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  • A smoking gun? Senator Weinberg denies confiscation quote

    03/23/2018 3:26:15 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 3 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger blog ^ | May 10, 2013 | Paul Mulshine
    I received a link to the above video from several gun-rights advocates, including Scott Bach of the New Jersey Association of Rifle and Pistolc Clubs (see press release here). It's a recording of the end of a Thursday meeting of the state Senate Budget Committee at which several gun-control bills were considered. The first voice is that of Chairman Paul Sarlo. After he wraps up the meeting, it sounds like someone says "We needed a bill to confiscate, confiscate, confiscate." As to just who that someone is, it's difficult to tell. It could be anyone who was near the head...
  • Are N.J. Republicans really doomed now that Christie is gone and Murphy is in charge?

    03/19/2018 4:20:25 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 22 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | March 18, 2018 | Brent Johnson
    For eight years, the Republican Party in New Jersey revolved around one person: Chris Christie. But the two-term governor is gone now, and the Jersey GOP is in poor shape. Almost irrelevant, really, with Democrat Phil Murphy in the governor's seat and his party firmly in control of the state Legislature. In fact, Republicans are left with their smallest number of state lawmakers in nearly four decades -- 41 out of 120 seats in the Legislature. In Washington, no Republican has been elected to the U.S. Senate since 1972, and Democrats are aiming at picking up a U.S. House seat...
  • N.J. college CUTS 34 jobs amid struggle to stay afloat

    03/19/2018 12:16:39 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 15 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | March 19, 2018 | Karen Yi
    Faced with a steep drop in student enrollment, Essex County College will eliminate 34 positions by next year as it remains under close watch -- and probation -- by its accrediting agency. The layoffs of 20 full-time staff and elimination of 14 vacant positions will save $2.76 million, college officials said. Included on the list: A top-ranking administrator who was placed on paid leave after a vocal group of clergy called for her ouster. Joyce Wilson Harley, vice president of administration and finance, lobbed allegations of wrongdoing against President Anthony Munroe, who in turn, accused Harley of undermining his authority....
  • Uproar after New Jersey high school allegedly suspends students over gun-range photo

    03/19/2018 4:06:14 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-19-2018 | Lukas Mikelionis
    A New Jersey high school came under fire Friday after it allegedly suspended two students over a gun photo taken during a family visit to a shooting range. News of the unnamed students' suspension circulated through a Lacey Township Facebook group, according to Amanda Buron, a Lacey resident and family friend of one of the suspended students said one of the photos shared on SnapChat featured four rifles, ammunition clips and a gun duffel with the caption "fun day at the range," reported. Buron said the two students received a five-day in-school suspension after the picture drew the...
  • Trump's poison could kill fellow Republicans in Jersey

    03/18/2018 9:51:00 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 39 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | March 18, 2018 | Tom Moran
    Rep. Tom MacArthur, alone among New Jersey Republicans, has embraced Donald Trump with a full bear hug. Maybe he thought that would work out for him politically, but it's shaping up to be a disaster. He's toast as a statewide candidate in Blue Jersey, where Republicans had hoped he might rise to the U.S. Senate or governor's mansion. And now he has fresh reason to worry that he could even lose his seat in Congress. That reason is Conor Lamb, the rookie Democrat from southwestern Pennsylvania who just stunned the political world by marching into deep red territory and grabbing...
  • Financial State of the Cities 2016

    03/17/2018 9:16:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Truth in Accounting ^ | January 24, 2018
    Truth in Accounting .. based on fiscal year 2016 comprehensive annual financial reports .. found that 64 cities do not have enough money to pay all of their bills, and in total, the cities have racked up $335.4 billion in unfunded municipal debt. ... Government reports are lengthy, cumbersome, and sometimes misleading documents ... taxpayers and citizens deserve easy-to-understand, truthful, and transparent financial information from their governments. ... to balance the budget, elected officials have not included the true costs of the government in their budget calculations and have pushed costs onto future taxpayers. ... TIA was unable to rank...
  • NJ Gun Clubs Threaten Lawsuit Over Lacy Township Students’ Gun Range Photos

