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Firefighter monument makes me reflect; Facts are facts; Drivers have rights, too; Biden’s sincerity shines through | Letters

Statue’s message gives me pauseEvery morning, I walk Lincoln Park past the fireman monument. The front reads “Courage.” Today, I walked around it noticing three other words: “Devotion,” “Readiness,” “Valor.”In the craziest times in memory, courage is key. To survive, pray for strength to fight name stealers who own everything needed, planning control through nefarious action. They menace and dismay.Seek courage to fight evil spirits, spewing falsehoods and tric...

Statue’s message gives me pause

Every morning, I walk Lincoln Park past the fireman monument. The front reads “Courage.” Today, I walked around it noticing three other words: “Devotion,” “Readiness,” “Valor.”

In the craziest times in memory, courage is key. To survive, pray for strength to fight name stealers who own everything needed, planning control through nefarious action. They menace and dismay.

Seek courage to fight evil spirits, spewing falsehoods and trickery. Struggle onward to ward off the psychopath overlords.

Devotion is divine. By nature, the soul is devoted to creator, family and sovereignty. Humans have a crown that shines consciousness. We know what’s good and bad through intuition. Be devoted to goodness which is godness.

Readiness brings protection. We owe that to our elderly and children, specifically the babies. Reading is part of readiness. To acquire knowledge, read outside a comfort zone. From a 3D perspective there’s a notion to know thy enemy. Liberals can read the conservative view; conservatives can read a liberal take on things. It’s smart for both to follow alternative information. Be ready or be wrung.

Lastly is valor. With valor comes victory by way of fearlessness and bravery. Valor is a gift from the Almighty. During battle, call upon the boldness of the Holy Spirit. The root of valor comes from heart.

While the first three rely on the mind, valor requires opening up our heart for the benefit of all, specifically, the babies.

Next time you’re down Lincoln Park, take notice to what that fireman is holding on to.

James Francis Waddleton, Jersey City

Amy DeGise, not the JJ, is at fault

Former Councilwoman Lois Shaw announced that she is canceling her subscription to The Jersey Journal because, according to that writer, the paper has been bullying her niece, Amy DeGise. Canceling her subscription to The Jersey Journal is Ms. Shaw’s prerogative. Like everyone else, Lois Shaw is entitled to her own opinions. However, she is not entitled to her own facts.

The Jersey Journal has been unbiased in its reporting of the Amy DeGise story. Likewise, The Jersey Journal has fairly presented both sides of this story.

Lois Shaw may not like the news that has been reported about her niece’s abuse of her public office. But, the news is the news, and the facts are the facts, whether we like them or not.

Lois Shaw portrays Amy DeGise as a sweet and caring family member. She also implies that those who want Amy DeGise to resign from her council seat are mostly out-of-town hatemongers. Being a sweet and caring family member does not necessarily equate to being a responsible elected official, which, given the facts, Amy DeGise clearly is not. Additionally, Amy DeGise’s actions following her accident on July 19 -- namely, failing to stop, leaving the scene of the accident, and waiting six hours to report the accident -- coupled with her irresponsibility to pay fines and her living in housing intended for those with a more modest income, have been covered in many out- of-town publications. Even the New York Daily News ran a story about Amy DeGise’s refusal to step down from her council seat.

Let’s face it, Amy DeGise is big news and, as such, many people have shared their views about Amy DeGise’s behavior, to include those living out of town. Lois Shaw, just because people disagree with you and your assessment of your niece, and have stated that Amy DeGise should resign from her elected position, that does not make them hatemongers.

Bottom line, Amy DeGise is an elected official who behaved irresponsibly and abused her authority. No one is kicking Amy DeGise while she is down. In reality, Amy DeGise kicked herself, and she shall continue to do so for as long as she stubbornly insists on remaining on the city’s council. Essentially, Amy DeGise did it all to herself.

We agree with The Jersey Journal’s editorial and with others who have submitted letters to this newspaper denouncing Amy DeGise’s irresponsible behavior as an elected official, and we also agree that Amy DeGise should resign from her council seat for the good of Jersey City. Her continued presence on the council is an embarrassment and a distraction. And, Lois Shaw, in case you missed the point, we are not hatemongers. We are a couple of constituents who believe that we are entitled to have responsible, civic-minded individuals represent us, not someone who believes that she is privileged and can do whatever she wants to do.

