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  • Bayonne will soon get its first mosque: Here's how it all unfolded

    BAYONNE -- Ten years after first renting out the basement of the St. Henry's Church school for prayer services, the Bayonne Muslim community will finally get have their own place of worship on the east side of town. It's been a long road for the Bayonne Muslims, whose controversial application to build a community center and mosque was denied last year amid ardent resistance from a segment of the town's population. But after filing a federal lawsuit against the city, which the group settled Wednesday for $400,000, the application now only needs to be publicly approved at a hearing in...
  • Chris Christie joins ABC News as a contributor

    01/30/2018 7:49:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    NJ Advance Media via ^ | Updated 8:16 AM; Posted Jan 29, 5:44 PM | Matt Arco and Susan K. Livio
    Former Gov. Chris Christie has landed a TV gig, NJ Advance Media has learned. Christie has been hired as an occasional contributor to ABC News, according to sources familiar with the discussions. The hiring is scheduled to be announced Tuesday on “Good Morning America” during the 7 a.m. hour, according to the sources, who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss it publicly.Christie will return in the evening to comment on President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. The former governor is a longtime Trump friend and fellow Republican. …
  • New Jersey Democrats Introduce Bill to BAN Your Current Rifles as “Assault Weapons”

    01/22/2018 6:22:48 AM PST · by PROCON · 57 replies ^ | Jan. 16, 2018 | Ammoland
    New Jersey –-( With the take over of the New Jersey Governors office by rabid gun banning Democrat, Phil Murphy, the first attack on NJ gun owners rights and property, of what will be many, has been launched. The proposed bill would ban most all the rifles and shotguns you currently own and legally bought under the current NJ laws. Sponsored by state senator Senator Nia H. Gill this bill would “strengthen” the State’s current assault weapons ban by revising the definition of an “assault weapon” to include: rifles with detachable magazines and one military style feature; semi-automatic shotguns...
  • Busta Rhymes headlines Phil Murphy pre-inaugural concert

    01/15/2018 8:48:15 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 8 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 14, 2018 | Sara Jerde
    It felt like a homecoming. The setting was perfect for it -- a pitch dark gymnasium illuminated by strobe lights that danced to the blaring club music while people stood around waiting for the action to get started. And it was a homecoming, at least in a sense, for the people who helped Phil Murphy get elected and transition him into leading New Jersey. He thanked them all -- especially the millennials -- from the stage Sunday night.
  • Trump pulls brakes on $13B Obama-backed rail-tunnel plan

    12/31/2017 4:05:18 AM PST · by SMGFan · 113 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 31, 2017
    An Obama-era plan to have the federal government finance half of a $13 billion rail tunnel project ran into a red light Friday from the Trump administration. The plan, proposed under President Barack Obama in 2015, includes revitalizing a deteriorating Amtrak tunnel connecting New Jersey to New York City, repairing damage to a dual-tunnel conduit, and reconstructing the New Jersey railroad network’s aging Portal Bridge, Crain’s New York Business reported. Amtrak, which owns most of the rail tunnels and tracks between Boston and Washington, D.C., contends that the existing tunnel connecting New Jersey and New York City is damaged and...
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Phil Murphy wins Democratic nod in fight to succeed Christie as N.J. governor

    06/06/2017 8:46:27 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 12 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | June 6, 2017 | Matt Arco and Brent Johnson
    NEWARK -- Phil Murphy, a former banking executive and U.S. ambassador to Germany who has poured millions from his own fortune into the race for New Jersey governor and vows to reinvigorate the state's economy, fought off five rivals Tuesday night to win the Democratic nomination in the battle to succeed Chris Christie. The Associated Press called the race for Murphy about an hour after the polls closed.
  • Kim Guadagno tops Ciattarelli to win GOP nod to succeed Christie as N.J. governor

    06/06/2017 8:44:06 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 35 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | June 6, 2017 | Claude Brodesser-Akner and Brent Johnson
    WEST LONG BRANCH -- Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who has spent the last eight years as Gov. Chris Christie's second-in-command and now vows to slash the state's notoriously high property taxes, defeated four opponents Tuesday to secure the Republican nomination to succeed Christie as New Jersey's governor. The Associated Press called it for Guadagno about an hour and 20 minutes after the polls closed. Now, Guadagno, a 58-year-old Monmouth Beach resident, will battle former U.S. ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy in the Nov. 7 general election. Murphy bested five rivals to emerge the winner of Tuesday's Democratic primary.
  • Chris Christie’s Legacy Likely Won’t Include A GOP Successor

    06/06/2017 12:30:56 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 12 replies
    Five Thirty Eight ^ | June 6, 2017 | Harry Enten
    What happens if a state with a population roughly equal to that of Kentucky and Louisiana combined held a major election and no one noticed? That seems to be occurring in New Jersey, which is electing a new governor this year. It may be the Democrats’ biggest gubernatorial win in the state in over 40 years. A Democratic romp in a state Hillary Clinton won easily might not seem like a surprising result. But New Jersey usually features competitive governor’s races. Over the past 40 years, Democrats have won the governor’s mansion four times to Republicans’ six. New Jersey’s current...
  • Phoenix police: Suspect says he decapitated mom after she 'put hit on him'

