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  • A man confronted Phil Murphy about taxes. Here's how he responded.

    04/20/2018 5:21:51 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 9 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | April 20, 2018 | Brent Johnson
    The man stood right in front of Gov. Phil Murphy and was blunt. "This state is too expensive, and you're making it worse," Greg from Freehold told the Democratic governor during a town hall in Newark on Thursday night. Three months into his tenure, Murphy had come to Newark Tech High School to sell his first state budget proposal -- a $37.4 billion plan that includes more than $1.5 billion in new taxes and moves to close loopholes. The governor argued those hikes are needed because he "inherited a mess" from his predecessor, Republican Chris Christie, and that the state...
  • Now N.J. is looking to ban 'ghost guns'

    04/17/2018 12:47:45 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 41 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | April 17, 2018 | Brent Johnson
    Democratic state lawmakers have a new target as they aim to tighten New Jersey's already strict firearms laws: "ghost guns." A new bill that began advancing in the Democrat-controlled state Legislature on Monday would prohibit the purchase of firearm parts used to make these untraceable homemade guns. The state Senate Law and Public Safety committee approved the measure along with a package of six other Democrat-sponsored gun-control bills that continue to move closer to Gov. Phil Murphy's desk.
  • WATCH: N.J. prof drops F-bomb on conservative student, prompting college to investigate

    04/17/2018 12:46:12 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 34 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | April 17, 2018 | Adam Clark
    A New Jersey community college is investigating why a professor shouted the F-word at a student in an incident that was caught on camera. The student identifies as politically conservative, and the incident has sparked complaints about the college as a liberal atmosphere where alternative political viewpoints are not tolerated. During a Sociology 105, Intercultural Communication class Wednesday, Brookdale Community College professor Howard Finkelstein grew angry with his student, Christopher Lyle, shouted "f--- your life," and pounded his hand on a table, according to video obtained by NJ Advance Media.
  • Now N.J. Democrats want to go after the NRA and gun-friendly states

    04/15/2018 6:34:25 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 99 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | April 15, 2018 | Matt Arco
    Democratic lawmakers want to take the state's tight gun control laws and expand them outside of New Jersey's borders. There's new legislation that would ban state-sponsored travel to any states that don't require their residents to obtain a permits before they purchase a firearm. The goal is to send a message to the National Rifle Association, said State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, the bill's sponsor. "Fighting the NRA on the basis logic and rational thinking has not worked," Weinberg, D-Bergen, said. "So I think the thing that might work is fighting them with their pocketbook."
  • Man in U.S. illegally sentenced for kidnap, rape

    04/15/2018 10:31:30 AM PDT · by bgill · 16 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Apr. 14, 2018 | Marie McCullough
    A Honduran man who has repeatedly been deported was sentenced Friday to 24 years in prison for kidnapping his estranged girlfriend in Kansas City, Mo., and raping her while they traveled to New Jersey, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey. Jose Amaya-Vasquez, 33, was arrested in Texas in 2005 for attempting to enter the country illegally. He was released, but failed to show up for a court date, records show. In June, 2014, Kansas City police arrested him for domestic assault. He was turned over to immigration officials and deported. Three months later, immigration officers arrested him...
  • New Jersey Bill Bans Tackle Football For Children Under Age Of 12

    04/11/2018 9:15:25 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 20 replies
    CBS 2 PHILLY ^ | 10 APRIL 2018 | CBS 2 PHILLY
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A new bill in New Jersey would ban children under the age of 12 to play tackle football. Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle introduced the bill last week. The bill prohibits children under the age of 12 from participating in organized tackle football programs. Woman Applies For Jail Job, Arrested Instead In Theft Case “Under the bill, children under the age of 12 will not be permitted to participate in tackle football offered by a youth sports team organization,” the bill reads, adding, “The bill also provides that a school district may not permit a student under the...
  • Train Carrying 10M Pounds of Poop Stuck in Alabama Town

    04/05/2018 12:18:42 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 80 replies
    Newser ^ | 04/05/2018 | Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
    'God help us if it gets hot and this material is still out here' (Newser) – Springtime in one small Alabama town smells more like manure than magnolias this year—and it's going to get a lot worse as the weather gets warmer. Dozens of freight cars carrying some 10 million pounds of human waste, enough to form a malodorous train more than a mile long, have been stranded in a Parrish rail yard for two months awaiting transfer to a landfill site, and residents say they can't take the stench for much longer, NJ.com reports. They say the freight cars...
  • Spring storm hits Northeast, bringing NYC the most April snow in over 30 years

