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  • New Jersey school installs laundromat for homeless students

    08/21/2018 2:03:14 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 21, 2018
    A New Jersey high school has installed an in-building laundromat for homeless students who attend the school as part of an anti-bullying effort. West Side High School in Newark, N.J., reportedly decided to install the laundromat after homeless students started regularly skipping school because they were being bullied for having dirty clothes. "These are kids, good kids who want to learn, that are missing three to five days a month because they were being bullied because they were dirty," the school's principal, Akbar Cook, told CNN. "I even changed the school uniform to darker colors so they could go more...
  • CBS News pollster reveals why ‘blue wave’ is unlikely

    08/18/2018 6:20:39 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 59 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 18, 2018 | By Mary Kay Linge
    ... “In 2016, a lot of us assumed we knew what would happen in Michigan and Wisconsin,” Salvanto told The Post. “It was a great lesson for us pollsters: Even if you think you know what will happen, poll it if you can.” Blame it on the Blue Wall. Since 1992, in six consecutive presidential elections, a solid block of 18 states had voted for the Democrat every single time. They would have given Clinton 239 electoral votes — 89 percent of the way to victory — if she had held on to them all.Few bothered to ask those states’...
  • New allegations surface regarding Archbishop McCarrick and Newark priests

    08/17/2018 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 30 replies
    Catholic News Agency | August 17, 2018 | Ed Condon
    (CNA).- Recent allegations against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick include reports that he made sexual advances toward seminarians during his tenure as Bishop of Metuchen and Archbishop of Newark. .... The religious priest who spoke to CNA said when he studied in a seminary in New York, McCarrick, who was then an aide to Cardinal Terence Cooke of New York, would sometimes visit the seminary. The priest said that McCarrick’s reputation was already well established by this time. .... So well-known was McCarrick’s reputation, the priest said, that when McCarrick would accompany Cooke to visit the seminary there was a standing...
  • Face tattoos unfairly identified suspect, so court overturns his conviction

    08/15/2018 5:23:37 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    NJ.com Advanced Media ^ | August 15, 2018
    While investigating the 2015 robbery of a grocery store in Trenton, a police detective showed a witness a group of photos that included one of suspect Donnell Perry. The witness did not pick Perry out of the grouping, known as a photo array, and which usually include similar-looking mugshots . But in a second photo array, the witness identified Perry because of the tattoos on his face. It was the only photo in that array of a person with tattoos on his face. And the witness testified at a later hearing, which would determine if the identification could be used...
  • Massachusetts mayor boycotts Sam Adams after cofounder thanked Trump for tax cuts

    08/14/2018 10:22:14 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/14/18 | Aris Folley
    Joseph Curtatone, the mayor of Somerville, Mass., said Sunday that he will never drink Sam Adams beer again after the cofounder of the Boston brewery thanked President Trump for a corporate tax cut. “I will never drink Sam Adam's beer again!” the Massachusetts Democrat said on Twitter. Curtatone linked to an article published by the Boston Business Journal that detailed a dinner where Jim Koch, who co-founded Boston Beer, thanked the president for the GOP-authored tax cut that he said would help his company compete against foreign brewers. In another tweet posted on Sunday evening, Curtatone made a direct message...
  • NASA experiment that included Trump note caused alarm

    08/10/2018 7:51:30 AM PDT · by McGruff · 34 replies
    AP ^ | August 10, 2018
    <p>A suspicious package that fell from the sky over New Jersey caused some alarm because it contained a note that mentioned President Donald Trump.</p> <p>South Brunswick police say the package, attached to a parachute, was making a hissing sound and included a note that said: “NASA Atmospheric Research Instrument NOT A BOMB!” If this lands near the President, we at NASA wish him a great round of golf.”</p>
  • Big-time conservatives to fight Democrats' push to capture N.J. congressional seat at Trump midterm

