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  • New York Times Fact Checks Chris Christie Speech on Hillary as Essentially Correct

    07/22/2016 9:53:22 AM PDT · by PaulyPaul · 9 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | July 20, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    "GUILTY!" That was the verdict of the delegates at the Republican convention last night when New Jersey governor Chris Christie laid out a series of charges against Hillary Clinton and asked if she were guilty or not guilty. No surprise as to the verdict from the delegates but guess who else basically affirmed Hillary's guilt via fact checking Christie's speech. The New York Times. That's right. Times fact checkers Michael D. Shear and David E. Sanger went through Christie's speech and fact checked his charges. Essentially they determined that Christie was "not necessarily false" except for some "exculpatory evidence" that...
  • Cruz camp blasts Christie: He 'turned over his political testicles long ago'

    07/21/2016 10:03:19 AM PDT · by usafa92 · 127 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 7/21/2106 | Matt Arco
    CLEVELAND — Sen. Ted Cruz's camp fired back at Chris Christie Thursday, accusing the governor of having "turned over his political testicles long ago." Jeff Roe, Cruz's former campaign manager, took to the airwaves to hit New Jersey's governor after Christie spent lthe morning and last night trashing Cruz after the Texas lawmaker failed to endorse GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday. "That guy turned over his political testicles long ago," Roe said on the Chris Stigall Show on Philadelphia radio. "So I don't take what he has to say with any meaning. You...
  • Republican convention: Christie, Trump Jr and Carson ignite second night – as it happened

    07/19/2016 9:21:48 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 65 replies
    https://www.theguardian.com ^ | July 19, 2016 | Tom McCarthy and Scott Bixby
    Day two of the 2016 Republican national convention is in the can. Here’s what happened: Donald Trump was formally nominated by the Republican party to be president of the United States and Mike Pence was nominated to be vice president. On the convention floor, a member of each state delegation said something good about their state, then announced how its delegates were to be awarded. Once upon a time, the question was whether Trump could hit 1,237 delegates. In the end he got 1,725. Ted Cruz was second with 475. John Kasich got 120 and Marco Rubio 114. Award for...
  • 5 injured in crane collapse on Tappan Zee Bridge

    07/19/2016 11:27:01 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 35 replies
    Daily News ^ | July 19,2016 | MEG WAGNER
    A construction crane toppled over on the Tappan Zee Bridge Tuesday, injuring five people and creating a "traffic nightmare" over the Hudson River, officials said. Traffic in both directions came to a halt just after noon Tuesday when a crane working to build the new Tappan Zee — due to open in 2018 and replace the current crossing — fell onto the existing bridge, according to the New York Thruway Authority. At least three drivers and two bridge workers were injured, the Journal News reported. None of their injuries are life-threatening. South Nyack-Grand View Police Chief Brent Newbury told the...
  • Pence eats at Chili’s in NY, Twitter erupts

    07/17/2016 5:31:25 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 112 replies
    WISH TV ^ | 16 JULY 2016 | JOHN HANLON
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Shortly after being officially introduced as Donald Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was trending on Twitter — but it had nothing to do with politics. Pence posted a photo of his family eating at a Chili’s restaurant in New York, prompting a storm of tweets.
  • Hudson County extends immigration program advocates 'disturbed'

    07/17/2016 10:14:12 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | July 17, 2016
    Hudson County has agreed to continue participating in a program allowing county correctional officers to identify and arrest undocumented immigrants – and advocates who oppose the program are not happy. On Friday, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise announced that the County Department of Corrections will continue participating in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Priority Enforcement Program for Jails. Previously, the county had a two-year agreement to participate in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement program, commonly called 287(g). This agreement expired on June 30. "She also alleges the county has a lucrative contract with ICE, which pays the county...
  • Trump Appoints Dr. Richard Roberts, Second Orthodox Jew to Head His Israel Advisory Committee

    07/15/2016 8:29:42 AM PDT · by Ziva · 17 replies
    Zionists 4 Trump ^ | 7/14/16 | Zionists4Trump
    Donald J. Trump announced the formation of the Israel Advisory Committee to analyze U.S. policy toward the State of Israel, enhance the unbreakable bond between the countries, ensure Israel’s military superiority within the region and research alternative solutions to the Israeli/Palestinian discord. Previously tapped to work with Trump was CO-Chairman of the Israel Advisory Committee, Jason Greenblatt, Esq., an Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of The Trump Organization. Today, it was announced that Trump appointed another Orthodox Jew, Dr. Richard H. Roberts, M.D., Ph.D. as the Vice Chair of the Israel Advisory Committee. Dr. Roberts stated: “It is...
  • Donald Trump chooses Mike Pence as his running mate