    04/02/2018 10:58:36 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 2, 2018 | MAX GOLEMBO and EMILY SHAPIRO
    It may be spring, but it feels like winter for the Northeast this morning as a snowstorm moves through Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and New England. The latest The snowfall rate at New York's LaGuardia Airport reached 2 inches per hour this morning. New York City saw 5.5 inches of snow this morning -- its heaviest April snowfall since 1982 when the city was dumped with 9.6 inches. Kimberly Richardson âś” @kemrichardson7 Wow! #nyc right now #centralpark Beautiful but enough !!!!! #snow @ABC7NY 8:43 AM - Apr 2, 2018 The New York Yankees canceled today's home opener due to...
  • Menendez kicks off re-election campaign pledging to fight Trump

    03/28/2018 4:48:03 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 24 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | March 28, 2018 | Terrence T. McDonald
    UNION CITY — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, the two-term Democrat whose federal corruption trial ended in a hung jury in November, returned to his hometown this morning to announce his bid for a third term, pledging to fight the Trump administration's policies on immigration, climate change and health care. Menendez, 64, received a hero's welcome at Union City High School, which was filled with 2,000 cheering students waving Menendez campaign signs and a host of fellow Democrats who sang hosannas about New Jersey's senior senator. Menendez joined the Democrats in casting himself as a bulwark against President Trump. "There is...
  • Are N.J. Republicans really doomed now that Christie is gone and Murphy is in charge?

    03/19/2018 4:20:25 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 22 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | March 18, 2018 | Brent Johnson
    For eight years, the Republican Party in New Jersey revolved around one person: Chris Christie. But the two-term governor is gone now, and the Jersey GOP is in poor shape. Almost irrelevant, really, with Democrat Phil Murphy in the governor's seat and his party firmly in control of the state Legislature. In fact, Republicans are left with their smallest number of state lawmakers in nearly four decades -- 41 out of 120 seats in the Legislature. In Washington, no Republican has been elected to the U.S. Senate since 1972, and Democrats are aiming at picking up a U.S. House seat...
  • N.J. college CUTS 34 jobs amid struggle to stay afloat

    03/19/2018 12:16:39 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 15 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | March 19, 2018 | Karen Yi
    Faced with a steep drop in student enrollment, Essex County College will eliminate 34 positions by next year as it remains under close watch -- and probation -- by its accrediting agency. The layoffs of 20 full-time staff and elimination of 14 vacant positions will save $2.76 million, college officials said. Included on the list: A top-ranking administrator who was placed on paid leave after a vocal group of clergy called for her ouster. Joyce Wilson Harley, vice president of administration and finance, lobbed allegations of wrongdoing against President Anthony Munroe, who in turn, accused Harley of undermining his authority....
  • Financial State of the Cities 2016

    03/17/2018 9:16:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Truth in Accounting ^ | January 24, 2018
    Truth in Accounting .. based on fiscal year 2016 comprehensive annual financial reports .. found that 64 cities do not have enough money to pay all of their bills, and in total, the cities have racked up $335.4 billion in unfunded municipal debt. ... Government reports are lengthy, cumbersome, and sometimes misleading documents ... taxpayers and citizens deserve easy-to-understand, truthful, and transparent financial information from their governments. ... to balance the budget, elected officials have not included the true costs of the government in their budget calculations and have pushed costs onto future taxpayers. ... TIA was unable to rank...
  • Trump's poison could kill fellow Republicans in Jersey

    03/18/2018 9:51:00 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 39 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | March 18, 2018 | Tom Moran
    Rep. Tom MacArthur, alone among New Jersey Republicans, has embraced Donald Trump with a full bear hug. Maybe he thought that would work out for him politically, but it's shaping up to be a disaster. He's toast as a statewide candidate in Blue Jersey, where Republicans had hoped he might rise to the U.S. Senate or governor's mansion. And now he has fresh reason to worry that he could even lose his seat in Congress. That reason is Conor Lamb, the rookie Democrat from southwestern Pennsylvania who just stunned the political world by marching into deep red territory and grabbing...
  • Murphy: NJ community colleges could be tuition-free by 2021

