- Sen. Frank Lautenberg met up with Rep. Jim Saxton outside of Ft. Dix yesterday to demand better gun laws and background checks on military base visitors, while the Assembly Homeland Security Committee fretted about security at the base. Good police work was lauded as the best way to stop “homegrown terrorism.”
- NJ Transit has secured almost half of the money for the second commuter rail tunnel to NYC; the next step is to get Federal money. The project is awaiting an environmental impact statement right now.
- The penalty for gas price gouging is probably going to increase, the first such increase in nearly seventy years. Gas currently averages $2.88/gal. in Our Fair State.
- Treasurer Bradley Abelow is to appear today before the Assembly Budget Committee to give the state’s revenue predictions. Revenue was assumed to increase $1.1 billion this year, now we’ll see the latest numbers.
- U.S. Attorney Chris Christie insists his office had nothing to do with robocalls made in Camden’s city elections May 8th. The Philly Inquirer attributed the calls to the prosecutor’s office, without confirmation.
- A U.N. Inspector states he was denied access to a Monmouth County jail where he was to inspect conditions for immigrant detainees; the jail says the inspector did not follow set stipulations for the visit. Detainees, who are usually awaiting hearings on deportation issues, have complained of inadequate food and medical care at the facility. The ACLU-NJ is issuing a report on conditions there this week.
- Beachgoers at Surf City shouldn’t worry about being blown up any more. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed their clean-up, removing all the WW I era munitions that were dumped with dredged sand on the beach. Over 1,000 pieces were found.
- Local farmers are worried about the lack of bees. Smaller farmers around Our Fair State are more likely to have problems with a honeybee population decline. Scientists still don’t know the cause.
- Flags are being flown at half staff today in honor of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Vincenzo Romeo of Lodi, who was killed in Iraq last week.
Open Thread: What’s on your minds today, Blue Jersey?