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Menendez, Booker Announce Funding To Hire Firefighters

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker say more than one-million dollars in federal grants has been made available to recruit and hire new firefighters in Hoboken and Wildwood to help ensure readiness to respond to future emergencies.  Both departments were instrumental in rescue operations during Superstorm Sandy.  Hoboken was awarded more than 667-thousand dollars,…

Woman Sues State Following MVC Head Scarf Incident

An Ocean County woman is suing the state after claiming a Motor Vehicle Commission employee illegally forced her to remove a head scarf.  Jennifer Giordano of Brick Township lost her hair from cancer treatment.  Giordano says the employee made her take the scarf off for a driver's license renewal picture at the Eatontown MVC office…

President Announces Ban On Transgender Military Service In Tweets

The U.S. government will no longer allow transgender military service.  President Trump announced the ban in a series of tweets this morning.  He said the U.S. military must be "focused on decisive and overwhelming victory." Trump argued that the military "cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption" that transgender service in the…

Celgene Settles Lawsuit Over Improper Promotion Of Cancer Drugs

Celgene has agreed to pay 280-million-dollars to settle a lawsuit alleging it promoted cancer drugs for unapproved uses.  The New Jersey pharmaceutical company was accused of marketing Thalomid and Revlimid for off-label treatments and then submitting false claims to Medicare.  The company has denied wrongdoing, saying it agreed to the settlement to avoid the uncertainty,…

Phil Murphy Taps Sheila Oliver for Lt. Governor

(courtesy www.murphy4nj.com) The Democratic candidate for New Jersey Governor has reportedly made his choice for Lieutenant Governor. Phil Murphy has chosen former state Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver to join his ticket. "Sheila is the perfect person to help create an economy that is stronger and fairer for all New Jerseyans. In the Assembly, Sheila has…

Study Finds Money Can Buy Happiness.

A new study says money can buy happiness, despite the conventional wisdom that says it can't.  A research team from the Harvard Business School surveyed more than four-thousand people in the U.S., Canada, Denmark, and the Netherlands.  The researchers asked people whether they paid others to do daily tasks they didn't enjoy so they could…

Newark Police Officer Admits To Housing Scam

A Newark police officer says he took part in a conspiracy to scam his way into federal housing funds.  The U.S. Attorney's Office said 50-year-old Luis Cancel lied for over five years concerning his living arrangements to get Section 8 rent subsidies.  He and another person agreed not to disclose that they lived with one…

Funeral Today For NJ Marine Killed In Crash

A funeral service is taking place today for the New Jersey marine killed in a military crash in Mississippi. The public is invited to join family and friends at the football field at Colts Neck High School for an eleven o'clock service this morning to remember Corporal Dan Baldassare.  The 20-year-old Colts Neck native was…

Funeral Held For Murdered Keansburg Girl

A funeral is being held today for a murdered New Jersey girl.  Services for eleven-year-old Abbie Smith are taking place this morning at St. Ann's Church in Keansburg, one day after hundreds gathered at the fifth grader's wake.  Abbie was found wrapped in a blanket earlier this month on a roof behind her apartment complex…