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  • Employee given cash to deposit vanishes, quits via email next day, police say

    12/09/2016 1:51:07 AM PST · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    nj,com ^ | December 8, 2016
    The Bensalem Police Department is asking for the public's help locating a man accused of theft.    According to police, on Wednesday Kevin Van Allen, 30, of Williamstown, was given a bank deposit bag from his place of work. It was to be deposited in the bank, but Van Allen never made the large deposit. Police reported that he quit his job through an email the next day. 
  • Rogers shows shades of Trump as he enters N.J governor's race

    12/08/2016 4:13:10 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 16 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | December 8, 2016 | Brent Johnson
    MORRIS TOWNSHIP -- A few people in the crowd wore familiar-looking red baseball caps with white lettering. But no, unlike the ones sported by Donald Trump supporters, they didn't read, "Make America Great Again." Instead, the hats read, "Steve Rogers for Governor." Rogers, a township commissioner in Nutley, has formally joined the ever-growing race to succeed Chris Christie as New Jersey's governor, kicking off his campaign for the Republican nomination with a Trump-like message Thursday.
  • Halal Slaughterhouse Operators Charged With Human Trafficking

    12/02/2016 10:52:55 AM PST · by Bodega · 12 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 02 Dec 2016 | John Binder
    Two Muslim businessmen who ran a Halal chicken slaughterhouse were arrested and charged by federal authorities for alleged human trafficking and harboring illegal immigrants for exploitation and monetary gain.
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Announces $300 Million State House Makeover

    11/29/2016 9:51:43 AM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 40 replies
    CBSNewYork/AP ^ | 11/29/16 | CBSNewYork/AP
    "New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has announced plans to completely renovate the state house. Christie said Tuesday that staff will be moved into other office space in Trenton by July for a four-year, $300 million project. Parts of the building date to the 18th century."
  • Port Authority employees get paid overtime to nap on the job

    11/27/2016 4:46:52 PM PST · by SMGFan · 6 replies
    NYPost ^ | November 26, 2016
    PATH workers are snoozing away huge chunks of their regular shifts, using nap time to rack up big overtime pay, The Post has learned. “Everybody sleeps,” an insider said. “Guys make big overtime by doing work for 40 minutes or an hour, then billing the Port Authority for four or five. That’s been going on for years.” The workers’ on-the-job dozing is under investigation by the PA inspector general, an agency spokesman said.
  • GOP Legally Barred From Fighting Vote Fraud (11/20/2012)

    11/26/2016 2:24:01 AM PST · by Iron Munro · 31 replies
    WND ^ | 11/20/2012 | Bob Unruh
    Voting machines suspiciously defaulting to Barack Obama? Buses loaded with strangers appearing at polling stations? Even ballots turning out 100 percent for one candidate in precinct reports? In short, suspicions of vote fraud? That’s too bad, because a race-based consent decree negotiated by Democrats against the Republican National Committee a generation ago still has tied the RNC’s hands, and GOP officials could be cited for contempt – or worse – if they try to make sure American elections are clean. Impossible? No. Fact. The case is the Democratic National Committee vs. the Republican National Committee, originally from 1982. Democrats alleged...
  • Report: Chris Christie still being considered for Trump Cabinet posts

    11/25/2016 4:09:51 PM PST · by SharpRightTurn · 42 replies
    UPI vir Breitbart ^ | Nov. 25, 2016
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is still under consideration for one of two Cabinet posts in the Trump administration, according to a report out of Christie’s home state. NJ Advance Media, which owns the Newark Star-Ledger, reported this week Christie is being considered to lead the Homeland Security or Energy departments. Either post would require Senate confirmation and would require Christie to resign as governor prior to the end of his second and final term, which concludes in January, 2018. NJ Advance Media cited three unnamed sources who said Christie remains under consideration for the jobs despite having been demoted...
  • One dead, one injured in shooting outside Hamilton Mall

    11/25/2016 9:46:43 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 15 replies
    Fox 5 DC ^ | 11/25/16
    One person is dead and another is injured following a shooting outside Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing on Black Friday, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office confirmed in a press release. Officers responded to the scene, a parking lot outside a Macy's department store, at 1:05 a.m. for a report of a shooting. When officials arrived they found a 20-year-old Atlantic City man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:23 a.m. by paramedics. An autopsy is pending. One dead, one injured in shooting outside Hamilton Mall Also found at the scene was the victim's...
  • Justice Department Suing Two Towns For Refusing To Build Mosques

