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  • Chris Christie to lead Trump White House drug commission

    03/29/2017 12:31:08 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 38 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3/29/17 | Philip Rucker
    The White House is launching a commission to combat drug addiction that will be overseen by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who for years has been a passionate voice on the scourge of drug abuse. Trump and Christie led a listening session on the subject at the White House on Wednesday, convening Attorney General Jeff Sessions and several other Cabinet members, drug policy experts and advocates, as well as a recovering addict. “Opioid abuse has become a crippling problem throughout the United States,” Trump said at the session. “This is a total epidemic. And I think it's almost untalked-about...
  • Christie aides get prison for role in Bridgegate scandal

    03/29/2017 12:24:29 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 29, 2017 | Kaja Whitehouse and Bruce Golding
    Two former cronies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were sentenced to prison Wednesday for the politically motivated closure of traffic lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge that has come to be known as “Bridgegate.” Former Port Authority exec Bill Baroni was sentenced to two years in ​prison​ and ex-Christie aide Bridget Anne Kelly to 18 months behind bars by a federal judge in Newark.
  • Teens, ages 13 and 15, shot early Sunday morning in Jersey City

    03/26/2017 5:53:05 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | March 26, 2017
    A 13-year-old is in critical condition and a second teen was injured in a shooting early Sunday morning on Ocean Avenue, officials said.  Both boys were shot near Wegman Parkway just before 3 a.m., city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said.  A 15-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to his ankle and his injuries are not considered life threatening. The 13-year-old suffered a "more serious" injury to his back, Morrill said. 
  • A little scuffle, then a peaceful march for Trump supporters at Shore [NJ]

    03/26/2017 8:42:16 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 13 replies
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | 3/26/2017 | MaryAnn Spoto
    A little scuffle, then a peaceful march for Trump supporters at Shore By MaryAnn Spoto March 26, 2017 SEASIDE HEIGHTS -- A pro-Trump rally, which drew more than 2,000 in Seaside Heights, briefly took an ugly turn on Saturday -- one day after Republicans in Congress failed to pass their long-promised healthcare reform bill. ...the crowd cheered on a series of speakers declaring their hatred of "fake news" and their wistfulness for an America that they said had once promised liberty and prosperity for all of its citizens. The four-hour event, which was largely peaceful, took on a sour note...
  • Christie: No evidence Trump was spied on

    03/25/2017 5:08:49 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 82 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 25, 2017 | Max Greenwood
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Friday cast doubt on the notion that the Obama administration spied on associates of President Trump, saying there is no evidence to support the claim and that such surveillance would be difficult to authorize. "There certainly doesn't seem to be any evidence of that at this point," Christie said during an appearance on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight."
  • Fulop orders gender-neutral restrooms in city buildings (Jersey City)

    03/24/2017 4:16:27 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | March 24, 2017
    Taking another swipe at President Trump, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop yesterday issued an executive order declaring all bathrooms in municipal buildings to be gender neutral, a signal of support for the transgender community. Fulop's order requires a sign at any bathroom maintained by the city saying, "Gender diversity is welcomed here; please use the restroom that best fits your gender identity or expression." The two-page document is the 41st executive order of Fulop's administration. Jersey City joins Philadelphia, Austin, Seattle and Washington, D.C., in requiring gender-neutral bathrooms in municipal facilities
  • Christie: If you want N.J. jobs to keep rising, elect a Republican governor like me

    03/24/2017 9:21:09 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 4 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | March 24, 2017 | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    CEDAR KNOLLS -- Gov. Chris Christie announced Thursday that New Jersey added almost 13,000 new private sector jobs in February, building on last week's announcement that 2016 marked the largest annual gain in employment in sixteen years. New Jersey's unemployment rate fell from 4.6 percent in January to 4.4 percent last month, making it the lowest it's been since October 2007. The national unemployment rate for February was 4.7 percent. "Over the past year, New Jersey's private sector employers have added 77,000 new jobs," said Christie.
  • Uh oh: Chairman of House Appropriations Committee to vote no on health-care bill

    03/24/2017 8:15:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Facebook ^ | March 24, 2017 | Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)
    “Seven years after enactment of Obamacare, I wanted to support legislation that made positive changes to rescue healthcare in America. “Unfortunately, the legislation before the House today is currently unacceptable as it would place significant new costs and barriers to care on my constituents in New Jersey.
  • Princeton Seminary revokes award for popular NYC preacher because he’s too conservative

    03/23/2017 7:42:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    College Fix ^ | March 22, 2017 | Greg Piper
    Tim Keller founded one of the most influential urban churches in America, Redeemer Presbyterian, which is theologically conservative, racially diverse and growing across its three New York City congregations. He was set to receive an award from Princeton Theological Seminary, also a Presbyterian institution in the Reformed tradition, for his contributions to the “Neo-Calvinist vision of religious engagement.”
  • Kellyanne Conway's New Jersey roots involve grandfather's alleged mob ties

    03/22/2017 3:32:58 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 73 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 22, 2017 | Elizalbeth Elizalde
    Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, is so New Jersey that her Secret Service codename is "Blueberry," but what many may not know, is her grandfather allegedly belonged to the Mafia in the 80s. Jimmy "The Brute" DiNatale, Conway's late grandfather, allegedly had mob ties and was a "significant criminal associate" of Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo - the heir to the Bruno crime family based in Philadelphia, according to a memorial service page and law enforcement officials who spoke to the Philly Voice. [Snip] DiNatale - who appeared not to have a criminal record - was born in Trenton in...
  • Joe Piscopo decides he won't run as a Republican in N.J. governor's race

    03/19/2017 8:56:36 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 8 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | March 18, 2017 | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    TRENTON -- "Saturday Night Live" alum Joe Piscopo has decided he will not run for New Jersey governor as a Republican and instead is planning to declare he will jump into the race to succeed Gov. Chris Christie as an independent candidate, NJ Advance Media has learned. Piscopo made his decision because he did not begin the process of running early enough to run as a Republican, according to two sources close to the performer who requested anonymity because they did not want to publicly discuss an official announcement that could trigger state election laws on fundraising.
  • Bill pressuring Trump to disclose tax returns to get vote [in NJ Assembly]

    03/16/2017 6:03:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 16, 2017 12:28 AM EDT
    President Donald Trump might not make it on the ballot in 2020 in New Jersey if he doesn’t disclose his tax returns under a bill getting a vote in the state Assembly. The Democrat-led Assembly is scheduled to vote Thursday on the legislation inspired by the Republican president’s failure to disclose his tax returns during the campaign. The measure requires presidential and vice presidential candidates to release five years’ worth of federal tax returns in order to appear on the state’s ballot. …
  • Yale administrators consider replacing ‘freshman’ with gender-neutral term ‘first-year’

    03/14/2017 1:56:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    The College Fix ^ | March 14, 2017 | by Dave Huber
    Since apparently there is nothing more pressing than stressing over “proper” language, administrators at Yale are pondering eliminating the term “freshman” and replacing it with non-gendered “first-year.” “I think there comes a time when you want to make sure that the way you’re calling things reflects the values that you have,” said Dean of Student Affairs Camille Lizarríbar, who is “leading the conversation” on the issue. The Yale Daily News reports Lizarríbar said college officials have been considering the change for some time now, adding that other Ivy League schools have already made the switch. Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway...
  • 248 foreign nationals apprehended in Pa., Del., N.J., W.Va., in two-week sweep by ICE

    03/14/2017 11:13:18 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 33 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | 03/13/2017 | Michael Matza
    --SNIP-- Ritchey highlighted the ongoing strain between ICE and Philadelphia, a so-called sanctuary city, which limits its cooperation with federal immigration agents. She said ICE had issued detainers — requests to hold prisoners beyond their normal release times — for several of the people arrested but that Philadelphia “released the individuals from custody” instead of honoring the requests. She said that created “a situation that puts the public at unnecessary risk.” Late Monday night, Mayor Kenney issued a response to Ritchey’s statement. “Like ICE, we want to keep Philadelphians safe but we can’t do that if we are asked to...
  • New Jersey police department helps woman fulfill dying wish

    03/12/2017 7:41:02 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    New Haven Register ^ | March 11, 2017
    New Jersey police department helps woman fulfill dying wish Associated Press 03/10/17,Updated: 1 day ago SHIP BOTTOM, N.J.A New Jersey police officer has helped a dying woman fulfill her final wish of going to the beach one last time. Pat Kelly, 78, of Burlington City, has a terminal diagnosis of acute leukemia and is in hospice care. WPVI-TV in Philadelphia reports her family asked her what she’d like to do before dying. “I said, ‘Go to the shore,’” Kelly said. Her family asked the Ship Bottom Police Department for help in getting her there. So, on a weekend trip to...
  • Breaking: Piscopo Makes His Move in NJ Gov’s Race

    03/09/2017 6:08:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 11 replies ^ | 03/08/17 | By Ken Kurson
    PolitickerNJ has learned that Comedian-Actor-Radio Host Joe Piscopo summoned Tony Perry to his residence in Hunterdon County last weekend. Perry is the Chief of Staff to State Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Middletown). Piscopo, the morning drive time host on AM970, became highly associated with the Garden State via his Paulie Herman character (“I’m from Jersey”) and Frank Sinatra impressions on Saturday Night Live. He has been frequently mentioned as a possible candidate for governor this year, either as a Republican or Independent. According to a source in Monmouth County Republican politics, no specific political roles were discussed at the meeting, which...
  • Statue of Liberty mysteriously goes dark except for crown, torch

    03/08/2017 2:56:20 AM PST · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    NYDaily News ^ | March 8, 2017
    O say can you see, the Statue of Liberty? A portion of Lady Liberty mysteriously went dark save for the iconic colossal's torch and crown on Tuesday night. The statue was cast in darkness for at least an hour around 11 p.m. and even the National Park Service seemed perplexed by the New York harbor’s black void. “Some lights on the Statue were temporarily off tonight,” a spokesman for the Statue of Liberty National Monument tweeted. The “unplanned outage” may have been due to emergency generator project as part of its “last remaining Hurricane Sandy recovery,” but park official Jerry...
  • Bayonne Zoning Board votes down Muslim community center

    03/07/2017 4:19:42 AM PST · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | March 7, 2017
    During a special meeting Monday night, the Bayonne Zoning Board voted against an application to establish a Muslim community center at 109 E. 24th St., citing traffic and parking issues in the dead-end street. The 5-4 vote came at the end of a five-hour public meeting that saw dozens of people air their opinions and concerns on the matter. The meeting, which began at 6 p.m., started with testimony from only one witness -- John McDonough, a licensed professional planner -- who told the board that the community center would not conflict with regular peak parking hours for the surrounding area.
  • Is Newark the new Brooklyn?

    03/02/2017 7:44:39 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 25 replies
    When Isabel Livingston opened a shop in Newark’s Teacher’s Village development in 2015, she had no intention of moving there, too. She had grown up in Newark but left some 15 years ago in search of better public schools for her daughter, eventually settling in Maplewood, NJ. It didn’t take long, however, for Livingston — whose shop, Closet Savvy Consignment, is a brick-and-mortar version of her luxury consignment business — to change her mind. She moved into Teacher’s Village, a $150 million mixed-use project from RBH Group, three months ago. “After seeing all the improvements in the city of Newark,...
  • Fake photo of border patrol in N.J. town is scare tactic, mayor says

    03/01/2017 4:35:24 PM PST · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    Authorities are warning town residents a picture of border patrol agents arresting someone in front of a local business is fake, and that the town has no intention of having police officers perform the work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.  "It's clearly a scare tactic and it's being superimposed in front of Latino businesses," Mayor Timothy Dougherty said. "We are not engaged with ICE and (residents) have nothing to fear." Dougherty said members of the local Latino community showed him this image on Sunday and police quickly determined it was a digitally altered. "There's no way to trace it,...
  • Trump-Backers Rally Against Sanctuary Status in New Jersey

    02/28/2017 3:10:34 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Lifezette ^ | February 28, 2017 | Mary Lou Lang-Byrd
    RED BANK, N.J. — Hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump held a rally in a New Jersey town late Monday afternoon to show their support for the new administration and their opposition to a nearby borough’s consideration of becoming a sanctuary city. Some Trump supporters ended their rally in nearby Red Bank on the steps of Borough Hall as a committee meeting to discuss the issue was called to order on Monday night. They were met by hundreds of Hispanics who have made the borough their home. “I feel strong that we have to support our president … Although I welcome immigrants who...
  • ICE rounds up four Guatemalans with criminal records in Trenton

    02/24/2017 7:08:47 AM PST · by GonzoII · 33 replies
    The Trentonian ^ | 02/23/17 | David Foster
    TRENTON >> The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made an unannounced visit to the capital city on Thursday. The agency left with four undocumented immigrants from Central America who carry some extra baggage. “We made four arrests in Trenton today,” ICE spokesman Alvin Phillips said. “They’re Guatemalans.” Phillips did not know if the immigrants were charged with any crimes and where they were picked up. The news surprised Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson, who previously called for a stop of ICE raids last year in the city. “We received no notification at all,” Jackson said Thursday. A little later in...
  • NYC police head reminds officers not to help in deporting immigrants unless public safety at risk

    02/23/2017 12:32:16 PM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies ^ | 2/23/17 | Aaron Katersky
    The Trump administration’s pursuit of unauthorized immigrants may have hit a wall in New York City. City Police Commissioner James O’Neill told officers in an internal memo that the department would not enforce administrative warrants issued by federal immigration agents. "It is critical that everyone who comes into contact with the NYPD, regardless of their immigration status, be able to identify themselves or seek assistance without hesitation, anxiety or fear," O’Neill wrote in the memo obtained by ABC News. "The NYPD does not conduct civil immigration enforcement," the memo to rank-and-file officers said. "Specifically, this department does not enforce administrative...
  • Pallone calls Trump a ‘racist’ at Black History Month event

    02/22/2017 5:16:02 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    New Jersey 101.5 ^ | February 20, 2017 | Dan Alexander
    NEPTUNE — Congressman Frank Pallone called President Trump a “racist” during a Black History Month event on Saturday. Encouraging the audience at the Monmouth County Democrats Black American Caucus to be active and aware of racism like Martin Luther King, Pallone said, “the guy in the White House – he’s a racist. He also doesn’t believe there’s any role in government other than his own ideology,” according to the Asbury Park Press. The 6th district Democrat has been outspoken against Trump on his Twitter feed, calling for disciplinary action against Kellyanne Conway after she asked people to buy Ivanka Trump’s...
  • Christie tells his staff he is taking White House job

    02/19/2017 7:11:03 AM PST · by ColdOne · 75 replies ^ | 2/18/17 | Aaron Short
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is telling friends and staff he is taking a role with the Trump administration, according to a source close to the White House. The GOP governor’s position has not been worked out, but he would not replace ­Reince Preibus as the president’s chief-of-staff, the source said.
  • Anger, frustration develop over Congressman Lance's upcoming town hall meetings

    02/17/2017 5:17:25 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 10 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | February 17, 2017 | Marissa Iati
    U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th Dist.) is extremely popular this week. The five-term congressman has filled a more than 900-seat auditorium and an overflow room at Raritan Valley Community College for a town hall meeting on Feb. 22. A second meeting was added for Feb. 25, and constituents who tried to register for that meeting said Friday they were told that session was also filled. Lance's spokesman John Byers, however, said the Feb. 25 event had open seats as of Friday afternoon.
  • 'Day without immigrants' spurs N.J. store closures, work absences

    02/16/2017 4:20:58 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 44 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | February 16, 2017 | Karen Yi
    NEWARK -- Along parts of Ferry Street on Thursday, doors remained shuttered, chairs were stacked and newspapers left uncollected on doorsteps at restaurants and businesses. Some had a message for passers-by: They were closed to support "A Day Without Immigrants," a national boycott meant to highlight the impact immigrants have on the economy. Storefronts posted signs in English, Spanish and Portuguese that read "Nos unimos a un dia sin immigrantes, CLOSED!" or "We are joining the day without immigrants, CLOSED!"
  • Assembly bill would put roadside memorials in the hands of the DOT

    02/15/2017 7:34:33 PM PST · by SMGFan · 20 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | February 15, 2017
    A bill making its way through the state Assembly would establish an official roadside memorial program to help families formally honor loved ones who die in motor vehicle accidents. The legislation (A-3319), which was co-sponsored by Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Hudson), would put the state Department of Transportation in charge of installing and managing memorial signs on roadways following a formal application process by a victim's family. . Under the proposed system, a victim's next of kin would need to submit to the DOT several pieces of information, including the date and location of the accident, an affidavit that the person to be memorialized was...
  • Front-Runner Phil Murphy Wants to Be NJ’s Next Governor

    02/15/2017 4:21:21 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 9 replies
    New Jersey Monthly ^ | January 24, 2017 | Kevin Coyne
    If you want to run for governor of New Jersey, you need to be good with names. Take the people who attended a Democratic breakfast at a meeting hall in Union County one week before November’s presidential election. Phil Murphy seemed to know them all. He took the slow route through the crowd, shaking hands, flashing his toothy smile and scrunching his 6-foot-3 frame down into selfie range. Reaching the podium, he gave shout-outs to others on the dais and to the local party officials at the balloon-festooned tables, where eggs were being served.
  • N.J. Democrats say state should pay to protect 'sanctuary cities' from Trump

    02/13/2017 5:38:39 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 20 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | February 13, 2017 | Matt Arco
    TRENTON -- Democratic lawmakers will soon vote on a bill that would protect so-called sanctuary cities in the state from financial hits if President Donald Trump follows through with a promise to cut funding to them. State Sen. Brian Stack, who represents Union City, sponsored the legislation (S2007) that would require the state dole out grants to any municipality or county that has its federal dollars cut for being a sanctuary for unauthorized immigrants.
  • Violence in Jersey City: 5 shootings in 15 hours

    02/09/2017 8:01:45 PM PST · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | February 9, 2017
    A 35-year-old man was shot in the head and critically injured in one of five shootings reported around the city in less than 15 hours. Between 10 a.m. Wednesday and 12:30 a.m. Thursday, two men were injured, two guns were recovered, and three people were arrested in connection with the shootings. Gunfire first erupted near Martin Luther King Drive and Bidwell Avenue at about 10 a.m. No one was injured or arrested in the shooting, city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said.
  • Secaucus transgender boy returns to Scouting [Girl in Boys Scouts]

    02/08/2017 7:52:14 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 50 replies ^ | 2/8/17 | Abbott Koloff
    In a moment of historic significance, Joe Maldonado put on a Cub Scout uniform on Tuesday night as he became a member of Pack 20 in Essex County while his mother held back tears — one week after the Boy Scouts of America changed its national policy to allow transgender children to be scouts....
  • Trump Protesters Borrow From Tea Party to Put Pressure on Lawmakers

    02/06/2017 8:44:25 AM PST · by Theoria · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 05 Feb 2017 | KATE ZERNIKE
    For weeks, a swelling group has been showing up every Friday here at the local office of Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen to demand that he hold a town-hall meeting to answer its concerns about his fellow Republicans’ plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. After weeks without an answer, the congressman’s staff replied that he would be too busy, that such gatherings took considerable planning and that just finding a meeting place could be tough. So the group, NJ 11th for Change, secured venues in all four counties that Mr. Frelinghuysen represents for times during the congressional recess this month —...
  • Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed Khairullah Wins Kudos for Sanctuary City Exec Order

    02/06/2017 8:39:01 AM PST · by Freemeorkillme · 25 replies ^ | 02/06/2017 | Ken Kurson
    Watch for the political stock of Mohamed Khairullah, the Syrian-born Mayor of Prospect Park, to rise in Democratic circles after he signed an executive order on Friday that declared the Passaic County borough of 5,865 a sanctuary for immigrants. Hailing from Aleppo, which has become synonymous with the worst violence of the long Syrian civil war and has thus created tens of thousands of refugees, Khairullah immigrated to the United States in 1991, was elected Councilman in 2001, and has been the Mayor since 2006. According to the order, “No department, committee, agency, commission, officer or employee of the Borough...
  • 2 charged in murder of missing Neptune teen; Body never found

    02/05/2017 9:55:50 AM PST · by SMGFan · 31 replies
    WABC ^ | February 3, 2017
    Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a teenager who went missing in New Jersey late last year. The body of 19-year-old Sarah Stern still has not been found, but the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office confirmed that 19-year-old Liam McAtasney and 19-year-old Preston Taylor are now charged in her death. "I miss her," father Michael Stern said. He'd been clinging to hope his daughter, his only child, would turn up alive. Stern was last seen at home in Neptune City on December 2, and her car was later found abandoned on a bridge in Belmar with...
  • ICE 'most wanted fugitive' captured in New Jersey

    02/03/2017 6:53:06 AM PST · by RummyChick · 12 replies
    ice ^ | 2//117 | ice
    NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Newark Fugitive Operations team officers arrested one of ERO's most wanted fugitives Tuesday. Javier Atlixqueno-Vaquero, 37, a citizen of Mexico, was arrested late Tuesday night after ERO identified Vaquero leaving his residence. Atlixqueno is a convicted felon for the crimes of sexual assault with a minor, felony sale of hallucinogen/narcotic controlled substance, and felony failure to appear. He was ordered removed by an immigration judge May 7, 2004 and was removed from the U.S. to Mexico May 19, 2004. Atlixqueno unlawfully re-entered the U.S. at an...
  • Fulop says he will sign order making Jersey City a true 'sanctuary city'

    02/02/2017 4:02:25 PM PST · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | February 2, 2016
    Mayor Steve Fulop will sign an executive order tomorrow that his office says will make the city a true "sanctuary city" for immigrants who entered the country illegally. Fulop told The Jersey Journal on Monday that he was working on the order, soon before a rally on Newark Avenue that attracted more than 1,000 people protesting President Trump's actions targeting illegal immigration and refugees. The city did not make the language of the order available in advance. The mayor's office said it was drafted with the help of immigration groups and the ACLU of New Jersey.
  • Transgender boy and his mom file discrimination complaint after he was booted from Cub Scouts

    01/30/2017 3:43:54 AM PST · by SMGFan · 68 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | January 28, 2017
    Kristie Maldonado and her son, Joe -- who gained national attention when he was barred from his local Cub Scouts pack because he is transgender -- plan to file a discrimination complaint against the regional chapter of the Boy Scouts of America. The complaint claims that the Boy Scouts of America's Northern New Jersey Council, which oversees a number of local scouting troops, violated the state "public accommodation" law by kicking the Secaucus boy out of the local Pack 87 in November, a month after he joined. The complaint, which was obtained by The Jersey Journal yesterday, is expected to...
  • New Jersey to be first US state to offer new parents baby boxes

    01/29/2017 1:03:24 PM PST · by SMGFan · 34 replies
    Fox news ^ | January 26, 2017
    New parents in New Jersey will not only bring their bundles of joy home from the hospital, they’ll also get a baby box. The boxes, which promote safe sleeping, are part of an effort to improve infant mortality rates. The United States has a high infant mortality rate— 6.5 infant deaths per 1,000 births, ranking it 23rd in the world. In 2016, 93 percent of deaths due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) were associated with sleep complications, Philly Voice reported.

    01/27/2017 3:28:53 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 47 replies
    Conservative Daily Post ^ | Jan 27, 2017 | Michael Kohl
    A rabbit hole is a scary place. You never expect to find it, and when you do, it starts from the unlikeliest of places. Who knew that the globalist push for a worldwide Islamic Fundamentalist Caliphate started at a small market in Irvington New Jersey? An Irvington man on Monday admitted in federal court to running a food stamps-for-cash scheme that cost the government more than $800,000 over two years. Miguel Antonio Azcona pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper in Trenton to a single count of theft of government funds, according to the office of U.S. Attorney...
  • Some N.J. sanctuary cities plan to ignore Trump's executive order

    01/25/2017 8:15:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    NJ Advance Media for ^ | January 25, 2017 at 9:39 PM | Jessica Mazzola
    The leaders of New Jersey cities who have promised to protect undocumented residents from federal immigration law enforcement officials grappled Wednesday with President Donald Trump’s executive order targeting so-called “sanctuary cities.” Trump’s executive order, signed Wednesday, would take away federal funds “except as mandated by law” from municipalities that refuse to hand over non-criminal undocumented immigrants for deportation. “Newark will continue to protect undocumented immigrants despite whatever executive order is issued,” Mayor Ras Baraka said in a statement to NJ Advance Media. […] Baraka vowed after Trump’s election last year to protect the city’s immigrant population, and only arrest undocumented...
  • N.J. property taxes hit another new high in 2016

    01/25/2017 8:01:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    NJ Advance Media for ^ | January 25, 2017 at 7:01 PM | Susan K. Livio and Carla Astudillo
    New Jersey’s infamously high property tax bills topped $8,500 per home in 2016, a 2.35 percent increase over the previous year, according to figures released Wednesday by the Department of Community Affairs. Property owners paid $8,549 — $196 more than they did in 2015 when the average tax bill rose about 2.2 percent, according to the analysis. The average residential bill has risen from $8,161 in 2014 to $8,353 in 2015 to $8,549 in 2016. Each year, the average bill set a new high bar for what Garden State property owners pay. […] Gov. Chris Christie’s spokesman Brian Murray said...
  • Jersey City to 'stand by' immigrants as Trump targets sanctuary cities

    01/25/2017 1:05:39 PM PST · by SMGFan · 38 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | January 25, 2017
    With news that President Trump signed orders today to target cities where local leaders refuse to hand over immigrants who have entered the nation illegally, Mayor Steve Fulop said Jersey City stands by its immigrant population. "We intend to stand by our principles and values as a city," Fulop, a Democrat, said in a statement. "Jersey City was founded as a city of immigrants, and we are unwilling to be part of orders that break families apart or harm immigrants who are in this country."
  • NJ teacher who performed sex acts on students blames her strict Muslim upbringing

    01/25/2017 10:06:52 AM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 43 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 1/25/17 | Robert Spencer
    “Her defense lawyer, Alissa Hascup, said the Muslim woman was driven in part to commit the offences due to her strict religious upbringing.” Passaic County Superior Court Judge Miguel de la Carrera said: “She had classmates and friends, but somehow, perhaps because of limitations on her dating life, she didn’t find the proper outlet among males of her own age. She did not learn how to interact with guys her age.” One wonders how much of this kind of thing goes on in all sorts of contexts for the same reason: Muslims driven mad by Islamic law’s hyper-strict restrictions on...
  • Decades-old mistake may have caused bridge beam to fail

    01/24/2017 8:11:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | January 23, 2017 | Jason Laughlin
    An apparent construction error six decades ago could have caused the fracture discovered Friday in a steel beam that forced the closure of the Delaware River Bridge, an engineering expert who viewed pictures of the cracked truss said Sunday. An image of the cracked truss - a supporting piece - on the bridge that runs between Bucks County in Pennsylvania and Burlington County in New Jersey shows signs of holes that had been mistakenly drilled into the steel beam and then filled with plug welds, a typical solution in the 1950s when the bridge was built, said Karl Frank, professor...
  • From MLA to Women's March: Remedial Revolutionaries

    01/24/2017 7:08:34 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 24, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As we saw from interviews with students at last weekend's protests, higher education, and lower, probably need to spend more time on self-improvement and less on self-esteem, just to further their own interests. For example, there was, as usual, at least one feminist who wanted to end women's suffrage. You would think our left-wing friends in academe would take the time to explain to their students the difference between suffrage and suffering. On the Greg Gutfeld recap of the protests which followed Donald Trump's inauguration as our 45th president, Katherine Timpf of National Review recalled leaving our nation's capital during...
  • Hillary Clinton Getting Briefings On What Went Wrong In Campaign, Will Make Comeback Say Friends

    01/23/2017 4:05:53 PM PST · by drewh · 135 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17:40 EST, 23 January 2017 | By Nikki Schwab, U.s. Political Reporter For Read more:
    Hillary and Bill Clinton are looking at a series of reports to diagnose what went wrong with her 2016 bid for the White House Allies and party leaders suspect the couple will eventually return to campaigning and fundraising for the Democratic Party, though won't run for office again Those moves could come as soon as the next few months, as there will be gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey this fall According to Politico's reporting, Clinton's inner circle is advising a 'wait-and-see' approach as her poll numbers could rebound if President Trump's sink 'I'm certain Trump will screw up...
  • Bramnick says he's not running for N.J. governor

    01/22/2017 2:14:22 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 4 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 3, 2017 | Brent Johnson
    TRENTON -- Jon Bramnick, the Republican leader of the state Assembly, told NJ Advance Media on Tuesday that he's decided not to enter this year's race to succeed Chris Christie as New Jersey's governor. Bramnick (R-Union), a close Christie ally who has been the Assembly's minority leader since 2012, said he will instead focus on running for re-election and increasing the number of Republicans in the Democratic-controlled lower house of the state Legislature.
  • Guadagno's running for N.J. governor, and away from Christie

    01/22/2017 12:45:28 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 8 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 17, 2017 | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    KEANSBURG -- As Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno formally launched her 2017 bid for governor Tuesday, she avoided any talk of the unpopular governor who gave her a shot in statewide politics eight years ago. Promising that "better days are ahead in New Jersey," Guadagno in her 22-minute speech at a Mexican restaurant La Playa did not mention Gov. Chris Christie's name at all.
  • Delaware River Bridge to remain closed while damage is assessed, report says

    01/22/2017 12:41:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    A ruptured bridge truss, the bracing structure of beams below the surface, under the westbound lanes of the bridge left the heavily traveled bridge closed to traffic on Friday. The fracture was discovered during a routine check of a painting project and the bridge, which handles roughly 42,000 vehicles a day, was shut down. ... One official added that the fracture could have been caused by changing weather conditions, reported.