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  • Half of 8th grade class from New Jersey refuses to pose with Speaker Ryan

    05/28/2017 11:34:08 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 112 replies
    abc7 NY Eyewitness News ^ | Friday, May 26, 2017 11:24PM | N.J. Burkett
    SOUTH ORANGE, New Jersey (WABC) -- A group of middle school students from New Jersey caused quite a flap, after half of them refused to take a picture with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. It happened Thursday during a field trip to Washington. Reaction from the students' parents are as politically divided as the country. "It's not just a picture," said Matthew Malespina, a student. Matthew says he couldn't go through with it. It didn't matter that Paul Ryan is the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, or that he is third in-line to the presidency. When he and...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 28 May 2017

    05/28/2017 4:23:41 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 186 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 28 May 2017 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows May 28th, 2017 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly; Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Bill Cassidy, R-La.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Kelly; Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.THIS WEEK (ABC): Kelly; Rep. Adam Schitf, D-Calif.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sens. Linda Graham, R-S.C., and Cory Booker, D-N.J.; Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago.
  • Christie highlights employment gains during final news conference in Statehouse

    05/22/2017 4:17:39 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff
    Burlington County Times ^ | May 22, 2017 | David Levinsky
    TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie touted New Jersey employment gains on Monday during a Statehouse news conference at which he also warned voters to choose his successor carefully or risk undoing the economic progress made during his nearly eight-year tenure. The hourlong news conference was Christie's last in the governor's outer office, as he and his staff are expected to move to temporary offices nearby on State Street while the executive branch of the Statehouse undergoes about $300 million in renovations.
  • Republicans Wave Bye to Christie, Jab Each Other in Debate

    05/19/2017 12:12:22 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 3 replies
    U.S. News and World Report/Associated Press ^ | May 18, 2017 | Michael Catalini
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has about eight months left in office but the Republicans running to succeed him in the primary all but bid him farewell in Thursday's second and final debate. Asked why she doesn't mention the twice-elected, term-limited Christie on her campaign website or at events, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno answered bluntly. "I'm running for governor, the governor's not."
  • Bayonne mayor hit with sexting scandal

    05/19/2017 6:05:04 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | May 18, 2017
    A texting scandal is sending Mayor Jimmy Davis and his allies scrambling to defend bawdy messages he sent to a woman the city fired in December. Screenshots of some of the lewd text messages, which include pleas from the mayor to have the woman meet him at an Atlantic City hotel and multiple references to oral sex, have been circulating online for weeks, causing heartburn for the first-term Democratic mayor, who is married. Davis, who did not respond to requests seeking comment, has elicited help from PR firm Vision Media Marketing to oversee damage control. Stacie Percella, the woman who received the...
  • Joe Piscopo will not run for N.J. governor, plans to endorse Guadagno

    05/13/2017 5:56:54 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | May 3, 2017 | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    TRENTON -- Former "Saturday Night Live" star Joe Piscopo will not run for governor of New Jersey, and will instead endorse the Republican front-runner, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. "We are going to support Kim," Piscopo told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday shortly before going on his morning radio show on 970-AM to make the announcement. Guadagno had made a pilgrimage to Piscopo's home on Saturday and asked for a sit-down, promising to address his concerns in her campaign if he would agree not to divide the party, Piscopo said.
  • Rivals hammer Murphy (and his money) in N.J. Democratic debate for governor

    05/13/2017 5:53:31 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 4 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | May 11, 2017 | Matt Arco
    NEWARK -- Two days after a relatively calm and cordial first debate, three Democratic hopefuls vying for their party's nomination to succeed Chris Christie as New Jersey's governor unleashed fury on front-runner Phil Murphy, whom they accused of trying to buy the nod from party bosses. Murphy, a former U.S. ambassador to Germany and ex-Goldman Sachs executive who has spent more than $15 million so far on his campaign, was assailed by rivals Jim Johnson, Raymond Lesniak, and John Wisniewski on Thursday night during the second and final Democratic primary debate before voters cast ballots June 6.
  • Christie Vetoes Bill That Would Outlaw Child Marriage In NJ