    07/14/2016 7:50:28 PM PDT · by bd476 · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 hours ago 15 July 2016
    BBC: Donald Trump chooses Mike Pence as his running mate If there's anything resembling a "safe" vice-presidential pick for Donald Trump, Mike Pence is it. He has executive experience as Indiana's governor and a strong legislative resume from his 12 years as a member of the US House of Representatives. While in Washington, he chaired the Republican Study Group, a coalition of hard-core conservatives, which gives him solid bona fides among the grass-roots Tea Party wing of the party that has occasional doubts about Mr Trump's ideological purity.Mr Pence also hails from the mid-west, which Mr Trump's team has...
  • Donald Trump selects Mike Pence as VP

    07/14/2016 4:49:15 PM PDT · by bd476 · 127 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 7:42 PM ET, Thursday July 14, 2016 | By Eric Bradner, Dana Bash and MJ Lee, CNN
    (CNN) Donald Trump has called Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and offered him the vice presidential slot on his ticket, CNN has learned. Pence has accepted. The pick sets up a stark clash in styles: a brash presumptive nominee with a tendency to freelance into controversies alongside a cautious former congressional leader who's stuck close to conservative orthodoxy since starting his career in talk radio. Trump said Thursday evening he's postponing the official announcement, previously set for Friday morning...
  • Christie: Initial Cruz endorsement shouldn't ‘disqualify’ Pence from VP

    07/14/2016 7:19:54 PM PDT · by bd476 · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 14, 2016, 08:57 pm EDT | By Mark Hensch
    July 14, 2016, 08:57 pm The Hill Christie: Initial Cruz endorsement shouldn't ‘disqualify’ Pence from VP By Mark Hensch New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he has no room to criticize fellow Trump vice president contender Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for initially endorsing Ted Cruz during the primaries. “I mean, he made a judgment at the time,” Christie told MSNBC in a Thursday interview. "You’d have to ask why he endorsed Ted Cruz at the time that he did. I don’t know. But I don’t think that should disqualify you. “Because if you had a different choice early in...
  • Day of Rage Protests Are Scheduled for July 15th in These American Cities

    07/12/2016 9:03:09 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 185 replies
    The organic prepper ^ | July 11 2016 | Staff
    There’s a war in America right now. Black vs. white. Citizen vs. police officer. Race grievances have become an industry, and business is booming. The rage is boiling over across the nation. First, videos emerged that showed the graphic deaths of two black men at the hands of police, with what appears (at least on the videos) to be no reason. Protests erupted over these deaths, and then they became violent as one man shot 11 police officers and 2 citizens at a rally in Dallas, Texas, killing 5. That sparked a war on law enforcement officers and a nationwide...
  • 10 People of Color Hillary Clinton Could Pick as Her Vice President

    07/12/2016 12:50:51 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 40 replies
    The Root ^ | May 10, 2016 | Lauren Victoria Burke
    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will be announcing her running mate within the next two months. Yes, that person is more than likely to be Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who is in an important swing state and speaks fluent Spanish, but we can dream, can’t we? Here are 10 African-American and Latino prospects the former secretary of state could select from for a vice presidential nominee.
  • Christie Met With Trump Vetting Adviser Sources Say

    07/12/2016 4:11:11 AM PDT · by usafa92 · 32 replies
    NBC News ^ | 7/11/2016 | Kelly O'Donnell
    Donald Trump's top vice presidential vetting adviser -- Washington lawyer A.B. Culvahouse -- traveled to New Jersey Saturday to meet with Gov. Chris Christie, according to sources familiar with the plans. The meeting lasted approximately three hours and followed Christie's prior submission of the 100+ question vetting questionnaire, tax records and access to medical history. Sources tell NBC News, Culvahouse devoted a significant amount of time discussing the George Washington bridge lane closures, widely known as "Bridgegate." The Culvahouse interview for finalists is in addition to a personal, though less formal interview with Trump himself. Those two interactions cap the...
  • Collingswood police questioned schoolkids about brownies, name-calling, a zombie drawing

