N.J. Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/n.j/ Wed, 03 Sep 2014 02:09:31 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb N.J. Teacher Contract Settlement Rates Average 2.42 Percent for 2014-2015 http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-teacher-contract-settlement-rates-average-242-percent-for-2014-2015 TEACHERP_optBY ANN MARIE SMITH

TRENTON - The average public school teacher in New Jersey will receive a 2.42 percent raise in the 2014-2015 school year, the New Jersey School Boards Association reported yesterday. That average reflects 324 ratified agreements covering the upcoming school year, including those in the first, second, or third year of the contract.

Many of the contracts contain provisions for longer workdays for teachers, or more instructional time.

State Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:51:12 +0000
UPDATE: New Jersey Church Up in Flames http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/update-new-jersey-church-up-in-flames FIRE_opt_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

The Paterson church that caught fire on Wednesday was completely decimated, but thankfully there were no casualties.

About 80 firefighters battled heat and humidity along with the out of control blaze at Central Baptist Church.

State Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:56:54 +0000
White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/white-houses-tuition-challenge-being-met-in-new-jersey TUITION_opt-1BY MICHAEL W. KLEIN, JD, PhD
In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students. The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have already accepted this challenge, cutting costs and implementing innovations that minimized tuition increases. They range between 0% and 3% this coming year. ]]>
State Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:43:52 +0000
Sometimes Road Rage Follows Chris Christie http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/sometimes-road-rage-follows-chris-christie christie071509_optBY BOB HOLT

Very often there is rage expressed at a Chris Christie town hall meeting: Either by someone in attendance, or by the New Jersey governor himself.

On Monday, it was Christie’s motorcade that made a New Jersey driver angry.

NJ.com reported that a motorist in Seaside Park felt he was cut off by a vehicle in Christie’s motorcade began following the car. The state trooper who was driving the car turned into the Seaside Park Police Department and talked things over with the following motorist.

According to an Associated Press report on NBC 10 Philadelphia, two cars usually make up Governor Christie’s motorcade. He is usually a passenger in the first vehicle, and the second follows closely behind. Plain clothes wearing state troopers drive both cars in the motorcade.

NJ.com reported that according to Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak, the following motorist was not speeding or acting in an aggressive manner, and there was no contact between the cars.

State Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:49:40 +0000
Saga of an Atlantic County Hotel and Price Gouging http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/saga-of-an-atlantic-county-hotel-and-price-gouging CONSUMER_opt.pngBY ERIC GUNDERSEN

NEWARK – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs today announced that Amy Hotels, LLC, d/b/a “Econo Lodge” (“Amy Hotels”) in Egg Harbor Township, has agreed to pay $64,543.96 to resolve the State’s allegations that the hotel engaged in 545 instances of unlawful price gouging in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

“New Jersey’s laws specifically prohibit price gouging for needed commodities during a declared state of emergency,” Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said. “This settlement, and the many other victories we have obtained against alleged Superstorm Sandy price-gougers, should deter other businesses from violating this law in the future.”

State Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:33:40 +0000
Dead Body Found in Fairfield http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/dead-body-found-in-fairfield police_opt_1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

In Fairfield Township, a suspicious death has local authorities investigating.

A body was discovered late Sunday afternoon.

According to The Press of Atlantic City, a woman’s body was found on Sunday at about 4:20 p.m. in a wooded section off Buckshutem Road.

State Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:08:05 +0000
Chris Christie Pushed to Drop Bruce Springsteen http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/chris-christie-pushed-to-drop-bruce-springsteen springsteenWK82314_optBY BOB HOLT

Governor Chris Christie’s town hall meetings have often led to heated exchanges.

A woman who attended a town hall affair in Long Branch this week got into some dangerous territory with the governor- she questioned his relationship with Bruce Springsteen.

Christie and Springsteen have not shared the same political views over the years, but a series of Springsteen songs played before Christie got to the meeting. The Asbury Park Press reported that Sandra Booket asked the governor, "I thought I had heard that Bruce asked that none of his music was played at your events because he didn't believe in your politics?"

Booket claimed to have heard that Springsteen didn’t want the governor using his music because Christie did not empathize with problems of members of the working class and middle class. Booket is from Rumson, and says she is Springsteen’s neighor.

“Bruce has never asked me to do that,” Christie responded, according to NJ.com. “I know Bruce and I spoke to Bruce and you’re wrong,”

State Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:20:03 +0000
6 Reasons Chris Christie Against Open Space for NJ http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/6-reasons-chris-christie-against-open-space-for-nj christie102610tl_optBY BOB HOLT

There will be a question coming up on your November election ballot about whether New Jersey should use more money on open space policies.

State voters usually pass ballot questions. Governor Chris Christie thinks the current open space allotment is sufficient.

One reason Christie doesn’t support open space is political. The governor said the Democratic Legislature proposes such measures when they can’t get what they want. "When they can't get something by me, they go around me with a referendum question," Christie said, according to NJ.com. “They should not use the constitution this way. We've got plenty of money to deal with open space in this state."

According to CBS New York, if the measure is approved, the referendum would devote a portion of New Jersey’s business tax revenue to protecting open space. The amount would start at 4 percent, and rise to 6 percent in five years.

Christie didn’t mince words once again when giving his thoughts on the matter at a Sea Bright news conference last week. According to an Associated Press report in The Daily Journal, he described the proposed constitutional amendment as "irresponsible," "ridiculous" and a "perversion of the constitutional process."

State Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:06:08 +0000
UPDATE: Freehold Crash http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/update-freehold-crash police_opt_1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

The Tuesday afternoon three-vehicle accident in Freehold that claimed the lives of three people has left another man in critical condition.

Monmouth County prosecutors are still investigating the accident, and looking for witnesses.

According to NBC New York, prosecutors are saying that a Volkswagen Jetta was going south on the Kosloski Road overpass at business Route 33 when it crossed over into the northbound lane and struck a Honda Pilot. The Pilot was driven into the air, and landed on a Toyota Camry.

State Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:46:40 +0000
Should a Nine-Year-Old Have an Uzi Submachine Gun? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/should-a-nine-year-old-have-an-uzi-submachine-gun UZI_optBY BOB HOLT

Some children are often given dancing lessons, or even horseback riding lessons by their parents at a relatively early age.

But should a nine-year old receive lessons on handling a gun? A girl from New Jersey did, and the results were fatal.

Nj1015.com reported that an instructor from a shooting range in Arizona was accidentally killed while teaching the 9-year old how to shoot an automatic Uzi. Instructor Charles Vacca of Lake Havasu died on Monday, according to Mohave County authorities.

State Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:25:57 +0000