August 7, 2014 |
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - The words common sense were mentioned quite a bit during Shaneen Allen's hearing yesterday in Atlantic County Superior Court. Allen, 27, cried for a moment in the hallway with her son Naiare and his father after a judge denied her motion to dismiss weapons charges filed against her in October and refused to overturn a prosecutor's decision to deny her entry into a first-time-offender diversion program. So Allen walked back into court, turned down a plea deal that would have given her a 3 1/2-year sentence and decided to go to trial in October, hoping a jury would use some common sense and not send a working mother of two to prison for not knowing New Jersey's gun laws.
August 6, 2014
Gov. Christie's apparent lack of interest in making any adjustments to the discredited leadership of the Delaware River Port Authority is at odds with his past scolding of the bistate bridge and rail agency. But it's in keeping with his long-standing failure to back up his bluster. While the terms of New Jersey's eight DRPA commissioners expired more than a month ago - and while all of them were appointed by Christie's Democratic predecessor, Jon Corzine - the Republican governor said last week that he felt no "sense of urgency" to make his own choices to run the agency.
August 5, 2014 |
FEAR LED Shaneen Allen to buy a handgun. Allen, 27, of South Philly, worried she'd be robbed again, left bleeding and bruised with her shirt torn apart like that breezy July night last year in an alley off South Street. She thought of her boys, Naiare and Sincere, growing up without a mom, and she worked too hard for them and too many jobs to lose it all over some makeup, a $20 bill and a SEPTA TransPass, she said. "I was actually scared to buy the firearm, because I didn't know anything about guns," Allen said Wednesday inside her townhouse as the boys hovered around her. Allen obtained a license-to-carry permit and legally purchased a .380 Bersa Thunder, a gun with two safeties and a trigger lock.
August 5, 2014 |
After using his veto pen to attack employee perks and demanding reform at the Delaware River Port Authority during his first term, Gov. Christie for the first time has the power to reshape the board that oversees the bistate agency. But the Republican governor has made no move to name his own representatives to the board of the agency - which has been under federal investigation for politically connected economic-development spending - since the terms of the eight New Jersey commissioners ended July 1. The commissioners were nominated or renominated to fill five-year terms by former Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine.
August 2, 2014 |
Borgata's online gambling operations recorded an operating loss of $1.8 million in the quarter ended June 30, but reached a "key milestone" by breaking even in July, said Keith Smith, chief executive of Borgata's managing owner, Boyd Gaming Inc. Smith said during a conference call on the Las Vegas company's second quarter earnings that he expected the recent downturn in online gambling revenue in New Jersey to end when cooler weather returns....
August 1, 2014 |
The secrecy surrounding political contributions made by companies working for the Delaware River Port Authority may soon be lifted. The DRPA's audit committee on Wednesday reviewed a proposal to restore public access to vendors' political contributions. The proposal, by Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, will get another hearing by the audit committee next month. If approved by the panel, it will be sent to the full DRPA board for a vote. Under the DRPA's current rules, adopted in November 2012, contractors doing or seeking business with DRPA must disclose to the agency any political contributions made in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
July 31, 2014
It's doubtful that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, would approve of the civil rights organization's efforts to block a measure that would provide an alternative for poor defendants who can't afford bail. Legislation in Trenton would also close a loophole created when New Jersey abolished the death penalty in 2007. Previously, judges could deny bail in death penalty cases, but the end of capital punishment means that even defendants accused of the most heinous crimes are eligible to post bail.
July 30, 2014 |
TRENTON - A slight majority of New Jersey residents support legislation that would allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with lethal medication prescribed by a doctor, a new poll released Monday found. About the same percentage of people say they would personally want that option, often referred to as physician-assisted suicide. The bill was scheduled for a vote in June in the Assembly but pulled at the last minute when it became clear it would come up just short of the 41 votes needed to pass.
July 28, 2014
New Jersey wants to double down on a losing bet. Sites are being considered for proposed North Jersey casinos that would soak up diminishing dollars from an industry that has already overplayed its hand. Both Gov. Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) say any casino up north must share proceeds with Atlantic City, just as gaming revenue from the south has traveled north over the years. But what can be the benefit to Atlantic City if new North Jersey casinos lure even more gamblers?
July 26, 2014 |
TRENTON - With less than two weeks to vote on a measure that could lead to pretrial detention without bail, New Jersey lawmakers remain divided over how to address the right to a speedy trial. The schism could upend the criminal-justice reform package that has been in the works for two years. The proposed constitutional amendment, which requires voter approval, would allow judges to deny bail if, following a prosecutor's motion, they are concerned that defendants would not show up to court, would threaten the safety of others, or would obstruct or attempt to obstruct justice.