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It’s never an easy decision when selecting the right place to bring the kids out for a meal. You aim to find great food with the right environment. The Food Network recently named the most kid-friendly restaurant in each state, and a diner was highlighted in New Jersey.

The Food Network took many of the small details into consideration when compiling their list. Everything from the design of the kid’s menu to food choices to the service staff factored into the selection process. In the Garden State, the featured establishment is a family-owned small business. In fact, they have been featured on the “Diner, Drive-In’s and Dives.”

The Jefferson Diner

“Jefferson Diner is the place where friends and family come together,” they say on their social media pages. This roadside Lake Hopatcong mainstay has been open since 1985. “The retro diner atmosphere is family-friendly, but the staff is particularly adept at catering to kids and keeping them entertained while parents finish their meal,” Food Network describes.

In addition, their location attracts many New York City and Philadelphia tourists visiting Lake Hopatcong. They offer a true New Jersey diner experience. Furthermore, their new outdoor seating area has made the atmosphere even more accommodating for families.

The Kid’s Menu

The Jefferson Diner menu is colorful (and 20 pages long). Before getting to the kid-friendly options, you will see family-themed photos highlighting their rich New Jersey restaurant history. In addition, it’s hard to skim past the “Voted Best Diner” accolades printed.

The kid’s menu then has 12 options to pick from. They are each named after an animal. For example, if you order the “Tiger” you’ll have a jumbo hot dog with fries. Each option comes with an ice cream or jello and a small drink.

Lastly, if the animal options are not appealing to the little ones, they always have the option to order pancakes. The breakfast menu is available at all times. It includes infamous stacks of pancakes that come in 14 different variations.

So, if you are looking for a traditional New Jersey restaurant that is also kid-friendly, the Jefferson Diner has you covered.

New Jersey Seatbelt Crackdown Launches In 134 Communities

New Jersey is cracking down on drivers and passengers who are not wearing seatbelts. The annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign began today (May 22) and runs through June 4. According to The Patch, $800,000 is awarded to local police for enhanced seat belt enforcement.

“Law enforcement agencies take a ‘no-excuses’ approach to seat belt enforcement,” the Attorney General’s office said. The maximum penalty for a seat belt violation in New Jersey is a $46 fine, added AG Matthew Platkin’s office.

“Click It or Ticket” is aimed to help with senseless driving and the safety of drivers and passengers. According to data from the Division of Highway and Traffic Safety, 47% of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing a seat belt. In 2021, 160 unrestrained people died in New Jersey roadway crashes.

“Too many New Jerseyans needlessly lose their lives due to motor vehicle-related fatalities, and reducing these preventable deaths is a top priority for my office,” said Platkin. “Our campaign will help raise awareness of this critical and proven way of preventing serious injury or death in the event of a motor vehicle crash. Seat belts save lives – it’s that simple.”

How Is “Click It or Ticket” funded?

A grant from The Division of Highway and Traffic Safety (HTS) goes to 134 New Jersey law enforcement agencies to fund the campaign, said Attorney General Matthew Platkin, per the outlet. The funds are used for “increased road patrols, seat belt checkpoints, and other enforcement initiatives during the campaign.”

According to officials, last year’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign garnered 8,373 seatbelt violations across the state. 3,315 summonses for speeding were written up, as well as 278 arrests for impaired driving.

“New Jerseyans need to grasp how important it is to buckle up, every time, anywhere you are going,” said Michael J. Rizol Jr., Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “Taking a few seconds to buckle yourself in reduces your risk of fatal injury in a serious crash by fifty percent. There is no excuse for making the wrong decision, and if you do, you can expect to be pulled over and ticketed.”

