June 1, 2015 |
With the rollout of FiOS nearing an end, the working-class residents of Laurel Springs, Somerdale, and Lindenwold wonder whether they will ever get to enjoy the latest Internet and TV products of Verizon Communications Inc. So far, Verizon has wired Cherry Hill and Haddonfield - more affluent communities - and county seat Camden for fiber-based Internet and TV. The telecom giant, in fact, has run FiOS through most of Camden County. For a complete map of the coverage area click here.
May 16, 2015 |
Over the seven months since New Jersey political insider John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, were found mortally wounded amid a deliberately set fire in their central New Jersey home, the official opacity surrounding their deaths has been steadily stripped of every defensible rationale. Now that the conclusion of the criminal investigation is more than a month old, it's clear that the persistent secrecy serves only to cover up incompetence or worse. According to law and logic, continuing investigations are among the most compelling justifications for government discretion.
April 17, 2015
ISSUE | CARRY PERMITS N.J. weapons case sounds a warning While its conclusions were off base, I'm confident the major effect of The Inquirer editorial on the Shaneen Allen case will be to advise Pennsylvania gun owners not to carry firearms to the Garden State - as they are likely to face serious charges for breaking New Jersey law ("Hair trigger," April 12). That's a public service that strengthens public safety. As to Allen, yes, she's a mother with a law-abiding background.
April 17, 2015 |
TRENTON - ExxonMobil Corp.'s chief lawyer on Wednesday defended the firm's tentative $225 million settlement with New Jersey in a pollution case, saying the $8.9 billion the state sought at trial last year was "devoid of any scientific or economic legitimacy. " New Jersey Democrats and environmentalists have attacked the Christie administration's proposed settlement as a sellout to polluters. Two state senators have vowed to try to block it in court. But ExxonMobil general counsel Jack Balagia said Wednesday that the state's initial $8.9 billion claim was based on a faulty report.
April 12, 2015 |
The Delaware River delineates a national gun divide. On one side, a young mother decided her best defense against violent crime was to buy a gun - no doubt the remedy envisioned by state legislators who have sought to punish her hometown, Philadelphia, for any attempt at gun control. But carrying the weapon across the river got her weeks in jail and, but for a belated outbreak of prosecutorial restraint, years in prison with the criminals she was hoping to fend off. Gov. Christie's recent pardon of Shaneen Allen ended her ordeal a year and a half later, but not before she became a cause célèbre for gun-rights activists and a challenge to gun-control advocates.
April 6, 2015 |
Early on the morning of Sept. 28, police and emergency workers responded to a fire at the central New Jersey home of John and Joyce Sheridan, where, we now know, they found the couple in their smoke-filled bedroom with fatal stab wounds. On searching the scene, detectives found two large kitchen knives, a length of melted metal, a half-empty gas can, and a box of matches. They also allegedly found cocaine, baggies, and a scale in a car at the home, which led to the arrest of one of the Sheridans' sons that day. Even if one of the dead were not a political figure as prominent as John Sheridan - who served four Republican governors before becoming the CEO of Cooper Health System, which is chaired by Democratic power broker George Norcross - New Jersey law dictates that most of the information above should have been released immediately.
March 25, 2015 |
Gov. Christie conditionally vetoed legislation Monday that would have repealed the mandatory suspension of driver's licenses for first-time drunk drivers and instead required them to install devices that would be able to detect alcohol and stop cars from starting. Christie returned the bill to the Legislature and proposed imposing both penalties on all drunken-driving offenders. "By combining our existing, rigorous system of mandatory license suspensions with the active monitoring provided by interlock devices, New Jersey will provide new hope in the fight against drunk-driving deaths and injuries," Christie said in his veto message.
March 10, 2015 |
Is Evesham Mayor Randy Brown acting like a jerk? That's just one of many questions left to linger at the South Jersey town's recent public meetings. Brown has acquired a degree of infamy by declaring that he and the rest of the Township Council would no longer answer residents' questions during meetings, as The Inquirer's Jan Hefler reported last week. While members of the public are still allowed to speak, any response or acknowledgment by officials has been deemed optional since January.
March 2, 2015 |
After nearly five years of planning and several weeks of end-stage test tumult, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) officially rolls out across New Jersey on Monday. Students in grades three through 11 in about 2,500 schools, charters, and other facilities statewide will take the controversial Common Core State Standards-aligned test. About three dozen of the state's approximately 600 school districts started administering the PARCC test early.
January 29, 2015 |
On a mild morning back in October, four New Jersey governors joined a host of dignitaries and hundreds of other mourners at a memorial service for political insider John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, near the Statehouse in Trenton. Former Gov. Christie Whitman remembered Sheridan as an "indispensable adviser": "You could count on him. " Democratic mover George Norcross, who employed Sheridan as chief executive of Camden-based Cooper Health System, declared that "his legacy will continue.