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ICE arrests 13 fugitive Aliens in 4-day New Jersey Surge

Agency targets fugitive aliens and those with criminal offenses

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NEWARK NJ, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 13 immigration violators in New Jersey during a 4-day surge effort that targeted aliens who have been issued a final order of removal in the past five years, have failed to depart the United States, and have received criminal convictions or have pending criminal charges.“As this operation clearly demonstrates, ICE continues to focus its efforts first on public safety threats,” said ERO Newark Field Office Director John Tsoukaris. “The vast majority of the individuals targeted in this effort have criminal offenses in addition to their immigration violations, making them among the highest priority for enforcement.”

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Senate President Steve Sweeney Advocates for Cost Saving Reforms at Economic Policy Forum

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New Brunswick NJ, Continuing his advocacy for the fiscal reforms needed to reduce costs for state and local government, Senate President Steve Sweeney today joined a policy forum to discuss the initiatives in the “Path to Progress” report that will produce savings and efficiencies for state and local government and will help avert the mounting crisis in public finances from overtaking the government’s ability to operate effectively.

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Sweeney Blasts CWA Leader on Mischaracterization of Fiscal Reforms

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Trenton NJ, Senate President Steve Sweeney today challenged the mischaracterizations of his proposed fiscal reforms by Hetty Rosenstein, the New Jersey area director for the Communications Workers of America, saying that her descriptions of the substance and impact of the proposals in the “Path to Progress” report are “flat out wrong.”

“Ms. Rosenstein is doing a disservice to the taxpayers and to public employees with her false characterizations of the reforms needed to restore integrity to public finances and prevent a future fiscal meltdown,” said Senator Sweeney. “Our hybrid pension plan will improve the fiscal stability of the pension system for current and retired public employees and save billions of dollars for taxpayers and the state budget.

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The American Lung Association : New Jersey Worst Air Quality in the Country

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Ridgewood NJ, The American Lung Association released its 2019 State of the Air report showing New Jersey continues to have some of the most polluted air in the nation. Ground level ozone pollution – smog – continues to increase across the state, although there were some areas of improvement. For instance, particle pollution – soot – continues to decline.

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Christie “Its My Party Too” Whitman , Told its Not your Party ,get Lost

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Trenton NJ, The NJ Conservative GOP has called for Christie Todd Whitman to be asked to leave the Republican Party. “Whitman is out of control with her contemptible remarks regarding our successful President Donald Trump, calling him a dictator and saying he has no regard for the Constitution! Whitman has been a constant degrading critic of the President. Her most recent remarks go beyond the pale, and her ugly hateful assertions have NO place in the Republican Party. Whitman is a vile critic of President Trump, even more so than democrats Murphy, Sweeney, and Coughlin all put together. The NJ C-GOP is calling on New Jersey GOP State Chairman Doug Steinhardt to request a change of party for Whitman”.  Danielczyk said.

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Senate President Steve Sweeney: “We have to face up to the reality of the deep fiscal crisis we are facing”

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New Brunswick NJ,  Speaking at a public policy forum at Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics, Senate President Steve Sweeney discussed the cost-cutting reforms in the “Path to Progress” report, including those that will produce savings and efficiencies for municipalities, county governments, local school districts and their employees.

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State Senator Tom Kean Blast Murphy Administration after Delgado-Polanco’s Resigns from the New Jersey Schools Development Authority

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Trenton NJ, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said representatives of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) should be prepared to answer questions about the agency’s operations and employment practices at upcoming Senate Budget Committee hearings following today’s resignation of chief executive officer Lizette Delgado-Polanco.

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WalletHub Study : New Jersey Is 2019’s 7th Most Gambling-Addicted State

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Ridgewood NJ, With Americans losing over $100 billion through gambling each year and the Kentucky Derby soon to kick off, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Most Gambling-Addicted States as well as accompanying videos, along with its Kentucky Derby Facts & History infographic.

In order to call out the states where gambling addiction is most prevalent, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 20 key metrics. The data set ranges from presence of illegal gambling operations to lottery sales per capita to share of adults with gambling disorders.

Gambling Addiction in New Jersey (1=Most Addicted, 25=Avg.):

  • 8th – Lottery Sales per Capita
  • 33rd – % of Adults with Gambling Disorders
  • 7th – Gambling-Related Arrests per Capita
  • 1st – Legality of Daily Fantasy Sports
  • 26th – Legality of Sports Gambling

For the full report, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/states-most-addicted-to-gambling/20846/

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Sweeney Addresses NJBIA’s Policy Forum on Economic Value of Fiscal Reforms

Discusses Poll Showing Public’s Dissatisfaction with Handling of Public Finances

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Trenton NJ, Continuing to advocate for the fiscal and economic reforms needed to avert future financial crises, Senate President Steve Sweeney spoke at the New Jersey Business and Industry Associations policy forum today where he emphasized the economic value of bringing fiscal reforms to public finances.

Senator Sweeney addressed NJBIA’s Government Affairs Policy Committee about the “Path to Progress” report issued by the 25-member study group that provides a working blueprint to achieve the operational and structural reforms needed to restore financial stability and affordable government.

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Tax Freedom Day For New Jersey Residents Falls on April 30th!

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Ridgewood Nj, just a reminder New Jerseyans, you have to work longer than residents of every other state, except one New York to cover your tax bill and enjoy Tax Freedom Day . Its April 30th this year . This is just another sign NJ is moving in the wrong economic direction and no in Trenton cares.