U.S. Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/u.s/ Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:39:30 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb N.J. Voters say Menendez Should Resign ... and Back Obama on Cuba, Iran http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/nj-voters-say-menendez-should-resign-and-back-obama-on-cuba-iran OPINION_optBY PAT SMITH
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

New Jersey voters say 52 – 39 percent, with Democrats divided, that U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez should resign, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday.

Voters say 54 – 23 percent that Sen. Menendez is not honest and trustworthy, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

Calling for Menendez’ ouster are Republicans 61 – 32 percent and independent voters 51 – 40 percent, while Democrats are divided 46 – 44 percent on whether he should stay or go.

Democrats say 43 – 34 percent that Menendez is not honest and trustworthy, with even bigger margins among Republicans and independent voters.

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Nation Fri, 17 Apr 2015 03:50:35 +0000
Jobs Numbers Show NJ Still Stuck in Neutral http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/jobs-numbers-show-nj-still-stuck-in-neutral jobs_opt-3BY JON WHITEN
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Department of Labor released its latest employment statistics today, and the numbers for March clearly show that New Jersey's economy is still stuck in neutral, with a recovery that lags far behind the nation and our neighbors.

The Garden State has now recovered just 63% of the jobs it lost in the Great Recession, far less than the U.S. as a whole (133%) and our neighbors in PA (106%) and NY (244%). (PA & NY March numbers are not yet available.)

In addition, New Jersey now still falls 326,900 jobs short of pre-recession employment levels when accounting for population growth since the recession began.

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Nation Fri, 17 Apr 2015 03:38:12 +0000
Jobs Numbers Show NJ Still Stuck in Neutral http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/jobs-numbers-show-nj-still-stuck-in-neutral jobs_opt-3BY JON WHITEN
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Department of Labor released its latest employment statistics today, and the numbers for March clearly show that New Jersey's economy is still stuck in neutral, with a recovery that lags far behind the nation and our neighbors.

The Garden State has now recovered just 63% of the jobs it lost in the Great Recession, far less than the U.S. as a whole (133%) and our neighbors in PA (106%) and NY (244%). (PA & NY March numbers are not yet available.)

In addition, New Jersey now still falls 326,900 jobs short of pre-recession employment levels when accounting for population growth since the recession began.

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Nation Fri, 17 Apr 2015 03:38:12 +0000
Paul Fishman: U.S. Attorney for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/paul-fishman-us-attorney-for-new-jersey PAULFISHMAN_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Paul Fishman became the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey in October of 2009. HE has largely flown under the radar in doing his job since that date.

But Fishman’s profile might become quite higher after he completes his investigation on Bridgegate: the infamous closing of George Washington Bridge lanes.

But the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Fishman’s investigation may be coming to a close. Sources said that the investigation had moved at a more rapid pace recently, and prosecutors had gone back to witnesses with questions that indicated they were close to finishing.

The Bridgegate investigation has gone on for over a year. Union County Sen. Raymond Lesniak says Fishman has always been one to take as long as he has to on a case. “He takes his time because he wants to get it right all the time,” Lesniak said, according to NorthJersey.com. “Sure, I think it’s taking too long, but that’s from my perspective, not from his.”

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Nation Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:25:59 +0000
4 Reasons NJ 3rd Graders Write Letters to Convicted Cop Killer http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/4-reasons-nj-3rd-graders-write-letters-to-convicted-cop-killer THIRDGRADE_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted of murdering Philadelphia policeman Daniel Faulkner in 1981. He was on death row, but a series of appeals reduced his sentence to life in prison.

The former Black Panther was said to have been taken to a hospital about a week ago after suffering complications from diabetes.

Abu-Jamal has received support in his illness from an unexpected source. WTXF reported that a third grade school teacher from Forest Street School in Orange gave her students the assignment of writing get well cards and letters to Abu-Jamal. Marylin Zuniga gave the students’ letters to Baruch College professor Johanna Fernandez, who completed their delivery.

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Nation Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:50:46 +0000
How Did Rolling Stone Get UVA Rape Story Wrong? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/how-did-rolling-stone-get-uva-rape-story-wrong wrong_opt-2BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Back in November, Rolling Stone magazine published a story about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity. The article, titled “A Rape on Campus” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, has since been discredited, and Rolling Stone has retracted it.

What went wrong? According to a Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism review of the article, basically everything.

