Here are the top New Jersey news stories for Monday:

⬛ Never Forget — Should 9/11 be NJ and national holiday?

Steel from the World Trade Center makes up part of the Sept. 11 memorial at Exchange Place in Jersey City. (Toniann Antonelli, Townsquare Media)
Steel from the World Trade Center makes up part of the Sept. 11 memorial at Exchange Place in Jersey City. (Toniann Antonelli, Townsquare Media)

Efforts to make Sept. 11 a state and national holiday to honor those who died in the terror attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon have failed in recent years.

It is unlikely to ever become a national holiday.

One New Jersey County and now a local municipality have decided to declare local holidays to honor the victims, first responders, volunteers and all who were affected by that dark day.

⬛ 9/11 news reports: Witness accounts to NJ 101.5

Eric Scott 9/11 20 years

It's the question everyone will ask and answer: Where were you when the planes hit? Where were you on 9/11?

Jim Gearhart remembers well. The veteran broadcaster was on New Jersey 101.5's airwaves, discussing school fundraisers with a caller. Alongside him were News Director Eric Scott and the rest of the morning crew. Opinions and news and laughs. It was a regular, routine day.

And then it wasn't.

⬛ President Biden dissing NY and NJ on 9/11 anniversary?

(AP file/Canva)
(AP file/Canva)

Where in the world is President Joe Biden?

On the 22nd anniversary of 9/11, he won't be at Ground Zero in New York.

Or in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Or at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

⬛ Another police suicide at New Jersey hospital, report says

Inspira Medical Center in Vineland (Google Maps)
Inspira Medical Center in Vineland (Google Maps)

VINELAND — A retired police officer took his own life after bringing a firearm to a hospital this weekend, according to a published report.

The shooting death on Saturday makes this the second police-related suicide at a hospital in the state this year alone.

Vineland police responded to the Inspira Medical Center on a report of an active shooter, which they later confirmed "was not an active shooter" but "an isolated incident that was contained within the hospital."

⬛ Are you really following NJ's rules on stopping for school buses?

Shiny School Bus

It's time to share the road with school buses again. Do you know the laws in New Jersey?

A violation can not only put a kid's life at risk; it could put multiple points on your record and could mean jail time.

The neighborhoods along your errand run or daily commute are likely to be a lot busier in the mornings and afternoons now that school is back in session. But those big yellow school buses can act as a warning sign of potential dangers ahead.

Never Forget: Notable 9/11 memorials in NJ

There are a number of memorials in New Jersey dedicated to remembering the lives of residents lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The sites range from gardens to parks and plaques to statues.

Windfarm projects proposed for NJ coast — and what they might look like

These are the wind energy projects approved for and planned for the ocean off the coasts of New Jersey and New York. While the projects have the support of officials who say they will stimulate the local economy and create renewable energy to power millions of homes, many coastal residents have raised concerns about how the projects will impact tourism and the environment.

The gallery includes competing photosimulations — those on file with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and those recently commissioned by a group opposed to the wind farm development.

Remembering Superstorm Sandy: 11 years later


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