction and Minor in Possession of Alcohol

Wildwood, NJ: via facebook - This City of Wildwood Police Department has received reports of a video on various social media sources, regarding an incident that occurred on the Wildwood beach yesterday afternoon, with our officers. An Internal Affairs Investigation was immediately initiated into this matter and the involved officers have been reassigned to administrative duty pending the outcome of a full and thorough investigation. Chief Regalbuto stated that while he finds this video to be alarming, he does not want to rush to any judgement until having the final results of the investigation. Emily Weinman, W/F, 20 years old of Philadelphia was charged with Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer (2 Counts), Aggravated Assault by Spitting Bodily Fluids at/on a…
Watch News Video / Read More »

Industrial Opioid Disaster – State to Rescue Opioid Epidemic

Governor Phil Murphy tours the Rescue Mission of Trenton and holds a press conference specifying budget funding to fight the opioid epidemic on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018. OIT/ Governor’s Office. Strategy Provides Multi-Pronged, Coordinated Approach   Trenton, NJ: - Governor Phil Murphy today outlined his public health plan to commit $100 million from his Fiscal Year 2019 budget to address the burgeoning opioid epidemic in New Jersey through a strategic, coordinated multi-agency effort.  Overdose deaths have surged in New Jersey as more than 2,200 Garden State residents died between 2016 and 2017. Every day, the scourge of opioids is tearing apart our families and decimating communities throughout New Jersey,” said Governor Murphy.  “We recognize that addiction is a treatable illness and…
Watch News Video / Read More »