    07/09/2016 12:54:34 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 24 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 07/09/2016 | Emma Platoff
    Two kindergartners fighting. One student calling another "fat" because the first called him "short." A rough game of tag. And an alleged racist comment about brownies at a third-grade class party that drew national attention. These were among 22 complaints Collingswood police investigated during the last month of school, when officials in the district of 1,875 students began reporting nearly every incident of student misbehavior to law enforcement as part of a new policy.
  • Officials Nab Virginia Man For Attempting To Aid ISIS Attacks In DC

    07/08/2016 8:00:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | 07/08/2016 | Steve Birr
    Haris Qamar, 25, from Burke in Fairfax County Virginia, operated roughly 60 radical Twitter accounts expressing pro-ISIS sentiment and actively traversed the city, taking pictures of targets in the District for an ISIS propaganda video. ... Qamar told the CW on numerous occasions that he supported the barbaric violence ISIS perpetrates, describing his approval of the, “bodies, blood and beheadings.” “Qamar allegedly said, ‘bye bye DC, stupid ass kufar, kill’em all,'” . ... “Qamar tweeted his prayer that Allah ‘give strength to the mujahideen to slaughter every single US military officer,
  • Trump 'unlikely' to pick Christie, according to sources

    07/07/2016 8:04:49 PM PDT · by usafa92 · 94 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 7/7/2016 | Claude Brodesseur-Akner
    TRENTON — It is highly unlikely that Gov. Chris Christie will be Donald Trump's running mate, according to two sources who are advising the Trump campaign and who requested to remain anonymous. Instead, the sources said that former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich is "the likely pick" to be the tycoon's choice for vice president. The sources, who have been privy to some of the selection process, have insisted on anonymity because they are not authorized to speak for the campaign. "The people who've been pushing the Christie narrative are Christie people," said one of the sources, who has heard...
  • Have we misunderstood the Declaration of Independence? Princeton professor claims

    07/04/2016 10:27:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/4/16 | James Wilkinson
    Has America spent the last few hundred years misunderstanding the Declaration of Independence? That's what Danielle Allen, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, believes. According to Allen, the paragraph beginning 'We hold these truths to be self-evident' has been misinterpreted thanks to a rogue period that was not in the original document. And that could completely transform our understanding of how the Founding Fathers viewed the role of government, The New York Times reported.
  • Sen. Joni Ernst makes one list as a possible VP for Donald Trump

    04/30/2016 8:11:49 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 164 replies
    KYIV.com ^ | 30 Apr 2016
    The Washington Post published an article listing five candidates likely to be considered to be Trump's vice president. U.S. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa is on that list. Ernst is Iowa's first female U.S. Senator. Ernst was not well known When she ran for the senate seat vacated by the retiring Tom Harkin. KWWL-TV caught up with Ernst and asked if she would consider serving as Donald Trump's vice president. "I would say, 'did my mother pay you to say that?', Ernst said. "But, no. I would have to consider it, but I love what I do in the United...
  • The 5 people most likely to be Donald Trump’s vice president

    04/29/2016 12:55:57 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 195 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/29 | Chris Cilliza
    Which begs the question: Who is he going to pick as his vice presidential nominee? The short answer: No one knows. Trump relishes being unpredictable so trying to game out how this most unconventional of politicians will make his mind up is a bit of a guessing game. Add to that the fact that Trump's inner circle remains, largely, devoid of establishment types and you quickly get into a situation where the people talking don't know much and the people who do know aren't talking.
  • VP vetting? Trump meets with Sen. Joni Ernst

    Donald Trump on Monday spent part of his July 4th with Sen. Joni Ernst -- fueling speculation that the Iowa freshman senator could be on the short list of his vice presidential picks. Ernst told Fox News they had a "good conversation," adding, "I will continue to share my insights with Donald about the need to strengthen our economy, keep our nation safe, and ensure America is always a strong, stabilizing force around the globe." Earlier, Trump tweeted, "I look forward to meeting (Ernst) today in New Jersey. She has done a great job as Senator of Iowa!"
  • Trump Tweets Fuel VP Speculation, Cites Joni Ernst, Mike Pence, Tom Cotton

    07/04/2016 9:27:24 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 115 replies
    CNN ^ | July 4, 2016
    Donald Trump announced he would meet with Sen. Joni Ernst on Monday, one of several recent names dropped on his Twitter feed that are fueling speculation over his highly-anticipated vice presidential selection. "I look forward to meeting @joniernst today in New Jersey. She has done a great job as Senator of Iowa!" Trump tweeted early Monday. Ernst's name appeared in reports on VP shortlists over the weekend, and a senior Trump adviser confirmed to CNN that Ernst is being considered. Trump also doled out some conspicuous praise for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, who have also...
  • Ernst on Trump's VP list, sources say

    07/04/2016 8:46:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 77 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 7/3/2016 | Jamie Gangel, Jim Acosta and Sara Murray,
    Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst is among the candidates being considered to become Donald Trump's running mate, a source with knowledge of Trump's vice presidential selection process tells CNN. Another source close to the process confirmed the information. It's not clear whether the freshman Republican senator and tea party star has received paperwork from the campaign or is just being scrutinized through the wealth of publicly accessible information about her. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence are also being considered, the source said. A senior Trump campaign adviser confirmed Pence is being...
  • Christie vetoes $17M in welfare, women's health programs 'to protect taxpayers'

    07/01/2016 6:59:35 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    Gov. Chris Christie rejected legislation Thursday that would have raised monthly welfare benefits for the first time in 30 years, and would have restored $7.5 million in grants for women's clinics which he eliminated when he first took office in 2010. In veto statements released just before 10 p.m. — two hours before the start of the new fiscal year — the governor said his actions "protected taxpayers" from the "irresponsible" spending by the Democrats who control the Legislature. "Unfortunately, the Legislature has continued its annual ritual of attempting to pass additional unbudgeted spending for selected interests," according to Christie's...
  • School Calls Police on 9-Year-Old for 'Racist' Remark, Called Snack 'Brownies'

    06/30/2016 2:41:11 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 69 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 06/29/16 | Trey Sanchez
    During an end-of-the-year class party at a New Jersey elementary school, a 9-year-old boy said something about brownies and was subsequently questioned by a police officer who was called by the school to investigate an incident of racism. It was another student that accused the boy of saying something "racist," but the boy's mother said he was talking about "snacks, not skin color," according to Philly.com. "He said they were talking about brownies. Who exactly did he offend?" the mother, Stacy dos Santos, asked incredulously. When the boy's father was contacted later in the day, he was informed that the...
  • No gas tax hike in New Jersey for now

    06/30/2016 2:15:02 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    6abc ^ | June 30, 2016
    The New Jersey Senate will not vote on a bill that would have raised the gas tax and cut the sales tax in the Garden State. Action News learned Thursday the Senate is not satisfied with the bill that was approved by the Assembly, and senators are working to draft their own legislation. The current legislation would have raised the gas tax to 37.5 cents a gallon from 14.5 cents and cut the sales tax from seven percent to six percent. The gas tax money would be used to pay for road and bridge work for eight years. Gov. Chris...
  • Gov. Chris Christie is touting Grover Norquist's support of 23-cent-per-gallon gas tax hike

    06/29/2016 8:55:02 PM PDT · by panhandle67 · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6/29/16 | BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI
    TRENTON, New Jersey — Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday touted an anti-tax crusader's endorsement of a proposed 23-cent- per-gallon gasoline tax hike along with a sales tax cut, sweeping aside objections raised by Democratic leaders in the state Senate and voicing confidence that the measure would be passed in that chamber. Christie all but dared lawmakers not to act on his plan during a statehouse news conference, a day after the Assembly passed the plan to pay for a $2 billion a year transportation trust fund for eight years. The fund runs out of borrowing authority Friday, and Christie's...
  • Princeton, NJ woman awakes to being sexually assaulted by stranger (illegal alien)

    06/29/2016 5:23:27 PM PDT · by TakebackGOP · 28 replies
    NJ Starledger ^ | June 29, 2016
    "A Princeton woman woke up early Wednesday to a stranger sexually assaulting her in her house, police said...Arias-Santiago is from Guatemala and living in the country illegally and federal immigration authorities were notified of his arrest, police said."
  • NJ Elementary School Calls Cops On Third-Grader For Saying 'Brownie'

    06/29/2016 4:31:48 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 131 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 29, 2016 | Jim Treacher
    In the English language, a certain type of baked chocolate dessert is known as a "brownie." This is very problematic, of course, because a lot of people have brown skin. If you say the word "brownie" out loud, you might hurt the feelings of a person with brown skin. And that's bad. That's why we have the police. On June 16, police were called to an unlikely scene: an end-of-the-year class party at the William P. Tatem Elementary School in Collingswood. A third grader had made a comment about the brownies being served to the class. After another student exclaimed...
  • Ex-Clinton official got Boeing bucks while pushing Iran nuke pact – before $25B jet deal

