Will NJ Reinstate the Death Penalty?

October 12, 2016 · by admin · in

Legislators are grappling with whether or not to allow the death penalty for certain crimes. Last month, Assemblyman Ron Dancer (R-Ocean) announced plans to introduce a bill to restore capital punishment for murder convictions involving children, police, or corrections officers. It would also apply to terror suspects, he said. The announcement comes in the wake […]

NJ Could Be the First State to Ban Circus Elephants

October 10, 2016 · by admin · in

New Jersey lawmakers are moving forward with legislation that would make the state the first in the nation to ban the use of elephants in traveling circuses. The Senate Economic Growth Committee voted 3 to 2 to recommend passage of bill S2508, also known as Nosey’s Law. The bill is named after a 34-year-old elephant […]

NJ Could Expunge Weed Offenses Under Legalization Bill

October 7, 2016 · by admin · in

A new bill aims to legalize marijuana use in New Jersey. The bill would also allow individuals to potentially expunge marijuana offenses from their criminal records. The proposed law would treat marijuana sales similar to cigarettes or other tobacco products, making certain cannabis products available at convenience stores to persons over the age of 19. […]

NJ Cat Killer May be at it Again

August 10, 2016 · by admin · in

Animal lovers in Dover, Delaware should be wary. A former New Jersey resident convicted of killing 19 cats may be up to his old tricks. Anthony Appolonia, formerly of Aberdeen, NJ, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2008 for torturing and killing 19 cats. He would respond to ads on Craigslist or in […]

NJ Supreme Court: Pulling Over Drivers for Use of High Beams Unconstitutional

August 5, 2016 · by admin · in

Driving with your high beams on is not justification for police to pull you over, ruled the New Jersey Supreme Court. On July 20, the court decided unanimously that such traffic stops are unconstitutional. The ruling is the result of a case stemming from an incident in November 2013. Essex County police officer David Cohen […]

NJ Bans Smoking on Public Lands, But Not Parks and Beaches

August 2, 2016 · by admin · in

Gov. Chris Christie issued a conditional veto to a bill that would have banned smoking at all public parks, beaches, and other outdoor sites. Christie’s veto leaves intact the ban on state-owned property, but leaves it up to counties and local communities to decide whether or not to allow smoking in their public spaces. Christie […]

NJ Senate Bill Cracks Down on Puppy Mills

July 27, 2016 · by admin · in

New Jersey legislators are taking a big step toward ending puppy mills. The state Senate approved a bill in the first week of July that would require pet stores to only sell cats and dogs brought in from shelters. The bill passed by a vote of 27-8 and will head to the Assembly for debate. […]