March 17, 2015 |
NORTHFIELD, N.J. - A busload of concerned nature lovers fanned out inside a strip mall in this Atlantic County town on Wednesday, ready to spread the word about New Jersey's "last great wilderness" and to peacefully protest a plan to lay some pipe there. The 1.1 million-acre Pinelands National Preserve they were talking about encompasses parts of seven counties, mostly in South Jersey. Environmental groups and at least four former New Jersey governors believe that Gov. Chris Christie and other elected officials are trying to plant a candidate on the Pinelands Commission who will tilt the vote and approve construction of a 22-mile natural-gas pipeline there.
January 14, 2015 |
TRENTON - A New Jersey Senate panel advanced legislation Monday that would lift a cap on the number of permits the state may issue for beaver trapping, despite objections from animal-rights and environmental groups. The Environment and Energy Committee also voted in favor of bills that would eliminate a ban on Sunday hunting and establish new apprentice hunting licenses for minors. The bills move to the full Senate for a vote and also need Assembly approval. Under current law, the Division of Fish and Wildlife may issue up to 200 permits for the beaver hunting season, which runs from Dec. 26 to Feb. 9. If demand exceeds supply, the division holds a lottery.
December 15, 2014 |
New Jersey's first Latina legislator is returning to Trenton five years after she left the state Assembly. Nilsa Cruz-Perez, who represented the Fifth Legislative District for 14 years in the Assembly, was officially appointed Saturday morning to the state Senate seat for that district. South Jersey Democrats last week had announced the selection of Cruz-Perez to fill the vacancy left by Donald Norcross when he was elected last month to the U.S. House of Representatives. She will take the oath of office at 1 p.m. Monday in the New Jersey Senate chamber.
October 18, 2014 |
As his party lurches toward November's midterm elections at risk of losing control of the Senate, U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker said a Democratic majority is needed to tackle big problems such as immigration and corporate tax policy. "This is why I think it's so important the Democrats hold the Senate: The House is controlled by Republicans, and Republicans are heavily influenced, if not controlled, by the tea party," Booker said in an interview Tuesday with the Inquirer Editorial Board. "Trust me. You don't think [Republican House Speaker John]
August 2, 2014 |
TRENTON - The New Jersey Senate passed two proposals Thursday that would upend the state's bail system, hours after Gov. Christie delivered a special address imploring lawmakers to act. The Assembly did not act, but Speaker Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson) notified members in the early evening that he would call for a vote Monday. That is the last day lawmakers have to vote on one of the measures - a proposed constitutional amendment eliminating the right to bail for certain defendants - if they want to put it before voters in November.
June 21, 2014 |
TRENTON - The New Jersey Senate on Thursday confirmed Gov. Christie's two picks to the state Supreme Court, sealing a breakthrough in a years-long impasse over the court's composition. Chief Justice Stuart Rabner was confirmed on a 29-6 vote after months of speculation about whether Christie would renominate him. The Republican governor had criticized Rabner's court as liberal and activist. The Senate also confirmed Lee Solomon, a Haddonfield Republican and state court judge, by a 34-2 vote.
May 14, 2014 |
TRENTON - The New Jersey Senate voted Monday to pass a bill that would ban high-capacity magazines, despite Republican opposition and reservations voiced by some Democrats. The bill, which would reduce maximum ammunition capacity from 15 rounds to 10, now heads to the Assembly, which passed an earlier version but now must consider amendments by the Senate. Proponents said the legislation was in response to the December 2012 massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, in which the assailant used guns equipped with high-capacity magazines to kill children and educators.
March 3, 2014
Arson is a clear-cut crime even when the targets are not religious pacifists. So is assault with a baseball bat, even when the victims are not building a toy store. Such brazen alleged attacks on the sites of a Quaker meetinghouse and a Toys R Us are now the subject of a federal indictment of 10 members of a Philadelphia-based Ironworkers union. But the official leniency shown to a union member after an earlier arrest suggests anything short of such startling allegations wouldn't have caused much trouble for Local 401. Three months before the recent federal indictment, city prosecutors charged one of the defendants, Local 401 official Ed Sweeney, with harassing, stalking, and making terroristic threats against a construction executive.
November 20, 2013 |
TRENTON - The New Jersey Senate approved a bill Monday that would let undocumented immigrants qualify for in-state college tuition and state financial aid. Three Republicans joined 22 Democrats in supporting the bill, following brief debate spurred by one Republican over whether it would limit the opportunities of other New Jersey students. Twelve senators opposed the measure, which now must be heard by the Assembly. "We are opening up avenues for the next generation of leaders in this state and this country," said Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D., Essex)
October 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Will Cory Booker be another Ted Cruz? The next Hillary Rodham Clinton? Or something new? After winning a New Jersey Senate seat Wednesday, the star-powered Newark mayor, who is so often the center of attention, will soon enter a traditionalist body where newcomers are expected to quietly earn their place and wait their turn. Will he follow Clinton's example and try to blend in, adhering to custom? Or will he join a new breed who have used the Senate as a platform to build their profiles and shape the national debate, seniority be damned?