Why the feds are interested in the bugs in your Valentine’s flowers

assetContentNEWARK — Before Valentine’s Day shoppers pick up that floral bouquet for their sweethearts, a small army of federal agents behind the scenes made sure that the gift was a beautiful gift of cut flowers, and nothing else. Particularly, no Tetranychus sp., Aphididae or Agromyzidae. In the vernacular, that’s mites, black so-called “leaf miner” flies and… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 11th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Christie ends his presidential campaign

Governor Chris Christie publicly suspended his presidential campaign moments ago with the following statement posted on facebook:

I ran for president to say that the government needs to once again work for the people, not the people work for the government. And while running for president I tried to reinforce what I have always believed – that speaking your mind matters, that experience matters, that competence matters and that it will always matter in leading our nation. That message was heard by and stood for by a lot of people, but just not enough and that’s ok. I have both won elections that I was supposed to lose and I’ve lost elections I was supposed to win and what that means is you never know what will happen. That is both the magic and the mystery of politics – you never quite know when which is going to happen, even when you think you do. And so today, I leave the race without an ounce of regret. I’m so proud of the campaign we ran, the people that ran it with me and all those who gave us their support and confidence along the way. Mary Pat and I thank you for the extraordinary display of loyalty, friendship, understanding and love.

Strap on your seat belts, New Jersey.

Posted: February 10th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, February 12-14, 2016

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, February 12

  • Valentine’s Day with Megan Hilty at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) –MORE INFO
  • Chapter Two at Center Playhouse (Freehold) –MORE INFO
  • Substance of Bliss by NJ Repertory Company (Long Branch) –MORE INFO
  • Bad Seed by Monmouth Players (Atlantic Highlands) – MORE INFO
  • Rumors by South Street Players (Spring Lake) – MORE INFO
  • NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibit (WLB) MORE INFO
  • 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking Exhibit (Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • Radio Technology Museum Open at InfoAge (Wall Twp.) – MORE INFO
  • Beautiful Childhood: Permanent Collection Portraits (Freehold) – MORE INFO

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Posted: February 10th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Case dismissed against squirrel rescuer

Maria Vaccarella squirellsThe State’s case against Maria Vaccarella was dismissed in Howell Municipal Court this morning.

Doris Lin, Esq., Vaccarella’s pro-bono defense counsel, argued that the statute that her client was charged under does not apply to rescuing abandoned baby squirrels, but rather to the possession of exotic pets and animals.  Judge James M. Newman, the Presiding Judge of Monmouth County Municipal Courts, agreed and dismissed the charges.

Vaccarella came to the aid of a squirrel that had fallen out of a tree last year and then gave birth to two infants.  Vaccarella left the babies outdoors in cage for a day and then took them in when the mother failed to return.  She named the baby squirrels George and Lola and bottle nursed them for four months after a registered wildlife rehabilitators refused to take them, she said.

Vaccarella shared photos and videos of the growing a squirrels on her facebook feed, which led to a visit from Fish and Wildlife officials who took the babies and sent her a summons that indicated a $500 fine.  During her first appearance in Freehold Township Municipal Court, the Judge told Vacarells that the fine could be $1000 and a six month jail sentence was possible.

Vaccarella rejected a plea deal with no fine and $35 in Court costs last month.

What are you doing this weekend?

Posted: February 10th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 8 Comments »

Opinion: Hope and Optimism Killed Christie’s Chances

By Art Gallagher

christie1Governor Chris Christie has been called, by friend and foes alike, the best political communicator since Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton. Yet, after abandoning his post in New Jersey for the better part of two years in his quest for the presidency, the voters in Iowa and New Hampshire were unmoved by his talent.

As pundits and strategists dissect Christie’s failure, so far none have pointed to the obvious: Christie’s entitlement reform plan. Christie promised a harder future.

Donald Trump’s campaign in a variation of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.  “Yes we can” has been replaced by “Make America Great Again.”
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Posted: February 10th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

Obama carbon emissions rule halted by Supreme Court

Obama_Climate_Change-300x142The Supreme Court halted the EPA’s major anti-global warming initiative late Tuesday evening, dealing a major blow to President Obama’s hopes of overseeing a green energy transition in his final year in office. The 5-4 decision by the court puts the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation on hold while a lower appeals court hears states’ challenge to… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 10th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Barack Obama, Climate Change | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Christie returns to New Jersey. Will decide future in presidential campaign today

A somber Governor Chris Christie congratulated Donald Trump on winning the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary, thanked his family and supporters and announced that he is returning to New Jersey to wait for the final results of the primary before determining whether to continue his quest for the presidency.

Christie said the decision would depend on whether he comes in fifth or sixth in New Hampshire when the final count is announced and on what is best for “my family, my state and for my country.”

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Posted: February 10th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics | Tags: , | No Comments »

Trump and Sanders win N.H. primary, Christie trails early

assetContentNASHUA, N.H. — Businessman Donald Trump and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire primaries Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Gov. Chris Christie, who had staked his campaign on doing well in the first 2016 presidential primary, was trailing other key Republican candidates in early returns. Trump, who has led opinion polls for months,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 9th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Donald Trump | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

Success strikes impossibly fast for Keansburg/Middletown rockers

assetContent (61)KEANSBURG — In terms of a band’s life cycle, Can’t Swim is an embryo. The raucous Keansburg four-piece recorded its first EP over the summer, and has yet to rock a single gig. The band released its first single — the first bit of music anyone has ever heard from them — in December. But nevertheless,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 9th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Keansburg, Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Another Christie Hug

Christie hugging HillaryChris Christie reaches out to Hillary Clinton on the CNN stage. (Credit: Twitter) Gov. Chris Christie, who just won high praise for his blunt presidential debate attack on Sen. Marco Rubio, caused a bit of a social media swirl with a photograph that captured him stepping toward Democrat Hillary Clinton, arms stretched wide, poised to give… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 9th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »