It might not seem like fried chicken and electric cars go together, but the Vineland Planning Board has unanimously approved a plan for the township’s second Chick fil-A and this one will have two electric vehicle charging stations.

According to the Daily Journal, the charging stations will be Level 3, the fastest type of charging allowed. All the current charging stations in the county are Level 2, which is the minimum required by ordinance.

Charging stations are starting to play a key role in the New Jersey landscape; in March the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities announced $1 million in new spending to install electric vehicle charging stations at historic sites and key attractions, such as popular Shore towns. It’s part of the BPU’s Jersey Electric Vehicle Tourism plan. The agency received 94 grant applications and awarded over $1 million in funding to 24 applicants.

The EV Tourism program is part of the state’s effort at building up EV infrastructure and reducing “range anxiety” among residents and tourists.

Who knows, maybe they’ll even install one at Bahr’s in Highlands so Meadow can charge her electric truck (you remember the Super Bowl ad showing a fictional charging station at the restaurant, right?)

The new Chick fil-A will be different from the existing one in Vineland (by the Cumberland Mall) in that it will have a dual drive-thru to help relieve the congestion that always seems to occur near Chick fil-As. The company told the Planning Board that the new restaurant will create 80-100 new jobs, about half of those full

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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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