OP-ED: ADDRESSING INEQUITIES IN NJ’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS MORAL IMPERATIVE

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Trump doubts Russians will meddle in 2020 election. These Jersey Dems say that’s bunk.

Updated Aug 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — On this point, Special Counsel Robert Mueller was crystal clear during his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.

“Over the course of my career, I have seen a number of challenges to our democracy,” Mueller said. “The Russian government’s effort to interfere in our election is among the most serious.”

Here’s what President Donald Trump’s FBI Director Christopher A. Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee: “The Russians are absolutely intent on trying to interfere with our elections,”

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Biden’s shot at Booker over Newark cops tells only half the story | Moran

Posted Aug 4, 2019

As Cory Booker and Joe Biden exchanged blows in last week’s TV debate over police and crime in Newark, I was struck by how badly each man distorted the history, as anyone who lived through it can testify.

So, let’s take a minute to sift fact from fiction on this, as it is sure to come up again, especially after Booker’s rock-star performance is causing Americans to take a more careful look at his candidacy.

Biden was right about one thing: When Booker was mayor of Newark, starting in 2006, the police on his watch had an ugly habit of harassing African-Americans with illegal searches based on race, roughing them up for no good reason, and dismissing their flood of complaints as unfounded. In one two-year stretch, internal affairs received 261 complaints about police misconduct and found just one substantiated.

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Dipping into the Flavor of Booker’s Kool-Aid Retort to Biden

By Fred Snowflack | August 1, 2019

Insider NJ

 

Getting attacked in politics is not necessarily a bad thing. It means you are relevant.

So Cory Booker had to be pleased Wednesday night when Joe Biden began talking about how Booker ran the city of Newark as mayor.

The former VP zeroed in on the police department, Biden said that under Booker’s leadership, Newark police routinely engaged in “stop and frisk.”  Critics say the policy allows police to stop and check
out individuals for no genuine reason.

Booker was ready.

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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

NJ Spotlight

 

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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