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IRS Announces 'Revolutionary' Electronic Tax Filing System For NJ Residents IRS Announces 'Revolutionary' Electronic Tax Filing System For NJ Residents
IRS Announces 'Revolutionary' Electronic Tax Filing System For NJ Residents The IRS and New Jersey are offering a new free electronic way to file taxes. The program, called IRS Direct File, was tested in 12 states including New Jersey during the 2023 tax filing season. Eligible taxpayers will be able to use Direct File, which is offered in English and Spanish, for their 2024 tax returns. The services has a deadline of April 15, 2025. After Garden Staters complete their federal returns with Direct File, a link will direct them to New Jersey’s separate free filing system for their state returns. During the pilot program last year, about 140,000 taxpayers claimed mo…
NJ First Lady Murphy Won't Accept Senate Appointment NJ First Lady Murphy Won't Accept Senate Appointment
NJ First Lady Murphy Won't Accept Senate Appointment As speculation swirls over who Gov. Phil Murphy will pick to replace Sen. Bob Menendez, who announced his resignation, one prominent Garden Stater is already saying "no thanks." Tammy Murphy, the wife of the governor who ended her Senate campaign earlier this year, said on Tuesday, July 23, she would not accept the temporary appointment. "I am completely focused on the critical work of boosting infant and maternal health, combating climate change, and uplifting the voices of those in greatest need," New Jersey's First Lady said. "I am confident the Governor will appoint a&nbs…
Sen. Bob Menendez Announces Resignation Sen. Bob Menendez Announces Resignation
Sen. Bob Menendez Announces Resignation New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez submitted his letter of resignation on Tuesday, July 23. Menendez's planned resignation, set for Aug. 20, comes one week after his conviction on felony corruption charges.  A jury found the Democrat guilty on all 16 counts after prosecutors accused him of giving secret information and military aid to Egypt in exchange for various favors, according to a release by the US Department of Justice.  Calls for Menendez's resignation had reached a fever pitch following his conviction and the Senate Ethics Committee was preparing an investigation that could…
Biden Raises $33M Since Debate, Admits To 'Poor Performance' At Murphy's Mansion Biden Raises $33M Since Debate, Admits To 'Poor Performance' At Murphy's Mansion
Biden Raises $33M Since Debate, Admits To 'Poor Performance' At Murphy's Mansion In a fundraising blitz, President Joe Biden's campaign for re-election has raised $33 million since last Thursday's debate, the bulk of that in New Jersey and New York, a spokesman said on Monday, July 1. That total includes "grassroots" money from small donors, a campaign aide said. Biden, 81, a Democrat, is being challenged by former President Donald Trump, 78, a Republican. Biden attended two fund-raising events in East Hampton, NY, on Saturday afternoon followed by a Saturday evening fund-raiser hosted by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife, Tammy, in Middletown. “I didn’t have a…
Biden Is NJ-Bound: President Headed To Murphy's Mansion This Weekend After Weak Debate Biden Is NJ-Bound: President Headed To Murphy's Mansion This Weekend After Weak Debate
Biden Is Nj-bound: President Headed To Murphy's Mansion This Weekend After Weak Debate President Joe Biden is visiting New Jersey this weekend for a private campaign fundraiser at Gov. Phil Murphy’s mansion in Middletown, a source confirmed. The Saturday night event at Murphy and First Lady Tammy’s home is on despite a less than stellar performance in his debate with former Republican President Donald Trump on Thursday, June 27. The press will not be invited. Bad debate nights happen. Trust me, I know. But this election is still a choice between someone who has fought for ordinary folks his entire life and someone who only cares about himself. Between someone who tell…
South Jersey Air Force Vet Named NJ Adjutant General, 1st Black Woman Heading National Guard South Jersey Air Force Vet Named NJ Adjutant General, 1st Black Woman Heading National Guard
South Jersey Air Force Vet Named NJ Adjutant General, 1st Black Woman Heading National Guard An Air Force veteran from Burlington County has been nominated as the next New Jersey Adjutant General, Gov. Phil Murphy announced. Effective Monday, July 1, Colonel Yvonne L. Mays of Lumberton Township also would become the state's first black woman in the state's history to head up the New Jersey National Guard. The opening as acting head of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs comes after the departure of Major General Lisa J. Hou, who has accepted a new assignment as the director of the Office of the Joint Surgeon General, National Guard Bureau. The nomination is …
Meek Mill Joins NJ Gov. Murphy In Newark To Celebrate Landmark Clemency Effort On Juneteenth Meek Mill Joins NJ Gov. Murphy In Newark To Celebrate Landmark Clemency Effort On Juneteenth
Meek Mill Joins NJ Gov. Murphy In Newark To Celebrate Landmark Clemency Effort On Juneteenth Gov. Phil Murphy celebrated Juneteenth by announcing a historic initiative in an effort to improve racial justice in New Jersey. The governor signed an executive order on clemency at Saint James AME Church in Newark on Wednesday, June 19. The order establishes standards for people to receive expedited consideration for pardons and commutations. Gov. Murphy said the goal is to fix the racial inequalities that have existed in the criminal justice system. "As we celebrate Juneteenth and reflect on our nation’s ongoing journey toward racial justice for Black and Brown …
