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Archive for September 23rd, 2008

City Crime Rises Again

ELIZABETH—Elizabeth continued to struggle with rising crime rates, while the rest of the Garden State saw a decline for the sixth year in a row, according to Attorney General Anne Millgram.

Violent crime in Elizabeth increased by 4.4 percent in 2007 compared to a year earlier, while municipal police manpower slipped from 357 to 349. The total number of police department personnel fell from 491 to 469.

There were 16 murders in the city during 2007, compared with 17 in each of the two prior years. In 2008, nine people have been killed in Elizabeth.

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Bush Visits NJ

 

President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush

COLTS NECK—George W. Bush was in Colts Neck Monday to raise money for GOP congressional candidates Leonard Lance and Christopher Myers.

 

This was the President’s second visit to New Jersey this year.  On March 28, Bush was in Freehold Township in an appearance to promote the White House’s effort to provide relief to homeowners facing foreclosure.

With the federal government proposing a quick $700 billion rescue program to bail out the nation’s financial system, Bush has again come under fire for his contribution to the economic mess.

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STATE—Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt announced last week that New Jersey will be given $3,723,658 in emergency energy assistance. The funds from the federal government’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will provide states, territories, tribal areas and the District of Columbia with heating assistance for the upcoming winter months.

“The release of these funds will address the energy emergencies low-income families face during the upcoming cold winter months,” Leavitt said.

LIHEAP funding is administered to states through the Office of Community Services in the Administration for Children and Families under HHS.  These funds will assist eligible low-income households in meeting their heating, insulation or cooling needs. 

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