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  • Phil Murphy launches investigation into why alleged rapist was hired for top state job

    10/18/2018 8:00:44 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 10 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 10/17/2018 | NJ.Com
    Expressing sympathy for the alleged victim and frustration with how her case was handled, Gov. Phil Murphy ordered an investigation Monday into how his team responded to allegations a senior staffer raped a woman while he worked for the governor's campaign last year. An independent investigation will look into why former campaign staffer Albert J. Alvarez was hired to a top state job despite the sexual assault allegation, the governor said. "I wish we hadn't made the hire in transition, period," Murphy said during a 33-minute press conference in Newark. "I'm sick to my stomach once I heard what happened."...
  • 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...
  • Former campaign aide to New Jersey governor says she was sexually assaulted by his ex-staffer

    10/14/2018 4:01:52 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/14/18 | BRETT SAMUELS
    A former volunteer for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy's (D) campaign has accused one of his former staffers of sexually assaulting her during the 2017 gubernatorial campaign, raising questions about the state's protocol for handling such complaints, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. Katie Brennan, the chief of staff for New Jersey's housing agency, detailed to the news outlet that Albert Alvarez allegedly forced himself on her in April 2017, when both were working on Murphy's campaign. She said she contacted the police the next day, told friends and family about the incident and went to the hospital for a...
  • Olivia De Havilland Takes ‘Feud’ Feud With FX & Ryan Murphy To Supreme Court

    10/05/2018 8:40:23 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 40 replies
    Deadline ^ | October 5, 2018 | Dominic Patten and Erik Pedersen
    After more than a year of fighting FX and Ryan Murphy over her depiction in Feud, Olivia de Havilland has kept her word and is taking her case to the Supreme Court. “We must persevere and speak truth to power,” the 102-year-old two-time Oscar winner said Friday as her attorneys petitioned SCOTUS in the ongoing legal battle. “The fight is itself important to the principle of honesty, so much in need today in the face of deliberate public confusion for selfish agendas,” she added in a statement from her Paris home (read it in full here). Having suffered a number...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • (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...
  • N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy Signs School Bus Safety Bill In Response To Deadly Crash

    08/25/2018 7:19:36 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 14 replies
    CBS 3 PHILLY ^ | 25 AUGUST 2018 | CBS 3 PHILLY
    Paramus, N.J. (CBS) – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill into law Saturday that requires new school buses to have lap and shoulder seat belts. The legislation is in response to a deadly school bus crash in Mount Olive, Morris County. The bus was headed to a field trip back in May when it collided with a dump truck.
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Phil Murphy blasts NJ 101.5 radio hosts for calling N.J. attorney general 'turban man'

    07/25/2018 8:15:59 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 19 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | July 25, 2018 | Matt Arco
    Gov. Phil Murphy accused a pair of New Jersey radio hosts of spreading hate speech and issued sharp condemnation of their remarks Wednesday after the two repeatedly referred to New Jersey's Sikh attorney general as "turban man." The governor accused the hosts of 101.5 FM's "The Dennis & Judi Show" of "making "abhorrent and xenophobic" remarks toward Gurbir Grewal. Grewal, the nation's first Sikh attorney general, was referred to as "turban man" and "the guy with the turban" as the hosts discussed his recent move to tell municipal prosecutors not to pursue charges for marijuana arrests.
  • N.J. Democrats are battling over budget because Murphy wants to be president, top Republican says

    06/21/2018 3:45:56 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 12 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | June 21, 2018 | S.P. Sullivan
    A top Republican state lawmaker says there's a reason Gov. Phil Murphy is battling with his fellow Democrats over the state budget: He's planning to run for president. State Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick said Murphy has to be talking to a "national audience" as he continues to push of this tax hikes despite opposition from top state lawmakers who hail from his own party. "He must be talking to somebody," Bramnick, R-Union, said during a news conference with top New Jersey Republicans in Trenton on Thursday morning to highlight the budget fight.
  • Governor to Sign 6 Bills Stripping Citizens of Gun Rights (New Jersey)

    06/14/2018 3:56:37 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 49 replies
    thefederalistpapers.org ^ | June 13, 2018 | Steve Straub
    On Wednesday, the governor is expected to sign a package of bills approved by the Democrat-controlled Legislature — a few of which received wide support from Republicans. The following bills are sitting on Murphy’s desk: * A1217, which will create restraining orders in the state allowing family members and others to ask a judge to have a person’s guns seized and ban them from buying weapons for up to a year. * A1181, which will mandate law enforcement in the state to seize a person’s guns if a mental health professional determines they pose a threat to themselves. * A2758, which will strictly define that state residents need...
  • Dem senators move to halt potential US troop withdrawal from S. Korea

    06/13/2018 11:15:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 13, 2018 | Ellen Mitchell
    A pair of Democratic senators on Wednesday introduced an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that would stop President Trump from withdrawing U.S. forces from South Korea without the Pentagon’s input. The amendment “would help prevent the President from making a rash decision about troop reductions on the Korean Peninsula that negatively impacts our national security,” Sens. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) and Chris Murphy (Conn.) said in a joint statement. Introduced for the Fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the provision would stop a withdraw “unless the U.S. Secretary of Defense certifies it is in our national security interest...
  • N.J. could soon allow undocumented immigrants to get driver licenses

    05/04/2018 11:39:17 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 21 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | May 4, 2018 | Matt Arco
    New Jersey is taking steps to join a dozen states in the nation that give driver licenses to undocumented immigrants. Gov. Phil Murphy supports it and legislation has been introduced in both chambers of the Legislature. But more than that, the state's Motor Vehicle Commission is preparing for the measure. The head of the MVC, Sue Fulton, told lawmakers this week the office has reached out to other states that offer licenses to undocumented immigrants to learn up on the requirements. "We are aware of the governor's intent on this matter, and we're leaning forward in terms of learning more,"...
  • Murphy hits top Democrat for blocking nominees. And he stresses they're African-American.

    04/15/2018 8:08:55 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 7 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | April 12, 2018 | Matt Arco and Brent Johnson
    Gov. Phil Murphy didn't do what his predecessor, Chris Christie, might have done. A day after state Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he's holding up the confirmation of the governor's two nominees to oversee education in New Jersey, Murphy responded not by hammering Sweeney or denouncing him by name. Instead, Murphy said Thursday that the nominees -- Lamont Repollet for education commissioner and Zakiya Smith Ellis for higher education secretary -- are "extraordinary individuals" and that "there's no reason not to confirm" them.
  • New Jersey Lawmakers Finally Pass Nuclear Subsidy Bill

    04/12/2018 9:38:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    New York Observer ^ | 04/12/18 8:01 pm | Christian Hetrick
    After months of behind-the-scenes lobbying, multiple marathon hearings and several revisions to the legislation, New Jersey lawmakers finally approved a controversial bill on Thursday to bail out the state’s nuclear power plants. The bill (S2313/A3724) cleared the state Senate by a 29 to 7 vote and passed the Assembly 60 to 10 with one abstention. It now goes to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk. The measure would effectively impose a surcharge on ratepayers to prop up nuclear power plants owned by Public Service Electric & Gas—the state’s largest energy company—if a state board determines the plants need financial assistance. A typical...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.