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Christie calls for action on bail reform; Assembly schedules Monday vote

TRENTON — New Jersey lawmakers heeded Gov. Chris Christie’s order to return to the Statehouse, and they listened to him argue for immediate action on bail reforms he said are long overdue.

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Christie calls for special legislative session to pass bail reform

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie has ordered both chambers of the New Jersey Legislature to convene Thursday to consider reforming the state’s bail system in time to meet a constitutional deadline next week.

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Department of Agriculture releases farmland assessment guidelines

TRENTON — New Jersey farmers learned this week about the new standards and guidelines they will have to meet to qualify for the state’s lucrative farmland tax break.

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Report: NJ solar bailout working, for now

TRENTON — A 2012 law that rescued New Jersey’s solar industry from collapse succeeded in stabilizing the market for solar power, but more volatility could develop in the next few years, according to a new state Board of Public Utilities report.

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Lawyers, divorced residents weigh pros, cons of N.J. alimony reform bill on Christie's desk

West Windsor lawyer Grace Dennigan has seen men and women come into her office during a difficult divorce with hopes of leaving with a settlement that gives them the financial support they need.

But proposed legislation that is currently awaiting Gov. Christie’s signature could deny many people that hope, she said, as the new law would reduce the length of time that New Jersey residents who get divorced will have to pay alimony.

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Lack of funding stalls Gov. Christie's plan for more class time

Jazzir Page puts his crayon down when he hears his teacher, Jasmyn Ledford, ask for attention.

“One, two, three, eyes on me,” Ledford tells Jazzir and the other 5-year-olds in her basement classroom.

“One, two, eyes on you,” they chirp in response.

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Military Advocates Join to Fight Possible Closure of Two NJ Installations

In latest round of proposed defense cuts, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Picatinny Arsenal Could face downsizing or closure

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Alimony reform bill under consideration

Hashing out finances could get easier for divorcing couples in New Jersey if a bundle of alimony reform measures gets signed into law.

Assembly Bill 845, touted by its authors as a melding of several viewpoints on the issue, passed by overwhelming majorities in the Senate and Assembly in June and is pending Gov. Chris Christie’s signature.

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Leaving N.J.: Officials say sometimes there's little that can be done

When two companies said goodbye to New Jersey last week —taking 500 jobs with them – state business leaders were upset. But they also were realistic.

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The Star-Ledger: Bill to let state buy foreclosed homes passes Assembly panel

By Tom De Poto, The Star-Ledger

A state Assembly committee yesterday passed a bill that would let a state agency buy foreclosed properties and convert them into affordable housing.

The bill (A-470) would create the New Jersey Foreclosure Relief Corporation under the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. The corporation would buy foreclosed residential properties and turn them into affordable housing.

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