Vineland Police say that a man who was fired from a Taco Bell broke out the front window of the restaurant. Police have arrested Douglas A. Taylor, of Millville for the incident. Taylor was fired on Friday and came back into work on Saturday and told the manager that he should be hired back. Taylor was fired on Friday and returned to work on Saturday and told the manager to hire him back. When his request was turned down, Taylor broke the window. He was charged with criminal mischief and released on his own recognizance.
The Assembly moved a bill forward that would delay the implementation of medical marijuana in the state. Gov. Chris Christie asked for the additional time because it will give the state more time to refine what model they want to use and to ensure that the state has the proper regulations. Christie believes Rutgers University should be the sole place where medical marijuana is grown.
The Senate today approved legislation sponsored in part by State Senator Jeff Van Drew to create a task force to study Governor Christie’s proposal to slash funding for New Jersey Network and transition it from a government-run entity, paving the way for control by a not-for-profit organization. The measure would ensure that residents’ investment in the network is protected, and that the Jersey-centric programming focus is maintained in the event of a transition. Governor Christie proposed slashing the network’s $3.9 million funding nearly in half in the FY 2011 budget, appropriating $1.9 million. The proposal anticipates the elimination of all 129 employees.
A Wildwood man will be behind bars for 13 years for killing a 2-year-old baby with cerebral palsy. The Press of Atlantic City reports that Garcia Rodriguez was sentenced for the death Caden Rivera. A plea deal was worked out and the judge went along with what was called for in that deal. Rodriguez was left to care for the baby at the child’s Woodbine home in April, 2009 when the death occurred.
A $29.4 billion budget was passed by both houses on the state government on Monday. The bills were largely supported by Republicans, with just enough support by the Democrats to get the bills through. All three 1st district lawmakers voted for the budget, despite being Democrats. Gov. The Assembly passed the budget at just after 1:10 a.m. Christie issued a statement a short time later saying he was proud the budget gap could be filled without raising taxes. Christie also said he will continue to fight to get Cap 2.5 passed in the legislature.
A bill that passed through the Senate that would essentially end the Council on Affordable Housing is being held up in the Assembly. A one-year moratorium on a 2.5 percent fee that commercial developers have to pay will be reenacted this Thursday. The Assembly wants more time to examine the Senate bill that would get rid of the fee as well as COAH. Gov. Chris Christie said he will veto any bill that simply looks to extend the moratorium while the Assembly continues to look at the measure.
A new bill went through the Senate on Monday that says if any staff in a school district agrees to a wage freeze, those saved revenues must go towards avoiding layoffs. The bill passed through the Senate with only two “no” votes. The sponsors of the bill feel the measure gives teachers assurances when negotiating with a school district. The legislation still needs to pass through the Assembly.
A new bill that would ensure no head of a government authority makes more than the governor passes through the state Assembly on Monday. The bill passes unanimously to limited their pay to $175,000 and the law also says no other employees can make more than cabinet members at $141,000. Authorities would see their benefits and laws about sick time use fall under state employee guidelines, if the bill is eventually signed into law. Some heads of state authorities make over $300,000.
The New Jersey Senate passed the Democrat’s plan of capping property tax increases at 2.9 percent, while creating a number of exceptions for towns. The current cap is phrased similarly, but is set at 4 percent. This means the bill is ready to be signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie, but he is excepted to order lawmakers back to work through July 7 to hear his proposal. Christie plan would cap increases at 2.5 percent with the only exception being debt service, without voter approval. The Governor wants the 2.5 cap to be a constitutional change, which means voters would vote on the measure and if approved, they would have final say if local lawmakers wanted to go over the cap.
The Coast Guard suspended the search for a 29-year-old man Monday who disappeared after being ejected from a 16-foot boat that hit a mud patch in the mouth of Gibson’s Creek near Corbin City.
The Coast Guard suspended their search at 5 p.m.
A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Great Egg, N.J., a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., members of the New Jersey State Police and a boat crew from Tow Boat U.S. searched for the man.