Russians sentenced to prison in largest hacking prosecution in U.S. history

The numbers were staggering by any measure. More than 160 million credit card numbers were stolen. According to federal prosecutors, the losses were in excess of $311 million. And at least 17 large financial institutions, retailers and other entities that processed credit card transactions were hacked in an audacious and complex operation that operated under the… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: February 15th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, February 16-18, 2018

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, February 16

  • Bye Bye Birdie at Spring Lake Community House – MORE INFO
  • When Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet at BCC (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • Lovers & Other Strangers by Center Players (Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • Hot Latin Nights with the Mambo Kings at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Free Tax-Aide Program (Shrewsbury, Wall Twp.) – MORE INFO
  • Rare Wildlife Revealed Art Exhibit at Monmouth U. (WLB) – MORE INFO
  • Simulcast Racing at Monmouth Park (Oceanport) MORE INFO

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Posted: February 14th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Murphy fires Scharfenberger for skipping his press conference

Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger takes the Oath of Office on Feb 3.

Republican Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger was fired from his job in the Murphy administration this afternoon. PoliticsDW broke the story.

“I paid the price for not attending the press conference,” Scharfenberger said when reached by MMM.  The freeholder was referring to Governor Murphy’s event in Marlboro last week to promote his scheme to convert property taxes into charitable donations as workaround to the new federal tax law which caps the deduction for state and local taxes at $10,000.  Murphy claimed bi-partisan support for the scheme, but only five Democrat mayors from Monmouth County showed up to support the governor.

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Posted: February 12th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Gerry Scharfenberger, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , , , | 14 Comments »

Arnone Report: Freeholders continuing to cut budget

By Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone speaks at the NJTPA Board Meeting – Jan 22, 2018

I hope everyone is doing well! Despite the Groundhog’s prediction, we are only a few weeks away from the start of spring and warmer weather.

I would like to briefly discuss the budget my colleagues and I on the Board of Chosen Freeholders introduced during our meeting on February 8th.

As it currently stands, County taxes would increase by only 1 percent. However, I cannot stress enough that this budget is still a working draft with the opportunity, rather the goal, to make additional cuts to keep the tax levy as flat as possible. If the budget stayed the same and was adopted as-is, this would be the first slight tax increase in seven years while continuing to keep the great services and infrastructure improvements throughout the County.

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Posted: February 12th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County Budget, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Equifax data breach affecting 145M customers worse than initially disclosed

The Equifax data breach exposed more of consumers’ personal information than the company first disclosed last year, according to documents given to lawmakers. The credit reporting company announced in September that the personal information of 145.5 million consumers had been compromised in a data breach. It originally said that the information accessed included names, Social Security… Read the rest of this entry »

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Opinion: Two Wrongs Won’t Make It Right

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff In politics, being seen to do something is almost as important as actually doing it. So it was perhaps inevitable that aggrieved blue-state leaders in California, New York, and now New Jersey would push half-baked ideas for thwarting or working around the recent federal tax bill’s “devilish” limitation on state and local tax (SALT)… Read the rest of this entry »

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Hugin Expected To Make U.S. Senate Candidacy Official On Tuesday

Bob Hugin

Bob Hugin, the recently retired Executive Chairman of Celgene Corporation, has scheduled two announcement events for Tuesday, February 13, MMM has learned.

Republican insiders widely expect Hugin to announce that he will be a candidate for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.

The first event is scheduled to take place at the Springfield Elks Club at 10 a.m.  The afternoon event will be in Burlington County at VFW Post 3020 in Delran, 2 p.m.

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Posted: February 11th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Bob Hugin, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

CVS raises minimum wage for workers to $11, credits Trump tax cuts

CVS will raise the minimum wage for its workers to $11 an hour beginning in April, matching a move made by Target in the fall and Walmart in January. Citing tax savings created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the company said it will also adjust pay ranges and rates for many retail pharmacy technicians,… Read the rest of this entry »

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Pezzullo Says He Will Support Hugin For U.S. Senate

Bob Hugin and Rich Pezzullo

Rich Pezzullo declared that he would suspend his candidacy for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate if Bob Hugin, the recently retired Executive Chairman of Celgene Corporation becomes a candidate.

Speaking to several hundred Monmouth County Republicans at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, Pezzullo, of Freehold, said, ” I actually like the guy and trust him to advance our agenda vigorously and fearlessly. I encourage him to quit waffling and get into the race.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: February 10th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Bob Hugin, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | 12 Comments »

Oceanport Man Charged With Distributing Child Pornography

Kevin A. Long, 27, of Wolfhill Avenue in Oceanport, iwas charged with second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child in connection with the Distribution of Child Pornography and third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child in connection with the Possession of Child Pornography, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Long was arrested following a joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and federal Homeland Security Investigations. Evidence collected during the investigation suggests Long may have been engaging in inappropriate conversations with children online. Read the rest of this entry »

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