N.J. Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/n.j/ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:23:22 +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

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.

State Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:46:14 +0000
74 percent of New Jersey voters oppose using student testing to evaluate teachers http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/74-percent-of-new-jersey-voters-oppose-using-student-testing-to-evaluate-teachers testscore_optBY MARY MARSHALL

In a poll released this week by Fairleigh Dickinson University, 74 percent of voters opposed the current education evaluation system, which punishes teachers based on their students’ performance on standardized tests. This shows that most residents sympathize with teachers on the issue of evaluation reform.

The main arguments against the system is that it ignores other crucial factors in a classroom setting such as economic background, size and the dynamics of the student population.

The same survey also revealed that 42 percent of voters feel that there should be incentives or rewards for positive student performances, while 20 percent still agree with the current system, according to northjersey.com.

Gov. Chris Christie revealed earlier this month that as a result of opposition of the evaluation the test scores would have less weight in evaluations.

According to northjersey.com, Mark Biedron, president of the state Board of Education said, “I think the Board of Education and the community in general supports [evaluations],” he said. “The question is what system do you use and how much of it and frankly how much do you weigh on tests?”

State Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:53:29 +0000
Chris Christie showing New Jersey public workers the door http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/chris-christie-showing-new-jersey-public-workers-the-door 72814ChristieBY FRANCESCA PHILLIPPY

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie’s controversial pension cuts to the public workers of New Jersey has led to a total of 11,916 employees scheduled to retire by the end of July.

Nj.com reports that a second round of pension reform is on the way, causing public officials and union leaders to plan for public workers retiring early.

The amount of workers retiring equals out to a close 9 percent spike from the same point in 2013. If the pace continues, about 17,000 may file papers by the end of the year.

A total of 15,700 public workers retired in the entire 2013 year.

State Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:56:52 +0000
UPDATE: Randolph Accident Takes Lives http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/update-randolph-accident-takes-lives policemf62514_optBY BOB HOLT

The automobile accident that killed two Randolph teenagers may have happened as a result of speeding.

Calvin Verduga and Jack Timmerman, both 17, were killed in the crash on Saturday.

PIX 11 reported that one of the two surviving passengers in the car said “speed was a factor in the cause of the accident,” according to a friend, Max Zibitsker. Reportedly the driver wanted to show friends his new Mustang convertible.

The speed the vehicle was traveling at the time of the accident was not certain.

Verduga had just survived a similar ordeal in April. NJ.com reported that 17-year old Alex Wolmart was driving Verduga home from school when he lost control of his vehicle and said it “rolled like four times.” Wolmart said there had been a problem with the wheel alignment of his car. “We saw our lives flash before our eyes,” he added.

According to NJ.com, police said on Saturday the car was traveling down Ironia Road when the driver lost control and ran off the right side of the road, hitting a street sign and a tree. Two passengers in the automobile were hospitalized after the accident.

State Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:26:59 +0000
UPDATE: Hillsborough Teen Dies Over Stupid Argument http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/update-hillsborough-teen-dies-over-stupid-argument policemf62514_optBY BOB HOLT

A stupid argument over dirt biking reportedly led to the punch that killed a New Jersey teenager on Saturday.

Seventeen-year old Jared Colon from Hillsborough died from the head injury on July 28.

Hillsborough Beacon reported that a 16-year old teen is being charged with second-degree reckless manslaughter for allegedly punching Colon in the head during the fight. The 16-year old is only being identified as S. M.

Colon was airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he passed away on Monday. S.M. is being held at Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center.

Authorities said that the 16-year old allegedly punched Colon once near the chin, causing the fatal head injury, according to NBC New York. Former neighbor of the Colons Sarah Critelli called the incident more of a “freak accident.”

State Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:32:57 +0000
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.

State Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:41:46 +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

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.

State Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:48:12 +0000
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.

State Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:15:58 +0000
Jersey City Now Has Grillgate http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/jersey-city-now-has-grillgate jerseycitydpw_optBY BOB HOLT

It apparently never occurred to Jersey City Department of Public Works head Michael Razzoli to use a propane tank for his barbecuing.

Razzoli, who has a private balcony at his office, reportedly wanted to add a few extras for the summer.

NJ.com reported that plans for the new DPW complex included a gas line leading from the boiler room to Razzoli’s third-floor office to be used for a private barbecue grill. An architect questioned the gas line to officials, saying it was very expensive and not up to fire code standards.

Razzoli also wanted a water line for his office, according to NJ.com. Jersey City assistant business administrator Greg Corrado put a stop to those plans, and the city has taken away some of Razzoli’s power.

NJ.com reported that Jersey City’s architecture, engineering, traffic and transportation department decisions were taken away from Razzoli, and he would no longer have the last word on construction changes to the DPW complex.

State Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:27:15 +0000
Ramsey prostitution spa took year to bust http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/ramsey-prostitution-spa-took-year-to-bust 72614RamseyNJ_optBY FRANCESCA PHILLIPPY

RAMSEY — The Ion Spa owner, Shunfu Jin, was arrested Friday night for owning, controlling and managing a house of prostitution.

Ion Spa is located at 875 Route 17 South in the Lincoln Plaza shopping center.

Nj.com reports that an undercover sting at the spa led to the arrests of its owner and a massage therapist on prostitution charges. The masseuse, Shounan Piao, 47, solicited an undercover officer posing as a client during a visit to the spa.

Jin, 44, and Piao were arrested immediately. Piao and another therapist, Yingua Zhao, were issued summonses. Zhao was unlicensed, according to cliffviewpilot.com.

The arrests came after an almost year-long investigation and complaints about prostitution at the Lincoln Plaza business.

State Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:37:07 +0000