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State passes abuse bill

State Passes Abuse Bill

TRENTON - Legislation designed to enable domestic abuse victims to break a residential lease agreement to escape from their abuser has cleared the state Assembly.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Sandi Love, D-Gloucester Township, and Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, D-Washington Township, would empower a domestic violence victim to terminate their lease upon providing their landlord with written notice and copy of a permanent restraining order, or other official law enforcement or medical document showing they have been a victim of abuse.

Read the rest of this article online at the Gloucester County Times.

Lou Cappelli Jr. & Riletta Cream for Freeholder

Lou and Riletta's photo album

State pension reform: A welcome step

State pension reform / Small, welcome step

Some reforms, however, remained. The bill raises the retirement age for future state workers from 60 to 62, requires government workers and teachers to earn at least $7,500 a year to receive a pension and requires employees to work a minimum of 20 hours to qualify for health benefits.

All of the pension-related measures apply only to new employees - current employees would be unaffected.

The bill also eliminates Lincoln's Birthday as a state holiday - a largely symbolic move. Gov. Jon S. Corzine promptly said he may give state workers the day after Thanksgiving again in return.

Those southern New Jersey legislators who did act courageously on this issue should be congratulated. Atlantic County Democratic Sen. James Whelan, a teacher, has had to face the wrath of his colleagues, but voted in favor of the bill. State Sen. Stephen Sweeney of Gloucester County, a union leader, and his Assembly team spearheaded the reform effort. Cape May and Cumberland county Democrats Sen. Jeff Van Drew and Assemblyman Matthew W. Milam voted yes as well, along with Ocean County's Republican legislative team.

Read the rest of the editoral online at the AC Press

Star Ledger: "Backbiting on the budget"

Star Ledger: "Backbiting on the budget"

The budget process in Trenton is always ac companied by whining. It's just a matter of who's doing it.

Generally the party out of power complains about being ignored. Those getting less carp about being singled out.

So it is this year.

Republicans are moaning that they had a better budget idea, but nobody paid attention. Mayors are crying that less state aid will force them to make tough choices that the state sidestepped.

When they're out of power, Republicans routinely reject budgets that increase spend ing. But this year, Gov. Jon Corzine and Democrats crafted a budget that cut costs by $600 million -- something Republicans would presumably applaud. Instead, they rejected it

Read the rest of the editoral online at the Star Ledger's site.