A late Thanksgiving — doubled with an early Hannukah — has seemingly thrown New Jersey local media into sudden holiday overload.
Jersey Bites told us how to make a delicious gumbo with that leftover turkey (and their Hanukkah chicken recipe might also be adapted for that other, bigger bird), while Edible Jersey has the story of a Chesterfield woman who bakes nearly 7,000 cookies each holiday season as gifts.
Sites like Springfield Patch covered those iconic town menorah lightings. And Montclair Patch gave us a rundown on the mixed results of Small Business Saturday for local merchants. (more…)
New Jersey media mark the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination.
The Record has been providing month-long coverage, while NJ.com and WBGO today recount Kennedy’s visit to Newark. Diane Lilli of Jersey Tomato Press remembers the moment she heard the news — at her Catholic school in Rhode Island. South Jersey residents recall the moment in The Press of Atlantic City.
Meanwhile, Matt Katz discusses how Chris Chritie’s installation as the head of the Republican Governors Association marks the beginning of his run for President in 2016. The Inquirer notes that Christie is “the talk” of the conference. (more…)
The partnership between two local news sites is yielding good results in Elizabeth where Karla Coral and Sylvia Juaregui of Elizabeth Inside Out are producing terrific crime and safety coverage — under the editorship of Jerry DeMarco, who also runs Cliffview Pilot in Bergen County — to go along with the site’s meat-and-potatoes of community news.
In the past week, Inside Out broke the news on a pair of stabbings, one fatal, at the same rooming house in Elizabeth. including an interview with a resident explaining who police were looking for, and breaking news of the suspect’s arrest. (more…)
NJTV political correspondent Michael Aron reports that there is finally a result in the closely contested race for assembly in Atlantic County: Democratic challenger Vincent Mazzeo has defeated the Republican incumbent John Amodeo by 40 votes — negating the one assembly seat that Republicans thought they had picked up on the coattails of Gov. Christie’s landslide victory.
It’s not known yet if Amodeo will challenge. Two days ago, Amodeo expressed disappointment to NJ.com’s Darryl Isherwood that certain provisional ballots were not struck down. (more…)
More good news for Chris Christie: The governor finally had a state Supreme Court nominee approved, as Faustino Fernandez-Vina received a 38-0 vote from the state Senate. Slightly less happily, Christie’s at the center of a recent Onion cartoon. Also, the Senate failed to override Christie’s veto of a bill banning gestation crates for pigs.
Meanwhile, Christie’s predecessor Jon Corzine received less positive news as the firm he heads, MF Global, was ordered to pay over $1.2 billion in restitution to customers by a federal judge. (more…)
Listening to Bruce Springsteen is a religious experience for many. Perhaps that’s why Rutgers will be offering a one-credit course examining the theology behind the Boss’s songs. NPR reported it, and New Brunswick Today picked up the story.
Meanwhile at Rutgers, Athletic Director Julie Hermann is amidst another controversy — this time involving accusations of bullying by a football player against the team’s defensive coordinator. (more…)
From bridges to pig cages, Gov. Christie steals the spotlight yet again.
Sarah Gonzalez of NJPR followed up on Star-Ledger reporting about suspicious lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in September that blocked up traffic for hours into Fort Lee. Steve Strunsky of the Star-Ledger reported that Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich has questioned whether the closures were “punitive” due to the fact that he did not endorse the governor for reelection. Gonzalez reports that Port Authority officials backed away from previous claims about a traffic study during a meeting on Wednesday. To be continued. (more…)
From a traffic stop that yielded $3 million in cocaine in West Orange to the murder indictment in Clark of the man known as Kai, the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker, New Jersey proves once again that local news is never dull.
They’re having fun with data at Patch. Recently, the network of local sites brought you the 10 safest/most dangerous small towns in New Jersey and the 10 school districts with the highest paid teachers. This week, the big data story is the 20 most dangerous roads in New Jersey, yielding dicy curves from northern Bergen County down to Gloucester and Camden counties.
Route 139U, at Pulaski Skyway Terminus (Jersey City), the most dangerous road in New Jersey. Credit: Wikipedia
In Oceanport, John Bennett is taking on the job of acting borough administrator. It s a far cry from his former posts as State Senator, Senate Co-President and Acting Governor. Monmouth County Musings reports that Bennett’s career as an elected official ended when he lost his reelection bid to the Senate to Ellen Karcher in 2003 after the Asbury Park Press gave extensive coverage to a billing error on Bennett’s part as Marlboro Township attorney.
