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  • Phil Murphy to appoint nation's first Sikh attorney general

    12/12/2017 5:29:17 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | December 12, 2017 | Matt Arco
    Gov.-elect Phil Murphy will nominate Bergen County prosecutor Gurbir Grewal as the state's next attorney general, NJ Advance Media has learned. Grewal would be the nation's first Sikh attorney general. Murphy plans to announce his appointment at 11 a.m. in Trenton, according to three sources with knowledge of his decision. The sources were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter prior to the press conference and requested anonymity.
  • How Sen. Tom Kean Jr. can help regroup N.J.'s battered GOP

    12/05/2017 6:33:21 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger/N.J. Spotlight ^ | December 4, 2017 | Carl Golden
    Forty-four years ago, Brendan Byrne was elected New Jersey governor, amassing a record plurality of 721,378 votes and, in the process, driving the Republican membership in the General Assembly to a historic low - 14 seats. The partisan divide - 66 Democrats and 14 Republicans - meant the Democratic Party held 83 percent of the seats in the Assembly. For every one Republican, there were five Democrats. It was the kind of electoral beatdown that is almost impossible to absorb and still survive. Senate Republicans were spared the devastation because the state Senate was not on the ballot that year....
  • Embattled college placed on probation

    11/28/2017 8:47:49 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 8 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | November 21, 2017 | Karen Yi
    NEWARK -- Essex County College's accrediting agency issued its most severe rebuke yet to the institution on Monday, citing the college's ongoing troubles and placing it on probation. The escalated action moves the college one step closer toward having its accreditation revoked, which would mean students are no longer eligible for federal financial aid and in most cases would be unable to afford attending the school and ending a revenue stream that could shut the college's doors. Losing accreditation is very rare but for Essex County College, which serves more than 10,000 students and employs 500 people, the consequences could...
  • The scandals, turmoil that have put this N.J. college in jeopardy

    11/28/2017 8:50:44 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 13 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | November 26, 2017 | Newark Star-Ledger
    NEWARK — The community college serving one of New Jersey’s largest counties has been embroiled in controversy for the better part of the last two years. What started with the quick, unexpected ouster of its president last Spring has spiraled into one scandal after another that are now threatening the federal funding that keeps Essex County College’s doors open. The six scandals below have contributed to the Middle States Commission last week putting the college on probation. The school has another year to fix its finance and governance issues or risk losing its accreditation.
  • Essex County employee accused of $7K insurance scam

    11/28/2017 11:11:28 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 8 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | November 22, 2017 | Noah Cohen
    TRENTON -- An Essex County welfare division employee has been indicted on charges she filed bogus claims for more than $7,000 in wage reimbursement and disability payments for work she claimed to have missed because of car accidents, authorities said Wednesday. Fatu K. Rimbert, 31, of Perth Amboy, was charged with insurance fraud, impersonation and theft by deception, according to the state Attorney General's Office. Rimbert is accused of submitting "forged and altered" documents to insurance firms in order to get wage reimbursement and disability payments for days she was purportedly out of work after two vehicle accidents, prosecutors said.
  • NJ Freepers....When did Essex County begin to trend Democratic politically?

    11/28/2017 12:40:06 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 38 replies
    Guava Cheese Puff | November 28, 2017 | Guava Cheese Puff
    The last Republican to win Essex was probably Tom Kean Sr. in 1985. When did Essex County trend sharply to the left? I live in NJ, but I do not know much about Essex politics since I am a Central Jerseyan.,_1985
  • Ivanka in Bayville: Tax reform will be the law of unintended consequences | Mulshine

    11/27/2017 6:29:03 PM PST · by Coleus · 22 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 11.14.17 | Paul Mulshine
    -snip- But let me focus on one historical instance of a tax-reform plan gone wrong. That was pointed out to me by my old high-school buddy Jim Byrnes, who was just re-elected to the township council of Berkeley Township, which includes Bayville as well as a chunk of oceanfront across the bay. It concerns big boats. Back in 1991, President George "Read My Lips; No New Taxes" Bush signed into law a bill meant to reduce the deficit by imposing a 10 percent "luxury tax" on yachts costing more than $100,000. What Bush forgot is that yachts really are a...
  • Don't blame the Donald for those losses; blame the candidates