    06/23/2016 2:48:28 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 6/23/16 | Adam Shaw/AP
    A former top Clinton administration diplomat who used his political sway to garner support for the Iran nuclear deal apparently was being bankrolled the entire time by Boeing -- which is set to make billions off a jet deal with Tehran now that sanctions have been lifted. ADVERTISEMENT Thomas Pickering, who also served as co-chairman of the board examining the Benghazi attack response, publicly pushed for the nuclear deal before its approval last year. He did so by penning op-eds, writing to high-level officials and even testifying before Congress. With the deal in place, Boeing has since moved forward on...
  • Garrett: Boeing deal with Iran proves crony capitalism is alive and well (Press Release)

    06/23/2016 1:31:36 PM PDT · by FreedomNotSafety · 7 replies
    House.Gov ^ | Scott Garrett
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) released the following statement in response to reports that Boeing has reached a multibillion-dollar deal to sell commercial passenger planes to Iran. Boeing is one of the largest beneficiaries of the Export-Import (Ex-Im) bank which perpetuates corporate welfare to mega corporations by handing out taxpayer-backed loans. "This agreement between Boeing and the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism is extremely troubling and shows that crony capitalism remains alive and well in Washington. Not only has Boeing lobbied for years to keep the taxpayer-backed Export Import bank alive, it now has also used its...
  • Immigration advocates want Hudson County to end partnership with ICE

    06/23/2016 6:18:21 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | June 23, 2016
    Immigrant advocates are asking Hudson County to end its participation in a federal program that permits county officers to identify and arrest undocumented immigrants. The county's current agreement to participate in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement program, known as 287(g) for the section of the 1996 law that authorized it, expires on June 30. Advocates for immigrants asked county freeholders at their meeting tonight to urge the county to sever its relationship with ICE A county home to so many officials who claim to be pro-immigrant should not participate in the 287(g) program, Chia-Chia Wang, organizing and advocacy director...
  • Trio arrested at Holland Tunnel were on mission to save girl, friends say

    06/22/2016 3:04:54 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    nj,com ^ | June 22, 2016
    Friends and family are defending the trio stopped at the Holland Tunnel as they said they headed to rescue a teen girl whose friend died of a heroin overdose. Being arraigned in court Wednesday in Jersey City, N.J., were John F. Cramsey, 50, owner of Higher Ground Tactical, an indoor shooting range and gun dealership in Upper Milford Township; Dean S. Smith, 53, of Upper Milford Township; and Kimberly Arendt, 29, of Lehighton, Pa. The trio were on a mission to help a 16-year-old girl they believed was in trouble after a friend overdosed in New York City, according to...
  • New Jersey governor proposes flat rate for education funding

    06/21/2016 3:45:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:17pm EDT | Hilary Russ
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday proposed overhauling the state’s education funding formula to provide all public school districts with a flat rate of $6,599 per student. Calling it his “Fairness Formula” in policy statements on Tuesday, Christie said aid for special needs students would continue even with any potential formula change. Schools are funded through property taxes, which in New Jersey are some of the highest in the nation because of the state’s “unaffordable and broken school funding formula propped up by special interests and misguided Supreme Court precedent,” Christie said in a statement. …
  • 3 Arrested With Multiple Loaded Guns, Knives, Body Armor at Holland Tunnel on Way to NYC

    06/21/2016 9:06:10 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 118 replies
    NBC NY ^ | 21 JUN 16 | By Pei-Sze Cheng and Jonathan Dienst
    Three people were arrested with multiple loaded guns, rifles and ballistic vests at the Holland Tunnel Tuesday when police stopped them for driving with a cracked windshield, authorities tell NBC 4 New York. The three individuals, two men in their 50s and a woman in her 20s who may be from Pennsylvania, were stopped on the New Jersey side of the tunnel around 8 a.m., authorities said. A search of their vehicle revealed the weapons cache. The guns seized included long-range weapons as well as handguns. A camouflage helmet with what appeared to be night goggles was also recovered.
  • 3 arrested in New York’s Holland Tunnel with loaded rifles, body armor - report

    06/21/2016 8:59:10 AM PDT · by paulcissa · 154 replies
    rt ^ | 21 Jun, 2016 | Staff
  • National: Clinton Leads Trump By 7 (Monmouth 47-40)