LAWSUIT: Former Warren County Prosecutor Wants His Job Back LAWSUIT: Former Warren County Prosecutor Wants His Job Back
Lawsuit: Former Warren County Prosecutor Wants His Job Back James Pfeiffer, who abruptly retired as Warren County Prosecutor in April, has filed a lawsuit claiming he was unlawfully removed from the position.  The complaint, filed against New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin and Gov. Phil Murphy in Superior Court of New Jersey, said he remains the duly appointed Prosecutor for Warren County and wants his job back. In April, Platkin took over the Warren County Prosecutor's Office, forcing out Pfeiffer amid a state ethics probe. Pfeiffer was replaced by Anthony Picione.  A spokesman said it resulted over an investigation from the…
NJ State Trooper Who Died During Training Leaves Behind Wife, Daughter (SERVICE DETAILS) NJ State Trooper Who Died During Training Leaves Behind Wife, Daughter (SERVICE DETAILS)
NJ State Trooper Who Died During Training Leaves Behind Wife, Daughter (Service Details) Arrangements have been finalized for New Jersey State Police Trooper II Marcellus E. Bethea, who died during training last week. Bethea, 33, had been training to join the TEAMS Unit, an emergency response unit "prepared to handle extra ordinary police emergencies," the NJSP website says. He died on Sunday, May 5. Gov. Phil Murphy said he died at headquarters in Ewing. It was not immediately clear how. According to his obituary, Bethea was born in Edison and grew up in Columbus, having graduated from Northern Burlington Regional High School in 2009 and Rowan Un…
Congressman Donald Payne, Newark Native Dead At 65 Congressman Donald Payne, Newark Native Dead At 65
Congressman Donald Payne, Newark Native Dead At 65 Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) died on Wednesday, April 24 at the age of 65, weeks after suffering a cardiac episode. Payne, a Newark native, had served in Congress, representing New Jersey's 10th district since 2012, when he won a special election to fill the seat left vacant when his father, Donald Payne, Sr. died.  A graduate of Kean University, he previously served on the Essex County Board of Freeholders and the Newark Municipal Council and was known for his signature bowtie.  Earlier this month, Payne's office said he suffered a cardiac episode based on complications from di…
Where Is Central Jersey? Monmouth U. Poll Finds Answers To NJ's Tricky Regional Debate Where Is Central Jersey? Monmouth U. Poll Finds Answers To NJ's Tricky Regional Debate
Where Is Central Jersey? Monmouth U. Poll Finds Answers To NJ's Tricky Regional Debate Monmouth University pollsters have tried to answer a question that has been hard to solve for many in the Garden State: Where is Central Jersey exactly? The Monmouth University Polling Institute released a survey on Tuesday, Apr. 16 that asked New Jerseyans what region they live in and if they believe their region gets a fair share of state resources. The pollsters also asked people to pick their favorite convenience store. According to the poll, 41 percent of New Jerseyans said they live in North Jersey, 34 percent said they're in Central Jersey, and 23 percent said they're from South…
'Reprehensible': Crimefighters Unite To Pursue Rutgers' Islamic Center Attackers (UPDATE) 'Reprehensible': Crimefighters Unite To Pursue Rutgers' Islamic Center Attackers (UPDATE)
'Reprehensible': Crimefighters Unite To Pursue Rutgers' Islamic Center Attackers (Update) The overnight trashing Wednesday of the Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University in New Brunswick -- which coincides with the end of the holy month of Ramadan -- is being treated as a bias crime, authorities said. Someone forced their way in sometimes before 4:30 a.m. April 10, broke glass and destroyed artwork and various other possessions, Rutgers Police Chief Kenneth Cop said. The attack came on Eid al-Fitr, the Islamic holiday commemorating the end of sunrise-to-dusk fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. "Today we witnessed art pieces with Quranic verses, shattered window…
Judge Strikes Down NJ's Party Line Ballot System Judge Strikes Down NJ's Party Line Ballot System
Judge Strikes Down NJ's Party Line Ballot System Andy Kim: 1. New Jersey's party line ballot system: 0 In a legal ruling that will set off an earthquake among New Jersey party bosses, a judge ruled against the state's controversial party line ballot system. The system gives preferential treatment to candidates endorsed by the county party, issuing a preliminary injunction against the ballots for the upcoming June primary and ruling ballots must use office block ballots. Judge Zahid Quraishi announced his ruling on Friday, March 29, siding with Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ), who had filed a federal lawsuit seeking to get the line thrown out. …
Two Newark Teens Shot Near High School: Authorities Two Newark Teens Shot Near High School: Authorities
Two Newark Teens Shot Near High School: Authorities Two Newark teenagers were shot near West Side High School on Tuesday, March 26, authorities said. A 17-year-old and a 15-year-old boy were the victims of the shooting, Mayor Ras Baraka and Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé said. The two teenagers were transported to University Hospital in Newark, authorities said.  Gov. Phil Murphy said his office was coordinating with law enforcement. "Every student deserves to be safe at school," Murphy said.  The incident remains under investigation, authorities said.  Anyone with information is asked to call 1-877-695-8477.
