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State Sen. Chris Brown will not seek re-election

A longtime Atlantic County Republican leader will not seek re-election, he announced Thursday.State Sen. Chris Brown announced Thursday that he will not make another run for public office, clearing the way for “new candidates (who) can bring fresh ideas while energizing more voters to participate in the process.”Friends encouraged him to run again, saying that … Read more State Sen. Chris Brown will not seek re-election

COVID-19 uptick brings curfew for indoor dining

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the first new limits as the uptick in COVID-19 cases continues.“New Jersey is back at levels we thought we left behind months ago,” he said Monday. “We have to snap back to reality.”Murphy also said he met with Dr. Anthony Fauci, who said “a vaccine on the horizon.”He expects a broad … Read more COVID-19 uptick brings curfew for indoor dining

State Cannabis Commission ‘will right the wrongs of the past’

The governor noted incarceration inequality as the failures of the state’s current “broken marijuana laws” as he announced the commission that will work on the new laws to regulate legal cannabis.Voters approved the amendment Tuesday by about a two to one margin. But it will not take effect until Jan. 1.“Our marijuana laws have done … Read more State Cannabis Commission ‘will right the wrongs of the past’

Governor extends moratorium on utility shutoffs

State residents struggling to pay their utilities got another five-month reprieve.Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Thursday that pushes back the moratorium on utility shutoff until March 15.Utility companies have not been allowed to shut off service to customers during the pandemic, but that was set to end Thursday.If service has been disconnected, it … Read more Governor extends moratorium on utility shutoffs

Pleasantville teacher, Ocean City schools custodian sentenced in benefits fraud case

Two men who admitted to using their state health benefits in a conspiracy to bilk the system out of millions were sentenced to federal prison Tuesday.Richard Erick McAllister, 45, a former Pleasantville High School English teacher, was sentenced to 37 months in prison.James Wildman, 46, who worked in maintenance for the Ocean City School District, … Read more Pleasantville teacher, Ocean City schools custodian sentenced in benefits fraud case