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  • NJ mall gunman didn’t intend to hurt anyone: officials (molly/suicide)

    11/05/2013 7:50:35 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/5/13 | Bob Fredericks and Erin Calabrese
    The 20-year-old suspected in a New Jersey mall shooting was found dead early Tuesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. The body of Richard Shoop, 20, of Teaneck, was found in a storage area inside the Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus about 3:20 a.m., about six hours after the terrifying incident began. Officials don’t believe Shoop – a pizza deliveryman with a history of drug abuse – intended to hurt anyone other than himself. Authorities say the 22-caliber assault-style rifle he fired was legally registered to his brother and that Shoop had taken it without permission, squeezing off...
  • Shots Fired At Garden State Plaza Mall In New Jersey

    11/04/2013 7:59:54 PM PST · by bryan999 · 46 replies
    PARAMUS N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police responded in force Monday evening, as an active shooter was reported on the rampage at the Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall. Police sources told WCBS 880′s Steve Scott there was still an active shooter at the mall as of 10:15 p.m. No details about injuries were immediately available. Law enforcement sources initially said people had been hit, but it was not immediately confirmed whether anyone was. A SWAT team was seen storming the mall as of just before 10:30 p.m. Shots were fired inside the mall beginning sometime before the mall in Paramus, N.J. closed...
  • Shots fired at Garden State Plaza mall

    11/04/2013 7:18:10 PM PST · by Woodman · 125 replies
    Reports: Shots fired at Garden State Plaza mall By LUKE FUNK, Senior Web Producer - bio NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) - There were unconfirmed reports of shots being fired at the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, N.J. on Monday night. It reportedly happened about 9:30 p.m. Police had not confirmed any information but there were several reports on Twitter about a gunman opening fire inside the mall. Law enforcement scanner traffic reported a male wearing body armor and a rifle in the mall. Witnesses report a large police presence at the mall. The Hackensack tactical team was being deployed to...
  • Obama Embraces Role As Consoler In Chief To Remain Above The Fray

    05/28/2013 1:34:34 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 28,2013 | Niall Stanage
    President Obama will gain one more day of respite from the controversies that have crowded in on his administration Tuesday, as he tours the New Jersey coast to inspect the recovery and rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
  • The New Jersey Exit

    02/04/2010 5:14:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 591+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 4, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Fiscal Policy: Too many of those pain-in-the-neck productive people living in your state, making everyone else look bad? Want to get rid of them? Let the Garden State show you how it's done through the tax code. At one time in the not-too-distant past, New Jersey was by some measures the wealthiest state in the country. No more. Wealth is fleeing at an alarming rate. Between 2004 and 2008, more than $70 billion in wealth headed for the exit, according to a new study by Boston College's Center on Wealth and Philanthropy. Worse, it's not being replaced. Though more people...
  • INTRIGUE IN JERSEY GOV RACE

    08/10/2009 10:08:35 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies · 1,528+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 10, 2009
    NEW Jersey's incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine thinks Republican challenger Chris Christie, who's clobbering him in the polls, is hiding something. A press release sent out by Corzine, a former US senator as well as the former CEO of Goldman Sachs, accuses Christie, a major fund-raiser for George W. Bush, of failing to comply with his campaign's efforts to obtain basic information about Christie's stint as the Garden State's US attorney.
  • Rare flower debuts in N.J.

    06/22/2008 7:53:12 PM PDT · by Coleus · 19 replies · 186+ views
    A rare wildflower never before seen in the Garden State has been discovered in a forest in northwest New Jersey, state officials said Thursday. The fern-leaf scorpion-flower, or Phacelia bipinnatifida, was found on the forest floor and adjacent rock outcrops in the natural area at Whittingham Wildlife Management Area in Sussex County, a botanically rich location already home to 22 other endangered or threatened plants. "The amazing discovery of this beautiful wildflower underscores the importance of the work we are doing to thoroughly inventory the natural treasures that exist within hundreds of thousands of state-owned lands," said Lisa Jackson, commissioner...
  • Corzine Leaves Hospital, Asks For Forgiveness

