With Swag and Swagger, State Democrats Vie for Front of Presidential Primary Line

After Iowa’s disastrous 2020 caucuses, Democratic officials are weighing drastic changes to the 2024 calendar. States, angling for early attention, are waxing poetic. Behold, the New Jersey Turnpike!

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #illinois, #iowa, #michigan, #minnesota, #new-hampshire, #new-jersey, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #primaries-and-caucuses, #united-states-politics-and-government

These Homeowners Decided to Rent Again

Some homeowners looked at rising home prices and decided to get out while the going was still good. Now they’re renters again.

#content-type-service, #east-coast-us, #maryland, #miller-samuel-inc, #miller-jonathan-j, #new-jersey, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

Wildfire in New Jersey Could Become the State’s Largest in Years

The Mullica River fire in Wharton State Forest in South Jersey has burned about 12,000 acres. Officials have ruled out natural causes as the source of the blaze.

#forests-and-forestry, #new-jersey, #new-jersey-forest-fire-service, #wharton-state-forest-nj, #wildfires

New York Faces New Commuter Surge, Ready or Not, Study Suggests

The study appears to underscore the need for a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River, part of the huge and long-planned Gateway project.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #commuting, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #hudson-river-tunnels-project, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #regional-plan-assn, #transit-systems

Eavesdropping on the Secret Lives of Dolphins in New York Harbor

For two years, an array of six underwater microphones tracked the feeding noises of marine mammals newly prevalent in New York waters.

#animal-behavior, #dolphins-and-porpoises, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #new-york-harbor, #research, #your-feed-science

Kean Will Face Malinowski, and Another Menendez Is on the Rise

Tom Kean Jr., the son of a two-term governor, won a crowded Republican primary to take on Tom Malinowski, an embattled House Democrat. Robert Menendez Jr., the senator’s son, won a primary for an open seat.

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New Jersey Centrists Seek to Legalize Their Dream: The Moderate Party

A bipartisan alliance is trying to topple the state’s ban on fusion voting, a system under which third-party groups like the Working Families Party in New York have gained influence.

#law-and-legislation, #malinowski-tom, #new-jersey, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

Tom Kean’s Strategy in Run for Congress: Say Less

Ahead of next month’s primary, Tom Kean Jr., running in New Jersey’s most competitive House race, hopes to avoid alienating moderate swing voters while facing challengers from the right.

#elections-house-of-representatives, #kean-thomas-h, #kean-thomas-h-jr, #malinowski-tom, #new-jersey, #politics-and-government, #primaries-and-caucuses, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

Guy Fieri, Elder Statesman of Flavortown

TV’s spike-haired rhapsodist of roadside eats is still playing it for laughs. But he’s also winning food-world respect as a sort of graying eminence.

#celebrities, #chefs, #content-type-personal-profile, #diners-drive-ins-and-dives-tv-program, #fieri-guy, #new-jersey, #philanthropy, #restaurants, #television

$100 Million Film Studio to Rise From Rubble of Ex-Public Housing Site

Lionsgate Newark will include six large soundstages. It’s being built on the site of one of New Jersey’s first public housing projects.

#baraka-ras, #corporate-taxes, #halmi-robert-jr, #john-schreiber, #labor-and-jobs, #lionsgate, #movies, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-jersey-performing-arts-center, #newark-nj, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #television

Dr. Oz, Celebrity Candidate in the Pennsylvania Senate Race. What’s Trump Not to Like?

Mr. Trump is putting his faith in the political value of celebrity to its purest test yet.

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Sundiata Acoli, Black Nationalist Who Killed N.J. Trooper in ‘73, Wins Parole

Sundiata Acoli, who has dementia, will be freed to live with his daughter after serving 49 years for the death of Trooper Werner Foerster.

#acoli-sundiata, #black-liberation-army, #black-panther-party, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-jersey, #probation-and-parole

A Police Sergeant Nearly Died of Covid-19. He Was Unvaccinated.

Frank Talarico, a 47-year-old police sergeant, was hospitalized for 49 days with the coronavirus. “If I was vaccinated,” he said, “I wouldn’t have gotten as sick as I did.”

#coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #new-jersey, #public-safety-department-conn

Seeking Arms for Ukraine, Pentagon Buyers Scour Eastern European Factories

Soviet-designed ammunition is part of the ‘life blood’ for Ukrainian troops fighting Russia, and the United States is keeping it flowing.

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N.J. Legal Marijuana Sales Begin With Early Lines and Free Food

Recreational cannabis customers in the state can now legally buy up to an ounce of marijuana per sale.

#law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #new-jersey, #sales-and-excise-taxes

What Happens When New York’s Covid Alert Level Moves to Medium Risk?

The city will reach a yellow, or medium, risk level if new cases surpass 200 a week for every 100,000 residents. Here’s what that would mean.

#adams-eric-l, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #hospitals, #masks, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #transit-systems, #vaccination-and-immunization, #westchester-county-ny

Legal Marijuana Sales Will Start Next Thursday in New Jersey

All adults will be able to purchase cannabis at certain medical-marijuana dispensaries starting April 21.

#marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #new-jersey

Legal Marijuana Sales Expected to Start Within Weeks in New Jersey

A state commission has granted seven medical-marijuana companies permission to start selling cannabis to all adults at dispensaries.

#dianna-houenou, #entrepreneurship, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #new-jersey, #new-york-metropolitan-area

New Jersey Republican Stronghold Has State’s Worst Virus Death Rate

Ocean County, a predominantly white and middle-class community in central New Jersey, also has low vaccination rates.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #lakewood-nj, #new-jersey, #ocean-county-nj, #orthodox-judaism, #republican-party, #vaccination-and-immunization

New Jersey Sticking With Full-Serve Gas

A brief but intense push to change a law that forbids self-service gas stations stalled before it even revved up.

#automobile-service-and-charging-stations, #law-and-legislation, #new-jersey, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #polls-and-public-opinion, #scutari-nicholas

Olivia Miles, a Freshman, Leads Notre Dame Into the Round of 16

The point guard became the first freshman — woman or man — to record a triple-double in the N.C.A.A. tournament. Now she has Notre Dame playing in the round of 16 on Saturday.

#basketball-college, #bird-sue, #blair-academy, #clark-caitlin-2002, #colleges-and-universities, #content-type-personal-profile, #ivey-niele-1977, #miles-olivia, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #ncaa-basketball-championships-women, #new-jersey, #ogunbowale-arike, #university-of-notre-dame

Supreme Court Stops New Jersey From Dissolving Watchdog Agency

New York officials object to their neighbor’s move to eliminate an agency that was created to keep organized crime off the local docks.

#hochul-kathleen-c, #international-longshoremens-assn, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-shipping-assn, #new-york-state, #organized-crime, #organized-labor, #supreme-court-us, #waterfront-commission-of-new-york-harbor

How Did George Bratsenis End Up at the Center of a NJ Political Scandal?

George Bratsenis, a career criminal, is implicated in a plot that could grow into New Jersey’s next big public corruption scandal.

#bank-robberies, #bratsenis-george, #caddle-sean, #content-type-personal-profile, #galdieri-michael-d-2014, #new-jersey

Utility Bills Piled Up During the Pandemic. Will Shut-offs Follow?

Moratoriums have expired on turning off utilities for customers who have failed to pay their bills, prompting fears that thousands could be left in the dark.

#consolidated-edison-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-light-and-power, #heating, #natural-gas, #new-jersey, #new-york-city

Warehouses Transform N.Y.C. Neighborhoods as E-Commerce Booms

The region is home to the largest concentration of online shoppers in the country. The facilities, key to delivering packages on time, are reshaping neighborhoods.

#amazon-com-inc, #building-construction, #connecticut, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #long-island-ny, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #northeastern-states-us, #real-estate-commercial, #red-hook-brooklyn-ny, #shopping-and-retail, #supply-chain, #united-parcel-service-inc, #warehouses

Future of Agency Created to Keep Mob Off Docks Now Up to Supreme Court

New Jersey wants to dissolve a product of the “On the Waterfront” era. New York wants the country’s highest court to keep the bistate commission alive.

