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  • After 53 years burning rubber, drag racing ends at Raceway Park

    01/19/2018 6:45:14 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 33 replies
    NJ.com ^ | Steve Strunsky
    Drivers, turn off your engines. After more than half a century of burning rubber, Raceway Park will no longer hold drag races, officials said. With the rising cost of fuel, tires, insurance and other
  • Feds to retry Sen. Menendez on corruption charges

    01/19/2018 2:49:28 PM PST · by mandaladon · 14 replies
    NBC ^ | 19 Jan 2018 | PETE WILLIAMS
    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department notified a federal judge Friday that it will again put Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey on trial, after a jury deadlocked and ended an earlier prosecution in a mistrial. "The conduct alleged in the indictment is serious and warrants retrial before a jury of citizens in the District of New Jersey," the Justice Department said. "An early retrial date is in the best interests of the public," government lawyers told the judge. A spokesman for Menendez said prosecutors evidently "did not hear the overwhelming voices of the New Jerseyans" who served on the jury...
  • Justice Dept intends to re-try Menendez in corruption case

    01/19/2018 2:32:31 PM PST · by BeauBo · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 19 Jan 2018 | AVERY ANAPOL AND MAX GREENWOOD
    The Justice Department announced Friday that they intend to re-try Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) on corruption charges after a deadlocked jury resulted in a mistrial in November... Menendez is up for reelection in 2018. He is widely expected to seek another term in office, though he has not made a formal announcement about his plans.
  • DOJ to re-try Bob Menendez corruption case, complicating his reelection bid

    01/19/2018 1:36:29 PM PST · by Hadean · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | Jan. 19, 2018 | Kathryn Watson
    The federal government will re-try the corruption case of Sen. Bob Menendez, after the judge in the case declared a mistrial in November. Menendez was able to walk away from federal court last year because the jury was deadlocked. The New Jersey Democrat is up for reelection this year, and another trial could complicate his campaign efforts. In the former bribery case, prosecutors claimed Menendez took gifts from wealthy Florida donor Salomon Melgen, between 2006 and 2013, in exchange for political influence.
  • Prosecutors say they will retry New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez

    01/19/2018 12:31:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 19, 2018 | AP
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The government has told a federal judge in New Jersey it will seek a retrial of Sen. Bob Menendez, whose 11-week corruption trial ended in a hung jury in November. The filing to the judge on Friday seeks a retrial of the Democrat “at the earliest possible date.”
  • Executioner in ISIS video is N.J. high school grad, magazine says

    01/18/2018 7:11:04 PM PST · by usafa92 · 21 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 1/18/2018 | Paul Milo
    A man in his mid-20s who graduated from Atlantic City High School is believed to be the first American member of the Islamic State terror group to be filmed beheading a prisoner, according to a report in The Atlantic magazine published Saturday. Zulfi Hoxha, whose family immigrated to the United States from Albania and formerly owned a pizzeria in Margate, is believed to have connected with another man, David Wright, through online video games possibly as early as 2010, the magazine reported. Wright put Hoxha in touch with others who then helped Hoxha travel to a part of Syria controlled...
  • Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie denied VIP entry at Newark Airport

    01/18/2018 6:59:28 PM PST · by usafa92 · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/18/2018 | Dartunorro Clark
    Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie learned the drawbacks of ordinary life Thursday morning when he tried to bypass the TSA line and was denied entry to a special entrance at Newark Liberty International Airport, normally reserved for VIP guests, dignitaries and elected officials, according to a source familiar with the matter. When Christie arrived at Terminal C in the airport with his New Jersey State Police detail and was taken to the entrance, which is located near the exit of the restricted area of the terminal, a Port Authority officer refused to let Christie use the special entrance, informing...
  • TV crew tried to sneak fake explosive device through Newark Airport security, feds say

    01/18/2018 6:14:55 PM PST · by MNDude · 19 replies
    Seven members of a cable television crew have been arrested after they tried to sneak a fake explosive device through a security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport, the Transportation Security Administration said Thursday. A law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation said that the team was filming for cable network CNBC, which is based in Englewood Cliffs. The TSA did not release the names of the people they said were arrested, and the Port Authority only said that it was investigating the incident. The law enforcement source said the crew likely would be charged by the Essex County...
  • Immigrant Status Revelation Overturns Dumont, Englewood (NJ) Rape Cases

    01/18/2018 4:30:02 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 22 replies
    Hackensack Daily Voice ^ | January 18, 2018 | Jerry DeMarco
    New Jersey's highest court overturned a day laborer's conviction of sexually assaulting three women on the streets of Dumont and Englewood -- in part because prosecutors revealed during his trial that he was in the country illegally.
  • Man ticketed for jaywalking after getting hit by truck

    01/18/2018 4:10:36 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 17, 2018 | New York Post (AP)
    The 57-year-old man was hit by a pick-up truck Tuesday evening in Hackensack. The Record reports police say he was not in a crosswalk when he was hit.
  • Chris Christie Gives NJ Residents 90 Days to Surrender Bump Stocks in Final Act as Governor

    01/17/2018 9:08:40 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Jan 2018 | AWR HAWKINS
    Chris Christie (R) gave New Jersey residents 90 days to surrender bump stocks – or else – in one of his final acts as Governor of the state. No crimes committed with bump stocks in New Jersey were cited. Rather, Christie signed the Democrat-sponsored ban in light of the October 1, 2017, Las Vegas attack. According to NJ.com, the use of bump stocks was already banned in New Jersey, so the law Christie signed will simply broaden that ban to outlaw possession of bump stocks as well. Moreover, the new ban also covers trigger cranks, which were not even used...
  • Cory Booker completely loses it at DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