Tina Greco and Marie Antoinette La Salle, Jersey City

Drivers have rights, too

In response to “More lanes on the Turnpike won’t solve congestion” by Kelcie Ralph and Nicholas Klein, Aug. 22:

Gov. Murphy is suggesting what should be done in a free society.

When people prefer to move by vehicle, he is attempting to give them that freedom.

If people wish to bike, the same answer.

In other words, the government serves the people. The people should not be submitted to the will of a Central Planning Board that automatically knows what is best for them every time a problem arises.

This is not China.

The U.S. has made substantial progress in reducing greenhouse gasses since 2010.

Respond to what the people want and stop dictating to them what they can do.

James Chiofalo, Brooklyn

Biden’s sincerity shines through

Our president is the most, honest, caring, compassionate, sincere human being.

He is a patriot that has shown he truly cares about the United States.

Samuel Haier, Jersey City

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Changebridge Medical Associates, A Member of Consensus Health Welcomes Patrick DeMare, D.O. in Lincoln Park, New Jersey

MONTVILLE/ LINCOLN PARK, NJ – Changebridge Medical Associates, a Member of Consensus Health, is pleased to announce the addition of Patrick DeMare, D.O., in Lincoln Park, NJ. Dr. DeMare, along with Changebridge providers Andrew Gilmartin, M.D., Arnold Pallay, M.D., Ryan Coelho, PA-C, and Genevieve Castaneda, PA-C, will see patients in the Lincoln Park office located at 63 Beaverbrook Road, Suite 101.“I am excited to join Changebridge Medical Associates, A Member of Consensus Health here in Lincoln Park as it gives me t...

MONTVILLE/ LINCOLN PARK, NJ – Changebridge Medical Associates, a Member of Consensus Health, is pleased to announce the addition of Patrick DeMare, D.O., in Lincoln Park, NJ. Dr. DeMare, along with Changebridge providers Andrew Gilmartin, M.D., Arnold Pallay, M.D., Ryan Coelho, PA-C, and Genevieve Castaneda, PA-C, will see patients in the Lincoln Park office located at 63 Beaverbrook Road, Suite 101.

“I am excited to join Changebridge Medical Associates, A Member of Consensus Health here in Lincoln Park as it gives me the opportunity to expand our patient reach, and provide more efficient, high-quality healthcare with state-of-the-art patient technology. I look forward to working with their wonderful providers who share a strong commitment to improving the health of all of our patients and their families and to work with my long-time colleague, Dr. Arnie Pallay, and particularly Dr. Andrew Gilmartin,” said Patrick DeMare, D.O.

Dr. Gilmartin will join Dr. DeMare as the lead Lincoln Park physician. Dr. Gilmartin is excited to return to the area — in nearly the same location as he previously practiced in Lincoln Park — and looks forward to serving patients in this community once again.

“I am thrilled to return to the Lincoln Park area again and to work alongside Dr. DeMare. Together we are excited to expand the services provided to the Lincoln Park patients and their families with the addition of more providers, hours, and resources,” said Andrew Gilmartin, M.D.

Dr. Gilmartin is a practice partner and Board-Certified Internal Medicine Physician at Changebridge Medical Associates — and has dedicated more than ten years to serving the local community. He graduated with his doctorate from St. George’s University School of Medicine and completed his Internship and Residency at St. Francis Medical School in Trenton, New Jersey.

Changebridge Medical Associates, a member of Consensus Health, in Montville, and Lincoln Park, NJ is a primary care and family medicine practice that has been serving the local community for over 35 years. The expert providers and staff of Changebridge Medical Associates have one priority: To provide the most thorough, compassionate, state-of-the-art medical care to their patients. They are highly trained in diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases and illnesses that affect your entire family.

To schedule an appointment in either location, please call (973) 575-5540. Visit www.changebridgemedical.com to learn more about Changebridge Medical Associates and follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChangebridgeMedicalAssociates.

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The Best Food Events in New Jersey This September

Enjoy New Jersey dining and drinking this September with special dinners, a sushi class and more. And if you’re heading to the shore before summer ends, check out New Jersey Monthly‘s best places to eat by the beach.Feast of San Gennaro...

Enjoy New Jersey dining and drinking this September with special dinners, a sushi class and more. And if you’re heading to the shore before summer ends, check out New Jersey Monthly‘s best places to eat by the beach.

Feast of San Gennaro, Spuntino Wine Bar and Tapas • Clifton

This Italian spot is celebrating the Feast of San Gennaro all month. In Naples, Italy, the feast is thought to bring a full year of good fortune. The month-long feast will include a special menu with dishes such as speck in carrozza, pork medallion and cherry peppers, chocolate chip zeppoli, and wine pairings. The feast is $32 per person. 70 Kingsland Road, Clifton; 973-661-2435

Back to School Special, Habit Burger Grill • Wayne

With a new school year starting, parents can get 10 percent off their order at Habit Burger Grill if they mention “first day of freedom” or show their child’s back-to-school photo. The promotion lasts all day. 916 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne; 862-684-8168

Monthly Supper Club, Round Table Studios at The Park • Berkeley Heights

Round Table Studios, located inside The Park, Berkeley Heights’ corporate campus, is kicking off its monthly supper club. The first dinner features fried chicken and bubbles. Craft fried chicken is being served family style and paired with champagne. Dinner is $85 per person. Guests can register by phone or email [email protected]. 200 Connell Drive, Berkeley Heights; 908-334-3788

Italian Wine Dinner, The GOAT by David Burke • Union Beach

This “Taste of Italy Wine Dinner” is being hosted by wine specialist and Fedway Associates brand ambassador Katie Califano, who is introducing a different wine with each of the four courses. The menu includes tuna crudo, spinach-and-ricotta ravioli, short ribs and, for dessert, chocolate and goat caramel cake. $75 per person; tickets can be purchased online. 1411 Highway 36, Union Beach; 732-264-5222

Tour of Cuba Month, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar (Tropicana Casino & Resort) • Atlantic City

To honor National Hispanic Heritage Month, Cuba Libre has introduced a limited-time menu. Through October 15, guests can enjoy “Tour of Cuba,” a three-course prix-fixe meal that’s $40.22 per person. Dishes include Cuban classics, such as pineapple guacamole, arroz con pollo, paella vegetariana, flan, churros and more. Drink specials are being made with specialty rum. 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-340-4000

311 Pre/Post Party, Ocean Casino Resort • Atlantic City

American rock band 311 is performing at Ocean Casino’s Ovation Hall. Before and after the show, Villain & Saint, the resort’s casual dining bar and lounge, is hosting a celebration featuring drink specials starting at $5, giveaways, prizes and more. 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-783-8000

Rosé Wine Dinner, La Mer Beachfront Resort • Cape May

The Pier House, La Mer’s waterfront restaurant, is hosting a wine dinner focused on rosé. The four-course dinner includes dishes such as smoked salmon, Manhattan clam chowder, honey roasted lamb and marshmallow meringue. Each dish is paired with a different rosé. Tickets are $85 per person. 1317 Beach Avenue, Cape May; 609-898-2244

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Clifton • Shannon Rose Irish Pub

After closing for renovations on August 28, this popular Irish pub is re-opening September 15 for a celebration. Then, on September 17, the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day party includes entertainment from Irish step dancers, live music and bagpipers. In addition to the renovations, there’s a new menu, as well as a new beer, cocktail and whiskey list. The pub is also unveiling its new Shannon Rose pizza. 98 Kingsland Road, Clifton; 973-284-0200

Downbeach Seafood Festival, Ventnor’s Ski Beach • Ventnor

It’s all about the ocean’s bounty at this annual Shore festival. Over 25 local and regional restaurants are attending and serving some of their favorite dishes, including calamari, ahi tuna, clams, oysters and more. The event features a beer garden, family-friendly games, and cooking with local chefs. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. North Dorset Avenue & Burk Ave, Ventnor