    03/16/2018 11:34:42 AM PDT · by MilesVeritatis · 76 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 03/15/2018 | (unnamed)
    Lacey Township NJ – -( Two students at Lacey Township High-school, NJ were suspended for posting a picture of themselves shooting guns at a private gun range with the caption “fun day at the range“. The school's zero tolerance policy says that students cannot be in possession of weapons at any time, whether on or off campus. Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs today demanded in a lawyer letter that the Lacey Township School District immediately rescind disciplinary actions taken against several students for posting social media photos of themselves near firearms at a target range.
  • Christie: ‘There Could Be’ a Legal Issue with Stormy Daniels Payment

    03/12/2018 9:29:36 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 60 replies
    Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) said “there could be” a legal issue with the alleged $130,000 President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen paid to porn star Stormy Daniels. When asked if there a legal issue with the payment Christie said, “There could be. He continued, “You’ve got to get to the bottom of the facts. You’ve got to get to the bottom of the facts. Was Michael Cohen reimbursed for this? If he was, from whom? Did he pay for himself? If he paid himself, what are the campaign implications? There’s all kinds of issues...
  • Police: Man made threat toward faculty member at ECC

    03/15/2018 9:34:59 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 6 replies
    News 12 New Jersey ^ | March 15, 2018 | News 12 New Jersey
    NEWARK - A man from Newark has been arrested and charged with making terroristic threats. Jacques Cesaire, 41, is a student at Essex County College. According to police, Cesaire made threatening comments toward a faculty member at the Newark campus.
  • Murphy: NJ community colleges could be tuition-free by 2021

    03/15/2018 8:03:05 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 47 replies
    News 12 New Jersey ^ | March 15, 2018 | News 12 New Jersey
    EDISON - Gov. Phil Murphy has pledged to make New Jersey’s community colleges tuition-free by 2021. Murphy, in his budget address, said that $50 million of the state’s 2019 budget will go toward tuition support for low-income students. He said that tuition-free colleges will be paid for through an increase in the state sales tax and the creation of a millionaire’s tax. College students in the United States have nearly $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, according to Student Debt Hero. Some high school students tell News 12 New Jersey that student loan debt is something that they worry about...
  • New Jersey Prepares To Raise Taxes On "Almost Everything" As It Nears Financial Disaster (Title)

    03/14/2018 11:40:06 AM PDT · by CptnObvious · 62 replies
    Vanity | 03/14/2018 | Self
  • Murphy to propose raising N.J. sales tax in first budget

    03/13/2018 3:46:03 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 40 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | March 13, 2018 | Matt Arco and Samantha Marcus
    Gov. Phil Murphy is set Tuesday to unveil a state budget proposal -- his first -- that will include more than $1.5 billion in new revenue from taxes and closing loopholes, including a small spike in New Jersey's sales tax, NJ Advance Media has learned. The extra revenue would also come from a proposed millionaires tax, closing tax loopholes used by corporations, and a plan to legalize marijuana, according to multiple sources briefed on the budget.
  • Academia: Last Refuge of the N-Word

    03/12/2018 8:33:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 12, 2018 | Malcolm A. Kline
    And not from the dwindling cadre of conservatives there. "The spring semester got off to a somewhat rocky start at Princeton University when a number of students walked out of a class in reaction to the instructor’s conduct," Princeton Professor Keith E. Whittington writes on the academe blog maintained by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). "Lawrence Rosen, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Princeton and an adjunct professor of law at Columbia University, was starting a class that he has offered before, 'Cultural Freedoms: Hate Speech, Blasphemy, and Pornography.'" "Apparently as has he has done...
  • So why is Donald Trump sticking it to New Jersey?

