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Today at 2pm Gov. Phil Murphy will present his proposed state budget for the 2025 fiscal year to the Legislature at the State House in Trenton. This occurs amid a slowdown in state tax collections compared to the previous fiscal year, indicating a shifting fiscal landscape. Economic challenges such as inflation, high interest rates, and […]

Ocean County Commissioners Gary Quinn and Barbara Jo Crea have decided not to seek reelection this year, paving the way for new faces on the GOP ticket. The anticipated replacements are Manchester Mayor Robert Arace and Berkeley Board of Education President Jennifer Bacchione. Jennifer Bacchione, 52, brings a wealth of experience to the political arena. […]

Lakewood Republican Club President Craig Theibault steps aside in middle of tonight’s club meeting after Confirming that he no longer lives in Lakewood or ocean County. In December of 2023, he sold his Lakewood house and moved to an address in Manasquan, later he then purchased a new house in Wall Township, without informing anyone […]

Lakewood is one of the townships set to benefit from a $19 million grant dedicated to acquiring clean, zero-emission school buses, as revealed by Senator Cory Booker.This transformative initiative, disclosed at the Jose Marti STEM Academy in Union City, is made possible through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), a key component of President Biden's ambitious […]

As reported earlier, Andy Kim secured the ballot county line in the initial three county conventions, surpassing Murphy. However, Murphy has the support from party chairs in the state's most Democratic and vote-rich counties, some of whom hold significant influence in awarding party lines. Democratic Senate candidate Andy Kim took legal action on Monday by […]

At an international summit in Geneva today, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chair of the House Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee, joined a panel of key experts and legislators from across the world to address the failed United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Excerpts of remarks by Rep. Chris Smith: Special […]

A man was arrested after forcibly abducting a woman at knifepoint from the parking lot of a Toms River Aldi on Sunday, according to the police. Luis Morenogutierrez, charged with kidnapping, also faces allegations of aggravated assault and weapon possession. he incident happened at the Aldi on Route 70 at 6:55 p.m. Sunday when police […]

Senator Robert Singer has been appointed to the Legislative Services Commission to help improve and modernize the methods, practices, and procedures of the New Jersey Legislature. “It is truly a privilege to have the opportunity to serve on this very unique commission,” said Singer (R-30). “I look forward to working with my colleagues on both […]

Rep. Andy Kim had a successful weekend in the New Jersey Senate primary against First Lady Tammy Murphy. Kim won the Burlington County Democratic Committee convention with an impressive 90% of the vote and a 62% victory at the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee's endorsement. These victories, together with his win in Monmouth County earlier this […]

The NJ Department of Education's comprehensive review of Lakewood schools, the next step in Lakewood Lawyer Arthur Lang’s decade long battle to prove that Lakewood public schools are unconstitutionally underfunded, is due on March 1st.Lang hopes the review will show that the public school system is still failing, and force the state to change its […]

A Jewish Vietnam veteran from Philadelphia, Captain Larry M. Liss, is set to be honored with the Silver Star for his extraordinary heroism during a daring helicopter rescue mission in Cau Song Be, Vietnam, in 1967. The 82-year-old, who flew an unarmed Huey helicopter on multiple life-saving missions, will have his Distinguished Flying Cross upgraded […]

The Brick Police Department cautions residents about potential calls from scammers posing as police officers, falsely claiming arrest warrants for serious crimes. Scammers aim to instill fear, coercing victims into handing over money and banking details. They also warn about the use of technology that makes the caller ID to appear as though the incoming […]

The Murphy Administration today announced the award of $100 million in Boardwalk Preservation Fund grants to 18 municipalities to assist them in addressing the most critical and necessary capital needs of boardwalks in their communities. Administered by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the grant funding also aims to help Jersey shore communities […]

This Wednesday, Manchester Mayor Rob Arace and Jennifer Bacchione, who serves as both Ocean County Republican Executive Director and Berkeley Municipal Chair, will be participating in the upcoming Jackson Republican Club meeting as they pursue County Commissioner roles. Supported unanimously by the Ocean County Republican Screening Committee, they anticipate formal endorsement at the County convention. […]

After completing their service and returning from intense combat in Gaza and the northern border, seven IDF reservists, including a former Lakewood resident, went on a mission to Washington. Their goal was to share front-line experiences with over 15 lawmakers, and to provide insights into the challenges they faced on the battlefield. The discussions encompassed […]

"On the second anniversary of Vladimir Putin’s unjust and unprovoked war, our support for the brave people of Ukraine remains unwavering.  "We mourn the tens of thousands of Ukrainians who have been killed — and the many thousands more who have been injured, displaced, and traumatized by Russian forces. And we continue to stand in […]

By Rabbi Binyomin Weinrib

Agudath Israel’s New Jersey office welcomes the news that the Jackson Township Board of Education has approved a contract with the Lakewood Student Transportation Authority (LSTA), potentially allowing busing services to be provided for thousands of children during the 2024-2025 school year who have not been receiving busing until now.  The commitment demonstrated by the […]

In less than a week, on February 27 at 2 p.m., Governor Phil Murphy is scheduled to present his Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Address from the Assembly Chamber at the State House in Trenton. Behind the scenes, last-minute meetings are in full swing among NJ legislators and advocates striving to incorporate their needs into the […]

The Jackson Township School Board voted on a resolution to enter into an agreement with the Lakewood Students Transportation Authority under a new agreement. Currently, the Jackson School District, as required by state law gives private school families the state mandated minimum amount. That public to private agreement, according to township officials has caused havoc […]

