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Jan 09, 2014 Bridge scandal: Chris Christie, in me-me-me mode, is very sad. Very.

QUOTE: Not once in nearly 120 minutes did Christie describe the damage that was caused when his deputy chief of staff and his appointee to the Port Authority of New York decided to take revenge on the Democratic mayor who did not endorse their boss for reelection by closing off lanes to the bridge, causing three days of massive gridlock.

Los Angeles Times
Dec 09, 2012 Same-Sex Issue Pushes Justices Into Overdrive

QUOTE: The speed with which the court is moving has some gay rights advocates bracing for a split decision. The court could strike down the federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act, saying that the meaning of marriage is a matter for the states to decide. At the same time, it could reject the idea that the Constitution requires states to allow same-sex marriage, saying that the meaning of marriage is a matter for the states to decide....However the court rules in the California case, its very decision to consider it is a change from the caution of an earlier era.

New York Times
Mar 16, 2012 Jury Finds Spying in Rutgers Dorm Was a Hate Crime

QUOTE: A former Rutgers University student was convicted on Friday on all 15 charges he had faced for using a webcam to spy on his roommate having sex with another man, a verdict poised to broaden the definition of hate crimes in an era when laws have not kept up with evolving technology....The case set off a debate about whether hate-crime statutes are the best way to deal with bullying.

New York Times
Dec 23, 2011 CIA report: No issue with spy agency's partnership with N.Y. police

QUOTE: the agency helped police conduct covert surveillance on Muslims living in New York, raising broader civil liberty questions about the legality of the methods and scope of federal efforts to counter terrorism.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Aug 24, 2011 In New Jersey, Rules Are Changed on Witness IDs

QUOTE: The New Jersey Supreme Court, acknowledging a “troubling lack of reliability in eyewitness identifications,” issued sweeping new rules on Wednesday making it easier for defendants to challenge such evidence in criminal cases.

New York Times
Jun 15, 2011 Report: Newark airport screeners targeted Mexicans and Dominicans

QUOTE: Security screeners at Newark Liberty International Airport singled out Mexican and Dominican passengers for nearly two years, according to a federal report obtained by The Star-Ledger newspaper. The racial profiling was so prevalent in 2008 and 2009 that some TSA employees at the airport referred to their colleagues as "Mexican hunters," a Star-Ledger story based on the 2010 internal report said.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Feb 20, 2011 New Jersey TV Station Is Accused of Failing Its Audience

QUOTE: The F.C.C.’s inquiry, announced on Thursday, was prompted by complaints from media activists who say that since the cutbacks, WWOR has overstated its coverage in filings to the F.C.C.

New York Times
Sep 24, 2009 F.D.A. Reveals It Fell to a Push by Lawmakers

QUOTE: The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that four New Jersey congressmen and its own former commissioner unduly influenced the process that led to its decision last year to approve a patch for injured knees, an approval it is now revisiting.

New York Times
Aug 20, 2009 Debate still rages over new N.J. national park

QUOTE: The battle over the park [Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park in New Jersey], authorized by legislation signed by President Obama this spring, reflects two competing views of how to run national parks...

Jul 26, 2009 In New Jersey, Ideal Conditions for Corruption

QUOTE: As 44 people walked before cameras last week, their hands in cuffs, after they were arrested in the state’s biggest corruption scandal in years — but not, to be sure, that many years — even their most scandal-fatigued constituents, from the gritty precincts of Journal Square in Jersey City to the glittering new condominiums on the Hudson in Hoboken, began to wonder: Why is New Jersey so unshakably corrupt?

New York Times
Jul 23, 2009 2 N.J. Mayors Arrested in Broad Inquiry on Corruption

QUOTE: The mayors of Hoboken and Secaucus, two state assemblymen, five rabbis and dozens of others were rounded up early Thursday as the F.B.I. swept across New Jersey and Brooklyn as part of a two-year corruption and international money-laundering investigation...

New York Times
Feb 20, 2008 Commission Report Cites Flaws in New Jersey Civil Union Law

QUOTE: highlighting problems encountered by hundreds of the nearly 2,400 couples who have obtained civil unions in the year since they were created, the report suggested that the [New Jersey] law is not fulfilling its mandate of providing same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexuals.

New York Times
Jan 24, 2008 Newark Editor Sues Police, Charging Rights Violation

QUOTE: The editor of a Brazilian community newspaper who said he was detained by the police in September sued the [New York] Police Department on Wednesday, saying that his rights were violated when officers demanded that he hand over photographs of a crime scene and handcuffed him to a bench when he refused.

New York Times
Jan 13, 2008 On the Lookout for Out-of-District Students

QUOTE: Clifton is hardly the only district searching for students sneaking into its schools....And there are many ways to find students who don’t belong. Bounties, detectives, stakeouts with cameras, and hot lines that receive tips from anonymous callers are tools that some school districts use to combat the perennial problem of illegally enrolled students.

