Christie’s Exxon ‘connection’ grows

Details emerge about former Christie staffers working as lobbyists for energy provider

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Backlash from the state settling the decade-long lawsuit against ExxonMobil for pennies on the dollar continued last week when Democrat State Sen. Ray Lesniak called the deal a sellout. Information supporting that theory is starting to surface and it connects the governor and his staff closely to those involved with the settlement. […]

Union wants Kean restaurant, bookstore to pay up

UNION, NJ  – Tax time is just another reminder to Union officials that two businesses in the township are getting a free ride when it comes to property taxes and that is not sitting well with them at all. Under normal circumstances, establishments like the farm-to-table gourmet restaurant Ursino, which opened its doors in the […]

Residents will be ‘up Morses Creek without a paddle’

Exxon settlement allows portion of cleanup to be delayed until the refinery closes, but will it?

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Although the state claimed the $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil meets the goals set for the case, the oil company might be off the hook when it comes to cleaning up Morses Creek. After more than a month of debating exactly what the state conceded to in the settlement with the mega […]

Businesses suing City of Rahway over very large expansion of SID

RAHWAY, NJ – The city responded to a lawsuit brought by a group of 100 business owners who feel the expansion of the Special Improvement District was unlawful. Brian Hak, the newly appointed Rahway city council attorney as of 2015 and a member of the legal firm Weiner Lesniak, disagreed with the majority of the […]

Exxon settlement details revealed

Residents have until June 4 to share their opinions of the proposed $225 million settlement

UNION COUNTY, NJ — On Monday the state officially posted details of the proposed $225 million liability settlement with ExxonMobil for contaminating the Bayway refinery area in Linden and another in Bayonne. The public now has 60 days to share comments with the judge who will eventually approve the deal or throw it out. The settlement, […]

Dems ready for primary battle for assembly seats

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Primary election season in Union County is well underway, with a host of contenders ready to fight for a spot on the November ballot. There are 40 legislative districts in the state and all 80 seats in the lower house are up for grabs for the first time since 1999. However, there […]

Details of cop’s driving record surface

‘Unlikely’ that superior officers were not aware; Insurance mandates annual check

LINDEN, NJ — With questions continuing to surface about whether Linden Police Officer Pedro Abad’s superior officers knew he had been arrested for two DUI’s since 2011, evidence has been uncovered that would confirm they would have a motor vehicle agency update of every officer’s driving record for insurance purposes. According to information obtained by LocalSource, […]

Many legislators speak out against proposed ExxonMobil settlement

Two new bills in the works to overhaul use of settlement funds

UNION COUNTY, NJ — In the wake of the controversial $225 million proposed ExxonMobil settlement, Democrat lawmakers have initiated legislation that will not only protect how environmental settlement money is divided at the state level but also ensuring that the public is kept in the loop about such matters. There were several pieces of legislation sponsored […]

Gateway Chamber hosts annual Mayors Dinner

Roselle’s Jamel Holley named Mayor of the Year

UNION COUNTY, NJ — On Monday night the Gateway Chamber of Commerce held its annual Mayors Dinner, not only naming the 26th mayor of the year but also doling out awards for the brightest stars in a nonpartisanship atmosphere attended by more than 350 local officials and business sponsors. Non-partisanship was the rule of the evening […]

What ingredients are in toxic ‘soup’?

Focus of ExxonMobil settlement has been on the money, but what about the cancer-causing chemicals?

UNION COUNTY, NJ — As elected officials and ExxonMobil battle over billions of dollars in legal settlements related to toxic contaminants in New Jersey groundwater, communities that are home to these refineries are often in the dark about how these chemicals could affect their health. While much has been made about the proposed $225 million settlement […]

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