August 2, 2016 |
On June 7, in a funky upstairs office at the SoHa Arts Building in Haddon Township, Alex Law choked back tears - not entirely successfully - as he thanked a room full of volunteers for their efforts on his congressional campaign, an effort that he had just learned failed by 40 points. In the eight weeks since he lost a hard-fought primary to incumbent Rep. Donald Norcross, Law, 25, has moved into a new apartment in Collingswood, free-lanced as a consultant for small businesses in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey, and made public appearances with likely 2017 gubernatorial candidate Steve Fulop.
August 1, 2016 |
A New Jersey lawmaker introduced a bill Friday that would classify attacks on police officers as hate crimes, but only if an individual physically injures, or threatens to kill or injure, an officer. Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R., Monmouth) clarified the bill's language after the Inquirer reported earlier this month that New Jersey's existing bias-intimidation statute, if applied to police officers, could cause even people who just argue with an officer to be charged with a hate crime. That possibility drew criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP.
July 28, 2016 |
Take pension money and invest it in local projects that produce a guaranteed return, such as a toll road. That was one of the ideas suggested by former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley to fix the sorry state of public pensions nationally. Those in New Jersey and Pennsylvania were the nation's worst funded last year. "There are opportunities we've yet to realize, such as having our pension funds invest in local, sustainable projects with a double bottom line," said O'Malley, one of the few politicians to reverse a state's pension deficit.
July 28, 2016 |
Camden will receive $16.2 million from the federal Department of Transportation for improvements to roads and infrastructure in several city neighborhoods. The funding, awarded through a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant, was announced Tuesday by the offices of Sen. Robert Menendez, Sen. Cory A. Booker, and U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross. The three-phase project will involve reconstructing a two-mile network of streets north of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, enhancing the Seventh Street area that connects the bridge and North Camden to the city's downtown, upgrading roads in the Cooper's Poynt section, and improving the traffic flow on downtown's Cooper Street.
July 25, 2016
All wet Pennsylvania. Moraine State Park annual event has activities and races for all ages, plus mini-classes on water sports, live concerts, kids' crafts, a public beach, trails, and vendors. Bike and boat rentals available. The Regatta at Lake Arthur , Portersville, Aug. 6-7. www.lakearthurregatta.org Regional Rieslings New York. Sample the lake area's Rieslings from more than a dozen wineries. Also serving up craft beers. Attend wine and food seminars, hear live music, enjoy grape stomping and kids' activities.
July 24, 2016 |
New Jersey's top two Democrats say they have reached an agreement to replenish the state's fund for road and bridge repairs by raising the gas tax, possibly breaking a political impasse that has brought construction on transportation projects to a halt. Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson) announced a plan Friday to more than double the gas tax to 37.5 cents per gallon while also cutting taxes on estates and retirement income for seniors, and boosting a tax credit for the working poor.
July 20, 2016 |
Gov. Christie on Monday said Donald Trump had offered a generous donation to a charity for Hurricane Sandy victims in response to a solicitation by New Jersey first lady Mary Pat Christie. But reporters could not find a record of the contribution, and Christie's office later said the "governor misspoke this morning. " "Mr. Trump has given to other New Jersey charities, including the Drumthwacket Foundation," spokesman Brian Murray said in an email. Speaking at a hotel near Cleveland, host of this week's Republican National Convention, Christie described the presumptive GOP presidential nominee as "extraordinarily generous," and said that when his wife was working to raise money after Sandy, "one of her first calls was to Donald Trump.
July 19, 2016 |
BOTH PRESIDENTIAL candidates will take the stage in the next two weeks to try to sell us on the idea they can lead our nation. One way to demonstrate they have what it takes to be president is to tell voters how they'll keep Social Security strong for our kids and grandkids. If our nation's leaders don't act, future retirees could lose up to $10,000 a year in benefits. With a volatile stock market and fewer jobs offering pensions, today's workers and future generations will likely have an even greater need for Social Security.
July 17, 2016 |
A Camden County man has become the first confirmed case of West Nile virus in New Jersey this year. The state Department of Health said the 48-year-old man began showing symptoms July 8 and is now hospitalized. Pennsylvania has also reported one case of the mosquito-borne virus so far, in a woman from Indiana County. Last year, there were 26 West Nile cases in New Jersey, including three deaths. Until the Camden County case, the disease had only been detected in mosquitos in Atlantic and Monmouth Counties, according to the department.
July 17, 2016 |
After months of speculation over what his early gamble on Donald Trump might earn him, Gov. Christie didn't win a spot on the presumptive GOP nominee's ticket. On Friday, Trump - on Twitter - named Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. Just the night before, on Fox News, Trump had listed Christie among his three finalists. Political observers say the vice president announcement doesn't diminish the role Christie may play in Trump's campaign - or the prospect of a Trump administration job for the governor, who was among the first establishment Republicans to back the political outsider after his own presidential bid collapsed in February.