#christie-christopher-j, #international-longshoremens-assn, #james-letitia, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #new-york-shipping-assn, #new-york-state, #organized-crime, #organized-labor, #ships-and-shipping, #waterfront-commission-of-new-york-harbor

New Jersey Freight Firm Aids Ukrainian Civilians Facing War

After Russia’s invasion, Meest-America, which specializes in shipping goods to Eastern Europe, shifted to a singular focus.

#new-jersey, #philanthropy, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #ukrainian-americans, #volunteers-and-community-service, #warehouses

Gov. Murphy Tones Down Liberal Message in Bid for Suburban Voters

In the first budget address of his second term, Gov. Philip Murphy responded to New Jersey voters’ discontent at a time of surging gas costs and high taxes.

#affordable-housing, #budgets-and-budgeting, #governors-us, #midterm-elections-2022, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #politics-and-government, #property-taxes

How a Doula Helped Women Through Giving Birth During a Pandemic

As the maternal mortality rate surged during the pandemic, Niulquie McKinney, a doula and midwife, turned her attention to the most vulnerable mothers-to-be.

#babies-and-infants, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #home-births, #maternal-mortality, #midwives-and-doulas, #new-jersey, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #women-and-girls, #women-and-leadership-2022

New York City public schoolchildren head to the first day of class without masks.

#adams-eric-l, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-department-nyc, #hochul-kathleen-c, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-city

The 2 Political Operatives at the Center of a New Jersey Murder Mystery

As Sean Caddle has now admitted, sinister plots were more than just idle fantasy to him.

#africa-bomani, #caddle-sean, #campaign-finance, #codey-richard-j, #galdieri-michael-d-2014, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-jersey, #political-action-committees

Sale of Leases for Wind Farms Off New York Raises More Than $4 Billion

The auctioned areas are expected to generate enough power for nearly 2 million homes once turbines are built.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #atlantic-ocean, #auctions, #bureau-of-ocean-energy-management-regulation-and-enforcement, #energy-and-power, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #oceans-and-seas, #wind-power

How a Death-Row Inmate’s Embrace of Conservatism Led to His Release

In “Scoundrel,” Sarah Weinman examines the right-wing support network that helped free Edgar Smith from prison until he struck again.

#books-and-literature, #buckley-william-f-jr, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #national-review, #new-jersey, #news-and-news-media, #scoundrel-how-a-convicted-murderer-persuaded-the-women-who-loved-him-the-conservative-establishment-and-the-courts-to-set-him-free-book, #smith-edgar-h-jr, #weinman-sarah-1979

Two Teenagers Were Fighting. Only the Black One Was Handcuffed.

A video of the fight at a New Jersey mall circulated widely online. Gov. Philip D. Murphy said the appearance of “racially disparate treatment” was “deeply, deeply disturbing.”

#bridgewater-nj, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #new-jersey, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #shopping-centers-and-malls

Can This Family Get a Stake in the Big Business of Marijuana?

New Jersey’s cannabis law was partly designed to remedy wrongs in a criminal justice system that disproportionately ensnares Black and Latino people. But the hurdles for small-business owners are high.

#criminal-justice, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #new-jersey, #race-and-ethnicity, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

A Guide to Mask Requirements in N.Y., N.J. and Connecticut

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have all announced plans to loosen certain restrictions, but all of them continue to require masks in some places.

#connecticut, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-department-nys, #masks, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

New York Deer Infected With Omicron, Study Finds

White-tailed deer on Staten Island have become the first wild animals with documented Omicron infections. The coronavirus has now been found in deer in 15 states.

#animals, #antibodies, #arkansas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #deer, #illinois, #iowa, #kansas, #maine, #massachusetts, #minnesota, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #north-carolina, #ohio, #oklahoma, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #pennsylvania, #research, #staten-island-nyc, #tennessee, #veterinary-medicine, #virginia, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

School Mask Mandate to Be Lifted in New Jersey

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, New Jersey districts will be permitted to allow students and teachers to stop wearing masks.

