In Our Community

N.J. law would levy hefty fines against abandoned homes, absentee creditors

(Staff Photo by Tim Hawk | South Jersey Times)

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By Michelle Caffrey | South Jersey Times

At one time, the opulent McMansion at the corner of Greentree Road and Lamson Lane in Washington Township was the definition of a dream home. High ceilings anchored by a crystal chandelier in the foyer, a wrought-iron and monogrammed gate that opens to a three-car garage, an expansive tiled patio surrounding an elevated, in-ground pool, an industrial-grade outdoor kitchen — the list of its amenities goes on and on.
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Assemblyman Paul Moriarty: Saved by a police car video, and more cruisers need cameras

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By Paul Moriarty

Special to the Times

This month marks the second anniversary of my so-called “fall from grace.” It was July 31, 2012, when I became the latest poster child for out-of-control, corrupt politicians. That was the day I was arrested in Washington Township for driving recklessly and driving drunk.

I made the front page of the local newspapers, the lead story on local TV news. Bloggers called me a hypocrite. Political opponents called for my resignation. And a whole lot of folks had a field day making fun of the latest “bigwig” to fall on his face.

Just one problem: None of it was true. I hadn’t done anything wrong. I was falsely accused, my civil rights violated. Read More

Assembly Panel Approves Democratic Bill Package to Give Kids a Leg Up by Boosting Breakfast Programs In Schools

An Assembly panel on Monday approved a comprehensive package of bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats to boost breakfast programs in schools, particularly for underprivileged children, in order to help give them a leg up on academics.

The package is sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joseph Cryan, Daniel Benson, Jason O’Donnell, Troy Singleton, Pamela Lampitt, Celeste Riley, Bob Andrzejczak, Gilbert “Whip” Wilson, Gabriela Mosquera, Gary Schaer, L. Grace Spencer and Eliana Pintor Marin. Read More

Fighting the War on Poverty

Editorial by Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera.
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty. Although measures have been taken to help quell the burden of poverty, more must be done to eliminate the financial hardships faced by many New Jersey families who are living below the poverty line.

As the U.S. economy struggles to recover, it is the families who have fallen into poverty that are the hardest hit. The obstacle of poverty impedes upon a person’s ability to reach their full potential. Poverty is much like a disease, spreading aggressively and malevolently through our communities. However, this disease is treatable, and the cure is “willingness.” Read More

Madden Introduces Legislation Creating Task Force To Address Distracted Driving Epidemic

Senator Fred H. Madden introduced legislation that would create a task force to address the epidemic of drivers engaged in dangerous and potentially lethal distractions behind the wheel and has been referred to the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

The legislation is the latest in a series of measures legislators have worked on in Trenton to reduce motor vehicle related injuries and deaths resulting from activities such as texting and talking without a hands-free device while driving.
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Moriarty Bill to Protect Consumers by Disclosing Water Damage in Household Appliances Advances in the Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Moriarty to require a person to disclose if a household appliance with a value of greater than $250 has been damaged by water prior to its sale or exchange was advanced Thursday by an Assembly panel.

“We should be upfront about the condition of these items to the buyers,” said Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden).”This legislation will help consumers make more informed decisions and buy confidently.” Read More