Faith, labor, and civil rights leaders convene in Camden to demand justice for Michael Brown

Faith, labor, and civil rights leaders convene in Camden to demand justice for Michael Brown
Larry Hamm (middle), president of the People's Organization for Progess, calls for the "arrest and imprisonment" of Michael Brown's killer, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson

CAMDEN -  The protests in Ferguson, MO, may have dissipated as national outrage over the killing of an unarmed black teen slowly fades to a whisper, but that hasn't stopped justice-seeking activist in New Jersey from continuing to embrace the cause: justice for Michael Brown.

"I stop by today to tell you that there is hope in hopeless times," said Pastor Rosalyn Parker, of Taste of Heavens Ministries, and one of several residents, faith and labor leaders, and civil rights activists who gathered here today to call on state and federal authorities to bring justice to the situation in Ferguson. "These things are happening year after year after year. We have to ask ourselves -- what must be done?"

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Christie says Baraka should run the city not the schools

Christie says Baraka should run the city not the schools

SEA BRIGHT - Back in New Jersey after an RGA swing through Arkansas yesterday, Gov. Chris Christie slapped at Newark Mayor Ras Baraka.

"The mayor should run the city and not run the schools," said Christie, who cited the city's budget deficit. "The mayor has plenty on his plate to worry about."

Baraka earlier this week reiterated his belief that Newark should regain control of the school system and eject Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson, whom Christie just reappointed to a three-year term.

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Singer on the news out of Israel: 'tragically sad'

Singer on the news out of Israel: 'tragically sad'

State Sen. Bob Singer (R-30) confirmed the discovery of a body by Israeli authorities in the forest where Lakewood student Aaron Sofer went missing last Friday.

Authorities have not officially determined that the body is Mr. Sofer.

But speaking for the community of Lakewood Singer said if it is, "It's tragic."

The veteran senator and former mayor of Lakewood said that from he understands, "He apparently slipped" while hiking in the mountains outside Jerusalem.

There is no evidence of the involvement of a terrorist organization, the senator said.

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Report: Body found in Jerusalem forest

Israeli police have recovered a body in the same Jerusalem forest where Lakewood student Aaron Sofer went missing last week, according to a report in The Jerusalem Post.

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Morning Digest: August 28th

Morning Digest: August 28th

Ferguson 2014, Newark 1967: Could New Jersey's largest city see mass unrest again?

Ferguson 2014, Newark 1967: Could New Jersey's largest city see mass unrest again?

NEWARK - The images of exploding Molotov cocktails lighting up the brutal, after-dark duel between protesters and police in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri earlier this month served to spur memories of the days that ripped apart Newark's soul in 1967.

In Ferguson, after an unarmed 18-year-old African-American male was fatally shot by a white Ferguson police officer on August 9, the streets of the Saint Louis suburb erupted. After almost two weeks of furious demonstrations and the introduction of the National Guard, Ferguson has simmered down as federal investigations ensue.

In Newark, the July 1967 arrest of a Newark taxi driver by two white police officers opened up the gates of Hell. Six days of shooting, looting, death and destruction left 26 people dead, a situation many observers and historians say was made worse by the presence of the National Guard. Federal and state investigations tried to the get to the core of the problems that led to what some called a riot, others a rebellion. Meanwhile, Newark went into an economic and population tail spin from which it took decades to significantly recover.

One dark thread of discord unites Newark in 1967 and Ferguson in 2014 - the under-representation of minorities in the city government and police department. Seven members out of the nine-member Newark City Council were white when the 1967 civil disturbances began, and few of the faces on the police force were black, at the moment when the majority of the city's population had shifted in favor of African-Americans. 

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Chris Christie's Jekyll & Hyde complex

Chris Christie's Jekyll & Hyde complex

We all know the story: An amiable, even-keeled doctor, in an effort to separate the good from his darker impulses, concocts and consumes a secret potion that, momentarily, induces a metamorphosis of physical and mental being and turns him into a monstrous and unconscionable brute. Things go OK for a while, the doctor reveling in his cleverness and scientific acumen, but the experiment doesn't last: The doctor soon finds himself unable to control the brute within, changing over more frequently and for longer intervals, until one day he wakes up permanently transfigured and ultimately exacts his own demise.

It's not quite the same problem New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie has, but the allegory that is The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde does provide some insight into the evolution of one of the biggest political personalities this side of the 2016 presidential primaries.

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Four North Jersey Democratic organizations come together in Lyndhurst

Four North Jersey Democratic organizations come together in Lyndhurst

They crowded into the San Carlo in Lyndhurst this afternoon, not just the chairs of the four northern Democratic counties, but their attendant lower legislative delegations, for what amounted to a show of political power.

This was Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones joining his counterparts from Passaic, Hudson, and Bergen counties and 18-19 assembly people, each of whom spoke about his or her most pressing issues.

Jones spoke to PolitickerNJ after the session.

“I’m enthused and encouraged and looking forward to a partnership that can bolster dividends for our region,” said the Essex chairman.

The laundry list of issues included Newark, the Meadowlands, the ports, education and a focus on small bus along main street corridors.

“I applaud them,” said Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-28), referring to the chairs who scheduled the meeting. “North Jersey has got to take care of their region on the bigger issues, and yes, gaming is one of them.”

Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-36), chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee, also attended.

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Morning Digest: September 2nd

Campaign season now under way in Bergen County Politics is practiced year-round in Bergen County, and street-level campaigning has been going on quietly all summer. But both Republicans and Democrats say the Rutherford Street Fair on Labor Day signals a more intense phase of electioneering. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record) http://www.northjersey.com/news/campaign-season-now-under-way-in-bergen-county-1.1079080  ...

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

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"Governor Christie ripped President Obama this summer for failing to carve out some time during a Texas fundraising swing to visit the Mexican border, where the unprecedented flood of immigrant children from Central America had reached a crisis point. ...Yet Christie is not squeezing in a tour of the troubled border during his own three-day trade and diplomatic mission to Mexico, which is set to begin on Wednesday. The governor is planning a series of meetings with Mexican officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto and the finance and energy ministers." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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