If you like Hillary Clinton, you are going to love liberal Republican Tom Kean Jr!

A cursory examination of campaign finance reports showing contributors who made donations to Democrat Hillary Clinton and liberal Republican Tom Kean Jr. found nearly 200 contributions representing New Jersey residents who financially supported both candidates. Even in this highly partisan political environment, if you follow the money, a lot of it leads right to bothContinue reading “If you like Hillary Clinton, you are going to love liberal Republican Tom Kean Jr!”

Marine Corps Viper helicopter crashed near New Jersey’s Joint Base MDL

A Marine Corps AH-1 crashed at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 6, 2022, near Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in Wrightstown, N.J. Two personnel were on board and were transferred to nearby medical facilities. Their condition is stable. The incident is currently under investigation. “A Marine Corps AH-1Z with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 773, MarineContinue reading “Marine Corps Viper helicopter crashed near New Jersey’s Joint Base MDL”

Senate confirms Murphy-appointed lobbyists on Pinelands Commission

The New Jersey state Senate confirmed Laura Matos and Davon McCurry, two of the three lobbyists Governor Phil Murphy initially nominated to serve as members of the Pinelands Commission like foxes guarding a hen house. Murphy stunned some of his supporters with the announcement that he wanted to replace an environmental champion on the PinelandsContinue reading “Senate confirms Murphy-appointed lobbyists on Pinelands Commission”

Man gets 1 year in prison & $933,708 in restitution for $70 million tax fraud

An Ohio man was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison for conspiring with others to commit fraud in connection with the operation of a national tax return preparation company he owned and managed, as well as tax crimes. According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Fesum Ogbazion, of Cincinnati,Continue reading “Man gets 1 year in prison & $933,708 in restitution for $70 million tax fraud”

Second guilty plea for using drones to smuggle items into Fort Dix prison

A Union County, New Jersey, man today admitted his role in a scheme to use drones to smuggle contraband, including cell phones and tobacco, into the federal correctional facility at Fort Dix. Johansel Moronta, 29, of Linden, New Jersey, a former inmate at Fort Dix, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Madeline CoxContinue reading “Second guilty plea for using drones to smuggle items into Fort Dix prison”

North Carolina Congressman Cawthorn candidacy contested over coup d’etat

A group of North Carolina voters filed a legal challenge to U.S. Representative Madison Cawthorn’s 2022 candidacy in the first application of a tactic that has not been used since the Reconstruction-era following the Civil War. The challenge, filed before the North Carolina State Board of Elections, alleges that Cawthorn is disqualified from public officeContinue reading “North Carolina Congressman Cawthorn candidacy contested over coup d’etat”

Senator Nia H. Gill will challenge “No-Show Nick” Scutari for Senate President

Nia H. Gill says she will challenge Nicholas “No-Show Nick” Scutari to become New Jersey’s next Senate President when the current legislative leader, Steve Sweeney, leaves office tomorrow, January 11, 2022. The first new Senate President in twelve years will replace Sweeney, who was defeated by Republican truck driver Edward Durr in November and isContinue reading “Senator Nia H. Gill will challenge “No-Show Nick” Scutari for Senate President”

Harsh punishments can damage Black students’ academic success at school

Recent research conducted by University of Pittsburgh scholars Juan Del Toro and Ming-Te Wang show that Black students are often subject to harsher discipline at school than White students, and those punishments can damage students’ perceptions of their school and negatively impact their academic success years later. The authors analyzed three years of school records,Continue reading “Harsh punishments can damage Black students’ academic success at school”

Bayonne & Linden earn ‘Distinguished Schools’ recognition for excellence

The New Jersey Department of Education designated the Woodrow Wilson Community School of Bayonne School District in Hudson County and School Number 5 of the Linden Public School District, in Union County as 2021 National Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Distinguished Schools. The Woodrow Wilson Community School is being recognized for excellence in servingContinue reading “Bayonne & Linden earn ‘Distinguished Schools’ recognition for excellence”

Union County political boss won’t consider Black, Hispanic for Surrogate

Union County Commissioner Christopher Hudak is rumored to be the choice of political boss and incoming state Senate President Nicholas “No-Show Nick” Scutari as the replacement for the late five-term Union County Surrogate James S. La Corte, who died on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at the age 74. Linden Mayor Derek Armstead recently called onContinue reading “Union County political boss won’t consider Black, Hispanic for Surrogate”

Millville police shooting victim ID’d as 33-year-old Republican Army veteran

The man shot and killed by a Millville police officer on Tuesday night, has been identified as Daniel J. Ackley. Sources say the 33-year-old Republican Army veteran who served in Iraq was shot on January 4, 2022, after allegedly approaching police with a machete. The police were responding to a 911 call reporting an emergencyContinue reading “Millville police shooting victim ID’d as 33-year-old Republican Army veteran”

Public approval of the U.S. Supreme Court is down to a new historic low!

The Supreme Court’s job approval has sunk to an all-time low, according to recent polling taken after the court declined to block a deeply divisive Texas law banning most abortions. Americans’ opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court had already worsened, with 40% saying they approve of the job the high court is doing, down fromContinue reading “Public approval of the U.S. Supreme Court is down to a new historic low!”

Supreme Court may derail some federal vaccine mandates while keeping others

By James Hodge Conservative justices on the Supreme Court appeared to signal a belief that the Biden administration may have overreached in ordering private companies to require that staff be vaccinated or subject to regular testing. But a separate requirement that health care workers at institutions receiving federal funds be immunized may be judged toContinue reading “Supreme Court may derail some federal vaccine mandates while keeping others”

Lawmaker Erik Peterson joins a throng of Republicans running for Congress

Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski seems positioned to lose his seat in the House of Representatives one way or another, as mapmakers added thousands of additional Republicans and subtracted many of the Democrats who provided his margin of victory in the closest congressional campaign in the country. Malinowski—who has not said if he intends to seekContinue reading “Lawmaker Erik Peterson joins a throng of Republicans running for Congress”

Amazon sellers guilty of price fixing

A New Jersey man and two New York men pleaded guilty yesterday to fixing the prices of DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs sold on the Amazon Marketplace.  According to court documents filed in Knoxville, Tennessee, Morris Sutton, Emmanuel Hourizadeh and Raymond Nouvahian were charged with conspiring with others to fix prices of DVDs and Blu-Ray DiscsContinue reading “Amazon sellers guilty of price fixing”

Fatal Keansburg police-involved shooting under investigation

The Attorney General’s Office is conducting an investigation of a fatal police-involved shooting that occurred this afternoon in Keansburg, N.J. One male civilian, whose identity is not being released at this time, sustained fatal injuries. According to the preliminary investigation, at approximately 3:21 p.m. today, multiple 911 calls were received by the Keansburg Police Department reportingContinue reading “Fatal Keansburg police-involved shooting under investigation”

World Health Organization: “mild” doesn’t describe omicron variant

The Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant has been spreading rapidly in the United States since December 2021 and appears to be much more contagious than earlier strains of the coronavirus. With infections at all-time highs in the U.S., some news outlets are starting to suggest that the latest form of coronavirus carries a lower chance of gettingContinue reading “World Health Organization: “mild” doesn’t describe omicron variant”

Spacecraft skims near solar surface

 A spacecraft launched by NASA has successfully entered the corona of the Sun — an extreme environment that’s roughly 2 million degrees Fahrenheit — a feat that was once thought impossible. Blazing along at space-record speeds that would get it from Earth to the Moon in under an hour, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has sinceContinue reading “Spacecraft skims near solar surface”

Challenge to coronavirus requirements is courting public health disaster

Conservative Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical about President Biden’s legal authority to impose a broad coronavirus vaccination-or-testing requirement on large employers but there seemed to be approval of the administration’s vaccine mandate for personnel at health care facilities that receive federal Medicaid and Medicare funds. Private businesses and 27 Republican-controlled states are challenging Biden’s mostContinue reading “Challenge to coronavirus requirements is courting public health disaster”