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  • Politics & Public Affairs Archives - New Jersey Monthly
    2015 December 30 2015 Didn t have time to read our best stories of 2015 We ve compiled them here just for you Read More Hello A Note to Adele from the Garden State December 21 2015 Hello it s New Jersey I was wondering if after all these years you d like to meet Read More Terminal Case The End of Volunteer First Aid December 16 2015 Has New Jersey s long standing tradition of volunteer first aid reached the end of its life span Read More More Pipelines More Controversy November 19 2015 Six contentious Garden State pipeline projects currently in the works Read More Pinelands Predicament A proposed natural gas pipeline through just 10 miles of protected land has ignited protest and political intrigue in South Jersey Read More Falling Into the Gap The Pension Crisis August 24 2015 Supreme Court decision on pension deal opens new debate over unfunded liabilities Read More Healing Handshake The CARE Act July 28 2015 It s a good thing when the state enacts a law to help families care for ailing loved ones and do so Read the rest Julian Zelizer Presidents Precedents July 8 2015 The Princeton history professor talks about his new book how we expect too much out of our presidents and why Congressional gridlock isn t anything new Read More NJ Hall of Fame Announces 2015 Inductees July 7 2015 The Daily Show host Jon Stewart U S Women s soccer star Christie Rampone and baseball great Derek Jeter make the list of this year s Hall of Fame inductees Read More Jon Stewart for NJ Senate June 25 2015 On Wednesday night s episode of the Daily Show Judge Andrew Napolitano made a suggestion for Jon s retirement Read More Wildstein Pleads Guilty in Bridgegate Charges May 1 2015 Former Port Authority exec faces 21 to 27 months in federal prison Read More Blurring the Lines April 7 2015 As Brian Williams learned news and entertainment are a tricky mix when credibility is at stake Read More Senator Menendez Everything to Know About His Indictment April 2 2015 What he s charged with who is his partner and what happens next Read More Christie Won t Budge on Gas Tax Hike April 1 2015 Instead Christie administration looks to spend less and augment Transportation Trust Fund with NJ Transit loan fiscal year 2016 Read More Assembly Pushes Critical Changes to Medical Marijuana Program March 31 2015 Assembly hopes to override the Christie administration s setbacks Read More Page 1 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 Last 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues

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  • On the Frontline in the Fight Against Cyberterrorism 
    attend law enforcement career days For OHSP the bottom line is ensuring that members of the Muslim community are not afraid to approach law enforcement if they know of or suspect suspicious activity That s important because of the way terrorist organizations like ISIS which claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks that left 130 dead enlist new fighters The way ISIS is recruiting often it is through personal relationships that compel someone to actually make the decision to go abroad and fight or conduct a terrorist operation or attack Rodriguez says We encourage members of the Muslim community to be active in their communities and if they see someone or suspect someone of going down the wrong path and they need our assistance they should let us know According to OHSP there were five ISIS related arrests in New Jersey in 2015 At least three of those takedowns to use OHSP parlance were made possible by a tip According to a federal indictment in one of the cases an unidentified person tipped off authorities when it became clear that people known to the individual were ISIS sympathizers planning to feed it information and leave the United States to join the terrorist organization The tip prompted an investigation that led to the arrests of brothers Alaa Saadeh of West New York and Nader Saadeh formerly of Rutherford along with their friend Samuel Rahamin Topaz of Fort Lee Alaa Saadeh and Topaz each pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of 250 000 Nader Saadeh faces similar charges Recommended Reading Watching Out For Cyber Threats The Paris attacks were the latest reminder of the deadly threat of homegrown terrorism The tragedy also heightened concerns about the use of Internet communications including encoded messages by terror groups This is another front for OHSP which last May created the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell NJCCIC pronounced NJ Kick NJCCIC seeks out all kinds of cyberthreats including identity theft Internet fraud and hacking but detecting Internet fueled terror plots is an essential mission The unit has Arabic speaking analysts who monitor social media coming from chat rooms and Twitter accounts associated with radical groups A relatively new challenge is detecting encrypted messages Rodriguez says terrorist organizations are not thought to have yet developed advanced cyber capabilities Still the Paris attacks strongly suggest that terrorists are utilizing encrypted applications like Telegram WhatsApp and Wickr or are conversing under the radar through gaming systems like PlayStation There are so many apps out there that are encrypted where it s very difficult for the government to even gain access to those apps says Steven Gutkin deputy director of the OHSP I don t know how that s going to get solved immediately It s a concern for everyone Complicating matters our privacy laws make surveillance difficult Personal communications such as text messages and phone calls can be

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  • The End of Volunteer First Aid in New Jersey
    2007 determined that New Jersey s EMS system was near crisis the state Legislature passed an Emergency Medical Services overhaul bill that sought among other things to regulate all EMTs Governor Chris Christie vetoed the bill twice citing a need for further study Both times EMS Council president Howard Meyer cheered the fact that municipalities not a bureaucracy in Trenton could continue to determine who provides their EMS Under existing state law BLS services that bill for reimbursement must be staffed by EMTs who have completed several months of training and participate in ongoing education But the state makes no such demands of all volunteer squads Seeking an alternative to the vetoed EMS overhaul bill the EMS Council of New Jersey is backing a new bill that would support initiatives to attract volunteers and require volunteer squads to have at least one certified EMT and one driver on board for emergency calls Meyer contends that the previous bill s stringent guidelines which demanded background checks on emergency workers two certified EMTs riding in every ambulance and licensing of every squad would have been onerous for cash poor squads already struggling to attract volunteers He also berates the more rigorous EMT curriculum that was introduced in 2012 When you make training more difficult people who might have volunteered say I d love to help but I can t Meyer says EMS is common sense I ve been doing this for 40 years I don t need to know how the alveoli work in the lungs in order to put you on oxygen I don t need to know every body part involved to stop someone s bleeding Many EMTs paid and volunteer grouse that the current EMT curriculum is excessive But a good number of them part ways with Meyer when it comes to regulation Why shouldn t volunteers and paid EMTs be held to the same high standards says Christopher Lee president of the Phillipsburg Emergency Squad which boasts more than 45 active volunteer members and answers about 3 500 calls each year If you can t get to calls quickly if you don t want to spend time learning about a field that is far more complicated than it used to be if you don t want to change your freaking ways then go find some other place to volunteer Regulation is also seen as a means of standardizing emergency services from town to town and assuring that all have the ability to carry and use the latest life saving equipment and medication This includes epinephrine auto injectors which can arrest deadly allergic reactions naloxone which can reverse heroin overdoses and advanced pressurized oxygen devices that assist patients in respiratory distress Agencies can only carry these tools if they are licensed and overseen by a medical director says Merlin In other words where in New Jersey your toddler tries his first peanut and has an anaphylactic reaction could quite possibly determine whether he lives or dies It s certifiably insane and beyond crazy says Bruce Nagel a partner at the personal injury law firm Nagel Rice LLP And since volunteers have broad immunity under the law Nagel points out the chances of winning a lawsuit against them for inadequate care or negligence are near nil On a given week you can drive past bucket toting volunteer EMTs collecting cash donations at the roadside in Little Falls A half hour away Union County is like a different country in terms of emergency response At Union s countywide EMS headquarters in Westfield uniformed EMTs pull their rigs in and out of a hangar like bay stocked with emergency vehicles of every shape and size Dispatchers field 9 1 1 calls from a high tech command center In 2014 the New Jersey Department of Health acknowledged Union County as one of the state s Outstanding EMS Agencies While the operation is impressive director of public safety Andrew Moran asserts that Union Countywide EMS doesn t cost residents extra expenses are covered by insurance reimbursements He also points out that his operation launched in June 2011 hasn t replaced the 14 volunteer squads that continue to operate in his county We re here to provide backup and get our ambulances to the scene when municipal squads have trouble getting out says Moran gently adding From the day we opened we ve been busy Further south Gloucester County regionalized nine years ago when officials realized that residents were waiting upwards of 30 minutes for local ambulance squads to arrive The county budgets about 3 million annually for costs after insurance reimbursements so far it has not raised taxes to support the squad We work with a paid staff says Andy Lovell chief of Gloucester County Emergency Medical Services If EMTs want to donate their time they can join us as interns But they have to adhere to state standards just like paid professionals Participation in the Gloucester County system is optional and not all towns have opted in In that county and elsewhere in the state some municipalities simply aren t willing to give up tradition even when a financially advantageous alternative is available and residents may stand to benefit There are 566 municipalities in this state and everyone wants to govern their own square mile having their own rescue squads their own fire companies their own police departments says Lovell But that model just isn t sustainable anymore especially when it comes to EMS For Lovell the bottom line is saving lives When a patient is in trouble and calls for help he doesn t care what badge that EMT is wearing or whether he s paid or not paid He wants the person who can get there quickly and has the skills to take care of him Peg Rosen is a Montclair based freelance writer A certified EMT she rode with WOFAS from 2013 until it closed There are no photos with those IDs or post 121979 does not have any attached

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  • Storm Without End: Sandy Three Years Later
    was found floating in the swamped house The contents of the Volantes home was insured for about 65 000 They received about 11 000 from their private insurer It was a fraction of what we thought we would get says Volante Elize s parents who still owned the home collected 90 000 in federal flood insurance but that was insufficient to rebuild Luckily the Volantes could afford to purchase a new home After staying through the winter with Elize s parents in Jackson Township they moved a few towns down the bay to the Belford section of Middletown in an area 1½ miles inland that locals call the dry side of Route 36 Belford is still in a flood zone she laments But I wanted to stay away from the water for a while Many Union Beach families did what the Volantes have done According to the 2010 census 6 245 people called the 1 9 square mile borough home By 2014 estimates pegged the population at about 5 700 That represents an 8 7 percent loss Not all of the attrition can be attributed directly to Sandy notes Bob Howard the borough administrator Recommended Reading Exclusive Inside Bridgegate Farther south in Ortley Beach Noreen Delaney and her extended family are walking away She and her brother inherited a small Surf Road ranch a block from the beach Her parents bought the home as newlyweds in the 1960s In recent years the two siblings shared the place and spent summers there with their children It was truly a way of life for us says Delaney Sadly both of my parents have passed on but they left behind a legacy for their grandkids who have taken to summers at the Shore like second nature Now it all may end Like so many other homeowners after the storm they gutted the home to minimize the damage from mold All that is left inside is a skeleton of 2 by 4 framework and plywood subflooring Outside white paint peels from the molding on the front bay window Small holes poke through the gray siding Delaney and her brother own the home so they were not required by a mortgage company to carry flood insurance And as summer residents they were not eligible for state administered grants or other assistance programs Their choices are to repair rebuild from scratch or sell Who has a few hundred thousand dollars to rebuild under the new strict guidelines with no assistance because we aren t considered full time residents even though we certainly pay full time taxes and fees she asks The thought of losing the place we love and that has bound our family together through memories and good times is like losing a loved one but ultimately we may have to say goodbye to our beloved Ortley These days the neighborhood around Henry Street in Union Beach is a patchwork of vacant lots and rescued houses lifted above grade Union Beach was one of the

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  • The Governor at 80 - New Jersey Monthly
    s the most wonderful fundraiser and I said I don t know if I m going to do that He didn t but with Sinatra and Reagan he did ride past cheering crowds down Bergenline Avenue to Hoboken He then slipped away from Reagan s campaign speech to take a nostalgic walk with Sinatra He said Would you mind coming with me I d just like to remember the city a bit where I grew up So we walked over to the church where he said his mother went at six every single morning More photos Richard Nixon Nobody knows it but he was a nice man Gerald Ford Pope John Paul II both Bushes both Clintons former Governor Brendan Byrne his Democratic predecessor with top hat and cane We did a soft shoe routine together at a benefit and Senator Hamilton Fish Kean speaking at a Herbert Hoover rally in Paterson Democrat Jim McGreevey another of Kean s successors as governor has recently experienced the power of Kean s presence I walked out of his office and said to my staff I feel like I ve been to the mountaintop McGreevey says He had come to ask Kean to serve on yet another board a prisoner re entry group and Kean as is his habit agreed His motivation McGreevey says was not for political power or ego but a profound sense of service A few months earlier Kean had joined a host of political luminaries at the opening of Martin s Place the prisoner re entry and jobs center in Jersey City that McGreevey runs He received a resounding round of applause and this is how many years since he s been governor says McGreevey who served as executive director of the state parole board in the 1980s one of Kean s cross party appointments I said Governor listen to this affection and he said to me Jim you know I carried Jersey City And I m like how many Republican governors carried Jersey City Recommended Reading There s Work to be Done Legislation in 2016 That affection was rooted in appreciation not just for what Kean did as governor but for what he didn t do after leave New Jersey was enough for him His ancestors had served in Washington but he ran for federal office just once against Millicent Fenwick in a Republican primary for Congress in 1974 Someone asked her What would you do if you lost and she said Well the state would be honored by Tom Kean in the Congress That s the kind of campaign it was Kean lost the primary by 96 votes We were friends before it we were friends after it and we were friends right through it The governor s race in 1981 was proportionally even closer 1 797 votes All the polling shows that if the election were held two weeks earlier he would have lost and that if it were held two weeks later he would have won by a wider margin says Tom Kean Jr a possible candidate in the eventual post Christie governor s race The more people got to know him the more they just got the sense that here was a person that cared about them His Democratic opponent from that race Jim Florio eventually served as governor from 1990 to 1994 They would later become friends and occasional allies particularly on environmental issues where Kean is often at odds with his own party Our election was the last civil election no negative campaigning no ads that were hostile it was on the issues Florio says Could he get elected as a Republican now I don t think so he s too sensible He s been much the same through the course of his life but the setting and background have shifted to the far right and I don t know if he d admit this or not but I suspect he s probably uncomfortable with some of that As governor Kean teamed up with labor unions eager for more construction jobs to push through the Transportation Trust Fund which for three decades has paid to repair roads bridges sewers and other critical pieces of the state s infrastructure He played tennis with Sharpe James the Democratic mayor of Newark and a key ally in getting the New Jersey Performing Arts Center built And during the real estate boom of the 1980s he angered developers across the state when he curtailed building on wetlands The Clean Air Act the Clean Water Act it s all Republican stuff says Kean who counts Theodore Roosevelt among his heroes The fact that the Republican Party is now walking away from their heritage is I think wrong from the point of view of the party it s wrong from the point of view of the country and it s wrong from the point of view of the world When other Republicans wanted to strip Brendan Byrne s name from the Meadowlands arena Kean let it stand and then appointed him to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority Everyone likes Tom Kean he s a good and decent guy says Byrne who turns 91 in April Byrne bucked opposition in his own party when he was governor to appoint Kean to the New Jersey Highway Authority in 1977 after Kean left the Assembly and ran unsuccessfully for the Republican gubernatorial nomination They played tennis together regularly after Kean was elected the old governor schooling the new one in the ways of handling the Democrats in the legislature They have remained close friends appearing together often and sharing their opinions in a weekly Star Ledger column two one time rivals whose devotion to the state transcends party differences That s as it should be says Byrne where you attack the issues with a viewpoint but not with hostility Life is too short for it to be any other way As job offers arrived near the end of his

