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  • Cory Booker, setting up possible 2020 run, is again asked about his personal life

    It’s a question he has been asked since entering public life, and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker was again forced to address his personal life as he considers whether to run for president in 2020. “I’m heterosexual,” Booker told the Philadelphia Inquirer. The interview took place as Booker decides whether to jump into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. He told NJ Advance Media last month that he would “consider running for president" in 2020 and would "take some time during this holiday season to sit with family and close friends and advisers to give it a really good consideration.”...
  • Chris Christie declines White House chief of staff role

    12/14/2018 10:47:20 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/14/18 | Chris Mills Rodrigo
    Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) declined the White House chief of staff role on Friday, making him the latest high-profile candidate who's no longer in the running for the influential post. Christie and President Trump reportedly met Thursday evening to discuss the role of replacing John Kelly, who will be departing as chief of staff by the end of the year. “It’s an honor to have the President consider me as he looks to choose a new White House chief-of-staff,” Christie wrote in a statement shared by Maggie Haberman of the New York Times on Friday. “However, I’ve...
  • Mother, 5 other adults charged with beating, scalding 3-year-old with hot water as punishment

    12/14/2018 4:23:49 AM PST · by csvset · 44 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 12 Dec 2018 | Taylor Tiamoyo Harris
    A mother and five other adults have been arrested after they repeatedly beat and threw scalding water on a 3-year-old boy in order to punish him at the Newark home they share, prosecutors said. . Police said a Newark public preschool alerted authorities to the abuse. Prosecutors said the abuse, which began in July, was a “systematic and coordinated beating” of the child with a belt and their fists. They also poured scalding water on him to punish him, authorities said. The child, hospitalized in order to treat his injuries, has been released from the hospital and is in protective...
  • Feds knew man had child porn, but couldn't make a case. 4 years later, he molested a toddler.

    12/14/2018 3:15:55 AM PST · by csvset · 16 replies
    Pilotonline ^ | 13 Dec 2018 | Scott Daugherty
    Four years before a Portsmouth man molested a toddler on camera to gain special access to child pornography websites, the FBI was hot on his trail, according to court documents. In 2012, agents had downloaded “numerous” photos from Dashawn Webster's IP address, a federal prosecutor explained. But then the 17-year-old moved to New Jersey before a Norfolk-based agent could interview him, “and there was no resolution to the matter,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Yusi wrote. Webster, now 23, was sentenced Thursday to more than 24 years in federal prison for producing child pornography. It is unclear exactly what happened with...
  • Democrats in New Jersey Have a Firm Grip on Power. They Want Even More.

    12/13/2018 10:31:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 13, 2018 | Nick Corasaniti
    Legislative power brokers across the country have long designed district lines in back-room deals that entrenched their control for years, if not decades. But now, Democratic lawmakers in New Jersey are carrying out a power grab in an unusually public fashion: They are seeking to make Republicans a permanent minority by essentially writing gerrymandering into the State Constitution. The New Jersey plan comes amid a national reckoning over the consequences of gerrymandering and has been met by fierce opposition across the political landscape — and not just from Republicans and nonpartisan watchdog groups.
  • America’s corporate boards still dominated by white males, Menendez says

    12/13/2018 10:01:26 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 34 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | December 12, 2018 | Jonathan D. Salant
    WASHINGTON — The color of corporate boardrooms in America remains predominantly white, but it’s slowly changing hue. More than half of those sitting in corporate boardrooms in 2017 are white males, 51 percent, according to a survey of the Fortune 100 corporations released Wednesday. A quarter, 25 percent, were women and 21 percent were members of minority groups, the study said. In a 2014 survey, 63 percent of those sitting on corporate boards were white males, 23 percent were women and 18 percent were minorities. The survey was conducted by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, who has regularly studied the top...
  • New Jersey Assaults the First and Second Amendments

    12/12/2018 10:55:48 AM PST · by lowbridge · 9 replies
    townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2018 | Bob Barr
    You can still rant in New Jersey about Donald Trump, or call conservatives any manner of vile names.  But, if you try to communicate online about certain firearms matters, Bingo!  The “Garden State” authorities will come after you for daring to provide instructions for readers to learn how to print plans for a 3-D firearm. This is not about criminalizing the possession of such an instrument (New Jersey competes with its older brother in making it extremely difficult to legally own a firearm at all).  The new law makes it illegal to even communicate how to print one. Insidiously, New...
  • Simple gasket screw-up shut down the bridge from New Jersey to Delaware for 6 hours

