N.J. Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/n.j/ Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:47:13 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Three Reasons The Rock Was Not Humored By Chris Christie http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/three-reasons-the-rock-was-not-humored-by-chris-christie Hayne2_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY MICHAEL HAYNE
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

Chris Christie found himself on the receiving end of a smack-down after improperly using wrestling icon and action star, the Rock, in his action-packed movie trailer. It's a good thing he lost some weight since the Rock handily body-slammed the gargantuan Governor.

Instead of actually hammering out a legitimate budget, Christie decided to make his staff pretend they know how to use Imovie (they're making enough money to remain loyal to Gov Sorpano) and make an action-packed video on the pension crisis. For example, Christie can be seen calling the pension system a “crisis" in the video, but he remains mum on the details to fix it. Apparently Christie thinks that taking Zuckerberg's money means he's a bonafide Hollywood player, but what the chubby d-list actor doesn't realize is that he's just a chubby governor who refuses to at like it . And much like all action movies and the governor himself, the video relied on loud and noisy explosions but was totally lacking in meaningful dialogue.

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State Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:46:14 +0000
Trucker Ryon Cumberbatch defends self in death of Waldwick police officer http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/trucker-ryon-cumberbatch-defends-self-in-death-of-waldwick-police-officer cumberbatchRyon72214_optBY KRISTEN LAULETTI
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Ryon Cumberbatch, who was charged with the second-degree vehicular homicide of Waldwick police officer, Christopher Goodell, pled not guilty in court.

According to NJ.com, 29-year-old Ryon Cumberbatch from Brooklyn, was charged with smashing his truck into Goodell’s parked, unmarked police car on the shoulder of Route 17.

Goodell, 32, who was on-duty doing radars, was killed at the scene, according to CBS New York.

According to NorthJersey.com, the collision that killed Goodell, a Marine and five-year veteran of the police department, happened around 1:30 a.m.

Cumberbatch defended himself by pleading not guilty in his first court appearance with his only comments being that he understood what the charge was against him, according to CBS New York.

According to NorthJersey.com, in court, Cumberbatch was with his wife Fiona, along with several other family members – none talked to the media about the case.

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State Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:48:12 +0000
A Big N.J. Shake-Out: What’s Happening in Atlantic City? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/a-big-nj-shake-out-whats-happening-in-atlantic-city busler_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY MICHAEL BUSLER
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

In 2006 the casinos in Atlantic City took in more than $5 billion is revenue. In 2014 total revenue will likely be about half of that amount. The results are devastating to the city. What happened?

With the addition of the super hotel casino Revel, there could have been a total of 13 casino hotels in the city. The Claridge closed and was later re-opened as a hotel only. A similar fate came to the Atlantic Club. The Showboat just announced they will close as did Trump Plaza. Both are likely to be sold and re-open as hotels only. And then there is the Revel.

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State Fri, 18 Jul 2014 01:56:28 +0000
UPDATE: Livingston Teen Brendan Tevlin Believed To Be Targeted http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/update-livingston-teen-brendan-tevlin-believed-to-be-targeted police052909_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
Initial investigations indicate that the teenager who was found shot to death in an SUV in West Orange was believed to have been targeted, according to police.

Nineteen-year old Brendan Tevlin had just finished his freshman year at the University of Richmond.

CBS New York reported that after responding to reports of gunshots near Northfield Avenue and Walker Road, police found Tevlin dead in his vehicle at the Ron Jolyn apartment complex parking lot. The driver’s and passenger side windows had both been shattered.

According to the New York Daily News, Tevlin had been playing video games with friends Wednesday night before he left at about 11:30 p.m., according to reports. Investigators believe he was shot at midnight, and early reports said he had been specifically targeted.

“At this juncture of the investigation it does not appear to be random,” said Anthony Ambrose of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, according to NJ.com. There have been no arrests. People who may have any information on the case are asked to call the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office at (877) 847-7432.

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State Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:00:31 +0000
Missing New Jersey Swimmers Found This Weekend http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/missing-new-jersey-swimmers-found-this-weekend islandbeachstatepark_optBY MARY MARSHALL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The body of a missing Denville-native was found 20-30 yards away from the shore of Cook’s Pond Beach Saturday, according to Denville Police Capt. Paul Nigro.

60-year-old Joseph Arcoleo was reportedly seen last at the beach, coming out of the water around 6 p.m. on Friday. Beach staff found his clothes and personal belongings when the beach closed at 8 p.m.

7online.com reports that over 100 first responders were involved in the search for Arcoleo. Sonar and other special equipment were used in the search.

According to nj.com, Arcoleo was a volunteer firefighter training for a triathlon. The Assistant Managing Lifeguard at the beach, Allison Smith revealed that it was common for Arcoleo to go on a run or bike ride after his swim.

