Booker to campaign in Montana next month

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Senator Cory Booker is slated to travel to Montana next month (h/t The Auditorto raise money for local Democrats.

Booker is considered a frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, despite his denials of interest in the office. We can expect him to make quite of few trips to Iowa and New Hampshire over the next couple years.  But Montana?  Montana’s 3 electoral votes have gone to the Republican candidate in each presidential election since 1952 when General Dwight D. Eisenhower defeated Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson, except 1964 and 1992. President Trump beat Hillary Clinton in Montana by over 20%.

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Posted: February 21st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Cartoons, Cory Booker, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

N.J. bail system just went through massive change on who stays locked up. Is it working?

TRENTON — Since the start of the new year, thousands of New Jerseyans charged with crimes have passed through courthouse metal detectors and into the new reality prosecutors, judges and defense attorneys had been bracing for since 2014, when the Garden State started to move away from a cash bail system. The stakes set by the… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: February 21st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , | No Comments »

N.J. bail reform opponents lose first challenge to overhaul enacted by Christie

TRENTON — Opponents of the sweeping changes to New Jersey’s bail system that took effect this year suffered a defeat Wednesday when an oversight body threw out their case. The state Council on Local Mandates, an obscure panel with the power to strike down laws if it determines they don’t meet the New Jersey constitution’s “state… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: February 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Christie Signs Opioid Treatment Mandate, Prescription Limit

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Governor Chris Christie signed legislation today that compels New Jersey health insurance companies to cover inpatient care to opioid addicts, implements a 5 day limit on the first prescription for opioid painkillers, and requires doctors to discuss the dangers of opioid addiction with patients.

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Posted: February 15th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, Amy Handlin, Chris Christie, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Will Christie’s bail reform be killed by small but powerful N.J. council?

TRENTON — A small but powerful state oversight body is slated to hear arguments Wednesday in a fight over whether New Jersey’s massive bail system overhaul is unconstitutional. The Council on Local Mandates, which has the power to strike down laws if it determines they don’t meet the New Jersey constitution’s “state mandate, state pay” requirement,… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: February 15th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

The breast news of the day

Playboy has reversed its 2015 decision to drop nudes from the magazine, its chief content officer Cooper Hefner, son of Hugh, announced Monday. “I’ll be the first to admit that the way in which the magazine portrayed nudity was dated, but removing it entirely was a mistake,” Hefner tweeted. “Nudity was never the problem because nudity… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: February 13th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Christie acts to clear names of N.J. defendants found not guilty of crimes

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie on Friday signed a new law requiring prosecutors in New Jersey to take down or update public statements about people who have been acquitted of crimes. The bill’s sponsors hailed its passage as a way to clean up the online reputations of those found not guilty, but the measure also raises… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: February 13th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Christie breaks silence, scoffs at ‘loony’ Bridgegate trial claims

NEWARK — Ending a nearly five-month drought on taking questions from New Jersey reporters that began at the start of the Bridgegate trial, Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday said he won’t provide answers for every “loony” thing that was said during the trial. The governor, speaking at a drug rehabilitation event in Newark, briefly scolded reporters… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: February 1st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

FDU Public Mind Poll: New Jersey’s Government Is Inept

Voters Give Christie, Legislature low marks. No confidence in government impacting addiction crisis, State is on the wrong track

State of the State 2017(Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

The vast majority of New Jersey voters, 74%, think individuals and families should be most responsible for ensuring that those seeking treatment for alcohol and drug treatment find what they need, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind Poll released this morning. 22% think government should be most responsible for getting addicts help.

Those who favor personal and family responsibility over government intervention include 64% of Democrats, 82% of Independents and 87% of Republicans.  60% said the know someone personally who is or was addicted to alcohol or drugs.  70% said they know someone who has died as a result of addiction.

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Posted: January 31st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, News, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

The Jersey Report Delivers “Drudge-Style” News

“Good artists copy. Great artists steal.”

—Pablo Picasso

By Greg Kelly

I’m a news hunter—by training and temperament. I’m always in search of “quality content” on the internet. It’s not easy to find.

I’ve been a huge fan of the Drudge Report website for a long time. It’s been my go-to website for news for over 20 years now. And I’ve even passed the habit down to my children. My son and daughter both tell me they visit a lot for their news.

For a frequent e-reader like me, Drudge is the ultimate news aggregator. While that site is nearly always my kickoff point for digital news searching, it pleases me to no end to learn that I can now get the same treatment when it comes to news about New Jersey. All thanks to the Jersey Report (the URL is really spelled www.jersreport.com). It’s a timely and telling new look at our home territory.

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Posted: January 26th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »