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Colonel Patrick Callahan Reads, “Horton Hears a Who”

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Trenton NJ, To celebrate Read Across America 2019, Colonel Patrick Callahan stopped by Charles Street School in Palmyra to read to a group of 1st grade students during “Crazy Hat and Sock Day!”

The Colonel read, “Giggle, Giggle, Quack” by Doreen Cronin and the Dr. Suess classic, “Horton Hears a Who.”

The Colonel felt that “Horton Hears a Who” promotes a message of equality—highlighting the line, “A person is a person no matter how big or small.”

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New Jersey State Police Issues Commercial Vehicle Travel Restriction

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West Trenton, N.J. – Colonel Patrick J. Callahan has announced a commercial vehicle travel restriction due to the anticipated severity of the impending winter storm.

Effective Sunday, March 3 at 3:00 p.m., there will be a commercial vehicle travel restriction for the following roadways:

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JetBlue Honors Cop killer During Black History Month

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Newark NJ, JetBlue, honors NJ trooper killer Joanne Chesimard,during Black History Month .

“Joanne Chesimard is a fugitive who was tried and convicted of the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. We appreciate Jet Blue removing the portrait of Chesimard out of respect for the Foerster family, the men and women of the New Jersey State Police, and all of the men and women in law enforcement who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. We will never forget the service of Trooper Foerster and remain steadfast and committed in our efforts to bring Chesimard to justice.”

-Colonel Patrick J. Callahan

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New Jersey State Police Issues Commercial Vehicle Travel Restriction

West Trenton NJ, Colonel Patrick J. Callahan has announced a commercial vehicle travel restriction due to the anticipated severity of the impending winter storm.

Effective Tuesday, February 12, at 12:00 a.m., there will be a commercial vehicle travel restriction for the following roadways:

• I-195 (entire length)
• I-78 (entire length)
• I-80 (entire length)
• I-280 (entire length)
• I-287 (entire length)
• I-295 (entire length)
• I-676 (entire length)
• I-76 (entire length)
The commercial vehicle travel restriction does NOT apply to the following roadways:

• New Jersey Turnpike
• Garden State Parkway
• Atlantic City Expressway

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New Jersey State Police Report Phone Scam

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**Phone Scam Alert***

Ridgewood NJ, The New Jersey State Police is investigating a series of fraudulent phone calls (spoof calls) requesting Social Security numbers from private citizens.

The suspect(s) are using the legitimate phone number, 609-452-2601, for the New Jersey State Police Transportation Safety Bureau office and are posing as New Jersey State Troopers. During the calls, a man with a foreign accent will inform the victim that they are police officers with the New Jersey State Police. They attempt to frighten victims by claiming that they have received multiple complaints associated with their Social Security number.

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Funny Money Hits Turnpike

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Detectives Arrest Man for Using Counterfeit Bills at Tolls

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West Trenton NJ, The New Jersey State Police have arrested Moustapha Toure, 22, of Staten Island, N.Y. for using counterfeit bills at various New Jersey Turnpike interchange tolls.

On Thursday, January 3, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority reported that a man had used $200 worth of counterfeit bills at different tolls.

Through various investigative means, investigators identified Toure as the suspect. On Monday, January 29, detectives from the Troop “D” Criminal Investigation Office located and arrested him.

Moustapha Toure was charged with criminal simulation and theft, and was released pending a court appearance.

Charges are mere accusations and the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty.

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New Jersey State Police remind you to leave a little extra time and a little extra space

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Ridgewood NJ, the New Jersey State Police remind you to leave a little extra time and a little extra space. 

Although winter is still a little over a week away, cold temperatures and winter weather are upon us nevertheless. Parts of North Jersey are expected to get some light snow tomorrow morning and into the afternoon, which could create hazardous road conditions.

Now, meteorologists aren’t predicting a blizzard, but light snow can still create dangerous driving conditions. The best thing you can do to help us and crews tasked with treating and clearing the roads is to avoid driving during inclement weather if you can. Less traffic creates a safer environment for the men and women working on the roadways during inclement weather.

But we do know that many of you will have no choice but to drive to work. Fortunately, there are few things you can do to keep yourself and others safe when driving on snow-covered roads. First, you can #SlowYourRoll! Driving at speeds too fast for the road conditions is often a contributing factor in snow-related crashes and spinouts. These types of crashes not only put our Troopers in danger, they also put you, your occupants and other emergency personnel (like tow-truck drivers and first responders) in danger as well. Other cars spinning out of control are deadly to pedestrians at a scene.

The next best thing you can do is to leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front of you should you have to brake unexpectedly. Even anti-lock brakes are not enough to stop a slowing or stopping car sliding on slick, snowy roads. Oh, and plan to leave for work a little earlier. Because you’ll be rolling slower, right?

Troopers will be on patrol to assist you if you need us. Hopefully, you won’t require our services. Snow is expected to start in the morning. Snow totals will vary depending on where you live with some areas getting a wintry mix. For more in-depth updates, go to the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Facebook page.

Be safe, people!

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Morris County GOP Chair Ron DeFilippis Slams Governor Murphy and the Trenton Democrats for Partying in Atlantic City while NJ Residents are Stranded for Hours

As Governor Murphy Parties in Atlantic City, NJ Residents are Stranded On Roads for Hours

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PARSIPPANY NJ, Due to the poor preparedness and response to the State’s first snowstorm of 2018, hundreds of thousands of residents across the state were stranded on major highways that were not prepared, plowed, salted or cleared for upwards of over twelve hours. Despite the fact that the snowstorm was predicted 3-4 days before it hit, there was still little to nothing done to prepare for the turmoil and danger the storm caused.

“While the Governor was partying at the League of Municipalities in Atlantic City, our friends and neighbors were stuck on NJ highways for up to 14 hours in some areas. The danger and havoc that the lack of preparation caused on residents should be unforgivable. This is what happens when people vote on emotion and not practicality. You elect people into office that have no experience or right being there”, said Morris County Chair Ron DeFilippis.

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NJ State Police Urges Responsible Driving on Land and Water this Labor Day Weekend

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WEST TRENTON NJ, The official end of summer is upon us, which means many will take advantage of the long Labor Day weekend to head to the Jersey shore and other vacation destinations for one last balmy getaway. Residents and tourists alike can expect increased traffic and congestion on our roadways and waterways this weekend. Responsible vehicle operation both on and off of the water is the first step to ensuring a safe holiday for everyone.

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