In retribution murder, one West Orange mayoral candidate sees international conflict writ small

In retribution murder, one West Orange mayoral candidate sees international conflict writ small

WEST ORANGE - When Ali Mohammed Brown shot and killed a 19-year-old Livingston college student on a warm night in West Orange earlier this summer, many at the time, including Essex County authorities, called it a "random act of violence." Some suspected something more criminal, a robbery turned violent or a drug deal gone bad.

Now, however, prosecutors say there was a much more menacing motive at work -- retribution for U.S. military intervention in the Middle East, and specifically violence against Muslims. One mayoral candidate in the city thinks the case should serve as a lesson for local lawmakers and law enforcement authorities: that international events can have a local impact.

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Morning Digest: August 25th

Morning Digest: August 25th

Ruiz seeks Hespe's intervention in Newark School's debacle

Ruiz seeks Hespe's intervention in Newark School's debacle

Senate Education Chair M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29) today conveyed her dismay over the condition of the Newark Public Schools in a sitdown with Acting Education Commissioner David Hespe.

Seeking finalization of school assignments for their children under the “One Newark” plan, The Star-Ledger reported that more than 600 parents arrived at the school enrollment center in Newark on Thursday.

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Bramnick in Bergen: Paid sick leave laws part of "left-wing" Democrat plans for post-Christie future; Fulop objects

Bramnick in Bergen: Paid sick leave laws part of "left-wing" Democrat plans for post-Christie future; Fulop objects

FAIR LAWN -  On a stop at a Bergen County hardware store, state Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) hit the Democrats with a figurative two-by-four, attacking the recent push for paid sick-leave legislation in New Jersey municipalities.

"The radical Democrats are now competing for the most radical ideas," said Bramnick on Friday, standing next to Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan at Kuiken Brothers Company in downtown Fair Lawn. "They have put on the table a paid sick-leave bill that is now starting to develop in municipalities around the state. In New Jersey, the last thing we need is more regulation on business.

"We know this is a political issue between the left wing of the Democratic Party getting ready for a post-Chris Christie era," Bramnick added. "If we're going to have this era, despite the fact that Chris Christie has three and a half years left as governor, we're going to be in big trouble." 

Bramnick's trip to Bergen, New Jersey's most populous county, comes at a time when because of Gov. Christie's increasing national profile as a potential Republican presidential candidate, the 2017 Garden State gubernatorial sweepstakes has begun sooner than usual.

Bramnick is reportedly looking to take the GOP nominee slot, while three Democrats, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, former U.S. ambassador to Germany and ex-Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy and state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) are testing the campaign waters on their side of the aisle. 

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Winners and Losers: Week of the West New York Waterfront

Winners and Losers: Week of the West New York Waterfront

Please forgive the above alliteration, which was unintended.

With all the love in Hudson County these days we'd lament the lack of a true contest next year.

Except when one considers (details below) that 2011 wasn't really supposed to be a contest either in West New York...

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MacArthur continues to demand Belgard apologize for 'vile and negative attacks' in DCCC ad

MacArthur continues to demand Belgard apologize for 'vile and negative attacks' in DCCC ad

Tom MacArthur, the Republican hopeful in New Jersey's congressional district 3, is continuing to call on his competition, Democrat Aimee Belgard, to renounce a negative "attack" ad he argues misleads voters in the lead-up to their November election.

Titled "Deny" -- but since re-released under the name "Cheat" -- the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee-sponsored ad began airing over a week ago but quickly became the subject of controversy after the non-partisan, University of Pennsylvania-affiliated FactCheck.org called it's implication that the former insurance executive was "accused of cheating disaster victims" a "pattern of deception."

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Morning Digest: August 22nd

Morning Digest: August 22nd

Paramus mayor's race: Candidates in closely-divided Bergen borough spar over taxes, towing issues

Paramus mayor's race: Candidates in closely-divided Bergen borough spar over taxes, towing issues

PARAMUS - When voters go to the polls in November to pick between the two Paramus mayoral candidates, the decision could come down to two issues starting with the letter T: taxes and towing.

The Democratic incumbent, Mayor Richard LaBarbiera, and the Republican challenger, Tom LoCicero, at one time served on the six-person borough council together. They both completely agree that Paramus' blue laws, which mandate that all businesses are closed on Sunday, except grocery stores, restaurants, and certain entertainment venues in order to give the 26,000-person-town that straddles Route 17 one day of needed relief from traffic, should not be touched.

But things get touchy between LaBarbiera and LoCicero when it comes to taxes, the bete noire of politics in the statewide election bellwether, Bergen County. 

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Morning Digest: August 29th

Belmar mayor's race: a wave of post-Sandy project politics stirs up seaside Monmouth borough BELMAR - When Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty rolled out his re-election campaign in February, he did so still basking in the glow of what many residents of the 6,000-person Monmouth County seaside borough saw...

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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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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast

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