The next time you renew your auto insurance policy in New Jersey you may be paying more, thanks to Hurricane Sandy. Insurers who do business in the Garden State are trying to recoup some of their money by charging more for auto insurance premiums. A new report says the state has approved increases for more than two dozen auto insurance companies this year, including Allstate, State Farm, and New Jersey Manufacturers.
Some brand new gun control laws have cleared a key Senate committee in Trenton. Democrats largely passed through seven new gun control measures in the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. Opposition was intense from gun rights advocates who shouted down supporters of the new gun laws. One bill would encode the purchase of firearms onto New Jersey drivers’ licenses.
You can count on a new dune system along the Jersey Shore that will protect our state from future storms. Governor Chris Christie made that promise on Tuesday in Long Beach Township, saying a new dune system will be built from Cape May to the Bayshore in the Garden State. Christie says he doesn’t care if home owners sign easements to allow the dunes to be built, they will be built regardless of consent. Christie says he doesn’t care about residents who do not want dunes because they will block their views.
New Jersey is committed to spending $25 million in marketing dollars to help promote the Jersey Shore. That promise came from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during a townhall meeting in Long Beach Island on Tuesday. Christie promised hundreds in attendance that the money will be spent to bring people back to the shore. The governor also told the audience that various grants and loans will still be available to New Jersey homeowners and business owners.
A 19 year old man was shot to death by Pleasantville police last week after he came after officers with a knife. The Press of Atlantic City reports that authorities now say Alexis Yamil Perez called police and said he had a weapon and was ready to commit an act of violence. Perez and police got into an altercation, and Perez was shot to death. Four officers may have fired ten shots at Perez after attempts to ask him to drop the weapon and pepper spray failed to deter him.
Its the final chance to apply for Hurricane Sandy assistance. The end of the day Wednesday will bring the final chance to apply to FEMA or the SBA for assistance. The deadline has been extended a few times due to the amount of people who suffered damage as a result of the storm. Officials are especially pushing for those impacted to apply to the SBA for a low interest loan. If accepted, the applicant doesn’t have to take the loan, but can at least find out what they are eligible for.
A new attendance record was set for horse racing in Atlantic City. The race course there noted that 13,258 fans showed up on Sunday, which sets a new record at the course. Racing took a break on Monday and will be wrapped up on Wednesday. It is apart of its annual six-day racing card. The highlight race will take place on Wednesday for the $50,000 Tony Gatto Dream Big Stakes.
A compromise was struck to revive the “Good Samaritan” bill. Lawmakers approved the measure based of the conditional veto of Gov. Chris Christie last year. The measure would allow someone to report a drug overdose case without the fear of being arrested for drug possession. Stories have come out of people who died because no one wanted to call police to report the emergency. The legislation now goes to Gov. Chris Christie to be signed off on.
New Jersey lawmakers aiming at stricter gun control laws are tugging on heart strings on Tuesday. Family members from the Sandy Hook Elementary School are in Trenton to lobby for tougher laws. The state is currently looking at a number of measures, including instant background checks for the sale or transfer of a firearm. New Jersey already is second in the country for the toughest gun laws.
Here is something you never thought you would hear, New Jersey is the safest state in the country. The National Safety Council said the state has the lowest rate of deaths that are caused via injury. Motor vehicle crashes, poisonings are the three highest areas of injuries in the country. Especially when it comes to motor vehicle accidents, New Jersey ranks better than most because of the density of the state, there is more congestion and lower speed limits than many other states.