- Retired state workers still won’t have to pay any portion of their health insurance costs; the Corzine administration backed down on that part of the new state worker contract. The insurance remains copay-free if the retiree stays in a sponsored “wellness program” of checkups and lifestyle advice.
- The state Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a murder defendant can avoid a death penalty if even one juror is convinced of his mental retardation during the penalty phase of trial. A “preponderance of evidence,” the lowest standard of proof, is required.
- Citing lack of support from the mayor and city council, Trenton has pulled their application to join Our Fair State’s needle exchange program. Mayor Doug Palmer said he wants to see the experience of other cities before proceeding.
- Sen. Lautenberg says last month’s Pine Barrens fire will be blamed on an F-16 practice flare near the Warren Grove Gunnery Range, which he would like to see shut down. The Air Force Accident Investigation Board should release their report today; Lautenberg wants to know how the Air National Guard will improve safety at the range.
- One of the “Fort Dix Six” has drawn graffiti in his cell indicating that he’s angry with the FBI. What a shock.
- Residents in Lodi and the Saddle River basin are still struggling with the effects of flooding two months ago. Folks are frustrated with delays and retaining wall problems.
- The EPA will be trying out some quicker beach water tests this summer. The new tests would enable health officials to close beaches in a more timely fashion in case of bacterial contamination.
- The New Jersey Can Spam Act advanced in the Senate yesterday. The bill would establish criminal and civil penalties for certain spam email-related activities, including prohibiting the use of a computer in Our Fair State to send multiple commercial spam and to mislead recipients or service providers about their origin.
Open Thread: What’s on your minds today, Blue Jersey?