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  • N.J. to announce 2-day, statewide gun buyback program

    06/27/2017 2:49:08 PM PDT · by rktman · 37 replies
    nj.com ^ | 6/27/2017 | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    Acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick and state Attorney General Christopher Porrino will announce several initiatives to combat gun violence in New Jersey, including a two-day statewide gun buyback program in three cities this summer. A formal announcement is expected at 1 p.m. in Trenton, but the gun buyback initiative being planned would include locations in Newark, Camden and Trenton, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office. The joint federal and state announcement comes after a deadly start to the summer. The amount of money made available for buybacks was not disclosed ahead of the annoucement.
  • Lakewood couples earned millions and still cheated welfare, officials say

    06/26/2017 8:35:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WKXW-FM ^ | June 26, 2017 | Adam Hochron, The Associated Press
    LAKEWOOD — The arrest Monday of four couples, including four people who had earned millions of dollars, may just be the start as officials crack down on welfare fraud in this Ocean County community. Rabbi Zalmen Sorotzkin, 39, of Congregation Lutzk, and his wife, Tzipporah, 35; and Mordechai Breskin, 37, and his wife, Jocheved, 35, were arrested on charges filed by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. The FBI, meanwhile, arrested Rachel Sorotzkin, 32, Mordechai Sorotzkin, 35, Yocheved Nussbaum, 40, and Shimon Nussbaum, 42, on federal charges of conspiring to steal federal funds....
  • Recent college grads are leaving N.J. in record numbers. Here's why.

    06/25/2017 6:43:47 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 50 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | June 25, 2017 | Joseph Atmonavage
    EDGEWATER -- The bed is on an elevated bunk. Below the bed is a desk, dressed with items from college: clothes, books and accessories. The floor is barely visible beneath a slew of still-stuffed bags of clothes. In 2016, Dina Bardakh, 23, uprooted her life from Hunter College, along with the degree in political science she received, and plopped down inside the 273-square-foot room of her mother's two-bedroom modest apartment alongside the Hudson River. A year later Bardakh is still there, in the room she shares with her two teenage sisters.
  • Rare G.O.P. Species Runs for New Jersey Governor: A Moderate

    06/25/2017 3:27:52 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 25, 2017 | NICK CORASANITI
    HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — The Republican candidate for governor of New Jersey sat on a plush beige couch in the Republican mayor’s condo, surrounded by Republican county officials and politicians, and offered up her plan to stem what is perhaps the state’s most daunting challenge — its deepening property tax crisis. She adopted it, she said, from an unexpected source. “This is a page out of the Democratic playbook, it really is,” Kim Guadagno, the lieutenant governor said, noting that the plan came from a proposal in deep-blue Illinois. With Republicans controlling the White House, both chambers of Congress and having...
  • NJ college fires professor over comments made on Tucker Carlson Tonight

    06/24/2017 6:10:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 91 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 24, 2017 | Josh Delk
    Essex County College has fired adjunct professor Lisa Durden after she made racially insensitive comments in an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, according to a new report by the Associated Press. The college’s president, Anthony Munroe, announced the decision Friday, two weeks after Durden went on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss an “all-black Memorial Day celebration” hosted by a Black Lives Matter group. When asked by Carlson about the event, Durden interrupted the host, saying “boo hoo hoo. You white people are angry because you couldn’t use your white privilege card to get invited” to the Black Lives...
  • Why are fewer refugees getting approval to come here?[NGOs lament]

    06/19/2017 2:54:30 AM PDT · by blueplum · 15 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 18 June 2017 11:58am | Ted Sherman
    ...In December, a total of 7,371 refugees arrived in this country, State Department reports show. In January, another 6,777 were admitted. By last month, however, the total number of arrivals was down to 3,989 and less than 1,700 have been admitted in the first half of June. In New Jersey, 611 refugees were resettled last year. This year through mid-June, 201 have come to a state where the welcome mat already was less than warm. The Christie administration last year told the federal government that New Jersey would no longer will participate in refugee resettlement programs, leaving it up to nonprofit...
  • Democratic strategist Jim Devine defends #HuntRepublicans, #HuntRepublicanCongressmen tweets