    04/30/2007 1:05:46 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 71 replies · 1,661+ views
    WCBS TV ^ | 4/30/07 | CBS/AP
    Just 18 days after suffering numerous serious injuries in an automobile crash, Gov. Jon S. Corzine, D-N.J., was released from Cooper University Hospital Monday and issued an emotional statement to the public. "I understand I set a very poor example for a lot of young people, a lot of people in general," said a teary-eyed Corzine, who was not wearing a seat belt when he was critically injured in an April 12 automobile crash on the Garden State Parkway. "I certainly hope the state will forgive me and I will work very hard to try to set the right kind...
  • Lautenberg bulks up funds for '08 run (Tom Kean, Jr. not expected to run again)

    02/07/2007 3:28:56 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 34 replies · 743+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | February 6, 2007 | Cynthia Burton
    With legislative races this year expected to do little to tilt the balance of power in Trenton, the hottest race in New Jersey could very well be the one for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Frank Lautenberg. Although voters will not decide the race until November 2008, Lautenberg is filling his campaign treasury, with three fund-raisers down and others planned for Palm Beach, Fla.; Austin, Texas; Denver, and Los Angeles. Tim Yehl, Lautenberg's chief of staff, expects the race to cost each candidate up to $15 million. That's bad news for Lautenberg, who loves being a senator but...
  • N.J. Warns: Don't Eat Squirrel Near Dump

    01/25/2007 11:24:31 AM PST · by JZelle · 52 replies · 1,568+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 1-25-07 | AP
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey has warned squirrel hunters near a toxic waste dump about consuming the critters because they could be contaminated with lead. It is the first time the state has cautioned Ringwood residents - many who are members of the Ramapough Mountain Indian tribe who hunt and fish in the area - about their squirrel intake, said Tom Slater, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Senior Services. A lead-contaminated squirrel was found in the area two months ago, prompting the agency, along with the state Department of Environmental Protection, to send out letters advising...
  • Marine to walk across NJ to show support for troops

    01/12/2007 10:52:29 AM PST · by JoyjoyfromNJ · 75 replies · 1,414+ views
    January 12, 2007 | self
    This was a press release issued by the individual below but the source paper has copyright issues. So am posting as a vanity: United States Marine Corps Sgt. Craig M. Breiner, 30, of Howell plans to carry the U.S. flag from the Belmar boardwalk to the state capital in Trenton to rally support for American military personnel serving in war zones. "We need to bring the morale of our troops up," said Breiner, a seven-year Marine veteran who spent seven months in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. . . . Breiner's walk will commence Jan. 20, rain or shine, at...
  • Woman Accused Of Punching Cop Over Political Sign

    11/07/2006 9:27:57 AM PST · by Froufrou · 27 replies · 2,239+ views
    Myway News ^ | 11/06/06 | Unknown
    A 69-year-old woman who was charged with assaulting a police officer has turned around and filed a complaint against him for the incident, which stemmed from a political sign she had put up. The incident started last Wednesday when Marion Munk, a ceramics instructor at a community college, said she noticed a handmade political sign she'd left on a street corner near her house was knocked to the ground. Munk said she stopped at the corner, where Public Service Electric & Gas Co. crews were working, to find out why her sign, which was against incumbent Democrats, was down on...
  • In New Jersey Contest, A Senator With Tough Friends

    11/02/2006 6:07:36 AM PST · by AlanMoretti · 10 replies · 652+ views
    The New York Observer ^ | Nov 2 2006 | Jonathan Miller
    UNION CITY, N.J.—In his 30-plus years as a player in New Jersey politics, Senator Robert Menendez has cultivated dozens of friends and allies in positions of influence. But recently, on Sept. 5, one of his allies, a New Jersey business owner and a major fund-raiser for Mr. Menendez, showed up in a curious place: in front of a grand jury in Newark, where he was questioned about the financing of terror bombings in Cuba during the 1990’s. Also appearing in front of the grand jury was the former accountant of a deceased ally and donor for the Senator. The fund-raiser,...
  • When Not Voting Is The Right Thing To Do (Barf Alert)

    10/30/2006 10:34:02 PM PST · by goldstategop · 117 replies · 1,678+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 10/31/2006 | Joseph Farah
    Some people get mad at me when I tell them not to vote. But I believe there is a right time to abstain from casting a ballot – particularly if the only choice is a Democrat or Republican who are indistinguishable on the major issues of the day. A good example of a race where a protest vote for a third party candidate or a non-vote would be the right thing to do on Election Day is the New Jersey Senate race between incumbent Robert Menendez, the Democrat, and Republican challenger Thomas Kean Jr. (Column continues below) Pollsters say the...
  • Ex-Marine Murtha to speak at Montclair State University

