TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Declaring it New Jersey's response to a national crisis, lawmakers on Thursday sent a half-dozen measures tightening the state's already-strict gun control laws to Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's desk.
The Democratic governor said he would sign the bills, establishing some of the "toughest gun laws in the nation."
The Democratic-led Senate approved the bills that began advancing after a fatal high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead in February.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's official portrait will cost $85,000, which is more than taxpayers shelled out for paintings of his three predecessors combined.
The Record reports that Australian artist Paul Newton will paint the portrait of the Republican who left office after eight years in January.
Lawmakers break from church, support assisted suicide bill
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Some Catholic lawmakers in New Jersey are breaking with the church and supporting legislation that would let terminally ill residents obtain drugs to end their lives.
Catholic leaders have urged defeat of the measure, but The Record reported (http://bit.ly/2hwYQdL ) state Sen. Richard Codey, Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assemblyman John Burzichelli, all Democrats and Catholics, support the measure
Senator wants probe into whether N.J. schools have contracts with EpiPen maker
A state senator has called on the New Jersey Attorney General to review whether the maker of EpiPens has contracts with any school districts in the state that prohibited officials from purchasing the drugs — used to counter allergic reactions —from the company’s competitors.