    11/24/2016 5:02:31 PM PST · by kevcol · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 24, 2016 | Kevin Daley
    The township also calls into question the propriety of a relationship between a member of the ISBR and a lead DOJ investigator. Attorneys for the township also confirm that a lawyer representing the mosque was in contact with DOJ investigators well before the planning board reached any decision regarding the ISBR’s application. “These communications, unknown by the Township at the time, suggest an inappropriate collusion with Plaintiffs rather than an unbiased review.” The town also accuses the Department of Justice of engaging in punitive behavior throughout the investigation, and not acting in good faith. . . . A similar lawsuit...
  • NJ Transit barring engineers with sleep apnea until condition is treated

    11/22/2016 2:13:50 AM PST · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    News12 New Jersey ^ | November 21, 2016
    Federal regulators are warning railroad agencies nationwide to watch out for sleep apnea in train engineers. It comes after learning last week that the engineer in the fatal Hoboken train crash has the condition. The Federal Railroad Administration says it will issue a safety advisory this week for all railroads to screen and treat workers with sleep apnea.
  • How Christie lost his spot on the Trump transition team

    11/21/2016 8:20:55 AM PST · by detective · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 21, 2016 | Hunter Walker
    Something was bothering Donald Trump as he made his victory speech after the election. The newly minted president-elect took the stage with at least 40 of his closest aides and allies, but according to a high-level campaign source familiar with Trump’s thinking, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie kept pushing to be near the president-elect and “trying to get in shots.” “Trump got annoyed,” the source told Yahoo News. The election night photo incident was one of several factors Trump insiders cited to explain why Christie was demoted from his position as transition team chair and replaced by Vice President-elect Mike Pence...
  • Trump receives standing ovation from churchgoers

    11/20/2016 12:10:33 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 20, 2016 | Kevin Sheehan
    Worshippers at a New Jersey church cheered Donald Trump on Sunday, telling the president-elect to “follow his heart.” Trump arrived at Lamington Presbyterian Church in Bedminster Township for services at 10 a.m. and left to enthusiastic applause at 11:15 a.m. The church is just two miles from The Donald’s Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, where the president-elect was set to interview cabinet candidates. Congregant Jim Tiesi, 66, shook Trump’s hand and told him the nation has his back. “I just told him that I hope he understands the country supports him and not to be distracted by the noise,” said...
  • ‘Get Over It!’: 79-Year-Old Trump Supporter Arrested for Allegedly Vandalizing Children’s Mural

    11/20/2016 11:23:01 AM PST · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    People ^ | November 20, 2016 | Diane Herbst
    The mystery of the anti-Hillary Clinton, pro-Donald Trump vandals who continued to deface a beautiful children’s mural took a while to solve. Power Stretch Studios in Montclair, New Jersey, had suffered a fire in September, and its windows and door was boarded up. Two days after the Nov. 8 presidential election, someone wrote on the boards: “Lock her up,” a popular refrain against Clinton amongst Trump supporters during his campaign. A studio employee painted over it, but the vandals returned, writing ”America Has Spoken” with Trump’s face drawn next to it. Gina Shaw, a friend of studio owner Hakika DuBose,...
  • Donald Trump Meeting Ari Emanuel in New Jersey

    11/20/2016 10:14:32 AM PST · by Haiku Guy · 126 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 11/20/2016 | Matthew Belloni
    The president-elect's former agent is said to be hoping to discuss some of Trump's initial appointments. Is the president-elect soliciting help from his former Hollywood agent in selecting a cabinet? Ari Emanuel, the co-CEO of entertainment and sports powerhouse WME-IMG, was spotted at the Trump National Golf Course in New Jersey on Sunday, and a WME-IMG source confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that a meeting is set for this afternoon. The exact nature of the sit-down is unclear, but the Democratic stalwart Emanuel is said to be uninterested in a job in the Trump administration and instead hopes to discuss...
  • Donald Trump goes to church in New Jersey before meeting with Rudy Giuliani..

