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Twenty People Charged in Connection with Jersey Shore Drug Ring

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Asbury Park NJ, Twenty people have been charged for their roles as members, associates, and suppliers of a drug-trafficking conspiracy that distributed cocaine and crack cocaine in the Monmouth County, New Jersey, area, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Nineteen defendants were arrested today and one remains at large. They are charged with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine or 280 grams or more of crack cocaine (See chart below). The defendants arrested today are scheduled to have their initial appearances this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lois H. Goodman in Trenton federal court.

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Out of Touch Governor Waited Too Long to Provide Summer Rental Relief

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OCEAN TOWNSHIP NJ, After Governor Phil Murphy allowed months of lost business and income for people who rely on the summer rental season, Assembly candidates Matt Woolley and Mike Amoroso are relieved to hear an 11.625 percent tax passed last year has been repealed. Woolley and Amoroso are challenging Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling in the 11th legislative district.

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NJGOP Chairman Calls On Murphy To Return Shore Rental Tax Revenue

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Ridgewood NJ, Governor Murphy has announced that he will be eliminating the shore rental tax going forward. The Governor has admitted that the tax was an unnecessary burden and many people say that mom and pop rentals were inadvertently taxed.   The NJGOP has been repeatedly calling for the end of the shore rental tax .   

NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt released the following statement:


“Governor Murphy has admitted he made a mistake, but now it’s time to rectify that mistake. He must refund the money to the mom and pops who were forced to pay his shore rental tax this summer. Otherwise, it’s safe to assume it was intentional, and another democratic money grab no different than when Murphy tried to steal $33M from the firemen’s burial and hardship fund. Here’s the Governor’s chance to put his money where his mouth is, or better yet, back in the wallets of the moms and pops he took it from.”

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Finally Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Easing Taxation on Shore Rentals

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Governor Waits till the second week in August to repeal new renters tax

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Ridgewood NJ,  Governor Phil Murphy today signed legislation (A-4814) amending the transient accommodations law enacted last summer to provide relief for many shore renters by narrowing the scope of rentals that are subject to taxation. The administration conducted a thorough legal and technical review to ensure that the legislation, as written, was not only feasible to implement, but more closely mirrors the original intent, which was to create parity throughout the rental industry by extending the existing tax on hotels and motels to certain short-term rentals, such as those done through online marketplaces. “Our shore economy adds tremendous vitality and dynamism to New Jersey,” said Governor Murphy.

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Shore Rental Tax Relief Nowhere in Sight

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Ocean City NJ, Legislation that would relieve the costly consequences of a tax on short-term rentals that was imposed by Governor Phil Murphy last year continues to sit on the governor’s desk while evidence of the tax’s damage to the Jersey Shore economy mounts.

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe (all R-Ocean) say they are frustrated by the delay and are calling on the Murphy administration to enact the bill before it’s too late for the summer season.

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Menendez Urges Aggressive Action from the Dangers of Flying Beach Umbrellas

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MANASQUAN NJ, A year after a tourist was impaled by a flying beach umbrella at the Jersey Shore, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) stood on the beach in Manasquan to call on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) to take more aggressive action to protect beachgoers from the dangers of wind-swept beach umbrellas that can cause serious injury or even death.  On July 16, 2018, a beach umbrella took off with a gust of wind in Seaside Heights, N.J., and speared the woman in the leg.  In 2016, a woman in Virginia Beach was killed by a beach umbrella that got caught in the wind and struck her in the chest.  Last month, a toddler was nearly impaled by a flying beach umbrella in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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Public Health Alert: Potential Measles Exposures in Ocean County

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Lakewood NJ, The New Jersey Department of Health is warning residents about another confirmed case of measles in an Ocean County resident who potentially exposed individuals in Ocean County between July 10 and July 12.  

Anyone who visited Congregation Belz, 18 Prague Place, Lakewood, NJ 08701 during the following dates/times may have been exposed to measles:

  • July 10 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • July 11 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • July 12 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The Department is working in collaboration with the Ocean County Health Department to identify and notify people who might have been exposed during the time the individual was infectious. For a current list of measles exposures, please visit the Department’s measles page.

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Take Proper Precautions during Summer Boating Season

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Point Pleasant NJ, The State Police Marine Services Bureau would like to remind everyone to take proper precautions when operating vessels on the waterways.

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Time for Murphy to sign tax relief on Jersey Shore rentals

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Seaside Heights NJ,  Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick called on Gov. Phil Murphy to sign legislation fixing a 2018 law that inadvertently taxed owners of summer rentals.  The bill (A4814) has been sitting on his desk since June 27.

“Quick action is needed to save what remains of the summer vacation season,” said Bramnick (R-Union).  “Every day that passes with this tax still in place is less income for families to spend while on vacation at the Shore.”

Both houses of the Legislature unanimously passed the bill in June.  It exempts homeowners who rent directly to vacationers from last year’s Airbnb tax, which extended the 6.625 percent sales tax and the 5 percent hotel and motel occupancy fee to private rentals of less than 90 days.

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Don’t Let Bedbugs Ruin your Vacation

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Health Department reminds you that some vacation memories are better left behind – bed bugs, for example. Consumer Reports’ experts explain simple ways to check for signs of bed bugs in your hotel room and what to do if you spot them. With thousands of travelers passing through their doors, it’s inevitable that hotel rooms are prone to bed bug infestations. Even luxury hotels are susceptible to these unwelcome guests. To protect yourself from infestation, you should always check for bed bugs in hotel rooms.

When you enter a room, don’t unpack. Bring your luggage to a clean bathtub or a rack that will keep it off the floor until you have inspected the room.

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