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  • Top Democratic lawmaker says NJ’s a mess: ‘I’m not raising taxes — I’m done’

    11/18/2018 6:41:11 PM PST · by Coleus · 39 replies ^ | 11.11.18 | David Matthau
    TRENTON — The state's top Democrat in the Legislature wants New Jersey voters and taxpayers to rise up and say: We're mad as hell and we're not gonna take it anymore!  State Senate President Steve Sweeney, D-Gloucester, who assembled a bipartisan economic and fiscal policy work group that issued recommendations this summer for pension and budget reforms, said that it’s become crystal clear that changes must be made because “our pension and health care system is not sustainable anymore, and raising taxes in this state is not the answer. This is a state that has a tax problem.”He said state...
  • My sister and I are nurses who are disabled by life-shortening diseases. Let us die our own way

    11/18/2018 6:08:25 PM PST · by Coleus · 111 replies
    The Star Ledger of Newark ^ | 11.13.18 | Laurie Wilcox
    My sister and I are nurses who are disabled by life-shortening diseases. As a result, we know from first-hand experience about both the limits of modern medicine at life's end and the challenges of living with disabling medical conditions. I'm 61 and have suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for 30 years. It has invaded my lung tissue and requires me to wear an oxygen tank most of the day to breathe. I've had 18 surgeries. I plan to fight my illness for as long as I can. I enjoy life. But at the end stage of my disease, I do not want...
  • Jersey Republicans remain split over the 'divisive' Donald Trump

    11/17/2018 8:38:03 PM PST · by Coleus · 33 replies
    The Star Ledger of Newark ^ | 11.08.18 | Paul Mulshine
    The election is over. Let the infighting begin.  For me it began Wednesday morning just after I awoke. I had spent the prior evening covering Republican senatorial candidate Bob Hugin's loss to Democratic incumbent Bob Menendez and didn't get to sleep until 2 a.m.After fortifying myself with some strong coffee, I checked my phone. There was a voicemail from the most prominent conservative Republican in the state Senate, Mike Doherty of Warren County.  Doherty was upset at the comments in my election-night column from the most prominent moderate Republican in the Assembly, minority leader Jon Bramnick.Bramnick had pinned the blame...
  • Immigration: Middlesex, NJ case shows need for more enforcement

    11/17/2018 8:23:15 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies
    The Star Ledger of Newark ^ | 11.13.18 | Paul Mulshine
    Don Cresitello is not the kind of guy to say "I hate to say I told you so."  In fact he takes great pleasure in doing so. And the Democratic former mayor of Morristown told you long ago that we need better coordination between local and federal authorities when it comes to dealing with potentially violent undocumented immigrants.That was proven against last week when an undocumented Mexican immigrant murdered three people in Missouri after being released from the Middlesex County jail in December to await trial on charges of domestic violence.That incident brought memories of a 2007 incident in which...
  • The Acosta-Trump dispute: TV or not TV? That is the question

    11/17/2018 8:18:54 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies
    The Star Ledger of Newark ^ | 11.15.18 | Paul Mulshine
    A lot of my fellow journalists are upset that CNN's Jim Acosta was banned from White House press conferences. Not me. I would prefer that all press conferences be restricted to the press, by which I mean the print media. I've been a print journalist since before Acosta entered kindergarten. For the first five years or so of my career I never attended a press conference that included TV and radio people. That made for a much more informative interchange between journalists and politicians. The reporters wanted simply to have their questions answered. The answers could then be incorporated into...
  • Cort VanOstran Comes Up Short Against Ann Wagner in Suburban St. Louis

    11/17/2018 5:58:03 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 12 replies
    Riverfront Times ^ | November 7, 2018 | Doyle Murphy
    U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Ballwin) survived the closest race of her congressional career, holding off Democrat Cort VanOstran in a year that saw key House districts across the country flip from red to blue. VanOstran, a 30-year-old Clayton lawyer with a Harvard degree, ran an energetic shoe-leather campaign, betting that a healthcare platform would persuade voters in a traditionally Republican stronghold to consider an earnest Democrat.
  • New Jersey governor blames snow chaos on 'lousy' forecasts