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  • The Creature Comforts of Alpaca Wool
    gosh I want to work with this textile she says adding I petted it all the way home Ready to take a leap of faith away from the frenetic pace of fashion she began sketching and speccing designs Her search for a manufacturer led to Peru They really know how to handle the fiber There are very few mills that can process the really fine yarn in an upscale way in the United States says Howard Launched in 2013 Johanna Howard Home Accessories includes a vibrant array of plush throws and pillows along with one fashion accessory scarves I love them and wear them all the time so I had to include scarves Howard says The company s signature Howard Cable Scarf takes three days to knit They are long and wide I wanted them to be substantial she says Find Johanna Howard Home Accessories at Surroundings in Northfield Commonwealth in Spring Lake Dot Reeder in Montclair and at johannahoward com Throws of Passion The Block Stripe throws in five colorways 450 each Bottom right the Howard Cable scarves are hand knit from 100 percent baby alpaca 269 Read more Home Garden Style Shopping articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Bronx Tale Millburn Feb 04 Mar 06 Frozen in

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  • Good on Paper - New Jersey Monthly
    Carter January 19 2016 Appears in the January 2016 issue Featured paper Lead Damask by Aimee Wilder 175 Top right Feather Grass by Farrow Ball 260 at farrowandball com Middle right Trippy by Graham Brown 38 99 at target com Bottom right Lepidoptera 218 at anthropologie com Bottom center Nomadic call for price at phillipjeffries com Bottom left Jasmine Medallion from NuWallpaper 49 99 at wallpops com Read more Home Garden Style Shopping articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Bronx Tale Millburn Feb 04 Mar 06 Frozen in Ice at Skylands Stadium Augusta Feb 05 Feb 28 The Beach Boys Morristown Feb 10 SOMA Film Festival South Orange Feb 12 Feb 14 Marc Anthony Concierto del Día de San Valentín Newark Feb 13 Sign up for our FREE newsletters Weekend Buzz Events in NJ Side Dish Dining news Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Pinterest Subscribe Purchase Subscribe Manage your Subscription Give a Gift Subscription Order a Back Issue New Jersey Monthly Newsstands Advertise Advertising Info Media Kit Digital Specs FTP Info Media Planner More Info About Us Contact Writer s Guidelines Editorial Calendar Internships Privacy Policy Terms of Use More from New Jersey Monthly New Jersey Bride Jersey Shore

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  • Retro is a Go - New Jersey Monthly
    is wireless and bluetooth enabled 149 at restorationhardware com Midcentury Mod Revisit the groovy 60s with this throwback chandelier complete with shapely colorful metal shades 675 at rejuvenation com Goody Box Vintage inspired hard shell carrier keeps cakes pies and more from toppling in transit 24 99 at worldmarket com Old Timey Tomes Book lovers will delight in these decorative Penguin Classics 115 for a five book set at juniperbooks com There are no photos with those IDs or post 123512 does not have any attached images Read more Style Shopping articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Bronx Tale Millburn Feb 04 Mar 06 Frozen in Ice at Skylands Stadium Augusta Feb 05 Feb 28 The Beach Boys Morristown Feb 10 SOMA Film Festival South Orange Feb 12 Feb 14 Marc Anthony Concierto del Día de San Valentín Newark Feb 13 Sign up for our FREE newsletters Weekend Buzz Events in NJ Side Dish Dining news Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Pinterest Subscribe Purchase Subscribe Manage your Subscription Give a Gift Subscription Order a Back Issue New Jersey Monthly Newsstands Advertise Advertising Info Media Kit Digital Specs FTP Info Media Planner More Info About Us Contact Writer s Guidelines

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