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  • Newark after Booker: City faces takeover threat (NJ)

    04/05/2014 11:07:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 5, 2014 11:59 AM EDT | Samantha Henry
    New Jersey’s largest city is hitting some roadblocks just months after its rising-star mayor went off to Washington. A bold reform plan for the state-run school system has hit a snag, the police department is facing federal oversight over citizen complaints, and the state is threatening a takeover of the city’s finances after several key deadlines were missed. An official who oversees city compliance with state obligations warned the City Council and the interim mayor last month about the state’s growing concern over Newark’s “extraordinary level of fiscal distress.” …
  • NewarkGate: How Sen. Cory Booker’s Friends Made Out Like Bandits

    04/03/2014 7:07:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/03/2014 | Eliana Johnson
    New Jersey state senator Ron Rice, a Democrat, calls it “Newark-gate.” He is referring to a state comptroller’s report that details how a contractor swindled the city out of millions in public funds, and to the larger culture of “white-collar crime” that he says former Newark mayor Cory Booker allowed to flourish on his watch. For over a month now, Rice and one of his colleagues, Republican state senator Sam Thompson, have been calling for the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation, which is currently investigating the Bridgegate scandal, to look into the “government abuses of power and cover-ups”...
  • Former Employee of Newark Mayoral Candidate Accused of Setting Opposing Campaign’s Bus on Fire

    04/02/2014 3:06:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/2/14 | Caroline Bankoff
    The race to permanently replace Cory Booker as mayor of Newark has gotten a little crazy: Right now, former Newark city council head Luis Quintana is finishing out the term that Booker left when he became New Jersey's junior Senator, but he isn't trying to hold onto the seat after the scheduled election on May 13. Two Democrats — activist Ras Baraka and attorney Shavar Jeffries — are running against each other for the office. In mid-February, a surveillance camera caught a man setting fire to an empty Baraka campaign bus and, for good measure, pouring sugar in the gas...
  • Rutgers-Newark faculty call for Rutgers to nix Condoleezza Rice as commencement speaker

    03/12/2014 3:14:04 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 22 replies
    Star Ledger NJ.com ^ | March 12, 2014
    NEWARK — The faculty at Rutgers-Newark's voted today to call for the university to rescind an invitation to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to serve as the university's commencement speaker.
  • Suspect busted in Christmas double slay of Newark teens

    12/31/2013 4:57:15 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 31, 2013 | Natalie O'Neill
    Cops charged a 15-year-old in the tragic Christmas Day double murder that claimed the lives of two innocent teens in New Jersey. The Essex County Prosecutor’s office said the teen, who has been remanded to a county youth facility, murdered Zainee Hailey, 13, and Kasson Mormon, 15. He was also charged with attempted murder in the wounding of a third youth. Hailey and Mormon were killed after a masked gunman sprayed the teens with bullets in Newark then took off running at 10 p.m. on Dec. 25.
  • Juvenile charged in killings of 2 Newark children (NJ)

    12/31/2013 1:10:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    AP via San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12:20 pm, Tuesday, December 31, 2013
    Authorities say a 15-year-old boy faces 2 counts of murder in the Christmas night slayings of two Newark children. […] The juvenile was apprehended in connection with the fatal shootings of a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy outside a home in the southern end of Newark near Interstate 78. […] Newark will end 2013 with more than 100 murders, the most the city has had since 2006. …
  • NJ Carjacking Murder Suspects Caught Because One Used His Mom’s Car

    12/22/2013 8:34:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Gothamist ^ | Dec 22, 2013 10:25 AM | Jen Chung
    Yesterday, authorities announced that four men had been arrested in the fatal carjacking of a NJ lawyer who had finished shopping at a mall. Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray credited “good old-fashioned police work,” using tips, forensic evidence and the power of local, state and federal authorities. And it turns out that one of the suspects was caught because the vehicle used to drive to the mall was his mother’s car. […] The suspects, who face charges of felony murder carjacking conspiracy and weapons possession, are Karif Ford, 31; Basim Henry, 32; Kevin Roberts, 35; all of Newark; and Hanif...
  • 4 arrested in deadly carjacking at Short Hills mall

