N.J. Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/n.j/ Tue, 26 May 2015 07:36:39 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Bridgegate: Most Jerseyans say Christie was Aware of Lane Closures http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/bridgegate-most-jerseyans-say-christie-was-aware-of-lane-closures christiestate3_opt_copy_copyBY ERIC GUNDERSEN

Gov. Chris Christie’s ratings have taken a significant hit in the Monmouth University Poll, with most New Jerseyans inclined to believe that he was actually involved in the decision to close toll lanes on the George Washington Bridge in 2013 or at least that he knew about it at the time. The first poll taken since the U.S. Attorney announced charges in the Bridgegate case also found that just 1-in-10 Garden State residents believe that the three individuals indicted in the scheme were the only ones involved.

Gov. Christie’s overall job rating currently stands at 35% approve to 54% disapprove among New Jersey residents and 35% approve to 56% disapprove among the state’s registered voters. This marks a significant drop from just a few months ago and is an all-time low in Christie’s net job rating. In February, his job rating stood at 48% approve to 44% disapprove among all residents and 47% approve to 46% disapprove among voters. The governor’s job approval rating in the Monmouth University Poll once stood as high as 70% – that was in February 2013 following Superstorm Sandy.

New Jersey Republicans continue to support their governor, giving him a 65% approve to 32% disapprove job rating, down only slightly from the 70% to 24% rating he received three months ago. He has lost significantly more ground among independents – 34% approve to 51% disapprove in the current poll compared to 47% to 43% in February, as well as Democrats – now 19% approve to 69% disapprove compared to 39% to 55% in February.

State Thu, 07 May 2015 03:14:46 +0000
Dragging a N.J. State Trooper with Your Car Will Get You 4 Years in State Prison http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/dragging-a-nj-state-trooper-with-your-car-will-get-you-4-years-in-state-prison prison_opt_copy_copy_copy_copyBY PETER ASELTINE
TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a Gloucester County man was sentenced to state prison today for dragging a New Jersey state trooper with his car during a violent incident following a traffic stop. He also rammed the vehicle of an off-duty State Police captain while trying to escape.

Daren J. Rebel, 22, of Westville was sentenced to four years in state prison, including three years of parole ineligibility, by Superior Court Judge Christine Allen-Jackson in Gloucester County. Rebel was found guilty at trial on Jan. 30 of charges of second-degree aggravated assault while eluding police, second-degree eluding, third-degree aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and fourth-degree aggravated assault. Those charges involved the trooper he dragged with his car. He was acquitted of several charges related to his conduct against the State Police captain.

Supervising Deputy Attorney General Andrew Johns and Deputy Attorney General Brian Carney tried the case and handled the sentencing for the Division of Criminal Justice.

State Thu, 23 Apr 2015 03:21:50 +0000
How NJ Crips Planned FBI Hit http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/how-nj-crips-planned-fbi-hit newark070710_optBY BOB HOLT

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman has announced charges against members of a New Jersey street gang for alleged drug trafficking.

One of the gang members is even being charged with plotting to kill an FBI agent.

Seventy-one people are receiving charges overall. “As this investigation demonstrates, the New Jersey Grape Street Crips are allegedly one of the largest and most dangerous street gangs in Newark as well as a prolific narcotics trafficking organization that floods the streets New Jersey with heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine,” Fishman said, according to fbi.gov. “The narcotics activities that the gang and its associates allegedly engage in directly affect the quality of life of law-abiding citizens who reside in cities and suburbs of northern New Jersey.”

According to WABC, prosecutors say the Crips members actively controlled drug-trafficking and other illegal activities in neighborhoods and public-housing spots of Newark.

State Thu, 21 May 2015 15:37:31 +0000
Great White Shark Mary Lee Could Kill Jersey Shore Tourism http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/great-white-shark-mary-lee-could-kill-jersey-shore-tourism GREATWHITE_optBY BOB HOLT

The weather hopefully has turned in New Jersey, which means tourists from all over will be heading down to the shore.

Admittedly, some tourists are more welcome than others. One tourist who appears to be heading to Cape May might drive other visitors away.

That tourist would be Mary Lee, The New York Daily News reported that a great white shark named Mary Lee was seen just 10 miles off the Jersey coast on Thursday. And of course, the shark posted on its personal Twitter account, “Cape May might be just the ticket after a long swim.”

The Washington Post reports that Mary Lee spent most of the year off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina before heading up to New Jersey. She is 16 feet long, weighs 3,456 pounds, and has over 14,600 Twitter followers.

State Fri, 08 May 2015 15:22:29 +0000
DEA Strip Club in NJ Appeared to be Cash Cow http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/dea-strip-club-in-nj-appeared-to-be-cash-cow DEAbadge011110_optBY BOB HOLT

In today’s economy, sometimes workers need side jobs in order to make ends meet.

