Monthly Archives: June 2011

EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR “SEXTING” PASSED IN SENATE

120px-Seal_of_New_Jersey_svgLegislation to create an educational program for minors who are caught “sexting,” was passed through the Senate and will now head to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk. The purposed of the bill was to avoid juveniles being charged with child pornography on a first offense. The Assembly passed the measure in March. There is no word whether Christie will sign the bill into law, but will closely look at it.

STATE RANKS AMONG BEST FOR WATER QUALITY

A new study shows that New Jersey has among the best quality water at its beaches. The Natural Resources Defense Council released a study saying that New Jersey was ranked 2nd, behind only New Hampshire for water quality. The state almost saw a drop in half of its beach closures in 2010 compared to 2009, though some environmentalist says it was because of the lack of rank. Atlantic and Cape May Counties were reported as among the best for avoiding beach closures.

CHRISTIE SAYS COAH WILL BE ABOLISHED

225px-ChChristieA major shift in the affordable housing debate could be taking place. Gov. Chris Christie announced on Wednesday he plans on getting rid of the Council on Affordable Housing, and letting their responsibilities be picked up by the Department of Community Affairs. Lawmakers will have 60 days to veto the move if they want. The issue over affordable housing has been highly controversial, as towns have been required to do more and more but have challenged how the issue has been implemented.

BUDGET PASSED IN ASSEMBLY AND SENATE

A budget has been passed among party lines. Democrats moved forward a $30.6 billion budget, which is above what Gov. Chris Christie had called for during his budget presentation earlier this year. Christie will likely use line item vetoes to take portions of the budget he doesn’t want and then sign the documents before the end of the fiscal year on Thursday. It is possible that Christie may end up sending the budget back to the legislature for a vote. There will be no closing of the casinos if there is a possible governmental halt, based on changes made to the Casino Control Commission that would keep them on the job if the government did shut down.

SOLAR PROJECT DISCUSSED IN VINELAND

Vineland officials are looking at the possibility of a solar project there. Council approved a study on Tuesday to take a look at the possibility of the joint project. It would collect some local interests along with Cumberland County. The study does not lock the city into further development, but simply looks at the possibilities.

LOWER TOWNSHIP: TWO CHARGED IN AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

A group of people attacked a man with a scooter and a skateboard in Lower Township. Police there report that the victim did seek medical attention which showed sever injury to his orbital bone. The investigation led to the arrest of  two suspects, Josue Montalvo, of Lower Township, and Dominic Contarcio from  Del Haven, of aggravated assault and related charges. Both were placed in the Cape May County Correctional Center at $100,000 bail.

WOMAN ATTACKED BY TWO MEN USING ROLLER BLADE SKATES

A woman was sent to the Cape Regional Medical Center following an assault on June 18. Lower Township Police have announced the arrest of John Hazel 24, of Rio Grande, and Lance Boyd, 21, Whitesboro. Both subjects were charged with Aggravated Assault and bail was set at $100,000.

The investigation revealed that the victim was walking on the sidewalk within Lower Township and the victim was assaulted by several subjects who assaulted her with a roller blade skates, kicked her and slambed her into a sidewalk curb and it appears this was over a tattoo.