NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ–A strike that took nearly 40,000 Verizon Communications Inc. employees out of work since April 13 has officially come to an end.

“I expect that [Verizon] workers will be back on the job next week,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, in a statement on May 27.

The strike reportedly affected the company's traditional landline phone business the most.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, along with the Hub City's Congressman Frank Pallone, were successful in their efforts to persuade the US Department of the Interior to remove the Atlantic Ocean from the "Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program."

The result is that the Jersey Shore will be protected from spills that could hurt both the environment and economy of the state.

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PERTH AMBOY, NJ—Perth Amboy's embattled chief of police, Benjmain Ruiz, was arrested and charged for allegedly trespassing on May 31, adding to a litany of charges already levied against him.

Ruiz, the 54-year-old suspended police chief, was apprehended May 31 and accused of trespassing on the property of a Smith Street convenience store and impersonating a police officer when confronted by the store's owner and employees, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a press release.

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