As Gov. Phil Murphy pushes ahead with a plan to hike more taxes, state Senate President Steve Sweeney is suddenly insisting New Jersey's tax-and-spend mentality must come to an end.

The New Jersey state comptroller said 159 people in the Lakewood area have been accepted into a special amnesty program that allows them to pay back $2.2 million in stolen welfare money without facing criminal prosecution.

Lakewood is certainly not the only town in the state where welfare fraud is taking place.

New Jersey is dramatically expanding its medical marijuana program.