    12/21/2013 7:17:51 AM PST · by bryan999 · 66 replies
    NEWARK (WABC) -- Four men are in custody in connection with last week's deadly carjacking at the Mall at Short Hills in New Jersey. The four have been charged with murder, felony murder, carjacking, conspiracy, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. They are being held on $2 million bail each. The suspects have been identified as 29-year-old Hanif Thompson, of Irvington; 31-year-old Karif Ford, of Newark; 32-year-old Basim Henry, of Newark; and 33-year-old Kevin Roberts, of Newark. Dustin Friedland, a 30-year old lawyer from Hoboken, was shot in the head Sunday night inside the...
  • 4 Suspects Captured In Deadly Short Hills Mall Shooting

    12/21/2013 6:55:42 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 72 replies
    CBS NY ^ | 12/21/13 | CBS NY
    CBS 2 Was On The Scene As One Suspect Was Taken Into Custody Police captured four suspects overnight in the shooting that killed a Hoboken attorney at the Short Hills Mall last weekend. At a news conference Saturday morning, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said Hanif Thompson, 29, of Irvington; Karif Ford, 31, of Newark; Basim Henry, 32, of Newark; and Kevin Roberts, 33, of Newark, had all been charged in the Sunday attack. They were all charged with murder, felony murder, carjacking, possession of a weapon, carjacking Bail was set at $2 million for each man.
  • Gingrich Schools Reich: 'Every Major City Which Is a Poverty Center Is Run By Democrats'

    12/15/2013 6:42:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 72 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | December 15, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    ABC This Week viewers were treated to a classic conservative versus liberal debate Sunday. When former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich tried to blame the increase in poverty in the past five years on Republicans, former Speaker of the House and current CNN host Newt Gingrich called it "baloney" firing back, "Every major city which is a center of poverty is run by Democrats" (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary): Gingrich Schools Reich: 'Every Major City Which Is a Poverty Center Is Run By Democrats' JONATHAN KARL, SUBSTITUTE HOST: And let me ask you, Mr....
  • Vehicle found after man fatally shot in New Jersey mall carjacking (No perp description...)

    12/16/2013 8:44:42 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 155 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/16/13 | Fox News
    A Range Rover stolen after a man was shot and killed in front of his wife Sunday evening during a carjacking at New Jersey mall has been found, police say. The vehicle was found in Newark, its police department confirmed to Fox News, a city approximately 10 miles away from the scene of the shooting. Authorities are still looking for two suspects who confronted the couple in the parking garage of the Mall at Short Hills in Millburn Sunday evening.
  • Cory Booker bets cookies against 2016 bid

    12/12/2013 3:53:39 AM PST · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2013
    Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) joked on Twitter Wednesday afternoon that he would "bet a roll of chocolate chip cookie dough" that he won't run for president in 2016.
  • Lonegan: National Senate Committee Kept Campaign Contributions

    10/26/2013 5:30:20 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    Republican Steve Lonegan is blasting fellow party members for not giving him enough financial support in his failed Senate bid against Newark Mayor Cory Booker. He continued, "The National Republican Senatorial Committee, whose job it is to elect Republicans, actually sent out an e mail that asked people to send money to the campaign," adding, "But they kept every penny. And now I’m left holding the bag."
  • Cory Booker to conduct same-sex marriages in New Jersey

    10/18/2013 8:41:45 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | October 18, 2013
    (CNN) - Senator-elect Cory Booker will move forward with his support of same-sex marriage even before he is sworn in, with plans to grant the marriages of several same-sex couples 12:01 a.m. Monday after a court ruling goes into effect. The story was first reported by Buzzfeed. The New Jersey Democrat, who's the mayor of Newark, re-tweeted that article to his celebrity-sized Twitter crowd of 1.4 million followers. According to Buzzfeed, Booker will recognize the weddings of at least 10 same-sex couples at Newark City Hall. The weddings will come after a New Jersey judge ruled last month that the...
  • Three things that have to happen for Steve Lonegan to walk away with a win

