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  • ‘Nobody’ in New Jersey Is Paying Attention to Race for Governor

    09/14/2017 7:04:35 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 14, 2017 | Nick Corasaniti
    NEWARK — The Democratic candidate for New Jersey governor opened his post-Labor Day blitz accusing his Republican opponent of abdicating her moral leadership. The Republican challenger retorted with accusations of race baiting. They were the type of hyperbolic accusations often thrown around in a nail-biting, nasty political campaign with such vitriolic attacks feeding a frenetic news cycle hungry for daily conflict and a riled electorate packing town hall meetings and rallies. This is not that kind of race. Despite an election that will mark the end of the tumultuous tenure of Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, and the fact that...
  • Federal officers arrested for hazing victims using 'rape table': Officials

    09/13/2017 7:18:08 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 43 replies ^ | 9-13-2017 | AARON KATERSKY
    Three Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to a specialized screening team at Newark Airport were arrested Wednesday for assaulting fellow officers, allegedly pinning the victims to what was known as a “rape table,” according to court records. Tito Catota, Parmenio Perez and Michael Papagni are charged with forcibly assaulting, impeding, intimidating, and interfering with two men identified in court documents as “Victim One” and “Victim Two” while the victims were on duty as CBP officers.(Snip) According to court records, the officers locked the victims in a secure room in Newark’s Terminal C and pinned them to a conference table...
  • Former aide testifies Menendez helped co-defendant on visas

    09/11/2017 3:16:08 PM PDT · by ptsal · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sept 11, 2017 | David Porter
    A former staffer for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez testified Monday that the Democrat helped with the visa applications of friends of a wealthy doctor who faces bribery charges with him, while defense attorneys sought to show Menendez's actions were unremarkable and part of the duties of his office. Under direct questioning from the government, former senior policy adviser Mark Lopes testified Menendez emailed him in 2008 authorizing a letter of support from Menendez to be sent to consular officials regarding the visa applications of two sisters from the Dominican Republic.*snip*Earlier Monday, a vice president for American Express testified Melgen used...
  • Dozens screened after beer found at prep football game

    09/09/2017 5:44:43 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 80 replies
    RANDOLPH, N.J. (AP) — A school official says dozens of students were detained and ordered to undergo blood and urine testing after a can of beer was discovered at a New Jersey high school football game. Randolph Superintendent Jennifer Fano said in a letter posted on the district’s website that the can was found Friday night near a student section of the bleachers at Randolph High School. The students were pulled from the stands and their parents were called so they could be screened for alcohol. Students who refused the screening face suspension under school district policy.
  • Dem Senators Silent on Whether Menendez Should Resign if Convicted

    09/08/2017 7:15:41 AM PDT · by ptsal · 23 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Sept. 07, 2017 | Paul Crookston
    Senate Democrats are steering clear of Sen. Robert Menendez's federal corruption trial, not answering questions on whether the New Jersey Democrat should resign if convicted.**snip**Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Democratic Sens. Jon Tester (Mont.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), and Ben Cardin (Md.) have all demurred when asked about the possibility of a Menendez conviction. "Senator Menendez is issuing a spirited defense," Schumer said when asked if he would stand by him during the trial. "We all believe in the presumption of innocence in this country, and Senator Menendez is fighting very hard and we respect...
  • "Federal Judge excoriates Sen. Menendez prosecution team." Nothing about this on Drudge

    09/07/2017 9:10:56 PM PDT · by Djl3668 · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 070717 | Devlin Barrett
    The judge overseeing the bribery trial of Sen. Robert Menendez ripped into prosecutors Thursday for trying to focus on what he called “tabloid’’ details — an unusual description for dry testimony about a series of emails about a hotel reservation. U.S. District Judge William Walls stopped testimony for 20 minutes in which he tongue-lashed prosecutors for their painstaking recounting of emails used to book a luxury hotel in Paris for the New Jersey Democrat in 2010. The three-day hotel stay is a central part of the Justice Department’s case.
  • New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker Accepted $10,000 In Donations from Bob Menendez PAC