    11/20/2016 8:36:24 AM PST · by Gamecock · 79 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/20/2016 | AP
    President-elect Donald Trump started his Sunday by going to church, attending services at the Lamington Presbyterian Church in Bedminster, New Jersey. Trump was accompanied by his Vice President-elect Mike Pence, his incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus and his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.
  • Romney swallows his pride: 'Choker' Mitt embraces the President-elect

    11/19/2016 11:39:47 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 92 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | November 19, 2016 | Anneta Konstantinides
    Romney swallows his pride: 'Choker' Mitt embraces the President-elect he retorted was a 'con-man and a bigot' in election campaign war of words as Trump dangles prospect of a White House role at transition team talks Trump greeted Romney at the front steps of his upscale clubhouse in Bedminister, New Jersey on Saturday He was joined by Vice president-elect Mike Pence for day of meetings It is believed Romney is a possible contender for Secretary of State Romney previously said Trump should be disqualified from receiving the GOP presidential nomination after he refused to release his tax returns Trump has...
  • Trump to Meet With Romney as He Starts to Look Outside His Inner Circle

    11/19/2016 11:17:21 AM PST · by Mariner · 48 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 19th, 2016 | By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump on Saturday moved to mend fences with political rivals after a divisive campaign, meeting with Mitt Romney, who had scathingly criticized him during the race as “a phony” and “a fraud,” to discuss naming him as secretary of state. The outreach signaled a change in tone one day after Mr. Trump moved to elevate hard-liners to pivotal national security positions. It was not clear whether Mr. Trump would offer the State Department post to Mr. Romney, or whether Mr. Romney, who has broken sharply with him on Russia, free trade and other issues, would...
  • Gender Revolution at American Universities

    11/17/2016 8:06:33 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 36 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 11, 2016 | Alex Nitzberg
    Universities across America actively advance the social revolution to redefine gender and normalize all permutations of sexual proclivity. At Rutgers University, The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities asserts that "Gender identity is the inward sense of being man, woman, both, neither, or any other gender(s). This identity is not visible. Gender expression is an outward means of expressing a person’s gender and can include mannerisms, clothing, hair, and other modes of expression. While gender expression is often visible, it is not necessarily an indicator of a person's identity. The only way to know a person’s gender is...
  • Kushner vs. Christie: The nasty Trump transition fight that goes back a decade

    11/17/2016 5:16:04 AM PST · by detective · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | November 16, 2016 | Gregory Krieg
    The first time Chris Christie squared off with a Kushner, the scene was a federal court and the outcome -- along with all the tabloid drama -- helped vault the future governor of New Jersey into the Republican elite. His opponent then, in the early 2000s, was the billionaire real estate developer Charles Kushner. Also a prominent Democratic political donor, Kushner's criminal tax evasion and witness tampering case won Christie, then a US attorney, triumphant headlines in the country's largest media market.
  • Rutgers Professor Taken to NYC Hospital for Psychiatric Evaluation After Tweets Threatening...

    11/16/2016 4:38:17 PM PST · by markomalley · 29 replies
    WNBC ^ | 11/16/16 | R. Darren Price
    A Rutgers University professor who created a "politicizing Beyonce" course was taken to a New York City hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after campus police said he made threats to kill white people. The NYPD said that officers took Kevin Allred to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation after being contacted by the Rutgers Police Department about the threats. He was subsequently released. A spokesman for Rutgers said that campus police responded to a student's complaint. Allred, who has been prolific on Twitter since President-elect Donald Trump won the race for the White House earlier this week, said that he was forced...
  • Donald Trump Requests Security Clearance for Son-in-Law Jared Kushner

    11/16/2016 12:53:49 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 102 replies
    NBC News ^ | Nov 15 2016, 8:58 pm ET | by Andrea Mitchell, Alexandra Jaffe and Kelly O'Donnell
    Donald Trump has taken the unprecedented step of requesting his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, receive top-secret clearance to join him for his Presidential Daily Briefings, which began Tuesday. Multiple sources tell NBC News Trump received his first briefing on Tuesday and designated both Kushner and Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn as his staff-level companions for the briefings going forward. While Flynn has the necessary security clearance, Kushner does not, and it could take weeks — or even longer — for him to receive it.
  • Donald Trump’s Transition Team Reshaped Vice President-elect Mike Pence drops lobbyists

