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Controversial Power Line Gets Appeals Court Go-Ahead

The Susquehanna-Roseland power line has made it past another hurdle.

The lawsuit, filed by a number of New Jersey’s most prominent environmental organizations, sought to overturn a decision by the state Board of Public Utilities to allow the $750 million project to move forward.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Lawmakers Look to Ban Fracking in NJ and Neighboring States

With a moratorium on using hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas due to expire this week in New York, New Jersey legislators stepped up efforts to ban the practice not only in their home state, but also elsewhere in the region.

Meanwhile, the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee adopted once again a bill (A-567) establishing a moratorium on fracking in New Jersey, a measure previously conditionally vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie, in part because the practice has never been used in the state.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Scope of Doctor’s Money Ties to Menendez Exceeds $1 Million

Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen has given more than $1 million directly and indirectly to Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and committees supporting him over the course of their friendship, new disclosures show.

His West Palm Beach, Fla., company, Melgen Vitreo Retinal Eye Center, donated a combined $103,500 to the Democratic Party committees in four New Jersey counties in the weeks leading up to the November election, the Newark Star-Ledger has reported.

The Star-Ledger quotes Union County Democratic Chairwoman Charlotte DeFilippo saying that, having been told her committee needed additional funds, Menendez “said he’d see what he could do, and I received a check.”  Click here to continue reading this story.

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