Leaders Newsletter: Rav Gershon Edelstein

February 22, 2024

The Leaders newsletter is a complimentary weekly download brought to you by The Circle. To purchase the Leaders gedolim game, please visit your local store or email Here is this week’s Leaders newsletter, along with a printer-friendly version. For the full-color newsletter CLICK HERE For the printer-friendly version CLICK HERE If you would like to receive this gadol […]

‘Ask the Mayor’ with The Jackson Pulse

February 22, 2024

Dear Mayor Reina, Thank you so much for all of your hard work on behalf of our community and the entire township. Are there any plans to increase the size of the Jackson Post Office? With the current population growing exponentially, the size of the post office and available parking are inadequate at best. Signed, […]

In a collaborative effort spanning two weeks, detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force and the Toms River Township Police Department targeted for distribution of illegal substances, around the Freedom Village Apartment Complex in Toms River. The investigation pinpointed Jamar Montgomery, 30, of Lakewood, utilizing a residence on Dream Court within the […]

Last Night the Jackson Board of Education partnered with the Lakewood Student Transportation Authority (LSTA) for the 2024-2025 school year, thanks to a new bill passed on January eighth. This partnership is a big deal for Jackson students attending private schools in Lakewood. For the first time, the recently enacted bill enables townships like Jackson […]

163 years ago today, on February 21, 1861, Abraham Lincoln, the President-elect, came to visit New Jersey. He traveled from Manhattan to Jersey City, mirroring the route of the present-day Lincoln Tunnel. Crowds greeted him in Jersey City, Newark, and New Brunswick on February 21, 1861, with brief remarks at each stop before his arrival […]

Listen to Rav Gershon Ribner as he advises a mechanich on how to heal a pathologically liar in one easy step.

A pending bill in New Jersey proposes significant changes for electric bike and e-scooter riders on public roads. If passed, this legislation will require all riders to carry liability coverage, a new requirement for a group that has, until now, been treated similarly to traditional bicycle riders. The bill aims to redefine electric bicycles and […]

On Tuesday, Ocean County Commissioner Frank Sadeghi paid a visit to the Special Children’s Center, where he had the opportunity to personally interact with the children and staff and to get a glimpse into the amazing work of The Center. The Commissioner was very impressed with what he saw. He expressed how wonderful it is […]

After years of providing Kashrus certification to Ottimo Cafe, the KCL last week withdrew its certification due to hashkafic reasons. However, in a positive turn of events, Rabbi Weisner, the KCL administrator, tells LNN that, thanks to the cooperation with the Ottimo Cafe management, the KCL is pleased to reinstate the kashrus certification once again.

Teenager Injured in Lakewood Shooting

February 20, 2024

Shortly after 10:30pm last evening, the Toms River Police Department alerted the Lakewood Police Department that a 16 year old male was at Community Medical Center with a non life threatening gunshot wound to his leg. Further investigation suggests that the incident occurred in the area of Davina Court in Lakewood. Area residents advised responding officers that they […]

Witness New Jersey's Salamander Migration

February 20, 2024

While many people from around the globe are headed to Eastern Africa to see the start of the great wildebeest migration, a fascinating phenomenon is taking place right here in New Jersey. In the towns of East and South Brunswick, hundreds of salamanders are emerging from the woods and crossing Beekman Road heading to breed […]

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced his candidacy for the 2025 gubernatorial race, making him the third Democrat to vie for the position, succeeding term-limited Gov. Phil Murphy. Baraka kicked off his campaign in Trenton at a Black History Month event. Having served three terms as mayor of the state's largest city, the 53-year-old Baraka, a […]

Kollel Cheshek Shlomo on Sunday was graced by an address from Rav Yosef Efrati shlit"a, one of the most foremost rabbanim in Yerushalayim and a close confidante of Rav Elyashiv zt"l for more than 45 years.  Rav Efrati, who is a member of Degel's Vaad HaRabbanim, is the widely recognized mumcha on mitzvos hateluyos ba'aretz, and he […]

📢 Join us for the Ocean County Residential Document Shredding Program, sponsored by the Ocean County Board of Commissioners! This free event is exclusively for Ocean County residents and focuses on secure paper shredding. Locations: Lakewood: May 12, 1 America AvenueJackson: May 19, 95 West Veterans HighwayToms River: May 26, 250 Riverwood Drive ✅ Accepted […]

POLL: Safeguarding the Spirit of Pesach

February 19, 2024

Recently, I noticed a post on the LNN WhatsApp Status about Costco offering hand shmura matzah at a fantastic price. While I'm all for saving money, especially when it makes sense, I wanted to share some thoughts regarding the significance of Pesach and our mesorah. The yom tov of Pesach, in particular, and our commitment […]

Lakewood Airport's ambitious expansion, featuring a two-story terminal, additional office space, and potential industrial buildings on adjacent land, has hit an unexpected snag. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) demands the inclusion of a skydiving service, leading to tensions between airport officials and ISkyDive America, a sky diving company based out of Michigan. Mayor Ray Coles […]

On Wednesday evening, a crowd of Special Children’s Center Parents gathered for a Parents Night of inspiration.  As part of their commitment to the entire family of a special needs child, the Special Children’s Center regularly hosts Parents Nights in the Center’s beautiful home on Prospect Street. These events are a great way to strengthen the connection […]

The oral arguments on the defense's motion to dismiss Rabbi Eisenman's case entirely have been rescheduled for March 6th due to a conflict in schedule. On January 25th, the prosecution submitted its written response to the defense's motion. In an attempt to defend themselves from the intentional Brady violation of withholding the identity of the […]

Dear Lakewood, I had a very pleasant welcome to Jackson this Erev Shabbos. I made a U-turn (in an intersection not marked with "no U-turns”) and went back into Lakewood. A Jackson police officer pulled me over, claiming I "made an improper turn." He informed me that this encounter was being recorded, so I proceeded […]

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