    11/15/2016 8:02:54 PM PST · by HokieMom · 53 replies
    WSJ ^ | NOv 15, 2016 | MICHAEL C. BENDER, DAMIAN PALETTA and JAY SOLOMON
    WASHINGTON—Another round of staff changes buffeted President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team Tuesday amid resistance from within the Republican Party over a top choice for secretary of state. Vice President-elect Mike Pence formally signed documents that put him in charge of the transition team, and officials insisted the 10-week effort to build an administration is on schedule. In one of his first moves, Mr. Pence ordered the removal of all lobbyists from the transition team, said one transition team member with knowledge of the decisions. Earlier Tuesday, former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, once considered a candidate to lead the Central Intelligence...
  • Booker 2020 Back Chatter Begins

    11/15/2016 6:55:46 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 29 replies
    The Observer ^ | November 9, 2016 | Max Pizzaro
    As most Democrats try to peel themselves off the canvas today or simply choose to lie there inert for as long as it takes to not be seen or heard or to see or hear, sources close to U.S. Senator Cory Booker began quietly pounding the 2020 war drums for their guy. The Donald Trump stunned Hillary Clinton apparently had Booker on her VP short list, but opted instead for Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, who was supposed to pull Virginia and North Carolina for the doomed ticket. Kaine barely squeaked Virginia, but fumbled away NC, and appears hardly muscled up...
  • Fulop: despite Trump, Jersey City remains 'welcoming' to immigrants

    11/15/2016 4:07:02 PM PST · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | November 15, 2016
    JERSEY CITY — Mayor Steve Fulop today joined a chorus of Democratic mayors nationwide who have tried to reassure immigrants rattled over last week's election of Donald J. Trump as president, saying the city will remain a so-called "sanctuary city" for undocumented residents. "Jersey City remains the golden door to this country for immigrants and that will not change despite a change in the presidency," Fulop said in a statement. "Our policies, principles and our city, as a whole, will remain a welcoming community for immigrants and families."
  • Insiders say Donald Trump is 'disgusted' by Chris Christie

    11/13/2016 5:36:51 AM PST · by monkapotamus · 99 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 13, 2016 | Isabel Vincent and Aaron Short
    President-elect Donald Trump is so disgusted with Chris Christie’s handling of the Bridgegate scandal that he’s kicking the New Jersey Gov. out of his inner circle, The Post has learned. “Trump thought it was shameful that Christie didn’t take the fall for [convicted aide] Bridget Kelly,” said a source close to the transition team. “Trump is really angry that Christie is sending a soccer mom to jail. He believes 100 percent that Christie was behind it all.” Christie’s former deputy chief of staff was convicted in federal court earlier this month along with former Port Authority executive Bill Baroni. They...
  • At Veterans Day ceremony, Republican freeholder rips post-election protests (Monmouth CTY NJ)

    11/11/2016 3:08:26 PM PST · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley praised the efforts of those who have served in the military during the annual Veterans Day ceremony Friday at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial. And then Curley, who was not listed on the event's program as one of the planned speakers, turned his sights to the recent election. "When we look at the protests going on in the streets of out cities today, because of a process that you fought for and you protected, they can go to hell too. Because we're not going to tolerate it!" he said to an ovation. The Republican...
  • Christie replaced by Pence as leader of Trump transition

    11/11/2016 1:11:56 PM PST · by dirtboy · 107 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 11/11/2016 | Maddie Hanna
    Gov. Christie has been replaced by vice president-elect Mike Pence as the chairman of Donald Trump’s White House transition team. Christie is now a vice chairman of the team, along with former House speaker Newt Gingrich, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson, and U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, the team announced Friday. In addition to the governor’s replacement, two Christie confidants who were on the transition team -- Rich Bagger, a former Christie chief of staff, and Bill Palatucci, a longtime adviser -- will return to the private sector....
  • New Jersey Thread: Voter turnout reports here!