    12/11/2018 1:10:39 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    NJ.com ^ | November 27, 2018 | The Associated Press
    A preliminary investigation has found that a gasket failure caused a chemical gas leak that forced the temporary closure of a heavily used bridge connecting Delaware and New Jersey on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Officials with Croda Inc. said Tuesday that initial findings show that an incorrect gasket fitted on a pipe during construction of its Delaware ethylene oxide production plant failed Sunday. The company is sending the gasket to independent experts for analysis and confirmation.
  • 86 exposed to measles at event as N.J. outbreak continues

    12/10/2018 6:18:21 PM PST · by SMGFan · 54 replies
    NJ Advanced Media ^ | December 10, 2018
    More than 80 Ocean County residents were exposed to the measles at a private event in New York as the number of cases continues to widen, New Jersey health officials said. Most of those exposed live in Lakewood, according to Dawn Thomas, a spokeswoman for the state health department. The Ocean County health department didn’t mention where or when the event took place, but said Friday 86 people might have been infected. There were already 18 confirmed and six suspected cases of measles in Ocean County. People who might have been exposed to the highly contagious diseases are being contacted...
  • New Jersey Has No Idea How to Enforce Its 10-Round Magazine Limit Law

    12/08/2018 3:56:15 PM PST · by Simon Green · 55 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 12/08/18 | Dan Zimmerman
    Earlier this week, a Third Circuit three-judge panel ruled that New Jersey’s new law prohibiting possession of magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds is constitutional. That means New Jersey gun owners who own standard capacity magazines have until Monday to destroy them, alter them, or turn them in. The question then becomes…what happens after Monday? New Jersey has upwards of a million gun owners. That means there are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of magazines in the state that will be illegal after the deadline. We’re all the way down here in Texas, but if there were...
  • [Cory] Booker trip to New Hampshire possible preview for 2020

    12/08/2018 7:47:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 8, 2018
    Cory Booker is returning to the first-in-the-nation primary state for a trip that could turn out to be a tuneup for the New Jersey senator’s potential Democratic presidential campaign. Booker’s been invited by the New Hampshire Democratic Party to headline their post-midterm election “Victory Celebration” Saturday in Manchester. […] Booker’s said repeatedly in recent weeks that he’ll take the holiday season to assess whether he launches a White House campaign. …
  • ICE busts 105 in NJ as state announces ‘sanctuary state’ rules

    12/07/2018 7:30:53 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies
    nj1015.com ^ | 12.07.18 | Sergio Bichao
    You Tube -- Resisting immigration? Maybe it's just in our natureImmigration officials last week arrested 105 people in New Jersey suspected of being in the country illegally, including four people with international criminal warrants. This came the same week that state officials announced new rules on how local police will handle immigration matters.ICE said the arrests had been planned before state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal released his directive, which the federal agency has criticized. The policy prevents police from inquiring about a person's immigration status unless it is relevant to an investigation. Jails also will not be allowed to detain...
  • Court of Appeals Upholds New Jersey Law Banning 15-Round Mags

    12/07/2018 7:17:49 AM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 54 replies
    GunsAmerica Digest ^ | 12/6/18 | Max Slowik
    A federal appeals court upheld New Jersey’s magazine-capacity-limit laws, arguing 2-1 that three 10-round magazines are just as good as two 15-rounders. They said that a magazine-capacity limit does not present a burden to self-defense. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal favored the decision to limit gun owners to 10-round magazines. (Photo: Grewal) Previously New Jersey residents had a magazine-capacity limit of 15 rounds, due to a law passed in 1990. The new law restricts gun owners to 10 rounds and they must modify, destroy or register any magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. The law makes an...
  • ‘My Pleas for Help Went Unanswered’: Accuser on N.J. Governor’s Handling of Sexual Assault Claims

    12/06/2018 9:23:06 AM PST · by pepsi_junkie · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12/4/2018 | Nick Corasaniti
    TRENTON — A top official in the administration of Gov. Philip D. Murphy described in wrenching testimony on Tuesday the lack of urgency among aides to the governor after she accused a member of Mr. Murphy’s campaign of sexual assault. The emotional narrative marked the first day of legislative hearings into how Mr. Murphy’s administration has handled a case that threatens to thwart his ambitious agenda and cast a stain over his progressive image. The official, Katie Brennan, spoke slowly and sternly as she detailed her allegations against Albert J. Alvarez, whom she accused of sexually assaulting her after a...
  • Why Did 101 Lawmakers Send Letters of Support to Israel-Bashing CAIR?

