♦ Winners…

  • ENVIRONMENTAL LOBBY
    A Senate panel approves a bill that would require stores to charge customers 5 cents for every plastic or paper bag.
     
  • GAMBLERS
    The Senate gives approval to a reworked version of a previously vetoed bill to allow intrastate web gambling via servers in Atlantic City.
     
  • GUN CRITICS
    A gun buyback program in Camden County yields a record 1,137 firearms, including five semi-automatic assault weapons.
     
  • PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
    A state appeals court denies retroactivity to a change in the law that made it illegal to retire and collect a pension from one public job while working at another.

… & Losers ♦

  • ‘FAT JOE’
    The rap artist pleads guilty in federal court in Newark to failing to pay taxes on more than $3M in earnings.
     
  • KENTUCKY
    A federal judge refuses to dismiss Merck’s challenge to that state’s use of contingency-fee lawyers in Vioxx litigation.
     
  • POST-SANDY PRICE-GOUGERS
    The state files complaints against five hotels and a gas station that allegedly raised prices excessively after the storm.
     
  • ROBERT SCHROEDER
    The Bergen County lawmaker is indicted on charges he stole $1.8M from lenders and wrote $3.4M in bad checks.