HO-HO-KUS - Under the scorching sun outside St. Luke’s Church earlier today, Waldwick police officer Chris Goodell’s casket was carried out to his burial site. Over it was draped an American flag.
It was the same flag that cloaked the casket of Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago last week, as well as thousands of other firefighters, police officers and members of the United States Armed Forces killed in the line of duty before that.
Rumor has it that at one point, shortly after it was first gifted to U.S. Honor Flag CEO Chris Heisler by the Texas House of Representatives in 2001, it even stood among the rubble and twisted metal at Ground Zero.
“Everyone thinks it's just a piece of cloth, but it represents each and every man and women in America -- life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” said Robert Kneer, a 42-year veteran of the Fairlawn Police Force and Commander of the New Jersey State Honor Guard (NJSHG). “Heisler decided it meant so much that he traveled to [NYC on 9/11] to have it there.”Read More >
LONG BEACH ISLAND – Gov. Chris Christie squeezed LBI between trips to IowaNew HampshireConnecticut and – tomorrow – Colorado – just long enough to puncture his favorite Trenton-based targets in front of a friendly, sun-dazed crowd in this GOP stronghold.
“I’m the adult in the room,” Christie declared, a reference to the Statehouse, moments after his entourage of black SUVs tore up the gravel drive and deposited the head of the Republican Governors Association (and Governor of New Jersey) at the end of a ramp amid local, salt-tinged cheers.
“There’s Trenton speak, and then there’s regular language,” the governor said.Read More >
In an effort to mitigate some of the negative effects brought on by a sudden decline in Atlantic City’s casino industry, three 2nd district lawmakers are calling on New Jersey’s Casino Control Commission to get involved.
In a letter released earlier today, state Sen. Jim Whelan (D-2) and Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and Chris Brown (D-2) urged the commission’s members to “direct both the Showboat and Trump Plaza to remain open and the sale be delayed by four months to give buyers a real opportunity for the due diligence necessary for this type of sale."Read More >
NEWARK - Following the announcement of the results of a three-year federal investigation that revealed significant civil rights violations by the Newark Police Department, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced that New Jersey's largest police department will be placed under federal oversight.
"We are announcing that we have signed an agreement in principle with the city and the police department to make the changes that will give the people of Newark the first-class police department that they deserve," said Fishman at his agency's offices in downtown Newark on Tuesday. "The agreement specifically states that we will now turn to finalize a consent agreement that will be filed and enforceable in federal court. That document will require the enforcement of a monitor to follow and report on the progress that the city and the police department are making."Read More >
NEWARK - Although one state legislator has called for New Jersey to reinstate the death penalty following the shooting death of a Jersey City police officer, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka voiced another opinion on what some advocate as the ultimate way to fight crime.
"My personal opinion is that I don't believe the death penalty is a deterrent to crime here in the city of Newark," said Baraka at a Tuesday news conference at the downtown office of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman which announced the results of a federal investigation into the Newark Police Department. "What happened in Jersey City was horrible, completely senseless and the actors should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Ultimately, what we're talking about here in Newark is revitalizing the system that has obviously been broken for some time."Read More >
Governor Chris Christie today announced his selection of Dr. Christopher Rodriguez as New Jersey’s next Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP).
The governor's office said Rodriguez brings more than a decade of experience in the Central Intelligence Agency, where he held a variety of analytical and management positions. Rodriguez will replace Edward Dickson, who has led OHSP as Director since February of 2012, as he departs to pursue new opportunities in the private sector.Read More >
Stockton College’s William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy today called for an Open Mic Debate between the candidates for the United States Senate.
“Open to the public, open to all media – that is the kind of debate that New Jerseyans deserve,” said Daniel J. Douglas, director of the Hughes Center, which also includes the Stockton Polling Institute.Read More >
In the event that state Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) doesn't run for re-election in 2017, the party has a short list of possible candidates it could field to try to head off either Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-7) or Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7).Read More >
Faced with violent crime wave, Baraka, Fulop and Torres forge three-city partnership JERSEY CITY – And then there were three. That’s what it looked like, at least, when a late-arriving and widely beaming Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres in cream-colored suit joined political allies Jersey City Mayor Steve...
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By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >
"And here was Christie — a tell-it-like-it-is, straight-talking, no-nonsense Jersey guy — telling about 60 members of the media what he really thought. 'Governor Branstad is a role model for me,' Christie gushed, referring to his 67-year-old counterpart from Iowa."- The New York Times
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