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  • The NRA and New Jersey: NOT Perfect Together

    02/19/2018 3:05:54 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 11 replies
    Insider NJ ^ | February 19, 2018 | Alan J. Steinberg
    The catastrophe of the mass murder in Parkland, Florida has elevated the issue of assault weapons to the forefront in the forthcoming November, 2018 elections.  There is now an overwhelming national consensus developing for the enactment of a national ban on assault weapons. The National Rifle Association (NRA) will be very much in the forefront of opposition to such a measure.  Because of their controlling influence with both President Donald Trump and the Republican majority leadership in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, the enactment of such a ban will be impossible unless the Democrats win control...
  • Is Tammy Murphy the most powerful first spouse in N.J. history?

    02/19/2018 10:35:44 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 27 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | February 19, 2018 | Matt Arco and Brent Johnson
    She travels from Middletown to Trenton nearly every day and has her own office down the hall from Gov. Phil Murphy. She has plum speaking roles at public events. And some political insiders privately refer to her as "co-governor." New Jersey's new first lady, Tammy Murphy, is so hands on in her husband's fledgling administration that she helps shape policy. And the governor makes no bones about it: His wife will be front and center over the next four years.
  • Bayonne will soon get its first mosque: Here's how it all unfolded

    BAYONNE -- Ten years after first renting out the basement of the St. Henry's Church school for prayer services, the Bayonne Muslim community will finally get have their own place of worship on the east side of town. It's been a long road for the Bayonne Muslims, whose controversial application to build a community center and mosque was denied last year amid ardent resistance from a segment of the town's population. But after filing a federal lawsuit against the city, which the group settled Wednesday for $400,000, the application now only needs to be publicly approved at a hearing in...
  • Chris Christie joins ABC News as a contributor

    01/30/2018 7:49:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    NJ Advance Media via ^ | Updated 8:16 AM; Posted Jan 29, 5:44 PM | Matt Arco and Susan K. Livio
    Former Gov. Chris Christie has landed a TV gig, NJ Advance Media has learned. Christie has been hired as an occasional contributor to ABC News, according to sources familiar with the discussions. The hiring is scheduled to be announced Tuesday on Good Morning America during the 7 a.m. hour, according to the sources, who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss it publicly.Christie will return in the evening to comment on President Donald Trumps State of the Union speech. The former governor is a longtime Trump friend and fellow Republican.
  • Powerful Jersey Republican Frelinghuysen retiring after being weakened by Trump

    01/29/2018 4:38:15 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 24 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 29, 2018 | Jonathan D. Salant
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, both the most powerful and endangered member of the New Jersey congressional delegation, announced Monday that he would not seek re-election at the end of his 12th term in the House of Representatives. Frelinghuysen, R-11th Dist., gave no reason for retiring. He joins Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd Dist., as New Jersey lawmakers retiring at the end of the year. Both were elected in the Republican landslide of 1994.
  • Gov. Murphy races to sanctuary church after ICE detains 2 in N.J. (VIDEO)

    01/25/2018 2:13:04 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 21 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 25, 2018 | Ted Sherman and Jeff Goldman
    Gov. Phil Murphy rushed to a church Thursday that has provided sanctuary for immigrants, hours after two Indonesians were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Gunawan Liem, of Franklin Park, and Roby Sanger, of Metuchen, were detained as they dropped their kids off at school Thursday morning, said the Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale, of the Reformed Church of Highland Park. Murphy went to the church, which has been housing immigrants for years, on Thursday afternoon to hear the concerns from some of those immigrants, including one who avoided detention by not answering his door. "Everybody's terrified. We can't believe ICE...
  • New Jersey Democrats Introduce Bill to BAN Your Current Rifles as Assault Weapons

    01/22/2018 6:22:48 AM PST · by PROCON · 57 replies ^ | Jan. 16, 2018 | Ammoland
    New Jersey -( With the take over of the New Jersey Governors office by rabid gun banning Democrat, Phil Murphy, the first attack on NJ gun owners rights and property, of what will be many, has been launched. The proposed bill would ban most all the rifles and shotguns you currently own and legally bought under the current NJ laws. Sponsored by state senator Senator Nia H. Gill this bill would strengthen the States current assault weapons ban by revising the definition of an assault weapon to include: rifles with detachable magazines and one military style feature; semi-automatic shotguns...
  • Chris Christie Gives NJ Residents 90 Days to Surrender Bump Stocks in Final Act as Governor

