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Presidential Executive Order – Collecting Information about Citizenship Status in Connection with the Decennial Census

US STRONG news The White House reports - Washington, DC: President Trump Returns from New Jersey Marine One, carrying President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, approaches for a landing Sunday, July 7, 2019, on the South Lawn of the White House, as they return from their weekend in Bedminster, (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour) By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section ; ; In Department of Commerce v. New York, No. 18-966 (June 27, 2019), the Supreme Court held that the Department of Commerce (Department) may, as a general matter, lawfully include a question inquiring about citizenship status…
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NJ Governor Murphy on Potential ICE Raids

Statement from Governor Murphy - Trenton, NJ: “In anticipation of the Trump Administration’s threatened ICE raids, we are proactively reaching out to our immigrant communities to make sure they know we stand with them and are prepared to do whatever we can to protect them.  “Let’s be clear: The Trump Administration’s fear-mongering is un-American and dangerous. These raids do not make us safer; they will only make the work of local law enforcement more challenging and increase fears in our hardworking immigrant communities.  “Any family who needs legal representation should know there are many pro bono legal services available to them. We will be doing everything we can to highlight these resources and to make sure our immigrant communities know…
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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Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Zakiya Smith Ellis “On Friday, Secretary DeVos and the US Department of Education repealed a critically important measure designed to protect students from low-quality career-oriented programs—the gainful employment rule.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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On Independence Day, Governor Murphy Announces New Measures to Advance Immigrant and Refugee Integration

Gov Office reports - CAMDEN, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy today announced two new measures to continue the Administration’s unwavering commitment to build an inclusive state for every New Jersey morning, the Governor signed Executive Order No. 74, which directs the New Jersey Department of Human Services and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to advance immigrant and refugee integration initiatives, including the design of an Office of New Americans. The Executive Order also establishes an Interagency Workgroup on New American Integration to create opportunities for coordination and implementation of strategies and actions to advance immigrant and refugee Governor also announced that the Administration has submitted its intent to the Office of Refugee Resettlement to regain the state’s…
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“E Pluribus Unum” (“From many, one”) BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY JULY 4th NATURALIZATION CEREMONY

Governor Phil Murphy Honored to speak at today’s naturalization ceremony aboard the Battleship NJ, swearing in 40 new Americans from 23 different countries on the day of our nation’s independence. Our nation’s motto – “E Pluribus Unum” (“From many, one”) – comes to life in New Jersey. NEW JERSEY STRONG news - Camden, NJ: Over 40 candidates will be sworn in as new citizens of the United States during a ceremony on the forecastle (forward deck) at 10am on Thursday, July 4. Con. Donald Norcross (D-NJ 1st District) and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will offer remarks, while Citizenship and Immigration Services will administer the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens during this special ceremony aboard our nation’s most…
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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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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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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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NJOHSP Hosts Interfaith Advisory Council Meeting To Protect And Promote Religious Freedom Throughout New Jersey

NEW JERSEY STRONG news - New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness reports ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – On June 25, Governor Philip D. Murphy and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) held their quarterly Interfaith Advisory Council (IAC) meeting at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple in Robbinsville, New Jersey. Over 300 IAC members, high-ranking State officials, and law enforcement executives were in attendance. “The Interfaith Advisory Council is working hard to secure safe places of worship for congregations of all faiths,” said Governor ;“These meetings have led to open communication with law enforcement built on relationships of mutual trust and respect to ensure that, regardless of faith or religion, we can come together as one.” The meeting consisted of…
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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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Awareness

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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Awareness

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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Awareness

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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