Oceanport’s John Bennet. Credit: Rhoda Chodosh
And we will end with a happy story: Ever since marriage equality became the law of the land in October, local sites have been reporting joyous news as couples around the state unite. This week, Morristown Green shares video of the first same-sex wedding in Morristown.
Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty officiates his first same-sex wedding, of Bob Parker, left, and Jorge “Geo” Marques. Credit: Kevin Coughlin
Our full roundup:
‘A lifetime event’: First same-sex marriage in Morristown Town Hall Morristown Green
Video: A Historic day in historic Morristown, as Town Hall hosts its first gay wedding Morristown Green
LHS Achieves National Honor Roll with More Students Excelling in AP Classes TAP Livingston
Dr. Sun To Purchase New Monitor for St. Barnabas NICU from
West Orange Police Traffic Stop Yields $3.1 Million in Cocaine TAP West Orange
Westfield Board of Education Discusses Standardized Test Scores and Policies TAP Westfield
Morris Avenue One of Most Dangerous Roads in NJ, Data Shows Springfield Patch
‘Kai the Hitchhiker’ indicted on first-degree murder charges in Clark killing Elizabeth Inside Out
Kai the Hitchhiker Indicted on Murder Charge Clark Patch
Collingswood Resident Develops Scheduling App For Caregivers, Parents, Others Collingswood Patch
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This week, NJ News Commons is on the road, spending time with media in South Jersey. We’ve visited the Press of Atlantic City, Karen Sweitzer of Cape May County Moms, and the South Jersey Bureau of the Philadelphia Inquirer — with more to come.
To mark this occasion, today’s roundup is all South Jersey, all the time. You’ll note that a number of stories below are following close vote counts that are just being resolved (or remain unresolved) a week after the election. We’ve also included one of Kevin Riordan’s terrific columns; this one features former political rivals who have become good friends after a personal tragedy.
Several outlets reported on casinos revenues being up, as well as on the tragic death of a teenager in Vineland — the second in two weeks.
Our full South Jersey roundup:
Vote count narrows margin between Amodeo, Mazzeo in state Assembly race Press of Atlantic City
Single vote separates Woodbury council candidates following election South Jersey Times
Vote count appears to seal win for AC mayoral challenger Guardian Philadelphia Inquirer
Vineland boy, 14, is second student killed in traffic in two weeks Press of Atlantic City
‘Unimaginable tragedy’ again The Daily Journal
From political rivalry to a personal bond Philadelphia Inquirer
Millville principal keeps word, kisses pig after students meet fundraising goal South Jersey Times/NJ.com*
South Jersey groups raising funds for victims of Typhoon Haiyan South Jersey Times/NJ.com*
NJ’s October casino revenues up by 3.6 percent Philadelphia Inquirer
AC casino revenues up, thanks to Sandy The Daily Journal
Rossi’s Bar and Grill will be next historic restaurant to leave Trenton Trentonian
Prudential Fox & Roach changes to Berkshire Hathaway brand Press of Atlantic City
Trenton business administrator says he will not reassign clerk despite receiving warnings The Times of Trenton/NJ.com*
10 S. Jersey districts lagging in school aid Courier-Post
Wounded South Jersey police dog leaves hospital Associated Press
Photos: A Block of the Ocean City Boardwalk Is Gone Ocean City Patch
Christie spoils the tea party NewsWorks*
Holocaust Survivor Shelley Zeiger, of Moorestown, Dies Moorestown Patch
Body Found in Haddonfield Ruled a Suicide Haddonfield-Haddon Township Patch
1.35 million in N.J. living in poverty, new Census report finds NewsWorks*
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Five days out, the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan continues to make news as millions are without food, water and basic services in the Philippines. NJ media continue to report local reaction, with WNYC and NJPR covering the metropolitan Filipino community’s response, The Record covering the North Jersey Filipino community, and the Press of Atlantic City providing coverage in the south. (previously, the Star-Ledger and Philadelphia Inquirer posted stories.) The Jersey Journal/NJ.com and NJTV chronicle the response of Jersey City Filipinos. (more…)
Chris Christie is everywhere.
Christie appeared on The Michael J. Fox Show on Thursday, then Fox and ABC on Sunday. Huffington Post parsed that coverage, while Politico debated whether or not Christie is the second coming of Rudy Guiliani. Rick Perry blasted Christie’s prospects, while Ross Douthat of the NY Times Review had advice for the guv.
The Record considers the ramifications of Christie leading the Republican Governors Association and also ponders his similarities to Bill De Blasio, the newly elected Mayor of New York. (more…)