    03/15/2018 8:03:05 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 47 replies
    News 12 New Jersey ^ | March 15, 2018 | News 12 New Jersey
    EDISON - Gov. Phil Murphy has pledged to make New Jersey’s community colleges tuition-free by 2021. Murphy, in his budget address, said that $50 million of the state’s 2019 budget will go toward tuition support for low-income students. He said that tuition-free colleges will be paid for through an increase in the state sales tax and the creation of a millionaire’s tax. College students in the United States have nearly $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, according to Student Debt Hero. Some high school students tell News 12 New Jersey that student loan debt is something that they worry about...
  • Murphy to propose raising N.J. sales tax in first budget

    03/13/2018 3:46:03 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 40 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | March 13, 2018 | Matt Arco and Samantha Marcus
    Gov. Phil Murphy is set Tuesday to unveil a state budget proposal -- his first -- that will include more than $1.5 billion in new revenue from taxes and closing loopholes, including a small spike in New Jersey's sales tax, NJ Advance Media has learned. The extra revenue would also come from a proposed millionaires tax, closing tax loopholes used by corporations, and a plan to legalize marijuana, according to multiple sources briefed on the budget.
  • So why is Donald Trump sticking it to New Jersey?

    03/10/2018 9:40:41 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 53 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | March 10, 2018 | Jonathan D. Salant
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's new-found opposition to funding the Gateway Tunnel project is just the latest example of how he's championed policies that punish New Jersey, where he has long ties and spends his spring weekends and summer vacation. The Trump-backed tax plan targeted New Jersey and other high-tax states by curbing the federal deduction for state and local taxes, and he backed Affordable Care Act repeal efforts that disproportionately cut funding from those states, which expanded Medicaid in order to expand coverage. Meanwhile, New Jersey taxpayers send billions of dollars more to Washington than they get back in...
  • Why this man who barged in on his cheating wife could go to jail for 15 years

    03/07/2018 7:47:50 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 144 replies
    yahoo lifestyle ^ | January 20, 2018 | Cindy Arboleda
    Sean Donis’s wife, Nancy Donis, 38, said she was going to dinner. Donis stayed behind to watch their 5-year-old son. When he couldn’t find his iPad, he turned on the Find My iPhone app to locate it. The software showed the electronic device moving toward an unknown location; he had a hunch that his wife had taken it, and he decided to follow. He arrived at a house and opened the unlocked door. On the second floor, he found his wife in bed with her boss, Albert Lopez, 58. With his iPhone, he recorded two brief videos of them in...
  • New Jersey Teacher Brings Loaded Gun to School – No Charges

    03/06/2018 11:59:16 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 28 February, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    When you have over 400 million guns in a country with a population of over 330 million, one-in-a-million odds do not look too bad. In this case in New Jersey, a teacher ended up in school with a loaded gun in her bag – by accident. In December of 2017, Karen Horen was 70 years old and teaching at a New Jersey school. It is understandable when you consider her annual salary, as a home economics teacher, is $70,339. She came to work at the school and briefly left her bag outside in the hallway, unattended, for a few...
  • 'Stop blaming white people' sign causes stir at N.J. post office

    03/05/2018 8:48:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    NJ.COM ^ | 03/05/2018 | By Taylor Tiamoyo Harris
    The United States Postal Service said it is investigating a racial sign put up outside its Flemington location. USPS Postal Inspector Greg Kliemisch said Friday afternoon the sign, which read "March is national stop blaming white people month! Accept responsibility for your own bad choices. Hug a white person!," was put up sometime Thursday. It was taken down in the afternoon by employees, he said. Kliemisch said posting signs on the building is strictly prohibited. He could not confirm whether or not the location had cameras outside the building that captured the incident. The sign is similar to messages in...
  • Have Republicans lost their hold on Morris County?

    02/28/2018 7:16:27 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 6 replies
    ROI NJ ^ | November 30, 2017 | Tom Bergeron
    Have Republicans lost their hold on Morris County? Editor's Desk By Tom Bergeron Morris County | Nov 30, 2017 at 12:01 pm Tom Bergeron/ROI-NJ The sign commemorating Gov. Chris Christie Drive in Morris Plains. OK, let’s get the joke out of the way. Gov. Chris Christie, whose national political ambitions were sidetracked by his connection to a traffic jam, had a short access road named after him last week. The catch: This short road, no more than a half-mile long, is being built to alleviate traffic problems around a park in his home county of Morris. Now, let’s get to...