Day: January 12, 2021

Allentown Man Charged With Theft From TD Bank In Metuchen

January 12, 2021

METUCHEN, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief David Irizarry of the Metuchen Police Department announced today that an Allentown man has been arrested and charged with defrauding a bank. 

Robert Nuccio, 52, of Allentown was arrested and charged with two counts of identity theft, two counts of forgery, two counts of false government documents, one count of theft by deception, one count of attempted theft by deception, one count resisting arrest, and one count of hindering apprehension following an investigation by officers of the Metuchen Police Department.  The investigation determined that, on January 9, 2021, Nuccio fraudulently withdrew approximately $13,000 from the TD Bank in Metuchen after he displayed a fake driver’s license bearing another person’s identifying information.  Further investigation revealed that, on January 10, 2021, Nuccio returned to the bank in an attempt withdraw an additional $7,500 where he again displayed a fake driver’s license.  Nuccio was arrested following a foot chase by responding patrol officers as he exited the bank. 

Nuccio is presently lodged at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center where he is pending a detention hearing in Superior Court. 

The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective James Keane IV of the Metuchen Police Department at (732) 632-8561.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against all Nuccio are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Governor Murphy Delivers State of the State Address Via Social Media

January 12, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy today aired his third State of the State Address from Trenton. Governor Murphy highlighted accomplishments from his first three years in office and reaffirmed his commitment to leading New Jersey through the COVID-19 public health crisis and improving the lives of New Jersey’s families. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the address was pre-recorded without an audience at the Patriots Theater at the Trenton War Memorial and streamed on the Governor’s official social media channels.

“Although wounded deeply, we enter 2021 tougher than ever, wiser than before, and ready to move forward together,” said Governor Murphy. “Despite the ongoing pandemic, our mission of making New Jersey a stronger and fairer state for every family has not changed. We’re proving that the best way to beat COVID-19 is by leaning in to smart investments with a forward-looking, principled vision for the future. Our priorities for the year ahead focus on the public health challenges at hand, while charting a path forward to build a stronger, fairer, and more resilient economy that works for every New Jersey family.”

In his address, the Governor highlighted some of the accomplishments from his first three years in office, including:

  • Establishing an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour, giving more than one million families a stronger foothold in the middle class, and allowing those who aspire to enter the middle class the means to do so;
  • Ensuring tax fairness through a millionaire’s tax, easing the property tax burden on middle-class families and seniors, and doing more to help fund our public schools;
  • Passing earned sick leave and expanding paid family and medical leave;
  • Making high quality education more available and affordable to all with continued investments in pre-K and tuition-free community college;
  • Moving toward full funding of our schools by restoring more than $750 million in direct classroom funding since 2018;
  • Enacting sweeping and fundamental reforms to New Jersey’s incentives program that will fuel job-creating small businesses and innovative startups;
  • Restoring safety, service, and reliability to NJ TRANSIT by completing the federally mandated Positive Train Control technology and the hiring of engineers, conductors, and bus operators;
  • Cementing New Jersey as the nation’s offshore wind-energy leader with the creation of the New Jersey Wind Port and new manufacturing facility at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal, both of which will bring thousands of good-paying union jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments; and,
  • Reducing health care costs and eliminating surprise medical bills through our state-run health care exchange and the creation of the Office of Health Care Affordability and Transparency.

Governor Murphy also emphasized the following priorities for the coming year as part of his State of the State address:

  • Continuing our statewide COVID-19 vaccination program and vaccinating every willing New Jersey adult resident;
  • Supporting small businesses and innovative startups to promote good-paying, future focused jobs to build New Jersey’s economy;
  • Solidifying New Jersey’s bridge and tunnel infrastructure along the Northeast Corridor through improvement projects at the Portal North Bridge and working with President-elect Biden to fund the Gateway Program and build new tunnels under the Hudson River;
  • Building our clean energy economy by bringing together stakeholders to assess New Jersey’s needs and develop a robust and equitable green jobs workforce development strategy;
  • Codifying a woman’s full reproductive rights into state law;
  • Transforming our justice system to eliminate the root causes of systemic racism and make New Jersey’s criminal justice system more transparent and fair;
  • Expanding access to democracy by enacting early, in-person voting;
  • Ensuring our students have the academic, digital, and social-emotional support needed as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Easing the burden of working parents by building out a robust and affordable child care support system;
  • Improving our overall healthcare system to make it more transparent, more accessible, and more affordable;
  • Instituting comprehensive ethics reforms to ensure transparency and accountability across government; and,
  • Expanding opportunities for safe and affordable housing by providing assistance to New Jersey’s renters and homebuyers, and giving renters impacted by the pandemic up to 30 months to make up for back rent.