Oktoberfest, Mountain Creek • Vernon

The 38th annual Oktoberfest features German cuisine, over 10 varieties of German and domestic beers, cider, seltzers, canned cocktails and more. Tickets are $20 per person and include drinks, live music, games and contests. 200 NJ-94, Vernon; 973-827-2000

Sushi School, Kuro (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino) • Atlantic City

Every month, this sushi spot invites guests into the kitchen for a lesson in sushi making. Guests can sip sake and indulge in Kuro’s own award-winning sushi. Tickets are $55. 1000 Kuro, Boardwalk; 609-449-1000

Enjoy a week of Negroni variations at Osteria Morini. There’s the Negroni Classico (Bombay dry gin, Campari, Cinzano sweet vermouth), the Boulevardier (bourbon, Campari, sweet vermouth) and the Hellfire Club (Mezcal, Campari, sweet vermouth, lemon, egg white and smoke). Drinks are just $14 during Happy Hour (Wednesday-Thursday, 4-6 pm). 107 Morristown Road, Bernardsville; 908-221-0040

Cheeseburger Week, Salt Creek Grille • Rumson

To celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, Salt Creek Grille is offering a cheeseburger deal all week. The Inferno Burger, normally offered only on Monday and Tuesday’s burger-and-beer night, is available all week. The patty, a blend of short rib, chuck and brisket, is topped with bacon, white cheddar, fried pickles, jalapeños and house-made “baconaise” sauce. Open daily at 4 pm; dinner service begins at 5 pm. 4 Bingham Avenue, Rumson; 732-933-9272

Oktober Fondue Fest, The Melting Pot • Red Bank

Guests can drink beer and eat it, too, this month at the Melting Pot. The fondue restaurant celebrates Oktoberfest with a limited-time menu featuring Sam Adams beer in a Bavarian beer cheese fondue. A three-course option features Bavarian beer cheese fondue, choice of salad, and Black Forest fondue, $45 per person. 2 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank; 732-475-9222

Virtual Cooking Class via WoodSpoon’s Instagram Live

This home chef delivery service is offering a special virtual cooking class on Instagram Live for Rosh Hashanah. Chef Alon Hagar is leading the class and discussing Jerusalem’s culinary highlights and recipes. Two recipes are being shared for Cacio e Pepe Jerusalem Kugel and Kubbeh Matzo Ball. Tune into the class on WoodSpoon’s Instagram page at 7 pm. WoodSpoon’s delivery services are available in Hoboken, Jersey City and Montclair, but the cooking class is free for all interested.

Burgundy Wine Dinner, Red Horse by David Burke • Rumson

Enjoy an evening of Burgundy wines and world-class food at Red Horse by David Burke. The five-course dinner features tuna crudo, lobster dumplings, duck breast with corn and foie gras pudding, dry-aged steak and roast bone marrow and, to conclude, triple chocolate mousse cake. Each course is served with a special wine from Domaine Chanson, which is available for purchase. $185 per person. 26 Ridge Road, Rumson; 732-216-6335

Wine Dinner, Oceanaire Seafood Room • Hackensack

This special seafood dinner features wines from Sonoma-Cutrer winery, north of San Francisco. The menu includes jumbo lump crab cake, lobster bisque, grilled filet of beef with wild mushrooms and sweet potatoes and, to conclude, sticky toffee pudding. Each is paired with a Sonoma-Cutrer wine, and a winery representative is offering insight throughout the night. Tickets are $165 per person. 175 Riverside Square, Hackensack; 201-343-8862

Oktoberfest, Montclair Brewery • Montclair

Choose from more than 25 brews at Montclair Brewery’s Oktoberfest. Photo: Unsplash/Gerrie van der Walt

The brewery is celebrating its fourth annual Oktoberfest. The event takes place in the outdoor beer garden and features a local DJ, cornhole, games and food from Montclair establishments Butler & the Board and Ray’s Luncheonette. More than 25 brews are available, including the Claremont Pilsner (Czech-style), Blue Mountain Rush (dark lager) and the Raspberry Frambois. Tickets are $22-$30; each ticket includes one free drink. 101 Walnut Street, Montclair; 973-850-0541