    11/16/2018 1:41:09 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 55 replies
    AP via ^ | 11/16/2018 | Shawn Marsh
    Public officials were on the defensive Friday after the season's first, surprisingly strong snowstorm stranded thousands of motorists for hours and forced some students to stay overnight in their schools. Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said "lousy" forecasts were partly to blame. He took a pounding on social media from people complaining about his handling of Thursday's storm, including one of his highest-profile constituents. Former Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, tweeted at Murphy that it took him nearly six hours to travel roughly 30 miles. Murphy didn't respond directly to his predecessor. "Clearly we could have done better and...
  • Gov. Phil Murphy responds to criticism over winter storm response in New Jersey

    11/16/2018 9:45:49 AM PST · by SMGFan · 43 replies
    ABC NEWS 7 NYC ^ | November 16, 2018
    ) -- Commuters across New Jersey faced a slow ride to work one day after a blast of snow and sleet brought traffic to a stop and led to a wave of criticism of Gov. Phil Murphy. Murphy held a briefing in Woodbridge Friday morning to address the concerns. He was flanked by members of his administration who led the state's response to the storm. "I can understand and appreciate entirely and completely the frustration that I am hearing, and our team is hearing from commuters," Murphy said. "Every storm gives us a test. This is not the first, by...
  • The Watcher

    11/14/2018 10:48:43 AM PST · by conservative98 · 25 replies
    The Cut ^ | NOV. 13, 2018 | Reeves Wiedeman
    The Watcher A family bought their dream house. But according to the creepy letters they started to get, they weren’t the only ones interested in it. One night in June 2014, Derek Broaddus had just finished an evening of painting at his new home in Westfield, New Jersey, when he went outside to check the mail. Derek and his wife, Maria, had closed on the six-bedroom house at 657 Boulevard three days earlier and were doing some renovations before they moved in, so there wasn’t much in the mail except a few bills and a white, card-shaped envelope. It was...
  • Recount 8.5 million votes by hand? By Thursday? Cory Booker to the rescue!

    11/13/2018 7:20:34 AM PST · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    NJ Advanced Media ^ | November 12, 2018
    U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., on Monday called on Garden State attorneys to help count votes in Florida's still-undecided election of a governor and U.S. Senator. "If you can hear my voice and you're a New Jersey lawyer and you've got a week to spare, I'm very serious: We need lawyers to help with the recount," Booker said, speaking to reporters on Monday at a press conference at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Florida law demands that a machine recount be done in cases where unofficial results fell within a margin of 0.5 percent, and a hand recount be performed...
  • ICE slams N.J. county jail over Missouri triple murder suspect

    11/09/2018 5:16:10 PM PST · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    A Mexican citizen charged in a Missouri triple murder was previously jailed and released in New Jersey on domestic violence charges. Luis Rodrigo Perez, 23, was being held at the Middlesex County Jail in December of last year on domestic violence charges. But the county did not honor a detainer from U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), John Tsoukaris, head of the agency's Newark field office, said in a news statement Friday. He said Perez was released from the jail in February 2018, without ICE being notified.
  • ICE: Mexican National Released By Sanctuary County Went On To Commit Triple Murder

    11/09/2018 2:15:56 PM PST · by rktman · 11 replies ^ | 11/8/2018 | Will Racke
    A Mexican national charged with killing three people in Missouri in early November was released from a New Jersey county jail in 2017, despite being the subject an active immigration detention request, federal authorities said Friday. Luis Perez, 23, allegedly killed two of his ex-roommates in Springfield, Missouri, on Nov. 1 and then, a day later, shot and killed a woman who had accompanied him to the first two murders. Perez had been kicked out of his apartment by the roommates, Steven Marler, 38, and Aaron Hampton, 23, The Associated Press reported, citing a Springfield police probable cause affidavit. The...
  • There's still 6,400 votes to count. MacArthur's chances of beating Kim are slim

    11/09/2018 4:22:38 PM PST · by SMGFan · 12 replies Advanced Media ^ | November 9, 2018
    With at least 6,400 provisional ballots still left to be counted, it's looking unlikely -- but not impossible -- that incumbent Republican Tom MacArthur will be able to take back the 3rd congressional district from current front-runner, Democrat Andy Kim. It will be early next week by the time election workers in two New Jersey counties finish counting the remaining ballots, and despite Kim declaring a victory on Wednesday, MacArthur has not conceded. As of late Friday, Kim held a lead of 3,424 votes over MacArthur -- 150,311 to 146,887. Those figures included mail-in ballots but not the provisionals.
  • Hundreds of items belonging to legendary 1970s Philly mayor Frank Rizzo are up for grabs