    01/17/2018 6:42:28 AM PST · by rktman · 83 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/17/2018 | M. Catharine Evans
    A crazed, bug-eyed Cory Booker, junior senator from New Jersey, blasted Department of Homeland Security secretary Kristjen Nielsen during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday on immigration. Booker became so unhinged in his staged outrage that he repeatedly threatened Nielsen, with clenched fists pointed in her direction. Equal to Booker's overt violation of Nielsen's right to be treated without hostility and intimidation was the deranged content of his tirade. Nielsen had stated earlier she did not hear the president say the "s-hole" word at last week's White House meeting on DACA. Booker went ballistic and accused Nielsen of covering up...
  • Christie pardons several mired in New Jersey’s strict gun laws

    01/16/2018 8:33:41 PM PST · by aimhigh · 6 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 01/15/2018 | Chris Eger
    Christie granted 26 orders for clemency, almost all pardons, bringing his eight-year total of such actions to just 55. Among those granted relief were media consultant Brian Aitken and Marine Sgt. Hisashi Pompey, men who had been arrested and found guilty of criminal weapon possession even though they had clear records and owned guns legally bought outside the state. NJ.com reported of the list of 26 granted clemency last week, at least seven others — Meghan Fellenbaum, Brandon Fregm, Brian Murphy, Adrian Rubio, Antonio Scott, Angel Cordero and Christopher O’Sullivan — were pardoned over unlawful possession of a weapon.
  • Watch: Cory Booker 'seething with anger' as he yells at DHS chief Kirstjen Nielsen

    01/16/2018 11:56:48 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 183 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 16 Jan 18 | Anna Giaritelli |
    en. Cory Booker, D-N.J., was enraged during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday and admitted he was "seething with anger" over President Trump's alleged "shithole comments" and a Cabinet official's statement that she did not recall the incident. “I had tears of rage," Booker bellowed at Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen in reference to when he first heard of Trump's "shithole countries" remark last week. "And for you not to feel that hurt and that pain and to dismiss the questions of my colleagues, with tens of millions Americans hurting right now because they're worried about what happened...
  • STATEMENT FROM NJGOP CHAIRMAN DOUG STEINHARDT

    01/16/2018 1:33:16 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 10 replies
    NJ GOP ^ | January 16, 2018 | Doug Steinhardt
    Trenton, NJ – On the day of the swearing in of New Jersey’s new Governor, Phil Murphy, NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt delivered an important message to the people of New Jersey: . “New Jersey is our home and I serve as Chairman of the Republican Party here, because this is where I chose to raise my family,” said Steinhardt. “I made that conscious choice twenty some years ago, because I wanted the same opportunities for my children that New Jersey offered my parents, grandparents, sister and me. I want the best for my family, my community and our state, but...
  • Phil Murphy sworn in, replaces Chris Christie as N.J. governor

    01/16/2018 1:00:33 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 26 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 16, 2018 | Brent Johnson
    You have a new governor, New Jersey. Phil Murphy, a Democrat entering elected office for the first time, was sworn in as the Garden State's 56th governor just before noon Tuesday during a ceremony at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton. Murphy, a former U.S. ambassador to Germany and multimillionaire former Wall Street executive, succeeded Chris Christie, a Republican who left office after eight years. Surrounded by his family, Murphy -- a 60-year-old Middletown resident -- was sworn in by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner in the midst of a festive ceremony.
  • Busta Rhymes headlines Phil Murphy pre-inaugural concert

    01/15/2018 8:48:15 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 8 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 14, 2018 | Sara Jerde
    It felt like a homecoming. The setting was perfect for it -- a pitch dark gymnasium illuminated by strobe lights that danced to the blaring club music while people stood around waiting for the action to get started. And it was a homecoming, at least in a sense, for the people who helped Phil Murphy get elected and transition him into leading New Jersey. He thanked them all -- especially the millennials -- from the stage Sunday night.
  • Murphy must address growing segregation in schools

    01/15/2018 8:15:03 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 41 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 15, 2018 | Christian Estevez
    New Jersey has some of the best public schools in the country. But our current system is not operating on a level playing field. While wealthy suburban schools continue to provide rich educational experiences for their mostly white student population, too many Latino and African American students attend segregated schools hampered by intense poverty. We allowed segregation to permeate our state education system for too long, institutionalizing a separate but equal doctrine. New Jersey's schools are among the top five most segregated in the country. This decades-long failure continued under both parties. The Latino Action Network is heartened that Governor-Elect...
  • A Republican Star Fallen, Chris Christie Leaves Office

    01/15/2018 7:20:01 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 43 replies
    NHPR ^ | January 15, 2018 | NHPR
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose popularity soared during his first term but then fell from grace, leaves office Tuesday. The Republican served a term-limited eight years in a majority blue state and spent much of that time in the national limelight as he built a reputation as a "tell-it-like-it-is" politician. But the Bridgegate scandal, a losing campaign for president and a day spent on a closed beach during a government shutdown left him with the lowest approval ratings for any governor in New Jersey history. In Christie's first year, a YouTube video of a press conference went viral when...
  • Delingpole: Trump – Making the World Great Again, One Sh%$hole at a Time

    01/15/2018 8:47:57 AM PST · by rktman · 12 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/14/2018 | James Delingpole
    Isn’t it just the best thing that we’ve finally got a President of the USA who calls a shithole a shithole? In fact of all Donald Trump’s many qualities, I think this may be his greatest and his most underrated strength. But you’re not supposed to say this. At least not in respectable company. Even now – after all his incredible achievements – you’re still only allowed to praise Donald Trump if first you’ve preceded it with lots of disclaimers about how much you deplore his sexism, his brashness, his incoherence and general uncouthness…