    06/18/2017 1:27:32 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 18 replies
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  • Scott Walker says he's open to tolling

    06/17/2017 5:01:39 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    The Wisconsin State Journal ^ | May 31, 2017 | Mark Sommerhauser
    BELOIT — Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday signaled he’s open to charging tolls on Wisconsin’s Interstates, but with a key condition: linking it to a reduction in the state’s 30.9-cent-per-gallon gas tax. Walker also said an impasse over the state’s next transportation budget risks costly delays to billion-dollar highway projects now under construction. That includes a $1.2 billion expansion of Interstate 39-90 from the Madison area to the Illinois state line. The Interstate formed the backdrop for Walker’s remarks in a press conference at a Beloit rest stop. Republicans who control the state Assembly have proposed seeking federal approval to...
  • Democratic consultant unapologetic for ‘hunt Republican’ posts

    06/16/2017 5:36:30 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 46 replies
    NJ News 12 ^ | June 16, 2017
    A Democratic consultant from Union County says that he refuses to apologize for Twitter posts he made with the hashtags #HuntRepublicans and #HuntRepublicanCongressman. “Sometimes you have to push them back,” says Jim Devine, a Democratic strategist from Rahway. But sometimes the pushback turns into violence, according to top leaders in the New Jersey State House. “The people who are serious threats, it’s unlikely they’re going to give you a heads up,” says Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick. Politicians say that they are particularly concerned after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others were shot at a GOP baseball practice...
  • Wall Township to reprint yearbook after pro-Trump photo controversy

    06/16/2017 1:56:25 PM PDT · by mware · 43 replies
    NJ.com ^ | June 16.217 | Adam Clark
    WALL -- Wall Township High School will print corrected yearbooks for every student after a photo was intentionally manipulated to cover up a junior's Donald Trump T-shirt, according to the district.  Superintendent Cheryl Dyer announced the decision in a letter to parents on Thursday, a week after the district was first alerted to the altered photo. The new yearbook should arrive within two weeks, she wrote.  "I cannot allow the intentional change that was not based on dress code to be ignored," Dyer wrote. "I am the Chief School Administrator in this district, and I take responsibility for the actions of...
  • When will you be able to use your E-ZPass nationwide?

    06/16/2017 3:53:52 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    NJ.com ^ | May 18, 2017 | Larry Higgs
    Will your E-ZPass allow you to pay a toll in a faraway state, where toll tags are named something else like SunPass or FasTrak? The concept to do that is called "toll interoperability" and it was supposed to go nationwide last October under a federal mandate. That means is Jersey drivers could use their E-ZPass on any toll road or bridge even if it uses a different electronic toll payment system. It would allow different toll systems communicate with each other and properly bill a driver who uses another agency's tag. The idea differs from electronic tolling which bills the...
  • ‘Hunt’ Republicans, says Union County Democrat in response to shooting

    06/15/2017 5:26:14 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 188 replies
    NJ101.5 ^ | June 15, 2017 | Sergio Bichao
    RAHWAY — A longtime Democratic operative from Union County has responded to the Wednesday shooting of a congressman by calling for a “hunt” of Republicans. James Devine posted several messages on Facebook and Twitter following the Alexandra, Virginia, shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise and several others by a gunman with a history of violence and of making online rantings against Republican officials and their policies.
  • D.C.'s talking impeachment but the real drama is in Jersey with Sen. Menendez

    06/13/2017 6:25:19 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 21 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | June 13, 2017 | Paul Mulshine
    My liberal friends have worked themselves into a fever anticipating the impeachment of President Trump. They think they've got a second Watergate going. Have your fun while you can. But the next trial likely to affect the political lineup won't be happening before the U.S. Senate in Washington. It will be happening before the U.S. District Court in Newark. In the dock will be U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, faced with 22 counts of ethics charges alleging he took illegal gifts from a Florida Miami eye doctor who was recently convicted on 67 counts of Medicare fraud.
  • Trump yearbook censorship: Wall teacher is a registered Democrat

