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To Combat Counterfeiting, NJ Transit Goes For Ultraviolet Tickets

Monday, July 16, 2012

NJ Transit Train (Photo by Flickr user robotbrainz)

(Jorteh Senah -- WNYC) New Jersey Transit officials are cracking down on counterfeit tickets. Weekly and monthly passes will now feature an anti-counterfeit device, which can only be detected by the transit staff's special UV scanners.

NJT Executive Director James Weinstein says counterfeiting costs the agency up to $3 million a year in losses. The NJT spent $80,000 to implement the anti-counterfeit measure.

NJT Police Department Chief of Police Christopher Trucillo said with advances in printing technology, tickets were being forged throughout the NJT system, most notably on rail and train vehicles.

"I think it's an opportunistic crime and it, quite frankly, was easy,” Trucillo said. “And what we've done internally is close that gap, it's not so easy now. Through the use of simple technology like the hologram system we’re very easily now able to identify fraudulent tickets.”

Now, when a ticket is scanned by a NJT employee, a hologram will appear under the UV lights, and if it doesn’t the police will be instructed to further inspect the ticket at the next station stop. Passengers with counterfeit tickets in their possession will be arrested and, if found guilty, could face up to 18 months in prison or a $10,000 fine.

Trucillo says the measure is just the first step of an ongoing fight against fare beating, noting counterfeiters would undoubtedly adapt to the new technology.

“It doesn’t end there because every time you put a barrier up people are going to now look to be creative and try and go around that barrier,” Trucillo said. “So we’re going to have to be on our toes and continue to look and be proactive in trying to circumvent this.”

The hologram will be changed each month and conductors and drivers on NJ Transit trains, buses and the light rail system now have small flashlights they'll use to scan tickets and monthly passes to check for the holograms.

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New Jersey News

NJ Asks Feds for Storm Aid for South Jersey

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Acting Gov. Kim Guadagno has requested federal disaster aid for three southern New Jersey counties hit hard by weekend thunderstorms.

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New Jersey News

NJ Teen Leaps From Seaside Heights Chairlift as Storm Looms

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A teen girl jumped from a chair lift in Seaside Heights last weekend to avoid getting struck by lightening during a fast-moving storm.

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New Jersey News

Christie Says DC Needs 'NJ Approach' to Get Things Done

Monday, July 09, 2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in the nation's capital Monday morning to talk about "the New Jersey approach" to getting things done in government.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Taxes, Jobs and Nutley, New Jersey

Friday, July 06, 2012

Tom Moran, editorial page editor and columnist at The Star-Ledger, responds to the news that Roche is moving their plant away from Nutley, NJ and talks about the idea that low taxes are essential economic bait for companies.

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New Jersey News

With Health Care Law Upheld, Christie Talks Options for NJ

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Obama administration’s signature health care reform law, Gov. Chris Christie is weighing options for the state on the bill’s biggest provisions: creation of a health exchange and expansion of Medicaid.

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New Jersey News

NJ County Under Outdoor Water Ban as Crews Fix Water Main Break

Monday, July 02, 2012

New Jersey officials are banning outdoor water use in Monmouth County after three water mains broke.

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New Jersey News

South Jersey Residents Left in the Dark for Days by Violent Storm

Monday, July 02, 2012

Some South Jersey residents who lost electricity during the violent storms over the weekend may have to go without power for up to six days, a utility said Monday.

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New Jersey News

NJ Legislature Passes University Overhaul

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The New Jersey Legislature has approved a bill that disbands the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and redistributes it to Rutgers and Rowan Universities in what would be a sweeping re-organization of the state's higher education system.

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New Jersey News

No Stowaways Found in Ship Docked in NJ, Feds Say

Thursday, June 28, 2012

No stowaways were found in a cargo ship docked in New Jersey a day after a coast guard inspection team heard knocking amid the containers for about two hours, authorities said Thursday.

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New Jersey News

Christie Vows to 'Fight' for Across-the-Board Tax Cut

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Governor Chris Christie said Wednesday that Democrats are holding his proposed 10 percent across-the-board income tax cut hostage as they continue to push for a hike in the state's lapsed millionaire's tax.

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The Takeaway

Chris Christie: New Jersey's Political Showman and Viral Sensation

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

From smalltown New Jersey Republican to the GOP's showman, could Chris Chistie be on the verge of becoming the vice presidential nominee?

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New Jersey News

Bathing Suits Banned on Asbury Park Boardwalk

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Beach-goers sporting bathing suits on the Asbury Park boardwalk are breaking the law — and tarnishing the classy name of the Jersey Shore city, according to one GOP leader.

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New Jersey News

Legislature Approves Fracking Byproduct Ban

Monday, June 25, 2012

Lawmakers in New Jersey approved a bill banning hydraulic fracturing — otherwise known as fracking — byproducts created in other states from entering the Garden State.

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New Jersey News

NJ Assembly to Weigh Dramatic Teacher Tenure Reforms

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Assembly is expected to take up deliberations Monday on the most dramatic reforms of New Jersey’s teacher tenure law since the state became the first in the nation to put K-12 tenure on the books in 1909.

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New Jersey News

Federal Grant Could Help Region's Cargo Industry

Friday, June 22, 2012

Global Container Terminals USA in Jersey City, N.J., has secured an $11.4 million federal grant to buy two new cranes. Federal officials said the money will reduce truck traffic and diesel emissions in the state, as well as create jobs in the region.

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New Jersey News

Democrats Giving Christie Three Tax Cuts -- Just Not the One He Wants

Thursday, June 21, 2012

For Governor Chris Christie, it must be like a bad horror movie. Earlier this week, he likened Democrats to vampires -- recalcitrant ones who won't stay dead despite the stakes through their hearts. Now he may be facing an even more fiendish foe: zombie Democrats called back to life after years of acquiescing to the governor's agenda.

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WNYC News

What's at Stake Locally in the Healthcare Ruling

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Win, lose or draw, the forthcoming U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on the federal healthcare overhaul will affect states differently.  The justices are considering whether it’s constitutional to require people to purchase health insurance — the so-called individual mandate — and, if it isn’t, whether the rest of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act can survive.

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New Jersey News

In NJ Budget Battle, Dems Try to Stay in Sync

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Democrats control the State Senate and Assembly in New Jersey. They are currently working on a budget proposal to counter the one put out by Republican Gov. Chris Christie. But fissures within the Democratic party are making a united front difficult to achieve, and may help tip the situation to Christie's favor.

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New Jersey News

Coast Guard Says NJ Hoax May Be Linked to Texas Mayday Call

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

There may be a link between a hoax distress call reporting a yacht explosion off the New Jersey coast and a call in Texas last month, officials said Wednesday.

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