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Hike through history this weekend

On Saturday, October 18, you can retrace the steps of the American revolutionary war soldiers who engaged the British in Metuchen on June 26, 1777, and then fought a running battle across what is now Edison and Scotch Plains before…

Sports betting advances in New Jersey

TRENTON – Acting to remove legal obstacles in the effort to bring sports betting to New Jersey, the Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), Senator Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic) and Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) that would explicitly…

Sources say, ‘The fix is in’

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Few political insiders believe Republican Governor Chris Christie is going to line up support for a massive tax increase, appoint Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno to a judgeship, resign to focus on his presidential campaign and leave Senate President Stephen M.…

Create a national database of police shootings

Kyle Wagner is recruiting people to help create a national database of police shootings. “The United States has no database of police shootings,” wrote Wagner, a blogger at Deadspin. “There is no standardized process by which officers log when they’ve…

Government spending on elite private universities puts the wealthy over middle class public colleges

Imagine a system of college education supported by high and growing government spending on elite private universities that mainly educate children of the wealthy and upper-middle class, and low and declining government spending on public universities that educate large numbers…

Body found in Perth Amboy

Emergency personnel were working in the area to gain access to the reported dead body found Monday afternoon in a ditch along the railroad tracks.

Police and investigators from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office reportedly found a dead body near the Perth Amboy train tracks, in the vicinity of Washington Street. Attempts to get information from Perth Amboy Police Chief Benjamin Ruiz and Mayor Wilda Diaz were unsuccessful.…

Obama in New Jersey Wednesday

President Barack Obama will travel to Union County on Wednesday for a New Jersey fundraiser on behalf Senate Democrats. Obama has challenged core Democratic constituencies to pay more attention to off-year elections and vote next month. “There’s a congenital problem…

Unemployment at 5.9%, lowest since July 2008

The U.S. unemployment rate dipped below 6 percent for the first time since July 2008, with nonfarm payrolls adding 248,000 new jobs in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. The jobless rate fell 0.2 percentage points to 5.9 percent.…

Are Private Prisons Good Investments for States?

by Julia Bowling The wave of criticism against private prison companies has grown amidst revelations of poor security, lack of oversight, and perverse financial incentives to lock up more people. A report released earlier this year by a group called ‘In the Public Interest‘…

Reich exposes GOP war on working families

The latest his video, Robert Reich says a Republican Senate would wage war on working families. Reich is an economist and political commentator who served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton…