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Citizens of Newark pay too much for police misconduct

Citizens of Newark pay too much for police misconduct
BY DEBORAH JACOBS
COMMENTARY

Faced with a $70 million budget gap, Mayor Cory Booker has proposed cost-cutting measures ranging from layoffs to shutting down city pools to wiping out the city's toilet paper budget.

But one important area for potential multi-million dollar savings hasn't gotten the attention it deserves: cutting the astronomical costs of police misconduct. Each year, Newark spends millions of dollars defending itself in lawsuits and paying out settlements to victims of police abuse.

The public hears little about police misconduct lawsuits because the vast majority of cases settle, and victims are typically forced to agree to remain silent as a condition of settlement. In addition, only settlements over $21,000 require approval from the city council. Public records about all settlements exist, but there is no central location, making it difficult for citizens who want to know the actual cost of police misconduct.

 

Reforming N.J. gaming industry will challenge Christie

Reforming N.J. gaming industry will challenge Christie
BY CARL GOLDEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

As political debates go, the one shaping up over the Christie Administration's comprehensive initiative to reform and reinvigorate the state's gaming and e...

Future of Atlantic City and gaming is too important to rush

Future of Atlantic City and gaming is too important to rush
DEAR EDITOR:

Amid much speculation that an agreement is near on a plan for Atlantic City's future, I am making it very clear that much work remains to properly examine all facets of New Jersey's sports...

At this rate, it could be President Hillary Clinton in 2012

At this rate, it could be President Hillary Clinton in 2012
BY ALAN J. STEINBERG
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

President Barack Obama is a man whose political fortunes have imploded. The national political rock star of 2008 has become the Democratic political...

Not contributing to N.J. teacher and state worker pensions is the real fraud

Not contributing to N.J. teacher and state worker pensions is the real fraud
BY MURRAY SABRIN
COMMENTARY

The State of New Jersey was accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of committing fraud when it issued bonds between 2001 and 2007. According to the SEC complaint...

Increasing N.J. sales tax to offset property taxes is not an original idea

Increasing N.J. sales tax to offset property taxes is not an original idea
BY MICHAEL MORRIS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

It seems as though Middletown's appointed Republican mayor Gerry Scharfenberger has a rather novel, but highly unoriginal idea to help unburden tax paye...

Turning Meadowlands into a racino is common sense

Turning Meadowlands into a racino is common sense
BY RALPH R. CAPUTO AND CONNIE WAGNER
COMMENTARY

The news is coming quickly these days when it comes to gaming, and unfortunately none of it is all that good for New Jersey.

First, Gov. Chris Christie's a...

Obama’s support of Ground Zero mosque was damaging

Obama’s support of Ground Zero mosque was damaging
BY CARL GOLDEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

It's called "stepping on your own story" and avoiding it is a lesson drilled into politicians before they ever leave the cradle.

Last week, President Obama ...

Pampering has led to generational changes in the U.S.

Pampering has led to generational changes in the U.S.
BY LUIGI D'ONORIO DEMEO
COMMENTARY

Have you been to a tee-ball game lately? Did you hear the score? You may be surprised to learn that the score is not kept and there are no league standings, such as wh...

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