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N.J. might be the first state in Northeast to run out of water without action by state’s leaders

N.J. might be the first state in Northeast to run out of water without action by state’s leaders
BY JEFF TITTEL
COMMENTARY

Even with the rain we had earlier this week, New Jersey still faces drought conditions as we head into fall with reservoirs and groundwater levels well below normal. With record temperatures and a drought watch recently issued by the DEP for five counties, the environment and public health are at risk.

There is not enough water in the northern part of the state during dry periods, especially in the five counties impacted by the recent drought advisory. At many of our major water supply intakes, the water is either too low or too dirty to take in during drought conditions.

Sprawl and overdevelopment have had tremendous impacts on our water quality and quantity. Too much impervious cover prohibits water from soaking into the ground to recharge streams and aquifers. Instead, it turns into stormwater, causing flooding and water quality problems. Because of overdevelopment, the Ramapo River hits its 10 year drought level every other year.

 

NJEA: Christie dragging feet on federal aid while teachers wait on unemployment line

NJEA: Christie dragging feet on federal aid while teachers wait on unemployment line

With just a few days left before classes start this fall, Gov. Christie is inexplicably dragging his feet on completing a slam-dunk application for $268 million. The federal money, already approved by...

Bringing trust back to the free-market system

Bringing trust back to the free-market system
CHRISTOPHER W. YOUNG
COMMENTARY

Most would argue that the free-market system, the system of choice for most nations, has been the igniter of technological innovation, economic growth and the tool that h...

Enhance transparency by changing N.J. PAC requirements

Enhance transparency by changing N.J. PAC requirements
BY JEFF BRINDLE
COMMENTARY

It has been said that while reforms are often necessary and to the benefit of the public they sometimes have unintended consequences.

The Election Law Enforcement Commission's ...

Citizens of Newark pay too much for police misconduct

Citizens of Newark pay too much for police misconduct
BY DEBORAH JACOBS
COMMENTARY

Faced with a $70 million budget gap, Mayor Cory Booker has proposed cost-cutting measures ranging from layoffs to shutting down city pools to wiping out the city's toilet pa...

Reforming N.J. gaming industry will challenge Christie

Reforming N.J. gaming industry will challenge Christie
BY CARL GOLDEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

As political debates go, the one shaping up over the Christie Administration's comprehensive initiative to reform and reinvigorate the state's gaming and e...

Future of Atlantic City and gaming is too important to rush

Future of Atlantic City and gaming is too important to rush
DEAR EDITOR:

Amid much speculation that an agreement is near on a plan for Atlantic City's future, I am making it very clear that much work remains to properly examine all facets of New Jersey's sports...

At this rate, it could be President Hillary Clinton in 2012

At this rate, it could be President Hillary Clinton in 2012
BY ALAN J. STEINBERG
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

President Barack Obama is a man whose political fortunes have imploded. The national political rock star of 2008 has become the Democratic political...

Not contributing to N.J. teacher and state worker pensions is the real fraud

Not contributing to N.J. teacher and state worker pensions is the real fraud
BY MURRAY SABRIN
COMMENTARY

The State of New Jersey was accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of committing fraud when it issued bonds between 2001 and 2007. According to the SEC complaint...

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