    05/13/2017 4:04:00 PM PDT · by smartyaz · 18 replies
    abc15 ^ | 5/12/17 | Joe Enea
    PHOENIX - Phoenix police arrested a man who said "he cut his mother's head off...because she put a hit on him." Officers found him walking in the neighborhood with blood on his pants and detained him. He allegedly admitted to detectives that "he cut his mother's head off while inside the apartment because she put a hit on him." He told police that he drank a fifth of vodka and used methamphetamine before murdering his mother. Then he went to the kitchen and got a knife with a six-inch blade. He also allegedly admitted to police that his mother was...
  • 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.
  • New Christie Vetoes Call for Shall-Issue Right to Carry & Clean Repeal of Smart Gun Mandate

    08/24/2016 12:57:32 PM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 11 replies
    Vetoes Propose Deleting “Justifiable Need” As a Carry Permit Requirement, and Clean Repeal of the Smart Gun Law Mandate with No Strings Attached! “Conditional Veto” Format Would Allow the Legislature To Accept Governor Christie’s Conditions and Immediately Implement Them Please Tell Legislators to Accept Governor Christie’s Conditions! Wednesday August 24, 2016: In a blockbuster announcement today, Governor Christie conditionally vetoed two pieces of anti-gun legislation (A3689 and S816), imposing dramatic conditions that would change them into pro-gun measures establishing shall-issue right-to-carry and repealing New Jersey’s 2002 “smart gun” law mandate with no strings attached. Copies of the vetoes are available...
  • Heidi Cruz cancels N.J. campaign events

    03/28/2016 5:37:39 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 387 replies
    Politico ^ | 2:40 p.m., Mar. 28, 2016 | Matt Friedman
    A Cruz has again canceled on New Jersey. Heidi Cruz, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, had planned to hold a fundraiser in Morris County on Wednesday and attend several campaign events across the state. But a local Cruz campaign activist announced that she will be postponing her New Jersey appearances. Scott DeCristofaro, a New Jersey contact for the Cruz campaign, issued a press release Monday announcing the cancelation of a Heidi Cruz rally in Haddon Heights. DeCristofaro said she is also canceling her other New Jersey events and plans to come back to New Jersey after Wisconsin's...
  • Major flaws in concrete in Silver Spring transportation project

    01/31/2012 4:59:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 30, 2012 | Adam Tuss
    ROCKVILLE, Md. - There are major flaws with the way the concrete was poured in the $101 million Transit Center in the heart of downtown Silver Spring. During a news conference Monday, Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner outlined the issues, calling the situation a "serious problem." He also hinted at the possibility of legal action against the contractor. "Specifications for the project called for there to be 10 inches of concrete. The analysis that has been done has shown that for significant portions of the second floor and the third floor, there's only eight and a half inches," Berliner...
  • One arm paper hanger retires

    03/12/2008 4:01:19 AM PDT · by Mike Acker · 2 replies · 201+ views
    2008-03-12 | Mike Acker
    According to Scuttlebutt the legendary One Arm Paper Hanger has retired. "Busy as a Politician in a Brothel" expression will assume the Paper Hanger's previous duties
  • Simpson accuser now 'on O.J.'s side'

    09/15/2007 8:30:07 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 25 replies · 1,144+ views
    A sports memorabilia collector who accused O.J. Simpson of armed robbery said Saturday that he was "on O.J.'s side" and wants the case dropped. "I want this thing to go away. I have health problems," said Alfred Beardsley, the collector who told police on Thursday that Simpson and several other men stormed a Las Vegas hotel room and stole memorabilia at gunpoint. Beardsley, of Burbank, Calif., told The Associated Press he is not interested in pursuing the case. "I have no desire to fly back and forth to Las Vegas to testify," he said. "How are they going to have...
  • Bada Bing club, is auctioning 'Sopranos' memorabilia online

    08/31/2007 6:31:45 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 339+ views
    north ^ | August 25, 2007 | PAUL BRUBAKER
    Satin Dolls, the Lodi go-go bar featured on the “The Sopranos” as the Bada Bing club, is auctioning items on eBay for fans of the popular HBO drama about a suburban New Jersey Mafia family. The sale will make way for the club’s renovation. LODI – Bada Bing, the fictional strip club on the HBO television Mafia drama "The Sopranos" that brought fame to Satin Dolls go-go bar, is approaching its own ending. But unlike the TV show's abrupt blackout finale, which left many television viewers cathartically stifled in June, the Bing is fading away piece by piece, courtesy...
  • The Soprano-fication of Gaza

    06/15/2007 11:38:44 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies · 503+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 15 Jun 2007 | Michael Rosen
    The Soprano-fication of Gaza By Michael Rosen : 15 Jun 2007 As of this writing, Hamas forces have overtaken the majority of the Gaza Strip, including several strongholds once controlled by Fatah, Hamas's bitter rival. Internecine Palestinian fighting has claimed hundreds of lives and displaced thousands of civilians. The government has been dissolved. The UN is considering sending peacekeeping troops to stanch the bloodletting. Some observers have presented the struggle as an ideological war between Hamas's Islamism and Fatah's secular nationalism. But a more appropriate analogy is to the gangland mob drama The Sopranos, which concluded its eight-year run earlier...