But it was not expected that two Drug Enforcement Agency workers were running a strip club in New Jersey.

Agent David Polos and employee Glen Glover were charged with making false statements in Manhattan on Wednesday. The men owned and operated the Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge strip club in South Hackensack, New Jersey, RT USA reported. The men reportedly ran the club by smartphone apps and computers while working for the DEA.

State Thu, 21 May 2015 15:01:35 +0000
NJ Pols Make $10M Typo http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-pols-make-10m-typo money052909_optBY BOB HOLT

Autocorrect is no one’s friend, but sometimes a little extra proofreading of your work is a good idea.

Especially when you’re writing about a bond issue worth millions of dollars.

Bergen County officials are in agreement that a new Paramus public works facility will cost about $18 million. But NorthJersey.com reports that when someone recorded the cost last April, they “dropped a 1,” and the price came in at $8 million.

According to an Associated Press report in The Press of Atlantic City, in 2012 Bergen County freeholders passed a $133 bond measure that would also finance a Hackensack justice center. The ordinance now will need to be revised, or the officials will make cuts from the rest of the project.

State Fri, 01 May 2015 16:10:05 +0000
That’s an Interesting Place to Hide a Gun From NJ Police http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/thats-an-interesting-place-to-hide-a-gun-from-nj-police gun2_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

Desperate times call for desperate measures for some people, but a contempt of court warrant led to an unusual experience for a 21-year old New Jersey man.

Darquan Lee of Bridgeton was brought to the local police station on Friday on the warrant.

According to philly.com, investigators said Lee asked to use the bathroom, but changed his mind when he learned he would be searched before and after using it. Police then sent him to the Cumberland County Jail, believing that he was hiding something.

The New York Daily News reported that after Lee was strip searched, jail guards found a .25-caliber automatic handgun between his buttocks and up his anal cavity. The gun was fully loaded, and had been stolen in Alabama.

State Mon, 11 May 2015 13:40:06 +0000
3 Gangs Target NJ Police Officers http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/3-gangs-target-nj-police-officers policemf62514_optBY BOB HOLT

Police from different areas, including New Jersey, are banding together to help the situation in Baltimore. Unfortunately, information has led authorities to believe that various gangs may be partnering also.

Baltimore’s law enforcement officials have received a “credible” threat.

According to the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association, Baltimore area law enforcement officials have received information that members of gangs including the Bloods, the Crips and the Black Guerilla Family have entered into a partnership to work together to "take-out" law enforcement officers. “This is a credible threat,” said an alert on njspba.com. “Law enforcement agencies should take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of all members of the NJSPBA.”

State Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:46:51 +0000
Speaker Prieto: NJ Transit Fare Hike Plan an Affront to Working Class New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/speaker-prieto-nj-transit-fare-hike-plan-an-affront-to-working-class-new-jersey vincentprieto_opt_copy_copy_copyBY TOM HESTER

TRENTON – Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following s statement Monday on NJ Transit’s plans to increase fares and curtail services:

“To say I’m disappointed by NJ Transit would be an understatement. I’m appalled at this terrible approach to transportation policy and astonished by the lack of regard for the working people of New Jersey who rely on NJ Transit to make ends meet.

“No one should be mistaken – this fare hike would be a tax increase on working people that would fail to do anything to solve New Jersey’s long-term transportation funding crisis. It would cause pain to working class residents without providing any benefit. That’s awful public policy.

“I’ve been advocating nonstop for a sensible and responsible solution to our transportation crisis precisely so we can avoid reckless decisions such as this one by NJ Transit.

State Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:49:37 +0000
N.J. Legislature Acts in Support of Pension Lawsuit http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-legislature-acts-in-support-of-pension-lawsuit pension_opt-1_copy_copyBY TOM HESTER

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced on Monday that both houses of the New Jersey Legislature will officially inform the Court of its disapproval of the Christie Administration’s refusal to make the pension payments required by law. Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Prieto will submit an Amicus Brief (attached) in Superior Court stating that the administration is ignoring the law and the legislative intent of the pension reform bill.

Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Prieto issued the following statement:

“We want to make it clear to the Court that the administration’s refusal to make the legally required pension payments violates the law and disregards legislative intent. The pension reform bill approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor is a law he can’t choose to ignore. He has a legal, constitutional and contractual obligation to make the required payments.

“The law explicitly creates a contractual obligation to make the contributions. The Legislature met the requirements of the law by appropriating $2.25 billion to make the payment for Fiscal Year 2015. The governor chose to veto the funding and to slash the contribution by $1.57 billion with a line-item veto.

State Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:30:56 +0000