    11/08/2016 7:36:06 AM PST · by Freemeorkillme · 86 replies
    11-08-16 | Vanity
    Today I voted to Make America Great Again, Build The Wall, Drain The Swamp and to Lock Her Up!
  • Rutgers on lockdown after multiple people stabbed in business school, college says

    11/04/2016 12:28:02 PM PDT · by lancium · 23 replies
    Rutgers on lockdown after multiple people stabbed in business school, college says http://nbcnews.to/2fpHQUn via @nbcnewyork
  • Former Christie allies convicted in N.J. 'Bridgegate' trial

    11/04/2016 9:49:38 AM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    MSN News ^ | November 4, 2016 | Joseph Ax
    Two former allies of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were convicted on Friday for their roles in the "Bridgegate" lane closure scandal, following a six-week trial that served to further tarnish the Republican's damaged reputation. Bridget Kelly, the governor's former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were found guilty in Newark federal court on all counts, the U.S. Attorney's office in New Jersey said on Twitter. Kelly and Baroni were convicted of fraud, conspiracy and depriving the residents of Fort Lee, New Jersey, of their...
  • Chris Christie aides found guilty in Bridgegate trial

    11/04/2016 8:49:38 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 48 replies
    New York Post ^ | Nov. 4, 2016 | Kaja Whitehouse
    Two former aides of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were found guilty of closing down Fort Lee, NJ, lanes to the George Washington Bridge to punish that borough’s mayor for not endorsing the governor’s re-election. A jury of seven women and five men returned the guilty verdict after five days and 20 hours of deliberations in the Newark federal court trial of Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, Christie’s appointee at the Port Authority. The guilty verdict is more bad news for Christie, who saw his approval rating plummet to its lowest levels yet...
  • IL Tollway announces $951M infrastructure program for 2017

    11/04/2016 6:43:53 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Construction DIVE ^ | October 31, 2016 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: The Illinois Tollway announced Thursday that it had set a preliminary budget for 2017 that includes $951 million for Move Illinois projects, as well as $336 million for a maintenance and operation program, according to Equipment World.Major Move Illinois capital initiatives planned for next year include the Illinois Route 390 Tollway ($374.5 million), SmartRoad upgrades to I-90 ($163.5 million), reconstruction of I-294 ($56.5 million) and expansion and maintenance of the I-PASS system. The remaining funds will go toward development, repair and maintenance.Move Illinois is a 15-year, $12-billion capital project program financed by bonds and tolls. The Illinois Tollway,...
  • Top 10 States Most Likely To Get Donald Trump into the White House

    11/03/2016 8:22:30 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 36 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 3 Nov 2016 | John Pudner
    Donald Trump is just one state short of the presidency, according to the 6 pm Thursday evening projection by Nate Silver, the left’s favorite polling prognosticator. So Breitbart News is providing a guide to the 10 states most likely to give Trump his 270th Electoral Vote, and the keys to the Oval Office. 1.New Hampshire – While Silver says Clinton is the slight favorite in this state, Trump leads or is tied in all three polls released in the first three days of November, including the Boston Globe, ARG and WBUR. 2.Colorado – The Denver Post is the only poll...
  • Arrest Over Software Illuminates Wall St. Secret

    08/25/2009 1:07:10 PM PDT · by khnyny · 12 replies · 1,552+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 23, 2009 | Alex Berenson
    Flying home to New Jersey from Chicago after the first two days at his new job, Sergey Aleynikov was prepared for the usual inconveniences: a bumpy ride, a late arrival. He was not expecting Special Agent Michael G. McSwain of the F.B.I. At 9:20 p.m. on July 3, Mr. McSwain arrested Mr. Aleynikov, 39, at Newark Liberty Airport, accusing him of stealing software code from Goldman Sachs, his old employer. At a bail hearing three days later, a federal prosecutor asked that Mr. Aleynikov be held without bond because the code could be used to “unfairly manipulate” stock prices.
  • Two dozen companies owe over $1.5M in Pa. turnpike tolls

    10/30/2016 7:05:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | October 25, 2016 | Ed Blazina
    More than 15 years ago, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission decided to offer free-flowing EZPass lanes, a way for motorists to use transponders to report tolls to a credit card for payment. Ohio and other states offer EZPass but motorists must pass through a gate once the system recognizes their transponder. If a motorist does not have a transponder, the gate stays closed. In Pennsylvania, to keep traffic moving, there are no gates. That means it’s easy to drive on the highway without paying tolls. So easy that one New Jersey firm has made more than 7,600 trips and owes more...
  • NBC, Chuck Todd Hide Wife's Kaine Donation, and Her Firm Getting Millions from Bernie Campaign