    09/07/2017 5:55:00 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Got News ^ | 09/06/17 | Anne White
    Booker attended Menendez’s bribery trial on Wednesday in Newark to sit up front to support his Democratic colleague. If Menendez is convicted on any of these serious charges, will Booker return the cash? GotNews editor-in-chief Charles Johnson revealed in 2013 Booker did not live in Newark or at any of the Newark residences he owned. Multiple neighbors who spoke to Johnson said they believed the junior senator actually lived in New York, calling Booker a “liar” and a “fake mayor.” Fake news reporters smeared Johnson for years over his accurate reporting on both Booker and Menendez. Cat pornography site Buzzfeed...
  • Dozens of NJ High School Students Ordered to Get Blood, Urine

    09/07/2017 5:52:21 AM PDT · by Puppage · 58 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 09/07/2017 | Pat Battle
    Parents of students at a New Jersey high school were ordered to get their children’s blood and urine tested after a can of beer was discovered at a football game. The can of beer reportedly landed on the ground and was spotted by a school official during a game at Randolph High School on Friday night.
  • Fake News: Labels Democratic Senator Menendez as a Republican

    09/06/2017 3:32:42 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 28 replies
    MRC NewsBusters ^ | 09/06/2017 | Curtis Houck
    On Wednesday, published an Associated Press dispatch on the bribery trial of Democratic Senator Bob Menendez (N.J.), but there was one huge problem in that Menendez was labeled a Republican. Translation? NBC News saw no reason to engage in basic proofreading or got caught red-handed in the act of liberal bias. The unauthored post sat for well over two hours before being changed. offered a correction at the bottom of the story: “CORRECTION (Sept. 6, 2017, 5:35 p.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated the party affiliation of Menendez. He is a Democrat, not a Republican.” Seeing...
  • Wait, what the heck did USA Today do to members of Trump’s golf courses? Really?!

    09/06/2017 9:26:27 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 34 replies
    USA Today is touting a report out this morning that “ID’ed 4500 Trump golf-club members through” their social media accounts as well as an online service that lets golfers track their handicaps: Do they not see how awful this looks?
  • [Democratic Senator] Bob Menendez corruption trial sure won’t be boring

    09/05/2017 10:08:48 PM PDT · by topher · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 5, 2017 | New York Post Editorial Board
    For the first time in nearly four decades, a sitting US senator goes on trial Wednesday on federal bribery charges in a case that could have profound political impact. Prosecutors have laid out a strong case against New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez in their indictment. But in the two years since it was unveiled, the Supreme Court has made it much harder to win a conviction. The senator is charged with taking nearly $1 million in personal gifts and campaign cash from a longtime friend, allegedly in return for political favors.
  • WTF MSM!? Democratic senator’s corruption trial starts TOMORROW

    09/05/2017 6:50:08 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 19 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 09/05/2017 | Rob Eno
    Where’s the wall-to-wall coverage … Something hidden in the New York Times … An initial version of a story about the corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez in the New York Times didn’t mention that he is a Democrat. According to Josh Jordan on Twitter, the information was “quietly added” to the story. If this was a Republican, the headline would have screamed “GOP Senator faces corruption trial tomorrow.” This is the Times’ subtle bias at work. Unfair to Democrats … The Hill published a laughable op-ed by defense lawyer Joel Cohen that said prosecuting Menendez for corruption “unfairly punishes...
  • Sen. Menendez trial unfairly punishes Democratic voters

    09/05/2017 11:42:34 AM PDT · by detective · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/30/17 | Joel Cohen
    Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) is about to go on trial in New Jersey for corruption offenses. Both he and the government are entitled to a fair trial, whatever the charged offenses, just as in the case of every criminal defendant. No defendant deserves special treatment because he’s a big shot public figure — even the former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and current member and ranking member of several other committees, as Menendez is.
  • Gubernatorial Campaign 2017: Guadagno Versus Murphy in Rutherford

    09/04/2017 3:58:57 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 14 replies
    Insider NJ ^ | September 4, 2017 | Max Pizarro
    RUTHERFORD – The gubernatorial campaigns had their own challenges at the annual Street Fair here, unofficially the bellwether kickoff of the New Jersey general election season. Democrat Phil Murphy had to present just enough organic-looking authenticity to avoid projecting the clanking, bug-squashing arrogance of a passionless imperial army; while Republican Kim Guadagno needed to play up underdog passion without too nobly resembling the Spartan Army of Leonidas that got crushed by Xerxes. InsiderNJ tried to ply the “it’s over” narrative among Democrats, and they didn’t – for the most part – take the bait. “I think it’s fair to say...
  • Chris Christie Will not give “Shermanesque” Refusal to Appoint Himself to Replace Menendez

    09/04/2017 10:03:14 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 36 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has declined to make a Shermanesque statement that would flatly rule out the possibility that he would appoint himself to fill the Senate seat of Democrat Senator Bob Menendez. Sen. Menendez is currently under federal trial, facing bribery and corruption charges. Should Menendez be removed from office or resign before Christie’s term ends on January 18, 2018, Christie would have the power to appoint his replacement. In a recorded interview aired on this today’s Morning Joe, New York Times reporter Nick Confessore said to Christie, “I’m looking for a Shermanesque statement here.” View the video...
  • New Jersey Democrats Drop Effort To Overturn Whitman's Election (1993 Flashback)

    09/04/2017 9:36:51 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 30, 1993 | Joseph F. Sullivan
    TRENTON, Nov. 29— Democrats today abandoned their effort to keep Christine Todd Whitman from becoming governor of New Jersey, acknowledging that they had found no proof that she won the election because of efforts to suppress minority voting. From the start the Democrats had acknowledged that their civil suit was a long shot with only the slimmest of chances of preventing the Jan. 18 inauguration of the first woman ever elected Governor of New Jersey. Still the decision to back off from the suit, a week before a judge was scheduled to rule, was important both legally and politically for...
  • Inside the NYC schools critics call ‘failure factories’

    09/03/2017 9:26:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    NYP ^ | September 2, 2017 | Susan Edelman
    They are the schools Mayor de Blasio doesn’t mention. At 32 city elementary and middle schools, the average English-math proficiency rate on state exams has not exceeded 10 percent of students for four years in a row. Seventeen of these schools — which enroll nearly 10,000 kids — have been part of the mayor’s signature Renewal program, which has spent $582 million on teacher training, social services and an extra hour a day of instruction. Four did so poorly that the city Department of Education closed them in June. ... Families for Excellent Schools, a pro-charter-school group that analyzed the test...
  • Students at embattled county college 'live in an earthly hell,' clergymen say

    09/02/2017 3:52:45 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 5 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | August 31, 2017 | Marisa Iati
    NEWARK -- Clergy leaders on Thursday denounced what they called a culture of political interference permeating Essex County College, as well as threatening its accreditation and ability to stay open. "The social conditions at this college are causing students and faculty to live in an earthly hell," the Rev. Ronald L. Slaughter, pastor at Saint James AME Church in Newark, said at a press conference. "It's ridiculous that we are trying to get over the low hurdle of keeping accreditation." The outcry comes a day before the school must show its accrediting agency how far it's come since a series...
  • Menendez Mess Expands to Democratic Old Guard

    09/02/2017 9:47:51 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 10 replies
    Lifezette ^ | September 2, 2017 | by Jim Stinson
    Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader, tried to pressure the White House under President Barack Obama in an overbilling case that is now the centerpiece of the charges against Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). The latest in the case against Menendez, whose trial starts Wednesday, was made public in filings in federal courts. Menendez stands accused of inappropriately using his office to help campaign donor Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist who plied Menendez with campaign cash but also expensive trips to the Caribbean and Paris. The involvement of Reid, however, was a surprise to some. Menendez enlisted Reid in November...
  • Judge Rejects Menendez’s Request To Delay His Corruption Trial Because He’s A Senator

    09/01/2017 1:53:19 PM PDT · by Bullish · 16 replies
    Daily caller ^ | 9-1-17 | Kevin Daly
    A federal judge in New Jersey rejected Sen. Bob Menendez’s request to allow breaks in his criminal trial in order to fulfill his Senate duties, excoriating the senator for seeking “special treatment.” Menendez’s lawyers filed a motion requesting that his upcoming criminal trial take recesses any time the senator is needed in Washington on official business. They argued that forcing the senator to leave an ongoing trial to attend to congressional business would violate his due process rights. “A trial taking place during a session of Congress risks involuntarily denying Senator Menendez his rights to due process and confrontation, unless...