National Tree Company Opens New Facility In East Windsor

January 12, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov, surrounded by Council Members and Company Executives, announced that National Tree Company is opening a new facility in East Windsor Township, after signing a lease with property owner Dermody Properties to occupy the entire existing 608,442 square foot building at 150 Milford Road.  National Tree Company, a national leader in the seasonal décor industry based in New Jersey, will begin to occupy their new East Windsor facility this month.    

Mayor Janice S. Mironov said, “East Windsor is excited to welcome National Tree Company, a sixty year family operated company, to a prime Township commercial site, just minutes away from the New Jersey Turnpike and major transportation networks.  Their decision to relocate to East Windsor, especially in this difficult financial atmosphere, exhibits a strong confidence in the attractiveness and economic vitality of East Windsor for business.  East Windsor also is excited that the National Tree new facility is anticipated to generate up to 150 to 200 new jobs, an exceptionally important plus at a time when local jobs are especially valued.” 

National Tree Company, for sixty years, has been a leading importer and wholesaler of artificial Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, holiday decorations and fiber optics products.  The company recently has expanded their product line to include a seasonal category featuring decorative pieces for display during all seasons indoor or outdoor and includes items for Easter, Independence Day and Halloween.  National Tree Company, which has an e-commerce presence fulfilling orders from its warehouse, sells their products to major retailers including Wayfair, Target, Macy’s, Home Depot and Lowes.  This new East Windsor operation is expected to create up to 150 to 200 new jobs.    

Mayor Mironov added, “East Windsor has successfully attracted another national company due to our strategic central location, excellent access to transportation, highly skilled workforce and a business friendly hands-on local government environment that responds to the needs of the business community.  East Windsor has demonstrated tremendous value to commercial users looking for an unbeatable strategic location minutes off of the NJ Turnpike and major transportation networks as Routes 133, 33 and 130, as well as mid-way between major New York and Philadelphia transport options and markets.” 

            “This year, we’ve seen consistent uptrends in e-commerce in many areas of the country, and New Jersey is no exception,” said Gene Preston, East Region Partner at Dermody Properties.  “We worked collaboratively with East Windsor Township to upgrade and improve the building’s functionality, making it ideal for this customer’s robust operations that will serve its national customer base.”

            “This property at 150 Milford Road presented the opportunity for us to consolidate our three smaller New Jersey warehouse locations into one in East Windsor,” said Don Kelley, Chief Executive Officer at National Tree Company.  “This is a critical move in allowing us to expand our operations with improved efficiency.”

            The existing facility at 150 Milford Road recently was purchased by Dermody Properties, a national private equity real estate investment, development and management company.  The 608,443 square foot facility has been enhanced with upgrades to the sprinkler system, new LED warehouse lighting and a repaved truck area, in anticipation of National Tree Company occupying the space commencing this month. 

RWJ University Hospital Administers 2nd Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine To High-Risk Frontline Employees

January 12, 2021

See previous related story here: RWJ University Hospital Hamilton Administers First COVID-19 Vaccinations This Morning To Healthcare Workers

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Twenty-one days after the first COVID-19 vaccines were given to front-line staff, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, 1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton, NJ, administered the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to the first high-risk employees to receive it on December 20, 2020. The hospital has taken diligent measures to ensure staff receive plenty of notification to schedule and receive their second dose.

After her second dose was administered, Victoria Bradeis, a respiratory therapist and the first RWJUH Hamilton employee to receive the vaccine, said, “I’m feeling great and I’m so thankful to everyone who contributed to making this vaccine happen.”

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton’s employee vaccine clinic has been running daily since the first doses were administered on December 21, 2020. In the past week, the hospital began vaccinating their non-frontline team workers. Employees continue to wear masks, practice proper hand hygiene and practice social distancing, even after receiving their vaccinations, as advised by the CDC.

About Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Hamilton

Located in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, serves communities within a five-county area and includes an acute care hospital, cancer center, affiliated medical group, Lakeview Child Centers and the RWJ Fitness & Wellness Center. RWJBarnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – brings a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside you, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials. For more information, visit us at

BREAKING: Truck Fire On NJ Turnpike

January 12, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 6:41 am the Robbinsville Township Fire Department along with the Hamilton Township Fire Department were dispatched to a truck fire on the NJ Turnpike. The truck was fully engulfed and on the south bound side of the highway just prior to the Exit 7 A ramp. Firefighters called for additional mutual aid tankers to bring water to the scene from East Windsor and Monroe Township. Firefighting foam was also applied to bring the fire under control. Firefighters had the fire knocked down just after 8:00 am but were still on scene at the time of this report. This is a preliminary breaking news report, check back for further details.