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December 21, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 21, 2013

President Obama has started a 17-day vacation in Hawaii, a vacation which will have a little bit of work—he’ll have daily briefings on the healthcare law and on national security—but (he hopes) a lot of rest.

Four men were arrested Saturday for their suspected roles in a New Jersey car-jacking that led to the death of a lawyer, who was killed in front of his wife after a day of Christmas shopping last weekend.

Worst possible way to lose a job: Write racist tweet before jumping on plane to Africa, fail to use the in-flight internet, and create a PR crisis for your company. (Oh yeah, you’re in charge of PR.)

Stuart Little meets Benjamin Button: Scientists have figured out a way to make the muscles in mice way younger.

Beyonce handed out $37,500 in gift cards at a Wal-Mart on Friday night.

18:53 // 4 months ago
December 19, 2013
After our 2012 mug shot gallery became one of the most popular stories on NJ.com last year, we decided to go with more mugs for this year’s treasury. Click through the photos below to see what we think are some of the best New Jersey mug shots of the year gone by. Check the links in the captions to learn more about the person’s alleged misdeeds. Got a memorable mug shot we missed? Post a link in comments.

A post on the Newark Star-Ledger’s site introing a New Jersey mugshot roundup. The state of New Jersey is considering a ban on the public release of mugshots prior to conviction, but the Star-Ledger opposes it officially.

Don’t want to lose your access to these mugshots, Star-Ledger? Don’t run crappy mugshot roundups and talk up the amount of traffic they drive for you. Improve your standards.

10:05 // 4 months ago
December 16, 2013
It’s a major metropolitan area run by armed teenagers with no access to jobs or healthy food, and not long ago, while the rest of America was ranting about debt ceilings and Obamacares, Camden quietly got pushed off the map. That was three years ago, when new governor and presumptive future presidential candidate Chris Christie abruptly cut back on the state subsidies that kept Camden on life support. The move left the city almost completely ungoverned – a graphic preview of what might lie ahead for communities that don’t generate enough of their own tax revenue to keep their lights on. Over three years, fires raged, violent crime spiked and the murder rate soared so high that on a per-capita basis, it ‘put us somewhere between Honduras and Somalia,’ says Police Chief J. Scott Thomson
Rolling Stone publishes a piece on Camden, New Jersey, a town they call “America’s most desperate town.”

(via patrickdehahn)

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October 21, 2013
Good news: In what may be his last high-profile move as Newark’s mayor, Senator-elect Cory Booker (D-NJ) married a number of couples in the city early this morning, as same-sex marriages are now legal in the state.
Bad news: When asked if there were any objections to the union, a protester loudly shouted, “This is unlawful in the eyes of God and Jesus Christ.”
Better news: The protester was escorted out and the marriages went along as planned. (photo by John Munson/The Star-Ledger)

Good news: In what may be his last high-profile move as Newark’s mayor, Senator-elect Cory Booker (D-NJ) married a number of couples in the city early this morning, as same-sex marriages are now legal in the state.

Bad news: When asked if there were any objections to the union, a protester loudly shouted, “This is unlawful in the eyes of God and Jesus Christ.”

Better news: The protester was escorted out and the marriages went along as planned. (photo by John Munson/The Star-Ledger)

2:38 // 6 months ago
August 28, 2013

The depressing evolution of the “Cory Booker might be gay” meme

  • Monday “People who think I’m gay, some part of me thinks it’s wonderful, because I want to challenge people on their homophobia,” Booker told the Washington Post. “I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I’m gay, and I say, ‘So what does it matter if I am? So be it.’”
  • Tuesday “It’s kind of weird. As a guy, I personally like being a guy,” Booker’s Republican Senate opponent, Steve Lonegan, stated in the kind of comment you want to never read again. “I don’t know if you saw the stories last year. They’ve been out for quite a bit about how he likes to go out at three o’clock in the morning for a manicure and a pedicure.”
  • Wednesday Newly besieged by questions on the issue because his opponent is a jerk, Booker said this: “I don’t intend to answer. It should not matter. That was my point.”
20:23 // 7 months ago
August 19, 2013
15:45 // 8 months ago
June 6, 2013
Here we are talking about the post-Obama world, and where the Obama coalition is going to go. We think that Cory [Booker] is one of the people who is best positioned to advance that movement.
Steve Phillips, founder of Pac Plus, a progressive SF-based super PAC. There is a recognition amongst Democratic and progressive operatives that the Obama coalition won’t necessarily make it to the polls for every future Democratic candidate, and that if the left wants continue to utilize that coalition, it will have to be intentional and thoughtful with regard to which progressives it supports. Pac Plus is going to pour between $1 and $2 million to help elect Booker to the recently-vacated senate seat in New Jersey, which will be filled via a special election this October.  source
18:26 // 10 months ago
June 3, 2013
nbcnews:

NJ Sen. Lautenberg dies at 89
(Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg passed away on Monday after struggling with health issues in recent months.
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He was the last World War II vet in Congress, as well as the oldest member of either chamber. 

nbcnews:

NJ Sen. Lautenberg dies at 89

(Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg passed away on Monday after struggling with health issues in recent months.

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He was the last World War II vet in Congress, as well as the oldest member of either chamber. 

10:30 // 10 months ago