Planned pink slips for Camden police, red decals for young drivers, and a green light for medical marijuana patients… New Jersey sure is a colorful place, and it all happened this week.
Green drivers stuck with red decals
The state Supreme Court upheld a law that requires young drivers to display red decals on their license plates. Named for a New Jersey teenager who was killed in a 2006 crash, “Kyleigh’s Law” was designed to help police officers enforce restricted driving privileges for young drivers. Opponents say that the decals are targets for predators, but a report last year found only one reported incident of an underage driver being stopped by someone impersonating a police officer.
Christie signs teacher tenure law
Passed unanimously by the state legislature and supported by the New Jersey Education Association, Gov. Christie finally gave the teacher tenure bill the endorsement that mattered. The law will make it harder for teachers to earn and retain tenure, but Christie was forced to relent on one of his main issues: seniority rights in case of layoffs.
Medical marijuana patients get the green light
Doctors have been able to register with the state since 2010, but now people with certain medical conditions can register as medical marijuana patients. New Jersey’s first medical marijuana dispensary expects to open next month. Owner Joseph Stevens tells WHYY reporter Carolyn Beeler he expects to be able to supply up to 800 patients.
Camden prepares pink slips for police
Mayor Dana Redd is preparing to lay off police officers to make way for a controversial county-run police force. According to The Inquirer, the dismantling will begin by the end of the month. It is unclear how much money the new arrangement will save.
Walking a lucky line in Atlantic City
If the sand was too hot for Nik Wallenda, he never felt it. His bare feet were 100 feet above the beach in Atlantic City Thursday as he took to a 1,300-foot-long tightrope. Wallenda achieved national fame in June when millions of TV viewers watched him cross Niagara Falls in similar fashion.