Pop-Up Tailgate, Lincoln Park • ShopRite of Lincoln Park

New Jersey based cheese brand Cello is hosting a special tailgate event at a local ShopRite this month. Stop by to see Food Network Chopped champion Andre Fowles serving cheese-filled dishes and other snacks. The Cheesing with Cello event also includes cheese tasting, beverages and prizes for those in attendance. 60 Beaverbrook Road, Lincoln Park

Kick Cancer’s Peanut Butt-er, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant • Voorhees & Maple Shade

All month, this brewery is teaming with CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. The partnership introduced a new brew at Iron Hill: Kick Cancer’s Peanut Butt-er Porter, inspired by the brewery’s Triple Chocolate Hill dessert. For each dessert ordered, $0.75 goes to CureSearch. 13107 Town Center Boulevard, Voorhees; 856-545-9009 124 E Kings Highway, Maple Shade; 856-273-0300

Wine & Pearls, Halifax • Hoboken

This waterfront restaurant overlooking the Hudson has introduced Wine & Pearls, a new list highlighting oyster-friendly sparkling and white wines. Each bottle on the list comes with eight oysters. The menu is available every day throughout the summer and beyond. Halifax also offers $1.50 oysters all day every Monday. 225 River Street (W Hotel), Hoboken; 201-253-2500

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Get to Know Jersey City: Interesting Places to Visit Near NJCU’s Main Campus

With a college that has most of its students commuting to campus or living in a dorm, it’s safe to say that many students aren’t fully aware of the variety of things to do in the surrounding area.NJCU’s website brags about how close it is to New York as if it’s the only place to go to outside campus. But you can visit America’s oldest Coptic congregation, one of only two museums in New Jersey dedicated to Black history, see the world’s oldest concrete fountain, and visit one of Jersey City’s o...

With a college that has most of its students commuting to campus or living in a dorm, it’s safe to say that many students aren’t fully aware of the variety of things to do in the surrounding area.

NJCU’s website brags about how close it is to New York as if it’s the only place to go to outside campus. But you can visit America’s oldest Coptic congregation, one of only two museums in New Jersey dedicated to Black history, see the world’s oldest concrete fountain, and visit one of Jersey City’s oldest black-owned restaurants, all within walking distance of campus.

African American Historic Museum

1841 John F Kennedy Blvd

201-547-5262

You’d be surprised how many people didn’t know that Jersey City has a lot to do with Black history. It was the last stop on an Underground Railroad, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made two speeches here, and Malcolm X’s wife, Betty Shabazz, was an undergrad student at NJCU. So, it’s easy to understand why, with the help of Jersey City’s NAACP branch, the Earl Morgan Library’s second floor became New Jersey’s first museum devoted to Black history.

Director Neil Brunson says he became the director of the museum because “Jersey City is the elemental beginning of pre-colonial America,” and that it has “the history of [his] people.”

Brunson also said that the museum boasted three exhibit rooms worth of artifacts including ephemera documents, slave shackles, and knitted folk art that came from years of collecting. He also added that he’s open to guiding college students and scholars around but only if you email him at [email protected]. The library and museum are a ten-minute walk from campus on the corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Wade St.

Between Friends Food Truck

1800 John F Kennedy Blvd

929-329-7353

Less than a block from the museum is a halal truck that has been on the same corner since summer 2020. Most of its meals involve seasoned rice over meat such as chicken or merguez (a flavored Moroccan sausage), chopped vegetables, and the choice of either hot sauce or yogurt. The best part about this place is that every order combination is less than $30. The truck is parked weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cherry’s Lounge

140 Martin Luther King Dr

201-332-3178

One of the few remaining black-owned restaurants that are from the 1980s, Cherry’s Lounge has been one of the city’s most well-known and influential restaurants. It’s currently run by Britni and Anthony Sharperson, the grandchildren of owner Leroy Cherry and they typically have a DJ and bar. Cherry’s Lounge is on Martin Luther King Drive between Woodlawn and Armstrong Avenues. It is open every day from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m.

Miss America Diner

352 West Side Ave

201-333-5468

The easiest of the spots to visit, Miss America Diner is located at the corner of Culver and West Side Aves, directly down the street from NJCU’s main campus. Many students pass by the eighty-year-old diner every day whether it’s because they take the light rail to campus, or if another film major is there for a project.

