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Sen. Robert Menendez

Artist rendering of artificial islands plan. (credit: WXY/West 8/Stevens Institute of Technology)

One Idea For Protecting NY, NJ From Powerful Storms: Man-Made Islands

The “Blue Dunes” proposal is part of Rebuild By Design, a competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to come up with novel ways to protect against the next big storm.

03/30/2014

Sen. Robert Menendez (file/credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Menendez/Grimm Flood Insurance Affordability Bill Passes, Awaits President’s Signature

Congress passed a bill Thursday scaling back what had been drastic increases in flood insurance rates for many homeowners. It passed in the Senate by a vote of 72 to 22.

03/14/2014

FILE -- This Staten Island home was badly flooded during Superstorm Sandy. (credit: Getty Images)

House OKs Bill Rolling Back Huge Flood Insurance Premium Hikes

The bill would allow sellers to pass along their subsidized, below-market insurance rates to new buyers and lower the limit on how much flood insurance premiums can rise each year. The measure was approved 306-91.

03/04/2014

FILE - Road salt sits in a storage depot. (credit: CBS 2)

NJ To Get Much-Needed Shipment Of Road Salt

The cargo ship is to arrive from Chile on Thursday. The salt is being supplied by International Salt, a primary supplier for the state.

02/20/2014

FILE - A worker  loads salt trucks.  (Photo by Julie Denesha/Getty Images)

Sen. Booker: New Jersey Will ‘Be Able To Get The Salt That It Needs’

New Jersey was expected to receive a critical supply of rock salt that was held up by the Department of Homeland Security because it was being carried on a foreign ship.

02/18/2014

Sen. Robert Menendez (file/credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Documents: Sen. Menendez’s Campaign Paid Law Firm $250K To Fight Allegations

The political campaign for U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) paid a law firm $250,000 in December for legal costs related to Justice Department and Senate Ethics Committee investigations into his ties to a major donor, according to disclosure forms filed Friday.

01/31/2014

Sen. Robert Menendez (file/credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Menendez’s Bill To Block Spike In Flood Insurance Premiums Passes Senate

The 67-32 vote reflects widespread alarm about changes enacted two years ago to shore up the program’s finances. In many cases the changes produced unexpected, sky-high insurance rates that are unaffordable for many homeowners in flood-prone areas.

01/30/2014

Super Bowl XLVIII preps at MetLife Stadium as seen from Chopper 880, Jan. 17, 2014. (credit: Tom Kaminski/WCBS 880)

Lawmakers Want To See More Jersey Pride In Run-Up To Super Bowl XLVIII

It seems Sen. Robert Menendez is a little tired of hearing about New York hosting the Super Bowl.

01/23/2014

Sen. Robert Menendez (file/credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Menendez Leading Charge On Fresh Iran Sanctions As Lawmakers Work To Build Veto-Proof Majority

As of Friday afternoon, 59 senators now back a new sanctions package they say would increase the pressure on Iran to make nuclear concessions, congressional aides said. The count brings Congress closer to passing a bill the Obama administration considers a threat to a historic diplomatic opportunity.

01/10/2014

A customer uses the credit card scanner at a Target store (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Menendez Calls For Investigation Of Target Breach

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said consumers should be better protected and retailers who fail to safeguard information should be held accountable.

12/26/2013

Sen. Robert Menendez (file/credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sen. Menendez Pops The Question To Girlfriend

The senator’s office said he proposed to Alicia Mucci, his girlfriend of more than a year, Monday night in the Capitol Rotunda.

12/10/2013

P.S. 3 In West New York has been renamed Robert Menendez Elementary School. (credit: Instagram/Sen. Menendez)

West New York Elementary School Named For Sen. Robert Menendez

Naming the school in his honor was the idea of West New York Mayor Felix Roque and was approved by the local school board.

12/05/2013

(L to R) British Foreign Secretary William Hague, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius attend a statement on early November 24, 2013 in Geneva. (Photo read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Look To Sanctions If Iran Deal Falters

The controversial deal to put the brakes on Iran’s nuclear program has united Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill on steps to take if the pact falls apart.

11/25/2013

Vice President Joe Biden congratulates Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) after administering a ceremonial swearing-in as his mother Carolyn Booker looks on in the Old Senate Chamber at the U.S. Captiol. October 31, 2013. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Former Newark Mayor Cory Booker Sworn In As U.S. Senator

Booker, 44, was sworn in as a U.S. senator at noon Thursday. Vice President Joe Biden conducted the ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber.

10/31/2013

Home damaged by Sandy in Toms River, NJ Nov. 1, 2012 (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Toms River Mayor Signs Eminent Domain Ordinance For Dune System

Meantime, a bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday unveiled legislation that would delay for about four years several changes to the federal government’s flood insurance program that are threatening to sock thousands of people with unaffordable premium hikes.

10/29/2013

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