New Commissioner Calls For Transportation Tax, New Tunnel, Expanded Light Rail


Jamie FoxCredit: Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox To new Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox, the challenge is clear, and so is the solution: After years of “taking a Band-Aid approach to everything,” New Jersey’s transportation system is in crisis. The only way out is to raise taxes to replenish the soon-to-be-empty Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) and… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker

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photo via facebook

Olivia Nuzzi’s, The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy, at TheDailyBeast.com should be read by every New Jersey voter before election day on November 4th.  Please read it and share it widely.

Nuzzi, a Middletown native who interned for Vin Gopal’s 2011 Assembly race and wrote for MMM and the triCityNews before emerging as a nationally prominent political reporter, while helping to bring down Andrew Wiener along the way, has grown into a unique story teller with a commitment to telling the truth regardless of the political fallout.

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Posted: October 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 U.S. Senate race, Cory Booker, Jeff Bell, New Jersey, Olivia Nuzzi | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Quarantine expires Monday for many, but worries remain


ebolaWASHINGTON — The first wave of people, including the fiancee of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan, will emerge from a state-ordered, 21-day Ebola quarantine Monday, which should probably spark relief in a region that desperately wants to escape the shadow of the disease. But church officials are considering extra security for Louise Troh and her sons,… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Ebola, News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Supreme Court allows Texas to require photo IDs for voting

Supreme CourtWASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court early Saturday morning let a new Texas voter ID law take effect, the latest ruling in a series of decisions on voting laws in the states just weeks before midterm elections. The court’s decision means Texas voters starting Oct. 20 must present one of several forms of photo identification. “We… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: News, U.S. Supreme Court | Tags: , , | 12 Comments »

Gov. Christie signs revised N.J. sports betting bill

IMG_9501New Jersey Governor Christie on Friday signed a revised sports betting bill, and Monmouth Park officials almost simultaneously said they would offer betting on National Football League games at the horse track on Oct. 26. “The Governor’s signature on S2460 earlier today is a wire-to-wire winner for horse racing, the gaming industry and the people of… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Casinos, Horse Racing Industry, Joe Kyrillos, Monmouth County, Monmouth Park, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Democratic Freeholder Candidate’s Arrest Was Not His First Offense

Giuseppe "Joe" Grillo, a Democratic candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder, was arrested in Neptune Twp on an outstanding warrant  from Asbury Park last April

Giuseppe “Joe” Grillo, a Democratic candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder, was arrested in Neptune Twp on an outstanding warrant from Asbury Park last April

Monmouth County Democratic Freeholder Candidate Giuseppe “Joe” Grillo  has been making light of his arrest for contempt of court in April.  He’s been mocking the issue as “Republicans campaigning about an unpaid parking ticket.”  The only official Republican reaction to Grillo’s arrest that we’ve seen is Chairman Shaun Golden’s quote to The Asbury Park Press, “If your own house isn’t in order, how are you going to manage a half a billion dollar budget?”

A deeper review of Grillo’s municipal court record in Asbury Park reveals that he has received 29 summonses, including 4 moving violations, from the city since he moved here from Essex County in 2006. “That’s a lot”, a municipal prosecutor who didn’t want to be named in this story said earlier this week.

On January 31, 2011, Grillo was ticketed for failure to observe a traffic control device at the intersection of Asbury and Grand.  Given Grillo’s spin during this campaign, we would expect him to tell The Asbury Park Press, “I observed it, I just didn’t know it applied to me.”

Grillo didn’t observe the deadline to pay the ticket or show up in court on March 4, 2011 either.  A warrant was issued for his arrest on March 9, 2011.  His bail was set at $110.00.

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Posted: October 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth Democrats | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Inside the Beltway: Back to normal for White House fundraising

It took the Ebola crisis to dampen White House enthusiasm for relentless fundraising. After a previous week filled with six moneymakers around the nation, President Obama canceled three similar events this week to tend the growing public distress over the disease and its threat. But prudence, perhaps, has ended. Come Sunday, Mr. Obama will whisk off… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

New Facebook Feature Designed To Help Users Touch Base In Case Of Emergency

 

Facebook has unveiled a new feature that most people probably wish they will never have to use: Safety Check, a tool designed to make it easier for members of the social network to keep in contact in case of natural disaster. Inspired by the use of technology and social media during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Media, Social Media | Tags: , | No Comments »

Large Heroin Trafficking Ring Busted

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman

Fourteen members of a major Jersey shore drug trafficking organization (DTO) were arrested this morning by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The DTO is alleged to be a large-scale supplier of heroin and cocaine in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman joined representatives of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the DEA in announcing the arrests at the Prosecutor’s satellite office in Asbury Park.

A total of 22 defendants were charged in two complaints. 7 remain at large and one has been in custody since September on other charges.

Herve Cadet, a/k/a “Gotti,” a/k/a “Bro,” 29, of Neptune and Sayreville, New Jersey; and Eric Smith, a/k/a “EV,” a/k/a “E,” 42, of Manchester, New Jersey are the alleged leaders of the DTO. Smith is the defendant who has been incarcerated since September.

“The criminal complaints describe drug trafficking operations that have been responsible for sizable quantities of illegal narcotics on the streets of Asbury Park, Neptune Township, and the surrounding towns,” U.S. Attorney Fishman said. “We hope and expect that today’s arrests will make a real difference to the drug trafficking trade in these counties. This is not the last that you will hear from us in this fight.”
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Posted: October 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Heroin, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor, New Jersey, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Dallas hospital denies accusations of sloppy Ebola procedures

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Thursday morning sent out a point-by-point statement about allegations of sloppy procedures made Wednesday by the union National Nurses United. Here is the hospital’s statement in full: “National Nurses United recently made allegations regarding the protocols and equipment in place during Thomas Eric Duncan’s treatment at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. The… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Ebola | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »