N.J. Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/n.j/ Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:12:38 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Gov. Christie Letter to Obama: Demand Cuba Return Fugitive NJ Cop Killer Immediately http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/gov-christie-letter-to-obama-demand-cuba-return-fugitive-nj-cop-killer-immediately christienov_opt.png_copy_copy_copy_copyBY KEVIN ROBERTS

On Friday, Governor Christie sent President Obama a letter and engaged the White House urging the president to demand the Cuban government immediately return convicted cop-killer and escaped fugitive Joanne Chesimard to New Jersey to face justice before any further consideration of normalized relations with the Cuban government is made. The White House remains silent on what steps, if any, will be taken on this matter.

FOX News Sunday reported on the letter this morning (watch the segment HERE), with host Chris Wallace and the show’s panel discussing the heinous crime Chesimard committed and the sanctuary from justice she’s been given by Cuba. Also see this report from the FOX News desk: “Christie Tells Obama To Demand Return Of Cop Killer Chesimard To Start Cuba Talks.

Chesimard is a convicted cop killer who executed New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973 before escaping from prison and fleeing to Cuba, and has been provided safe heaven by the government there ever since. She is designated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a domestic terrorist and the first woman ever placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List.

State Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:20:52 +0000
N.J. Looking into Police Body Cameras http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-looking-into-police-body-cameras police_opt_1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY TRISH GRABER

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Shirley K. Turner and Senator Linda R. Greenstein to establish the “Police Body Camera Implementation Task Force” to study and make recommendations on the use of body cameras by certain law enforcement in New Jersey – including requirements for implementation and best practices for the use of the cameras – was approved today by the Senate.

The task force would be comprised of representatives of law enforcement as well as civil liberties, civil rights and victims’ rights organizations, and include legislators, mayors and the Attorney General. The group would be charged with determining the most effective method of implementing body cameras in the state and guidelines for their use. The bill (S-2649) defines a “body camera” as a camera worn by a law enforcement officer that electronically records audio and video while the officer acts in the performance of his official duties.

State Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:57:42 +0000
Dumped Dead Donkeys Was a New Jersey Crime http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/dumped-dead-donkeys-was-a-new-jersey-crime CRIME_opt-1BY BOB HOLT

Carcasses of two donkeys have been found off a road in Jackson Township.

The owner of the animals is being charged with animal cruelty.

According to an Associated Press report on CBS Philly, the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said one donkey was found dead at JR Farms early in November, while the other was on the ground hardly breathing.

According to the SPCA, the second donkey was shot in the head.

The animals had been dropped in an area near East Veterans Highway and Bennetts Mills Road, according to The Asbury Park Press. The owner’s name has not been revealed.

State Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:20:05 +0000
N.J. Straight Talk: Gov. Christie in Live Broadcast with Adubato on Dec. 22 http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-straight-talk-gov-christie-in-live-broadcast-with-adubato-on-dec-22 steve_opt_copy_copy_copy_copyBY LAURA VAN BLOEM

Always interesting and provocative New Jersey Governor Chris Christie talks with Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Steve Adubato about a range of important issues from NJ’s post-Sandy recovery to the Governor’s presidential aspirations - LIVE!

Produced by the Caucus Educational Corporation, this one-hour live special will broadcast in primetime on WNET, NJTV and stream live on NJ.com on Monday, Dec. 22nd at 8:00pm

Anything and everything will be up for discussion.

Jobs and the economy will likely be among the topics to take center stage. The New Jersey unemployment rate dropped to 6.4%, down from almost 10% In Jan 2010. November job numbers show 6,700 jobs were added, bringing the total number of private sector jobs created under the Christie Administration to more than 153,000 .

That’s good news for the Governor.

However, the governor’s ratings with New Jersey voters are lukewarm at best, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Showing little change from October, 44 percent of registered voters feel favorable toward Christie, while 46 percent feel unfavorable. Christie’s overall job approval is a little better: 48 percent approve and 47 percent disapprove.

State Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:14:02 +0000
N.J. Legislation Focuses on Halting the Raiding of Urban Enterprise Zone Dollars http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-legislation-focuses-on-halting-the-raiding-of-urban-enterprise-zone-dollars dollars_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY ALISE RODERER

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Nicholas J. Sacco, Jeff Van Drew and M. Teresa Ruiz that would end the raiding of Urban Enterprise Zone dollars to fill gaps in the state budget was approved today by the full Senate. The bill was approved by the Senate with a vote of 22-10. The General Assembly also approved the legislation last night with a vote of 46-19-3. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk.

“The urban enterprise program is about providing investments into our state’s economically-depressed areas, improving opportunities for businesses to grow and thrive and to put members of the local community to work,” said Senator Sacco, D-Hudson and Bergen. “A portion of the tax revenue generated within UEZs should be used to allow municipalities to continue to invest in economic development programs within their communities. For example, the use of funds for policing the zones will be permitted. This is necessary because people will not shop in urban areas unless they are safe.”

State Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:43:25 +0000
N.J. Women Fighting Cancer get Free Care by Fundraising through Music to Build New Home http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-women-fighting-cancer-get-free-care-by-fundraising-through-music-to-build-new-home mary_optBY MELANIE KNOBEL

"MUSIC...There is something special about music at the Jersey Shore. We are blessed to be surrounded by THE most talented, charitable entertainers in the industry and Mary's Place by the Sea is excited to be a part of it!” Founder Michele Gannon talks about the mission of providing women with cancer a place to heal: mind, body and soul. This has brought them to their current plans on building a new 10-bedroom handicap facility.

Michele Gannon and Maria McKeon started Mary’s Place over 5 years ago with an idea to help women while they were in treatment for cancer. Gannon speaks about their first fundraiser, "We had NO idea our simple act would make such a large impact in our community and nationwide!" We launched Mary's Place by the Sea in 2009, with a concert at the Paramount Theater, featuring Billy Falcon and his band and our friend Steve Reilly. We had over 800 in attendance and Jon Bon Jovi even stopped by!

State Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:34:59 +0000
Embezzling $70,000 From a N.J. School District http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/embezzling-70000-from-a-nj-school-district attorneygenlogo_opt.png_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY PETER ASELTINE

TRENTON - Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that the former business administrator for the Knowlton Township Board of Education has been sentenced to prison for embezzling approximately $70,000 from the school district.

Kevin M. Mulligan, 34, of Hasbrouck Heights, was sentenced to three years in prison by Superior Court Judge Robert B. Reed in Warren County. Mulligan pleaded guilty on Sept. 12 to a charge of second-degree official misconduct. The judge imposed the sentence on Nov. 7, but agreed at that time to hear a motion by the defense to modify the sentence. Judge Reed rejected that motion today, affirming the three-year sentence. Mulligan must pay full restitution to the school district. He forfeited his entire state pension and is permanently barred from public employment.

Deputy Attorney General Mallory Shanahan prosecuted the case and handled the sentencing for the Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau. Mulligan was charged as the result of an investigation by the New Jersey State Police Official Corruption Bureau and the Division of Criminal Justice.

State Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:34:36 +0000
HUD Spotlight on Maio-Messano, a Stalwart for N.J. Public Housing http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/hud-spotlight-on-maio-messano-a-stalwart-for-nj-public-housing IMG_0079_optBY CRISTINA PINZON

ORANGE – The Orange Housing Authority welcomed state and local officials to honor Maria T. Maio-Messano, newly appointed Director for the New Jersey State Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Newark. A welcome reception was recently held at the Walter G Alexander complex.

Before assuming her role as Newark Field Director, Maria Maio-Messano served as the executive director of the Jersey City Housing Authority. During her tenure, Maio-Messano managed a $65 million budget, overseeing all fiscal and administrative functions at the public agency. She was responsible for the operation of 2,300 apartments in public housing, 4,000 Housing Choice Vouchers, and 130 apartments in Assisted Housing Programs.

State Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:25:18 +0000
N.J. Voters Have Their Say - Want Rail Tunnel, But No Gas Hike http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-voters-have-their-say-want-rail-tunnel-but-no-gas-hike HotTopics_opt-1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY ALYSSA ADLER

New Jersey voters support 53 – 37 percent building a new rail tunnel between the Garden State and Manhattan, with support from every region in the state, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Support for a new rail tunnel ranges from 47 – 44 percent among voters in the Philadelphia suburbs to 60 – 33 percent among suburban voters. Support is 62 – 30 percent among Democrats, 51 – 40 percent among independent voters and 47 – 41 percent among Republicans. Among the 11 percent of New Jersey voters who commute to New York City for work, support for the tunnel is 68 – 27 percent.

The rail tunnel is “very important” or “somewhat important” to the New Jersey-New York regional economy, 62 percent of voters say.

Voters oppose 58 – 39 percent increasing the gasoline tax to finance road and mass transit improvements, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

State Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:33:43 +0000
4 Reasons Chris Christie Being Sued http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/4-reasons-chris-christie-being-sued christienov_opt.png_copyBY BOB HOLT

There has been a long-running debate in New Jersey on how much money should be contributed annually to public employees’ pension systems.

As New Jersey has faced budget problems over the past few years, Governor Chris Christie has cut some of the funding to these pensions to fill in the deficits. The boards of three pension funds are taking legal action to voice their displeasure.

An Associated Press story in the New Jersey Herald reports that the Public Employees Retirement System, the Police and Fire Retirement System, and the Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund were all filing a lawsuit against Christie. Public workers’ unions have already sued Christie over his pension cuts earlier in the year.

The lawsuit comes partly because of Christie’s own legislation. The International Business Times reported that the governor signed a bill in 2011 that called for his administration and the public workers to make required contributions to help the pension fund. The complaint says the workers’ contributions rose from 5.5 percent to 7 percent of their checks, yet Christie was cutting the fund.

State Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:47:41 +0000