    10/13/2006 9:11:59 AM PDT · by zoomie81 · 76 replies · 2,590+ views
    Office of Congressman Bill Pascrell, New Jersey
    Congressman Bill Pascrell (D) invites you to join him and 37 year Marine Combat Veteran & Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha at Montclair State University, Montclair New Jersey.October 23 starting at 3:00 until 4:30. John Murtha will be discussing his views on National Security and Ending the War in Iraq. contact number for more information 973-523-5152 ( office of B. Pascrell)
  • From small acorns towering dreams take root and grow

    10/26/2006 1:55:04 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 701+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 10.25.06 | CHRISTINA JOHNSON
    Amid the squirrels and jays pouncing on acorns early this fall was 10-year-old Junior Girl Scout Amanda Diacont. As Tropical Storm Ernesto whipped the white oaks around her family's vacation campsite near Cape May, Amanda poked out of her canvas tent and swept falling acorns into empty milk jugs, working to earn her Inchworm of Service badge by contributing to the state Forest Service annual acorn collection. She filled 2 1/2 containers. "Every five minutes we would go out and get some more," said Amanda, who is from Ringoes, Hunterdon County. "I probably could have filled 10-ish, but my mom...
  • New Jersey Supreme Gay Marriage Decision being handed down ToMORrOW

    10/24/2006 1:43:58 PM PDT · by rface · 47 replies · 1,419+ views
    Steven Goldstein | 10.24.206 | Steven Goldstein
    URGENT BULLETIN: The New Jersey Supreme Court will hand down its ruling in the marriage equality case Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 3:00 pm. THIS SUPERCEDES THE COURT'S EARLIER ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THERE WOULD BE NO DECISIONS COMING DOWN ON WEDNESDAY. The Court will post the decision at http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/opinions/index.htm Please attend Garden State Equality's statewide rally for marriage equality Wednesday night at 7:00 pm, Unitarian Church of Montclair, 67 Church Street, downtown Montclair. The rally supercedes any other event we have e-mailed you about. Right now please call as many people as you can, and please forward this e-mail to every...
  • Official Republican Voter Suppression - New Jersey

    10/24/2006 8:11:12 AM PDT · by Wuli · 51 replies · 2,344+ views
    October 24, 2006 | Wuli
    I received a notice yesterday from the State of New Jersey, Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law and Public Law and Safety, Division of Elections The letter said: Dear Voter: A review of the statewiud voter registration system indicates that your date of birth is missing from your registration record. Please be advised that a missing date of birth will not affect your right to vote. However, we need this missing information to assure that your records are correct and properly maintained. Please provide your date of birth on the line below and mail this letter back in...
  • Taxes driving people out of Jersey

    09/25/2006 9:37:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 54 replies · 1,458+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.30.06 | KARIN PRICE MUELLER
    Some see it as an exodus. Others call it a mass migration. But it's really a financial flight. In interviews with dozens of New Jersey residents, financial advisers and estate planning attorneys, one thing becomes apparent: People are being taxed out of New Jersey. "I've always felt there's a level of taxation where people say, 'Enough is enough,'" said Curtis Dubay, an economist with the Tax Foundation, a Washington, D.C., nonpartisan tax research group. "If any state has pushed the line, it's New Jersey." According to the foundation's 2006 State Business Tax Climate Index, New Jersey has the third highest...
  • Jersey Muslims say their children find more spirituality in Ramadan

    09/25/2006 4:54:12 PM PDT · by Coleus · 54 replies · 796+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 09.23.06 | JEFF DIAMANT
    Wafa Suleiman can still recall the nightly Ramadan rituals of her Middle East youth more than 25 years ago. At each sunset during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a cannon in an Arab part of Jerusa lem would fire to announce the official sunset and inform Muslims that their daily fast could end. "As kids we sat around the table waiting to hear that boom," said Suleiman, now 39, and a resident of Garfield. "It was a thrill listening to that cannon being fired. It was a thrill. It was the big thing for little kids to hear." For...
  • BLABBERMOUTH; MCG MIGHT BE 'BOOKED' (gay gov's tell-all on Dim corruption grounds for indictment)

