Home Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/home Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:54:02 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Stephen Colbert Stays Put, Which is Good For New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/stephen-colbert-stays-put-which-is-good-for-new-jersey COLBERT_opt_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

David Letterman may be retiring next year, but “The Late Show” isn’t going anywhere, according to his replacement, one of New Jersey’s favorite sons.

Montclair resident Stephen Colbert will be keeping “The Late Show” in New York, according to a deal worked out by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the network.

Variety reported that CBS will be eligible for $11 million from the Excelsior tax credit program over a five-year period, and could receive $5 million in grants to renovate The Ed Sullivan Theater in the deal.

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Christie Faces Controversy in Colorado http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/christie-faces-controversy-in-colorado christiecolorado_optBY MARY MARSHALL

Gov. Chris Christie endured two controversial days in Colorado this week as a part of a tour he’s been embarking on across the country for his position as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Christie arrived Wednesday and openly backed former congressman GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez in the upcoming governor’s race against the Democratic contender, current governor John Hickenlooper.

Controversial situations such as Bridgegate and Christie’s stance on marijuana legalization were brought to light in the midst of his trip.

According to The Denver Post, Beauprez defended Christie to Democrats critical of Christie’s past, saying that the assertion that he is corrupt is "pure, utter nonsense" because he took responsibility and immediately fired the individuals involved in Bridgegate while keeping the public informed.

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UPDATE: Recall of Fresh Fruit for Listeria Outbreak includes New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/healthquest/update-recall-of-fresh-fruit-for-listeria-outbreak-includes-new-jersey 72314FARMER27SMARKETBY FRANCESCA PHILLIPPY

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has watched over the Wawona Packing Co., food business out of Central California, due to a contamination of their Sweet 2 Eat (or Harvest Sweet) brand of fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots, which are sold nationwide.

This is due to a possible listeria contamination.

The recalled fruit was packed and shipped to retailers including Costco Wholesale Corp.,Trader Joe's, Kroger and Walmart, which operates Walmart and Sam's Club stores. The recall came after internal testing at the company's packinghouse in Cutler.

CNN reports that internal testing at Wawona revealed the potential listeria contamination, the company says. Listeria was found on two nectarines and one peach. It is not yet clear how they became contaminated.

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New Jersey Operation Predator Alert Arrests 14 Men for Child Pornography http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/new-jersey-operation-predator-alert-arrests-14-men-for-child-pornography 72414MichaelVanCulinBY FRANCESCA PHILLIPPY

TRENTON – The State Division of Criminal Justice and ICE Homeland Security Investigations arrested 14 men from New Jersey for using a file-sharing network to download and distribute child pornography, including child rape videos, on the Internet.

“Operation Predator Alert” is responsible for the arrests, adding onto the 14 prior arrests announced last October, according to nj.com.

Michael Van Culin, 30, of Monroeville (Salem County), allegedly threatened a 16-year-old Canadian girl into stripping naked on her webcam while he recorded her remotely with his computer, authorities claim.

He had password-decoding software on his computer that generates likely passwords for a person from basic information such as the person's name, date of birth, favorite sports, and names of pets and siblings.

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An Inside Look at LeBron James' Gamble and Derek Jeter's Farewell Tour http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/professional/an-inside-look-at-lebron-james-gamble-and-derek-jeters-farewell-tour jedhughes_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY JED HUGHES

“I’m coming home,” the four-time NBA MVP LeBron James wrote in an exclusive essay to Sports Illustrated.

James, who broke the hearts of Cleveland Cavaliers fans four years ago when he bolted for Miami, will go back to Ohio. He returns to the area where he was raised and launched his professional basketball career.

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As NFL Training Camps Open, Giants and Other Teams Start Their “Quest” At Home http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/professional/as-nfl-training-camps-open-giants-and-other-teams-start-their-quest-at-home FAVORITO_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY JOE FAVORITO

It used to be a rite of summer as the local NFL team headed off to some far-off college for several weeks of hardnosed, secretive out of the way training camp that as conducted without distractions. Fans had to travel to find you, media was restricted, and the business of football went on its merry way.

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Garden State Parkway Getting a Lot of Attention in Florida http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/garden-state-parkway-getting-a-lot-of-attention-in-florida GSPkwy_optBY BOB HOLT

Jersey Boardwalk Pizza claims to offer authentic Italian food from New Jersey. The restaurant has two locations in Florida, and uses a snappy green and yellow logo.

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority says that logo looks awfully familiar.

New Jersey Law Journal reported that the Turnpike Authority is suing Jersey Boardwalk Pizza because the similarities in the logos may give the impression the NJTA was connected to the Florida restaurants. According to the complaint, the Garden State Parkway’s logo has an outline of New Jersey against green and yellow circles, while the restaurant’s symbol is the same, except for the addition of the words “Jersey Boardwalk Pizza Co.” and “Subs, Cheesesteaks, Pasta.”

Jersey Boardwalk Pizza lawyer JoyAnn Kenny told the NJTA that people were unlikely to confuse the highway and a pizza place 1,300 miles away. According to NorthJersey.com, New Jersey says the logos were directly copied and appropriated from the Garden State Parkway logos.

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UPDATE: Anaconda snake on a lake puts Hopatcong, New Jersey on the map http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/science-updates/update-anaconda-snake-on-a-lake-puts-hopatcong-new-jersey-on-the-map anacondaflickr72414_optBY BOB HOLT

Despite what many people have reported, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection believes there is no Anaconda snake in Hopatcong Lake.

There have been several sightings of a snake of anywhere from 14 to 20 feet in length over recent weeks in the area, but none of them have been confirmed.

"There has never been a confirmed sighting, no pictures, no video, no other evidence that there is an exotic species in the lake,” said DEP spokesman Larry Ragonese, according to the Daily Record. “Fish and Wildlife folks staked out the area the snake had reportedly been seen all weekend, spent part of a night there, we've been in touch with local animal control, and found no sign of a snake."

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Gay rights group still not a fan of NY Giants or David Tyree http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/professional/gay-rights-group-still-not-a-fan-of-ny-giants-or-david-tyree davidtyree_optBY KRISTEN LAULETTI

The New York Giants have now hired David Tyree, who has openly shared his views against same-sex marriage, as the director of player development, causing a stir with an LGBT advocacy group.

According to nj.com, Tyree has voiced his opposition against marriage equality as early as 2001 via Twitter.

NY Daily News reports that after Tyree retired from the NFL in 2001, he publicly campaigned against the marrying of same sex couples saying that it would “lead to sheer anarchy and social disorder.”

Human Rights Campaign spokesman Fred Sainz said to NJ.com, “To suggest that marriage equality will result in anarchy is not just false, it’s also not consistent with the respectful public discourse that should be expected from leaders like Tyree. Gay people are your family members, your neighbors, your co-workers and Mr. Tyree’s peers in the NFL. For him to treat them with any less respect minimizes them and the game of football."

NY Daily News also reports that Tyree is a proponent of gay conversion therapy as well as a practice known as “pray the gay away.” He believes that it can be used to turn homosexuals into heterosexuals.

The practice called, “pray the gay away,” has been denounced by multiple public health groups such as the American Medical Association, as well as the World Health Organization, according to NY Daily News.

According to nj.com, in June of 2011, Tyree, had even gone so far as to tell the New York Daily News that he would “probably” trade-in the Giants’ Super Bowl XLII title as well as his game-winning helmet catch if it meant that he could stop the marriages of same-sex couples.

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New Jersey Potentially Dangerous for Police Officers http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/style/new-jersey-potentially-dangerous-for-police-officers newarkpolicecar_optBY MARY MARSHALL

New Jersey ranks in the top 20 most dangerous states in the nation for police officers.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in preliminary statistics released Tuesday, the number of on-duty police officer deaths has risen for the first time in three years.

Preliminary data from the report revealed that nationally 67 police officers and law enforcement officials have fallen on-duty by this year’s mid-point. Comparatively, that is over a 30 percent increase from this time last year when there was only 51 deaths on-duty.

According to nj.com, New Jersey comes in at number 14 on the list of nationwide police fatalities. Two deaths of officers in the line of duty earlier in July were the first to occur since 2012, moving the Garden State higher up on the list.

The two most recent victims were 23-year-old Melvin Santiago of the Jersey City Department and 38-year-old Christopher Goodell of Bergen County.

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