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NJ readies for widespread inoculations when coronavirus vaccine arrives

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By Lilo H. Stainton, NJSpotlight

Health officials want 70% to get vaccine in six months, spending $6 million to get ready

New Jersey has big plans for a potential coronavirus vaccine. State health officials said they hope to get 70% of residents inoculated within six months, have identified most of the funding needed and are crafting a strategy to prioritize distribution to those most at risk.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: October 5th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 18 Comments »

Sunday night: Watch the NJGlobe CD-3 Debate and Post Debate Analysis

The races for Congress in Monmouth County are snooze fests. Our incumbent congressmen, Chris Smith and Frank Pallone are heavily favored to be reelected by wide margins.

But just south of us in Ocean and Burlington Counties, the CD-3 race between freshman Democrat Congressman Andy Kim and Republican businessman David Richter is one of the most competitive and closely watch races in the nation. The partisan balance of power in the House of Representative could depend on the outcome of that election.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: October 1st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, David Wildstein, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sunday night: Watch the NJGlobe CD-3 Debate and Post Debate Analysis

Pandemic in NJ forces 1.2 million to become ‘food insecure,’ report says

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Number surges by 56% this year, higher than national rate due to hard-hit hospitality and leisure industries

By Jon Hurdle, NJSpotlight

The number of New Jerseyans who have uncertain access to healthy food is expected to increase by more than 50% by the end of this year because of the pandemic, bringing the total of “food insecure” people to 1.2 million, or 13.5% of the population, according to a report issued on Wednesday.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: October 1st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Feds Bust Monmouth Gun Traffickers

Federal authorities charged three Monmouth County men and a Florida man and woman with with conspiring to illegally sell firearms, including handguns and a semi-automatic rifle, in and around Monmouth County, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: September 30th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Feds Bust Monmouth Gun Traffickers

O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Prominent Restaurants on Precipice


Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso said restaurants are hurting and if Murphy doesn’t immediately increase the indoor dining capacity to a minimum of 66 percent, the results could be devastating to the entire industry. (Pixabay)

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) emphasized their previous call for an immediate increase for indoor dining capacity to 66 percent following yet another desperate message from a prominent restaurant owner who indicated they might close very soon without a substantial indoor dining increase.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: September 25th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, Press Release | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Atlantic Cinemas to reopen October 15 with new business model

Atlantic Cinemas, the iconic local theater located on First Ave in Atlantic Highlands, will reopen with a new business model on October 15, owners Fred and Mickey Rast announced.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: September 25th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic Highlands, COVID-19, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Breaking: Monmouth GOP files suit against Murphy administration over election rules

The Monmouth County Republican Committee (MCRC) has filed an Order to Show Cause against New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesa Way seeking to compel the State to issue rules and regulations regarding the collection of ballots in the upcoming general election and to forbid the counting of ballots that are received by Boards of Elections after election day and without postmarks.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: September 24th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, 2020 Presidential Politics, 2020 U.S. Senate Race, Elections, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 4 Comments »

New Jersey budget will see more tax increases, more borrowing

Lawmakers push plan that borrows more than Gov. Phil Murphy wanted. Votes planned for Tuesday

By John Reitmeyer, NJSpotlight

State lawmakers are planning to send Gov. Phil Murphy a budget bill later this week that calls for even more spending and borrowing than he originally asked for.

The first votes on a $32.7 billion spending bill formally introduced by lawmakers on Monday are scheduled to be held Tuesday afternoon in budget committees in the Assembly and Senate.

Also scheduled for committee review on Tuesday are a series of tax hikes proposed to back up the Legislature’s spending bill.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: September 22nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Family credits Chris Smith with saving COVID-19 patient’s life

Kevin McNamara, a 60 year old attorney who lives in Avon-by-the Sea, was hospitalized with COVID-19 on March 28. Last Thursday, after 174 days of isolation in three different hospitals and a rehab facility, McNamara was sent home to continue his long road to recovery.

Kevin’s brother Dan, an engineer who lives in Essex County, credits Congressman Chris Smith with saving Kevin’s life.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: September 21st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, COVID-19, Monmouth County, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Man collapses while waiting on line at Eatontown MVC

NJ drivers waiting on line at Eatontown MVC on the morning of September 21, 2020. Photo by AJ McNally

A white male who appeared to be in his 70’s collapsed while waiting on line outside of the Eatontown MVC facility, according to Little Silver Councilman AJ McNally, who was also on the line which started forming before 5:30 this morning.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: September 21st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Eatontown, Monmouth County News, Motor Vehicle Commission, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »