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  • Hillary Clinton hits campaign trail at press-free event in New Jersey

    10/23/2017 4:31:58 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/22/2017 | Steven Nelson
    Hillary Clinton is returning to the campaign trail Sunday in New Jersey where wealthy fans can pay $4,300 for a photo with the former first lady. Clinton will be stumping for Phil Murphy, the Democratic candidate for governor, at an event closed to the press, with actress Whoopi Goldberg also expected to attend. General admission tickets, for those uninterested in a photo, cost $1,000, according to an invitation reported by NJ Advance Media. Republican candidate Kim Guadagno is taking aim at the fact that Clinton will be speaking behind closed doors. "We've called on Phil Murphy to release a full...
  • After ‘cheese pizza’ post, New Jersey officer arrested for child porn

    10/22/2017 5:26:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Breaking 911 ^ | 10/22/17
    A corrections officer with the N.J. Department of Corrections was arrested and charged with receiving images of child sexual abuse.Stephen Salamak, 37, of Lodi, New Jersey, was arrested at his home by special agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and charged by complaint with one count of receiving child pornography. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:Salamak used email to seek and obtain images of child sexual abuse, including images of prepubescent children.The AP reported: Prosecutors say an undercover officer first made contact with Salamak after he posted on Craigslist...
  • Hillary Clinton to campaign for NJ Democrat in governor race

    10/22/2017 10:50:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 22, 2017 1:16 PM EDT
    Hillary Clinton is set to campaign for New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy days after former President Barack Obama campaigned for him. […] Individual tickets for the event featuring the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee are listed at $1,000, but the invitation asks potential guests to consider giving the top contribution, $4,300. […] Unlike the event with Obama, the Clinton appearance is not open to the media. …
  • Nice weekend weather? Let's close the Bayonne Bridge (commentary)

    10/21/2017 12:44:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Staten Island Advance ^ | October 21, 2017 | Tom Wrobleski
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Maybe one day they'll finish the renovation project on the Bayonne Bridge. Until then, we're going to have to keep enduring these total closures of the span, including on the weekends, which is a mind-numbingly bad time to shutter the bridge. Not that the Port Authority sees it that way, no matter how much we bang on their cage. We're supposed to have some nice weather this weekend. Mid-70s. Sunny. Lots of folks are going to be out driving. A lot of them are going to be going to New Jersey, either to shop, visit friends...
  • You can still use N.J. driver's license to board airplanes (for now)

    10/20/2017 11:02:28 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    New Jersey has gotten another extension to bring its driver's licenses up to federal standards. The one-year reprieve means New Jersey residents can continue to use their driver's licenses for identification to board commercial aircraft until at least Oct. 10, 2018. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday that New Jersey was one of 17 states to receive an extension to meet the requirements of the Real ID act. Real ID establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver's licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the act's minimum standards.
  • Opinion: With Trump's toxic view of EPA expect sewage in your water

    10/20/2017 10:32:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    New Jersey Star-Ledger ^ | October 20, 2017 | By David Pringle
    What do severe cuts to core environmental protections and New Jersey's middle class losing federal tax deductions for local property and state income taxes have in common? What's the common thread between climate programs and Obamacare? These key protections and programs are on the chopping block to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent of Americans if the Trump administration and their allies in Congress have their way. Experts with scientific certainty say damage from regular flooding and extreme weather like Harvey, Irma, Irene and Maria will occur with increasing severity and frequency due to human-caused climate change....
  • Dog taken to be euthanized found living with vet tech 5 months later

    10/20/2017 9:06:55 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 32 replies
    UPI ^ | Oct. 19, 2017 | Ben Hooper
    Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A New Jersey family who took their dog to be euthanized were shocked to discover five months later that the canine was alive and living with a veterinary worker. Keri and Lonnie Levy said they took their 15-year-old miniature pinscher, Caesar, to be euthanized May 17 at the Briarwood Veterinary Hospital because he was suffering from a long-term illness that left him in declining health with a poor quality of life. "[Keri] picked up the collar. And actually paid her bill and received, even, a letter from the veterinary offices stating their condolences on the loss...
  • Obama tells Democrats to reject politics of division, fear [oh, the irony]

    10/19/2017 10:58:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 19, 2017 5:51 PM EDT | Michael Catalini and Jesse J. Holland
    Former President Barack Obama called on fellow Democrats to reject politics of “division” and “fear” while rallying on Thursday at the side of his former ambassador to Germany, who is running for governor in New Jersey. Obama did not mention Republican President Donald Trump in his speech while standing next to Democratic nominee Phil Murphy, but he told the crowd at a Newark hotel that “you can send a message to the country and you will send a message to the world that we are rejecting a politics of division. We are rejecting a politics of fear.” “Some of the...
  • N.J. governor debate full of nasty exchanges between Murphy and Guadagno

    10/19/2017 9:29:19 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 11 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | October 18, 2017 | Brent Johnson
    WAYNE -- The race to replace Chris Christie as New Jersey's governor isn't sleepy any more. That much was clear Wednesday night as Democratic nominee Phil Murphy and Republican nominee Kim Guadagno spent much of their second and final televised debate shooting verbal arrows at each other. The event was held at William Paterson University in Wayne just 20 days before a Nov. 7 election that has often inspired little more than apathy among the state's voters. But if the rivals' first debate was contentious, this one was downright nasty.
  • Obama returns to campaign trail for Dems in governor's races

    10/18/2017 11:27:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 19, 2017 12:33 AM EDT | Jesse J. Holland
    Former President Barack Obama is returning to the campaign trail to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia as they gear up for next month’s elections. Thursday’s events mark the first time the former president is stepping back into the political spotlight since leaving the White House. Unlike more low-key appearances earlier this year, Obama’s foray into two states won’t be a one-and-done. He is planning more public appearances as the year closes, and preparation for the 2018 midterm elections begins. […] Obama is hoping to sway voters in New Jersey and Virginia, the only two gubernatorial...
  • NJ teacher tells students to ‘speak American,’ ignites debate

    10/16/2017 5:05:24 PM PDT · by blueyon · 30 replies
    PIX11 ^ | 10/13/17 | Christie Duffy
    CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. — A 25-second video clip recorded inside a classroom at Cliffside Park High School is being shared on social media and it has started a debate. “…men and women are fighting. They are not fighting for your right to speak Spanish. They are fighting for your right to speak American,” a teacher can be heard saying to her class. Students in Cliffside Park, a diverse community with a large number of Spanish-speaking students, immediately reacted to the comment. One even walked out. "You're being racist," that student can be heard saying on the video. "I know how...
  • Judge refuses to throw out case against Sen. Bob Menendez

    10/16/2017 11:00:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 16, 2017
    The judge at Sen. Bob Menendez's corruption trial refused to throw out any of the charges against the New Jersey Democrat on Monday in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling narrowing the definition of bribery. The decision by U.S. District Judge Williams Walls was a major defeat for Menendez and a huge victory for prosecutors, who warned that dismissing the charges would torpedo nearly all other bribery cases and open the door wide to graft. Walls rejected defense lawyers' arguments that the allegations against Menendez didn't meet the new, narrower definition of bribery under a 2016 Supreme Court ruling...
  • Long Island (Firefighters) Bagpipe band knocks kneeling, won’t play for Jets

    10/13/2017 7:02:25 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 35 replies
    Newsday ^ | Oct 13, 2017 | Sloan Yan
    A Nassau bagpipe band has passed on the Jets’ invite to play during halftime over NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem, officials said Friday. A Jets group sales representative asked the Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums Band early this week to entertain the crowd during the Nov. 2 game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, said band manager Bobby Hughes, an original member of the band and an East Meadow volunteer firefighter. “We don’t feel we belong there,” said Hughes, a longtime Jets season ticket holder. “We cannot in good...
  • Mom who sent kids to school in neighboring town owes $39K in tuition

    10/13/2017 4:10:17 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 48 replies
    MONMOUTH COUNTY -- A Keansburg mother owes the Middletown board of education more than $39,000 after she was caught sending her children to school there more than a year after moving out of town. The ruling, made by an administrative law judge in August, was upheld by the state Commissioner of Education last week. The family moved into an apartment in neighboring Keansburg in April 2016 because they were facing eviction from the Middletown home they rented when it went into foreclosure.   The woman's two older sons legally finished the school year in Middletown. Then, in the fall, her youngest boy started kindergarten in Middletown...
  • Princeton op-ed: Conservatives have no right to free speech

    10/13/2017 8:22:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 79 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | October 13, 2017 | Matthew Penza
    An op-ed in the Princeton University student newspaper attacking conservatives' right to free speech has triggered an impassioned response from many students, and even a professor. Princeton student Ryan Born argued in his op-ed for The Daily Princetonian that "when conservatives appeal to 'free speech,'" it is safe to ignore them, since "they are appealing to a right that does not exist.”
  • Illegal immigrant breaks into NJ home, rapes 6-year-old girl, police say (New Jersey)

    10/08/2017 12:14:56 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-7-17 | Fox News
    An illegal immigrant in New Jersey is accused of raping a 6-year-old girl then jumping out of a second-floor window after her father walked in during the assault, police said. Edgar Mendoza, 32, is accused of breaking into a Trenton, N.J. home at about 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 19 and molesting a 6-year-old girl while she was in bed, according to the Trentonian. Her father realized something was amiss when he noticed an upstairs light was turned off, according to the Star Ledger. When the father entered the bedroom, he found Mendoza on the young girl’s bed, police said. Mendoza...
  • Nothing Senator Menendez at NJ.Com

    10/06/2017 9:14:38 PM PDT · by Djl3668 · 10 replies
    As of Midnight here in the Socialist, filthy state of N.J., just look through the headlines and nothing Menendez. Yankees and everything that is not Liberal Democrat Corruption on a Violent scale is there, yet no Menendez.
  • ‘Where is the crime exactly?’ An update on Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial, a month in

    10/06/2017 5:06:13 PM PDT · by ptsal · 19 replies
    The Baltimore Post ^ | Oct 06, 2017 | Amber Phillips
    **full title**‘Where is the crime exactly?’ An update on Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial, a month in Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) has spent the past month on trial in New Jersey for allegations that he was bribed with villa stays, private plane flights and campaign donations to help a wealthy donor resolve several disputes with the government. It’s the first federal bribery trial of a sitting U.S. senator in more than three decades, and if he’s found guilty over the next few weeks, it could have political implications for President Trump’s agenda.Where is the crime exactly? If there is a...
  • High school drops play because original title had racial slur

    10/04/2017 5:45:40 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    HILLSBOROUGH  -- After "strong concerns" were raised over the choice for its fall play, Hillsborough High School decided to drop a planned production of "And Then There Were None," replacing it with "Almost, Maine." "And Then There Were None" is based on an Agatha Christie book that, in its original printing in England in 1939, was named after a famous British song, "Ten Little N*****s." The book title was renamed "And Then There Were None" when it was published in the United States in 1940.
  • Obama cabinet official describes 'unusual' request from Menendez

    10/04/2017 6:16:45 AM PDT · by ptsal · 18 replies
    The Enquirer ^ | October 03, 2017 | Andrew Seidman
    ***snip***So [Kathleen] Sebelius thought it was strange when then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid summoned her to his Capitol Hill office in August 2012 to meet with Sen. Robert Menendez over what she understood to be a Medicare billing dispute involving a Florida doctor. “I think it’s the only time I was asked to discuss a practice involving a billing issue” involving the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Sebelius testified in federal court here Tuesday. It was also unusual, she said, for Reid, “to ask me to come to a meeting involving another member of Congress.”