“I always come for the bacon, egg and cheese,” says Ryan Lamon who discovered this place nine months ago. Lamon, who owns a nearby film studio, comes frequently because of the small-town feel and cheap breakfast. Lamon’s views are understandable since this is one of the last remaining diners in Jersey City. The diner is open weekdays from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. and weekends 6 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Saint Mark Coptic Church

427 West Side Ave

201-333-0004

Formed in the late 1960s by some of the first Egyptians in America, this is America’s oldest Coptic church and community. Saint Mark is two blocks from the light rail station on West Side Ave. The church streams its Sunday morning masses at https://saintmark.com/

201-434-8733

Across the street from Saint Mark is another spot that some on campus are already familiar with since it accepts Gothic Card payments. Treehouse has been on the same spot on West Side Ave for over a year and has already been mentioned in most of the Jersey City-based local media outlets for their drinks and their relationship with the community.

Students can often visit its colorful backyard to study or work on homework and they get their ingredients from other businesses in Jersey City and New York. You can order online on their website at treehousejc.com/ or visit them at 434 West Side Avenue weekdays from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. until 3p.m.

Gary’s Sweet Shoppe

444 West Side Ave

201-433-0301

One of the longest-running businesses on West Side Ave, Gary’s is more than a candy storefront. When you first enter this tightly spaced store, candy can be bought for less than a dollar. Go further inside, and the options become broader. This place is more of a convenience store than anything, as there are homemade butter rolls, cereal, even dish soap and locks. Gary updates and keeps in touch with their customers regularly on their Facebook account at https://facebook.com/GarysSweetShoppe. The shop is open from dawn until 8 p.m. on weekdays and until 7 p.m. on weekends.

La Primicia

452 West Side Ave

551-200-9988

A few doors down from Gary’s is a Hispanic restaurant that has been serving the area for well over a decade. Victor Burgos, whose mother immigrated from the Dominican Republic, takes over most of the restaurant nowadays. According to Burgos, most of the recipes were learned from years of growing up on a small farm with several aunts and uncles.

“Our most popular dishes here are the rotisserie chicken and beef stew,” he said. To see all the dishes served at this local favorite, check out their website at laprimiciarestaurant.com

Molcajetes Mexican Restaurant

520 West Side Ave

201-200-9390

Another block from La Primicia is a restaurant that has been mentioned in The Hoboken Girl and Best of NJ. Molcajetes opened the year before the pandemic and is one of the most respected Mexican eateries not only near campus but in all of Jersey City. They’re open every day except Sunday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. https://molcajetesmexican.com

Lincoln Park

646 West Side Ave

In addition to being the oldest of the county-owned parks, Lincoln Park is also the largest at more than 240 acres. The first section, Lincoln Park West, is home to a nature walk and a dog park. The second and more section, Lincoln Park East, has several soccer and baseball fields, a beloved Abraham Lincoln statue, and a concrete fountain that is considered to be the largest in the world. You could do the mile-long walk from campus to get here, or you can take any of the West Side Ave buses that stop in front of Miss America Diner over to Belmont Avenue. https://www.visithudson.org/lincoln-park

Liberty Science Center (LSC)

222 Jersey City Blvd

Although this place is meant more for the students who are parents, the science center is home to the Western Hemisphere’s largest planetarium and the Hoberman sphere which is the basis of a toy called the breathing ball. For those looking for a job, they also accept those with experience in science, technology, engineering, architecture and math (STEAM) as volunteers. To get to the LSC, just take the light rail from West Side Ave to Liberty State Park. LSC is open every day except Mondays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

New Jersey State Parks will start getting electric vehicle charging stations, NJ-DEP says

For some on the fence about getting an electric vehicle now or in the future, one of their concerns is there is not many electric vehicle charging stations in New Jersey, including here in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.It's not only the amount but another concern along those lines is their location and how long your vehicle would need to be parked there to charge back up again in a public location.According to a ...

For some on the fence about getting an electric vehicle now or in the future, one of their concerns is there is not many electric vehicle charging stations in New Jersey, including here in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

It's not only the amount but another concern along those lines is their location and how long your vehicle would need to be parked there to charge back up again in a public location.