    09/25/2006 6:05:07 AM PDT · by Liz · 35 replies · 1,321+ views
    NY POST ^ | September 25, 2006 | JEANE MacINTOSH
    Jim McGreevey may have blabbed too much in his tell-all autobiography - and not just about his sex life......the gay former gov's confessions about NJ's notorious "pay-to-play" politics and his ties to a parade of corrupt power players could get him criminally prosecuted....... Ed Stier, a former federal and New Jersey state prosecutor told The Post..... "McGreevey's book may inadvertently supply enough information - to suggest that an already-closed investigation be reopened or expanded" ....McGreevey describes political patronage as "the coin of the realm" in NJ, a "form of sanctioned bribery" .......citing land deals and board appointments as examples of...
  • N.J. court tells police limits on car searches don't apply to homes

    09/21/2006 3:53:20 PM PDT · by Focault's Pendulum · 156 replies · 5,425+ views
    Star-Ledger Staff ^ | Thursday, September 21, 2006 | BY ROBERT SCHWANEBERG
    In New Jersey, one's home is not one's castle after all. The real castle, it turns out, is the car. The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled 4-3 yesterday that police do not need a reason to ask permission to search someone's home. The same court four years ago issued rules saying police must have a good reason before asking motorists if they can search their cars. Yesterday the court said the rules for cars -- which prohibit police from asking motorists if they can conduct a search unless they have "a reasonable and articulable suspicion" of criminal activity -- are...
  • Poll: New Jersey Senate race remains a tie

    09/21/2006 2:48:37 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 24 replies · 722+ views
    cnn.com ^ | 21 September 2006
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate race in New Jersey, which a Republican hasn't won in 34 years, remains virtually tied with less than two months before Election Day, a poll released Wednesday shows. Among likely voters, including those leaning toward a candidate, Republican challenger Tom Kean Jr. holds a 48-45 percent edge over Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, the Quinnipiac University poll showed. Six percent remain undecided. This survey of 688 likely voters has an error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Among the 1,233 registered voters surveyed, Menendez has a 41-38 percent edge. This survey has an error...
  • New Jersey Switcheroo

    09/15/2006 4:30:08 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 53 replies · 1,576+ views
    WSJ ^ | September 15, 2006 | WSJ
    For pure entertainment value, not much can compete with the blood sport of New Jersey politics. Last week federal investigators launched a probe into whether U.S. Senator Robert Menendez illegally benefited to the tune of more than $300,000 from a rental-income deal he had with a nonprofit agency that received millions of dollars in federal contracts. Even liberal good government groups agree that the relationship may have violated congressional conflict-of-interest rules. The allegations have sparked a mini-panic among state Democratic operatives, who not so long ago thought Mr. Menendez -- who was appointed by Jon Corzine ... had the November...
  • McGreevey 'in love' from the first kiss ("We made passionate, whispering, masculine love”)

    09/15/2006 7:55:45 AM PDT · by dead · 130 replies · 3,828+ views
    The Star Ledger ^ | Friday, September 15, 2006 | Mark Mueller
    In his highly anticipated memoir, former Gov. James E. McGreevey writes of his deep love for the man who ended his political career, the destruction of his second marriage and the events that forced him into his stunning admission on national television that he is gay. In "The Confession," the former governor also touches on New Jersey's sometimes seamy political landscape, where cash, cronyism and a handful of powerful men intersect. But the 384-page book focuses mostly on McGreevey's secret life, from his frequent sexual encounters with men at highway rest stops to his infatuation with Golan Cipel, the Israeli...
  • New Jersey Budget Deal Reached

    07/06/2006 12:15:27 PM PDT · by AbeKrieger · 45 replies · 1,208+ views
    New Jersey politicians have reached an agreement that will end the state budget crisis. The deal will be announced later this afternoon by Gov. Jon Corzine at a news conference. That conference is tentatively scheduled at 4:30 p.m. NBC 10 News and NBC10.com will live video coverage. Corzine hammered out a deal with his fellow Democrats, who were fighting him over a proposed sales tax hike, according to sources. The deal was reached six days after state government shut down, a high-ranking Statehouse official said. "They'll be announcing the final elements later this afternoon," said the official, who spoke on...
  • Corzine Expected To Order Shutdown As N.J. Budget Talks Falter

