N.J. Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/n.j/ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:04:41 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb N.J. Protest Against Jewish Ritual Using Chickens http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-protest-against-jewish-ritual-using-chickens PROTEST_opt.pngBY JANINE MOTTA
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

LAKEWOOD – Animal Protection League of New Jersey (APLNJ) is holding a protest in Lakewood in response to the swinging and slaughtering of chickens in the Kapporos (also known as Kapporot) ritual which takes place the week before Yom Kippur (October 3) – the Jewish Day of Atonement.

Where: 230 5th Street, Lakewood, NJ

When: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 11:30am – 1:30pm

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State Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:35:34 +0000
Bob Gordon on His Port Authority Reform Bill http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/bob-gordon-on-his-port-authority-reform-bill bobgordon_optBY LOUIS COUTURE
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – On September 22, 2014, Senator Bob Gordon (D - Bergen-Passaic) took the floor during the Senate session to discuss his bill imposing comprehensive transparency and accountability standards at the Port Authority of New York-New Jersey. The bill (S-2181) was approved unanimously by the Senate.

An identical version of the bill has also been approved by both houses of the Legislature in New York.

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State Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:13:25 +0000
Proposal Increasing Age Limit to 85 for Recalled Judges Advances http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/proposal-increasing-age-limit-to-85-for-recalled-judges-advances gavel_opt-1_copyBY ERIC GUNDERSEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Citing a backlog of cases due to a high rate of judicial vacancies, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi has sponsored legislation to increase the age a retired justice or judge may be called back on a temporary basis. The bill, A-3587, yesterday won unanimous approval from the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

“In Bergen County, a quarter of Superior Court judgeships currently remain unfilled forcing courtrooms to open early and close late,” said Schepisi, R-Bergen and Passaic. “Other counties are experiencing the same problem. Increasing the recall age will provide our judicial system with a bigger pool of judges which will benefit our courts and litigants whose trials are being delayed.

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State Thu, 25 Sep 2014 03:49:47 +0000
UPDATE: John Sheridan Jr. Remembered in New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/update-john-sheridan-jr-remembered-in-new-jersey POLICE_opt-1_copyBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office said the investigation surrounding the death of John P. Sheridan Jr.and his wife has expanded.

Cooper Health System’s top executive and his wife Joyce were killed after a fire at their home in Somerset County.

The prosecutor’s office said the investigation would now include the Major Crimes Unit and the Arson Task Force. "Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths," their statement said, according to the Courier Post." A post-mortem examination is scheduled to determine the cause and manner of Mr. and Mrs. Sheridan's deaths.”

Sheridan was appointed Cooper Health System president and CEO in 2008, according to Planet Princeton.  He was also a member of the boards of trustees of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals, the Hospital Alliance of New Jersey, and the New Jersey Hospital Association.

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State Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:18:02 +0000
UPDATE: Route 95 Accident http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/update-route-95-accident AA_opt.pngBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A tractor-trailer overturned at northbound Route 95 on the New Jersey Turnpike and took the life of its driver on Friday morning.

The accident also left another driver hospitalized in stable condition.

According to NorthJersey.com, at around 5 a.m., a tractor-trailer carrying a cargo of Tropicana orange juice hit a Jeep that had already struck the northbound median. The Jeep driver was 58-year old Thomas Andrews of Keyport, who received head injuries.

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State Sat, 27 Sep 2014 02:45:07 +0000
N.J. SWAT Team, 9 Hour Standoff, 1 Death http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-swat-team-9-hour-standoff-1-death swat_optBY BERNIE WEISENFELD
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A methodical, nine-hour effort by Gloucester County's Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit began with a gunshot inside a West Deptford Township NJ townhouse shortly before 2 p.m. on Monday, September, 22.

After repeated attempts to communicate with the shooter, detect his location with mobile robotic units inside the two-story and basement dwelling and deployment of irritant gas to force him out of the residence, a SWAT team entered the structure and found his body in a basement closet at 11:24 p.m.

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State Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:43:38 +0000
Good Move by Jersey House: Audit the Fed Bill http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/good-move-by-jersey-house-audit-the-fed-bill McHose_opt_copyBY LOUIS CRESCITELLI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space, R-Sussex, Warren, Morris, commended the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 24, the “Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2013.

“As prime sponsors of a resolution in the New Jersey Assembly urging enactment of the bill, ACR-173, Parker and I are pleased by the overwhelming bipartisan support H.R. 24 received,” McHose stated. “Only detailed knowledge of the Federal Reserve’s actions will facilitate an intelligent debate on the mission and functions of the Federal Reserve, the policy instruments it ought to be given, and the appropriate level of oversight to which the central bank ought to be subjected. “

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State Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:00:10 +0000
Pledge of Allegiance With or Without God? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/pledge-of-allegiance-with-or-without-god PLEDGE_opt_copyBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The court battle over the Pledge of Allegiance in New Jersey has enlisted help from Blackwood.

An atheist group, the American Humanist Association wants to strike the words “under God” from the Pledge, citing discrimination against atheists.

Philly.com reports that the AHA has filed a lawsuit against the Matawan Aberdeen Regional School District, and claims reciting the Pledge violates their rights. New Jersey laws require reciting of the Pledge, but the Supreme Court has ruled that children can choose not to do so.

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State Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:48:18 +0000
N.J. Seniors Busted for Role in Cocaine Distribution Ring http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-seniors-busted-for-role-in-cocaine-distribution-ring cocaine_opt_copyBY JERRY DeMARCO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A 64-year-old Englewood school crossing guard and two older men — one 65 and also from Englewood, the other 69 from Union City — were among 16 people who authorities said participated in a cocaine distribution ring that stretched across four North Jersey counties from the Bronx.

Aubrey Ward was originally taken into custody on Aug. 30, posted $65,000 bail and was released from the Bergen County Jail released on Sept. 5 — only to be picked up again on Tuesday, according to the CliffviewPilot.com

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State Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:57:55 +0000
UPDATE: Death of Rutgers Student Caitlyn Kovacs http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/update-death-of-rutgers-student-caitlyn-kovacs POLICE_opt-1_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The cause of death of a college student on Sunday morning has not been confirmed, but police are conducting an investigation.

South Brunswick High School graduate and Rutgers student Caitlyn Kovacs was pronounced dead early on Sunday.

The Daily Targum reported that the 19-year old Kovacs, a sophomore at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences was part of a “small gathering” at the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity house. A statement by New Brunswick prosecutor Andrew Carey said she “appeared to be in distress,” and was taken to the hospital by friends.

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State Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:05:01 +0000