By PolitickerNJ Staff | December 26th, 2012 - 8:54am
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Black caucus opposes Christie top court picks

TRENTON – The Legislative Black Caucus expressed its dissatisfaction with Gov. Chris Christie’s most recent nominees to the state’s high court.

Sen. Ronald Rice, (D-28), issued a statement on behalf of the caucus criticizing the governor for not nominating an African American or Latino justice. Rice said the caucus is opposed to the nominations. Arco PolitickerNJ

http://www.politickernj.com/62008/legislative-b...

 

In Newtown aftermath, Marlboro ready to put cop in each school

Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik said it was a no-brainer to put a cop in each of his district's nine schools following the Newtown, Conn., massacre in which a gunman killed 20 children.

"The world changed after the tragedy, much like 911," Hornik told PolitickerNJ.com. "I don't care about the gun control/NRA debate. Together with Marlboro's Board of Education, we need to keep 8,000 kids safe." PolitickerNJ

http://www.politickernj.com/62001/newton-afterm...

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Va. embodies GOP woes

RICHMOND, Va. — Look no further than Virginia to catch a glimpse of the GOP’s national dilemma.

As the Old Dominion becomes a firmly centrist state, more closely resembling the rest of the country demographically and politically, Virginia Republicans are shifting rightward. Martin, Politico

http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/virginia-...

 

 

Report warned NJ Transit official of flood risk

A report on climate change completed for NJ Transit months before superstorm Sandy struck New Jersey urged the agency to begin planning for higher storm surges that could envelop rail yards, destroy track beds and corrode switches, gates and signals. Rouse, Record

http://www.northjersey.com/news/Report_warned_N...

 

TCNJ officials claim health issues from chemical odor

“I’m not feeling too good, if you can send someone over here,” an out-of-breath Marisa Hutton told the 911 dispatcher at The College of New Jersey Police Department on Oct. 20, 2011. “I’m having a hard time breathing. There is some kind of smell over here.” Karas, Trenton Times

http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2012/12/tcnj...

 

Legal curbs hamper ATF in gun inquiries

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been without a permanent director for six years, as President Obama recently noted. But even if someone were to be confirmed for the job, the agency’s ability to thwart gun violence is hamstrung by legislative restrictions and by loopholes in federal gun laws, many law enforcement officials and advocates of tighter gun regulations say. N.Y. Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/us/legislativ...

 

Reflecting one year later on Glenloch Lake oil spill

It’s been nearly a year since 26,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked out of underground storage tanks at NJ Transit’s bus facility on Route 42 in Washington Township, contaminating local waterways, streams and lakes. Gloucester County Times

http://www.nj.com/washington-township-times/ind...

 

Mental health problems tricky issue for N.J. schools

In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings on Dec. 14, school districts immediately sought to reassure parents and the public that procedures are in place to prevent danger from entering the hallways and classrooms of area schools.

Letters reiterating the safety protocols and vowing to strengthen vulnerabilities went home with kids and were emailed to parents after 20 children and six adults were massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Burlington County Times

http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/burlingto...

 

Newark officials release Facebook grant email

NEWARK — Newark officials have released internal emails related to a $100 million grant to the city’s schools made by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The Star-Ledger of Newark (http://bit.ly/12Nuypf) reports that it obtained dozens of emails from the city late Monday. That came just days after a state judge ordered Mayor Cory Booker to release the emails following a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a group representing Newark schoolchildren. Asbury Park Press

http://www.app.com/viewart/20121225/NJNEWS10/31...

 

Senate Republicans back NRA in opposing gun ban

U.S. Senate Republicans said bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines aren’t the proper response to the Dec. 14 killing of 20 elementary school children and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut. Bloomberg

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-23/nra-s-...

 

Shore recovery to stretch towns’ budgets

Belmar mayor Matthew Doherty, faced with a beachfront tax base decimated by Superstorm Sandy, is looking at a lean budget in 2013.

Belmar isn’t alone. Municipalities all along the New Jersey coastline are expecting to struggle through a year with high recovery expenses. Camden Courier Post

http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/201212...

 

 

Opinion

Arts can help bring back Jersey shore

“Maybe everything that dies someday comes back,” Bruce Springsteen sings in “Atlantic City.” His adopted town of Asbury Park is coming back, mostly because of creative "placemaking." It’s a set of strategies to make places better through the arts. It can do a lot to help the Shore rebuild after Sandy. N.J. Spotlight

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/12/12/23/wha...

 

Immigration enforcement shouldn’t trample individual rights

The staunchest advocates of gun rights often cite the necessity of being armed against a powerful government and its agents who can invade your privacy and trample your rights at will. To most of us, it sounds like so much paranoid fantasy. Star-Ledger

http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2012/12/i...

 

 

 

The Back Room

Bonnie and the Lonny Factor

Rolled out this week as the finance chair of Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman's (D-15) 12th District Congressional Campaign, Trenton attorney Lionel "Lonnie" Kaplan arrives with an unusual asterisk alongside his public endorsement record for someone burnished as a Democratic Primary weapon.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

Op-Ed

Paterson can flourish with a second chance

By ASLON GOOW, SR. I have spent the past three decades raising a family, building a business, and working to improve our Paterson communities.  I am proud of those accomplishments.  In 2002, I spoke at an expungement... Read More >

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"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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