Take a look below at which communities are receiving grant money and how much per the AG office:

  • Atlantic County

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    Absecon: $7,000
    Brigantine: $5,250
    Hamilton: $8,750
    Hammonton: $7,000
    Linwood: $7,000
    Longport: $3,500
    Mullica: $7,000
    Northfield: $3,500
    Pleasantville: $4,200
    Ventnor: $4,200

  • Bergen County

    Carlstadt: $7,000
    Elmwood Park: $7,000
    Englewood: $7,000
    Fair Lawn: $7,000
    Fairview: $7,000
    Fort Lee: $8,750
    Garfield: $7,000
    Hackensack: $8,750
    Lodi: $7,000
    North Arlington: $7,000
    Old Tappan: $7,000
    Paramus: $7,000
    River Vale: $7,000

  • Burlington County

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    Burlington Township: $7,000
    Pemberton: $7,000

  • Camden County

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    Gloucester: $8,750
    Haddon Heights: $8,750
    Winslow: $10,500

  • Cape May County

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    Avalon: $7,000
    Lower: $7,000
    Middle: $7,000
    North Wildwood: $7,000
    Wildwood: $7,000
    Wildwood Crest: $7,000

  • Cumberland County

    Vineland: $10,500

  • Essex County

    Belleville: $7,000
    Bloomfield: $7,000
    Glen Ridge: $7,000
    Livingston: $7,000
    Montclair $10,500
    Nutley: $7,000
    South Orange: : $7,000
    West Caldwell: $7,000
    West Orange: $7,000

  • Gloucester County

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    Clayton: $1,400
    Deptford: $7,000
    East Greenwich: $2,800
    Franklin: $5,600
    Glassboro: $8,750
    Greenwich: $1,680
    Harrison: $2,800
    Logan: $7,000
    Mantua: $4,480
    Monroe: $8,750
    Paulsboro $2,800
    Pitman: $2,800
    Rowan University: $4,480
    Washington: $7,000
    Westville: $4,480
    Woodbury; $5,600

  • Hudson County

    Bayonne: $8,750
    Hoboken: $8,750
    North Bergen: $10,500
    Secaucus: $7,000
    Union City: $14,000

  • Hunterdon County

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    Clinton Town: $1,885
    Clinton Township: $,1885
    Flemington: $1,885
    Frenchtown: $1,885
    High Bridge: $1,885
    Holland: $1,885
    Lambertville: $1,885
    Lebanon: $1,885
    Tewksbury: $1,885
    West Amwell: $1,885

  • Mercer County

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    East Windsor: $7,000
    Ewing: $7,000
    Hamilton: $8,750
    Hightstown: $7,000
    Hopewell: $7,000
    West Windsor $7,000

  • Middlesex County

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    Carteret: $7,000
    Metuchen: $7,000
    Middlesex Borough: $7,000
    Monroe: 8,750
    North Brunswick: $7,000
    Perth Amboy: $7,000
    Plainsboro: $7,000
    South Brunswick: $7,000

  • Monmouth County

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    Colts Neck: $7,000
    Freehold Borough: $7,000
    Freehold Township: $7,000
    Highlands: $7,000
    Howell: $7,000
    Manalapan: $7,000
    Middletown: $7,000

  • Morris County

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    Boonton Township: $7,000
    Morristown: $7,000
    Parsippany $8,750

  • Ocean County

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    Bay Head: $7,000
    Berkeley: $7,000
    Ocean Gate: $7,000
    Lakewood: $10,500
    Point Pleasant Borough: $7,000

  • Passaic County

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    Haledon: $7,000
    Little Falls: $7,000
    Passaic: $10,500
    Paterson: $14,000
    Pompton Lakes: $7,000
    Prospect Park: $7,000
    Woodland Park: $7,000

  • Somerset County

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    Bedminster: $1,885
    Bernards: $1,885
    Bernardsville: $1,885
    Bound Brook: $1,885
    Bridgewater: $1,885
    Far Hills: $1,885
    Franklin: $1,885
    Green Brook: $1,885
    Hillsborough: $1,885
    Manville: $1,885
    Montgomery: $1,885
    North Plainfield: $1,885
    Peapack and Gladstone: $1,885
    Raritan: $1,885
    Somerset County Sheriff: $1,885
    South Bound Brook: $1,885
    Warren: $1,885
    Watchung: $1,885

  • Union County

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    Linden: $7,000
    Plainfield: $7,000
    Roselle: $7,000
    Roselle Park: $7,000
    Union: $8,750

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