    05/13/2017 9:43:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12:57 PM 05/12/2017 | Steve Birr
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed legislation Thursday that would have banned all underage marriage in New Jersey. The bill aimed to change current New Jersey law, which permits 16- and 17-year-olds to get married with parental consent and those under the age of 16 to marry with the approval of a family court judge. A republican sponsored the bill, but Christie stood in opposition, citing religious freedom and noting the age of consent in New Jersey is 16, reports Politico. Unchained At Last, a non-profit group that seeks to help women in arranged and forced marriages, estimates there...
  • CPS needs $596M, not $129M, to finish year, top mayoral aide says ( Chicago )

    05/10/2017 3:45:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 05/09/2017 | Santiago Covarrubias
    It's going to take much more money to keep Chicago's schools open through June than previously revealed, top Emanuel budget aide Carole Brown says. The Chicago Public Schools actually need $596 million to keep schools open the rest of the school year, and not just the $129 million officials have publicly discussed, a top aide to Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday. ... Brown said all options are on the table to find the cash needed to stave off an early closing of schools that CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has warned might be needed but that Emanuel has ruled out to...
  • Montclair pretty much the most unequal place in NJ

    05/07/2017 12:31:31 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 24 replies
    New Jersey Real Estate Report ^ | February 19, 2017 | grim
    Haven’t gotten a chance to post this one, but it needs to be posted. From the Star Ledger: How every town in N.J. rates on income inequality Despite what Montclair wants you to believe, outside of the typical wealth enclaves like Saddle River, Far Hills, Deal and the like, Montclair ranks as pretty much the most unequal large town in New Jersey. There are few towns in NJ that show such a blatantly obvious amount of geographic segregation as Montclair, less than 1 mile separates some of the wealthiest residents of NJ from some of it’s poorest.
  • Keeping up the ‘Resistance’

    05/07/2017 12:28:03 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 17 replies
    Montclair Local ^ | March 9, 2017 | Linda Moss
    In homes in Montclair and across North Jersey, residents are breaking bread with Syrian refugees, sharing food and conversation. These dinners, aimed at fostering understanding and communication, are being organized by the Syria Supper Club, a group firmly rooted in the township. NJ 11th For Change, an organization founded by Montclair residents, continues to host protests at the New Jersey offices of Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-11, pressuring him to hold town hall meetings. Houses of worship, residents and some shops in the township have put up signs with the same message — “No matter where you are from, we’re glad...
  • Nuclear plant worker 'deliberately' tried to hide error, officials say

    05/04/2017 2:40:26 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 17 replies ^ | May 3, 2017 | Bill Gallo Jr.
    LOWER ALLOWAYS CREEK TWP. -- A worker "deliberately" attempted to fix an error he had made while conducting tests at a New Jersey nuclear reactor causing the plant to shut down 2 years ago, federal officials say.
  • New poll sizes up N.J. governor's race to succeed Christie

    05/04/2017 6:15:26 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 5 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | May 3, 2017 | Brent Johnson
    TRENTON -- A new poll shows Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno remain the clear favorites to win their parties' nominations for New Jersey governor with about a month to go before the primary elections in the race to succeed Gov. Chris Christie. But 57 percent of state's voters still don't know enough about either to form an opinion, according to the survey from Quinnipiac University, released Wednesday morning.
  • South Orange Police Release Statement on Incidents Downtown on April 29 (Is this the Photo?)

    05/02/2017 5:38:12 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 10 replies
    Tap Into ^ | May 1, 2017 | Tap Into SOMA Staff
    SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - On Monday, May 1, the South Orange Police Department released a statement about "Incidents in the Downtown on April 29." The statement from South Orange police is as follows: On April 29, 2017, between the hours of 8 p.m. and midnight, the South Orange Police Department became aware of an unusually large crowd of youths and young adults that began to gather and descend upon the downtown area. All officers available for duty were quickly dispatched to the affected area in an effort to maintain public safety and monitor the unusual occurrence. As this situation evolved,...
  • The Love for One Orange (South Orange)

