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Hughes Center Poll: New Jerseyans Across All Ages Believe Artificial Intelligence Needs Oversight

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Galloway NJ,  more than one-third (36%) of New Jersey residents think the increased use of artificial intelligence will make their lives worse, and a majority want oversight over the technology, according to a Stockton University poll released today.
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Study Says New Jersey Residents Experience Peak life Satisfaction at age 45

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  • 3 in 4 stated that they would choose love over wealth, if given the choice between the two.
  • 52% of respondents stated that the pandemic increased satisfaction with life.
  • Interactive map included showing peak life satisfaction in each state.

Ridgewood NJ, are we ever truly satisfied in life? Judging by the way many of us go about it, you might have a hard time believing that to be true. We are continuously searching for more – more money, a better job, the ideal partner, the perfect house, a new wardrobe, vacations…But the truth is, we can actually find satisfaction in life, and it happens to peak at different times for different people. So, when do people find satisfaction?

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What Makes Car Insurance So Expensive in New Jersey?

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New Jersey ranks pretty high in the states with the highest auto insurance rates. As of January 2022, the cost of full coverage in New Jersey averaged $1,891, which was 7% higher than the national average of $1,771.

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5 Benefits of iGaming Revenue Growth in New Jersey

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Why the iGaming Market of NJ is Growing so Rapidly

A record $1.35 billion was spent on sports bets by New Jersey residents in just one month in 2022, while the state’s iGaming sector also experienced major growth. Online casinos contributed $135.3 million of the total iGaming income, while online poker games brought in $2.6 million. New Jersey’s iGaming market has recently hit over $133 million in monthly revenue, which is a stunning accomplishment for a relatively young industry. But why is this market so successful?

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New Jersey Residents could see Nighttime Sky Glow just a bit this Weekend

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Ridgewood NJ, if Mother Nature cooperates  New Jersey residents could see  nighttime sky glow just a bit  this weekend. NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center—a division of the National Weather Service—is monitoring the sun and solar winds following a significant solar flare and Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from the sun that occurred around 11:35 a.m. EDT on Oct. 28. The event is predicted to be a strong geomagnetic storm arriving at earth on Oct. 30. After careful analysis of all available data, the Center issued a Geomagnetic Storm Watch, which remains in effect through Oct 31.

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Free The Grapes: NJ’s favorite alcoholic beverage is wine — but limits on shipping dampen consumer choice

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Ridgewood NJ, Beer, wine, or liquor — people have their top choices. New Jersey residents are no exception. In the Garden State, wine tops the list as the favorite alcoholic beverage. It’s ironic, however, that wine tops the list, as New Jersey imposes strict limits on direct-to-consumer shipment from US wineries.

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Governor Murphy’s State of the State address ignored the harsh realities that impact New Jersey residents every day

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Totowa NJ, State Senator Kristin Corrado said Governor Murphy’s State of the State address ignored the harsh realities that impact New Jersey residents every day.

“Clearly, the Governor’s version of the State’s condition is nothing like the reality experienced by everyday New Jerseyans. Today’s address was further proof that Murphy is detached from State residents. He doesn’t understand us because he isn’t one of us.

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Murphy Administration continues to struggle with fulfilling the unemployment claims

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Trenton NJ,  According to reports over the weekend, the Murphy Administration continues to struggle with fulfilling the unemployment claims of suffering New Jersey residents. Legislators continue to grow frustrated with the lack of communication with Murphy’s staff at the Department of Labor.

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What New Jersey Residents Need to Do if COVID-19 Becomes a Seasonal Illness

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Introduction to the Global Pandemic

The new Coronavirus has created a global pandemic, making hundreds of thousands of people sick and taking a toll mercilessly. Believed to have originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, this virus, medical experts say can return seasonally, just like the common flu. 

With vaccine trials still underway, we do not precisely know when it will be ready for deployment. As scientists suggest, a vaccine might be ready in another 12-18 months and that is way too far! So, should the coronavirus return, countries should be ready to deal with it effectively. 

