N.J. Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/n.j/ Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:17:57 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb N.J. Storm Update at 8 a.m.: Gov. Christie tells ABC News the State of the State http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-storm-update-at-8-am-gov-christie-tells-abc-news-the-state-of-the-state snowolow_optSPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Governor Christie was interviewed by ABC News this morning. The State of New Jersey has revoked the statewide travel ban that was put into effect at 11:00 p.m. last evening. The travel ban is revoked in all 21 counties.

New Jerseyans should continue to stay off the roads whenever possible throughout the day as transportation and public safety officials continue their work to clear the roadways from the snowfall.

Liz Cho: Good morning, Governor Christie. It's Liz Cho and David Novarro. We understand that things are now in the last hour or so kind of getting back online. Can you bring us up to date on everything in New Jersey?

Governor Christie: Sure I can. First off, as you probably know, we lifted the travel ban south of 195 at 7:00 a.m. We lifted the travel ban for the rest of the state about 15 minutes ago in coordination with our friends in New York. We have railroad, the New Jersey Transit railroad will have limited service by this afternoon.

State Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:51:09 +0000
6 Reasons NJ Could Lose Another Military Base http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/6-reasons-nj-could-lose-another-military-base ABASE_optBY BOB HOLT

New Jersey has five operational military bases, and one of them may be in danger due to proposed defense cuts.

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is the second largest employer in New Jersey.

The Hill reports that the Department of Defense may include the joint base in its upcoming budget request. Bipartisan lawmakers sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that read, “At a time when the United States faces adapting threats from around the globe, including groups like ISIS, we cannot afford to diminish the capabilities we use to neutralize these threats, and protect our freedoms at home.”

Rep. Tom Mac Arthur led the effort by the legislators. McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst could go because Hagel announced last year that he and President Barack Obama were looking to cut U.S. military numbers to pre- WWII levels, according to NJ Spotlight.

Also, Hagel wants to get rid of the KC-10 aircraft fleet, and the New Jersey base holds 12 of them.

State Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:51:07 +0000
Time to Strengthen Multi-Family Building Standards in Wake of Edgewater Fire http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/time-to-strengthen-multi-family-building-standards-in-wake-of-edgewater-fire vincentprieto_opt_copyBY TOM HESTER

SECAUCUS – New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced that he is pursuing legislation to address building codes and standards in multi-family dwellings with a focus on strengthening fire safety regulations.

Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen), who is a construction code official by trade and has deep knowledge of building practices and safety, will be working with the Department of Community Affairs to craft legislation that will address issues raised by the recent fire in Edgewater, which has left more than 500 tenants displaced after their building was destroyed.

Edgewater is a part of the 32nd legislative District that the Speaker represents, and - along with district-mates Sen. Nicholas Sacco and Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez - he has dispatched staff to work with officials in the borough to provide assistance with relocation, insurance, recovering lost documents and other issues.

State Mon, 26 Jan 2015 03:45:56 +0000
N.J. Man Arrested on Charges he Asked 11-Year-Old Girl for Naked Photos of Herself http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-man-arrested-on-charges-he-asked-11-year-old-girl-for-naked-photos-of-herself attorneygenlogo_opt-1.png_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY PETER ASELTINE

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a Flemington man who was arrested last year for allegedly distributing child pornography online was arrested again Jan. 23 on charges he repeatedly telephoned an 11-year-old girl and urged her to send him naked photos of herself after playing games with her and chatting on the Internet.

Thomas Pirretti, 31, of Flemington, was arrested at his home and charged by complaint-warrant with third-degree endangering the welfare of a child. He also was charged with a new count of second-degree distribution of child pornography in connection with hundreds of files of child pornography that he allegedly sent and received as email attachments. The charges stem from an investigation by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and ICE Homeland Security Investigations. They were assisted in the arrest by officers of the Raritan Township Police Department. Pirretti was lodged in the Hunterdon County Jail with bail set at $200,000.

State Mon, 26 Jan 2015 03:24:35 +0000
NJ Assembly Speaker Prieto: Route 3 Bridge Closing Emphasizes Need for Replenished Transportation Trust Fund http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-assembly-speaker-prieto-route-3-bridge-closing-emphasizes-need-for-replenished-transportation-trust-fund vincentprieto_optBY TOM HESTER

TRENTON – New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto on Thursday said the closing of one of the state’s busiest bridges for emergency repair work is further evidence of the need to find a long-term revenue solution to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund.

Parts of the Route 3 East Bridge over the Hackensack River, which is traveled by about 75,000 motorists per day and serves as a vital approach to the Lincoln Tunnel, were closed by the state Department of Transportation after cracks were found in its steel support structure.

The closures caused severe traffic backups Thursday morning, costing commuters valuable time and underscoring the costs of poor infrastructure.

