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‘Moose’s Law’ bill would crack down on animal abusers in NJ

A bill passed by an Assembly committee Monday would bar convicted animal abusers from owning a pet or working in a pet-related business in New Jersey.The measure is being called “Moose’s Law” to memorialize the chocolate labrador from Delran that died in a hot car in July of 2012 after being kidnapped by a woman who worked with animals for a living.

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Moose's Law advanced by Assembly committee

TRENTON — A bill inspired by the death of a Delran family’s dog again is moving through the New Jersey Legislature after Gov. Chris Christie declined to sign it at the end of the last legislative session.

The bill, known as Moose’s Law, after the family’s late Labrador retriever, was advanced by a 4-1 vote Monday afternoon by the Assembly’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. It seeks to give judges the discretion to bar people convicted of animal cruelty in any state from obtaining or owning a pet, or from working or volunteering in jobs that require direct interaction with animals, including veterinarian offices, dog training centers, rescue groups, kennels or groomers.

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Lisa’s Law would fortify domestic-violence restraining orders

Tara DeLorme’s hands shook and tears occasionally rolled down her cheeks as she told the story of her friend’s murder to the Ocean County chapter of NOW (National Organization for Women) as the group met at the county library on Sept. 10.

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NJ Bills Would Bar State Contracts Over Inversion Deals

Law360, New York (September 16, 2014, 6:06 PM ET) -- Joining a slew of federal proposals to crack down on corporate inversions, two New Jersey bills formally introduced on Monday would ban the award of state contracts to American companies that reincorporate abroad to avoid U.S. tax obligations.

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Christie vetoes smoking ban, signs alimony reform

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie signed into law legislation ending permanent alimony in most divorce cases, but he vetoed a measure that would have banned smoking on public beaches and in parks.

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Singleton Disappointed by Christie’s Veto of Bill to Help Manage State Debt Amidst Record 8th Credit Downgrade

Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) expressed his disappointment over Gov. Christie's veto of a bill he sponsored that would have helped the state get a better handle on its mounting debt, particularly in light of the latest credit downgrade by Standard & Poor yesterday.

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N.J.'s alimony law gets an update after Christie signs bill

TRENTON — New Jersey’s alimony law — derided by many as archaic — is getting an update.

Gov. Chris Christie's office announced tonight that he signed a bill (A845) that would make significant changes to alimony, though critics have said it doesn’t go far enough.

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Westampton fails to beat Guinness world record

WESTAMPTON — They stopped, dropped and rolled. But, in the end, they came up a bit short of a coveted world record.

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COAH releases $14M in affordable housing money

TRENTON — The Council on Affordable Housing has released the first $14 million in frozen affordable housing trust fund money that Gov. Chris Christie’s administration previously threatened to seize.

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Sweeney makes a pitch for state to fix bridges and roads

State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D., Gloucester), campaigning to highlight the urgency of fixing New Jersey's infrastructure, appeared at the decaying Centerton Road Bridge in Mount Laurel on Friday and invoked concerns about cars falling into rivers.

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