    11/09/2018 10:59:24 AM PST · by Albion Wilde · 12 replies
    UK DailyMail ^ | November 8, 2018 | AP
    Hundreds of items belonging to legendary 1970s Philly mayor Frank Rizzo are up for grabs on Black Friday, including his monogrammed clock, Rolodex and a signed picture of Nixon The home of the loved and loathed former Philadelphia mayor and police chief Frank Rizzo is for sale Rizzo's estate sale starts Black Friday, November 23, and will feature hundreds of items Items include his billy club, Rolodex, Italian-made furniture and a signed picture of Richard Nixon Aside from trinkets and paperwork from the papal visit in 1976, everything must go
  • Juror from Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial attends his victory party

    11/07/2018 6:35:05 AM PST · by ETL · 19 replies ^ | Nov 7, 2018 | Kathleen Joyce | Fox News
    A woman who served as a juror during New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez’s federal corruption trial attended his victory party after he won re-election Tuesday. Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby, of Hillside, N.J., was among those seen in the crowd at a ballroom in a Hoboken hotel who celebrated Menendez’s win over Republican businessman Bob Hugin, reported. Last year, she made headlines after she voiced her support for Menendez, calling him a good man. "They are just trying to throw a good man under the bus," Arroyo-Maultsby told in November 2017. Arroyo-Maultsby was dismissed from the case so she could go...
  • Sen. Menendez wins re-election after corruption scandal

    11/06/2018 5:43:19 PM PST · by conservative98 · 74 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 6, 2018 | 8:34pm | y Kate Sheehy
    New Jersey voters held their noses Tuesday and re-elected corruption-plagued Democratic US Sen. Bob Menendez, according to a report.
  • Menendez opens lead over Hugin in new poll right before Election Day

    11/05/2018 7:31:38 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 56 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | November 5, 2018 | Jonathan D. Salant
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez led Republican rival Bob Hugin by 15 percentage points among likely voters in a poll released a day before New Jersey voters go to the polls. Menendez was ahead of Hugin, a former Celgene Corp. executive, 55 percent to 40 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday. It was the second straight survey to give him a double-digit lead after several polls showed a tight race. A Stockton University poll released Friday had Menendez ahead, 51 percent to 39 percent. Menendez never trailed in any survey.
  • Christine Blasey Ford Report Is Released And It Spells Trouble For Her

    11/04/2018 7:43:32 PM PST · by bitt · 88 replies
    The FederalistPapers ^ | 11/4/2018 | Carmine Sabia
    This is not good news for Christine Blasey Ford. After raking in a million dollars in donations from a GoFundMe campaign, and as she shops offers for a book detailing allegations of an assault she can not remember, things just got worse for her. On Saturday Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley released the committee’s report on her allegations and what did it find? There is “no evidence to support the allegations.”
  • (NJ Jay Webber) Congressional candidate: Parent to parent, I want to protect all children...

    11/04/2018 8:00:15 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies
    The Star Ledger of Newark ^ | 11.01.18 | Jay Webber
    I was troubled to read a recent opinion piece written by the father of an LGBT+ son, implying that I was somehow a threat to his safety.  Given the events of the last few days -- and the actual threat made against my seven children last week -- I am compelled to respond to the author, dad to dad. As parents, we can all agree that America must be a place that gives kids a chance to grow up safely, allowing them to be who they are and work towards whoever they want to be. Nothing in my record of public service undermines that...
  • Hugin Says Internal Polling Shows Slight Lead Over Menendez

    11/04/2018 6:05:07 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 27 replies ^ | November 4, 2018
    Bob Hugin in the final days before Election Day said he will finish strong and victorious against Senator Bob Menendez and revealed that his internal polling shows he has a slight lead in the U.S. Senate race in New Jersey. Democratic strategists in the state are now concerned Menendez could lose his seat. In a piece published by Politico on Saturday, Democrats said they have seen a remarkable decline in support for Menendez and are fearful he could lose as Hugin continues to spend millions of his own money in the days leading up to Nov. 6. ..snip.. Integrity NJ...