N.J. Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/n.j/ Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:27:53 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb 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
Kindergarten Busing Issue being Addressed by N.J. Legislation http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/kindergarten-busing-issue-being-addressed-by-nj-legislation beachjim_optBY ALISE RODERER
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – Senator Jim Beach introduced legislation today that he hopes will help remove red tape when dealing with a school district transportation issue. Spurred from an incident in his district, the bill will make sure that all kids in morning kindergarten classes have access to school-provided transportation to after-school enrichment programs.

“Parents have busy lives, juggling work and family. And when their children are only in half-day kindergarten programs, they often must find alternative arrangements for care and learning in the afternoon,” said Senator Beach, D-Camden and Burlington. “Enrichment programs are a great resource for these parents, but they have to be able to get their kids there. We must not allow a loophole to prohibit a kid from extra learning or to impede a parent's ability to send their child to appropriate after-school care."

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State Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:57:38 +0000
Looking Beyond Christie: N.J. Leadership Up for Grabs http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/looking-beyond-christie-nj-leadership-up-for-grabs newchristie_opt_1_copy_copyBY ERIC GUNDERSEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The state will need a new leader when Governor Christie leaves office, either because of political ambitions that include the White House, or because his term as governor expires. Who are some possible contenders for his job and how widely embraced are any of them at this early date? Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind asked self-identified Republican and Democratic registered voters about a number of political notables and finds the field is wide open on both sides, although slightly less so on the Democratic side.

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State Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:41:30 +0000
Dick Codey Could Be Next New Jersey Governor http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/dick-codey-could-be-next-new-jersey-governor codey_opt_2_copyBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A lot of people are wondering about Governor Chris Christie’s national political ambitions for 2016, but no matter what he does, New Jersey will need a new governor the following year.

Do you have a favorite candidate among New Jersey’s political leaders? Or do you prefer someone else?

A lot of people do. NJ1015.com reported that according to a recent Fairleigh Dickinson Public Mind Poll of the state’s registered voters, “someone else” garnered 11 percent of Republican votes and 6 percent among Democrats. Democratic Senator Dick Codey was the only familiar name receiving much support with 27 percent of the voting.

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State Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:32:29 +0000
Sweeney Calls on N.J.'s Top Law Enforcement Official to Review Rice Case http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/sweeney-calls-on-njs-top-law-enforcement-official-to-review-rice-case sweeney_opt_copy_copy_copy_copyBY SEAN KENNEDY
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON - Senate President Steve Sweeney called on Acting Attorney General John Hoffman to review the decision-making process by the Atlantic County prosecutor that allowed Ray Rice to avoid prosecution for assaulting a woman in an Atlantic City casino. Surveillance film from the elevator of the blow that knocked his then-fiancé unconscious was just made available to the public.

“This video and the violence it shows is extremely disturbing. It is a vivid reminder that domestic violence is a serious problem that can’t be ignored and shouldn’t be treated lightly. That is why I am asking Acting Attorney General John Hoffman to review the decision-making process that allowed for Pre-Trial Intervention and to look at the law itself to see if it should be re-written or revised. This should include a review of who qualifies for PTI and when it is allowed.

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State Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:18:11 +0000
Domestic Terrorism: New Jersey Case Proves Threat is Here http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/domestic-terrorism-new-jersey-case-proves-threat-is-here DOMESTIC_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The story of a 19-year old Livingston man who was murdered earlier this year did not appear to receive an incredible amount of media coverage as most stories. A New York talk radio host is questioning why not.

Nineteen-year old Brendan Tevlin was killed in West Orange back in June.

The New York Daily News reported that 29-year old Ali Muhammed Brown admitted that his murder of Tevlin was an “act of vengeance” in response for U. S. killings in the Middle East.  "All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government. So a life for a life," Brown said.

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State Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:23:30 +0000
Police Seize 40 Kilos of Cocaine in Metuchen; Man Gets 32 Years in Prison http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/police-seize-40-kilos-of-cocaine-in-metuchen-man-gets-32-years-in-prison cocaine_optBY PETER ASELTINE
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a Los Angeles man was sentenced to state prison today for his role in a major transcontinental narcotics network that utilized an apartment in Hackensack and a warehouse in Metuchen to conduct its operations. The network was dismantled in 2012 when the New Jersey State Police executed search warrants for a truck and other vehicles at the warehouse in Metuchen and seized 40 kilos of cocaine and over $1 million in cash. The cocaine had a street value of $1.4 million or more.

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State Wed, 10 Sep 2014 04:37:25 +0000
Update on Efforts to Allow Sports Betting in New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/update-on-efforts-to-allow-sports-betting-in-new-jersey BETTING_opt-1BY ERIC GUNDERSEN
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – Senator Raymond Lesniak, the leading legislative proponent of sports betting in New Jersey, issued the following statement on Monday in response to the Attorney General’s directive and the legal motion filed in federal court by the Christie Administration to allow casinos and racetracks in the state to operate sports pools:

“This is what we’ve been working to achieve: to allow sports betting in New Jersey that is legally sanctioned and beneficial to the casinos, racetracks and the state’s economy. It comes at a key time for the casino industry in Atlantic City. Sports betting will help restore lost jobs and position New Jersey as a leader in a business with national and international appeal.

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State Tue, 09 Sep 2014 04:21:20 +0000
N.J. Teacher Contract Settlement Rates Average 2.42 Percent for 2014-2015 http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-teacher-contract-settlement-rates-average-242-percent-for-2014-2015 TEACHERP_optBY ANN MARIE SMITH
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON - The average public school teacher in New Jersey will receive a 2.42 percent raise in the 2014-2015 school year, the New Jersey School Boards Association reported yesterday. That average reflects 324 ratified agreements covering the upcoming school year, including those in the first, second, or third year of the contract.

Many of the contracts contain provisions for longer workdays for teachers, or more instructional time.

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State Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:51:12 +0000
UPDATE: New Jersey Church Up in Flames http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/update-new-jersey-church-up-in-flames FIRE_opt_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Paterson church that caught fire on Wednesday was completely decimated, but thankfully there were no casualties.

About 80 firefighters battled heat and humidity along with the out of control blaze at Central Baptist Church.

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State Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:56:54 +0000