    01/17/2018 9:08:40 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Jan 2018 | AWR HAWKINS
    Chris Christie (R) gave New Jersey residents 90 days to surrender bump stocks or else in one of his final acts as Governor of the state. No crimes committed with bump stocks in New Jersey were cited. Rather, Christie signed the Democrat-sponsored ban in light of the October 1, 2017, Las Vegas attack. According to, the use of bump stocks was already banned in New Jersey, so the law Christie signed will simply broaden that ban to outlaw possession of bump stocks as well. Moreover, the new ban also covers trigger cranks, which were not even used...

    01/16/2018 1:33:16 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 10 replies
    NJ GOP ^ | January 16, 2018 | Doug Steinhardt
    Trenton, NJ On the day of the swearing in of New Jerseys new Governor, Phil Murphy, NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt delivered an important message to the people of New Jersey: . New Jersey is our home and I serve as Chairman of the Republican Party here, because this is where I chose to raise my family, said Steinhardt. I made that conscious choice twenty some years ago, because I wanted the same opportunities for my children that New Jersey offered my parents, grandparents, sister and me. I want the best for my family, my community and our state, but...
  • Phil Murphy sworn in, replaces Chris Christie as N.J. governor

    01/16/2018 1:00:33 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 26 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 16, 2018 | Brent Johnson
    You have a new governor, New Jersey. Phil Murphy, a Democrat entering elected office for the first time, was sworn in as the Garden State's 56th governor just before noon Tuesday during a ceremony at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton. Murphy, a former U.S. ambassador to Germany and multimillionaire former Wall Street executive, succeeded Chris Christie, a Republican who left office after eight years. Surrounded by his family, Murphy -- a 60-year-old Middletown resident -- was sworn in by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner in the midst of a festive ceremony.
  • Busta Rhymes headlines Phil Murphy pre-inaugural concert

    01/15/2018 8:48:15 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 8 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 14, 2018 | Sara Jerde
    It felt like a homecoming. The setting was perfect for it -- a pitch dark gymnasium illuminated by strobe lights that danced to the blaring club music while people stood around waiting for the action to get started. And it was a homecoming, at least in a sense, for the people who helped Phil Murphy get elected and transition him into leading New Jersey. He thanked them all -- especially the millennials -- from the stage Sunday night.
  • A Republican Star Fallen, Chris Christie Leaves Office

    01/15/2018 7:20:01 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 43 replies
    NHPR ^ | January 15, 2018 | NHPR
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose popularity soared during his first term but then fell from grace, leaves office Tuesday. The Republican served a term-limited eight years in a majority blue state and spent much of that time in the national limelight as he built a reputation as a "tell-it-like-it-is" politician. But the Bridgegate scandal, a losing campaign for president and a day spent on a closed beach during a government shutdown left him with the lowest approval ratings for any governor in New Jersey history. In Christie's first year, a YouTube video of a press conference went viral when...
  • Chris Christie's final acts: Bills he made law and killed, from drones to circus animals

    01/15/2018 7:14:08 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 1 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 15, 2018 | Susan K. Livio and Brent Johnson
    On his last full day in office, Gov. Chris Christie cleared his desk of 150 pieces of legislation Monday. The state Assembly and Senate rushed to approve a long list of bills in the last month before the two-year session ended on Jan. 9. Christie had to decide before he left office on noon Tuesday whether he would sign the pile of legislation on his desk, or do nothing and let it expire also known as a "pocket veto." Among the many bill signings, Christie endorsed regulating the use of drones, disbanding the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty...
  • Delingpole: Trump Making the World Great Again, One Sh%$hole at a Time

    01/15/2018 8:47:57 AM PST · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 1/14/2018 | James Delingpole
    Isnt it just the best thing that weve finally got a President of the USA who calls a shithole a shithole? In fact of all Donald Trumps many qualities, I think this may be his greatest and his most underrated strength. But youre not supposed to say this. At least not in respectable company. Even now after all his incredible achievements youre still only allowed to praise Donald Trump if first youve preceded it with lots of disclaimers about how much you deplore his sexism, his brashness, his incoherence and general uncouthness
  • Political divide: Guadagno won more NJ towns, but still lost to Murphy

    01/12/2018 4:26:33 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    New Jersey 101.5 ^ | December 28, 2017 | Sergio Bichao
    Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno was clobbered by Phil Murphy in Novembers election. But a town-by-town map of the election results is kinder to Gov. Chris Christies two-time running mate. The Republican candidate won 295 of the states municipalities. Murphy won 25 fewer towns. But unlike the presidency, theres no electoral college selecting New Jerseys governor, so Murphy won the way it counts: total votes. Murphy got 1.2 million votes to Guadagnos 899,583, which was the fewest amount for a GOP nominee since 1989.
  • In Newark, Murphy jabs Trump and says: This is what America looks like

    01/12/2018 4:19:54 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 47 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 12, 2018 | S.P. Sullivan
    Gov.-elect Phil Murphy kicked off his inaugural weekend at a Newark reception Friday highlighting New Jersey's diversity and offering it as rebuttal to anti-immigration comments from President Donald Trump. Standing in front of supporters seated in the pews of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Murphy joined religious leaders of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and other denominations for an interfaith prayer service. "Boy, I would love to invite the leadership of this country to come into this cathedral and say, 'This is the United States of America,'" Murphy said.
  • Here is what my #s-hole looks like: African countries and Haiti react to Trumps remark

    01/12/2018 10:54:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 156 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 12, 2018 | By Paul Schemm and Eli Rosenberg
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia President Trumps dismissal of Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as s-hole countries whose inhabitants are not desirable for U.S. immigration shocked people around the world and provoked swift condemnation. The African Union Commission is frankly alarmed at statements by the president of the United States when referring to migrants of African countries and others in such contemptuous terms, said Ebba Kalondo, the spokeswoman for the African Union. The reaction from the United Nations human rights spokesman, Rupert Colville, was uncharacteristically blunt. He described the remark as racist. In Haiti, people took to Twitter to share...
  • NJ Town Wants Residential Streets Removed From Navigational Apps (Legal Move)

    01/08/2018 8:50:47 PM PST · by cba123 · 23 replies
    CBS New York ^ | Dave Carlin
    LEONIA, N.J. (CBSNewYork) Leonia's drastic traffic experiment will take place later this month. As CBS2's Dave Carlin reported, the sleepy, little New Jersey town, a quarter-mile from the George Washington Bridge, is declaring 60 residential streets off-limits to drivers who use them as cut-throughs. Residents say they are sick of traffic tie-ups caused by commuters short-cutting. "They should stay on the highway," said Carlos Gomez, of Leonia. "Why bother us?" The ordinance establishes a $200 fine for short-cutters. But Leonia Mayor Judah Zeigler said it's really all about those apps. "The main reason and driver behind this legislation is...
  • What Happens When You Don't Build Natural Gas Pipelines?

    01/07/2018 2:44:45 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | JAN 7, 2018 | Jude Clemente
    What Happens When You Don't Build Natural Gas Pipelines? Jude Clemente , CONTRIBUTOR The answer to the question posed is a really, really bad chain reaction: magnified during winter and peak demand...with a pipeline shortage...a natural gas shortage is created, prices for both natural gas and electricity skyrocket, CO2 emissions go up because more carbon intensive fuels are forced to compensate. Headquartered in New York, New Jersey, and New England (hereafter the "Northeast"), the devastating consequences of the anti-pipeline business just reared its ugly head again as we faced the coldest temperatures since The Polar Vortex of 2013-2014. Two of...
  • Teacher who compared homosexuality to cancer has certificates suspended (NJ)

    01/07/2018 5:05:47 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 85 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 7, 2018 | Marissa Iati
    A former Union High School teacher who in 2011 called homosexuality a "perverted spirit" that "breeds like cancer" has agreed to a three-year suspension of her teaching certificates. The posts on Jenye "Viki" Knox's personal Facebook page eventually caused the special education teacher and faculty adviser to the school's Bible study group to resign. She later filed a federal lawsuit claiming school officials had violated her free speech and religious rights.