Bringing Affordable Housing To NJ Just Got Easier: Are You For Or Against It? (POLL) Bringing Affordable Housing To NJ Just Got Easier: Are You For Or Against It? (POLL)
Bringing Affordable Housing To NJ Just Got Easier: Are You For Or Against It? (Poll) New Jersey is hoping to become a national leader for affordable housing. Last week, Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law a bill making it easier for municipalities to get funding to build more affordable housing and track its progress in meeting its benchmarks, under the Mount Laurel affordable housing doctrine. "We will be able to create more certainty and lower costs in New Jersey’s affordable housing landscape," Murphy said of the legislation. The Mount Laurel doctrine was created after the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in 1975 that every municipality must "make realistically possible an a…
NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy Drops Out Of Senate Race NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy Drops Out Of Senate Race
NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy Drops Out Of Senate Race Tammy Murphy, the First Lady of New Jersey, announced on Sunday, March 24, she is ending her campaign for the Democratic nomination for US Senate. The announcement caps a dizzying a few months for Murphy, the wife of Gov. Phil Murphy, who entered the race as a frontrunner, racking up endorsements and raising $3.2 million in six weeks, but watched her campaign stall as Rep. Andy Kim overtook her in the polls.  Murphy was running to replace embattled incumbent Bob Menendez who is facing federal corruption charges. "Continuing in this race will involve waging a very divisive and negative…
The Valley Hospital Has Opening Date For New Paramus Campus The Valley Hospital Has Opening Date For New Paramus Campus
The Valley Hospital Has Opening Date For New Paramus Campus The Valley Hospital is officially in Paramus. Almost. After more than 70 years in Ridgewood, The Valley Hospital will relocate to Paramus in April. Patients from the Ridgewood facility will be moved to the Paramus location on Sunday, April 14, at which point the hospital will open its doors to emergency and inpatient care. Located at Winters Drive, the state-of-the-art hospital has 370 beds, single-patient rooms, an expanded emergency department, larger operating rooms, park-like grounds, and the latest technology. Gov. Phil Murphy was among the state and local officials who con…
'Champion' Menendez Won't Run In Democratic Primary, Considering Independent Bid (VIDEO) 'Champion' Menendez Won't Run In Democratic Primary, Considering Independent Bid (VIDEO)
'Champion' Menendez Won't Run In Democratic Primary, Considering Independent Bid (Video) Embattled Senator Robert Menendez announced he will not run for re-election as a Democrat, but did not rule out running as an independent. Menendez, who is facing numerous federal bribery charges, made the announcement in a nine-minute video on Thursday, March 21.  Menendez, who has professed his innocence and called himself a champion for the state of New Jersey, said the charges against him make running a campaign impossible.  ALSO SEE: Menendez Accepted Benz As Bribe Following Fatal Wreck Caused By His Wife In Bergen: Reports "New Jerseysians deserve better than that," M…
Notorious NJ Consultant Used COVID Rules To File Fake Petitions For Partner, Indictment Charges Notorious NJ Consultant Used COVID Rules To File Fake Petitions For Partner, Indictment Charges
Notorious NJ Consultant Used COVID Rules To File Fake Petitions For Partner, Indictment Charges 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: A controversial New Jersey political consultant was indicted by a state grand jury for filing nearly 2,000 bogus petitions in what authorities called a transparent attempt at getting his life partner on the Democratic primary ballot for governor. James Devine, 62, of Lambertville, initially received a summons last May after state authorities said he filed 1,948 fraudulent petitions with the Secretary of State’s office to get Lisa McCormick on the ballot for the June 2021 primary. Grand jurors in Trenton, in turn, returned an indictment charging Devine with offenses concerning nomin…
Jersey City Mayor Ditches Murphy, Endorses Kim In NJ Senate Race Jersey City Mayor Ditches Murphy, Endorses Kim In NJ Senate Race
Jersey City Mayor Ditches Murphy, Endorses Kim In NJ Senate Race Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has seen enough from Tammy Murphy's Senate campaign. Fulop announced he is switching his endorsement to Rep. Andy Kim, saying he made a mistake in endorsing Murphy, the wife of Gov. Phil Murphy.  "Clearly I made one here and this convention season has demonstrated he is the better candidate to represent NJ," Fulop, who is running for governor in 2025 said. "The backbone of our party volunteers and activists have spoken loudly and we should listen to them." The Jersey City mayor initially endorsed Murphy last year, but said on Reporters Roundtable on Frid…
