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  • NJ Hall of Fame Announces 2015 Inductees
    s World Cup against Japan earlier this week Jeter born in Pequannock served as the Yankees s captain from 2003 until his retirement last year This year s inductees also include ESPN commentator Dick Vitale R B band Kool and the Gang Medal of Honor recipient Jack H Jacobs U S Senator Frank R Lautenberg author James Fenimore Cooper and New York Times columnist Anna Quindlen Fox Studios founder William Fox and philanthropists Lewis Katz and Bernard Marcus Being honored with this year s NJHOF Unsung Hero award is Morgan Stanley executive Carla Harris In 2013 Harris was appointed as chair of the National Women s Business Council by President Barack Obama She has also been named among the 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America by Fortune magazine A total of 50 nominees 10 in each of the five categories appeared on the official ballot this year Since its inception in 2008 almost 100 individuals and groups including Bruce Springsteen Grover Cleveland and Judy Blume have been inducted Last year s inductees included Sopranos star and Emmy Award winner James Gandolfini and jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie Read more Just For the Web Politics Public Affairs 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

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  • Jon Stewart for NJ Senate?
    still common she asked When was the last time you spent time outside He shrugged Recent 97 maybe Point taken Guest Judge Andrew Napolitano praised Stewart as the smartest person on television before pronouncing Here s what I want you to do I want you to run for the United States Senate for New Jersey When the audience burst into applause Stewart shook his head Here s the thing I can comment on society I can poke fun at it but it d be like saying to the guy on ESPN talking about the Green Bay Packers like Ah Aaron Rodgers should have done that and then being like When you re done with this you should be quarterback of the game That would not work out The celebrated media personality grew up in Lawrenceville and dabbled in several fields before making it big including contingency planning for the New Jersey Department of Human Services and bartending at the City Gardens punk club in Trenton His plan for retirement is certainly idyllic Stewart and his wife Tracey purchased a farm in New Jersey to care for rescued abused farm animals Recommended Reading Episode 2 Chef Leia Gaccione from canned beans to South Pine s Swear Jar Watch the segment here Do you think Jon Stewart should try for politics Share in the comments Read more Just For the Web Politics Public Affairs 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

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  • Wildstein Pleads Guilty in Bridgegate Charges - New Jersey Monthly
    secure their endorsements for Christie s reelection The GWB lane closures were retribution for Sokolich not endorsing the governor Wildstein said NJ Spotlight chronicles the origins of the scandal The Mayor of Fort Lee Mark Sokolich had been showered with attention from the Port Authority which had been tasked with courting a set of Democratic mayors in jurisdictions under its umbrella Sokolich had received free buses to the Edgewater ferry a personal tour of the then closed World Trade Center site and 11 artifacts such as burnt steel from the World Trade Center That rivaled only the number of artifacts given by the Port Authority to the FDNY When Sokolich still hadn t endorsed Christie two months before Election Day in 2013 the lane closures began At the time their origin was a mystery explained by Port officials as part of a traffic study But within a week after the jam which caught school buses and commuters in hours long tie ups the Wall Street Journal began publishing a series of reports that raised questions about the bridge closures and Wildstein s role In early October the Journal disclosed a sharply worded internal email that Port Authority official Pat Foye had sent on the fifth morning of the closures ordering them to stop In it Foye called the closures hasty and ill advised and concluded they had broken both federal and state laws Follow NJ Spotlight for breaking news on the Bridgegate scandal There are no photos with those IDs or post 104336 does not have any attached images Read more Just For the Web Politics Public Affairs 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

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  • Senator Menendez: Everything to Know About His Indictment - New Jersey Monthly
    Florida befriended Menendez over two decades ago Prosecutors allege Menendez aided Melgen in contesting Medicare charges in 2012 Melgen received the most Medicare reimbursements of any doctor in the country in exchange for lavish gifts Additionally prosecutors believe Menendez the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee used his clout to intervene on a bid by Melgen to secure a port security contract in the Dominican Republic Menendez maintains Melgen s gifts which include trips on a private jet and hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations were merely due to their deep personal friendship What are Menendez s colleagues saying Innocent until proven guilty Gov Chris Christie told the Wall Street Journal Everyone deserves the presumption of innocence and there s no reason for me or anybody else to get out ahead of themselves In a Facebook post Wednesday fellow Senator Cory Booker voted to stand by Menendez calling him an invaluable resource and mentor to me Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop told the Jersey Journal he would stand by my friend anyone who is making assumptions about Bob Menendez based on a news story clearly doesn t know the senator Recommended Reading Episode 2 Chef Leia Gaccione from canned beans to South Pine s Swear Jar What happens next Menendez pleaded not guilty to the corruption charges at a hearing in Newark Thursday afternoon Menendez was released on his own recognizance meaning no bail was set but he was required to surrender his personal passport He is still permitted to travel internationally with his Senate passport Melgen also pleaded not guilty however his bail was set at 1 5 million with the required 10 percent in cash and the balance in property He also must surrender his Dominican and U S passports Menendez s lawyer Abbe Lowell spoke on his client s behalf in the hearing but afterwards the senator reiterated his innocence These allegations are false and I am confident they will be proven false he said It could be months or even years before the senator sees trial D C attorney Stanley Brand told NJ Advance Media that Menendez s legal team will likely file a motion to dismiss the indictment Is he staying on as Senator In a press conference held in Newark just hours after his indictment Menendez said he is outraged by the allegations He also claimed the accusations contradict his public service career and his entire life he is proud of what he has accomplished and he is not going anywhere Though he will not resign as senator Menendez has stepped down as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee This all sounds familiar Of course it does New Jersey has a shall we say unique history of political corruption As detailed by The Daily Beast Menendez is one in a long line of Jersey politicians whose wheeling and dealing has gotten them in hot water The Garden State is also 1 in the country in criminals per

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  • Christie Won't Budge on Gas Tax Hike - New Jersey Monthly
    cycle than the state s occasionally leaving the agency short on cash The TTF has stepped in with short term loans he says to smooth out NJ Transit s cash flow problems The TTF established in 1984 under Governor Tom Kean was conceived as a pay as you go revenue source for capital projects including bridge and road upkeep and rehabilitation in order to keep the state s transportation infrastructure functioning However the TTF has found itself in debt to the tune of 14 billion because its major source of funding the gas tax has not been raised since 1988 as reported in New Jersey Monthly s January cover story Why Jersey Roads Suck The current rate of 10 5 cents per gallon has been in place since 1988 and is the second lowest in the country trailing only Alaska In New York the gas tax is 50 5 cents per gallon Pennsylvania s rate is 41 8 cents per gallon Each year the gas tax brings in approximately 510 million however this is not nearly enough to raise the 1 6 billion needed to be matched by federal funds in order to support the capital road and bridge improvements outlined by the Department of Transportation every year Recommended Reading Episode 5 George Faison on Clean Vs Commodity Meat Due to this lack of funding New Jersey s infrastructure has suffered Photo by Christopher Lane According to a report by Forward New Jersey a coalition of New Jersey businesses 624 of the state s 6 566 bridges 9 5 percent are structurally deficient Another 1 710 26 percent are functionally obsolete The American Society for Civil Engineers found that 66 percent of New Jersey s roads are in poor condition Against this backdrop some lawmakers have called for an increase in the gas tax particularly since gas prices have dramatically fallen over the past several months to supplement the fund However the governor continues to oppose any increase in the tax A handful of polls conducted over the past year have shown that New Jerseyans don t support a raise either although support for a hike has been steadily increasing The most recent Rutgers Eagleton poll shows that 54 percent of residents continue opposed an increase while 42 show support compared to 38 percent support shown last April Read more Just For the Web Politics Public Affairs 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

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  • Assembly Pushes Critical Changes to Medical Marijuana Program - New Jersey Monthly
    requires the approval of three licensed physicians before it may be issued to a patient including Schedule II drugs such as Oxycontin Any time there is a petition to add a new qualifying medical condition to the program the Commissioner of Health must assemble a panel of 15 health care professionals to review the decision which may cause significant and unnecessary delays in approving new conditions Right now the list of approved conditions is slim and there is strong demand from the both the public and the Assembly to include PTSD The Christie administration does not allow dispensaries to sell medical marijuana through satellite locations or via home delivery Since there are only three operating dispensaries in the state patients who do not live near Montclair Woodbridge or Egg Harbor City have trouble getting their medication The Christie administration mandates medical marijuana in New Jersey should not exceed levels of 10 THC The resolution points out that no other state has created a similar limit and it restricts the ability of patients to find suitable strains to relieve their symptoms Recommended Reading There s Work to be Done Legislation in 2016 The Commissioner of Health Mary E O Dowd has less than a month to amend or withdraw these regulations If not the Legislature could force the changes which is permissible under the state Constitution Read more Jersey Living Just For the Web Politics Public Affairs Your Health 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