    06/13/2017 3:33:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Asbury Park Press | June 13, 2017 | Mike Davis
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.app.com/story/news/education/in-our-schools/2017/06/13/trump-yearbook-photo-censored-teacher-suspended/392665001/
  • School probing why pro-Trump yearbook photos were altered [Wall Township NJ]

    06/10/2017 9:09:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 10, 2017 2:04 PM EDT
    A New Jersey school district is investigating why the yearbook photos of two high school students were altered to remove President Donald Trump’s name on clothing they wore. The Wall Township district also is probing why a Trump quote submitted by the freshman class president wasn’t included under her photo while a quote by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt appeared under the senior class president’s photo. One student wore a sweater vest with Trump’s name on it; another student wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Trump Make America Great Again.” But neither feature appeared in the photos published in the...
  • Hotheaded councilman screams sexual profanities at GOP employee!

    06/07/2017 8:26:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | June 6, 2017 | Tom Tillison
    All this commotion over campaign signs? Proving that more often than not, Republicans are their own worst enemies, a Wayne, New Jersey, councilman has been hit with a harassment complaint after a profanity-laced tirade directed at a fellow party member. Passaic County Regular Republican Organization employee Susan Enderly filed the complaint against Councilman Richard Jasterzbski after a heated argument Sunday about campaign signs being removed from the PCRRO headquarters, according to The Record. Unfortunately for Jasterzbski, the exchange was captured on video… by the woman’s daughter, who was standing right there! “You would be so lucky if I were f—ing...
  • Phil Murphy wins Democratic nod in fight to succeed Christie as N.J. governor

    06/06/2017 8:46:27 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 12 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | June 6, 2017 | Matt Arco and Brent Johnson
    NEWARK -- Phil Murphy, a former banking executive and U.S. ambassador to Germany who has poured millions from his own fortune into the race for New Jersey governor and vows to reinvigorate the state's economy, fought off five rivals Tuesday night to win the Democratic nomination in the battle to succeed Chris Christie. The Associated Press called the race for Murphy about an hour after the polls closed.
  • Kim Guadagno tops Ciattarelli to win GOP nod to succeed Christie as N.J. governor

    06/06/2017 8:44:06 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 35 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | June 6, 2017 | Claude Brodesser-Akner and Brent Johnson
    WEST LONG BRANCH -- Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who has spent the last eight years as Gov. Chris Christie's second-in-command and now vows to slash the state's notoriously high property taxes, defeated four opponents Tuesday to secure the Republican nomination to succeed Christie as New Jersey's governor. The Associated Press called it for Guadagno about an hour and 20 minutes after the polls closed. Now, Guadagno, a 58-year-old Monmouth Beach resident, will battle former U.S. ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy in the Nov. 7 general election. Murphy bested five rivals to emerge the winner of Tuesday's Democratic primary.
  • Chris Christie’s Legacy Likely Won’t Include A GOP Successor

    06/06/2017 12:30:56 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 12 replies
    Five Thirty Eight ^ | June 6, 2017 | Harry Enten
    What happens if a state with a population roughly equal to that of Kentucky and Louisiana combined held a major election and no one noticed? That seems to be occurring in New Jersey, which is electing a new governor this year. It may be the Democrats’ biggest gubernatorial win in the state in over 40 years. A Democratic romp in a state Hillary Clinton won easily might not seem like a surprising result. But New Jersey usually features competitive governor’s races. Over the past 40 years, Democrats have won the governor’s mansion four times to Republicans’ six. New Jersey’s current...
  • After voting for herself, Guadagno explains how N.J. polls are safe from hacking

    06/06/2017 7:11:11 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 5 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | June 6, 2017 | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    MONMOUTH BEACH -- Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno on Tuesday sought to reassure voters who woke up to headlines that Russia executed a cyber attack on a U.S. voting software company days before the presidential election. Guadagno, the Republican front-runner to replace the term-limited Gov. Chris Christie. voted for herself in the GOP and insisted that because New Jersey's voting machines are deliberately stand-alone and not internet enabled, "the only way you could hack the actual vote in New Jersey is if you went to all 11,000 voting machines and pulled out the cartridge in the back and then tinkered with...