    08/09/2018 7:51:14 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    NJ.com Advanced Media ^ | August 9, 2018
    Republicans are running one of the state Legislature's most conservative lawmakers in the scrap to replace the retiring U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen -- a seat Democrats believe they can grab from the GOP in their national effort to ruin President Donald Trump's midterms. Now Assemblyman Jay Webber's congressional campaign is getting a boost from one of Washington's leading conservative groups. Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the conservative policy group Heritage Foundation, has named him as one of the 12 House Republican candidates it would work to elect this fall. Heritage Action said it would spent $2.5 million...
  • 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.
  • In Deeply Blue New Jersey, an Unexpected Battle for Senate

    08/07/2018 5:05:59 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 33 replies
    NYTimes ^ | August 5, 2018
    Senator Robert Menendez’s corruption trial had barely ended at the federal courthouse in Newark, but his team was already feverishly working the phones. Within 24 hours, nearly every major Democratic public official in New Jersey — from the newly elected governor to influential state legislators to powerful county chairs — had pledged their endorsement. Mr. Menendez’s ability to quickly unite fellow Democrats behind him so soon after his trial concluded in a hung jury and even before prosecutors dropped the case seemed to assure a relatively smooth glide to re-election in an increasingly blue state, which had just elected a...
  • Early polls favor Biden but Senate officials skeptical

    08/05/2018 6:06:33 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/05/18 | Alexander Bolton
    Joe Biden is leading the Democratic field in some early polls asking voters about the party’s prospective presidential candidates in 2020. But in his old stomping grounds in the U.S. Senate, there are plenty of skeptics who point to the former vice president’s age, his support for the Iraq War and his two failed presidential bids as reasons to doubt he would be successful. “It’s hard to see someone [winning] who voted for the Iraq war. People are looking to turn the page,” one senior Democratic aide said. A second senior Democratic aide said “polls show that voters want someone...
  • Cory Booker claims he didn't read anti-Israel sign he allowed himself to be photographed holding

    08/04/2018 8:06:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/04/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    Senator Cory Booker, who is one of the Democrats contending for his party's 2020 nomination for president, is pleading political negligence, claiming that he didn't bother to read a sign that he allowed himself to be photographed holding.  Booker, who has raised considerable money from pro-Israel Jewish groups, apparently got carried away with intersectional enthusiasm at the Netroots Nation confab and was unable to get a clue from the t-shirt on the woman standing next to him that proclaimed Palestine's virtue in the realm of "feminist/queer refugee racial justice" that he might be endorsing a radical point of view. The...
  • New Jersey man charged in threat against U.S. Rep. Chris Smith [R]

    08/02/2018 3:16:54 PM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    KREM2 ^ | August 2, 2018 | Erik Larsen, Asbury Park Press
    FREEHOLD, N.J. – Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., has been the target of a credible threat made against his life by a North Jersey man on social media, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Dereal Finklin, 43, who is a registered Democrat in East Orange, was charged with making terroristic threats against the congressman on Saturday. Finklin has been held in the Monmouth County Jail in Freehold Township since the weekend. A detention hearing is scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, before state Superior Court Judge James J. McGann, confirmed Christopher Swendeman, a spokesman for the Prosecutor's Office. “Not much we...
  • Man charged with making online threat against U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)

    08/02/2018 1:51:23 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 22 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | August 2, 2018 | Alex Napoliello
    A Plainfield man was arrested Saturday on a felony charge accusing him of making threats on social media targeting U.S. Rep. Chris Smith. Dereal Finklin, 43, is charged with making terroristic threats and is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute in Freehold. He is scheduled to have a detention hearing next week. Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Chris Swendeman said the threat against Smith, R-4th Dist., was made online.
  • Drowning In Debt: These States Are Approaching A Point Of No Return (FLEE!)

    08/02/2018 7:51:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/02/2018 | Matt Vespa
    Having grown up in New Jersey, you understand that Democrats are a tax and spend party and even liberals in the state understand it. The Garden State is a case study in mass exodus; it’s just too expensive to live there anymore. Are there signs that the Democrats get it? Maybe—the heavily Democratic legislature in Trenton had to tell Governor Phil Murphy that his tax increase agenda was more or less not going to happen. Taxes still went up, but it was not the insane proposal the governor’s office had pushed. Still, I doubt Demorats in these states will find...
  • Bank robber gets cold feet, then tries to open account: police

    07/30/2018 10:57:16 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | July 30, 2018
    A bank robber changed his mind about a heist in Bayonne Friday afternoon, but not before a teller saw the tell-tale note demanding cash, authorities said. A man walked into the Valley National Bank on Broadway, near 24th Street, just after 2 p.m. and approached a teller, Bayonne Lt. Eric Amato said. The man then passed a note to the teller demanding her to give him "all the money," Amato said. The indecisive bank robber grabbed the note back as the teller was reading it and then he told her that he wanted to open an account, Amato said. The...
  • Miss America, torn apart. How the pageant cut the swimsuits and started a civil war

    07/30/2018 9:18:22 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 66 replies
    NJ.com Advanced Media ^ | July 28, 2018
    In "Miss America 2.0," the pageant is not a pageant, but a "competition." The contestants aren't contestants, but "candidates." And swimsuits are no longer part of the program. After a messy scandal last year involving the ouster of the previous CEO, who was found to have made misogynistic and body-shaming comments about former Miss Americas, change arrived with the installation of a new female-led leadership team headed by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson. Carlson, Miss America 1989, had become a vocal advocate for women's equality and victims of sexual assault and misconduct in the past two years and the...
  • Sen. Cory Booker Pleads for Supporters to 'Get Up in the Face of Congresspeople'

    07/28/2018 7:42:05 PM PDT · by Libloather · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/28/18
    Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) implored activists this week to call for change by confronting elected members of Congress. Booker, who has been mentioned as a possible 2020 presidential election candidate, was speaking Wednesday at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, D.C. He concluded his address by encouraging people not to be passive, and to instead "go to the Hill today." "Please, get up in the face of some congresspeople," he said.
  • ‘Dumb and DUMBER.’ Cory Booker interviews Alyssa Milano about ‘these dark times’ and we can’t...

    07/27/2018 12:55:16 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 51 replies
    TWITCHY.com ^ | 3:24 pm on July 27, 2018 | Sam J.
    FULL TITLE: ‘Dumb and DUMBER.’ Cory Booker interviews Alyssa Milano about ‘these dark times’ and we can’t stop laughing Holy cow this is dumb. Cory Booker interviewed Alyssa Milano about these dark times in our country … because apparently a successful economy, job growth, lower taxes, the denuclearization of North Korea, and ISIS being on the run makes things DARK. And honestly, the jokes write themselves. Watch:
  • ACLU sues 12 New Jersey school districts over policies seen as barrier to enrollment of immigrants

    07/27/2018 4:50:19 AM PDT · by blueplum · 14 replies
    NBC via MSN ^ | 27 Jul 2018 | Phil Helsel
    The American Civil Liberties Union in New Jersey filed lawsuits on Thursday against 12 school districts or schools, alleging that they ask for IDs that require Social Security numbers or valid immigration status to enroll children, in violation of state law. {snip} ...Jewett, of the Watchung Hills Regional School District, also said the district was reviewing all of its enrollment forms, and emphasized that "we have never denied admission to a student based upon immigration/visa status or based upon the failure of a family to produce a particular form of documentation as proof of residency." The ACLU says that state...
  • Oops! Pro-gun control N.J. lawmakers look to fix high-capacity magazine ban ...includes cops

    07/26/2018 5:20:11 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    NJ.com Advanced Media ^ | July 26, 2018
    Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new law last month limiting the size of firearms magazines in New Jersey to 10 rounds as part of a package of bills meant to tighten the state's already strict gun laws. But the measure, which made possession of larger magazines a crime, with a few exceptions, had unintended consequences for police officers in the Garden State. Now lawmakers are looking to clean up the problem, and the state Senate is slated Thursday to vote on a bill that would clarify how the high-capacity magazine ban applies to law enforcement. State Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen,...