N.J. Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/n.j/ Wed, 05 Aug 2015 04:12:49 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb New Jersey Says Gov. Christie Should Resign; Would Make a Bad President http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/new-jersey-says-gov-christie-should-resign-would-make-a-bad-president ChristieFeb15_opt_copy_copyBY ERIC GUNDERSEN

Gov. Chris Christie has officially thrown his hat into the ring, but his home state of New Jersey is not squarely behind him. The latest Monmouth University Poll, taken after Christie’s presidential announcement, found that the governor’s negative job ratings have not budged from two months ago. A large majority feels that Christie has abandoned his commitment to the state and few say he is a good fit for the Oval Office.

Just 27% of New Jerseyans say Chris Christie would make a good president. More than two-thirds (69%) say he would not. A few months ago, Christie was asked on national TV about similar poll results. He responded that survey participants told pollsters he would not make a good president because “a lot of those people…want me to stay.” Monmouth followed up with the participants in our poll and found that just 5% of those who said he would not make a good president say they gave that response because they would rather have Christie stay in New Jersey. Fully 89% of this group, though, confirmed that their answer meant they really think he would make a bad president.

State Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:11:10 +0000
8 Reasons New Jersey Opting Out of Common Core State Standards http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/8-reasons-new-jersey-opting-out-of-common-core-state-standards ChristieSomerville_opt_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

The controversial Common Core standards were designed to develop consistent educational levels across the United States, and to prepare students for a career.

Here in New Jersey, a whole lot of people think that isn’t happening. Gov. Chris Christie thinks our students need a new program from our own state.

"I have heard from far too many people — teachers and parents from across the state — that the Common Core standards were not developed by New Jersey educators and parents," Christie said, according to an Asbury Park Press story in USA Today. "As a result, the buy-in from both communities has not been what we need for maximum achievement. It is time to have standards that are even higher and come directly from our communities."

Education Commissioner David Hespe will be developing the new plan for New Jersey, to be known as the New Jersey College and Career Readiness Standards.

State Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:33:32 +0000
3 Reasons Phil Murphy Started a Super PAC http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/3-reasons-phil-murphy-started-a-super-pac murphyphil072515_optBY BOB HOLT

Former Goldman Sachs executive Philip Murphy has not made an official announcement yet, but he appears to be laying all the groundwork to run for New Jersey governor in 2017.

Murphy rolled out his non-profit organization, “New Start New Jersey” with state icon Jon Bon Jovi last November, now his organization has taken the next step.

POLITICO reports that Murphy’s people filed for “New Way New Jersey” with the Internal Revenue Service on July 10. Murphy’s name is not listed with the super PAC, but his strategist said he would be “honorary chairman.”

State Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:25:54 +0000
N.J.'s Jobs Recovery Lags Far Behind its Neighbors and the Nation as a Whole http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/njqs-jobs-recovery-lags-far-behind-its-neighbors-and-the-nation-as-a-whole jobs_opt-2_copyBY JON WHITEN

While it's promising to see New Jersey add over 10,000 jobs in a month, the Garden State's recovery remains far behind the rest of the nation. The state's foremost strategies to lift us out of the recession - tax cuts for businesses and tax breaks to corporations - have clearly failed the state and its many residents clamoring for good, stable jobs.

New Jersey has now recovered just 72 percent of the jobs it lost during the Great Recession, far less than the U.S. as a whole (135 percent) and our neighbors in Pennsylvania (113 percent) and NY (275 percent). (Data notes: Jobs lost during the recession are measured from starting point of December 2007, the official start of the recession; NJ, NY & US data is current through May, PA data is through April.)

Again, more than 10,000 jobs in one month is welcomed news - but New Jersey would need to add that many jobs each and every month for the next three years in order to get back to pre-recession employment levels and keep up with population growth.

State Thu, 18 Jun 2015 19:02:16 +0000
Fire in North Brunswick: UPDATE http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/fire-in-north-brunswick-update northbrunswick072315_optBY BOB HOLT

A massive fire at a North Brunswick warehouse is expected to affect water pressure for homes in the area for most of the day.

The fire at part of an auto dealer’s complex on Livingston Avenue started at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

WABC reports that the fire started in the DCH Collision Center and was still ablaze in the south end of the warehouse, according to North Brunswick Fire Chief Donald Salzmann.  "We have most of the fire knocked down in the other parts of the building, however the south end is creating the black smoke that is caused by the plastics that are stored and manufactured in that area," Salzmann said.

The Toyota dealership is located on Route 1. According to nj1015.com, the blaze is sending black smoke 150 miles into the air that can reportedly be seen as far away as the Jersey Shore. Firefighters have called in help from other counties and communities, and six buildings at the Birchwood Apartments complex have been evacuated as a precautionary measure.

State Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:12:42 +0000
Bridgegate: Most Jerseyans say Christie was Aware of Lane Closures http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/bridgegate-most-jerseyans-say-christie-was-aware-of-lane-closures christiestate3_opt_copy_copyBY ERIC GUNDERSEN

Gov. Chris Christie’s ratings have taken a significant hit in the Monmouth University Poll, with most New Jerseyans inclined to believe that he was actually involved in the decision to close toll lanes on the George Washington Bridge in 2013 or at least that he knew about it at the time. The first poll taken since the U.S. Attorney announced charges in the Bridgegate case also found that just 1-in-10 Garden State residents believe that the three individuals indicted in the scheme were the only ones involved.

Gov. Christie’s overall job rating currently stands at 35% approve to 54% disapprove among New Jersey residents and 35% approve to 56% disapprove among the state’s registered voters. This marks a significant drop from just a few months ago and is an all-time low in Christie’s net job rating. In February, his job rating stood at 48% approve to 44% disapprove among all residents and 47% approve to 46% disapprove among voters. The governor’s job approval rating in the Monmouth University Poll once stood as high as 70% – that was in February 2013 following Superstorm Sandy.

New Jersey Republicans continue to support their governor, giving him a 65% approve to 32% disapprove job rating, down only slightly from the 70% to 24% rating he received three months ago. He has lost significantly more ground among independents – 34% approve to 51% disapprove in the current poll compared to 47% to 43% in February, as well as Democrats – now 19% approve to 69% disapprove compared to 39% to 55% in February.

State Thu, 07 May 2015 03:14:46 +0000
NJ Transit Cutting Service on Montclair-Boonton and Pascack Valley Train Lines http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-transit-cutting-service-on-montclair-boonton-and-pascack-valley-train-lines njtransit061509_optBY BOB HOLT

Many people are saying that New Jersey Transit’s proposed cutbacks could be a severe strain on the state’s commuters.

But a series of public hearings across the state have not changed the minds of New Jersey Transit officials, who are trying to reduce a severe budget deficit for the agency.

NorthJersey.com reported that in April, NJ Transit announced planned fare increases of up to 9.4 percent; along with cutting of the last evening runs of the Pascack Valley and the Montclair-Boonton train lines. Some bus routes to southern New Jersey would also be eliminated.

Michael Phelan of the New Jersey Commuter Action Network said the fare increases could devastate some commuters. "Our state's poor and working class will be disproportionally affected by these service cuts which will take a stab at their already diminished quality of life," Phelan said, according to NJ.com.

State Sat, 13 Jun 2015 15:30:38 +0000
6 Reasons Chris Christie Gave Pardon to Gun Owner http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/6-reasons-chris-christie-gave-pardon-to-gun-owner christie061215_optBY BOB HOLT

A former armored car security guard got his life back on track with a little help from Gov. Chris Christie.

Twenty-four year old Steffon Josey-Davis of North Brunswick was arrested in 2013 on a felony charge- possession of a firearm that he owned legally.

Christie gave Josey-Davis a full pardon on Monday. Fox News reports that in September of 2013, Josey-Davis was pulled over in Highland Park for having an expired registration. His 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun was also in the glove compartment, because he had hidden it there after his 6-year old sister had walked into the garage.

Josey-Davis showed police receipts and work credentials for the gun, but had not yet secured a permit for it, and was arrested.

State Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:30:32 +0000
NJ State Police Prove They are the Good Guys http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-state-police-prove-they-are-the-good-guys police_opt_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

Many of us will agree that pizza often makes things a little bit better.

This case involved the story of an airline flight cancellation that took place in New Jersey last weekend. Bad weather led to a Spirit Airlines flight being canceled last Sunday night, leaving 100 people stranded and hungry.

But some help from an unexpected source made the delay a lot easier. NBC New York reported that two New Jersey state troopers ordered 15 pizzas for the travelers, and paid for them out of their own pockets. The two troopers did not want to be recognized for their generous act.

Samantha Metallo posted the story on Facebook, identifying the troopers as Joe Mercurio and Mark Adotta. Metallo wrote: “Without hesitation, the two gentlemen ordered and paid for 15 pizzas to feed the stranded Spirit Airlines passengers. Neither of the troopers wanted to be recognized for their generosity, however it’s selfless actions like this that should be shared and praised!”

State Fri, 05 Jun 2015 15:31:07 +0000
What is the New Jersey Snooki Law? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/what-is-the-new-jersey-snooki-law snooki020312_optBY BOB HOLT

Based on an appearance at Rutgers University in 2011, New Jersey legislators feel “Jersey Shore” star Snooki doesn’t send the right message to students.

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi advised the college students, “Study hard, bur party harder.”

Mycentraljersey.com reported that the Senate Higher Education Committee has passed legislation that would allow students to opt out of paying certain student-managed expenses. Snooki received $32,000 for her appearance four years ago, and Sen. Joe Kyrillos introduced the measure.

According to More Monmouth Musings, the measure requires schools to publish a complete breakdown of student managed entertainment fees and capitol improvement fees online. They also call for an annual student consumer information report.

Forbes reported that people against Snooki’s appearance pointed out that Nobel Prize winning offer Toni Morrison received $30,000 for a speech around that time. Snooki educated her audience on GTL and fist-pumping.

State Fri, 12 Jun 2015 15:30:51 +0000