$200 Million Healthcare Center Breaks Ground At NJ Transit Station $200 Million Healthcare Center Breaks Ground At NJ Transit Station
$200 Million Healthcare Center Breaks Ground At NJ Transit Station A new $200 million health and wellness center is hours away from breaking ground at none other than a NJ Transit station. The Hackensack Meridian Health facility will break ground Friday, March 8 at the New Jersey Transit Metropark Station in Iselin. The first of its kind, the center is expected to be completed by 2025. Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to join hospital, transportation and other elected officials as well as developers at an 11 a.m. ceremony, according to a hospital press statement. It's billed as the first accessible health and wellness center at a major transit hub nation…
Kevin Hart, Stephen Colbert Among Newark Performers At 2024 North To Shore Festival Kevin Hart, Stephen Colbert Among Newark Performers At 2024 North To Shore Festival
Kevin Hart, Stephen Colbert Among Newark Performers At 2024 North To Shore Festival Major musicians and comedians will perform across New Jersey in an arts festival unique to the Garden State, officials said. The North to Shore Festival will return in 2024 for its second year in Asbury Park, Atlantic City, and Newark, the state announced in a news release on Thursday, Mar. 7. Hundreds of thousands of people attended the three-city, three-week event in June 2023. Despite many events being free, the first edition of North to Shore generated $7.6 million in ticket sales. "Our inaugural North to Shore Festival was the beginning of a proud, new annual tradition that bring…
Murphy Urges NJ Residents Work From Home, Stay Off Roads Ahead Of Winter Storm Murphy Urges NJ Residents Work From Home, Stay Off Roads Ahead Of Winter Storm
Murphy Urges NJ Residents Work From Home, Stay Off Roads Ahead Of Winter Storm New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is urging residents to stay off the roads ahead of a winter storm expected Monday, Feb. 12 into Tuesday, Feb. 13. The National Weather Service was predicting up to 18 inches of snow in the northernmost part of the state, with between 6 inches and a foot possible across Sussex, Warren, Morris, Hunterdon, Somerset, Passaic, Bergen, and western Essex counties, where a Winter Storm Warning was issued. Murphy  said the most intense stretch of precipitation, beginning as rain and turning to snow, will happen in the middle of the night and run into mid-morning…
More Than 60K NJ Families Now Eligible For Free School Meals More Than 60K NJ Families Now Eligible For Free School Meals
More Than 60K NJ Families Now Eligible For Free School Meals A new law will make thousands of New Jersey students newly eligible for free school lunches and breakfasts. Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill into law on Tuesday, Jan. 16, expanding the eligibility for free meals to more than 60,000 additional families.  According to the Working Class Families Anti-Hunger Act, public and non-public schools in the National School Lunch Program or federal School Breakfast Program will provide meals to students in households with an income of up to 224 percent of the federal poverty level. The bill signing comes after Gov. Murphy renewed his push for f…
NJ Student Drivers Need More Practice Hours Under New Law NJ Student Drivers Need More Practice Hours Under New Law
NJ Student Drivers Need More Practice Hours Under New Law A new law will require student drivers in New Jersey to spend more time learning behind the wheel before they can get a license. Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill on Monday, Jan. 8, that requires student drivers 21 years old and under to spend at least 50 practice hours with an adult. The law also requires at least ten hours to be completed at night. Parents or other adults must certify the practice driving hours were completed. The new law also requires a sample driving log to be included in informational brochures given to parents or adults of student drivers under 18. The New Jer…
'AI Moonshoot' Among Murphy's Ideas To Make Life More Affordable For NJ Residents 'AI Moonshoot' Among Murphy's Ideas To Make Life More Affordable For NJ Residents