    10/16/2013 3:12:40 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 23 replies
    http://www.nj.com ^ | 10/16/2013 | Darryl Isherwood
    Polls in today's U.S. Senate special election put Republican Steve Lonegan somewhere between 10 and 14 points behind Democrat Cory Booker as voters head out to cast their ballots. Booker, though his campaign has not been without its foibles, has succeeded in creating an air of inevitability surrounding the race and it remains to be seen if he can stay out in front of a hard charging Lonegan. Down by double digits with only hours to go before the polls close, here's what needs to happen for Lonegan to walk away with victory.
  • Three things that have to happen for Steve Lonegan to walk away with a win

    10/16/2013 1:42:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    New Jersey Star-Ledger ^ | October 16, 2013 | By Darryl Isherwood
    Down by double digits with only hours to go before the polls close, here's what needs to happen for Lonegan to walk away with victory. 1. Lonegan needs huge turnout among conservative Republicans. 2. Moderate Republicans need to engage. 3. Voters in the Urban Centers need to stay home.
  • President Obama encourages New Jersey residents to vote for Cory Booker (instead of Steve Lonegan)

    10/15/2013 4:32:21 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/15/13 | Adam Edelman
    President Obama is reminding New Jersey voters to vote for Cory Booker in the state’s special Senate election Wednesday. Just one day before the election Obama appeared in a video for the Booker campaign encouraging New Jersey residents to support the popular Democratic Newark mayor. “Voters in New Jersey have the opportunity to vote for a leader with uncommon character, Cory Booker,” Obama said in the video.
  • Booker says Lonegan, tea party playing politics with public safety

    10/14/2013 9:07:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    nj.com ^ | October 14, 2013 | Ryan Hutchins
    ATLANTIC CITY — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker once again linked Republican opponent Steve Lonegan to the federal government shutdown today, suggesting some Republicans are playing politics with public safety. Booker, the mayor of Newark, stopped in Atlantic City where 51 firefighters will be laid off at the end of November due to local budget cuts. The city is hoping a federal grant may avert some of those layoffs, but its application is not being processed during the shutdown, according to union officials. “It could mean that some of the people behind me — or who are represented by...
  • Neighbors: Mayor Cory Booker of Newark Doesn't Live in Newark

    10/14/2013 1:09:21 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | Oct 13, 2013 | Charles Johnson
    Filmmaker Joel Gilbert and investigative journalist Charles C. Johnson hit the streets of Newark to discover where Mayor Booker actually lives. His neighbor say he doesn't live there.
  • Neighbors: Cory Booker never lived in Newark

    10/14/2013 5:27:32 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 33 replies
    As Cory Booker looks set to win the junior Senate seat in New Jersey Wednesday, his supposed neighbors in Newark say Mayor Booker doesn’t live in the Gateway City. Multiple residents of Newark told The Daily Caller that the longtime mayor doesn’t live at any of the addresses he has claimed as home. The mayor is believed to live in New York even though he is registered to run for New Jersey’s special senate election. Booker, who filed to run for the U.S. Senate from a B.O. Box in Newark, is registered to vote at 435 Hawthorne Avenue but his...
  • DOES NEWARK MAYOR CORY BOOKER ACTUALLY LIVE IN NEWARK?

    10/13/2013 6:15:19 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    the Blaze ^ | October 13, 2013
    Independent journalist and researcher Charles Johnson recently visited Newark, N.J. to see if he could find out if Mayor Cory Booker actually lives in the city he governs. Independent journalist and researcher Charles Johnson recently visited Newark, N.J. to see if he could find out if Mayor Cory Booker actually lives in the city he governs.
  • 6 arrested after alleged gang attack on PATH train (NJ)

    10/13/2013 5:59:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    WHTM, ABC 27, Harrisburg PA ^ | Oct 13, 2013 12:25 PM | (AP)
    Police from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have arrested six juveniles after an alleged gang assault on a PATH train. … (Port Authority police spokesman Joe) Pentangelo says the six are between 15 and 17 and hail from Newark. They are charged with gang assault and robbery and are being held in the Hudson County juvenile detention facility. …
  • Sarah Palin set to endorse Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate

    10/02/2013 4:38:59 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 22 replies
    Star Ledger NJ.com ^ | October 2, 2013
    TRENTON — Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, is set to become the latest conservative to endorse Steve Lonegan in New Jersey's special U.S. Senate race, The Star-Ledger has learned.
  • Cory Booker Leads Steve Lonegan by 12 Points in NJ Senate Poll

    09/24/2013 5:00:12 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    NBC New York ^ | September 24, 2013
    A poll on the race to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate finds Newark Mayor Cory Booker 12 points ahead of conservative underdog Steve Lonegan with two weeks to go until the special election.
  • Arrivederci, Newark: Italy to close NJ consulate

    09/20/2013 2:58:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 20, 2013 4:46 PM EDT | Katie Zeizma
    Arrivederci, Newark. The home state of Frank Sinatra, Tony Soprano, Frankie Valli and Samuel Alito is losing its Italian consulate, leaving a state whose Italian roots run deep in the American consciousness without an official tie to Italy. … The news has raised the ire of Italians here in New Jersey, which has the fourth highest number of Italian-Americans of any state and the second highest number of Italian immigrants. …
  • Newark teen becomes city's 10th murder in 10 days

    09/14/2013 9:38:58 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 25 replies
    WABC (Newark) ^ | 09/01/2013 | staff
    A 14-year-old boy was fatally shot in Newark Wednesday evening, making him the city's 10th homicide victim in the last 10 days. The incident happened at the Riverview Terrace Housing Complex on Riverview Court, where the boy lived. Police identified the victim as Ali Rajohn Eric Henderson, who was gunned down in the courtyard area. Friends and family members of the victim have been gathering and lighting candles at the scene. No motive has been identified in the shooting, although sources have told Eyewitness News that a large amount of heroin and weapons were found inside the 14 year old...
  • Booker made $689K from ex-law firm while mayor

    09/08/2013 1:46:50 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6 Sep 2013 | MichaelGartland and Susan Edelman
    Cory Booker pocketed $689,500 in payouts from his former law firm while he served as Newark’s mayor and the firm pulled down millions in government contracts, he revealed Friday. Booker, the front-runner in the race for New Jersey’s US Senate seat, received the payments in annual allotments from 2007 to 2011. At the same time, the Trenk DiPasquale law firm held lucrative contracts with several local government agencies over which the mayor had influence — raking in more than $2 million in fees, records show. When questioned last month by The Post, Booker refused to say how much money he...
  • WINS Radio Ignores Own Viral Video of Newark Woman Slamming Cory Booker

    09/07/2013 5:35:40 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 7 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 7, 2013 | P.J. Gladnick
    Imagine a radio station that does an interview and a video of it goes viral on the Web. Of course, you would expect such a station to feature that video on its website, probably its front page. Well, radio station 1010 WINS in New York City had such a video but instead of featuring it, they completely ignored it despite the fact that the video was highlighted on such websites as the Drudge Report, the Daily Caller, and many others. As of this writing you won't find that video, which was originally posted on YouTube by tvnewsnj anywhere on the...
  • Newark woman calls out Booker for turning back on murder epidemic.

    09/06/2013 6:48:23 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 10 replies
    TVNewsNJ ^ | 04Sept13 | tvnewsnj
    Amazing video of this woman spelling out what is going on and what one of the anointed ones has done and will do, when he gets to the US Senate. The parallels to that guy from Chicago are amazing.
  • Texas megachurch run by vaccine-denying preacher battles measles outbreak (Kenneth Copeland)

    08/31/2013 10:54:12 PM PDT · by iowamark · 78 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/28/2013
    A Texas megachurch connected to a pastor who has openly questioned the benefits of modern medicine has been forced to host vaccination clinics after 21 members of the congregation contracted measles. The outbreak started when a person who contracted measles overseas visited Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, located about 20 miles north of Fort Worth, Texas. Officials with area health departments said those affected by the outbreak range in age from 4-months to 44-years-old. All of the school-age children with measles were homeschooled, and the majority of those who were infected had not been vaccinated. 'If it finds a...
  • Literally, The Police State Is Coming