    11/27/2017 6:24:50 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 11.12.17 | Paul Mulshine
    It was a bad week for establishment Republicans from New Jersey running for governor. And I'm not talking about just Kim Guadagno. Ed Gillespie managed to lose a big race as well. Both were New Jerseyans: Gillespie by birth, Guadagno by marriage. Let us dispense first with Guadagno, who was born in Iowa and came here after completing law school. From the beginning of this campaign it was obvious that her chances of getting elected governor rested with Chris Christie. -snip- Or in other words, it is run the same way the national party is run: by people like Ed...
  • Atheist group files lawsuit over ‘unconstitutional’ pet blessings at animal shelter

    11/23/2017 4:57:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 44 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/23/17 | Douglas Ernst
    A New Jersey animal shelter’s annual pet blessings has prompted a federal lawsuit by a group called American Atheists Inc. of Cranford. The Bergen County Animal Shelter is accused of violating the First and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution over two events held in 2016 and 2017. Each event featured a member of the Franciscan Order of the Divine Mercy in North Arlington. Plaintiffs say that animal blessings at the facility are tantamount to an endorsement of religion. They seek an injunction to stop the annual event, and legal fees.
  • GOP's Kean to Murphy: I'll trade you a minimum wage hike for income tax cut

    11/10/2017 2:05:54 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 16 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | November 9, 2017 | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    TRENTON -- State Senate Republican leader Tom Kean Jr. on Thursday said he'd support an increase in the state's minimum wage in exchange for a middle class tax cut. And he said Gov.-elect Phil Murphy should dump his called-for "millionaire's tax" increase. Kean, R-Union, said he was willing to raise the state's minimum wage to a level that is "modern and fair," but stopped short of agreeing to the $15 per hour sought by Murphy.
  • Voter Fraud Concerns Hang Over Gov Races in Virginia, New Jersey

    11/09/2017 3:01:06 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 19 replies
    lifezette ^ | 07 Nov 201 | Brendan Kirby
    Thousands of noncitizens have been found on the rolls in both states, and no one knows how many more there may be A potentially messy fight over absentee ballots in Atlantic City, New Jersey, highlights Election Day concerns Tuesday about the possibility of fraudulent voting. The Atlantic City mayoral race — which went to court Monday — turns on absentee ballots, which elections experts say is the easiest part of the voting system to exploit. In addition to organized fraud, however, some experts contend America’s failure to safeguard voter rolls creates the potential to influence the outcome of very close...
  • Kim Guadagno concedes the race to Phil Murphy, ending Christie era

    11/07/2017 7:46:04 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 68 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | November 7, 2017 | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    ABERDEEN -- Shortly before 9:40 p.m., Republican Kim Guadagno appeared on stage to concede the New Jersey governor's race to Democrat Phil Murphy, saying she made "the best possible case" to voters in her efforts to succeed Gov. Chris Christie. "We left no stone unturned," Guadagno, Christie's lieutenant governor, said, quickly arresting the lusty boos that sprang up at the mention of Murphy's name.
  • New Jersey Governor - Guadagno vs. Murphy

    11/07/2017 10:49:24 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 68 replies
    Average has Murphy up 14.4% We are screwed.
  • Vanity - New York City & New Jersey lost-at-sea.

