U.S. Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/u.s/ Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:51:42 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Chris Christie Could Be Popular Write-in Vote for US Senate Election http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/chris-christie-could-be-popular-write-in-vote-for-us-senate-election Christie_2013_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 BOB HOLT

Governor Chris Christie has his own political ambitions for the future, but they don’t include a seat in the US Senate.

Christie said he doesn’t want to run for office in New Jersey anymore. But due to remarks the governor made over the weekend, a senatorial campaign might find surprising support among his detractors, like the New Jersey Education Association’s teachers union.

Nation Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:14:47 +0000
Police: Steven Pratt, 45, Finishes 30-Year Prison Team, and Kills Mother http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/police-steven-pratt-45-finishes-30-year-prison-team-and-kills-mother police_opt_2_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

An Atlantic City man is headed back to prison on his second murder charge after having just completed a prison sentence from 1984.

Forty-five year old Steven Pratt is being accused of murdering his mother less than two days after being released from prison.

The Press of Atlantic City reports that Pratt allegedly beat 64-year old Gwendolyn Pratt to death last weekend. An autopsy found that Gwendolyn Pratt died of massive blunt injuries to the head.

Gwendolyn Pratt’s neighbor Ruan Tilghman-Pugh said the family had just thrown Steven Pratt a welcome-home party. According to CBS News, Steven Pratt had been having disagreements with family members over where he would be staying over the weekend.

Nation Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:06:27 +0000
4 Reasons Jon Stewart Didn’t Take ‘Meet the Press’ Job http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/4-reasons-jon-stewart-didnt-take-meet-the-press-job JON_opt-1BY BOB HOLT

When NBC decided to replace David Gregory as host of Meet the Press about a month ago, reports say Chuck Todd was not their first choice.

The network had been looking toward a New Jersey native. That would be The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, who grew up in Lawrenceville.

New York Magazine reports that three sources said NBC held negotiations with Stewart to host Meet the Press before deciding on Todd. Reportedly the network was willing to offer Stewart just about “anything to take the job, and a source said, "They were ready to back the Brink's truck up.”

There are reasons that Stewart didn’t accept the Meet the Press job. One may be as simple as Stewart having more freedom at his current position.

Nation Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:23:25 +0000
A Bit Scared: Jerseyans Concerned About Possibility of U.S. Ebola Outbreak http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/a-bit-scared-jerseyans-concerned-about-possibility-of-us-ebola-outbreak ebola_opt_copy_copyBY STEVE MANAS

NEW BRUNSWICK – As the deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever continues to rage in West Africa, 69 percent of New Jersey residents are at least somewhat concerned about the possibility of an outbreak in the United States, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. More than one-third of residents are paying “very close” attention to Ebola news, while an additional 40 percent are following the story “somewhat closely.”

Nation Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:25:25 +0000
'60 Minutes’ Recap: FBI Director Recalls Tangle with NJ Rapist http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/60-minutes-recap-fbi-director-recalls-tangle-with-nj-rapist jamescomey_optBY BOB HOLT

FBI Director James Comey learned part of his job from first-hand experience.

In an interview on 60 Minutes, Comey revealed that he had been a victim of a crime back in 1977 when he was a high school senior living in Allendale.

Comey came face-to-face with a criminal who had been terrorizing Bergen County known as the “Ramsey rapist.” “I was home alone one night with my younger brother, and a gunman kicked in our front door and held the two of us captive,” Comey said, according to NorthJersey.com.

Nation Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:21:08 +0000
Those Slamming Public Education Out of Step With Parents and Voters http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/those-slamming-public-education-out-of-step-with-parents-and-voters education_opt_copyBY JOSHUA HENNE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Democrats For Public Education (DPE) released the results of a national voter survey recently commissioned on public schools and public education. Conducted by Harstad Strategic Research - a Colorado-based firm which worked on President Barack Obama’s 2008 election and 2012 re-election - this poll shows how voters back public education in large numbers.

Roughly 2/3 of Americans agree with traditionally Democratic positions when it comes to education - especially when it comes to overwhelming support for neighborhood schools and teachers. Overall, 82% of those voters able to rate their local teachers believe them to be excellent, very good, or good. Moreover, solid majorities (61%) back more funding for public schools - including 79% of Democrats, 57% of Independents, and even 45% of Republicans.

Nation Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:55:56 +0000
Climate Change and the Cost of Inaction: Affordable Care Act is Working in N.J. http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/climate-change-and-the-cost-of-inaction-affordable-care-act-is-working-in-nj holt_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY RUSH HOLT

Over 300,000 people gathered in New York City recently for “The People’s Climate March,” to demand action ahead of the UN’s Climate Summit, after the most recent report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provided an ever growing body of scientific evidence demonstrating humanity’s detrimental effect on our planet.

Nation Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:53:57 +0000
Jerk of the Week: Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing $50,000 from 90-Year-Old Friend Suffering from Dementia http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/jerk-of-the-week-man-pleads-guilty-to-stealing-50000-from-90-year-old-friend-suffering-from-dementia stealing_opt-1BY ZACH HOSSEINI

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor announced today that an East Orange man pleaded guilty to charges that he stole $50,000 from a fellow resident of a senior citizens home, coercing his dementia-stricken 90-year-old neighbor and friend into withdrawing the money from an annuity account as the state Office of the Public Guardian for the Elderly began protecting the victim’s finances.

Nation Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:36:50 +0000
What Was NJ Resident Kevin Carr Doing at the White House? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/what-was-nj-resident-kevin-carr-doing-at-the-white-house WHITE_optBY BOB HOLT

A man from Burlington County was the second person in two days who tried to gain entrance to the White House.

An Iraqi war veteran had been arrested for getting over the fence and entering the executive mansion of the White House on Friday.

Nineteen-year old Kevin Carr of Shamong was arrested for unlawful entry into the White House on Saturday? He had an appointment.

Nation Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:23:16 +0000
Jersey Senators: Goodell Must Be Fired; Urge NFL Owners in NJ to Lead http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/jersey-senators-goodell-must-be-fired-urge-nfl-owners-in-nj-to-lead GOODELLROGER_optBY JEREMY ROSEN

New Jersey Senators Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington) issued the following statement urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign or be fired by league ownership:

“Roger Goodell downplayed domestic violence and assault for nothing but selfish reasons, ignoring his responsibility to be a role model and a leader of men in a sport that is played or watched by people of all ages in virtually every American community, school and household.

“His neglect of ongoing domestic violence issues in the NFL — including but not limited to the Rice case — and inability to enact a no-tolerance policy set an unacceptably bad example for children, aspiring athletes and coaches across the world.

Nation Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:15:25 +0000