N.J. Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/n.j/ Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:41:37 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb New Jersey Settles With TD Bank Over Data Breach that Affected Thousands of Consumers http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/new-jersey-settles-with-td-bank-over-data-breach-that-affected-thousands-of-consumers attorneygenlogo_opt.png_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY LEE MOORE

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced today that New Jersey and eight other states have entered into an $850,000 multi-state settlement agreement with TD Bank, N.A., that resolves a 2012 data breach and is designed to help ensure that future consumer privacy breaches do not occur.

New Jersey was part of a nine-state group that worked for a year-and-a-half to investigate the TD Bank breach, which affected thousands of TD customers, and to negotiate the Assurance of Voluntary Compliance agreement being announced today.

The states’ investigation focused not only on the data breach, but on TD Bank’s policies and procedures as well. The resulting settlement agreement resolves consumer protection and privacy claims against TD.

State Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:58:03 +0000
Chris Christie Giving up on Being Presidential http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/chris-christie-giving-up-on-being-presidential christie102314_optBY BOB HOLT

Governor Chris Christie has a lot on his plate these days, and he often reacts to situations in familiar outspoken ways.

It has been assumed by many that Christie will be aiming at the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. But do some of Christie’s recent actions indicate his is giving that up?

On Wednesday in Belmar, Christie told a man who was arguing about the pace of aid from Hurricane Sandy to “Sit down and shut up.” NJ.com reported that after Jim Keady told Christie to “Do your job,” the governor responded,  “I'll be more than happy to have a debate with you anytime you like, guy, because somebody like you doesn’t know a damn thing about what you're talking about except to stand up and show off when the cameras are here. I've been here when the cameras aren't here, buddy, and done the work. ... Turn around, get your fifteen minutes of fame, and then, maybe, take your jacket off, roll up your sleeves, and do something for the people of this state."

Christie said he was doing something for the people of New Jersey -protecting them- when he announced the new Ebola quarantine procedures last week. Nurse Kaci Hickox did not agree.

State Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:52:59 +0000
Steve Adubato Has a New Look, Packs a Bigger Wallop http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/steve-adubato-has-a-new-look-packs-a-bigger-wallop steve_opt_copy_copy_copyBY LAURA VAN BLOEM

The Caucus Educational Corporation (CEC), a non-profit educational, multi-media production company, has recently launched its new website, www.SteveAdubato.org, referred to as Steve Adubato ON THE AIR. Www.SteveAdubto.org is the online destination for programming, articles, and radio and television appearances by Steve Adubato, PhD where visitors can easily search for, find and watch CEC programs instantly.

The website includes over 1,400 videos, articles and on-air appearances, with new content being added weekly. All four of the CEC’s flagship programs – “One-on-One with Steve Adubato,” “Caucus: New Jersey,” “New Jersey Capitol Report” and “Life & Living with Joanna Gagis” – as well as special programming such as “On The Line” will be accessible to all. In addition, Steve Adubato’s many on-air appearances on CNN, The Today Show, NPR, AM970 and more where he discusses media and political topics, as well as his syndicated column addressing leadership and communication in business, can be found at www.SteveAdubato.org.

State Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:52:16 +0000
How Much Does Mary Pat Christie Make from Part-Time Job? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/how-much-does-mary-pat-christie-make-from-part-time-job christiemarypat101814_optBY BOB HOLT

Although her husband’s name is more familiar in the headlines, Mary Pat Christie earns a comfortable living on her own.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s wife has made good money working for Wall Street investment firms.

According to an Associated Press report in The Huffington Post, their just-released tax returns show that Mary Pat and Chris Christie earned $698,838 in 2013.  Mary Pat Christie earned $475,854 of that in a part-time position as a director for investment advising firm Angelo, Gordon & Co. She also earned $34,698 as part of a five-year payout from her former job as a bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald.

According to NorthJersey.com, Chris Christie reports $160,054 of his $175,000 salary as taxable income because he invests some of the money in a 401k-retirement program. For 2013, the couple paid $193,510 in federal and state taxes.

State Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:21:24 +0000
Surge in Urban Violence in New Jersey Stirs Action in Trenton http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/surge-in-urban-violence-in-new-jersey-stirs-action-in-trenton violent_opt.pngBY TRISH GRABER

TRENTON – In response to an unprecedented surge in violence in New Jersey’s cities last year, Senator Ronald L. Rice and Senator Shirley K. Turner sponsored a measure to create a commission to study the sources and causes of urban violence and to recommend to the Governor and Legislature methods to address them. The bill, to create the New Jersey Commission on Urban Violence, was approved today by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

State Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:01:04 +0000
UPDATE: Baby Tossed in Atlantic Ocean Rescued by Fisherman http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/update-baby-tossed-in-atlantic-ocean-rescued-by-fisherman ocean060409_optBY BOB HOLT

The family of the Atlantic City woman who allegedly threw her baby in the Absecon Inlet is saying she did not mean to hurt her child.

Patricia Shurig’s fiancée Dashai Ahmed Williams Bey says Shurig may have had a seizure.

Bey said a false drug-related accusation made to child-welfare officials had given the 24-year old Shurig stress. “I know for the past couple of days she’s been having seizures and things like that,” Bey said, according to The Press of Atlantic City. “I’d say it stressed her, and I know that she was having seizures, and I think her stress causes her seizures.”

State Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:35:09 +0000
Paterson Uneasy Over Virus in Schools http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/paterson-uneasy-over-virus-in-schools ENTER68_opt_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

While a lot of justifiable concern has been shown over the Ebola virus potentially spreading into the United States, another illness has been quietly infecting our nation’s children.

Enterovirus D68 has infected nearly 800 people, mainly children, since mid-August.

It’s not surprising that parents and schools would be uneasy about the illness. NorthJersey.com reports that School 30 of the Paterson district has notified parents that a student has been ill with the respiratory ailment enterovirus or rhinovirus. Officials said the student has been out of school for three weeks, and his illness does not involve Enterovirus D68.

State Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:30:06 +0000
Gov. Christie's Approval Rating Drops Significantly http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/gov-christies-approval-rating-drops-siginficantly newchristie_opt-1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY STEVE MANAS

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – For the first time since August 2011, more New Jersey voters have an unfavorable impression of Gov. Chris Christie than a favorable one, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Following a seven-point decline during the past two months, just 42 percent of registered voters now feel favorable toward the governor, while 45 percent feel unfavorable.

“This is the lowest favorability rating we have ever recorded for Christie, below the 44 percent of August 2011,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling and professor of political science at Rutgers University. “What had seemed like a small rebound following Christie’s Bridgegate ratings collapse now looks more like a temporary blip.”

State Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:30:12 +0000
5 Reasons Chris Christie Doesn’t Support Minimum Wage http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/5-reasons-chris-christie-doesnt-support-minimum-wage christie102314_optBY BOB HOLT

Governor Chris Christie seems to think that many of today’s wage earners should have higher aspirations for success than just the minimum.

On Tuesday, Christie told the United States Chamber of Commerce that he didn’t want to talk about the minimum wage anymore.

“I gotta tell you the truth, I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am,” Christie said, according to Politico. “I don’t think there’s a mother or father who’s sitting around a kitchen table in America tonight saying ‘You know honey, if our son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage.’”

The governor could be considered out of touch. Forbes points out that a lot of families are unable to sit around the dinner table and have that discussion because one or both of the parents may be at another job trying to make the family’s ends meet.

State Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:13:31 +0000
Scam Alert: N.J. Home Health Aide Indicted for Submitting 3,797 Fraudulent Claims to Medicaid http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/scam-alert-nj-home-health-aide-indicted-for-submitting-3797-fraudulent-claims-to-medicaid attorneygenlogo_opt-1.png_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY ZACH HOSSEINI

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP) announced that a former certified home health aide from Passaic County was indicted for causing fraudulent claims totaling $87,616.23 to be submitted to the Medicaid program for work he never actually completed on behalf of his Hackensack-based employer Confident Care.

Vladimir Faerman, 66, of Hawthorne, was charged in an indictment obtained by the state with 175 counts of second-degree health care claims fraud, second-degree theft by deception and third-degree Medicaid fraud. Faerman was arrested yesterday in Hawthorne. Faerman is being held at the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack on $175,000 bail.

State Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:25:06 +0000