    08/30/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 36 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 8/30/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    In between bowls of chicken poodle soup and deciding to provide air cover for al-Qaeda in Syria, our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, found time to meet with mayors from our crumbling major cities. From Justin Sink of The Hill: *** "President Obama told a collection of big-city mayors Tuesday at the White House that he would continue to use executive actions to combat gun violence plaguing major cities. In the meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and the mayors of 18 cities from across the nation, Obama discussed commonly applicable strategies to reduce youth violence. 'He also vowed to...
  • Cory Booker explains T-Bone (Doubles Down On Fantasy Friend)

    08/30/2013 6:00:21 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 30, 2013 | Jason Horowitz
    This week, I published a profile of Booker,  who is likely to be the next junior senator from New Jersey, after sitting down with the Newark mayor for a long interview in a Union, New Jersey  diner. Yesterday, while I was out reporting a story about how Maine’s governor hates words,  the National Review suggested that Booker likes them a little too much. It depicted Booker as a fabulist and accused him of inventing a drug dealer named T-Bone, who served as a fixture in his early political stump speeches.This is an old complaint, first lodged by the Newark Star Ledger,...
  • Asked if he's gay, Booker says: 'So what does it matter if I am?'

    08/28/2013 2:05:25 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Star Ledger NJ.com ^ | August 27, 2013
    It's a question he has been asked in the past, but this time it came amid a campaign for the U.S Senate. In a profile that appeared in the Washington Post on Monday, Newark Mayor Cory Booker was asked about the persistent rumor that he is gay. "People who think I'm gay, some part of me thinks it's wonderful," Booker told the interviewer, "because I want to challenge people on their homophobia. I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I'm gay, and I say, 'So what does it matter if I am? So be it.'" When asked about the...
  • Booker: Come together to solve poverty

    08/25/2013 3:00:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 40 replies
    politico.com ^ | August 25, 2013 | LEIGH MUNSIL
    The problem of poverty now can be equated to racial injustices at the time of the March on Washington 50 years ago, Newark Mayor Cory Booker said Sunday. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders were fighting against issues like income inequality as well as racial inequality, the Democrat said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "Something clearly I learned from the generation before me and the civil rights movement is that the power of the people is greater than the people in power," said Booker, who's running for Senate in New Jersey. "The challenge I often see in...
  • Newarkers take offensive in response to 'unfriendly' survey

    08/19/2013 4:28:17 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 3 replies
    Star Ledger NJ.com ^ | August 19, 2013
    Turns out the Brick City is not all hard. Named the most unfriendly city by readers of a travel magazine earlier this month, Newark took a punch. But courtesy of two of its denizens — and a few dozen of their friends — pugnacious Newark showed it can take one on the chin, and follow up with a righteous combination of ingenuity and spirit.
  • Booker wins Democratic U.S. Senate primary election

    08/13/2013 6:59:53 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    NJ.com AP ^ | August 13, 2013
    NEWARK — Newark Mayor Cory Booker has easily prevailed in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary, the Associated Press projects.
  • The Unfriendliest City in the World is...

    08/10/2013 9:25:33 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 63 replies
    Newser ^ | August 10, 2013 | Ruth Brown
    Travel mag Conde Nast Traveler asked its readers to name (and shame) the friendliest and unfriendliest cities in the US and across the world. The "unfriendliest" winner in both categories was deemed to be Newark, New Jersey, which one reader say they would not recommend for anything except as "a cheaper/less busy airport to fly into while visiting other cities." Other winners and losers: -- The next four unfriendliest cities in the US? Oakland, New Haven, Detroit, and Atlantic City, which one voter calls a "pale shadow of Las Vegas." -- Globally, Islamabad, Pakistan; Luanda, Angola; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Lome,...
  • Newark Mayor Cory Booker pocketed 'confidential' annual payouts from law firm while in office

    08/11/2013 10:31:21 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 11, 2013
    EXCLUSIVE Cory Booker pocketed “confidential” annual payouts from his former law firm while serving as Newark mayor. Booker, the front-runner in New Jersey’s Senate race, received five checks from the Trenk DiPasquale law firm from 2007 until 2011. During that time, the firm raked in more than $2 million in fees from local agencies over which Booker has influence. “This was a settlement buyout for my interest in the firm,” the mayor told The Post at a campaign stop in Jersey City yesterday. “I had an equity stake, and we had a negotiated settlement.” Booker worked at the West Orange...
  • Tech Magnates Bet on Booker and His Future

    08/07/2013 12:28:33 PM PDT · by magellan · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 6, 2013 | DAVID M. HALBFINGER, RAYMOND HERNANDEZ and CLAIRE CAIN MILLER
    The conference room in the Mountain View, Calif., headquarters of LinkedIn was packed with the stars of Silicon Valley. Top executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter gathered around a table; the billionaire Sean Parker looked on from a back row. The guest of honor: Cory A. Booker, the mayor of Newark. "He's part of this tide," said Gina Bianchini, an entrepreneur who was at the meeting, in May 2009. "It feels like he's one of us." Mr. Booker personally has obtained money for the start-up, called Waywire, from influential investors, including Eric E. Schmidt, Google's executive chairman. A year after...
  • Lonegan: 'We're going to send Booker back to his parents' house in Harrington Park'

    07/27/2013 8:48:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    politickernj.com ^ | July 27, 2013 | Max Pizarro
    METUCHEN – GOP Senate candidate Steve Lonegan opened his main headquarters here this morning, bashing Obama Democrats, dismissing Newark Mayor Cory Booker as a "failed mayor," and lustily embracing the movement conservative wing of the Republican Party. “You pick a mentor when you go to the U.S. Senate,” the Republican front-runner told a roomful of backers. “My two choices are Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.” Proudly pro life and pro gun, Lonegan said he couldn’t wait to see the look on the face of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) on the occasion of Lonegan’s inaugural escort at the Capitol Building....
  • Business Owner Pulls Own Gun, Kills Robber In Newark

    06/18/2013 3:12:59 PM PDT · by matt04 · 21 replies
    A business owner shot and killed a robber Monday in Newark. Around 3:20 p.m., the suspect walked into an unidentified business in the 500 block of Central Avenue in Newark with a loaded gun and a backpack, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and Newark police. The suspect announced a robbery, and ordered the owner to fill the backpack with money and gold. The suspect said he would shoot the owner’s family members if the owner did not comply, authorities said. But the owner fought back. He pulled his own gun, and shot the suspect. The suspect was taken...
  • US Airways flight makes belly landing at Newark airport after landing gear failed

    05/18/2013 8:04:52 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | may 18, 2013 | Katie Davies
    A US Airways flight with 34 people aboard was forced to make a dramatic belly landing at Newark International Airport last night. Terrified passengers managed to escape the plane unharmed after the plane's pilot - named by witnesses as Edward Powers - performed a heroic emergency landing. Video footage of the turboprop twin-engine plane coming down on the runway showed a dramatic shower of sparks flying from its underbelly as it scraped across the tarmac, however, miraculously no fire was started.
  • Stevedoring Company Files Racketeering Suit Against Dockworkers Union Alleging Mob Corruption

    02/24/2013 8:58:32 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 02/24/13 | Friends of Ours
    A former shipping terminal operator has sued the International Longshoremen's Association on claims that President Harold Daggett and some other union officials and members are organized crime associates who forced the company off the Newark and Brooklyn docks after it refused to play their waterfront games as reported by Steve Strunsky for The Star-Ledger: "one of the allegations in the suit by American Stevedoring is that ILA leaders told the company's chairman, Sabato Catucci, in August 2011 that if he refused to pull up stakes and leave the port he would be carried out 'in a box.'" The Mafia allegedly...
  • Mayor Booker: 'Legal Gun Buyers Aren't Causing Murders in Newark and Chicago and Other Places'