    10/26/2016 11:28:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 26, 2016 | Tim Graham
    NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd has a wife who’s active in Democratic Party strategic communications, and sometimes donates to Democrats. In 2012, Kristian Denny Todd contributed $2,500 to Sen. Tim Kaine. Todd never felt any need to disclose this during his three recent Kaine interviews on NBC (August 7, September 18, and October 23). But Maverick Mail & Strategies, the firm Mrs. Todd founded in 2007 with fellow James Webb aides Steve Jarding and Jessica Vanden Berg, did heavy lifting for openly socialist Bernie Sanders for President this year. Open Secrets shows a bill for $1.992 million made...
  • Stockton Poll Shows Trump Holding Lead in South Jersey

    10/26/2016 12:21:27 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 92 replies
    A few weeks ago the Stockton Polling Institute issued a statewide poll that showed Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump in New Jersey by six points. And that was before the final two presidential debates and the release of the controversial “Access Hollywood” video that showed Trump years ago bragging about sexually assaulting women and the subsequent stream of women claiming he had done that to them. Maybe the Democrats are in good shape in New Jersey as a whole. But the GOP is holding its own in South Jersey, according to a new poll released by the Stockton Polling Institute...
  • Protesters Block Upper Level of George Washington Bridge

    10/26/2016 9:54:12 AM PDT · by yoe · 20 replies
    NBC-New York ^ | October 26, 2016 | Staff
    The demonstrators were said to be part of an immigrant rights group; 10 people were arrested and no injuries were reported The inbound upper level of the George Washington Bridge was closed by an immigrant rights protest on Wednesday morning, snarling traffic on one of the region's most important crossings at the height of rush hour. Delays at the bridge for traffic heading into New York from New Jersey were up to nearly 90 minutes; traffic cameras showed bumper-to-bumper traffic barely inching along.
  • Protest paralyzes NY-New Jersey bridge; drivers outraged

    10/26/2016 8:48:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 26, 2016 10:46 AM EDT
    Police say they’ve arrested 10 protesters for chaining themselves together and lying down on the George Washington Bridge. Joe Pentangelo of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says seven men and three women were in custody at around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. It wasn’t immediately clear what the protest was about. …
  • Hillary Clinton To Open State Campaign Headquarters In Princeton Sunday (JUST ONE MONTH AGO!)

    10/22/2016 4:59:15 AM PDT · by NoExpectations · 17 replies
    Princeton Patch ^ | September 13, 2016 | Anthony Bellano
    Princeton, NJ -- Hillary Clinton is opening her state campaign headquarters in New Jersey this weekend. Her headquarters will open at 138 Nassau Street in Princeton. The grand opening celebration is Sunday, Sept. 18, noon-2 p.m., the Clinton Campaign announced Tuesday afternoon. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker will be in attendance. “Learn how you can help ensure four more years of progress by electing Hillary Clinton as our next president,” the Clinton Campaign said in an email. The Princeton Community Democratic Organization is currently open at that location, where residents are invited to drop in and sign up to volunteer to...
  • Joe Piscopo edges closer to NJ governor run

    10/21/2016 6:17:40 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 49 replies
    “I know who’s running on the left. I know who’s running on the right. Good guys,” Piscopo said last November. “I shouldn’t be saying this, but I’m going to tell you anyway: We think we could beat them.” While the Observer cites sources saying Piscopo, now a radio host, would run as a Republican, last year he expressed frustration with both political parties. “I left the party because the Democrats are totally messing it up,” he said at the time. “But listen, the Republicans are no better, don’t get me wrong,” he said, adding he might “go in as an...
  • Hundreds of NJ votes might not be counted because of Post Office error

    10/18/2016 8:07:49 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 23 replies
    NJ 101.5 ^ | October 18, 2016 | Sergio Bichao
    Amid one of the most hotly contested presidential elections in generations — and one in which the Republican presidential candidate has claimed that the balloting process if “rigged” — thousands of New Jersey voters are at risk of not having their votes counted in November. Clerks in at least three Republican-heavy counties have reported that hundreds of mail-in ballots were erroneously returned to voters instead of being delivered to the county election boards. The problem is with new Post Office equipment that was unable to properly read the mailing address on some — but not all — ballot envelopes mailed...
  • Donald Trump Speech at Hindu Indian American Event in New Jersey (10-15-16)

    10/15/2016 7:19:59 PM PDT · by euram · 53 replies
    youtube.com ^ | Oct 15 2016 | Donald J Trump
    Speech starts about 2 minutes in.
  • Driver of commuter bus that killed 11-year-old is charged; had suspended license