'AI Moonshoot' Among Murphy's Ideas To Make Life More Affordable For NJ Residents Gov. Phil Murphy sees New Jersey as a future global leader in artificial intelligence, while balancing the urgent financial needs of families during his 2024 State of the State Address. In his speech on Tuesday, Jan. 9, Gov. Murphy spoke about "an era of unease and uncertainty" defined by economic recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with wars in Israel and Ukraine.  He also talked about how higher costs of living are the biggest challenges for many families. "Making life more affordable for more families is our highest priority," said Gov. Murphy. "We need to recognize t…
NJ Makes It Easier To Get Off Treadmill Of Unwanted Gym Memberships NJ Makes It Easier To Get Off Treadmill Of Unwanted Gym Memberships
NJ Makes It Easier To Get Off Treadmill Of Unwanted Gym Memberships If you're ditching the gym because you've already given up on a New Year's resolution or you no longer need it to reach your goals, a new law in New Jersey will make it easier to cancel your membership. Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill on Monday, Jan. 8, that aims to increase transparency for canceling gym memberships online. The law will require gym subscription services that can be entered into online to offer an online cancellation option. A gym's website must make an option to cancel a membership easily accessible, within a person's account profile, or through a termination emai…
State Of Emergency: 65 MPH Winds, Flash Flooding Expected In Severe Storm Headed To New Jersey State Of Emergency: 65 MPH Winds, Flash Flooding Expected In Severe Storm Headed To New Jersey
State Of Emergency: 65 MPH Winds, Flash Flooding Expected In Severe Storm Headed To New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declared a State of Emergency as all of New Jersey was under multiple weather alerts and advisories on Tuesday, Jan. 9, ahead of a storm expected to pound the region with heavy rain and gusty winds. Between 1 and 3 inches of rain is expected across the state with up to 65 mph winds that could cause power outages and uprooted trees, according to the National Weather Service. ⚠️ State of Emergency effective at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9 in anticipation of severe storms causing hazardous weather conditions including heavy rain 🌧️ , high winds 💨, and flash flooding 🌊. —…
Absecon Lighthouse Shines Less Bright After Death Of 96-Year-Old Keeper Bruddy Grover Absecon Lighthouse Shines Less Bright After Death Of 96-Year-Old Keeper Bruddy Grover
Absecon Lighthouse Shines Less Bright After Death Of 96-Year-Old Keeper Bruddy Grover George "Buddy" Grover, the long-time keeper of Absecon Lighthouse, has died at 96 years old, the Atlantic City landmark announced. Absecon Lighthouse posted on its Facebook page about Grover's death on Thursday, Jan. 4. "He was loved beyond measure," the post read. "We are heartbroken." Our dear Buddy passed today. He was loved beyond measure. “Five hundred, twenty five thousand, six hundred minutes…” Times 96, seasons of love. ❤️ We are heartbroken. More to follow. Posted by Absecon Lighthouse on Thursday, January 4, 2024 Many people posted their condolences and memories of Gr…
Shock Spreads After Imam Shot Dead Outside Newark Mosque (UPDATE) Shock Spreads After Imam Shot Dead Outside Newark Mosque (UPDATE)
Shock Spreads After Imam Shot Dead Outside Newark Mosque (Update) An imam was pronounced dead after being fatally shot outside a Newark mosque on Wednesday, Jan. 3, authorities said. Hassan Sharif was found by officers responding to the Masjid Muhammad Newark mosque on South Orange Ave., at 6:16 a.m., Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé, said.  Police brought Sharif to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:20 p.m., the Essex County Sheriff's Office said. New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin said the shooting does not appear to have been an act motivated by bias or domestic terrorism. “We know that in light of global eve…
Murphy Warns NJ Residents To Prepare For Heavy Rain, Flooding, Strong Winds Murphy Warns NJ Residents To Prepare For Heavy Rain, Flooding, Strong Winds
Murphy Warns NJ Residents To Prepare For Heavy Rain, Flooding, Strong Winds New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is warning residents of a powerful storm expected to slam the region this weekend. The "powerhouse" storm expected to arrive on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 17 will have the look and feel of a tropical system, AccuWeather says. ⚠️ Weekend weather warning ⚠️ Prepare for heavy rain 🌧️,  flooding 💧, and strong winds 💨 Sunday into Monday across the state.Stay safe, NJ! — Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) December 16, 2023 A flood watch has been issued for nearly the entire state, along with greater Philadelphia and the…