On February 18, the Middlesex County Commissioners approved a resolution that will allow “Sunoco Pipeline LP” to relocate an oil pipeline to an area along the edge of a county-owned golf course.
Government & Politics
New Brunswick is governed by an elected Mayor and 7-member City Council, while the Middlesex County government is governed by a 7-member County Commission and three Constitutional Officers: County Sheriff, County Clerk, and County Surrogate. The city’s affairs are also heavily influenced and impacted by state government, as well as the New Brunswick Parking Authority, New Brunswick Housing Authority, and the Democratic Party.
New Councilman Takes Office in East Brunswick
At the East Brunswick Township Council meeting on February 22, Dinesh “Danny” Behal was sworn in to fill the vacant seat formerly held by Sterley Stanley.
Homeless Left Out in Bitter Cold as City Abruptly Closes “Code Blue” Warming Center
As city officials kicked off a long holiday weekend, the growing homeless population here was left without as warm place to go while temperatures dropped and another winter storm is approaching.
Ranked-Choice Voting Provides Alternative to Runoff Elections
Ranked-choice voting (RCV) is being promoted in New Jersey and across the United States as a way to solve one of the major issues voters worry about: the “spoiler effect” that can result in voters opting for “the lesser of two evils” instead of the candidate who they feel best represents them.
Murphy Defends Nomination of “Good Friend” Fined by Feds
The treasurer of Middlesex County College’s Board of Trustees still has the backing of Governor Phil Murphy despite reports linking the man’s company to a state probe of pay-to-play in public sector health insurance contracts.
County Grants 51 Small Businesses Federal Funds
Using the federal CDBG funding authorized by the CARES Act, the county awarded $1,062,260 in grants for job retention and creation to local establishments with no more than ten employees and net incomes of $100,000 or less per year.
With Trump Still in Denial, Biden Wins Electoral College
After months of heated public debate, the Electoral College officially voted in favor of Joe Biden, in a move that will make him the 46th President of the United States.