    11/05/2018 5:44:15 AM PST · by SJackson · 34 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 11-5-18 | Steven Emerson
    If the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) stuck to its stated mission statement and only did civil rights work protecting Muslim Americans from discrimination and bigotry, you likely would never see it mentioned on this site.But CAIR has a second, perhaps more paramount objective that it never directly acknowledges: To oppose Israel and promote Palestinian nationalism.CAIR’s mission statement makes no mention of Palestine. Instead, it says it aims to “enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.” It describes its lobbying arm as focusing “on issues related to Islam and Muslims. The department monitors legislation and government activities and responds...
  • 24 Amazon workers sent to hospital after robot accidentally unleashes bear spray

    12/05/2018 6:49:42 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 48 replies
    Twenty-four Amazon workers in New Jersey have been hospitalized after a robot accidentally tore a can of bear repellent spray in a warehouse, officials said. The two dozen workers were treated at five local hospitals, Robbinsville Township communications and public information officer John Nalbone told ABC News. One remains in critical condition and 30 additional workers were treated at the scene.
  • Split 3rd Circuit Upholds NJ's Ban on Large-Capacity Gun Magazines

    12/05/2018 2:25:23 PM PST · by ScottfromNJ · 53 replies
    New Jersey Law Journal ^ | December 05, 2018 | Charles Toutant
    Split 3rd Circuit Upholds NJ's Ban on Large-Capacity Gun Magazines The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has rejected a challenge to New Jersey’s ban on firearm magazines holding more than 10 rounds. The appeals court, by a 2-1 margin, said the law limiting high-capacity magazines does not violate the Second Amendment, the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause or the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. The court affirmed an order from the U.S. District Court that denied challengers’ motion to preliminarily enjoin enforcement of the law. Judges Joseph Greenaway Jr. and Patty Shwartz ruled to affirm the lower court....
  • Katie Brennan speaks publicly. ‘My pleas went unanswered' by Murphy administration

    12/04/2018 12:26:09 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 23 replies
    NJ.Com ^ | 12/04/2018 | Susan K. Livio
    Katie Brennan, the official in Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration who accused a fellow former staffer of rape, told state lawmakers in dramatic testimony Tuesday that the progressive administration she hoped would protect her did nothing until her allegations threatened the governor. “I had access to the highest positions of power, and at each turn my pleas went unanswered," Brennan said at the Statehouse in Trenton. “Somehow it wasn’t a priority to address my sexual assault … until it impacted them.”
  • ‘My Pleas for Help Went Unanswered’: Accuser on N.J. Governor’s Handling of Sexual Assault Claims

    12/04/2018 11:40:07 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 4, 2018 | Nick Corasaniti
    TRENTON — A top official in the administration of Gov. Philip D. Murphy described in wrenching testimony on Tuesday the lack of urgency among aides to the governor after she accused a member of Mr. Murphy’s campaign of sexual assault. The emotional narrative marked the first day of legislative hearings into how Mr. Murphy’s administration has handled a case that threatens to thwart his ambitious agenda and cast a stain over his progressive image. The official, Katie Brennan, spoke slowly and sternly as she detailed her allegations against Albert J. Alvarez, whom she accused of sexually assaulting her after a...
  • FBI raids home of Atlantic City mayor

    12/03/2018 2:53:23 PM PST · by SMGFan · 20 replies
    NJ Advanced Media ^ | December 3, 2018
    FBI agents raided the home of Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam just before 8 a.m. Monday morning, the agency confirmed to NJ Advance Media. At least a dozen agents were seen going in and out of the Ohio Avenue home Monday morning, removing more than 10 boxes. An FBI spokeswoman at the scene said both FBI and IRS agents were involved in the search of home. “We can confirm that our agents were executing search warrant at the home of Mayor Frank Gilliam,” said Doreen Holder, a public affairs specialist with the FBI’s Newark office, declining to comment on the...