Thousands of unemployed N.J. residents brace for federal benefits to run out

By Brent Johnson/The Star-Ledger
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on December 28, 2013

TRENTON — Last December, Adaline Irizarry lost her job as a secretary because of budget cuts at her company. Since then, the 49-year-old single mother of two has struggled to find work.

"I have been trying," said Irizarry, who lives in Lawrence. "No one’s been calling back."

A year after being laid off, Irizarry and her family survive on child support and $360 a week in federal unemployment benefits. She’s terrified that’s about to change.

Beginning today, 1.3 million Americans will see their extended federal unemployment benefits expire.

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N.J. prepares to cope with minimum wage increase

By Bill Mooney | December 24th, 2013

TRENTON – The minimum wage hike does not kick in for another few days, but both sides in the debate are still weighing in with opinions about the consequences.

Maybe a year from now pundits will be able to look back and make clear-eyed assessments of how it played out. But for now, both sides are convinced of their respective points of view.

The folks at N.J. Policy Perspective, who admittedly take a more liberal view of such matters, believe that the boost from $7.25 to $8.25 an hour – with a cost of living provision constitutionally mandated – will help New Jersey’s economy in the long run.

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Accounts of Petty Retribution Reinforce Christie’s Bullying Image

The New York Times

 

In 2010, John F. McKeon, a New Jersey assemblyman, made what he thought was a mild comment on a radio program: Some of the public employees that Gov. Chris Christie was then vilifying had been some of the governor’s biggest supporters.

He was surprised to receive a handwritten note from Mr. Christie, telling him he had heard the comments, and that he didn’t like them.

“I thought it was a joke,” Mr. McKeon recalled. “What governor would take the time to write a personal note over a relatively innocuous comment?”

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The Politics of Bridge-gate: Christie Fires Back

Mark J. Magyar | December 20, 2013

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For Gov. Chris Christie, as always, the best defense is the attack.

Facing the first real political scandal of his administration, Christie yesterday lashed out at the press and Democratic critics, dismissed the secret lane closures at the George Washington Bridge that snarled traffic in Fort Lee as inconsequential, and stood up for his political appointees who were forced to resign their high-paying Port Authority posts in the wake of Bridge-gate.

“I know you guys are obsessed with this,” Christie chided the assembled press corps at a Statehouse news conference. “I’m really not, it’s not that big of a deal. Just because the press runs around and writes about it both here and nationally, I know why that is and so do you, so let’s not pretend that it’s because of the gravity of the issue. It’s because I am a national figure.”

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Jeffries campaign sets up Newark ward HQs

By Mark Bonamo | December 21st, 2013

 

NEWARK - Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries officially opened up campaign headquarters throughout Brick City on Saturday, trying to transform significant campaign resources into street organizational ability.

"We're going to be engaged in aggressive, intelligence-based community policing," said Jeffries, the former state Assistant Attorney General, to a crowd of nearly 75 people gathered outside of his new West Ward headquarters on Sanford Avenue in the city's Vailsburg neighborhood. "We need to re-invest in more officers, and we need our officers to have a more organic relationship with our communities. We need to be walking these neighborhoods, knowing the clergy, knowing the community leaders, knowing the parents, and knowing the residents so we can really identify those folks who are up to no good in our community. And then we're going to target those people." 

Jeffries was clearly talking about public safely, a highly relevant topic in New Jersey's largest city. But Jeffries could have equally been talking about his need to target relevant voters as he seeks the mayor's seat.

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Christie Agrees to In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants

The New York Times

The New Jersey Legislature approved legislation on Thursday that would allow students without legal immigration status to pay in-state college tuition. Gov. Chris Christie planned to sign it on Friday, a spokesman said.

The bill’s passage was assured after Mr. Christie, a Republican, struck a deal with Democratic lawmakers, who agreed to a demand of his that they change the bill to remove a provision allowing undocumented immigrants access to state financial aid programs.

“This is what compromise looks like,” the governor said at a news conference in Trenton after the accord was revealed.

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Reporter who wrote story about Cory Booker not living in Newark worked for anti-Booker PAC, report says

By Brent Johnson/The Star-Ledger
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on December 18, 2013

Newark Mayor Cory Booker speaks at Garden State Equality's 4th Annual "Equality Walk" event in June 2013 at Erie Park in Montclair in support of winning marriage equality. (William Perlman/The Star-Ledger)

 

TRENTON — A reporter who wrote a story claiming former Newark Mayor Cory Booker did not live in the city he ran worked for an anti-Booker PAC, according to a report by Buzzfeed.

Charles C. Johnson's story was by The Daily Caller, a conservative news website, on Oct. 14, two days before Booker was elected to the U.S. Senate. It quoted neighbors and two community activists saying the mayor did not actually live in Newark.

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The passing of Nancy Ann Johnson

For Immediate Release  
 
STATEMENT BY SHAVAR JEFFRIES AND FAMILY
 
Re: The passing of Nancy Ann Johnson
 
December 17, 2013 - Newark, NJ - It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Shavar Jeffries' grandmother, Nancy Ann Johnson, today at Beth Israel Hospital in Newark. She was 82. Ms. Johnson died from stroke related consequences.
 
We thank everyone for your prayers and well wishes.
  

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Media contact: Lupe Todd - 917-202-0116 

 

Since he was ten years old, Ms. Johnson raised Shavar and his younger sister after the tragic killing of her daughter, Shavar's mother. Shavar has often mentioned Ms. Johnson as one of the most influential and inspirational people in his life.

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Caraballo on the Joe D/Christie impact on Newark politics: 'We don't know yet'

By Max Pizarro | December 16th, 2013

 

NEWARK – Wilfredo "Fred" Caraballo walked into a diner and sat down.

Grizzled. Street-tested. Maybe more hungry than ever for a reversal of the political forces that drop-kicked him back to the classroom.

He’s older than he was in 2007 when the machine ran over him, dividing him from being able to play the role of citizen centaur he so relished: teaching law to future attorneys at Seton Hall while making laws in Trenton.

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Cory Booker, Democratic leaders back Essex executive Joseph DiVincenzo for re-election

By Eunice Lee/The Star-Ledger
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on December 13, 2013

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, shown here endorsing Gov. Chris Christie's bid for re-election in June, kicked of his own re-election campaign earlier this week. (Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger)

 

NEWARK — Flanked by party faithful, Joseph DiVincenzo formally kicked off his bid for a fourth term as county executive earlier this week.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and politicians from federal to municipal levels of government heaped words of praise on DiVincenzo, a Democrat, at a campaign event held in the gymnasium of Essex County College.

"Look at his record. He is the most competent and qualified (of) leaders," Booker said. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who did not attend, also endorsed DiVincenzo in a statement read at the event.

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