Pope Benedict XVI meets bishops from the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., at the Vatican in this 2011 file photo. Auxiliary Bishop Manuel A. Cruz, second from left, told a congregation he was fine Jan. 29, the day after he had been punched in the mouth by an assailant. CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano
IRVINGTON, N.J. -- Auxiliary Bishop Manuel A. Cruz of Newark told a congregation he was fine Jan. 29, the day after he had been punched in the mouth by an assailant. More ... Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Due to the heavy rains and high winds predicted to impact the central New Jersey area tomorrow, the organizers of the Rally for Life, planned to take place Monday, Jan. 23, at the State House in Trenton, have cancelled the event. More ... Sunday, January 22, 2017
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, is among seven providers within New Jersey to be selected to partner with the state on a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ two-year demonstration program aimed at improving access to high-quality care for all Americans struggling with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. More ... Thursday, December 22, 2016
On the same day many teachers across the Diocese were welcoming students to the start of a new school year, Gov. Chris Christie signed into law the “Secure Schools for All Children Act,” which establishes a state aid program for security services, equipment and technology to ensure a safe and secure school environment for nonpublic school students. More ... Wednesday, September 14, 2016
The state’s most vulnerable residents have been dealt a blow as Gov. Chris Christie vetoed legislation that would have increased funding for those receiving welfare assistance.
As it stood, the legislation would have increased funding for the state’s Work First program, or TANF, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The program is geared to help families become self-sufficient. It also offers job search and family counseling resources.
Currently, a family of three receives the maximum benefit of $424 per month, the same as it was 29 years ago. Additional legislation would have repealed the family caps that currently prevent Work First grants from increasing due to the birth of a child. Christie vetoed both bills June 30.
Marie Gladney, executive director of Mount Carmel Guild in Trenton, said it was disappointing because families that receive TANF are working to improve themselves.
“It is a sad commentary when programs that help the most vulnerable populations are used as bargaining chips to negotiate a budget,” she said. “A blow to the program like this sets us backward in alleviating poverty.”