    06/30/2006 8:27:52 PM PDT · by ncountylee · 45 replies · 1,021+ views
    AP/NBC 10 ^ | June 30, 2006
    TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey lurched into a financial crisis Friday as the midnight deadline to adopt a budget neared and a dispute over the governor's plan to increase the sales tax remained unresolved. Gov. Jon S. Corzine was expected Saturday morning to order an unprecedented state government shutdown after an hourlong meeting Friday night between Corzine and top legislative officials ended without agreement and significant differences remaining. "Over the last several days the administration has worked on contingency plans for the orderly shutdown of state government," Corzine spokesman Anthony Coley said. "At this time, it looks like we may...
  • NJ assemblywomen call for boycott of new Coulter book

    06/08/2006 12:38:21 PM PDT · by pissant · 542 replies · 6,631+ views
    Phillyburbs/AP ^ | 6/8/06 | staff
    TRENTON, N.J. - Commentator Ann Coulter's incendiary words about outspoken 9/11 widows have led two state lawmakers to calls for a boycott of her book in the widows' home state of New Jersey. Assemblywomen Joan M. Quigley, D-Hudson, and Linda Stender, D-Union, on Thursday called on New Jerseyans to stop buying the book, "Godless: The Church of Liberalism," and for retailers in the state to stop selling it. "Coulter's vicious characterizations and remarks are motivated by greed and her desire to sell books. By making these claims, she proved herself worse than those she is attempting to vilify - she...
  • 2-Foot Block Of Ice Falls From Sky Onto N.J. Lawn

    05/22/2006 9:38:08 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 48 replies · 1,146+ views
    NBC10 ^ | May 22, 2006 | AP
    BRIGANTINE, N.J. -- A large block of ice believed to have been discarded by an airplane fell thousands of feet onto the lawn of a Brigantine residence this weekend. The ice cube, measured at about two feet all the way around, made a foot-deep crater when it came down Saturday. The unidentified homeowner notified authorities, who believe the ice chunk fell from the holding tank of an airplane flying overhead. Brigantine police sought help from the Federal Aviation Administration to identify which airplane the ice chunk fell from. But there were too many flights in the area at the time...
  • NJ Senate race: Thomas Kean, Jr. (R), Robert Menendez (D) in dead heat

    05/18/2006 9:36:42 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 46 replies · 825+ views
    Strategic Vision ^ | May 18, 2006
    1. If the election were held today, whom would you support Robert Menendez, the Democrat, or Thomas Kean Jr., the Republican? Thomas Kean, Jr. 35% Robert Menendez 35% Undecided 30%
  • Disclosure reports: Corzine gave cash gifts to top aides [each gift was kept under $11,000 so that.

    05/06/2006 4:33:09 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies · 884+ views
    Disclosure reports: Corzine gave cash gifts to top aides The Associated Press Published: Saturday, May 6, 2006 Updated: Saturday, May 6, 2006 TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's multimillionaire governor dipped into his personal fortune to give nearly $100,000 cash gifts to top aides late last year, just weeks before his Jan. 17 swearing in, according to recently released financial disclosure reports. Officials in Gov. Jon S. Corzine's administration acknowledged that each gift was kept under $11,000 so that neither the staffers or Corzine would have to pay taxes. "A gift is just that, and a number of Jon Corzine's...
  • NJ Bill To Ban More Rifles as "Assault Rifles" (My Title)

    04/24/2006 7:00:37 AM PDT · by ZULU · 54 replies · 3,555+ views
    New Jersey State Assembly ^ | JANUARY 30, 2006 | Reed Guiscora
    ASSEMBLY, No. 2185 STATE OF NEW JERSEY 212th LEGISLATURE INTRODUCED JANUARY 30, 2006 Sponsored by: Assemblyman REED GUSCIORA District 15 (Mercer) SYNOPSIS Revises criteria for determining whether a rifle is an assault firearm. CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT As introduced. AN ACT concerning assault firearms and amending N.J.S.2C:39-1. BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey: 1. N.J.S.2C:39-1 is amended to read as follows: 2C:39-1. Definitions. The following definitions apply to this chapter and to chapter 58: a. "Antique firearm" means any rifle or shotgun and "antique cannon" means a destructive device defined in...
  • New Jersey Senate: Kean (R) 43% Menendez (D) 36%

    04/20/2006 6:06:40 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 36 replies · 779+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 18, 2006
    The son of former Governor Tom Kean (R) now has a seven percentage point advantage in New Jersey's U.S. Senate campaign. The latest Rasmussen Reports election poll in the Garden State shows Republican Tom Kean, Jr. leading Senator Robert Menendez (D) 43% to 36%. Seven percent (7%) of voters say that they will vote for some other candidate and 14% remain undecided in this Democratic leaning state. A month ago, Kean held a two-point advantage, 41% to 39%. Kean has solidified support among Republicans since our last poll while Menendez has lost ground among Democrats. From an ideological perspective, Kean...
  • New Jersey Senate: Kean(R) 43% Menendez(D) 36% [Rasmussen]

    04/18/2006 6:57:49 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 58 replies · 1,055+ views
    Rasmussen ^ | 4/18/2006
    April 18, 2006--The son of former Governor Tom Kean (R) now has a seven percentage point advantage in New Jersey's U.S. Senate campaign. The latest Rasmussen Reports election poll in the Garden State shows Republican Tom Kean, Jr. leading Senator Robert Menendez (D) 43% to 36%. Seven percent (7%) of voters say that they will vote for some other candidate and 14% remain undecided in this Democratic leaning state. A month ago, Kean held a two-point advantage, 41% to 39%. Kean has solidified support among Republicans since our last poll while Menendez has lost ground among Democrats. From an ideological...
  • Corzine Ready To Lower Tax Boom On N.J. (Upset Residents, Many Hint At Leaving....)

    03/20/2006 1:38:02 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 82 replies · 2,535+ views
    Corzine Ready To Lower Tax Boom On N.J. CBS 2 Speaks To Upset Residents, Many Hint At Leaving Image Marcia Kramer Reporting (CBS) BERGENFIELD New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine unveils his belt tightening new budget on Tuesday. But even before the announcement, New Jersey taxpayers were expecting the worst. When Corzine voted for himself to become governor of New Jersey he knew that one day he would have to make some difficult and unpopular budget decisions. That day is Tuesday. And already people are lining up to oppose his expected tax hikes. ”It’s utterly ridiculous we have to have the...
  • N.J. has last laugh: No. 5 in livability

    03/09/2006 6:48:25 AM PST · by Huck · 390 replies · 3,603+ views
    Philly Inquirer ^ | Thu, Mar. 09, 2006 | Troy Graham
    Who's laughing now? New Jersey, the state that spawned a thousand wise-guy bumper stickers and became the butt of a million late-night jokes, is actually a nice place to live. The research group Morgan Quitno crunched the numbers this year and yesterday ranked New Jersey the fifth-most-livable state. As for its neighbors? Pennsylvania finished 30th, New York 32d. "The people we talk to say they wouldn't live anywhere else, and I have to go along with that," said Mark Moran, a Bloomfield resident and one of the editors of Weird New Jersey magazine. "Whether it grows on you or people...
  • Who can refuse summons to this Garden party?

    11/15/2005 11:48:15 AM PST · by JZelle · 34 replies · 709+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 11-15-05 | John Curran
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Make us a slogan we can't refuse, the state of New Jersey said. We got your slogan right here, the people replied. A push to come up with a new slogan for the Garden State has become an excuse to crack New Jersey jokes. Among the not-so-serious entries: "New Jersey: You Got a Problem With That?" "NJ: How You Doin'?!" And "Most of Our Elected Officials Have Not Been Indicted." The search yielded nearly 6,200 possibilities, many of them attempts to sum up the land of Bruce Springsteen, "The Sopranos" and smelly interstates in one pithy...
  • Jersey Brains Prove Irresistible to Bush

    11/11/2005 2:38:32 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 12 replies · 535+ views
    AP ^ | Nov 11, 2005 | Donna De La Cruz
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Its voters twice rebuffed President Bush, so New Jersey seems an unlikely place for the president to find a friend. Yet when it comes to key appointments, the White House keeps seeking - and finding - a helping hand in the Garden State. Take Samuel Alito of West Caldwell, N.J. His nomination to the Supreme Court makes him one of six people with New Jersey ties called into service by Bush since he took office. The only Garden Stater who did not make the grade was Bernard Kerik, best known for being New York City police commissioner,...
  • Picture this: Fluorescent rocks (NJ)