    11/07/2017 4:50:11 AM PST · by JLAGRAYFOX · 44 replies, New York City and New Jersey voters, blindly walk into economic stagnation, few good job opportunities, lousy government, sky high taxes and MS-13 thugs and murderers running free of the leash. Voters there....are really "Not-Too-Bright"!!! Ho-Hum, least they will get the "Low Life Democrat Treatment" they deserve. New Jersey Taxpayers just really love and adore the drastically high taxes they pay!!! LMAO!!!
  • You'll never guess who Chris Christie criticized on the eve of the election

    11/06/2017 5:21:35 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 8 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | November 6, 2017 | Matt Arco
    TRENTON -- On the eve of the election that will determine who will replace him, Republican Gov. Chris Christie wasn't lobbing any political bombs at the Democratic candidate. Instead, he took aim at his own mentor. Christie accused former Gov. Tom Kean of revisionist history when talking about his own state budget while defending Republican candidate for governor Kim Guadagno at a campaign event on Saturday. He suggested that Kean's state budgets weren't as frugal as the former governor let on.
  • Vanity - Sounding the political death knell of the Democrat Party!!!

    11/05/2017 1:46:18 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 14 replies
    Gigs like this do present themselves like this too often. Election day, Tuesday, November 7, 2017 presents us voters, with off year elections for the Mayor of NYC, and, the Governors of NJ & VA. Not much hope for defeating the buffoon of NYC, Bill De Blasio, and a long shot in NJ...but the big fruitful, golden prize is just a grasp away in Virginia. We may even be winning in VA right now!!! Casting your vote for Republican, Ed Gillespie, actually accomplishes three (3) positive things, it elects Gillespie, Governor, sets up Conservative Corey Stewart to soundly defeat, Democrat,...
  • Carroll: Guadagno can Win, but if Murphy Beats Her, His Smile will Disappear

    11/03/2017 4:48:58 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    Insider NJ ^ | November 2, 2017 | Insider NJ
    As the state staggers toward Election Day on Tuesday, Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-25) opined on the state’s broken condition, the prospects of the next chief executive, and what he insists is the jarring disconnect of a liberal message in New Jersey contributing to a suburban chilling effect. The veteran movement conservative lawmaker acknowledged that he thinks the race between Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno is tightening, and as Democrats brace for what one source said will undoubtedly be a late Republican Governors Association (RGA) Willie Horton Hail Mary on sanctuary cities, Carroll said the cycle’s enduring issue...
  • New Jersey, Don't Go "Sanctuary State"- Vote Guadagno for Governor

    10/24/2017 12:05:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | October 24, 2017 | Arthur Schaper
    Two major gubernatorial elections are on the Election 2017 campaign horizon. I wrote about the Virginia race one week ago. Ed Gillespie is now winning by focusing on Virginians’ day-to-day needs. More importantly, he is also doubling-down on his opposition to illegal immigration, and its deleterious consequences like the rising crime, gang activity, bad traffic, and diminishing quality of life.Across the Chesapeake, another governor’s race is raging. New Jersey, a colonial outpost for Quakers before the American Revolution, has turned into another California-style outpost of the urban-suburban divide, where compacted cities have been out-voting the more conservative rural and suburban...
  • State of New Jersey Caves on Stun Guns: No More Ban

    10/27/2017 7:22:37 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 October,2017 | Dean Weingarten
    New Jersey is close to dismantling its total ban on stun guns for people who are not government agents. The ban was put in place in 1985.  Stun guns or Tasers, are commonly available to New Jersey Police officers. 138 law enforcement agencies in New Jersey have the devices. From nj1015.comA total of 138 law enforcement agencies in New Jersey currently have stun guns, or Tasers, on hand, an office spokesman said Wednesday. The ban was challenged with the Supreme Court unanimous decision in the Caetano case in Massachusetts. On 21 March of 2016, the Supreme Court issued a remarkable...
  • Menendez (RAT-NJ) trial: Senator failed to disclose gifts from co-defendent

    09/21/2017 6:07:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    North Jersey ^ | 8/20/17 | Nicholas Pugliese
    Jurors at U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial heard Wednesday how the senator failed to list a series of gifts he received from his co-defendant between 2006 and 2010, including six round-trip flights, a $875 livery service and a $4,934 stay at a Paris hotel, on his annual financial disclosure forms. In painstaking detail, prosecutors pointed out that the gifts from Salomon Melgen, a wealthy Florida ophthalmologist and longtime friend, did not qualify for reporting exemptions and that Menendez had acknowledged with his signature that the reports were “true, complete and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.”