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Hundreds Accompany Casket of Late NJ Congressman Donald Payne

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hundreds of Newark residents have accompanied the casket of Congressman Donald Payne to the city church where he will be eulogized.

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WNYC News

Parking Fees Raised at Some Area Beaches

Monday, March 12, 2012

WNYC

People looking for a nice day at the beach this summer may be in for some sticker shock. Parking a car at some area beaches will cost 50- to 100-percent more this summer than last.

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Thousands Expected at Viewings for Late NJ Congressman Donald Payne Sr.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Thousands of mourners are expected to attend the public viewings for a longtime lawmaker Donald Payne Sr., the first black congressional member from New Jersey, who died last week.

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[The name of Congresssman Payne's 53 year son Donald Payne Jr has been the most widely mentioned to succeed Payne who in 1988 became the first African American to represent the state of New Jersey in Congress. Payne's son is no stranger to politics and is currently President of the Newark City Council as well as an Essex County Freeholder(s). The 10th distirct is mostly made up of Essex County, but also includes portions of Hudson and Union counties. Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver's name has also surfaced as a possible successor as has Newark City Councilman Ron Rice.  Because the 10th district's political make-up is predominantly Democratic the winner of the June primary is expected to win the November General election. For WNYC I am Bob Hennell

 

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New Jersey News

NJ Voters Face 3 Different Tax Cut Plans

Friday, March 09, 2012

Last month, Gov. Chris Christie was criticized by Democrats for his 10 percent income tax cut proposal. Now, Democrats are weighing in with tax cut proposals of their own.

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WNYC News

Employment Numbers Show Uptick in Hiring

Thursday, March 08, 2012

New York City experienced record-breaking job growth in January. Employers added 31,200 jobs — the highest one month gain in the last 23 years — according to analysis of New York State Labor Department by the real estate firm Eastern Consolidated.  

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NJ Lobbyists Spent Record $73M in 2011: Report

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Lobbyists in New Jersey spent a record $73 million last year, according to a report by the state's Election Law Enforcement Commission released this week.

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The Takeaway

Richard Codey Pretends to Be Homeless: What's Your Take on the Senator's Actions?

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Last Monday, as most elected officials returned home, one state senator spent the night out… at a homeless shelter. Former New Jersey Governor Richard Codey is now a state senator from Essex and Morris Counties. On Monday night, disguised with a pasted-on gray beard and some effective make-up, the man who once ran New Jersey slept at the Goodwill Mission in Newark. His night out marked the end of a four-month investigation into the state’s services for the mentally ill. New Jersey, like a number of states across the country, has been hit with severe budget cuts in the wake of the financial crisis. Codey was determined to find out just how these service cuts have affected citizens in his district. 

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WNYC News

Atheist Evangelists Buy Billboards in NY, NJ

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Billboards targeting atheists in New York and New Jersey went up Wednesday with a simple message: “You know it’s a myth…you have a choice.” 

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New Jersey News

Christie, Lawmakers Agree to Fix Anti-Bullying Law

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Gov. Chris Christie and New Jersey lawmakers have agreed to fix the state's anti-bullying law. The law was struck down in January when a state panel found it was a financial burden to school districts.

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FBI Head in Newark Says NYPD Surveillance Has 'Strained' Relationships With Muslims

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The FBI special agent in charge of Newark’s office said the NYPD’s secret surveillance of Muslims in the city has undermined long-standing relationships that his office and state counter-terrorism personnel have worked hard to develop over the past decade.

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NJ Governor Christie Will Work With Sweeney on Tax Cut Plan

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Governor Chris Christie says it's a good day for New Jerseyans because the Democratic leader of the state Senate agrees that residents deserve an income tax break.

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New Jersey News

Newark Residents Speak Out on Rutgers Merger

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Newark residents ripped into New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's plan to reorganize the state's public universities and medical and dental school at a public hearing Tuesday.

 

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WNYC News

NY, NJ, CT Politicians Seek Minimum Wage Increase

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Legislative leaders from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are pushing a novel, unified approach to promote higher minimum wages, hoping to spur a national movement and eliminate a major argument of opponents in the Northeast who say hikes hinder a state's competitiveness.

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New Jersey News

NJ Rep. Donald Payne Dies at 77

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Payne was New Jersey's first black congressman. The 12-term member of the House had announced in February that he was undergoing treatment for colon cancer and would continue to represent his district.

 

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New Jersey News

Watch Live: Governor Chris Christie on NJ Budget

Monday, March 05, 2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the state's budget and his new proposals to close revenue gaps in a press conference Monday morning.

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WNYC News

Former Newark Police Chief Pledges No NYPD-style Spying in Chicago

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Chicago's police superintendent is pledging publicly that his force will never conduct blanket surveillance of Muslims like the New York Police Department did in Newark, N.J., when he was chief there.

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New Jersey News

NJ Muslims, Officials Discuss NYPD Program

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Muslim leaders say New Jersey's attorney general stopped short of promising a formal investigation into New York Police Department surveillance operations in the state during a meeting they characterized as a positive first step.

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New Jersey News

Man With Tyler Clementi Says He Noticed Webcam in Dorm Room

Friday, March 02, 2012

The other man who allegedly had his privacy invaded in the Rutgers webcam spying trial took the witness stand Friday. The 32-year-old man, identified only as M.B, testified that Ravi's webcam, which was mounted on the top of his desktop computer, was pointing directly at Clementi's bed.

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WNYC News

Watch | President Obama Honors Iraq War Veterans

Thursday, March 01, 2012

WNYC

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to U.S. military members who served in Iraq by hosting a dinner Wednesday night. As the president explained, it was an opportunity “to express those simple words that we can never say enough: thank you.”

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New Jersey News

NJ Governor Chris Christie Critical of NYPD Surveillance Secrecy

Thursday, March 01, 2012

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie kept up his criticism of the New York Police Department on Thursday saying the department ignored one of the key lessons of the 9/11 attacks when it conducted secret surveillance of Muslim communities in New Jersey: sharing information.

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