- ENVIRONMENTAL LOBBY
A Senate panel approves a bill that would require stores to charge customers 5 cents for every plastic or paper bag.
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.
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.