Recent vetoes by Governor Chris Christie have left child welfare workers, emergency responders and public safety workers in the lurch, says Ann Twomey, president of the Health Professionals and Allied Employees, the union that represents those workers.
In light of national scandal involving high levels of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, officials across the country, including New Jersey, have found it prudent to determine whether similar problems exist in their states. In January, 2016, New Jersey state officials were put on notice of concerns about the toxicity levels in drinking water at a dozen systems across the state. They include the Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority; the Raritan, Logan and Pennsgrove systems of New Jersey American; the Montclair Water Bureau; Greenwich Township; Garfield Water Department; Rahway Water Department; Brick Township; Paulsboro Water Department; Orange Water Department; and South Orange Water Department.
In an earlier blog, we talked about the standard of care in a personal injury claim based on negligence and discussed how, as an injured party, you must show that the defendant had a duty to exercise a certain level of care and that the defendant failed to (or breached) that duty. But that's not enough to successfully prosecute a personal injury claim. Once you've established the duty and the breach, you must then show that the breach "caused" your injuries.
In a number of sting operations around the state of New Jersey, police have nabbed and arrested individuals in various sex trafficking schemes. Some kept women essentially locked in rooms in motels across state lines, advertising them online as available for sex with older men. Others brought young girls from Mexico, luring them with the promise of a new life in America, only to put them to work as prostitutes along the Jersey shore. One such sex trafficking ring pimped girls as young as 13, according to state officials.