Wednesday, April 10, 2013
But violators face only a disorderly person's charge
Gun owners who live with minors are required to keep guns locked or secured, but face only a potential disorderly person's offense if they are found guilty of violating that law, according to a copy of a state statute. The statute, on the state legislative website, says: "2C:58-15. Minor's access to a loaded firearm; penalty, conditions 1. a. A person who knows or reasonably should know that a minor is likely to gain access to a loaded firearm at a premises under the person's control commits a disorderly persons offense if a minor gains access to the firearm, unless the person: (1) Stores the firearm in a securely locked box or container; (2) Stores the firearm in a location which a reasonable person would believe …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Tonight's commute will be "treacherous," says state Police and Emergency Management
The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, in coordination with the National Weather Service, is monitoring a major coastal storm expected to impact the state today and tomorrow. State emergency management officials anticipate coastal flooding, high wind conditions, snow, sleet, and even blizzard conditions in the northeast corner of the state, according to a prepared statement from state Emergency Management. The State Emergency Operations Center in West Trenton will be activated at 7 a.m. today, and will remain open as long as necessary to meet anticipated challenging conditions. "This is a dangerous storm; and we ask motorists to be careful while driving. There is also the potential for downed trees and wires because of wind …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Search our interactive database to see how much your neighbors gave to Obama and Romney.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Patch has created an interactive database so you can see how much your neighbors are donating to the presidential campaign—and to which candidate they’re writing their checks. We’ve included communities across New Jersey, so if you want to see what the campaign contributions in nearby towns are like, go right ahead. The information in the database was downloaded from the Federal Election Commission’s website. The data is based on quarterly reports, and is current through July. The data will be updated in mid-October.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Lack of a management plan caused fishing to be prohibited.
New Jersey anglers are now barred from keeping river herring, a species common to the Ocean County area but also popular statewide. The ban on fishing, which went into effect Feb. 1, comes after nearly three years of management wrangling. In May 2009, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved a measure that required each state within its jurisdiction, including New Jersey, to develop a sustainable management plan for herring. The board’s action was taken in response to widespread concern of declining herring stocks. Between 1985 and 2007, commercial landings of river herring decreased by 97 percent from 13.6 million pounds to 317,000 pounds. Herring spend their adult life at sea and return to local estuaries and inland …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
New Jersey's governor is giving his State of the State address, outlining his goals for 2012.
Governor Chris Christie delivered his "State of the State Address" to the 215th Session of the Legislature and New Jersey residents at 3 p.m. Tuesday. In his address, Christie outlined his goals for the coming year and what he has accomplished his first two years in office. In his speech, he touched on hot button issues of education and pension reform and called for a 10 percent state income tax cut. For more details on Christie's speech, read our wrap-up article here. Patch live blogged the speech from 2:30 to about 5 p.m. You can read the minute-by-minute updates with commentary from Huffington Post Political Reporter John Celock in the attached blog. If you missed the live chat and want to leave a comment, please do in the comment …
Friday, January 6, 2012
Minimum sizes, open seasons affected.
Anglers targeting tautog, commonly known as "tog" or blackfish, will face more stringent regulations on the species following a decision made Thursday by the state Marine Fisheries Council. Federal regulators ordered New Jersey officials to reduce the recreational harvest of the popular food and sport fish by 53 percent, and council members complied by reducing the length of the open season on the species, as well as upping the minimum size limit. "There's no good option," said council member Dr. Patrick F. Donnelly, of Brick. The council met in Galloway Township Thursday to vote on a plan to reduce the annual harvest. "We cut out of every season, a little bit here, a little bit there," he said. In the end, council members approved a …
Monday, December 19, 2011
The American Lung Association offers up seven tips to help you make that New Year's resolution stick.
While a recent report indicates New Jersey lags behind in funding anti-smoking programs, the American Lung Association wants to help you kick the unhealthy habit. It knows nicotine addiction is difficult to break—six out of 10 smokers require several quit attempts before stopping—so the American Lung Association has offered seven tips to help you keep your New Year's resolution to quit smoke. 1. Contact your physician or pharmacist about the various types of treatments and over-the-counter and prescription medications available to help you quit smoking. 2. Visit www.lung.org/stop-smoking or call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) for suggestions on various options to help you quit. 3. Take time to plan. Pick a quit date a few weeks in advance…
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Photos from around the state highlight the force of this hurricane.
We'll be adding more photos. So keep checking back. Do you have Irene photos to share ? Upload them here. Find more great coverage of Irene and its aftermath here from Patch and the rest of the Huffington Post Media Group.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
National Guard mobilized
Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irene just before 1 p.m. today, urging a voluntary evacuation of shore areas. In a news conference at State Police Regional Operations Intelligence Center, he urged tourists to abandon their plans for a weekend trip to the Jersey Shore and for residents to instead immediately focus on hurricane preparedness. The forecast track of Hurricane Irene will cause significant impacts regardless of its exact course, forecasters from the National Hurricane Center warned in an update released at 11 a.m. Thursday. The state of emergency mobilizes the National Guard to address the hurricane preparedness.
Friday, December 31, 2010
Gov. Christie requests a 'major disaster declaration' from President Obama.
Atlantic County will receive $284,561 in relief from FEMA, Gov. Chris Christie announced on Friday. The money will be put toward clean up after last weekend's winter storm. Christie announced that over $11.18 million in FEMA disaster aid will be distributed to municipalities throughout the state, according to a press release distributed by his office. Distribution of funds began on Thursday and will continue through Monday. Christie also sent a letter to President Barack Obama seeking a major disaster declaration to secure federal funding to help communities deal with the aftermath of the storm. In the letter, Christie identified 13 counties that exceed standards set to qualify for federal disaster assistance as a result of the storm. …