COVID kills cops - five times more often than gunfire | Editorial

Published: Oct. 19, 2021

Policemen are the ultimate frontline workers, especially during a pandemic, when the risks rise exponentially. They deal with the most vulnerable people, many of them unvaccinated. They work in jails and other public places where distancing is not an option. They interact with more strangers in one day than most of us meet in a month.

They are the best argument for vaccine mandates – the most proven way to drive up vaccinations and drive down COVID -- yet some cops still haven’t gotten the memo, with tragic results.

The latest statistics on police fatalities from national organizations make you appreciate leaders such as Ras Baraka, the Newark mayor who was among the earliest to order cops and firefighters to get a jab or get another job: It’s apparently working, because Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara reports that 96 percent of these front-liners are in compliance, with the remainder “on military leave or out on long-term medical leave.”

If only there was the same rate of compliance nationally.

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NJ governor’s race: Murphy’s social justice record

COLLEEN O'DEA, SENIOR WRITER AND PROJECTS EDITOR | OCTOBER 18, 2021

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Gov. Phil Murphy

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Phil Murphy’s 2017 campaign slogan was to create a “stronger and fairer” New Jersey. As governor, he has focused significant attention on such social justice issues as immigrant rights and police reform, but his policies have not always  gone far enough for some advocates or delivered change fast enough.

NJ Spotlight News is taking a closer look at some of the ways Murphy, a first-term Democrat seeking reelection, has sought to address New Jersey’s many challenges. Today’s installment examines his work on social justice. Other issues we’re looking at in this series include public education, the state budget, taxes, the environment, health care and COVID-19.

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Former Newark Official, 2 City Businessmen Indicted in Bribery Scheme

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Opinion: New Jersey needs a Black women’s agenda

SHENNELL MCCLOUD | OCTOBER 18, 2021 

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Shennell McCloud

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Black women have historically been among the most marginalized groups in the United States. Yet — as the past two years have made abundantly clear — while others talk, Black women do the work. We organize, mobilize and fight back when our democracy is under attack, when our communities need support and when our children’s futures are on the line.

A policy agenda that centers on Black women would put New Jersey on the right side of history and expand economic opportunity to every corner of our state. The candidates for governor should use the final weeks of this election season to embrace such an agenda. Black women are paying attention. We always do.

What would such an agenda look like?

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Christie hits the campaign trail — at private events — for New Jersey candidates

 Politico

10/14/2021 

 

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is hitting the campaign trail in his home state, but at private events.

Christie, a Republican, has a fundraiser scheduled for later this month with Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, who’s running for state Senate. On Wednesday night, he headlined a fundraiser in Parsippany for the state Senate Republicans’ fundraising arm, and he’s recently been featured at fundraisers for state Sen. Michael Testa (R-Cumberland), state Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) and Republican Senate candidate Vince Polistina, according to Christie's confidant, Bill Palatucci.

The former governor has not made any fundraising appearances for Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli, with whom he’s had an icy relationship for years. As a member of the General Assembly, Ciattarelli was one of the few Republican elected officials in New Jersey willing to openly criticize Christie and voted several times to overturn his vetoes.

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NJ voters have these two statewide ballot questions to answer

KATIE CRIST | OCTOBER 15, 2021 

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One ballot question asks whether sports betting should be expanded to include collegiate teams and sporting events within NJ. Pictured: Rutgers quarterback Noah Vedral in NCAA football game against Michigan State, Oct. 9, 2021, in Piscataway.

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New Jersey voters face two ballot questions when they vote this November, both asking them to rewrite the state Constitution’s rules on legalized gambling.

The first is whether to expand the ability to bet on collegiate teams and sporting events in New Jersey; the law already allows betting on college sports events that take place outside the state. The ballot question is ultimately an extension of the law signed in 2018 that permits sports betting in casinos and racetracks but excludes any gambling involving New Jersey college teams and any collegiate sporting events in the state.

The second is whether to allow nonprofit groups that conduct games of chance like bingo or raffles to use the proceeds to fund their operations. Because wagering is enshrined in the state Constitution, any changes must be authorized by voters.

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Christie Whitman’s anti-Trump Republican group just endorsed these N.J. Democrats

The group of disaffected Republicans whose leaders include former Gov. Christie Whitman endorsed two New Jersey House Democrats Thursday in their efforts to purge their party of Donald Trump and his acolytes.

The Renew America Movement, which Whitman helped create, named Reps. Andy Kim, D-3rd Dist., and Josh Gottheimer, D-5th Dist., to its list of 21 lawmakers or candidates, both Democrats and Republicans, it was backing to prevent Trump from gaining a stronger foothold in the party and the GOP from taking control of Congress in 2022.

Also on the list was Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pa. One of her predecessors in the Lehigh Valley congressional district, Republican Charlie Dent, is also on the board of the Renew America Movement.

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What Tuesday’s debate says about state of NJ governor’s race

JOHN REITMEYER, BUDGET/FINANCE WRITER | OCTOBER 14, 2021 

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Oct. 12, 2021: Incumbent Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, right, listens as Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli speaks during gubernatorial debate at Rowan University.

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Pointed questions for the candidates. A boisterous crowd that caused multiple disruptions. Clear differences on some of New Jersey’s most important policy issues.

All were hallmarks of Tuesday night’s second and final gubernatorial debate between incumbent Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli.

Held at Rowan University in South Jersey and co-sponsored by NJ PBS, the debate came as many New Jersey voters are just starting to pay attention to this year’s gubernatorial contest, but also as many residents have already begun early voting by mail-in ballot.

Here are some of the key moments and takeaways from the nearly hourlong debate.

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Van Drew once called Biden the ‘duly elected’ president. Not any more.

Published: Oct. 13, 2021

Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who in January declared Joe Biden was the “duly-elected 46th president of the United States” now won’t acknowledge that the president legitimately won last November’s election.

Asked that very question by CNN, Van Drew said in an article published Wednesday: “I am not going to make that determination. But what I do think is that we need to make sure that our election system works right.”

Van Drew, feted by then-President Donald Trump at a January 2020 rally in Wildwood, did not respond to a request for comment from NJ Advance Media.

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NJ governor’s race 2021: Murphy, Ciattarelli sharpen differences in final debate

JOHN REITMEYER, BUDGET/FINANCE WRITER | OCTOBER 13, 2021

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Oct. 12, 2021: Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, right, speaks while Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli listens during gubernatorial debate at Rowan University's Pfleeger Concert Hall in Glassboro.

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The  sharp contrasts between New Jersey’s two leading gubernatorial candidates on top concerns like taxes, school funding and COVID-19 came into clear view Tuesday night during the contest’s second and final debate.

Gov. Phil Murphy, a first-term incumbent Democrat, has led the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic since the first cases appeared in New Jersey early last year, upsetting the state economy and leading to the deaths of thousands of residents.

But Jack Ciattarelli, a Republican and former state lawmaker, has frequently portrayed Murphy’s handling of the health crisis, which has included masking and vaccination requirements, as heavy-handed and too restrictive.

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