"The Route 3 Bridge is not the first piece of our crumbling infrastructure to fail, and if our state doesn't do something about our transportation funding crisis soon, then it certainly won't be the last," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen), who has consistently advocated for more transportation revenue since his term as Assembly Speaker began last January.

State Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:27:46 +0000
Edgewater Fire Fallout: What We Learned http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/edgewater-fire-fallout-what-we-learned FIRE_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

The construction of the Avalon apartment complex in Edgewater has come into question in the aftermath of Wednesday’s giant fire.

Use of lightweight wood construction is said to be common in New Jersey, according to firefighters.

Avalon’s apartment complex was made of lightweight wood construction with truss roof framing, according to officials, and was built according to code. “It’s all over the state of New Jersey. It’s toothpick construction. You can see fires all over the county; once they get started it’s very difficult or impossible to stop,” Charles Aughenbaugh, the former president of New Jersey Deputy Fire Chiefs Association said,according to NorthJersey.com.

State Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:48:26 +0000
Parents of an 11-Week-Old Boy Charged with Child Assault http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/parents-of-an-11-week-old-boy-charged-with-child-assault police_opt_1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BERNIE WEISENFELD

The mother and father of an 11-week-old boy have been charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with injuries to the infant.

Preston English, 36 years old, and Sara-Lena Lannon, 25, both of Deptford Township NJ, were arrested without incident 1/21/15 in Deptford by members of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office Fugitive Investigations Unit.

Both are being held in default of $100,000 bail.

English and Lannon were charged with endangering, a second-degree offense, and third-degree assault after a detective with the GCPO Major Crimes Unit responded to the Alfred I’ DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington DE on 1/10/15 to investigate a suspected case of abuse involving a child with fractures of a leg and ribs.

State Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:14:28 +0000
A N.J. Tale of Illegally Distributing Thousands of Oxycodone Pills http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/a-nj-tale-of-illegally-distributing-thousands-of-oxycodone-pills oxy_opt_copyBY PETER ASELTINE

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a medical doctor from Union County has been arrested on charges he conspired with a drug dealer and others to illegally distribute thousands of high-dose pills of the addictive painkiller oxycodone by writing fraudulent prescriptions for individuals he never treated or examined.

Dr. Eugene Evans Jr., 56, of Roselle Park, N.J., was arrested yesterday by special agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Canandaigua, New York, where he does work in a hospital. Evans was charged by complaint-warrant with second-degree conspiracy, second-degree distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, and third-degree obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by fraud. He waived extradition from New York, and was transported yesterday to New Jersey, where he was processed on the state charges and lodged in the Monmouth County Jail with bail set at $50,000.

State Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:20:33 +0000
Jersey City Plans for 95-Story Building that will be New Jersey’s Tallest http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/jersey-city-plans-for-95-story-building-that-will-be-new-jerseys-tallest fulop_opt_copyBY TOM HESTER

JERSEY CITY – Already home to seven of the state’s ten tallest buildings, the City of Jersey City announced an ambitious plan for a 95-story residential tower that at 950 feet would be “by far the tallest building in New Jersey, dramatically remaking the Jersey City skyline,” according to Mayor Steven M. Fulop.

With 760 condominium units, the development, by China Overseas America, Inc. at 99 Hudson Street, is also the most significant condo project ever in the State, illustrating the strength of the Jersey City housing market and demand for homeownership. The project will also include approximately 18,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, and provides for additional public spaces and plazas, including 7,365 square feet of passive park space.

Jersey City is currently experiencing the greatest construction boom in the City’s history due to the Fulop administration’s success at improving public safety, lowering taxes and creating a thriving community where people want to live, work and invest. In 2014, Jersey City led New Jersey in residential construction starts with more than 6,000 units under construction and another 18,000 approved. Jersey City is projected to become New Jersey’s largest city by 2016.

State Wed, 21 Jan 2015 04:15:54 +0000
The Shackling of N.J. Inmates During Childbirth is Addressed http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/the-shackling-of-nj-inmates-during-childbirth-is-addressed birth_optBY GEORGE MAST

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Diane Allen and Joseph Vitale prohibiting correctional facilities from placing restraints on inmates during or immediately after childbirth was advanced recently by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

“Sadly, there have been instances at facilities across the country where female prisoners were handcuffed or physically restrained in other ways while in labor and right after delivery,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “Shackling a woman during childbirth creates serious medical risks and is an affront to basic human dignities. This legislation will make sure that type of barbaric treatment doesn’t take place in New Jersey.”

According to a July 2014 New York Times article, an estimated 2,000 women give birth to babies each year while incarcerated, including in 2011 a Nevada woman who suffered severe injuries when corrections staff shackled her ankles together while she was in labor and then again minutes after her child was delivered through an emergency cesarean section. Over the past 15 years 21 states have enacted legislation prohibiting the restraint of inmates during labor.

State Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:45:43 +0000