According to a AAA-Mid-Atlantic Poll, 60-percent of people are concerned with higher purchase price, 60-percent are concerned about not having enough places to charge, 58-percent are concerned about running out of charge when driving, 55-percent are concerned that it's unsuitable for long-distance traveling, 55-percent are concerned about the high cost of battery repair or replacement, and 31-percent are concerned about being unable to install a charging station where they live.

Still, it remains a goal among certain state officials to have gas powered vehicles go away and have drivers transition on over to electric vehicles somewhere between the years 2035 and 2050.

NJ-DEP Commissioner Shawn LaTourette explained in September of 2021 that we need to embrace solar and wind energy and reduce carbon emissions to better protect our climate and environment.

"We also have to transition our transportation sector...our trains, our busses, our cars...all account for more than 40-percent of all climate emissions," LaTourette previously told Townsquare Media News. "The biggest thing any one family can do is consider buying an electric vehicle instead of a gas powered one and our hope is that we, through incentives and regulatory reform, will transition to an all electric car future by the year 2035."

Part of the reason for the push is because of reports like the one that came out in October of 2021 from Environment New Jersey/NJPIRG Law & Policy Center and Frontier Group, looking at the air quality in New Jersey for the year 2020 which showed several important notes including that we had about 7 weeks of unhealthy air, according to their findings.

Then there is New Jersey U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone who this week came up with a stock market type of approach to try and lower gas prices but also make the ultimate push for electric vehicles by the year 2050.

Electric vehicles are an expense as well, so, you ultimately have to decide whether it's the right option for you and your family, and living and work situation.

There are many things to think about when it comes to the future pursuit of electric vehicles.

While you ponder, there is some news when it comes to charging them up.

On Tuesday, the NJ-DEP and Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced that various state parks are getting funding to install electric vehicle charging stations.

The funding is coming a couple of different sources, according to the DEP, including the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and the BPU, stemming from large grants that started to be doled out in March of this year.

So far, two chargers were put in at Liberty State Park in Hudson County with plans from the BPU to put them in more than 60 tourist spots across the state, a plan put into play by the BPU in 2021.

The newly announced NJ-DEP plan is to put chargers in parking lots at these state parks and right now, there are ones in place and ready to charge at Round Valley Reservoir in Hunterdon County with plans to install Level 2 charging stations as well in Cheesequake State Park in Middlesex County, High Point State Park in Sussex County, Wawayanda State Park in Sussex and Passaic Counties, as well as Wharton State Forest - Batso Village in Burlington County, according to the NJ-DEP.

“The availability of EV chargers at scenic and recreational destinations throughout the state encourages residents and out-of-state travelers to choose New Jersey to charge up and unwind at any of our many destination points, whether it’s a park, down the shore, or at a historic site,” Commissioner LaTourette said in a written statement on Tuesday. “We’re pleased to offer this new amenity and are excited to see park visitors charge their vehicles while enjoying their day outdoors.”

“During the last two years, the Board has taken substantial steps to build out its electric vehicle incentive program and a robust electric vehicle charging network,” BPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso said in a written statement issued by the NJ-DEP. “Our EV Tourism program is helping ease range anxiety for residents and visitors alike to the many wonderful attractions our state offers like our State Parks. All of our EV incentive programs are aimed directly at reducing the 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in New Jersey that come from vehicles.”

This week also happens to be recognized as "National Drive Electric Week" according to AAA-Mid-Atlantic, who says the electric vehicle market in the U.S. is growing pretty well.

"The electric vehicle market size in the United States is currently more than $24 billion and is projected to reach more than $137 billion by 2028."

“With higher gas prices this year, we are certainly seeing a lot of interest in electric vehicles,” Bob Kazmierczak, Director of Approved Auto Repairs, AAA Club Alliance, said in a written statement. “There are some basic things to consider before deciding whether to purchase an EV, from daily driving habits to charging plan to the cost of ownership. Drivers should also review all tax refund and incentives to make sure their purchase would qualify.”

Again though, there are a lot of concerns that many people have about buying an Electric Vehicle.

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