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Public Safety Telecommunicator Rescues Unconscious Man from Burning Car

Jackson Twp NJ, Public Safety Telecommunicator Rescues Unconscious Man from Burning Car

On Tuesday, August 13, Public Safety Telecommunicator Leonard Moore pulled an unconscious man from a burning car moments before it became fully engulfed in flames in Jackson Township, Ocean County.

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Off-Duty NJ State Trooper Rescues Distressed Swimmer

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Sea Isle City NJ, On Saturday, August 3, Detective Sergeant First Class George Wren was vacationing with his family in Sea Isle City, N.J. when he rescued a swimmer who was caught in a riptide and being pulled into the ocean.

Moments after explaining the dangers of the rip current to his children, a woman frantically approached DSFC Wren and screamed that a man was drowning. He observed the man about 75 yards from the shoreline drifting further into the ocean.

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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Assembly candidates Matt Woolley and Mike Amoroso are relieved to hear an 11.625 percent tax passed last year has been repealed.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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4 Ways To Have a Quintessential Summer in New Jersey

As we enter the dog days of summer, there’s still plenty of the season left to plan a family vacation or a quick weekend getaway with friends. Whether you’re planning a trip to the East Coast or already live in New Jersey, here are some ways to ensure your summer is the best ever.

Watch Your Favorite Football Team in Action

Although fall is the official start of the football season, training season is an excellent opportunity to see some of your favorite players and experience the action at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

If you can’t make it to summer training camp, there are plenty of other events, like soccer matches, throughout the summer at the stadium.

Spend the Day at the Beach

Not only is spending the day at the beach a great way to cool down during the hottest days of the summer, but most people have nothing but fond memories of spending hours lounging in the sand and splashing in the water.

While the Jersey Shore stretches over 100 miles along the coast, some “must visit” beach spots include Seaside Heights, Cape May, and Sandy Hook. Don’t forget to check out important details beforehand, such as beach rules and regulations and the best places to park.

Pitch a Tent and Go Camping

What’s summer without a camping trip? Whether you’re a seasoned camper or are new to the whole “getting in touch with nature” experience, there are dozens of state parks to set up your tent. Not sure about “roughin’ it” in a tent? There are RV campgrounds and several state parks to rent a cabin or yurt.

Enjoy an Ice Cream Treat

No one will argue that ice cream is a delicious treat year-round but there’s nothing quite like enjoying a soft serve cone or a carefully crafted sundae in the summer heat. You don’t need to be a kid to enjoy some of the top-rated ice cream shops located throughout the state. Whether you indulge in a classic soft serve at Magnifico’s or a scoop of homemade ice cream at Gabriel’s Fountain, you’ll be celebrating summer the way it’s intended.

A Few Travel Tips

Whether you’re traveling across town to your favorite park or up the coast to spend a day at the beach and hitting up an amusement park, New Jersey is a popular getaway for out-of-towners and Jersey residents alike. 

When traveling by car, ditch the distractions, keep your eyes on the road, and be on the lookout for inexperienced (or out of town drivers), particularly on the Turnpike where dozens of accidents occur every year. When you’re walking around town, stick to the sidewalks, use the crosswalks, and make sure that drivers see you before you cross the street.

For a successful summer trip, check out the weather forecast and dress for the weather. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, and drinking water. Check out your route ahead of time and be aware of any detours due to accidents or road construction.