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Author Archives: Daniel J. Munoz

Bill to clear marijuana criminal offenses stalls again in Legislature

Efforts to enact a law clearing certain marijuana convictions stalled on Thursday morning when the state Senate pulled a vote on some of the changes Gov. Phil Murphy wanted to have in the cannabis expungement bill. Lawmakers instead reintroduced the bill yesterday afternoon, which according to Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-3rd District, contains much of what Murphy wants. Thursday’s vote on ...

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Lawmakers recognize statewide Hispanic chamber for contributions to NJ economy

Lawmakers honored the Statewide Hispanic of Chamber of Commerce, noting that the chamber has contributed upwards of $20 billion of economic activity for New Jersey. “The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey has created innumerable opportunities for individuals from these communities to achieve the American Dream as successful business owners,” Sen. Nellie Pou, D-35th District, who chairs Legislative ...

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Murphy admin, lawmakers look to crack down on vaping amidst public health outcry

The governor created a task force Thursday evening to gauge how the state government can respond to the growing public health concern surrounding the numerous cases of vaping-related lung disease that is affecting the nation. Meanwhile, the state’s attorney general is demanding information from 15 vaping companies to see whether they violated state law by marketing their products to children ...

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EDA opens applications for new program to help banks prop up local NJ businesses

The state’s Economic Development Authority opened up applications for funding from a newly created $15 million program aimed at helping banks prop up local businesses. Under the Community Development Financial Institution program, the EDA will provide the funds to local banks, credit unions and other financial institutions so that they can provide financing for small businesses looking to set up ...

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EDA: Few Camden city residents hired at tax break projects

An analysis by the state’s Economic Development Authority of 25 projects wooed to Camden County with corporate tax breaks found that only 26 percent went to county residents and only 2 percent to Camden City residents, EDA Chairman Kevin Quinn said Sept. 12. County officials disputed the findings. The EDA examined a total of 1,098 jobs, according to a report ...

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Top Democrat floats total ban on NJ vaping sales

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The state Legislature’s top elected official said he might propose a total ban on the sale of vaping products in New Jersey amid indications that the practice has caused a rash of lung-related illnesses including six deaths nationwide. Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-3rd District, said in a Sept. 11 statement that he could seek a phased-in prohibition on the sale ...

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