    05/02/2017 5:14:21 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 18, 2011 | Jill P. Capuzzo
    WHEN asked what they like best about living in South Orange, residents almost invariably cite three attributes: the rich and varied architecture, the demographic diversity, and the easy commute into Manhattan. The latter two have a lot to do with the fact that New York City is the point of origin for a high percentage of South Orange’s residents. “It’s like getting a city, with a backyard,” said Cherre Schwartz of Weichert Realtors in Maplewood, noting that most of her clients come from New York or the more urban parts of North Jersey, and that many work in the
  • Fights, arrests after 300 youths converge on N.J. downtown (South Orange-suburb of Newark)

    05/02/2017 5:11:24 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 32 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | May 2, 2017 | Noah Cohen
    SOUTH ORANGE -- Police plan to boost patrols after officers from several departments were needed to disperse at least 300 young people who gathered in downtown South Orange late Saturday, sparking fights and blocking traffic. South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll said Tuesday the crowd contained a mix of village teens and others from nearby communities, including Newark, East Orange and Irvington residents, who apparently arrived by public transportation. The unruly crowd formed around 8 p.m. and kept officers busy until around midnight, according to police. Kroll said he requested assistance from the Essex County Sheriff's Office, Maplewood and Orange...
  • Is N.J. ready for aid-in-dying legislation?

    04/30/2017 7:02:27 PM PDT · by Coleus · 9 replies
    The Record ^ | 04.30.17 | Lindy Washburn
    A group that helps its members to plan their funerals gathered Sunday to learn about legislation in New Jersey that would help them — if they were terminally ill — to plan their deaths. New Jersey's Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act already has passed the Assembly. It is expected to come to a vote in the state Senate later this year.  Although Gov. Chris Christie has said he would veto such legislation, the bill's advocates hope his successor, to be elected in November, will sign it into law."I find it likely we will see this pass and become law in the next legislative session, which starts next year," Ethan...
  • Really awful news for Dem senator up for re-election next year

    04/29/2017 7:29:38 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 29 Apr 2017 | Thomas Lifson
    The midterm election next year holds the potential for the Republican Party to expand its slender 2-vote majority in the Senate, despite the historical pattern of such elections punishing the party holding the White House. With 25 Democrat senators up for re-election, versus on 9 Republicans, the opportunities for pick-ups are there. But elections are fought one seat at a time. One Democrat incumbent senator got some really terrible news yesterday, as Curt Anderson and Terry Spencer of the Associated Press report: A prominent Florida eye doctor accused of political corruption was convicted of Medicare fraud Friday, increasing the odds...
  • Sen. Menendez Ally Dr. Salomon Melgen Found Guilty on All 67 Counts of Medicare Fraud

    04/28/2017 8:35:52 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 35 replies ^ | 28 Apr 2017 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Update: The Palm Beach Post just reported Melgen was convicted of all 67 counts. “A prominent Florida eye doctor has been convicted on all counts in his Medicare fraud trial, raising the possibility he could be pressured to testify in the bribery trial of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez,” the Associated Press reported on Friday afternoon: Jurors announced their verdict Friday for Dr. Salomon Melgen. He effectively faces a life sentence if no deal is struck. Menendez denies any wrongdoing. Prosecutors contended that the 62-year-old Melgen stole up to $105 million from the federal insurance program between 2008 and...
  • Focus turns to senator with doctor guilty of Medicare fraud

    04/28/2017 1:41:36 PM PDT · by PA Engineer · 9 replies
    AP ^ | April 28, 2017 | CURT ANDERSON and TERRY SPENCER
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A prominent Florida eye doctor accused of political corruption was convicted of Medicare fraud Friday, increasing the odds that federal prosecutors could pressure him to testify against New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez. Dr. Salomon Melgen faces 15 to 20 years in prison on 67 counts, including health care fraud, submitting false claims and falsifying records in patients' files, if he doesn't strike a deal before his sentencing, scheduled for July 14. The senator denies any wrongdoing. The doctor, 62, collected more money from Medicare than any other physician in the nation — $21...