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NJ Utility Companies Could Face Steep Fines for Power Delays [AUDIO]

Last year, New Jersey was hammered by Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and a freak October ice storm that caused widespread and prolonged power outages throughout the state. The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) held several hearings to find out what problems needed to be addressed in order to avoid a repeat of the hardships caused by those devastating storms. Yesterday, Governor Chris Christie announced he’s proposing legislation that holds public utility companies responsible for their performance during natural disasters, including significant financial penalties.

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Governor Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker (Governor's Office, Tim Larsen)
Governor Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker (Governor's Office, Tim Larsen)
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Chris Christie and Cory Booker Become Verbal Sparring Partners [AUDIO]

In Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention, Newark Mayor Cory Booker told a crowd that if more Democrats turned out to vote in New Jersey’s 2009 gubernatorial election, “the world wouldn’t know who (Chris) Christie is.” Asked if he thinks the statement might have been Booker’s opening salvo in an effort to unseat him next year, Governor Christie seemed unfazed.

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Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County during the Halloween, 2011 snowstorm.(Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County during the Halloween, 2011 snowstorm.(Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Chris Christie Takes Action To Protect Jerseyans From Power Outrages

Last year, a tropical storm and a freak October ice storm hit the Garden State causing lengthy power outages that displaced thousands of New Jerseyans for days on end, some for more than a week.

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Flickr User Viviandnguyen
Flickr User Viviandnguyen
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Prison In NJ For Some Who Talk And Text Behind The Wheel?

A bill approved by the full Assembly on Thursday would make it easier for prosecutors to obtain convictions for vehicular homicide or assault by auto against a person who illegally uses a cell phone while driving and, as a result, kills or injures someone.

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Valentina Powers, Flickr
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New Jersey’s "Safe Summer 2012" Kickoff

This Thursday, June 14 the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs will bring its “Safe Summer 2012” task force to Atlantic City, in order to help ensure a safe, fair, and fun environment for visitors. The “Safe Summer” event will take place from noon until approximately 3 p.m. along the resort city’s world famous Boardwalk.

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Category: New Jersey News
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Planet Earth (NASA)
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NJ Residents More Ethical Than Most, Says Poll

Contrary to popular opinion, the people of New Jersey are more ethical than you might think at least when compared to people in most of the countries in Europe. In the latest survey Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, New Jerseyans were asked the same series of questions used by the European Social Survey (ESS) to measure ethics, and the Garden State scored better than all but two of the 26 countries polled.

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Category: New Jersey News
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Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
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As New Jerseyans Hit The Road For Summer, Safety Is Stressed

The busy summer driving season kicking off this weekend and today, officials and agencies throughout New Jersey are encouraging drivers to play it safe as they travel to all corners of the state to enjoy the warm weather. The Division of Highway Traffic Safety, Division of State Police and Department of Transportation are coordinating an awareness effort called the “101 Days of Summer Traffic Safety” to focus on the busy travel season between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend.

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Category: New Jersey News, News
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Rob Carr, Getty Images
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NJ Loves The Yankees, Says New Poll

With no Major League Baseball team to call their own, New Jersey baseball fans cheer for the New York Yankees over the Philadelphia Phillies 51% – 21% in today’s Quinnipiac University poll. 15% says Mets are their favorite team followed by the Boston Red Sox at 3%, with no other team above 1%.

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Flickr User ASurroca
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Could Red Light Cameras Soon Be Banned in NJ? [AUDIO/POLL]

State Senator Mike Doherty has introduced a bill to ban municipalities from using red light camera systems which detect violations of traffic control signals and automate the process of issuing tickets to drivers. He explains, “I don’t like the idea of ‘Big Brother’ watching us on every street corner and I don’t see any evidence that it’s made New Jersey’s roads any safer.”

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