    06/08/2005 5:29:04 PM PDT · by Coleus · 23 replies · 1,372+ views
    North Jersey Newspapers--The Record ^ | 05.30.05 | THOMAS E. FRANKLIN
    Picture this: Fluorescent rocks It could be argued that New Jersey is the rock capital of the world - just ask any Springsteen fan.But did you know that the Garden State is also the fluorescent rock capital of the world, long regarded as the "Promised Land" of fluorescent minerals by rock collectors worldwide?Stuart Schneider has written a book about it called "Collecting Fluorescent Minerals." He has an extensive collection of fluorescent rocks, with more than 800 species from around the world, but mostly his rocks are New Jersey-grown.The photography darkroom in his basement has been converted into a mineral room,...
  • Jersey's ace of baseball diamond is tops in soil (Provides dirt to most baseball teams)

    04/21/2005 9:35:07 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies · 1,187+ views
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | 04.05.05 | MIKE FRASSINELLI
    For something so vital to the game of baseball, dirt sure does get a bad rap. Players spend far more time on the dirt in the batter's box, pitcher's mound and infield than they do on grass, but no one ever recalls their first visit to Yankee Stadium with a teary-eyed description of the base paths. And they didn't call the Kevin Costner movie "Dirt of Dreams." Yet to hear a Warren County farmer explain it, making the perfect baseball dirt is an art. Meet Jim Kelsey of Independence Township, the DaVinci of Dirt. He supplies the reddish/orange clay that...
  • Urban 'farmers' in NJ reap benefits of USDA Farm Subsidies

    02/18/2005 2:06:44 PM PST · by Coleus · 23 replies · 892+ views
    Urban 'farmers' reap benefits of subsidies Even though he lives in a city that has 17,857 people per square mile and actually drives a truck for a living, Donald Jacobs, 65, of Paterson, is a farmer, according to the federal government.Because he is a farmer, Jacobs receives a subsidy each year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the crops he hires someone to plant on 13 acres he owns in Salem County.President Bush's 2006 budget takes aim at farm subsidies, proposing to cut all crop and dairy payments by 5 percent and limit the total per-farmer payout to $260,000....
  • Justices tell why black bear hunt was blocked (NJ)

    03/02/2005 9:35:30 AM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 577+ views
    The Star-Ledger ^ | March 01, 2005 | ROBERT SCHWANEBERG AND BRIAN T. MURRAY
    DEP chief outranks game council under 'ambiguous' law The state environmental commissioner and the Fish and Game Council have shared authority over hunting, the New Jersey Supreme Court said yesterday as it explained why it blocked a bear hunt just days before it was scheduled to begin in December. The unanimous 22-page ruling, written by Justice Virginia Long, gave the court's rationale for its brief Dec. 2 order blocking what would have been only the second black bear hunt in New Jersey in 33 years. During the first, in 2003, hunters killed 328 bears. The case required the justices to...
  • Sussex County, NJ, farmer harvests a prestigious award

    02/20/2005 6:19:29 PM PST · by Coleus · 10 replies · 545+ views
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | 02.15.05 | JOE MOSZCZYNSKI
    A Wantage dairy farmer has become the first Sussex County farmer -- and only the fourth ever from New Jersey -- to be named a winner in the 49th annual National Outstanding Young Farmer competition. He also is the first dairy farmer in New Jersey to win the award, said Lynne Richmond, a spokeswoman with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. "The recognition means a lot to me. I was just happy to be there," said Jeff VanderGroef, who operates the 337-acre Havendale Farm, one of the largest dairy farms in New Jersey. VanderGroef, 37, received the New Jersey 2005...
  • Garden State looking more like campaign battleground

    09/24/2004 1:15:27 PM PDT · by crushelits · 5 replies · 456+ views
    YahooNews ^ | September 24, 2004 | Andrea Stone, USA TODAY
    New Jersey, whose 15 electoral votes were presumed to be safely in Kerry's column, has suddenly emerged as closer than either side expected. A Quinnipiac University poll this week showed President Bush tied with Kerry among likely voters; other polls also have shown the race tightening. Kerry had a 10-point lead before the Republican convention. Pollsters cite several reasons for Bush's surge: • The war on terrorism. Nearly 700 New Jerseyans died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Just last month, security was tightened at the Newark headquarters of Prudential Financial when it appeared on a possible al-Qaeda hit list. The...
  • 182 bears killed in first two days of N.J. hunt

