Payne: Keep guns from dangerous individuals with gun buyback program | Opinion

By Star-Ledger Guest Columnist
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on January 13, 2016

Firearms acquired from a two-day buyback program in Essex County in 2013

 

By Donald M. Payne Jr.

Gun violence isn't a problem in America.

At least, that is what many of President Obama's detractors said following his recent executive actions on guns, and what opponents of gun safety reform have been saying for years and want you to believe. 

It's an argument that defies logic and insults the countless survivors and victims of violence involving guns. Gun violence is an epidemic that impacts every community in America, including right here in New Jersey. Last year in Newark, a city I represent in Congress, shootings increased 19 percent from 2014. Gun violence takes from our country 30,000 men, women, and children every year, leaving too many families with a void that can never be filled. It doesn't discriminate by race, gender, age, religion, or economic status.

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How to Fix the Country’s Failing Schools. And How Not To.

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Shouldn't Christie be embarrassed by Maine Gov. LePage's endorsement by now? | Opinion

By Linda Stamato | Star-Ledger Guest Columnist
on January 11, 2016

NJ Gov. Chris Christie hugs Gov. LePage after LePage endorse him for President. NJ Gov. Chris Christie is endorsed by Maine Gov. Paul LePage while at Becky's Diner. Wednesday July 1, 2015. Portland, ME

 

So, let's see.  Gov. Paul LePage, the guy who knocked Maine's workforce and its schools, bullied the opposition party, the Democrats, while also antagonizing Republicans, and Independents, trashed his own state, alienated much of the political world and accomplished nothing to speak of — other than ranking 50th (in 2014) among the states by Forbes in its annual list of business-friendly states — got Gov. Chris Christie's enthusiastic support (and GOP dollars) for a second term, and, in turn, gave Christie his endorsement for president.

Did LePage's endorsement amount to much?  

Well, Christie seems to have made quite a thing of it, framing it as important, showing up to receive it in person as he called Le Page "a good friend and strong leader."

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Christie lied about gun control. Again. | Editorial

By Star-Ledger Editorial Board
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on January 10, 2016

Oh, what a tangled web he weaves.

 

Did you know that Chris Christie is a former federal prosecutor? He may have mentioned this.
 
He believes that his time in that job qualifies him for all kinds of presidential pursuits, like fighting global terrorism.

More recently, though, Christie used his experience as a federal prosecutor to explain away a flip-flop. It backfired, thanks to a Washington Post fact-checker.

The topic at hand was gun control.

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Christie Stays Mum on Racist Remarks from Maine Governor

By JT Aregood | 01/08/16

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Paul LePage

 

An ally of Governor Chris Christie’s presidential campaign is catching heat today for racist remarks he made to the Portland Press Herald. Maine governor Paul LePage, who is already under threat of impeachment, said during a town hall meeting yesterday that the state’s heroin problem was the result of black men coming up to Maine from New York and the mid-Atlantic with drugs.

Lepage went on to say that the same men often “impregnate a young, white woman” before heading back down the coast.

The blowback comes at an inopportune time for Christie, with the crucial New Hampshire primary weeks away. Christie has largely built the support for his 2016 bid in New England on his public sensitivity to the heroin epidemic, garnering more than 100,000,000 views on Youtube with a speech he made in New Hampshire.

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Experts Predict Christie’s State of the State Will be Heavily Partisan

By Alyana Alfaro | 01/08/16

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Governor Chris Christie is a 2016 presidential candidate.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spent 72 percent of his time away from his home state in 2015, but now, the Governor is preparing for his annual state of the state address.

On Tuesday, the governor will address New Jerseyans in the speech that usually focuses on the state’s plans for the coming year. According to some New Jersey political experts, however, Tuesday’s showing will likely be somewhat different than in years past due largely to Christie’s ongoing presidential campaign.

According to Ben Dworkin, the director of Rider University’s Rebovitch Institute for Politics, Christie’s Tuesday speech will have two main challenges.

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Have immigration raids started in N.J.? Feds, activists disagree

By Fausto Giovanny Pinto | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on January 07, 2016

A group of concerned citizens joined undocumented immigrant advocates in a rally held outside of the Rodino Federal Building to bring attention to recent deportation raids. Newark, NJ 1/7/16

 

NEWARK — Immigration activists from across the state gathered in front of the federal building that houses U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Thursday afternoon to protest planned raids across the nation as news spread that they may have started in New Jersey.

"These are the worst raids ever," said Rita Dentino, director of Casa Freehold. "The target is woman and children."

Dentino said organizers at the Monmouth county based immigrant advocacy group received calls early Thursday regarding an early morning raid where two U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement officers broke down the door of a Freehold home and took two adults without arrest warrants.

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Christie Has Just Days to Make $10M Commitment to Fight Lead Poisoning in Kids

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650K N.J. residents could lose health coverage under Obamacare vote by GOP

By Jonathan D. Salant | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on January 06, 2016

Jessica Fernandez told how she obtained insurance a year ago, went to a doctor and learned she had crohn's disease.

 

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans, including all six from New Jersey, voted Wednesday to repeal the Affordable Care Act, an action that would threaten health coverage for as many as 650,000 Garden State residents.

Almost 260,000 New Jersey residents signed up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's exchanges through Dec. 26, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Many of those residents get subsidies to help them pay for coverage, and that help would be eliminated if the law went away. In addition, Gov. Chris Christie, breaking with most other Republican governors, agreed to expand Medicaid coverage under the law to 390,000 low-income residents.

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N.J. ranks among worst in nation in ability respond to future recession, study shows

By Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on January 06, 2016

Based on its rainy day savings, New Jersey is among U.S. state least able to withstand an economic downturn, a study found.

 

TRENTON — New Jersey is among U.S. states least equipped to respond to an economic downturn, according to a new study comparing states' savings.

New Jersey's surplus, $300 million in 2014, wouldn't be able to put up much of a fight against a recession, big or small, long or short, the study out of George Mason University found.

Coming in behind the Garden State are Pennsylvania, Illinois and Arkansas.

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