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EDITORIAL: Cut tenure for towns' workers


Everybody in New Jersey says they want to cut property taxes, but few seem to know how to do it. State Sen. Donald Norcross, D-5, of Camden, whose district includes part of Gloucester County, might be one of them.

Norcross has sponsored an impressive number of bills that would reduce property taxes by making it easier for some of the state’s 566 municipalities and 601 school districts to eliminate redundancy. His “Common Sense Shared Service Act,” S-3104, should pass the Senate and Assembly (where the bill number is A-4346) and become law before this legislative session ends Jan. 10. Here’s why:


December 20, 2011

(CAMDEN) – Today, Assemblyman Gilbert “Whip” Wilson – of New Jersey’s Fifth Legislative District – joined forces with the Camden Police Brotherhood for Unity and Progress (BUP) to distribute over holiday baskets for deserving Camden residents. The group organized this morning at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1, located in Camden City.

“Having the opportunity to brighten up the lives of our city’s less-fortunate residents during the holiday season is an absolute privilege,” said Assemblyman Wilson, a former Camden City police lieutenant. “It is a great feeling to see my brothers and sisters in blue come together to make this happen.”

Norcross-Madden bill to aid families of fallen police officers, firefighters clears Senate panel

BY JOHN BARNA - Gloucester County Times

TRENTON — Legislation designed to aid the families of fallen police officers, firefighters, emergency medical responders and correctional officers by providing assistance to help cover funeral costs was approved Thursday by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

The bill — whose sponsors include Democratic Sens. Donald Norcross of Camden and Fred Madden of Washington Township would authorize the state treasurer to reimburse the family of police officers, firefighters, first aid, ambulance, rescue squad members, sheriff’s officers and correctional officers who are killed in the line of duty for up to $10,000 of funeral expenses. The reimbursement would be reduced by any amount payable for funeral costs from worker’s compensation.

The committee approved the measure by a vote of 13-0. It now heads to the full Senate for consideration.