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Bill Allowing State Lottery Winners to Remain “Anonymous” Clears Assembly Panel

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Ridgewood NJ, To protect the safety of lucky New Jerseyans who win the lottery, Assemblyman John Burzichelli sponsored legislation allowing for winners of the State Lottery to remain anonymous. The bill cleared the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee Thursday.

“While winning the lottery is a dream come true for those lucky individuals who are able to call themselves winners, they are sometimes hounded and harassed as a result of their newfound wealth and fame,” said Burzichelli (D-Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem). “In some cases, lottery prizes have resulted in winners being robbed and even killed, such as in places like Chicago, Georgia and West Virginia. If a lottery winner wishes to remain anonymous, they should have the right to not have their information publicly distributed.”

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NJ Still Among Nation’s Most Polluted

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Ridgewood NJ, Each year the EPA releases pollution data to help inform the public on how to get that pollution reduced. In 2017, nearly 6 million pounds of toxins were released into the New Jersey air as the state’s 9 million residents breathed it in, keeping the state among the country’s worst polluters. This is especially dangerous to residents all across the state who are already overburdened by pollution and continue to choke on dirty air. Many of the toxic chemicals emitted into our air, water and land are carcinogens, damaging our health and environment.

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Senate President Steve Sweeney Opposes Proposed Tax Increases

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Trenton NJ, Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement today in response to the budget proposal offered by Governor Phil Murphy:

“This is a positive budget plan that takes meaningful steps in the right direction, but I remain opposed to the proposed tax increase.  I welcome the Governor’s willingness to work with the Legislature in a constructive and cooperative way.

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Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez, says “There’s no place in Black History Month, or any month for that matter, for us to pay tribute to a convicted murderer”

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Trenton NJ, In response to a poster for airline JetBlue’s Black History Month campaign “honoring” Joanne Chesimard, who was convicted of murdering New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973, Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez released the following statement. Chesimard escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba, where she remains at large.

            “There’s no place in Black History Month, or any month for that matter, for us to pay tribute to a convicted murderer,” said Jimenez (D-Bergen, Hudson). “Joanne Chesimard made a career out of seeking out police officers to harm or even kill, and she tragically took the life of one of our brave state troopers. And as a woman of Cuban descent, it’s devastating to know she has been able to live free under political asylum in Cuba for decades. Chesimard does not belong on a poster or a pedestal. She belongs in an American prison. JetBlue’s actions were insensitive and extremely disrespectful to the heroic men and women in law enforcement and Trooper Foerster’s family. I’d like to express my full support for the New Jersey State Police and their outstanding efforts to honor Trooper Foerster’s memory and keep our communities safe.”

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NJDOT advising motorists to plan ahead for Wednesday’s storm

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TRENTON  NJ, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today issued a Winter Weather Congestion Alert and are implementing the Department’s Business Day Protocol for Wednesday, February 20, based on the forecast for expected snow and freezing rain beginning tomorrow morning and continuing throughout the day, which may result in difficult driving conditions, particularly during the Wednesday evening commute.

The Department is advising motorists to plan ahead and to consider curtailing travel tomorrow if possible. Snow is expected to begin tomorrow morning in South Jersey and move north. It is expected to intensify in the afternoon and at some point it is expected to turn to freezing rain, which may cause difficult driving conditions.

NJDOT will be deploying the necessary resources in advance of the storm and is coordinating its response with NJ Transit and the toll road authorities to ensure the best response for New Jerseyans.

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Governor Murphy Declares State of Emergency

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TRENTON NJ, Today, Governor Phil Murphy declared that New Jersey will enter a state of emergency beginning Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 5:00 a.m. ahead of the anticipated winter storm. The storm is expected to start tomorrow and continue throughout the day. Executive Order No. 57 declares a state of emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey, allowing resources to be deployed throughout the state during the duration of the storm.

“As a winter storm is expected to impact our State, we are urging residents of New Jersey to drive with caution and use their best judgment during this time,” said Governor Murphy. “We are actively monitoring the storm and are prepared to deploy any resources available to ensure the safety of the roads.”

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Murphy’s Poll Numbers Tank

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TRENTON NJ,Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) released the following statement on Gov. Phil Murphy latest job approval rankings according to a Monmouth University poll:

“Polling shows the Murphy administration’s reckless spending and taxing is taking New Jersey in the wrong direction.  The public now realizes that the Murphy administration is not only raising taxes, even on the rain, but is trying to take over your communities.  Trenton is permitting thousands of high density housing units in our towns, supports taking over your local schools and wants more regulation on job creators.

The Murphy administration is getting its first dose of reality from the public in the Monmouth poll.  Until Trenton begins to address the needs of working people, Murphy’s poll numbers will nose dive.”

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DOJ does an About Face on New Jersey’s Online Gambling

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Trenton NJ,  Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today wrote the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) expressing New Jersey’s objection to a recently-issued legal opinion that federal criminal law could apply to the state-sanctioned online gambling that has taken place for years in New Jersey and across the U.S.

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon condemns Governor Murphy’s minimum wage bill sighting widespread negative impact on New Jersey

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Trenton NJ, Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today condemned Governor Murphy’s signature of a bill which would rapidly raise the minimum wage to $15 and have widespread negative impacts for New Jersey.

“This law will have disastrous consequences for our business community and minimum wage workers. It simply goes too far too fast,” O’Scanlon stated. “I serve on the bipartisan manufacturing caucus and we heard from every single manufacturer that it was impossible for them to absorb this increase without losing jobs.”

“A hugely important component of this discussion is the effect on our budget. With the fiscal pronouncements that we have made, including the Senate President himself, how can we commit the State to a dramatic impact like the roughly half a billion dollar price tag of this increase? The is inconsistent with the Path to Progress suggestions for lower cost of government. We are digging ourselves deeper into a hole that we already don’t know how to get out of. How can we possibly look our taxpayers in the eye–already the most beleaguered in the nation–no matter how well-intentioned this might be?”

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NJBIA President Calls Murphy’s Minimum Wage Law Irresponsible

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New Jersey Business and Industry Association President and CEO Michele N. Siekerka issued the following statement regarding the $15 Minimum Wage law signed by Governor Murphy today.

“After calling for a responsible, slow and predictive pathway to increasing the minimum wage, we are disappointed that our policymakers have put into place a plan that will result in a 35 percent cost increase to New Jersey’s small businesses, when including the increased wage and payroll taxes, within just 11 months.

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