#american-academy-of-pediatrics, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #education-k-12, #governors-us, #masks, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #politics-and-government

An ‘Eerily Similar’ Murder-for-Hire

New revelations about a killing in 2014 have prompted questions from the son of a New Jersey couple found dead in their home that year.

#airports, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #caddle-sean, #connecticut, #laguardia-airport-queens-ny, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-jersey, #new-york-city

Plea in Murder-for-Hire Plot Revives Questions About 2 Unsolved Deaths

The son of a New Jersey couple found dead in 2014 cites “eerily similar” circumstances in new revelations about a killing that year.

#caddle-sean, #cooper-health-system, #galdieri-michael-d-2014, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-jersey

Powerful Winter Storm Brings Whipping Winds and Heavy Snow to the Northeast

Forecasters called it a “bomb cyclone” and predicted that the Boston area would be hit particularly hard.

#airports, #boston-mass, #cold-and-cold-spells, #national-weather-service, #new-england-states-us, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #snow-and-snowstorms, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #weather, #wind

What We Learned About Pegasus, the Smartphone Cracker

Israel used the NSO Group’s cyberweapon as a tool of diplomacy. The F.B.I. tested it for domestic surveillance. Then everything soured. Here are highlights of a New York Times Magazine investigation.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #iran, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #new-jersey, #new-york-times, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

What to Do if You’ve Lost Your Covid-19 Vaccination Card

It never quite fit in your wallet, so it’s no surprise you may have misplaced it by now.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #excelsior-pass-mobile-app, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #illinois, #louisiana, #mobile-applications, #nebraska, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #states-us, #walgreen-co, #walmart-stores-inc

Political Consultant Admits Hiring 2 Men to Kill Longtime Associate

Sean Caddle, whose clients have included prominent New Jersey Democrats, pleaded guilty in a scheme that led to a fatal stabbing.

#crime-and-criminals, #democratic-party, #galdieri-michael, #jersey-city-nj, #menendez-robert, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-jersey, #sean-caddle, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Remote Work is Crippling New York City’s Commuter Rails

Before the pandemic, they relied on office workers, who paid up to $500 a month on tickets. At the M.T.A., those sales are down 75 percent.

#commuting, #connecticut, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #long-island-rail-road-co, #metro-north-commuter-railroad, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #port-authority-trans-hudson-path, #real-estate-commercial, #solomon-partners, #transit-systems

United by Sorrow, They Forged a Joyful Future

Christina Vance and Greg Winick met in 2010, when they worked together for a few weeks. Years later, after each had suffered hardship, they reconnected and started to build a relationship.

#new-jersey, #weddings-and-engagements

Firefighters Continue to Battle Large Blaze at Passaic Chemical Plant

Firefighters were still working to bring the fire under control on Saturday morning 14 hours after it erupted, but officials said residents did not need to evacuate.

#bergen-county-nj, #fires-and-firefighters, #new-jersey, #passaic-nj

Firefighters Battle Large Blaze at Passaic Chemical Plant

Mayor Hector Lora urged residents to shut their windows as smoke from the burning chlorine plant wafted through the region.

#bergen-county-nj, #fires-and-firefighters, #new-jersey, #passaic-nj

Families of Veterans Who Died of Covid Win $53 Million Legal Settlement

The New Jersey nursing home settlement is believed to be the first of its kind nationwide.

#compensation-for-damages-law, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #elder-care, #holyoke-soldiershome-holyoke-mass, #menlo-park-veterans-memorial-home, #new-jersey, #new-jersey-veterans-home-at-paramus, #nursing-homes, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #veterans

I-95 Near Washington, D.C., Is Closed After Deadly Snowstorm

Drivers reported being stranded for hours as part of the interstate, one of the country’s busiest travel corridors, was shut down after accidents involving several tractor-trailers.

#interstate-95, #maryland, #national-weather-service, #new-jersey, #north-carolina, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #tennessee, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #virginia, #washington-dc, #weather