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Bill Introduced Opposing Choir College Sale

By Anne Levin Six members of the New Jersey Assembly have introduced a resolution that opposes Rider University’s sale of Westminster Choir College to a for-profit company partially owned by the Chinese government, saying it could jeopardize national security. Assemblyman Harold “Hal” Wirths, a Republican who represents Morris, Sussex, and Warren counties, introduced the bill […]

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Lawmakers advanced legislation aimed at making it easier for state government to recycle

TRENTON, N.J. – A measure working its way through the Legislature would re-invigorate recycling efforts by state government. While New Jersey’s recycling rate is well above the national average, it is still below the state’s goal set by the Legislature in 1992 to reduce waste by 50 percent. The Assembly Environment Committee advanced the bill (A3770) […]

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Rooney seeks answers to questionable hires at SDA with OPRA request

WAYNE, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney has filed an Open Public Records request seeking answers to the questions about the qualifications of new hires at the Schools Development Authority. A NorthJersey.com report this week outlined how the chief executive officer of the SDA hired 38 new people since August, some for higher salaries than the workers who were […]

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Assembly sets date for annual Stephen Hawking Remembrance Day

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly today approved legislation designating March 14 as Stephen Hawking Remembrance Day. The resolution (AJR110) is sponsored by Assemblymen Kevin J. Rooney and Christopher DePhillips. “Stephen Hawking made countless contributions to our understanding of the universe, gravity, black holes and other phenomena,” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “He overcame physical adversities to become the […]

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Horse auctioneers to be stopped from taking buyers for a ride thanks to bipartisan bill passed by Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. –Legislation approved by the Assembly today (S445/A3673) will require horse auctioneers to release identifying information of a horse before a sale, saving horses that mistakenly end up at auction houses and preventing unscrupulous auctioneers from duping buyers. The bill, sponsored by Assemblymen Kevin J. Rooney (R-Bergen) and Ron Dancer (R-Ocean) would requirehorse auctioneers to […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Governor approves Rooney bill expanding the pool of certified nurse aides

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Thursday sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney allowing prior work experience to be considered for out-of-state certified nurse aides who want to work in New Jersey.  “The shortage of critical front-line caregivers is a major underlying factor for patient care throughout the state,” said Rooney (R-Bergen).  “Now […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Republicans blast Democrats for soaking residents with ‘rain tax’

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jerseyans are inundated with taxes, some of which are among the highest in the country, and now they could be taxed based on how much it rains.  Republicans blasted Democrats for considering the proposal at an Assembly session Thursday. Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips was strongly opposed to raising taxes on people based on […]

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