    10/15/2016 5:04:41 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 6 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | October 14, 2016
    The driver of the commuter bus that struck and killed a Jersey City 11-year-old boy has been charged after police found that he was driving with a suspended license, Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari said tonight. Raul Delatorre-Galaza, 44, of Elizabeth, has been charged with causing a death while driving with a suspended license and he is being held at Hudson County jail in Kearny on $50,000 bail. Schillari said Delatorre-Galaza has had multiple license suspensions in the past. George Gonzalez was struck at the corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Neptune Avenue just after 8 a.m., authorities said. He had just...
  • (NJ) Piano tuner's fight to save A.C. home isn't over yet

    10/14/2016 7:18:05 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    NJ.com ^ | September 01, 2016 | Erin O'Neill
    A state agency that lost its bid to seize the home of piano tuner Charlie Birnbaum in state Superior Court last month plans to continue its lengthy legal battle to acquire the Oriental Avenue property.The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, or CRDA, on Wednesday filed a notice appealing the Aug. 5 decision from Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez, who wrote the state agency's effort to condemn Birnbaum's property is a "manifest abuse of the eminent domain power." The agency has targeted the brick walkup that has been in Birnbaum's family for more than four decades as part of a mixed-use development project in...
  • New Jersey gas tax up 23 cents, from US' 49th highest to 6th

    10/14/2016 5:29:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 14, 2016 5:39 PM EDT | Michael Catalini
    New Jersey’s low gas prices are about to get more expensive after Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Friday signed legislation raising the gas tax by 23 cents per gallon, from the 49th highest in the nation to the sixth, to pay for an expired transportation trust fund. The gas tax, though, is still lower than the gas tax in neighboring New York and Pennsylvania. The hike is set to go into effect Nov. 1. Christie also rescinded an order that shut down transportation projects in the state. He first issued the order when the transportation trust fund expired months ago....
  • Lt. Gov. Guadagno breaks with Christie, won't vote for Trump

    10/11/2016 5:21:59 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 26 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | October 9, 2016 | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    TRENTON — Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is breaking with Gov. Chris Christie and says she will not vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and hasn't decided if she'll vote for a third party candidate or forgo casting a vote for president and only vote in the down-ballot races. So, too, is the only declared 2017 GOP governor candidate, state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-Somerset), who says he likely won't vote for president in November, and is calling on Trump to voluntarily step aside.
  • Commuter who lost middle finger in crash moves to sue NJ Transit

    10/11/2016 4:29:58 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    Sheldon Kest lost half the middle finger on his right hand in the Sept. 29 NJ Transit crash, so he's using a different gesture to let the agency know how he feels: a lawsuit. Kest, a 66-year-old technology manager who lives in Tenafly, was on the Pascack Valley Line train when it crashed at Hoboken Terminal on Sept. 29, killing one person and injuring Kest and 107 others. Graphic photographs displayed during a press conference Tuesday at the Hilton in Newark called by Kest's lawyers included one of him being led away from the train with blood running down his...
  • Feds renew contested allegations in Menendez case

    10/10/2016 4:39:49 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    More than a year after a judge dismissed four counts of bribery in the corruption case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Florida ophthalmologist Dr. Salomon Melgen, a federal grand jury Thursday renewed the accusations in a superseding indictment. Menendez, a Democrat from Paramus, was originally indicted in April 2015 along with Melgen, who prosecutors allege gave the senator more than $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions in exchange for Menendez intervening in federal matters involving Melgen. The bribery charges returned in Thursday's superseding indictment, filed in the U.S. District Court in Newark, concern a $20,000 payment Melgen made to the...
  • Gov. Whitman: Why Clinton is the only choice for president (Christie Whitman)

    10/09/2016 4:36:15 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 43 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | October 7, 2016 | Christine Todd Whitman
    By Christine Todd Whitman  Pundits and politicians — myself included — completely misjudged this election.  I certainly did not think that Donald Trump had a serious shot of being the Republican nominee when he first entered the presidential race.  When he got the nomination, few thought the polls would ever be this close. And far too many have failed to recognize that there is a difference between change and chaos.  The latter is what we will get with a Trump presidency. At a time when the country is facing real issues and many are wondering if they have a future of...