    12/10/2003 11:05:17 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 153 replies · 308+ views
    <p>TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The state's first bear hunt in more than three decades entered its third day Wednesday with hunters hoping that warmer temperatures might tempt some bruins to leave their dens.</p> <p>Hunters also had an extra 33,000 acres to scout in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area after a federal judge on Tuesday lifted a temporary ban on bear hunting there.</p>
  • 225th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth, NJ - June 28-29 2003

    06/27/2003 3:22:45 PM PDT · by XRdsRev · 8 replies · 816+ views
    Monmouth Battlefield State Park Mail address: 347 Freehold Road, Manalapan, New Jersey 07726 Phone: (732)-462-9616 Fax: (732)- 577-8816 Site of the longest battle of the American Revolution Where will you be on June 28th & 29th of 2003. We at Monmouth will be holding a little celebration commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth. We are hoping that about 10,000 of our closest friends will come out on that weekend to witness a spectacle of truly awesome proportions! Monmouth Battlefield State Park will host over 2,300 reenactors as they, the real stars of the day, will present a...
  • Doby was AL's first African-American player

    06/18/2003 9:15:36 PM PDT · by rdb3 · 14 replies · 1,468+ views
    ESPN ^ | Wednesday, June 18, 2K3 | AP
    Wednesday, June 18, 2003Doby was AL's first African-American playerAssociated Press NEW YORK -- Hall of Famer Larry Doby, the first black player in the American League, died Wednesday night after a long illness.He was 78.Doby died at his home in Montclair, N.J., said his son, Larry Doby Jr. Larry Doby, second from left, batted .301 during Cleveland's 1948 championship season. Doby was a seven-time All-Star in a 13-year career, almost all of it spent in the outfield for the Cleveland Indians. He helped lead the Indians to their last World Series title in 1948.On July 5, 1947, just 11 weeks...
  • Little support for smoking ban at Hoboken bar

    06/21/2003 8:11:57 AM PDT · by qam1 · 29 replies · 550+ views
    The Jersey Journal ^ | June 21, 2003 | Nicole Halsey
    <p>While New Jersey's version of the New York smoking ban makes its rounds in Trenton, the American Cancer Society attempted to garner support for the bill and for the idea of smoke-free bars and restaurants in New Jersey by sponsoring a smoke-free happy hour Thursday at O'Donoghue's restaurant and bar in Hoboken.</p>
  • Realtor, Bars, And Breweries Targeted To Balance Budget (NJ)

    06/12/2003 1:25:36 PM PDT · by rmmcdaniell · 8 replies · 317+ views
    Politicsnj.com ^ | 6-12-03 | Kevin McArdle
    <p>Last year, big businesses were targeted with the largest tax increase since Jim Florio was Governor. This year, smaller businesses are being targeted to help plug a huge budget gap.</p> <p>Millennium Radio has obtained a copy of a Democratic sponsored Senate bill that seeks to raise fees on dog kennels, pet shops, micro breweries, and small wineries. The real estate industry is hit particularly hard, with fees doubled in 21-categories. Residential real estate analyst Ellen Souter says the fees will hurt realty companies across New Jersey. "It sickens me that no-one sat down to study this issue, and simply decided this is how were going to do it (balance the budget)," Souter said.</p>
  • Boy's bear visit speaks volumes about hunt

    05/22/2003 6:58:40 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 48 replies · 555+ views
    http://www.northjersey.com ^ | Thursday, May 22, 2003 | By RICHARD COWEN
    Boy's bear visit speaks volumes about hunt Thursday, May 22, 2003 By RICHARD COWENSTAFF WRITER It's been a wild two days for a kid still in diapers who can't talk, but Mark Tregidgo of Sparta has suddenly become the poster child for New Jersey's proposed bear hunt. Tregidgo survived a close encounter with a black bear that wandered into an enclosed front porch Tuesday afternoon and touched him. Now the bear is dead, the child was to appear with his family today on "Good Morning America," - and the state Division of Youth and Family Services is investigating whether the...