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Former Law Firm CFO Charged with Defrauding Firm of More Than $1.5M and Tax Evasion

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Trenton NJ, Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) today announced that John Dunlea, the former Chief Financial Officer of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP (the “McElroy Law Firm”), a national law firm based in New Jersey, has been charged with embezzling more than $1.5 million from the firm and evading payment of income tax owed to the State of New Jersey.

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Holtec International Agrees to Pay $5 Million Penalty

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Trenton NJ, Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA) today announced that Holtec International, a Camden-based energy technology company involved in the decommissioning of nuclear power sites, agreed to pay $5 million in penalties and retain an independent reviewer approved by the State to monitor future applications for State benefits, and in exchange the State agrees to defer criminal prosecution following a lengthy criminal investigation into applications by Holtec and a related company, Singh Real Estate Enterprises (SRE), to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) for $1 million worth of tax credits from the Angel Investor Tax Credit Program.

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Assemblyman Calls Requirement the EV Charging Stations be Operational 97% of the Time Unrealistic and Unenforceable

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Trenton NJ, Assemblyman Christian Barranco (R-25) took to the floor of the state Assembly this week to condemn a bill affecting electric vehicle charging stations as unenforceable and unrealistic.
The legislation( A4715) would require the state Board of Public Utilities or any other State agency that issues an incentive payment for construction of EV charging station to require that the charging centers be operational 97 percent of the time.

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NJ Attorney General: Significant Decreases in Fatal Crashes and Traffic-Related Fatalities in 2023

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Trenton NJ, Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin, along with the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety (HTS), today announced a substantial reduction in traffic-related fatalities in 2023. According to preliminary data as of January 8, 2024, fatal crashes in the state decreased by 9.4%, dropping from 646 in 2022 to 585 in 2023. This positive trend has resulted in an overall 10.4% reduction in fatalities from 2023 to 2022, declining from 689 in 2022 to 617 in 2023, and a 11.5% decrease from the 2021 traffic fatality total of 697.

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NJ Governor Murphy Declares State of Emergency in Preparation for Winter Storm

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Trenton NJ, Governor Phil Murphy today declared that New Jersey will enter a State of Emergency effective at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9 in anticipation of severe storms causing hazardous weather conditions including heavy rain, high winds, and flash flooding. Executive Order No. 350 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.

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Senator Holly Schepisi Says ,”No Accountability for Democrats’ Manufactured Migrant Crisis”

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Trenton NJ, Senator Holly Schepisi (R-39) issued the following statement criticizing Governor Murphy and Democrats for failing to put New Jerseyans ahead of illegal immigrants as New York City’s migrant crisis poses larger problems for the Garden State.

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New Jersey Set to Raise Minimum Wage January 1, 2024

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Trenton NJ, New Jersey is set to become one of a handful of states with a minimum wage of at least $15/hour on January 1, 2024 when the rate increases to $15.13/hour, surpassing the goal set by Governor Murphy and the Legislature in 2019.

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Murphy Administration to require all new car sales to be electric by 2035

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Trenton NJ, Governor Phil Murphy and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette today announced the filing of the Advanced Clean Cars II rule for adoption on December 18, setting the state on the road toward better air quality and cleaner choices for new car buyers while combatting the worsening climate crisis. New Jersey joins a growing number of states that are requiring vehicle manufacturers to make zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) an increasing percentage of their new light-duty vehicle sales beginning in model year 2027, ramping up to 100% ZEVs by 2035.

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Orsted Debacle, Time to Reconsider Governor’s Energy Master Plan

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Trenton NJ, Senator Michael Testa and Senate Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco sent a letter to Governor Murphy demanding a fiscal audit and documents related to interactions with the foreign wind developer Orsted after the company announced they were pulling the plug on New Jersey’s offshore wind project.

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NJEA’s “Disinformation Alert” on Sex Ed Curriculum Is Disingenuous Attempt to Dismiss Parents’ Concerns

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Trenton NJ, Senator Holly Schepisi said a “Disinformation Alert” issued by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) is a disingenuous attempt to dismiss the concerns of parents that new sex education standards could result in their children being exposed to lessons that are age-inappropriate or in conflict with their values.

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Affordability Crisis in New Jersey Continues to Grow Under Governor Murphy

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Trenton NJ, Senate Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco and Senate Republican Budget Officer Declan O’Scanlon slammed Governor Murphy for avoiding real issues like the affordability crisis in New Jersey after a new report ranked New Jersey as the worst state on the 2024 State Business Tax Climate Index.

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Governor Murphy and Treasury Delayed ANCHOR Property Tax Relief Payments in Election Year Move

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Trenton NJ, Senate Republican leader Anthony M. Bucco said Governor Murphy’s scheduled delivery of ANCHOR Property Tax Relief payments were designed to be political.

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When Will Governor Murphy be Held Accountable for the Deaths in Veterans Homes in Menlo Park and Paramus

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Trenton NJ, Senator Kristin Corrado is calling for a special legislative committee to be formed to investigate the findings of a recent report by the State of New Jersey Commission of Investigation (SCI) that revealed shocking failures at the veterans homes in Menlo Park and Paramus.

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Senate Republicans Press for Investigation into NJ AG’s Office Over Implication in U.S. Senator Bob Menendez’s Indictment

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Trenton NJ, The Senate Republican Caucus, led by the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJU), Senator’s Anthony M. Bucco, Kristin M. Corrado, Jon Bramnick, and Michael Testa, issued a letter to Senate President Nicholas Scutari to call for the SJU to be reconvened to investigate certain matters contained in U.S. Senator Bob Menendez’s indictment that implicate the Attorney General’s Office. The letter calls on our Democratic colleagues in the Senate to pledge their support toward reconvening the Senate and initiating an investigation with special counsel and subpoena power in the immediate coming days.

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Bill Revoking Public Pensions for Corrupt Officials Back on the Table after Democrats Voted to Kill It

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Trenton NJ, Senator Declan O’Scanlon announced today that he is reintroducing legislation from 2008 that would revoke public pensions for government officials and employees who are convicted of any crime while in office. Senator Edward Durr (R-3) will sign on as a co-prime sponsor of the bill.

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