    03/10/2018 9:40:41 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 53 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | March 10, 2018 | Jonathan D. Salant
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's new-found opposition to funding the Gateway Tunnel project is just the latest example of how he's championed policies that punish New Jersey, where he has long ties and spends his spring weekends and summer vacation. The Trump-backed tax plan targeted New Jersey and other high-tax states by curbing the federal deduction for state and local taxes, and he backed Affordable Care Act repeal efforts that disproportionately cut funding from those states, which expanded Medicaid in order to expand coverage. Meanwhile, New Jersey taxpayers send billions of dollars more to Washington than they get back in...
  • Driver electrocuted after ignoring barricade and hitting wires downed in storm

    03/09/2018 4:53:02 AM PST · by lightman · 65 replies ^ | 9 March A.D. 2018 | John Luciew
    A driver in New Jersey made a fatal mistake when he ignored a road closed barricade Thursday morning and drove on, only to run over live electrical wires downed by this week's nor'easter storm. As 6ABC in Philly reports, the driver's SUV erupted into flames in on Summit Avenue and Route 208 in Franklin Lakes just before 9 a.m., as the vehicle hit those live wires. In fact, the inferno was so bad, the driver had not been positively identified as of last reports. Fire totally gutted the vehicle, and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation...
  • New Jersey Teacher Brings Loaded Gun to School – No Charges

    03/06/2018 11:59:16 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 28 February, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    When you have over 400 million guns in a country with a population of over 330 million, one-in-a-million odds do not look too bad. In this case in New Jersey, a teacher ended up in school with a loaded gun in her bag – by accident. In December of 2017, Karen Horen was 70 years old and teaching at a New Jersey school. It is understandable when you consider her annual salary, as a home economics teacher, is $70,339. She came to work at the school and briefly left her bag outside in the hallway, unattended, for a few...
  • Bayonne schools closed after threat they would be 'shot up'

    03/05/2018 4:00:12 PM PST · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | March 5, 2018
    Bayonne has closed all of its public schools today "out of an abundance of caution" after a threat that "all Bayonne schools would be shot up Monday morning" was made on Twitter, Mayor Jimmy Davis said this morning in a Facebook post. Davis said in the post that police have not identified the author of the tweet and that it is still under investigation, and that it is not deemed credible. He added, however, that he "consulted with (Bayonne Police Department) and (the Bayonne Board of Education), and since we cannot rule anything out, I have ordered that the BBOED...
  • 'Stop blaming white people' sign causes stir at N.J. post office

    03/05/2018 8:48:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    NJ.COM ^ | 03/05/2018 | By Taylor Tiamoyo Harris
    The United States Postal Service said it is investigating a racial sign put up outside its Flemington location. USPS Postal Inspector Greg Kliemisch said Friday afternoon the sign, which read "March is national stop blaming white people month! Accept responsibility for your own bad choices. Hug a white person!," was put up sometime Thursday. It was taken down in the afternoon by employees, he said. Kliemisch said posting signs on the building is strictly prohibited. He could not confirm whether or not the location had cameras outside the building that captured the incident. The sign is similar to messages in...
  • I Wanted to Be a Good Mom. So I Got a Gun

    03/05/2018 6:01:04 AM PST · by NRx · 37 replies
    NY Times ^ | 03-05-2018 | BETHANY MANDEL
    A few months after my father left our family home for good, my mother heard me screaming in the middle of the night. It was the kind of scream that made her grab her rifle in one hand and some ammo in another. It was a spring night and I was sleeping with my window open, which was right above my bed; I loved breathing in the fresh air. That night, in that open window, I heard the banging of a ladder, and by the time my mother made it into the room and began loading her gun, a man...
  • Democrats' seek to help wealthy in response to tax changes

    03/04/2018 3:15:11 PM PST · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 3/4/2018 | GEOFF MULVIHIL
    CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Resistance to the Republican tax overhaul comes with an ideological twist for some Democratic state officials: They’ve styled themselves as champions of the working class but are pushing hard for measures that would reduce taxes mostly for the wealthy.Democratic governors and lawmakers in a handful of high-income, high-tax states are promoting policies that are intended to spare their residents the pain of the new $10,000 cap on deductions for state and local taxes. Connecticut, New Jersey and New York are even planning to sue the federal government over the new cap, which was a key...