NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Several speakers addressed a crowd of environmentalists, students, and journalists in the Alexander Library on March 10.

Heather Taylor of The Citizens Campaign spoke about the importance of media coverage for environmental justice issues.  Her group focuses on five powerful roles that any citizen can take in their community: Citizen Legislator, Citizen Journalist, Board or Commission member, Political Navigator, and Political Party Committee Member.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city's parking authority will begin enforcing alternate side parking regulations on Tuesday April 1, requiring drivers to park on only one side of certain streets twice each week.

The unpopular regulations are meant to allow the Department of Public Works' street sweepers to go right up to the curb, but violators frequently end up in the way, leading to large numbers of parking tickets.

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TRENTON, NJ—Governor Chris Christie announced yesterday afternoon that one of his closest confidants has resigned from one of the most powerful appointed positions in his administration.

Port Authority Chairman David Samson, who led Christie's transition team in 2009 and whose private law firm has seen business boom since Christie appointed him to serve on the authority's Board of Directors, resigned effective immediately.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Spencer Robbins, a municipal court judge in three Middlesex County municipalities surrendered to two counts of voter fraud at the county court in New Brunswick on March 4.

According to the Middlesex Prosecutor’s Office, Robbins’ admission to this third-degree offense comes on the heels of an extensive investigation into the activities of the central New Jersey jurist.

In 2011, the Middlesex County Board of Elections determined he had inapproprately voted in two elections that he should not have been allowed to.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city's longtime Mayor James Cahill has hired a new public information officer who will take over for embattled spokesman Russell Marchetta on Monday.

Marchetta will be transferred to a newly-created position: Assistant Business Administrator.

Jennifer Bradshaw, a Rutgers alumna who lives in Highland Park, will take over the spokesperson job.  She served as the editor of New Brunswick's Patch.com news website since it launched in 2011.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A potential new hire at Rutgers has become the topic of controversy at the school, due to a lawsuit alleging he sexually assaulted an undergraduate student at his current job.

Peter Ludlow, a candidate for a professor position in Rutgers' prestigious philosophy department and a current professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, has been accused in a February 2014 lawsuit filed against the university.

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