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  • Obama returns to campaign trail for Dems in governor's races

    10/18/2017 11:27:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 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 · 33 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.”
  • New Jersey (LARGEST) dealership pulls NFL ads over players’ protests

    10/03/2017 11:29:44 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 22 replies
    The owner of one of New Jersey’s largest car dealerships is pulling his television advertisements during NFL games due to players’ protests during the national anthem. Steve Kalafer sells 16 brands of cars in dealerships in Flemington, Clinton and Princeton. He says that he is unhappy with the protests. “It personally was like a stomach blow to me. This did not need to happen,” he says. Kalafer says that customers have also been questioning what has been going on. “Customers and employees said, ‘Are we supporting the NFL and its owners?’ I said, ‘We cannot,’” Kalafer says. The car dealer...
  • N.J. mega car dealer pulls TV ads over NFL protests

    10/03/2017 11:14:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    www.nj.com ^ | October 2, 2017 at 7:05 PM | By Sophie Nieto-Munoz
    RARITAN TWP. -- In response to the ongoing controversy surrounding NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, the owner of Flemington Car and Truck Country has pulled the dealership's ads from broadcasts of games for the remainder of the 2017 season. "The National Football League and its owners have shown their fans and marketing partners that they do not have a comprehensive policy to ensure that players stand and show respect for America and our flag during the playing of the national anthem," Steve Kalafer said in a statement. "We have cancelled all of our NFL advertising on the Optimum...
  • Arrest made following vandalism at Trump's New Jersey golf club

    09/30/2017 4:51:22 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sept. 30, 2017 | Mandy Mayfield
    A man has been arrested and charged with criminal mischief in connection to damages to Trump's golf club in New Jersey, according to a report Saturday. Somerset County prosecutors announced the arrest of Clifford Tillotson, a 61-year-old Hawaii resident, accoding to Central New Jersey News.
  • Menendez has set a new low for blatant corruption in the US

    09/30/2017 3:18:15 PM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 30, 2017 | Phil Kerpen
    The bribery trial of senior New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez has it all. Menendez is facing charges that he sold his US Senate office to a Palm Beach, Fla., eye doctor, his co-defendant Salomon Melgen, for bribes in the form of private jets stocked with Menendez’s favorite beverages, a private villa at one of the lushest resorts in the Caribbean, and a Paris hotel suite for which Melgen spent 650,000 American Express points. The two men met in 1993 when Melgen contributed $500 to Menendez’s first House re-election campaign at a South Florida fundraiser — his first political contribution....
  • Stricker says US golf team to stand during national anthem

    09/26/2017 2:49:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | September 26, 2017 | BY DOUG FERGUSON
    JERSEY CITY, N.J. - On that rare occasion the national anthem is played in golf, U.S. captain Steve Stricker says his team will stand together at the Presidents Cup. Stricker said he met with his four assistant captains, and then talked it over with his 12 players on a bus ride to New York on Tuesday for some television appearances. He said there was a quick consensus. "I just wanted to know what they wanted to do and how we wanted to proceed as a team," he said. "So we were going to do what we always do, and that's...
  • BREAKING: Did Fake Mayor @CoryBooker And @SenatorMenendez Trade PAC Donations?

    09/26/2017 5:07:25 AM PDT · by ptsal · 8 replies
    Got News ^ | Sep 19, 2017 | Jack Little & staff
    Following a GotNews report that New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker received donations from fellow Democrat Bob Menendez, records suggest the two may have traded some PAC cash. FEC donation records accessed from OpenSecrets.org show in 2012, Cory Booker’s PAC gave $5,000 to the re-election effort for Menendez. Booker’s PAC gave $8,500 dollars to different Democratic Senate candidates, but Menendez received over half of it. In 2014, when Booker was up for re-election, the Menendez-affiliated PAC New Millennium gave $10,000 to Booker’s re-election bid.
  • Poll: Most in NJ want Menendez to resign if found guilty

    09/25/2017 2:20:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sept 25, 2017 | Ben Kamisar
    The vast majority of people polled in New Jersey want Sen. Robert Menendez (D) to step down if he's found guilty on charges of bribery, according to a new poll that shows the embattled senator's favorability rating plummeting. Eighty-four percent of likely voters call for him to resign in a new Suffolk University poll commissioned by USA Today , while just 10 percent believe he should stay in office if convicted. Those high marks are even reflected among Democrats, as more than three quarters agree he should not remain in office if convicted. His favorable rating is upside down in...
  • New Jersey mayor resigns after admitting corruption charge

    09/25/2017 1:00:49 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 25, 2017
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The mayor of Paterson, New Jersey, resigned on Monday, a city official said, after the mayor pleaded guilty last week to a state criminal conspiracy charge that he ordered city employees to perform work at a warehouse leased by his family members. Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, 58, pleaded guilty on Friday in state superior court to second degree conspiracy as part of an agreement in which prosecutors will recommend a five-year prison sentence, state Attorney General Christopher Porrino said. The plea agreement also required that Torres relinquish his office, never again hold a government job in...
  • The Official Home of The President's Cup 2017 9/26 - 10/16 SHOW PATRIOTIC SUPPORT

    09/25/2017 7:57:48 AM PDT · by 1Old Pro · 12 replies
    The Presidents Cup website ^ | 9/25/2017 | Official Website
    For more than 20 years, the best players from around the world have come together to compete for the prestigious Presidents Cup. Presidents and Heads of State have served as Honorary Chairmen. Countries like Australia, Canada, Korea, South Africa and the United States have welcomed the global competition, which has crowned the U.S. Team as champions in nine of the 11 events.