New York Times
Jan 01, 2008 Electronic Passports Raise Privacy Issues

QUOTE: The [new passport] cards can be read wirelessly from 20 feet, offering convenience to travelers but raising security and privacy concerns about the possibility of data being intercepted.

Washington Post
Dec 30, 2007 So Many Crimes, and Reasons to Not Cooperate

QUOTE: discourage people from cooperating with the investigation of crimes — crimes committed against their own homes, their own neighbors, their own children....based on more than just fear of gang retaliation. It is also a consequence of their deep distrust of the local police and prosecutors and politicians.

New York Times
Dec 02, 2007 In a Progressive State, a City Where Gay Life Hangs by a Thread

QUOTE: But for gay men, lesbians and transgender people, there are additional obstacles that are seldom acknowledged: gay bashings, H.I.V., open hostility from many religious leaders and sometimes callous treatment by the police.

New York Times
Nov 19, 2007 Keeping Witnesses Off Stand to Keep Them Safe

QUOTE: In cities struggling with gang-related crimes, like Trenton and Newark, detectives said that even on the infrequent occasions when they find civilian witnesses who might be willing to testify, investigators are wary about pressuring them to appear in court. That reluctance is based on a fear that the authorities might not be able to protect witnesses from retaliation.

New York Times
Nov 07, 2007 New Jersey Voters Defeat Stem Cell Measure

QUOTE: Supporters had argued that the borrowing would help pay for research that could help deliver New Jersey from financial distress by bringing additional tax revenue and tens of thousands of jobs to the state. Critics, by contrast, said that New Jersey could not afford to add to the state’s surging debt load of $30 billion.

New York Times
Oct 02, 2007 N.J. Wants Rules for Health Plan Blocked: Lawsuit Says Children Would Suffer

QUOTE: Seven other states, including Maryland, promised to do the same if President Bush vetoes legislation that would renew and extend the State Children's Health Insurance Program. The program, known as SCHIP, targets children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to buy insurance.

Washington Post
Aug 25, 2007 Newark Slayings Stoke Immigration Debate

QUOTE: ...New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram ordered all local authorities in the state to ask about immigration status after arrests on offenses including robbery, assault, rape, murder and drunken driving, and to notify federal officials if a suspect is in the country illegally.

Washington Post
Jul 24, 2007 Smoking Ban Is Proposed In Drug Centers

QUOTE: [Although] state officials say a deeper understanding about addiction triggers and the dangers of tobacco has changed the consensus on the best way to treat users .... this approach is not undisputed in the scientific community.

New York Times
May 10, 2007 Parents and District Settle Dispute on Teacher’s Religious Remarks

QUOTE: The Kearny Board of Education in New Jersey and the parents of Matthew LaClair, a 17-year-old junior at Kearny High School, settled their dispute on Tuesday night about a teacher who proselytized in class. The settlement will include training for teachers and students about the separation of church and state and a public statement by the board praising Matthew for bringing the matter to its attention.

New York Times
Dec 31, 2006 States Take Lead on Ethics Rules for Lawmakers

QUOTE: Several states, responding to the federal scandals as well as their own statehouse imbroglios, have already adopted more sweeping gift and travel bans, broader measures to end the central role of lobbyists or government contractors in financing campaigns and new public campaign financing intended to reduce lawmakers’ dependence on big donors.

New York Times
Dec 18, 2006 Talk in Class Turns to God, Setting Off Public Debate on Rights

QUOTE: While science teachers, particularly in the Bible Belt, have been known to refuse to teach evolution, the controversy here, 10 miles west of Manhattan, hinges on assertions Mr. Paszkiewicz made in class, including how a specific Muslim girl would go to hell.

New York Times
Dec 15, 2006 N.J. Legislature Votes to Allow Same-Sex Unions

QUOTE: With a mandate from New Jersey's highest court to offer gay couples the same rights as heterosexuals, the state legislature voted Thursday to create civil unions but stopped short of using the word "marriage."

Washington Post
Oct 26, 2006 N.J. Ruling Mandates Rights for Gay Unions: State Court Does Not Specify 'Marriage'

QUOTE: The New Jersey Supreme Court left the door ajar for the approval of same-sex marriage Wednesday, ruling that gay couples are entitled to rights no different from those of heterosexual couples.

Washington Post
Oct 19, 2006 The Hard Part: New Mayor Tests His Promises on Newark’s Reality

QUOTE: After a campaign in which Mr. Booker sailed into City Hall with a landslide 72 percent of the vote to replace Sharpe James, the 20-year incumbent mired in accusations of malfeasance, he has found running New Jersey’s largest city more challenging than he ever expected. To watch his new team up close is to witness the clash between political promises and the nitty gritty of governing, to see goals and plans sidelined by the realpolitik of race and budget gaps, and to experience the frustratingly sluggish pace of change.

New York Times
Aug 20, 2006 Hospitals Grew With Medicare Paying the Way

QUOTE: What happened at this health care system, based largely in suburbs throughout New Jersey, is representative of how hundreds of hospitals around the country, facing pressures from cuts in reimbursements by private insurers, improperly charged the taxpayer-financed Medicare program billions of dollars.

New York Times
Jul 23, 2006 Dropping a Few Sports at Rutgers, and Putting Pressure on Trenton

QUOTE: '“Rutgers’s response is very similar to what local governments used to pull when the state would cut state aid,” said David P. Rebovich, managing director of the Rider University Institute for New Jersey Politics. “What towns used to say is, ‘We’re going to start laying off cops.'"'

New York Times
Dec 20, 2005 One-Party Rulers Need to Count Again

QUOTE: government has done what it considers important and has used misleading numbers to obscure the true costs....President Bush and his Republican supporters, claiming to be conservatives, spend the Social Security surplus on other things and are hocking the country to the eyeballs.

Washington Post
Jun 10, 2005 Horseshoe Crabs' Decline Further Imperils Shorebirds: Mid-Atlantic States Searching for Ways to Reverse Trend

QUOTE: "'It's appalling that you would destroy one of the great wildlife spectacles in the world so a few guys could make money scooping up horseshoe crabs for bait,'...Watermen in 15 states along the Atlantic coast, on the other hand, resent the regulators who have limited their horseshoe crab take since 1998."

Washington Post
Nov 02, 2004 G.O.P. in Ohio Can Challenge Voters at Polls

QUOTE: a Federal appeals court ruled early Tuesday morning that the Republican Party could place thousands of people inside polling places to challenge the eligibility of voters, a blow to Democrats who argued those challengers will intimidate minority voters.

New York Times
Jul 31, 2004 Associates' Scandals Taint N.J. Governor's Reputation

QUOTE: Even by the ethically elastic standards of politics here, the boyish-looking governor of New Jersey has suffered one long headache this month. It has been a bad decade or three for public officials in the Garden State.

Washington Post
May 21, 2003 Police kill bear that hit boy, 2

QUOTE: It didn't seem to be an angry attack, but more of a swat made out of curiosity or playfulness (New Jersey)
Feb 11, 2003 Pair suing N.J. troopers over profiling

QUOTE: Rigoberto and Maria Martinez can't say for sure why a New Jersey state trooper pulled them over early one morning two years ago...But they think they were stopped because they are Hispanic...

Philadelphia Inquirer
Feb 05, 2003 MDs demand tort reform at large Statehouse rally

QUOTE: Doctors gathered on the Statehouse steps in Trenton to protest soaring malpractice premiums on the second day of an unprecedented physician work stoppage that will continue "indefinitely," according to Robert S. Rigolosi, president of the Medical Society of New Jersey. (New Jersey)
Jan 21, 2003 Prison policy decried

QUOTE: Those opposed to the new (anti-nepotism) policy contend it amounts to an invasion of privacy, requiring them to report anything from dating to an extra-marital affair. (New Jersey)
Jan 19, 2003 Years of Chaos, Piled in Newark Child Care Office

QUOTE: The disarray plaguing New Jersey's child welfare system, and its potential consequences, became tragically apparent...when a 7-year-old, Faheem Williams, was found dead in the same basement of a home in north Newark where two of his bothers had been locked in, starving and beaten.

New York Times
Oct 17, 2002 McGreevey Comes to the Defense of State's Embattled Police Chief

QUOTE: This week, Mr. Santiago has been battered by accusations that he acted improperly when he requested that subordinates give him files on any investigations involving him.

New York Times
Oct 03, 2002 Court Orders Lautenberg Put on Ballot: GOP to Appeal N.J. Justices' Ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

QUOTE: Republicans immediately announced plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to keep Sen. Robert G. Torricelli (D) on the ballot despite his withdrawal from the race on Monday.

Washington Post
Oct 02, 2002 New Jersey Dispute on Torricelli Stand-In Heads to Court

QUOTE: ...Democrats and Republicans headed for the New Jersey Supreme Court today to argue over whether a candidate picked by the Democrats to replace Robert G. Torricelli in the race can be placed on the Nov. 5 ballot.

New York Times
Jul 30, 2002 Our Banana Republics

QUOTE: recent years many states have been run like banana republics. Responsibility gave way to political opportunism, and in some cases to mob rule.

New York Times
May 19, 2001 Group's Role in Torricelli Campaign Under Scrutiny

QUOTE: the Bergen County group paid thousands of dollars in salaries and other expenses for Mr. Torricelli's successful Senate campaign -- an arrangement that may have violated federal election laws...

New York Times