Newark an example for U.S. 'legacy' cities, group says

By Jessica Mazzola | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on December 08, 2015

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka helps break ground on the $174 million project.

 

NEWARK — A development in New Jersey is a model for the revitalization of historic buildings across the country.

That's the message of a cohort meeting in Newark Tuesday to unveil what it calls an "action agenda" to rehab some of America's oldest cities.

Rutgers-Newark and the city's Hahne building – the long vacant department store that is being converted into a mixed-use development that includes a Whole Foods supermarket – will play host to planners and politicians from 40 cities Tuesday. The conference is meant to discuss the future of the country's "legacy cities," officials said.

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Urban League To Host Culmination Ceremony For Students In The Newark Kids Code Program

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 URBAN LEAGUE OF ESSEX COUNTY MEDIA ALERT: 

ON December 12, 2015 FROM 10AM-12:30PM THE URBAN LEAGUE OF ESSEX COUNTY, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, THIRTEENTH AVENUE SCHOOL, AND NORTH STAR ACADEMY WILL HOST A CULMINATION CEREMONY FOR STUDENTS IN THE NEWARK KIDS CODE PROGRAM TO CELEBRATE THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. 

What: The community is invited to join the Urban League of Essex County, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Thirteenth Avenue School, and North Star Academy as they recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the students in the Newark Kids Code program. Newark Kids Code is an initiative designed to introduce underserved youth in Newark to computer programming, or “Coding” and other digital and web technologies. The students being recognized attended ten Saturday sessions (9am – 4pm), interacted with Guest Speakers in the technology field, and visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (where the Scratch programming language they learned was developed), and Harvard Law School where they received inspirational words of encouragement from members of the Black Law Students Association. 

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Obama signs law to spend billions on N.J. roads

By Jonathan D. Salant | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on December 04, 2015

President Barack Obama visits the Rutgers School of Law at Rutgers-Newark to speak about criminal justice. Monday November 2, 2015.

 

WASHINGTON — Legislation allocating $305 billion for transportation over the next five years was signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama.

The bill directs federal transportation policy through 2020 and provides funding for Amtrak, NJ Transit, and highways. It also requires studies of both the Cranbury crash that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan, and the fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia.

The transportation measure also renewed the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance U.S. exports.

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Assembly Fails to Override Controversial Christie Veto of Gun-Safety Legislation

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Christie: No Syrian refugees, not even 'orphans under age 5'

By Claude Brodesser-Akner | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on November 16, 2015

Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, addresses the Sunshine Summit in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015

 

TRENTON —  Gov. Chris Christie on Monday said the United States should not admit any refugees from the Syrian civil war — not even "orphans under age 5."

"I do not trust this administration to effectively vet the people who are supposed to be coming in in order to protect the safety and security of the American people, so I would not permit them in," the Republican presidential candidate said on conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt's syndicated radio show. 

Christie's comments came after French authorities disclosed that one of the attackers who killed 129 people and seriously wounded another 80 in Paris on Friday evening had entered Europe through Greece on a forged Syrian passport last month, posing as a migrant.

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Appeals court orders release of NJ corruption probe records

By Mark Lagerkvist  /   November 12, 2015 

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NUMBER TWO: New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno frequently serves as acting governor when Chris Christie is away campaigning for president

 

A New Jersey appeals court has ruled the state must release two confidential state records from a corruption probe involving Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno to New Jersey Watchdog.

The opinion released Thursday by the Appellate Division reverses a trial court decision by Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson last year not to release those records from a state Division of Criminal Justice investigation of alleged pension fraud.

In a 14-page opinion, Justices George S. Leone and Carol E. Higbee rejected Jacobson’s reasons for blocking release of the documents to the investigative news site as an “abuse of discretion.”

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Obama to visit Newark next week to talk criminal justice

By Jonathan D. Salant | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on October 27, 2015

President Barack Obama visits The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Camden, Monday, May 18, 2015. Obama spoke about Camden and its designation as a promise zone, which allows the city to use grants and other federal help to address issues such as crime, health and jobs.

 

WASHINGTON — President Obama will visit Newark on Monday to discuss criminal justice issues, the White House announced.

Obama will be joined by U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka to highlight former prisoners trying to return to society.

The president and Booker have helped lead efforts to find alternatives to prison for nonviolent offenders and ways to allow those released from prison to find jobs.

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Obama’s Call for Less Testing May Not Change Much in New Jersey Schools

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New Jersey Senate Overrides Christie’s Veto of Gun Control Bill

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Christie opposes United flights between Newark and Cuba

By Matt Arco and Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on October 20, 2015

Gov. Chris Christie addresses the crowd inside a barn at the house. Gov. Christie Attends a house party hosted by Beverly Bruce. NJ Gov. Christie campaigns for President in NH. Saturday August 29, 2015. Tuftonboro, NH

 

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday told the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey it would be "unacceptable" to begin operating flights between Newark's airport and Cuba.

In a letter to Port Authority Chairman John Degnan, his appointee, the governor urged Port Authority commissioners to reject the proposed flights, arguing that permitting them would be akin to "rewarding the Cuban government for continuing to harbor a fugitive."

Christie, who has been an outspoken critic of President Obama's moves to  normalize relations with Cuba, has blasted the president for not demanding fugitive Joanne Chesimard return to the United States. Chesimard escaped to Cuba after being convicted in 1977 of killing a New Jersey state trooper and has been living in the country since.

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