November 21, 2015 |
Pennsylvania leads the nation - and New Jersey is fourth - in drug overdose deaths among young adult men, according to a new analysis, raising the level of urgency about an epidemic that over the last decade has killed more than twice as many Americans as homicide. Bucks and Gloucester Counties led their respective states in overdose fatality rates among males ages 19 to 25 - each of them nearly three times Philadelphia's rate. In the eight-county region, more than 100 young men a year are dying from overdoses of both illicit and legal drugs.
November 20, 2015 |
Two of the biggest players in the sports-TV business, Comcast Corp. and 21st Century Fox, are duking it out over Yankees games. Comcast dropped Fox's YES Network, which televises the Yankees to more than 900,000 homes in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, at midnight Tuesday, contending that the network was seeking a 33 percent hike in its monthly carriage fees. The company said Yankees fan viewership couldn't justify the additional costs. YES Network - whose officials said they were stunned by Comcast's action after months of negotiations - rejected Wednesday the idea that costs were the negotiating stumbling block, saying that other cable operators with more subscribers in the New York market agreed with the price.
November 17, 2015 |
In apparent desperation after winding up at the kids' table in the last Republican presidential debate, Gov. Christie doubled down on his campaign to shamelessly pander to the radical right by adding to New Jersey voters' frustration. In a rare visit to Trenton, Christie vetoed a bill that would expand early voting and allow online and automatic registration, saying it would upend the current early-voting system and cost the state $25 million. Maybe his presidential campaign's troubles inspired Christie to kick up his misleading rhetoric.
November 16, 2015 |
Even as poverty leveled off in New Jersey last year, it remained at a 50-year high and showed no signs of abating given persistent structural problems such as income inequality and changing employment trends that are trapping the poor, a new report has found. "New Jersey's current and long-term employment outlooks are ominous and raise the possibility that we are witnessing profound and long-term shifts in employment opportunity, potentially requiring corresponding paradigm shifts in government economic development and antipoverty strategies," reads a 146-page annual report of the Legal Services of New Jersey Poverty Research Institute.
November 13, 2015 |
While Gov. Christie spent most of Tuesday's undercard debate attacking Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal went after the New Jersey governor. Trying to make the case that Republicans should nominate a hard-line conservative like himself, Jindal attacked Christie's fiscal record in New Jersey. Jindal was right on many points, and some of Christie's responses lacked context. At one point, Jindal said, "Chris, I think records matter. I think the way we govern matters.
November 11, 2015 |
TRENTON - Long-awaited decisions by Gov. Christie on legislation involving Atlantic City and New Jersey's voting laws headlined Monday's activity here, but the Republican governor took action on dozens of other bills that passed the Legislature in June. Christie, who was headed for Milwaukee for Tuesday's Republican presidential debate, signed legislation on topics ranging from firearms and domestic violence to standardized testing to bestiality. Guns and domestic violence. Christie rejected a proposal that sought to restrict access to firearms for those accused of domestic violence, saying it "substantially restates New Jersey's existing laws.
November 11, 2015 |
Writer Daniel Nester says that if he gets a bit full of himself, "a little 'Shader' appears on my shoulder to cut through the pretension. " "Shader" is South Jersey-speak for a native or resident of Maple Shade, the proudly unpretentious Burlington County burb that provides the title and much of the setting for Nester's pungent new memoir. "Being a Shader is about being no-nonsense and having a blue-collar outlook," Nester, 47, says from the College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y., where he is an associate professor of English.
November 10, 2015 |
The fact that there's this 'crisis' is ridiculous. It's a media-created crisis. - Gov. Christie The governor's comment on the condition of New Jersey's destitute Transportation Trust Fund suggests he is either delusional or so caught up in his presidential campaign that he is ignoring problems that deserve attention in his state. Christie, of course, isn't the only one to let personal politics get in the way. Democratic legislators conveniently suspended discussion of a gas-tax hike to replenish the fund while they were running for reelection.
November 7, 2015 |
CALGARY, Alberta - Calgary left winger Johnny Gaudreau, the pride of Gloucester Catholic High, is showing last season wasn't a fluke. Blink and he's zooming past a defender with his eye-opening speed. "It's pretty special watching a player like that, and it has to be frustrating for opposing defenses," said Calgary center Josh Jooris, Gaudreau's housemate and a onetime teammate of Flyers prospect Shayne Gostisbehere at Union College. "You want to try to shut him down going down the ice, but he's just so dynamic, it's tough.
November 7, 2015 |
Thomas Schneiders, a former Philadelphia fire marshal who reexamined the violent deaths of a New Jersey political insider and his wife, captured the case succinctly: "Something's off," he said. "Something's wrong. " Schneiders' assessment, along with that of retired Philadelphia homicide detective Edward Rocks - who said the investigation of John and Joyce Sheridan's deaths "never should have been closed" - lends more weight to the doubts of the Sheridan family and others who have considered the sloppy, secretive investigation led by Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano.