Home Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/home Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:40:40 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb NJ Comes to Senses on Gun Law http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-comes-to-senses-on-gun-law gun2_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

A South Jersey prosecutor has decided that a retired schoolteacher was not a threat to their community after all.

Seventy-two year old Gordon Van Gilder was found to have a gun in his possession when he was stopped in Millville last November.

That gun was an unloaded, nearly 300-year old flintlock pistol police found in his glove compartment. Fox News reports that felony gun charges have now been dropped against Van Gilder.

The state used “prosecutorial discretion” in the decision, according to the prosecutor.

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4 Reasons NJ Commuters Getting Tax Increase From Christie http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/economy/4-reasons-nj-commuters-getting-tax-increase-from-christie taxincrease_optBY BOB HOLT

What do you think of New Jersey traffic these days? Have you ever considered what it would be like driving your own vehicle in your daily commutes between New York and New Jersey?

Well, stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but New Jersey is facing a major budget deficit, and just about every possible spending cut is reportedly under consideration.

Including one for commuters.

NJ.com is reporting that New Jersey Transit is looking into their first fare increase in five years, and may also make cuts in service. The reason? An $80 million budget deficit.

Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed budget calls for the New Jersey transportation budget to be cut from $1.4 billion in the 2015 fiscal year to $1.293 billion for 2016.

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Christie: It Bankrupted Detroit, It Bankrupted General Motors, And It Will Bankrupt Us http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/christie-it-bankrupted-detroit-it-bankrupted-general-motors-and-it-will-bankrupt-us ChristieFeb15_optSPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

(This is from the transcript of Gov. Christie’s state of the budget speech.)

Governor Christie: When you’re a Republican governor with a Democratic legislature, and more of your citizens being in the opposite party than in your party, you want to get something done, you’ve got to reach your hand out and be willing to compromise and to work with them. And so we reached out, the commission reached out and started working with the teacher’s union. Lo and behold what has happened? Yesterday I was really happy to announce that we’ve agreed to a roadmap. Now because this has been reported apparently a little bit carelessly, let me clear here. I did not announce yesterday that we have agreed to fix every element of the problem. I said exactly what I meant, which was we’ve agreed to a roadmap. A set of principles that we all agree on and that the teacher’s union signed. The leaders of the union signed it along with the leaders of the commission. And the reforms are pretty significant but I think we have more work to do between now and June but some really good things. First to freeze the existing pension plans and replace them with new retirement plans.

Second to take the pensions away from government. Take all of the money we’ve got – and we’ve got about $80 billion dollars put away in the pension funds – to take the money and to transfer it to the union. Have the union set up a trust and have them now be responsible to their members for the management of that money. So no longer will politics be involved with it. Union members and their leaders have a responsibility to each other and you hope politics doesn’t get involved in it. It’s certainly not the same type of politics that I have to deal with. Let them manage those funds, in return what we’ll do is to pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a certain level of funding of the state budget every year that goes to pensions and health benefits, nonnegotiable.

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Is College Football Championship in New Jersey a Good Fit? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/professional/is-college-football-championship-in-new-jersey-a-good-fit COLLEGEfb_optBY BOB HOLT

Holding championship events in your state can be financially rewarding, and offer increased visibility to the rest of the world.

MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford hosted the Super Bowl in 2014, and now New Jersey is looking into taking another step.

The new college football playoffs are now taking bids on sites to host their national championship games for 2018, 2019, and 2020. The Orlando Sentinel reports that a spokesman for MetLife Stadium has confirmed that officials have received a request for proposal from College Football Playoff people.

More than ten cities have received requests for proposals.

MetLife officials are reviewing their request. The 2014 Super Bowl was played in front of over 82,000 people, despite potential weather concerns. This year’s college football championship game took place on Jan. 12. According to the Orlando Sentinel, temperatures in East Rutherford on that day ranged from 30 degrees to the 40s.

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5 Signs Kean University Has Problems http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/5-signs-kean-university-has-problems KEANU_optBY BOB HOLT

The list is going on and on for Kean University these days. And they apparently need to check it twice to see that it’s right.

Kean has already faced criticism over its purchase of an expensive conference table, and is battling Union Township over the ownership of some land. Now that can add some bad news for 3,000 potential students.

NorthJersey.com reports that about 3,000 students received letters of acceptance from Kean this week. Oops. Shortly afterward the students received another e-mail saying the acceptance had been an error.

The university has contacted all of the students who were affected, and has apologized for the computer error. Some students were accepted who had not finished their applications as part of the mistake.

A lot of people feel that Kean has made more than a few mistakes these days. Bloomberg Politics recalls the school’s purchase of a $219,000 conference table that contained mosaic artwork, and all kinds of electronic equipment. Also, the school is battling the township over 50 acres of land that formerly belonged to Merck & Co.

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Lying on N.J Jury Duty? Juror Indicted on 3 Counts of Perjury http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/lying-on-nj-jury-duty-juror-indicted-on-3-counts-of-perjury jury_optBY KATHERINE CARTER

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced that an Essex County grand jury has indicted Wacoa M. Stanford, 44, of Newark on three counts of perjury for lying during jury selection.