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Governor Murphy Signs “Motor Voter” Legislation ,ending Graveyard Shifts

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April 18,2018
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Trenton NJ, Right on the heels of a former New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission clerk pleading guilty to operating a scheme in which he accepted tens of thousands of dollars in payments in return for allowing over 200 people to obtain permits and licenses without passing required exams.
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Governor Phil Murphy signed into law one of the most expansive Automatic Voter Registration policies in the nation, claiming to be strengthening and enhancing voting rights for eligible New Jersey residents, illegal aliens ,criminals and con artists.

In a press release Murphy claimed , “Today, New Jersey proudly joins a select group of states – 11 plus the District of Columbia – that have enacted automatic voter registration to expand and protect the voting rights of their citizens,” said Governor Murphy. “This stands in stark contrast to those whose only interest lays in restricting voting rights and suppressing voters’ voices. In New Jersey, we recognize our democracy is stronger when more people are given the opportunity to participate and when the residents of our state are empowered to be part of the democratic process.”

The irony is that no ID is required to vote , but getting and ID now makes you eligible to vote.

The legislation, A2014, or Motor Voter ,requires the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) to automatically register to vote any eligible person who applies for a permit, license, or ID card unless the applicant declines the automatic voter registration. The MVC’s chief administrator is required to ensure that all information necessary for voter registration is collected and promptly transmitted electronically to the Secretary of State, with an exception if a person declined to register to vote.

Additionally, the bill expands automatic voter registration to any other state agency that collects proof of voter eligibility, as verified by the Secretary of State. Upon the Secretary’s approval, the agency may implement automatic voter registration for eligible individuals. The agency must comply to the extent applicable, as determined by the Secretary, with the procedures for automatic voter registration established in the bill for the MVC. New Jersey is now only the fourth state to take this additional step.

So no more hanging around grave yards and cemeteries to register voters in New Jersey.

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Scott Garrett: “New Jersey residents deserve to have their tax dollars spent on transportation and infrastructure projects right here in the Garden State instead of being wasted in Washington, D.C.”

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Garrett Statement on Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act

Dec 3, 2015
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05), issued the following statement after voting against the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act:

“New Jersey residents deserve to have their tax dollars spent on transportation and infrastructure projects right here in the Garden State instead of being wasted in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, the FAST Act is full of budgetary gimmicks that will ensure another round of taxpayer-funded bailouts when what we really need are substantive reforms that put our transportation funding on a sustainable fiscal path. The reason Americans have spent $143 billion on bailouts over the last seven years is money set aside in the Highway Trust Fund—the tax you pay at the pump—has been wasted on projects that are unrelated to roads and bridges.

“And if the bailouts aren’t bad enough, the FAST Act also includes provisions to resurrect the most shameless example of crony capitalism Washington has ever concocted—the Export-Import Bank. Overall, I believe New Jersey deserves better, which is why I will continue to fight to end bailouts, end special treatment for Washington insiders, and ensure that my constituents can see their transportation dollars being spent closer to home.”

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Clean Drinking Water for New Jersey Residents Comes at Steep Price

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Clean Drinking Water for New Jersey Residents Comes at Steep Price

face, in some cases, hundreds of millions of dollars in costs to upgrade sewer systems that now pollute rivers and bays during heavy rains, according to a new report prepared by Rutgers University for New Jersey Future, a smart-growth organization.

And time is running out for those communities to fix the problem. Without action to comply with requirements, towns may face penalties or other legal action, the report said.

The 137-page report details a long recognized and unresolved problem in New Jersey, its failure to invest in a deteriorating infrastructure for delivering drinking water and safely disposing of sewage generated from residents in businesses.

The study is a clarion call to the state’s urban areas that they can ill afford to ignore a problem that results in more than 7 billion gallons of diluted sewage each year being dumped in New Jersey’s waterways.

“One point is clear: With aging water infrastructure, what can go wrong at some point will, unless preemptive action is taken,’’ said Daniel Van Abs, the principal investigator for the study, who works at Rutgers University. “Looking the other way does not make the system work any better.’’ (Johnson/NJSpotlight)

https://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/05/06/clean-drinking-water-for-new-jersey-comes-at-steep-price/