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  • Politics & Public Affairs Archives - Page 3 of 11 - New Jersey Monthly
    Red Tide GOP Hopes to Follow Christie to Trenton September 23 2013 Can Chris Christie lead the GOP to a Legislative sweep in our blue leaning state Read More Fictional Candidates Real Cause September 16 2013 Amid a season of much political bluster in New Jersey author Lisa Funari Willever is quietly campaigning for her fictional characters to become New Jersey s official Junior Ambassadors Read More Jersey s Kennedy An Ex Congressman Finds Home September 13 2013 A famous former congressman finds a new family a new sense of purpose and a safe haven at the Shore Read More Princeton s Progress The Case for Municipal Consolidation August 16 2013 For those who favor municipal consolidation the merger of the two Princetons is the very model for a modern New Jersey Read More Primary Primer July 18 2013 New Jerseyans go the polls October 16 in a special election to fill the Senate seat of Frank Lautenberg who died June 3 First we must choose among four Democrats and two Republicans in the August 13 primaries Read More Let s Protect Gay Teens Block Conversion Therapy June 19 2013 Trenton should act faster on bill to block conversion therapy Read More Saving Barnegat Development and Pollution Threaten A Delicate Ecosystem June 18 2013 Barnegat Bay was once a vast food factory brimming with marine life But development has degraded the bay s ecosystem affecting everything from the shellfish industry to tourism Is the state doing enough to turn the tide on this man made crisis Read More Reinventing Rutgers A High Profile Consolidation Amid Controversy June 10 2013 Roiled by a coaching scandal new university president Robert Barchi grapples with a long list of monumental tasks including the merger with UMDNJ Read More Down by the Bayshore Charting Raritan Bay s Recovery May 7 2013 Hurricane Sandy is just the latest calamity to strike the tough old towns along the Raritan Bay From Keyport to Keansburg to Highlands here s how they re bouncing back Read More The Contender Barbara Buono Aims To Oust Chris Christie April 8 2013 Meet liberal Democrat Barbara Buono the long shot who says her concern for your pocketbook is her slingshot to unseat Chris Christie this fall Read More Good Cop Is Helpfulness a Rarity March 12 2013 Their credo is Protect and serve so why is a helpful police officer an anomaly Read More By Any Means Necessary Do We Need Police In Schools February 11 2013 Nothing is off the table when it comes to protecting our kids Read More Snapping The Senate Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg s Photography January 14 2013 Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg whose husband is the famed senator wants to put a face with the laws in her portraits of Congressional lawmakers Read More The Hudson Challenge Are Critical Infrastructure Upgrades Overdue December 11 2012 On Jersey s Gold Coast aging infrastructure can no longer be ignored Read More Page 3 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 Last

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  • Politics & Public Affairs Archives - Page 4 of 11 - New Jersey Monthly
    hospital systems gobble up smaller ones and independent facilities merge Experts see benefits for consumers but risks as well Read More An Expert Discusses the Pros and Cons of Teacher Evaluation August 13 2012 Economist turned teacher Charlotte Danielson discusses the pros and cons of teacher evaluation Read More Capped Out How Salary Ceilings Impact Education Christie s ceiling on superintendent salaries pushes some administrators across state borders Read More The Rescuers July 17 2012 In high seas and rough weather the Coast Guard crew at Air Station Atlantic City is always ready to take the plunge Read More The Anointed One Camden Mayor Dana Redd June 11 2012 Can Camden Mayor Dana Redd break her city s sad cycle of poverty drugs and violence Read More A Not So Inside Christie Tome May 7 2012 Chris Christie The Inside Story of His Rise to Power offers a chronological account of the governor s rise to power but little insight Read More The Muck Stops Here February 13 2012 After 30 years of talk and legal wrangling a mountain of contaminated goo is about to be hauled up from the bottom of the Passaic River Read More The Man With the Plan New CRDA chief offers vision for Atlantic City revival Read More Halftime In Trenton December 12 2011 Chris Christie scored big in his first two years as governor brushing aside opponents pushing through pension reform balancing two budgets and developing a huge national profile The second half of his term is unlikely to look quite as easy Read More Legislative To Do List For 2012 Steve Adubato formulates a legislative wish list he d like New Jersey politicians to deliver on in the coming year Read More NJ s Economic Forecast Cloudy With Few Bright Spots August 15 2011 The confusion inherent in trying to understand the current economic climate is as confounding in New Jersey as elsewhere in the U S Read More The Legal Aid Gap July 11 2011 Budget cuts leave a growing number of the state s poor without representation in civil cases Read More Jersey Grown System Tracks Underwater Threats June 13 2011 Researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have developed and built a system that tracks underwater threats to public safety Read More Stepping Up Communicaiton in Post 9 11 New Jersey Improved communications systems help New Jersey react better when disaster strikes Read More Are We Safe The arrest in Yemen of a former Jersey nuclear plant worker has raised serious security questions The bottom line Can we protect ourselves from homegrown terror Read More Page 4 of 6 First 2 3 4 5 6 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

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