    06/20/2016 10:45:25 AM PDT · by usafa92 · 75 replies
    Monmouth University ^ | 6/20/2016 | Monmouth University
    West Long Branch, NJ – In a head-to-head contest for president, Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 7 points among registered voters and by 8 points among likely voters. The Democrat’s lead shrinks by a point when potential third party support is taken into account. Both major party nominees remain unpopular, but more voters say it is important to keep Trump rather than Clinton out of the White House. The latest Monmouth University Poll also finds that attitudes towards terrorism and the Republican nominee’s proposed Muslim ban have not changed much since the Orlando tragedy. Currently, Clinton holds a 7...
  • New policy OK'd for transgender students in Jersey City

    06/17/2016 5:17:22 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | June 17, 2016
    The school board last night adopted a new policy that proponents hope will make the public schools more accommodating to transgender students. >>>>>>>The new policy requires the district to issue student ID cards in the name that reflects the student's gender identity; requires school staff to address students by the names and pronouns corresponding to their gender identity, even if the students have not obtained court-approved name changes; and allows students to dress in accordance with their gender identity. The policy also bans the district from forcing students to use restrooms or locker rooms that conflict with their gender identity....
  • Stringer positioning Himself to Run Against Mayor De Blasio

    06/17/2016 10:29:46 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 2 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | June 16, 2016 | Ross Barkan
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is facing at least a half-dozen federal, state, and local investigations into his fundraising, accompanied by ugly headlines and the lowest approval ratings of his tenure. Last week’s arrest of Norman Seabrook, the powerful head of the city's corrections officers’ union, on federal corruption charges in a case involving a de Blasio fundraiser, only crystallized what more and more New York Democrats are starting to believe: With next year’s election looming on the horizon, the progressive mayor is becoming vulnerable to a primary challenge. While a few prominent local politicians are toying with the idea, it’s...
  • N.J. Islamic group stands with Orlando shooting victims, calls gunman 'self-proclaimed Muslim'

    06/13/2016 4:32:04 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 34 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | June 13, 2016 | Caitlin Mota
    JERSEY CITY -- The Muslim Federation of New Jersey has condemned the mass shooting that killed 49 people inside an Orlando night club, and called the shooter a "self-proclaimed Muslim" who "clearly knows nothing about his faith." "We as a Muslim community are extremely heartbroken by the news coming out of Orlando," Imam Saifun Nabi said this afternoon. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims in all our religious congregations since hearing the news."
  • Christie Pans Democratic Proposal to Double N.J.’s Fuel Tax

    06/13/2016 3:22:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Bloomberg | June 13, 2016 — 12:31 PM EDT | Terence Dopp, Elise Young
    Link only: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-13/christie-pans-democratic-proposal-to-double-new-jersey-gas-tax
  • Eric Holder: Fingerprinting Is Racist (What A Moron!!!)

    06/12/2016 4:29:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    Former Attorney General Eric Holder has come out against proposals in Chicago and New Jersey to require fingerprint background checks of drivers for ride-hailing platforms such as Uber and Lyft. Why would President Obama's onetime top lawman come out against regulation that is supposed to protect the riding public? Credit the intersection of two forces. First, Holder's tony corporate law firm, Covington & Burling, represents Uber. Also, as Holder sees it, requiring drivers to submit fingerprints may "have a discriminatory impact on communities of color." I was surprised to read about Holder's opposition, as I have trouble seeing Holder as...
  • New Jersey mayor changes party over Trump comments [Hackensack]

    06/10/2016 8:06:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 10, 2016 9:02 AM EDT
    Two Republican officials in New Jersey are switching political parties over what they say are racist comments made by presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse and Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino changed their party affiliation to independents on Thursday. […] Labrosse and Canestrino say there was not a specific comment that influenced their decision. They say it was the general tone of the campaign. …
  • HISTORY! Trump Shatters Republican Primary Vote Record by 1.4 Million Votes

    06/08/2016 6:40:03 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 41 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | June 7, 2016 | Jim Holt
    On Tuesday Donald Trump closed the door on the Republican nomination for President by winning all five of the remaining primaries — New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, New Mexico and California. Trump won the last 16 Republican contests. Trump has 1,536 delegates and counting. Trump may also be the first candidate in the modern era to have funded his campaign by himself during the primary season. Although his results are much more impressive, he only spent a quarter the amount of money as Democrats Clinton and Sanders. He proved to be the real capitalist in the primary while Clinton and...
  • Trump Scores Historic 13 Million GOP Primary Vote Blowout with California Win

