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Power 100 list stats

I guess it’s the former accountant in me, but it’s always fun to crunch some numbers about the NJBIZ Power 100 list. As always, I’d like to note Managing Editor Joe St. Arney and I don’t have any quotas when we create these power lists, and we don’t aim to hit any benchmarks such as a certain turnover rate. Here ...

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Bramnick Post tax reform bills

Just ahead of Monday’s Assembly voting session, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) called on Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-East Orange) to post a trio of bills he said would further the Legislature’s ongoing tax reform efforts.Bramnick referenced a Star-Ledger analysis showing property taxes last year increased by the smallest amount in two decades. He ...

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Power 100 cover Iwo Jima meets LBI

Creating the NJBIZ Power 100 list is a long and laborious process. One of the fun parts of the process is deciding how to depict the list on the cover of NJBIZ. When Managing Editor Joe St. Arney and I began kicking around ideas many weeks ago, we knew superstorm Sandy needed to be part ...

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High court begins consideration of executive order to banish COAH

In June 2011, Christie placed state affordable housing policy under executive control by transferring COAH’s functions to the Department of Community Affairs. Once that executive order took effect, the Fair Share Housing Center immediately appealed it, and in March 2012, the Appellate Division decided Christie’s reorganization plan violated state law, reinstating COAH’s authority over municipalities’ ...

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Cooper Health System will pay 12.6 million to settle kickback allegations

The investigation was spurred by a whistle-blower’s federal lawsuit claiming Cooper engaged in improper consulting and compensation arrangements with the local physicians who served on its Heart Institute’s advisory board. The multiyear, joint federal and state probe examined how those doctors were compensated and what services they provided to Cooper in return.Allegations that Cooper had ...

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Sandy grant helps hire 500 for storm cleanup

Labor and Workforce Commissioner Harold J. Wirths made the announcement during a visit to Hillsborough, one of the communities utilizing grant-funded workers. Some 22 people are working in Hunterdon and Somerset counties, the state said.“The day after the storm hit, my staff went to work to secure this National Emergency Grant with the goal of ...

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SBA loan volume surges 23 percent in NJ for quarter

Al Titone, SBA New Jersey district director, said the quarter extended the growth trend from the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2012, which at $605 million was the third-highest year on record for SBA lending to New Jersey businesses.More than 90 banks and other lenders make SBA loans to New Jersey businesses, with repayment partially ...

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Choose New Jersey ad campaign launched at inauguration

“We want people to know that … New Jersey is a state that stands strong in the face of adversity,” Choose New Jersey Inc. President and CEO Tracye McDaniel said in prepared remarks. “Home to 21 Fortune 500 companies, 17 of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies and countless other financial, technology and manufacturing firms, we ...

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Newark taps Lesniak law firm in Prudential case

But the influential lawmaker is dismissing concerns about a possible conflict of interest.On Wednesday night, the Newark Municipal Council was slated to approve a year-long contract with Weiner Lesniak after a bidding process that received 13 proposals, according to council documents. In a separate memo dated Jan. 16, the city’s corporation counsel notes that Newark ...

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