    02/03/2013 2:35:27 PM PST · by opentalk · 29 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | February 2, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    Newark Mayor Cory Booker made a statement on HBO's Real Time Friday that should please gun rights advocates across the fruited plain. Despite being for stronger gun laws, Booker said, "Legal gun buyers are not causing murders in Newark and Chicago and other places" … CORY BOOKER, NEWARK MAYOR (D-N.J.): To me, the data should drive our decision making. So I know, I’m not afraid of people having guns who are law abiding citizens. In the analysis of gun murders and shootings in my city, I could only find one in the entire time I’ve been mayor...The guns that are...
  • Cory Booker files paperwork for Senate run

    01/11/2013 4:24:45 PM PST · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    Cory Booker has filed a statement of organization for his U.S. Senate run according to documents posted on the Federal Election Commission website. The actual papers provide little detail about how much money the mayor of Newark has raised, but the papers, filed on January 8 are the first official step towards a run in 2014. His treasurer is listed as Judith Zamore.
  • Newark Mayor Cory Booker: $80.4B Food Stamp Program ‘Not a Government Handout’

    12/10/2012 11:00:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 10, 2012 | Patrick Burke
    Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker says the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), which spent $80.4 billion in fiscal 2012, is “not a government handout.” “I hope and understand that people are getting a better recognition that this is a program that really helps America, helps families in need,” Booker said on Friday, while describing his fourth day of living on a SNAP budget. "It’s not a government handout,” he said. “If anything, it’s a safety net that helps people through difficult times and bridges them towards stability.” …
  • Stopping veteran Dem retirements is top priority for Reid, Schumer

    11/25/2012 4:19:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/25/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Stopping veteran Dem retirements is top priority for Reid, SchumerBy Alexander Bolton - 11/25/12 06:00 AM ET One of the highest immediate political priorities for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Democratic political guru Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is to persuade veteran colleagues not to retire in 2014. Democratic sources identify four senators as most likely to retire: Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). Another possible veteran retirement is Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who has yet to announce his decision. But Democratic aides expect him to run...
  • Citizens rush council members as chaos erupts at Newark City Hall meeting [Gangs v. New Left ?]

    11/21/2012 8:32:20 AM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 15 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | 11/21/2012 | By David Giambusso and James Queally/The Star-Ledger
    NEWARK — A behind-the-scenes political maneuver by Newark Mayor Cory Booker to fill a vacant council seat with his choice led to a near-riot in city hall tonight, with dozens of residents rushing the council stage and police responding with pepper-spray. After weeks of jockeying for Rep. Donald Payne’s successor, Booker made an unprecedented personal appearance to cast the deciding vote with his council allies for Shanique Davis Speight, a longtime ally of power broker Stephen Adubato, over the angry objections of residents. "In the absence of a quorum, I have an obligation to sit in," Booker said, though he...
  • Newark, NJ Archbishop Urges Voters to Defend Marriage and Life

    09/25/2012 9:00:32 AM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies
    The Record ^ | 09.25.12 | ABBOTT KOLOFF
    In a sweeping pastoral statement to be made public today, the leader of more than 1 million North Jersey Catholics urges them to vote “in defense of marriage and life,” and warns that the passage of same-sex marriage laws might lead to a government crackdown on their religious freedoms. Newark Archbishop John J. Myers said the statement on gay marriage was not timed to coincide with the November election, now little more than a month away, and that he was not calling on Catholics to vote for a particular candidate. But he said they should examine the “full spectrum” of...
  • Newark Raises the Flag to Honor Gay Pride

    07/25/2012 7:11:10 AM PDT · by kevcol · 17 replies
    Newark Patch ^ | July 20, 2012 | Paul Milo
    A multi-colored symbol of inclusiveness flapped in the breeze above city hall Thursday night, when several dozen people turned out for the raising of the rainbow flag in celebration of the city’s seventh-annual Gay Pride Week. “I pray we begin this week in celebration knowing that each of us is special and knowing that God loves each one of us,” the Rev. Janyce Jackson, a member of Newark’s LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) Advisory Commission, said during a ceremony in the city hall rotunda. . . Julien Neals, the city’s business administrator, described the pride he felt in...