The Wall Street Journal said Rolling Stone employed faulty “reporting, editing, editorial supervision and fact-checking.” And according to The Washington Post, Columbia called the article “a story of journalistic failure that was avoidable. The magazine set aside or rationalized as unnecessary essential practices of reporting” that might have left the story as questionable.

In the story, a woman identified only as Jackie was allegedly raped by seven members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity in September of 2012. But the review says Jackie’s story was never corroborated, and Erdely never spoke with three of Jackie’s friends about the rape, despite using their comments in her story.

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Nation Tue, 07 Apr 2015 15:36:17 +0000
7 Reasons Christie Pardoned Mom with Gun Charge http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/7-reasons-christie-pardoned-mom-with-gun-charge gun2_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Philadelphia mother who didn’t know New Jersey’s gun laws has been vindicated.

Shaneen Allen was not aware that New Jersey’s gun laws do not recognize permits from other states when she was stopped for a traffic violation in Hamilton Township two years ago.

Allen received a pardon from Gov. Chris Christie for the violation, philly.com reported. A mandatory 3½-year prison term goes with the unlawful weapon charge. Allen was saved from that by going to a pretrial intervention program for first-time offenders.

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Nation Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:22:31 +0000
Police in New Jersey Targeting Distracted Drivers for Three Weeks in April as Part of National Crackdown http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/police-in-new-jersey-targeting-distracted-drivers-for-three-weeks-in-april-as-part-of-national-crackdown attorneygenlogo_opt.png_copy_copy_copyBY ZACH HOSSEINI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – Beginning today (April 1), police throughout New Jersey will be targeting distracted drivers as part of a nationwide enforcement campaign called “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.,” which seeks to stop one of the most dangerous habits that motorists display.

The Division of Highway Traffic Safety has awarded $5,000 to 38 police departments for the initiative and many more agencies are expected to participate unfunded. The campaign runs through April 21. The crackdowns are similar in scope to the “Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” mobilizations, which have targeted impaired driving and seat belt usage, respectively. The campaign is part of a nationwide effort, which was developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and will coincide with nationally-observed Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

“The dangers of driver inattention are staggering, placing drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike in harm’s way,” said Acting Attorney General John Hoffman. “Distracted driving is an incredibly significant issue on our roads and one that requires a total commitment from law enforcement to eliminate. To continue to make our roads safer, we must be as aggressive with distracted drivers as we have been with drunk drivers and people who refused to wear seat belts.”

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Nation Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:26:32 +0000
National Action Plan to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/national-action-plan-to-combat-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria bacteria_optBY TOM HESTER
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The White House released a comprehensive plan that identifies critical actions to be taken by key Federal departments and agencies to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, which was developed by the interagency Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in response to Executive Order 13676: Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, outlines steps for implementing the National Strategy on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and addressing the policy recommendations of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report on Combating Antibiotic Resistance.

Antibiotics have been a critical public health tool since the discovery of penicillin in 1928, saving the lives of millions of people around the world. The emergence of drug resistance in bacteria is undermining our ability to treat bacterial infections and perform a range of modern medical procedures, including chemotherapy, surgery, dialysis, and organ transplantation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that drug-resistant bacteria cause 23,000 deaths and 2 million illnesses each year in the United States. Antibiotic resistance also threatens animal health, agriculture, and the economy.

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Nation Sat, 28 Mar 2015 03:27:09 +0000
Ted Cruz Had a Successful Run at Princeton University http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/ted-cruz-had-a-successful-run-at-princeton-university TEDcruz_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Ted Cruz, the junior Senator from Texas, is the first officially announced Republican Presidential candidate for the 2016 election.

Whatever you may think of the man who once delivered a 21-hour filibuster, did you realize that Cruz has a New Jersey connection?

Cruz attended Princeton University from 1988-1992. His freshman roommate Craig Mazin called Cruz “politically extreme” in 1988. "I remember very specifically that he had a book in Spanish and the title was Was Karl Marx a Satanist?” Mazin said, according to The Daily Beast. “And I thought, who is this person?"

He was a young man with a lot to say. According to debate.princeton.edu, Cruz was ranked as the top debater in North America and the nation for 1992. The Princeton Debate Panel is one of the finest collegiate debating societies in the U.S.

Cruz met Catholic political theorist Robert George while at Princeton. Mother Jones reported that George gave Cruz advice on his senior thesis, titled “Clipping the Wings of Angels,” which analyzed the history of the 9th and 10th Amendments.

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Nation Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:45:08 +0000