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May 30, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - After long targeting South Jersey, national Democrats are looking north this year as they try to chip away at Republicans' congressional majority. The party's national arm is focusing on unseating North Jersey Republican Rep. Scott Garrett, prioritizing a race in the New York suburbs rather than the Burlington and Ocean County-based Third District, which Democrats have spent years trying to capture. The change reflects how missteps and money can reshape races. Garrett has drawn national attention for views that have riled the gay and lesbian community and fueled a fund-raising surge for his Democratic challenger.
NEWS
May 30, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
The Democratic National Convention, less than two months away, is expected to be an economic boon to the Philadelphia region, powered by 50,000 visitors. But it's unclear how much is being done to lure that crowd across the Ben Franklin Bridge. While some New Jersey events are anticipated during the July convention, planning has been quiet. The tourism group marketing South Jersey, citing a tight budget and convention-goers' focus on Philadelphia, isn't preparing a promotional campaign.
TRAVEL
May 30, 2016
Birders' delight New York. Three days of birding hikes, walks, outings, and seminars throughout the beautiful wilderness and forests of Hamilton County. Field trips are free; registration required. Adirondack Birding Festival , multiple locations, June 10-12. www.adirondackexperience.com/events/adirondack-birding-festival We're outta here! Delaware. A few weeks before July 4, 1776, the counties of Delaware (then part of Pennsylvania) declared their independence from both the colony to the north and England.
BUSINESS
May 29, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Official name: Holman Automotive Group Inc., privately held, family owned. Where: Maple Shade. Businesses: 19 dealerships in three states, Holman Parts Distribution, ARI Fleet Management, Auto Truck Group, Steward Financial Services. 2015 Revenues : $3.5 billion, including $1.35 billion from 37,632 vehicles sold. Employees: 4,800; 2,400 in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
NEWS
May 28, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Law over Norcross I just voted by mail for Alex Law to be the Democratic nominee for Congress in New Jersey's First District because he will be stronger on the environment and nuclear nonproliferation. As a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and retired Navy captain who is concerned about the safety of our country, I am especially dismayed at the lack of political courage of the incumbent, Rep. Donald Norcross, to support the international nuclear deal with Iran - an agreement overwhelmingly supported by apolitical experts who monitor compliance.
SPORTS
May 28, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
One year ago, Shakira Dancy was competing for New Manchester High School in the Douglas County, Ga., track and field championships. Three months ago, Dancy was competing for Eastern High School at the New Jersey indoor track and field championships. On Friday, Dancy will lead Winslow Township High School into the South Jersey Group 3 championships at Central Regional High School. "I adapt quickly," Dancy said of her nomadic lifestyle over the last 12 months. Dancy also runs quickly.
NEWS
May 28, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers, undeterred by a likely veto from Gov. Christie, voted Thursday to ban smoking in public parks and beaches statewide. The Senate voted in favor of the legislation, 24-6, and the Assembly voted 63-7 with four abstentions. Christie vetoed a similar bill in 2014, arguing that such policy-making should be left to local officials. At the time, he said 12 counties and more than 240 municipalities had banned smoking in parks, while 12 towns had declared beaches smoke-free areas.
NEWS
May 24, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - As federal prosecutors and two of Gov. Christie's former allies prepare for trial in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure case, a separate legal fight has erupted between the news media and an unindicted accomplice that could provide new clues into the government's theory of how this bizarre story of alleged political revenge unfolded. The media are fighting for access to a list of people who prosecutors say joined the alleged conspiracy but whom the government did not charge with a crime.
NEWS
May 23, 2016
ISSUE | ATLANTIC CITY Let residents rule Gov. Christie's plan for an immediate state takeover of Atlantic City is putting the city at risk ("Lines in the sand," May 15). If no one blinks, Atlantic City will become the first municipality in New Jersey since the Great Depression to miss a debt payment or go bankrupt. Christie was not elected prince of Atlantic City. In a democracy, residents elect their government leaders, and Mayor Don Guardian is standing up for this right. As leaders of the New Jersey chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP have noted, "The governor's and Senate president's plan would essentially dissolve local government by providing the state . . . with the authority to dismantle any of Atlantic City's municipal authorities or contracts and veto any City Council vote.
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