Stanford was a deliberating juror in the trial of State v. Travis Hartsfield, who was charged with murdering his 20-month old daughter, Asiyah Hartsfield.

Assistant Prosecutor Roger Imhof, who presented the case to the grand jury, said during jury selection Stanford knowingly concealed that she had a prior disorderly person conviction and that she had previously been investigated by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services for allegedly abusing her twins but the matter was eventually dropped.

Stanford brought up the issue of the DYFS investigation during deliberations and other jurors believed it was unduly influencing her ability to be fair in the Hartsfield case, a matter that a juror brought to the attention of the judge.

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300 Words Or Less: St. John’s To Pointer: “To Sir, With Love” http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/professional/300-words-or-less-st-johns-to-pointer-to-sir-with-love New_Headshot_opt_copy_copyBY JOEY WAHLER

Is anyone in college basketball playing better than St. John’s forward Sir Dominic Pointer?

“He’s unorthodox and extraterrestrial,” said Red Storm coach Steve Lavin, after his senior-laden team toughed out a 58-57 win Monday over Xavier at Madison Square Garden, their fifth victory in six games. Pointer electrified the Garden with 19 points, 9 rebounds, six blocks and four steals.

Few real big men are averaging 17.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.3 blocks over their last 11 games, like Pointer. Forced to play power forward, the senior’s numbers belie his 6-foot-6, 192-pound frame.

Since starting Big East play 1-4, during Pointer’s 11-game outburst the Johnnies are 7-4. At 19-9, 8-7 in the Big East, they appear headed for the NCAA Tournament, the first in four years for Pointer’s class.

In the 1967 movie classic, To Sir, With Love, Sidney Poitier plays Mark Thackary, a new high school teacher in a poor England neighborhood, who stubbornly changes the lives of his rebellious class of seniors by year’s end. Gradually, Thackeray earns respect of his kids, who call him “Sir.”

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Growth of Small Business Remains Top Priority of State http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/growth-of-small-business-remains-top-priority-of-state SMallBUS_optBY VIRGINIA PELLERIN

TRENTON – From a husband-and-wife-owned bed and breakfast in West Cape May to a fast growing manufacturer in Riverdale, hundreds of small businesses across the State took advantage of low-cost lending and recovery programs offered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) in 2014.

These companies, which benefited from a total of $92 million in financing, expect to create more than 1,170 new jobs. “The vitality of New Jersey’s small business community is intrinsically linked to the growth of the State’s economy,” said Tim Lizura, EDA President and COO. “Through our collaboration with banks and other local, state and federal partners, the EDA has been able to increase access to capital for small businesses that want to rebuild, maintain or expand their operations in the State.”

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Let's Talk Baseball: As Weather Warms, The Thunder Bring the Promotions http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/professional/lets-talk-baseball-as-weather-warms-the-thunder-bring-the-promotions 165436852_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY JOE FAVORITO

For all its family fun and promise, minor league baseball is not an easy way to make a living. Of the now seven minor league teams in and around New Jersey, only two have MLB affiliations that help with the bottom line on the baseball operations side. The other five Independent League teams have a little more freedom of ownership, but have to run not just a sports business, but a baseball business as well, and with the competition of casual spending high and the interest amongst millennials in spending 2-3 hours at a ballpark more than once a summer dwindling, the idyllic opportunity of owning and running a minor league team becomes more challenging every year.

For its challenges, there is still a huge upside for those looking to innovate and enjoy a lifestyle which is about family fun and sports business. One team that has always been on or near the top of the heap in innovation and fun has been The Trenton Thunder. The Thunder, playing on the banks of the Delaware at what is now  ARM & HAMMER Park have a longstanding relationship as the AA affiliate of the Yankees, a cachet which has brought them a nice spillover marketing platform for years. However in addition to those ties, the Thunder have built a solid business of their own, which is again reflected in the wide ranging ways they will induce fans to turn out from far and wide this summer. They recently released their first round of promotional dates, which are again a treasure trove of fun for fans whose interest may be more on activity and less on baseball.

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Creating a New Kind of Liquor License Being Considered in N.J. http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/creating-a-new-kind-of-liquor-license-being-considered-in-nj JOHNburzichelli_opt_copyBY TOM HESTER

TRENTON – Assemblyman John Burzichelli on Wednesday said he’s introduced legislation to help spark economic development and job creation by creating a new type of restaurant liquor license, all while protecting the value of existing liquor licenses.

Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem) noted that under current state law a municipality may not issue a new license unless and until the combined total number of licenses in the municipality is less than one for each 3,000 people.

“As a result of this restriction, there’s an insufficient number - or complete lack - of available licenses in many municipalities, inflating the value of existing licenses and forcing prospective restaurateurs to buy a license at an exorbitant price or simply operate without a license,” Burzichelli said. “This has created an unfair situation for many restaurant owners.”

Burzichelli said allowing restaurants to get a newly created license makes sense, as long as it’s coupled with relief for existing license owners, so his bill proposes tax credits to the holders of existing licenses to compensate them for any devaluation of their licenses.

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