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.
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.
“After months of upward movement in the Garden State Quality of Life Index, we have seen a slight drop that seems to be caused mainly by economic and security concerns,” says Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Speaking yesterday at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C., New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told a welcoming audience that politics crushed a tax cut deal he had reached with Democratic leaders in the legislature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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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