NJ GROUPS JOIN LAWSUIT OVER QUESTIONABLE NEW FEDERAL LEAD STANDARDS

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Huge loss for political boss in fight with Murphy over EDA investigation

Updated Jul 31, 2019

Efforts by South Jersey powerbroker George E. Norcross to shut down a governor’s task force investigating the state’s troubled Economic Development Authority were dealt a major blow in court Wednesday after a judge refuted arguments that the inquiry was little more than a political hit job.

Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson dismissed a lawsuit brought by attorneys for Norcross and several business entities with ties to him, who charged that the task force appointed by Gov. Phil Murphy represented an illegal exercise of the governor’s power.

“To prevent the governor from investigating the EDA just didn’t make sense to me,” she said.

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Booker rips Biden in debate, saying his ‘tough on crime’ bill destroyed communities like Newark

Posted Jul 31, 2019

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker tore into Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden on the debate stage Wednesday night, calling the former vice president’s crime bills the reason why some people are still in prison for life on drug charges.

“You are trying to shift the view from what you created,” Booker told Biden, capping a month-long fiery debate between the two over their criminal justice records. “You stood up and used that tough on crime phony rhetoric and got a lot of people elected but destroyed communities like mine.”

Biden continued to attack Booker’s tenure as Newark’s mayor and said the New Jersey senator did nothing to address systemic problems in the city’s police department that prompted a federal investigation.

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WHERE ARE TEACHERS OF COLOR AS SCHOOLS TRY TO SERVE STUDENTS OF COLOR?

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NJ’S HOMELESS POPULATION DECREASES, BUT NINE COUNTIES SEE AN INCREASE

COLLEEN O'DEA | JULY 31, 2019

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Fewer people were homeless in New Jersey in January than at the same time the previous year, but some counties saw sizeable increases in the number of people living in shelters or on the street, data show.

The annual point-in-time count of the state’s homeless, conducted on January 22, found at least 8,864 individuals in 6,748 households, to be without permanent housing, according to the NJCounts 2019 report from Monarch Housing Associates. That was a decrease of about 5 percent over the 2018 count, though it was still roughly 4 percent higher than in 2017, which had the smallest count over the last five years. In 2015, more than 10,000 people were counted as homeless.

Homeless advocates said they were happy to see a drop in the homeless count but noted that in some counties the numbers rose for people living in shelters or on the street.

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N.J. has the right to ban large gun magazines, court says again

Posted Jul 29, 2019

A federal judge has ruled again in favor of Gov. Phil Murphy’s ban on 10-round gun magazines, delivering a crippling blow to a gun rights group that was challenging the law’s constitutionality.

U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan ruled earlier this month that the 10-round magazine limit (A2761) on firearms is constitutional after the state moved for a judgement on the case. Sheridan sided with a federal appellate court’s ruling and said its decision “resolves all legal issues in this case.”

Murphy signed the law, which state officials hailed as a measure to reduce casualties in a mass shooting because it doesn’t allow for magazines with more than 10 rounds of ammunition, in June 2018. Within an hour, the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs filed a lawsuit challenging the magazine limit and its constitutionality.

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Booker’s right: Paying $60,000 a year to jail one geriatric inmate deserves ‘a second look’ | Editorial

Posted Jul 28, 2019

Sen. Cory Booker has long been a champion of criminal justice reform, of scaling back the tragic consequences of mass incarceration – which, above all, means granting more prisoners early release.

It’s something he’s vowed to do even without Congress, if elected president, by expanding his use of clemency, especially for old timers serving draconian sentences.

So far, the senator has taken small steps, where he can achieve bipartisan consensus. But a bill he just introduced, called the “Second Look Act,” reflects this more ambitious agenda.

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First Steps in Exploring Newark's Universal Basic Income Pilot Program Begin

New details have emerged about Newark's plan to implement a universal basic income pilot program, which were first hinted at in March during Mayor Ras Baraka's state of the city address.
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NEWARK, NJ - A new task force has been created that will begin to plan for a universal basic income pilot program in Newark, Mayor Ras Baraka announced. 

Baraka first hinted at the program during his state of the city address in March, and it's still unclear what the program will look like in Newark. Universal basic income is a cash benefit that could come in several different forms, but it's generally a government-funded subsidy that gives residents some type of guaranteed income source. 

“We are receiving technical assistance from the Economic Security Project and the Jain Institute,” said Baraka in a statement. “Together, we are assessing the feasibility of a program in Newark. This is another step in our work to end poverty in Newark, and create a more equitable and empowered city.” 

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Our next election will be hacked by foreign enemies. Mitch McConnell is OK with that | Editorial

Posted Jul 26, 2019

It is no longer implausible for the results of a national election to be manipulated by a foreign government, by hacking into our state voting systems and changing the tallies. This could happen in 2020. Just like that, the legitimacy of an election — the integrity of our democracy — can be shredded and swept into the dustbin of history.

This is not a warning from paranoid left wingers or critics of Donald Trump.

This warning of doom comes from the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee, which on Thursday released the first of five studies on the ramshackle condition of our election system. The report said not only did the Russians hackers target all 50 states without being detected, “Russian cyberactors were in position to delete or change voter data,” a skill that could be put to treacherous use.

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For Cory Booker, it’s no more Mr. Nice Guy

Posted Jul 25, 2019

WASHINGTON — For Cory Booker, peace and love has given way to confrontation and criticism.

Booker, trailing in opinion polls and fundraising, has taken aim at former Vice President Joe Biden, the early frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination.

For almost a month now, he has leveled attacks on Biden that are getting more personal — ignoring the rest of the Democratic field as well as his own campaign mantra of emphasizing a positive vision for America.

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