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  • Senate Dems race to save Menendez in deep-blue New Jersey

    10/16/2018 10:43:38 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/16/18 | REID WILSON
    A Democratic super PAC with close ties to Senate leaders plans to spend $3 million on last-minute advertising aimed at saving Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), who faces an unexpectedly difficult race against a self-funding Republican businessman. The Senate Majority PAC will spend money on statewide television advertising bashing Bob Hugin (R), the retired pharmaceutical CEO who has spent $15 million on his own campaign. “Bob Hugin is a Trump sycophant who is funding his campaign off the millions he made raising prices on cancer drugs as a pharma CEO,” said Chris Hayden, a Senate Majority PAC spokesman. Hayden said the...
  • Booker Says Kavanaugh Impeachment Not Off The Table

    10/07/2018 10:08:28 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 109 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 8, 2018
    New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said on Sunday the possibility of impeaching Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh shouldn’t be off the table if Democrats take one of the houses of Congress in next month’s midterm elections. Kavanaugh was confirmed on Saturday by a narrow vote following a contentious process that included multiple sexual assault allegations. Other Democrats have raised the possibility of impeaching Kavanaugh over allegations that he committed perjury in his hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which Booker sits.
  • Gender: New Jersey Parents Last To Know

    10/04/2018 12:47:00 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 32 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 1, 2018 | Accuracy in Academia
    The state of New Jersey has a new regulation in its Department of Education: a provision that prevents schools from informing parents of their child's preferred gender and gender pronouns. New Jersey became the eleventh state to have a specific gender provision in its state regulations, per NorthJersey.com. The local newspaper claimed that the rules are "intended to promote a safe and successful learning environment for [children]." The regulation, which was signed into law by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, says that gender identity decisions reside with the student, not the parents, despite the fact that students are children...
  • [NJ] Rowan University students handcuffed after police aim guns at them

    10/04/2018 4:11:07 AM PDT · by blueplum · 27 replies
    NBC via MSN ^ | 03 Oct 2018 | Kalhan Rosenblatt
    ...Altaif Hassan, a senior at the college, and freshman Giovanna Roberson were pulled over by police on Monday afternoon in the parking lot of the school's Mimosa Hall, according to NBC Philadelphia. Glassboro Police Department received a call about an armed robbery near the campus on Monday and a witness description of the suspect's car was similar to the car Hassan and Roberson were driving, according to Vice President of University Relations Joe Cardona. Because police believed there was a handgun in the vehicle Hassan and Roberson were in, the officers trained their weapons at them and ordered the students...
  • Democrats Really Could Lose That New Jersey Senate Seat

    10/03/2018 4:18:28 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 62 replies
    538 ^ | 3 Oct 2018 | Clare Malone
    New Jersey has given America a lot of great things: juicy tomatoes every summer, some of the best reality shows known to mankind, and Bruce Springsteen’s beautiful tortured soul. I am personally indebted to the state, having learned how to put eyeliner on the inside of my lower lid from a New Jersey girl. This year, it’s giving us something else: an unexpectedly close U.S. Senate race — yet another exciting little storyline in a year of news cycles that won’t quit. It is not a development that Democrats are happy about. New Jersey’s race pits Democratic incumbent Sen. Bob...
  • NJ Politics Digest: Poll Finds Menendez-Hugin Race a ‘Dead Heat’

    10/02/2018 6:50:10 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    MSN/ Observer Poltics ^ | 2 October, 2018
    Reelection was supposed to be a cakewalk for veteran Democratic Senator Bob Menendez. But a new poll by Stockton University finds that ethics problems and a relentless campaign of ads highlighting them by his Republican challenger has left Menendez in a fight for his political life. The poll finds Menendez leading Republican challenger Robert Hugin by 2 points—45 percent to 43 percent—which is well within the poll’s margin of error. New Jersey is a blue state, where Democratic voters easily outnumber those registered Republican. And Democrats are looking to New Jersey as a key player in a blue wave that...
  • Stockton Poll: Menendez Hugin Race a Dead Heat

    10/01/2018 6:16:27 PM PDT · by usafa92 · 16 replies
    InsiderNJ ^ | 10/1/2018 | InsiderNJ
    The race for a U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey is a statistical dead heat, with incumbent Democrat Bob Menendez leading Republican challenger Bob Hugin by two percentage points, according to a Stockton University poll released today. Menendez leads with 45 percent to Hugin’s 43 percent five weeks before the Nov. 6 election, according to poll numbers of likely voters who say they lean toward one candidate or the other. Libertarian Murray Sabrin pulls 3 percent, while other candidates and undecided voters total 8 percent. Menendez, who was reprimanded by a Senate ethics panel after corruption charges were dismissed following...
  • It's a fad. It's dangerous, and police just want kids to stop doing it (Swerving)

    09/13/2018 4:51:36 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 32 replies
    NJ.com ^ | September 12, 2018
    You're headed down the road in your car and a kid, on a bike, heads straight for you and pops a wheelie right next to your car, or near a parked car. It's dangerous and it's a fad that just won't die in New Jersey, police say. The stunts are called "swerving" -- or intentionally biking in the path of vehicles while performing tricks. Sometimes, large groups of teens will do this together, just to confound traffic. In response, N.J. towns have taken to local Facebook groups and public forums to air concerns about this dangerous practice, and local police...
  • Illegal immigrant charged in stabbing death of 16-year-old girl, report says

    09/14/2018 8:21:29 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 14, 2018 | Ryan Gaydos
    A New Jersey man charged in the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old girl was reportedly in the U.S. illegally at the time of the alleged crime. Bryan Cordero-Castro, 20, was charged with murder, weapons possession and attempted escape in connection with the stabbing death of Madison Wells. Cordero-Castro is a Guatemalan native who was living in the U.S. illegally after overstaying his visa, according to the Asbury Park Press. Friends told WABC that Cordero-Castro and Wells had been dating for about a year before the teen’s death. WATCH: Bryan Cordero-Castro, who is charged with the murder of Madison Wells, 16,...
  • NJ Transit Engineers Called in Sick More Near Weekends, Data Shows

    09/11/2018 8:21:11 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 2, 2018 | Paul Berger
    Lisa Lebowitz was sitting in a delayed NJ Transit train departing Hoboken one recent Monday evening when she overheard an exasperated passenger complain about the frequency of last-minute cancellations. “Don’t worry,” Ms. Lebowitz recalled a crew member telling the passenger. “You should be good tomorrow because we take off Mondays and Fridays.” NJ Transit has been forced to cancel hundreds of trains this summer resulting from shortages of railcars, locomotives and workers. But it has also had to cancel trains because of last-minute calls from train operators saying they are sick or need time off for family or medical reasons,...
  • (NJ) The gas tax was just raised, and it could keep going up

    09/05/2018 6:37:04 PM PDT · by Coleus · 14 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 09.04.18 | Samantha Marcus
    New Jersey's gas tax is going up this fall for the second time in two years. And all indications are that it is going to keep going up, an industry expert says. And up. And up. Gas tax collections have fallen behind for two years now, precipitating Gov. Phil Murphy's administration to announce Thursday that it is raising the motor fuel tax 4.3 cents, bringing state taxes on a gallon of gasoline sold in New Jersey to 41.4 cents -- the ninth-highest of any state. This follows a whopping 23-cent-per-gallon increase passed by the state Legislature and signed into law...
  • Democratic New Jersey councilman endorses GOP candidate over embattled Menendez

    08/28/2018 3:37:01 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/28/18 | John Bowden
    A Democratic city councilman for the township of Brick, New Jersey, on Monday endorsed a Republican challenging Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), who faced a trial on bribery charges last year. Shorebeat.com reports that Brick councilman James Fozman said Monday at a campaign event for Bob Hugin (R) that he was endorsing Hugin over the incumbent Democratic senator to restore "honesty and integrity" to New Jersey. “I’m endorsing him to restore the honesty and integrity to the office,” said Fozman, who Shorebeat reports previously served at Brick's council president. “We strongly believe in protecting our environment on issues like solar and...
  • NJ GOP Rep Leonard Lance "special counsel must be allowed to finish his investigation unimpeded"

    "The convictions of Manafort & Cohen only bolster my belief that the special counsel must be allowed to finish his investigation unimpeded by pressure from the White House, elected officials or the public. I’m the lead sponsor of legislation protecting the Mueller investigation."
  • Could Menendez be the lone N.J. Democrat to lose in Trump midterm?

    08/22/2018 4:43:22 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 31 replies
    NJ.com Advanced Media ^ | August 22, 2018
    New Jersey could have a tight Senate race this fall. A Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday put U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez ahead by just six points over former Celgene Corp. executive Bob Hugin, 43 percent to 37 percent, among registered voters. In March, a Quinnipiac poll had Menendez leading by 17 points, 49 percent to 32 percent. "As Sen. Robert Menendez sees his once-dominant lead whittled down to single digits, New Jersey voters are sending a clear message," said Mary Snow, polling analyst for the Quinnipiac poll. "They are troubled by the ethics cloud hanging over him."
  • New Jersey Governor Ends Bear Hunts on Public Lands by Executive Order

    08/21/2018 2:59:03 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 27 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 08/21/18 | Dan Zimmerman
    New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is Andrew Cuomo lite. He’s every bit as hostile to civilian firearm ownership and Second Amendment rights, he just lacks the ability of his neighbor to the north to project that anti-gun animus beyond his state’s borders. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t dead set on making Garden State gun owners’ and hunters’ lives more difficult. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday ordered the closure of state lands to black bear hunting this year. The first-year Democratic governor announced the decision with an executive order, but stopped short of unilaterally ending the hunt altogether,...
  • Trump 'unfit' for office and Republicans should urge him to quit, says ex-N.J. Gov. Christie Whitman

    08/19/2018 9:47:35 AM PDT · by Coleus · 94 replies
    The Star Ledger of Newark ^ | 07.23.18 | Matt Arco
    President Donald Trump's interaction with Russian President Vladimir Putin was a "disaster,"  "detrimental to the country" and the strongest evidence yet that "the president (should) step down."Those are the words of former New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman, a Republican, who penned a blistering op-ed in the Los Angeles Times this weekend calling on fellow GOPers to put country over party and dump Trump."In this election year, opposing Trump is risky for GOP candidates," Whitman wrote. "Invoking the need to choose country over party is an overused trope. But it is essential now." The piece was a reaction to Trump's refusal last week...
  • Trump poses with supporter with sexist patch at motorcyclist event (You'll probably faint!)

    08/13/2018 7:54:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 13, 2018 | Anne Gearan
    BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. -- The dress code for President Trump’s by-invitation meet-and-greet with motorcycle enthusiasts here on Saturday was biker chic -- leather, bandannas and for at least one of the supporters who posed with Trump at the raucous event, sexist and other offensive patches. A bearded man who is part of a New Jersey “Bikers for Trump” group stood with the president as he shook hands inside his posh golf club near here, and again when the group posed for photos outside, engines revving. “I (heart) Guns & Titties,” reads one patch on the unidentified man’s vest. The patch...
  • Sen. Booker’s Romance with the Anti-Israel Fringe-A dark pattern emerges.

    08/08/2018 5:47:24 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | August 8, 2018 | Joseph Klein
    The anti-Semitic U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) promotes the “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions” (BDS) movement against Israel and, in that connection, has reportedly funneled donations to a Palestinian group with ties to terrorist organizations such as Hamas. Nevertheless, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), one of several Democrat senators contemplating a presidential run in 2020, made the obligatory appearance at the radical Left Netroots Nation’s 2018 conference last week where he managed to provide some cover for USCPR. Senator Booker did so when he smilingly appeared in a photo holding up a sign that declared, “From Palestine to Mexico, all the walls have got to go.” The...
  • Jersey City police duty belt, with gun included, found on street

    08/07/2018 9:06:57 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 22 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | August 7, 2018
    A Jersey City police duty belt -- equipped with a firearm -- was found on a Jersey City street Sunday night, authorities confirmed. The duty belt was found on Winfield Avenue near Kennedy Boulevard at approximately 8:30 p.m. and was turned over to police, Jersey City police spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said. Police refused to release any other information on the incident, citing an internal affairs investigation into the incident. A duty belt is worn by officers and regularly includes handcuffs, a gun holster, a flashlight; and it can also hold chemical irritant or a taser.
  • Abortionist with History of Sex Offenses Stops Practicing After Mental Competency Questioned

    08/07/2018 7:19:02 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    OPERATION RESCUE ^ | August 6, 2018 | Cheryl Sullenger
    Trenton, NJ – Abortionist Vikram Kaji, 82, whose long list of troubles include sex offenses against his patients, has agreed to stop practicing medicine and halt his work as Medical Director for the nefarious abortion chain American Women’s Services pending the filing of a verified complaint against him by the State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety Division of Consumer Affairs and the State Board of Medical Examiners. According to a consent agreement dated May 8, 2018, the Board of Medical Examiners was about to file complaint against Kaji after new evidence surfaced that Kaji is “currently...