Schepisi talks with Mercedes about staying in NJ

Bergen Record – Responding to reports that the Montvale-based U.S. division of Mercedes-Benz is considering a move out New Jersey, a state assemblywoman told company representatives Friday that state officials are ready to work with the German carmaker to keep it in New Jersey. And a billboard company put up signs on routes 80 and …

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Brown on Taj drama that spilled into the Statehouse

Source: Inquirer – The roller-coaster ride that was Carl Icahn on Thursday extended to the halls of the Statehouse. It was a long afternoon in which the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City and the package of bills to help save it and the resort city were on many minds. But by 1 p.m., word …

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Fiocchi Bill to improve living conditions in boarding homes awaits Christie’s signature

Source: Shore News Today – Legislation sponsored by District 1 Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi to improve living conditions at residential health care centers, boarding homes and homeless shelters earned approval recently from the state Assembly. The bill, passed unanimously by the Senate in June, now awaits Gov. Chris Christie’s review. Fiocchi’s legislation would require inspection reports …

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Brown welcomes delay of vote on ‘corporate welfare’ for Atlantic City casinos

Source: Press of Atlantic City – An economic recovery plan that would give Atlantic City’s casinos millions of dollars in tax relief was ensnared in a dispute Thursday between billionaire investor Carl Icahn and the union representing workers at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort. A final vote on the five-bill legislative package, which would …

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Bucco Takes on Misleading “Buy American” Bill

Source: The Save Jersey Blog - “At the end of the day, I came to one conclusion: this is a bad bill with a good name. Let’s face it: if this bill was named ‘your cost of living will be going up by 20% bill,’ it would have never seen the light of day. But, in fact, …

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Bramnick speaks on ‘buy American’ bills

Philadelphia Inquirer – Bills requiring New Jersey public contracts at the state and local levels to use U.S.-made goods passed the state Legislature on Thursday over the objections of business groups, which argued that the measures would make the state less competitive. The five bills – one related to state and local entities, including state …

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Angelini Bill Improving Mental Health & Drug Treatment in Prisons Earns Approval of the General Assembly

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release – Assembly Republican Mary Pat Angelini sponsors legislation, approved today by the General Assembly, to improve the quality of mental health and substance abuse treatment for inmates. The bill (A-3722) requires the Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) to share the authority over prison-based treatment …

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Rible Permit Extension Bill Wins Assembly Approval

Assembly Republican Press Release – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Conference Leader Dave Rible that helps create jobs and continue to support economic development was approved by the General Assembly today. The measure, A-3815, extends the “Permit Extension Act” for one year (Dec. 31, 2015). Under current law, the extension granted in 2012 expires at …

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General Assembly Approves Muñoz & O’Scanlon Bill Expanding Use of Life-Saving Overdose Antidote

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release – Assembly Republicans Nancy F. Muñoz and Declan O’Scanlon sponsor legislation, approved today by the General Assembly, to allow more first responders and other healthcare professionals to administer drug overdose antidotes and protects them from liability. “Every second counts when reacting to an overdose situation,” said Muñoz, a registered nurse …

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NJ Republicans sparring again

NJ 101.5 – Democrats and Republicans are closing out 2014 by arguing over which party was more ineffective this year. During a press conference on Thursday in Trenton, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) said top Democrats wasted 2014 trying to link Gov. Chris Christie to a scandal while ignoring the economy and the business …

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