Ex-N.J. attorney general: The abortion ruling strips 167M Americans of their rights | Opinion

Published: Jun. 26, 2022

By John Farmer, Jr.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling Friday, which overturns Roe v Wade, allows states to immediately adopt the most draconian prohibitions, forbidding abortions even in cases of rape, incest, or where the mother is endangered, and women will have no federal recourse at all, New Jersey's former attorney general says. 

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On Friday, for the first time in our history, more than half of Americans were stripped of a right that had been deemed fundamental for generations. Whatever else you conclude about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the stark reality for women is simple: their most intimate decisions about reproductive health are no longer even partially shielded from governmental intrusion by a fundamental constitutional right that has offered a modicum of protection for 50 years.

What would it take, it is fair to wonder, for the Court to be willing to strip 167.5 million Americans of a fundamental right that has been recognized since 1973? Roe v. Wade, the decision recognizing such a right, must have ranked, in the Court’s view, with the worst in American history, with Dred Scott or Plessy v. Ferguson.

Dobbs is radical stuff indeed, but one wouldn’t have expected such a reversal from the way the justices answered questions about the issue during their confirmation hearings. Justice Brett Kavanaugh came close to describing Roe as settled law, stating: “It’s not as if it’s a run-of-the-mill case that was decided once and never reconsidered, but Casey reconsidered it … and decided to reaffirm it. That makes Casey a precedent on precedent.”

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Phil Murphy's first 2024 hurdle: New Jersey Democrats

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s name is on the lips of Democrats around the country as a potential 2024 candidate should President Joe Biden decide not to seek a second term — and he’s not doing much to dissuade the talk.

But as Murphy tries to burnish his image as someone who’s putting progressive policies to work, he faces a major obstacle: A skittish Legislature led by members of his own party.

He’s pushing more measures to stiffen the state’s already strict gun laws. He wants to further open up abortion access. The response from fellow Democrats has been muted, if not an outright “no.” The legislative leaders, simply put, are worried about feeding a Republican resurgence.

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How This Organization Is Bringing a New STEM Lab To Dr. Horton School In Newark

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Bills to further tighten N.J. gun laws move forward as Supreme Court ruling casts a shadow

Published: Jun. 23, 2022

Around the same time the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling Thursday that could allow more people to carry guns in public in America, state lawmakers in Trenton took steps toward passing several proposals to further tighten New Jersey’s already strict firearm laws — including many Gov. Phil Murphy has repeatedly sought.

But two of the biggest bills Murphy has asked for — one that would raise the age to buy shotguns and rifles in the state from 18 to 21 and one that would revamp how guns must be stored in the state — appear unlikely to move forward.

There’s also uncertainty over whether the Supreme Court’s decision could jeopardize the rest of the package.

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Rutgers University-Newark Will Be Led By Newly Appointed Provost

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New Jersey Announces Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, Republicans Call Move 'Another Gimmick'

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Why does President Joe Biden want to pass a federal gas tax holiday? Will N.J. suspend its gas tax?

Published: Jun. 22, 2022

President Joe Biden is calling on Congress to pass a three-month federal gas tax holiday to give Americans some relief at the pump.

However, people within his own party, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are skeptical the move will provide much benefit to consumers.

Meanwhile, Biden is also urging states across the country to suspend their own gas taxes to help alleviate pain further.

But New Jersey leaders reiterated Wednesday it would be difficult to suspend the Garden State’s gas tax.

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‘Jersey Is Taking Over’: N.J. Hoopers Outshine the Shadow of New York

Naasir Cunningham is the top-ranked boys’ basketball player in the class of 2024, part of a wave of talent from New Jersey.Credit...
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Elliot Cadeau was born in Brooklyn, but he doesn’t have any memories of living in the borough. When he was 3 months old, his parents packed up their possessions, strapped him into his car seat and decamped to New Jersey.

Growing up in West Orange, Cadeau became a Jets fan. His mother, who is from Sweden, and his father, who is from Haiti, had a hard time understanding the popularity of American professional football, but they indulged their son’s obsession — to a point. He was allowed to paint his room in the Jets’ colors of green and white, but he wasn’t allowed to play the sport. His mother thought it would be too dangerous. Instead, she suggested that her 7-year-old son try out for a basketball team.

Ten years later, Cadeau became a star at Bergen Catholic High School and a top-10 recruit in the class of 2024. And he’s part of an elite group of New Jersey high school basketball players who may be among the best contingent of talent the state has ever produced. He will be transferring to Link Academy in Missouri for the 2022-23 season.

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U.S. Supreme Court to decide who will win fight between N.J. and N.Y. over waterfront watchdog

Published: Jun. 21, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court will finally decide whether New Jersey can, in fact, walk away from an agreement it made nearly 70 years ago.

After ordering a temporary halt in March to the state’s planned unilateral exit from the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, the high court on Tuesday said it will consider arguments over whether Trenton lawmakers could legally able break the 1953 bi-state compact with New York creating the watchdog agency.

New York went to the Supreme Court earlier this year, arguing that they could not.

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In Newark, Summit Event Brings Officials, Community Leaders Together to Tackle Bias Crime

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