NJ Community Colleges Balk at Cuts in Murphy Budget

SHEILA NOONAN | SEPTEMBER 2, 2020

NJ Spotlight

Hudson County Community College

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New Jersey’s county colleges say they can be an “engine” for economic recovery. But Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget proposal, which he said is about “building a new economy that grows our middle class,” calls for a sharp decrease in state support for community colleges.

“There is no question there will be repercussions for our students in the form of increased tuition costs and a significant decrease in student services and support due to reductions in staff,” said Donald Borden, president of Camden County College, in a news release from all 18 college presidents making their case for more aid.

The colleges had sought $100 million in state operating aid in the nine-month spending plan released last week. But they’ve been allocated $75 million at a time when they had been planning to take a leadership role in training a post-pandemic workforce.

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Trump keeps claiming Biden will bring crime to the suburbs and Cory Booker will lead the way

Posted Sep 01, 2020

President Donald Trump keeps telling suburban women that Joe Biden will bring low-income housing, and “a lot of other problems, including crime,” to their currently peaceful neighborhoods.

And he said Cory Booker, New Jersey’s first African-American U.S. senator, will lead the effort.

“You have this beautiful community in the suburbs, including women,” Trump said on the Fox News Channel Monday night. “I ended where they build low-income housing projects right in the middle of your neighborhood. If Biden goes in, he already said it’s going to go at a much higher rate than ever before. You know whose going to be in charge of it ? Cory Booker. That’s going to be nice.”

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Rice claims Democratic leaders intentionally stalling marijuana decriminalization

By Nikita BiryukovSeptember 01 2020

New Jersey Globe

State Sen. Ronald Rice.

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State Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Newark) accused Democratic legislative leaders of intentionally stalling a marijuana decriminalization bill Tuesday, claiming outside interests were behind the delays.

“I appeal to everyone in our state to consider why has it taken two years and seven months to pass a common-sense, compassionate, just law?” Rice said. “Could it be a structural bias entrenched in our state systems of government and criminal justice? Could it have something to do with the greed of investors, ‘insiders’ and others who seek to profit by forcing the recreational marijuana industry into New Jersey — the nation’s most densely populated state and most ill-suited to absorb the projected harm?”

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Ras Baraka: Struggling to Rebuild the Police Force in Newark’s Image

IAN T. SHEARN | SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 

NJ Spotlight

Jan. 20, 2015: Mayor Ras Baraka, at the podium, unveils his plan for a civilian complaint review board of police misconduct.

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Just three weeks after taking office in 2014, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka was greeted with a scathing 49-page report from the U.S. Justice Department, detailing a three-year investigation that uncovered a pervasive pattern of abuse and misconduct in Newark’s police department.

None of it was news to the mayor.

In sobering detail, the report revealed the widespread practice of unconstitutional stops, searches, and arrests, along with the persistent use of excessive force, even theft. The central theme of  the report was a “stark and unremitting” disparity in police treatment of Black residents.

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Election 2020: A Storm at the Center of America

By Bernard Kenny | August 31, 2020

Insider NJ

Former President Jimmy Carter

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It really always comes down to this in big time elections. The last sixty days. All that came before, including the conventions, was just table setting. Now, the knives and forks will sound and spark with no respite until All Souls Day. This particular matchup is epic for all that’s on the line; maybe the least of which being the office of the Presidency itself but rather, as the eve of Election Day suggests, the soul of the nation.

Tempting as it is to treat this as a simple political contest between two candidates , it is rather our nation’s quadrennial presidential election that has a history, a culture of its own ; a beating heart, almost apart from the candidates, even the voters. A baked-in sensibility of sorts.

As Trump and Biden get into the starting gate for the sixty-day sprint, what is the organism, the thing apart, that defines this race, its structure and precedent? What does this election have to do with the man from Plains, Georgia?

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A GOP election dilemma: Twitter Trump keeps boxing out humanized Trump

For one week, the Republican Party sent out a parade of people to make the case that President Donald Trump, insulter-in-chief, has a heart.

Within days, Twitter Trump had returned.

At the Republican National Convention, everyone from little-known Americans to first lady Melania Trump insisted the Trump seen lashing out on social media and in news conferences is not the compassionate man they see “when the cameras are off,” as Vice President Mike Pence put it. But over the weekend, Trump went right back to his bare-knuckle approach. He insulted his niece and boosted a video from a white nationalist user that falsely blamed “Black Lives Matter/Antifa” for a violent 2019 incident. He mocked and retweeted profane jokes about the Portland mayor and retweeted a video of Trump supporters in Portland shooting paintball guns and pepper spray at racial justice protesters in the city, saying it “cannot be unexpected.”

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The Forging of Ras Baraka: How He Was Made for This Fight

IAN T. SHEARN | AUGUST 31, 2020

NJ Spotlight

April 26, 2014: Weeks before the 2014 mayoral race, then candidate Ras Baraka attended a prayer service for him on the steps of City Hall.

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A relentless current of poetry, jazz and spirited discourse swirled throughout Ras Baraka’s childhood home in Newark in the 1970s. This was a house where Nina Simone sang him lullabies, Max Roach played on the family piano and Maya Angelou recited her poems to him. As a young boy, Ras did not see these people as celebrities; they were houseguests. He had yet to grasp how far his father’s fame and influence reached. And he had yet to learn of the historic Newark Riots of 1967, which predated his birth by three years but shaped his destiny.

On June 6, 1979, that would change in one scary New York minute. It would unfold in an unexpected episode that would thrust the 9-year-old boy directly into his father’s orbit. It would mark the end of his innocence and the beginning of his own political awakening.

Young Ras was packed into the back seat of the family car with his four siblings that day for a shopping trip in Manhattan. Baraka recalls his parents, Amiri and Amina Baraka “arguing about shoes.” It was the type of quarrel families have, he said — “who liked them, who didn’t like them, how much they cost — stuff I would probably argue with my wife about now.”

His father pulled over and parked the car on a Greenwich Village street. Their loud voices caught the attention of police, who approached the car. But Amiri Baraka was never one to defer to cops. Heated words were exchanged. Ras Baraka remembers what happened next in snippets, edited and deleted by trauma and time: “Before you know it, the police had opened up the door … and grabbed my father,” he recalls. “My mother was screaming … They began to thump him and wrestle with him. I remember my mother went around and tried to help him.” The young boy was terrified: “I got out of the car and ran.”

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Murphy budget tries to keep lead water promise. But lead paint program faces steep cut.

Posted Aug 30, 2020

Last October, in the wake of Newark’s headline-grabbing water problems, Gov. Phil Murphy pledged to make dealing with lead contamination a high priority.

A big first step in that effort — an $80 million commitment to pay for lead service line replacements in the state — was unveiled in February, when the governor proposed a budget before the pandemic stuck.

Lead service lines, garden hose-sized pipes that connect individual properties to water mains, are at the heart of lead contamination in drinking water across the state.

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Mayor Rescinds $2,500 Police Overtime Bill Sent To Teen Bergen County BLM Protest Organizer

 08/29/2020 

Englewood Daily Voice

Englewood Cliffs Mayor Mario Kranjac

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The Englewood Cliffs mayor rescinded a $2,500 invoice sent to an 18-year-old resident for overtime police work at a Black Lives Matter rally she organized, just one day after making national headlines.

"I have researched the issue further with my own counsel and I am hereby rescinding the bill," Mayor Mario Kranjac told NorthJersey.com, "subject to our Council’s ratification of my action."

Emily Gil notified authorities ahead of her July 25 rally outside of the borough's municipal building but denied local officials' requests for a meeting over COVID-19 fears, NJ.com initially reported.

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Why New Jersey’s Plan for In-Person Schooling Is Falling Apart

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THE NEW  YORK TIMES

Aug. 28, 2020

Teachers in Summit, N.J., protesting the district’s reopening plan last week.Credit...

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Just a few weeks ago it seemed that New Jersey, the state with the highest coronavirus death rate in the nation, was on the verge of reaching a crucial milestone.

After cutting the rate of transmission to one of the lowest levels in the country, the state was preparing to reopen all its schools for in-person instruction.

Then Gov. Philip D. Murphy gave districts the option to open remotely — and things began to fall apart.

Districts that educate the state’s poorest children, including most of the large city school systems, were the first to pull the plug on face-to-face instruction.

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