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  • New Jersey ranked 11th worst state for millennials

    04/21/2017 2:59:18 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 13 replies
    New Jersey 101.5 ^ | April 11, 2017 | Nick Wodeshick
    New Jersey millennials may be sad to hear that the Garden State isn’t the best place to be. A new Wallethub study found that New Jersey is ranked 40 out of 51 states for quality of life among millennials. When asked why New Jersey was ranked so low, Wallethub stated that housing difficulties were a key factor. “Forty-five percent of millennials are still living with their parents, that is what really dragged New Jersey down,” said Jill Gonzalez, a analyst for Wallethub.
  • Corruption trial could roil NJ Senate race

    04/09/2017 4:06:48 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 25, 2017 | Lisa Hagen
    Sen. Robert Menendez ongoing corruption case could upend the New Jersey Democrat’s reelection bid in 2018, with the longtime politician scheduled to go to court this fall. The Supreme Court delivered another blow this week to the embattled senator when it refused to dismiss the case. The trial is scheduled to begin about a year before the midterm elections. Federal prosecutors charged Menendez, who has pleaded not guilty, in April 2015 on 14 criminal counts, including conspiracy to commit bribery. Menendez is expected to head to trial on Sept. 6,facing a potential criminal conviction even as he would normally be...
  • Worst Three States for Gun Rights?

    04/07/2017 5:01:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 36 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Which are the worst three states for exercising your right to keep and bear arms? There are several contenders for that dubious distinction. The worst states can be found with the answers to a couple of questions. First: Do you have to ask government permission to purchase a firearm? Some states require that you obtain permission before purchasing handguns. A smaller subset require that you obtain permission before purchasing any gun. That infringement is a must have for the worst states.  There are twelve states that have the requirement for all guns.  They are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii,...
  • A fruit of small government: Decrepit transit systems

    04/05/2017 4:39:51 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 24 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | April 5, 2017 | Tom Moran
    Frank Fleming, New Jersey feels your pain, and shares your fury. You may not know him, but Fleming this week became the voice of New Jersey after a simple derailment at Penn Station knocked our fragile rail system on its butt for the entire week. Fleming was heading to Citi Field for the Mets' opening game on Monday, when he fell into a pit of hell at Secaucus Junction, along with many thousands of others. The trip from his home in Belleville took five hours. Five more to get home.
  • Jersey City political world grieving after fatal crash

    04/03/2017 9:34:35 AM PDT · by NJRighty · 21 replies
    nj.com ^ | 4/3/17 | Terrence T. McDonald
    Jersey City is mourning the deaths of Russell Maffei and Marie Tauro, two longtime fixtures on the local political scene who were killed in North Bergen last night. Maffei, 57, the chair of the Jersey City Republican Party, and Tauro, 80, were struck and killed as they walked across Paterson Plank Road outside the Coach House diner at about 8 p.m Sunday, friends of the two told The Jersey Journal. The driver of the SUV that struck the two fled the scene, according to media reports. The two were meeting up at the Coach House with other local Republicans to...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Breaking: Piscopo Makes His Move in NJ Gov’s Race

    03/09/2017 6:08:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    observer.com ^ | 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...
  • 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...
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • New York: Muslim pleads guilty – tried to aid ISIS and kill FBI agent

    02/10/2017 8:42:46 PM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Source: S.I. ISIS wannabe pleads guilty to trying to help terrorist group – NY Daily NewsOn Thursday, Fareed Mumuni pleaded guilty to charges that he planned to aid the terrorist organization and tried to kill a federal agent searching his Staten Island house.His co-defendant Munther Omar Saleh is expected to plead guilty Friday to plotting for the terrorist organization, prosecutors say.Mumuni, 22, planned to go overseas and fight for ISIS. He also planned to build a pressure cooker bomb with Saleh, according to the government. Federal authorities say the two were part of a six-person ring including New Jersey residents...
  • 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.
  • Illegal Mexican Raped 2 Girls, Aged 12 and 14 Years Old...

    02/08/2017 3:44:34 PM PST · by muktar96 · 20 replies
    NH ^ | 02/08/2017 | Joey jewasacky
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement informed The Daily Caller Tuesday that a man arrested last week for allegedly sexually assaulting and robbing several young girls is an illegal immigrant. Daniel Omar Mejia-Reyes, 27, was arrested in Long Branch, N.J., last Wednesday after attacking three girls, ages 12, 14 and 16, in one afternoon, according to a criminal complaint obtained by TheDC. According to the complaint, Mejia-Reyes grabbed the 14-year-old victim “and attempted to drag her away from her location, while grabbing her vagina, and making lewd sexual comments.” He allegedly took the 12-year-old’s cellphone and touched her genitalia. He also committed...
  • Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed Khairullah Wins Kudos for Sanctuary City Exec Order

    02/06/2017 8:39:01 AM PST · by Freemeorkillme · 25 replies
    Observer.com ^ | 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...
  • Johnny Knoxville will star in 'Action Park' movie based on N.J. water park

    02/04/2017 12:47:48 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 18 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 2/3/17 | Amy Kuperinsky
    Action Park's notoriety as a water park where visitors in the '80s and '90s suffered slips and more serious injuries -- some called it "Class Action Park," "Traction Park" and "Accident Park" -- is now reportedly bound for the big screen. Johnny Knoxville ("Bad Grandpa," "Jackass") is set to star in an "Action Park" movie based on the Vernon water park. He'll produce the film via his company, Dickhouse Productions, for Paramount Pictures. A Deadline report says the movie will be "in the spirit" of "Bad Grandpa," Knoxville's last collaboration with Paramount. So far, no word on any Jersey filming...
  • 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.
  • Missing New Jersey family members found alive in Virginia

    12/29/2016 9:09:57 AM PST · by Lurkinanloomin · 37 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 12/29/2106 | AP
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A New Jersey woman and her 5-year-old great-granddaughter have been found alive in secluded woods in rural Virginia, apparently stranded there for days after disappearing on a holiday road trip, authorities said.