    06/09/2016 4:26:17 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 49 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | Michelle Moons
    Trump closed out the primary election season with wins in South Dakota, New Mexico, New Jersey, Montana, and California. While Sen. Bernie Sanders remains actively campaigning for the Democratic nomination against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Trump became the GOP’s presumptive nominee shortly after winning Indiana’s May 3 primary election. The American businessman surpassed 2012 nominee Mitt Romney’s and 2008 nominee John McCain’s primary election vote totals by late in April according to Politico calculations. Previous record holder George W. Bush received just 10.8 million votes in 2000, a number far surpassed by Trump’s over 13 million votes with...
  • Detention OK for 6th-grader who called vegetarians 'idiots'

    06/09/2016 8:11:34 AM PDT · by DFG · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/09/2016 | AP
    MONTGOMERY, N.J. – New Jersey education officials say a school was allowed to give detention to a sixth-grader who told a student who doesn't eat meat that "vegetarians are idiots" and that "he should eat meat because he'd be smarter and have bigger brains." The Courier News of Bridgewater reports the state education commissioner's office ruled the Montgomery school district was allowed to discipline the student. It happened in the Lower Middle School in 2014. School officials found the comments were harassment, intimidation and bullying because they targeted a "distinguishing characteristic" under state law. The student received five detentions. The...
  • Man admits taking $250K from Head Start; bought Maserati, mink coat

    06/08/2016 8:40:35 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    The former executive director of a former Head Start program in Jersey City Tuesday admitted that he diverted more than $250,000 from programs for underprivileged children and used the money for personal expenses, including a Maserati and a mink coat, prosecutors said. Robert E. Mays, 38, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in federal court to one count of wire fraud. According to court papers charging him, Mays in 2013 forged records and duped employees at the Jersey City Child Development Centers into believing that its board of directors had raised his salary 61 percent to $155,000...
  • LIVE THREAD: June 7, 2016, Primary Elections -- Get out the vote!

    06/07/2016 1:45:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 248 replies
    US Presidential Election News-- 2016 ^ | US Presidential Election News
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  • LIVE THREAD:Donald Trump Post-Election Press Conference 6/07/2016 @ 9pm EDT Westchester, NY

    06/06/2016 4:20:49 PM PDT · by nikos1121 · 1,328 replies
    You are cordially invited to attend a post-election press conference with Donald J. Trump When: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 @ 9PM EDT Where: Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Westchester, NY Attire: PJs (Black Tie Optional) Dom Perignon and a selection of appetizers and French pastries with be served. R.S.V.P @ nikos1121
  • Chelsea Clinton speaks with seniors in Fort Lee (walking liberal cliché/barf alert)

    06/06/2016 12:17:08 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 46 replies
    Fort Lee Suburbanite ^ | 6/3/2016 | Svetlana Shkolnikova
    FORT LEE – The borough's seniors peppered Chelsea Clinton with questions on job growth, the cost of higher education and other issues central to the presidential election on May 24 as she campaigned for her mother, Hillary Clinton, at the Richard and Catherine Nest Adult Activity Center.The event, (snip) attracted approximately 220 attendees, including Bergen County Democratic Committee Chairman Lou Stellato, state Assembly members Valerie Vainieri Huttle, D-37, and Tim Eustace, D-38, Bergen County Executive James Tedesco and officials from the borough. "We could've had this event anywhere we wanted in Bergen County, but we decided to have it right...
  • Clinton On Cusp of Winning Democratic Nomination As Puerto Rico Votes (must have 54/60)

    06/05/2016 5:33:45 PM PDT · by drewh · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 6:42 PM ET, Sun June 5, 2016 | Eric Bradner
    Hillary Clinton is on the cusp of clinching the Democratic presidential nomination, and could move closer as Puerto Rico's primary results are announced Sunday night. The former secretary of state is competing with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to win a majority of Puerto Rico's 60 delegates. Clinton began the day 60 delegates shy of the 2,383 she needs to win the Democratic nomination -- with 1,776 pledged delegates and another 547 superdelegates. Sanders, meanwhile, started Sunday with 1,547 delegates total: 1,501 pledged delegates and another 46 superdelegates. Clinton is closing in on a historic nomination as the first female presidential...