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State Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:45:19 +0000
Jersey City Cops on High Alert for Blood Gang Violence http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/jersey-city-cops-on-high-alerts-for-blood-gang-violence 71814BloodGang_copyBY FRANCESCA PHILLIPPY
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

JERSEY CITY – New Jersey Cops are on high alert since the infamous Blood Gang has issued a threat, calling on all members to kills cops in retaliation for a killed friend.

Early Sunday morning Officer Melvin Santiago was responding to an armed robbery at the 24-hour Walgreens. The perpetrator, Lawrence Campbell, fired at the police car leaving 13 holes in the patrol car’s window, according to the New York Post.

Santiago, 23, was shot in the head. His partner dodged the bullets and returned fire, killing Campbell, 27.

Since then the Bloods have vowed to kill more Jersey City cops to avenge Campbell. The violent street gang has threatened to “kill a Jersey City cop and not stop until the National Guard is called out,” a senior law enforcement source revealed.

“The Cops targeted are those who are working the DOT skyway Detail single man unit,” the memo states. “In addition to shooting a Police Officer, members of the BLOODS will attack and shoot Jersey City EMTs because they know the Police Officers will respond immediately to their back-up.”

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State Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:58:11 +0000
Reasons Behind Christie's New Stance on Gay Marriage Debate http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/reasons-behind-christies-new-stance-on-gay-marriage-debate 71714Wedding_opt_copyBY FRANCESCA PHILLIPPY
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

While speaking to reporters at the National Governors Associates, Gov. Chris Christie stated that while same-sex marriage is “settled” in New Jersey, it’s not time for opponents to give up the fight.

Back in October of 2013 same sex couples in New Jersey were given the green light to marry. Christie opposed the Supreme Court’s decision to outlaw DOMA, but abandoned his fight. The Governor concluded that signals from the court and the march of history were against him according to the New York Times.

“When I know that I’ve been defeated you don’t bang your head against a wall and spend taxpayer money to do it,” he said, explaining his decision. “Absent a change in the legislature, I think at the moment its settled law in New Jersey.”

The decision not to appeal a judge’s ruling that allowed the weddings removed the last hurdle to legalize same-sex marriage in New Jersey, making it the 14th state, along with the District of Columbia, to allow gay couples to wed.

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State Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:34:34 +0000
4 Reasons New Jersey Cop Killer Honored http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/4-reasons-new-jersey-cop-killer-honored campbellLawrence71514_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Freedom of speech is one of the sacred values of living in the United States. That being said, some people have a twisted sense of values.

The man accused of killing first year Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago has received a street memorial for his actions.

According to Police Magazine, a memorial to accused killer Lawrence Campbell featuring empty liquor bottles and about two dozen candles sits on the sidewalk on Orient Avenue in Jersey City. Messages left to Campbell read, "Thug In Peace," and "Live Life My Bro."

A neighbor of Campbell’s, Barbara Jones, said she knew a different Campbell than the man accused of killing Santiago. "He was a good man,” Jones said, according to an Associated Press report on Yahoo News. “He looked out for everybody on the block."

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State Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:39:21 +0000
Waldwick Police Department Loses One of Their Own http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/waldwick-police-department-loses-one-of-their-own goodellchris71714_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The five-year veteran of the Waldwick Police who was killed in a crash on Route 17 is being remembered as a big part of the community.

Thirty-two year old Christopher Goodell graduated from Waldwick High School.

CBS New York reported that Goodell was operating radar to check for speeders when a tractor-trailer went onto the shoulder of the road and hit his unmarked police car at the Bergen Avenue intersection, and pushed the car into a retaining wall.

The J. B. Hunt tractor-trailer driver was 28-year old Ryon Cumberbatch, who called 911 after the accident. “We’re still figuring out exactly why he was in the shoulder area,” said Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli, according to NorthJersey.com. “I’m not going to say whether he lost control of the vehicle at this point.”

Cumberbatch’s wife Fiona said he was going to Brooklyn with a delivery when the accident happened. "It was an accident -- that's what he said," Fiona Cumberbatch said, according to NorthJersey.com. "It was dark. He didn't see the guy,"

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State Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:59:57 +0000
NJ Transit Bus Driver Can Read on the Job http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-transit-bus-driver-can-read-on-the-job read71014_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

There can be a lot of definitions of distracted driving, and a New Jersey Transit driver defined another one while going through Wayne on Tuesday.

Texting while driving deservedly gets all of the headlines, but a Transit bus passenger has accused the driver of reading at the wheel.

CBS New York reported that the unidentified female bus rider took photos of the driver reading a vacation pamphlet and a hardcover book while driving in stop-and-go traffic on Route 80 East in Wayne.

The woman said the bus was traveling slowly in heavy traffic. “Once the traffic cleared up and we were able to move, we were going a little faster, he did put the book down,” she said, according to CBS New York.

A New Jersey Transit spokeswoman said the agency has handled the matter. “This afternoon, NJ TRANSIT has taken appropriate disciplinary action against the bus driver in the photo,” Nancy Snyder said on Wednesday, according to NorthJersey.com.  “We decline further comment as this is a personnel matter.”

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State Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:38:19 +0000