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Re: JC Public Schools is short $70 million
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Jersey City teachers ratify contract with raise

JERSEY CITY -- Teachers with the Jersey City Public Schools have approved a contract that comes with a pay raise and stipend for those who pay into their health benefits. 

Members of the board of education finalized the agreement during Thursday night's meeting at Snyder High School, just under two hours after 81 percent of teachers voted in favor of the agreement, according to the teachers' union.

The new contract was initially agreed upon last month following a one-day strike, with teachers demanding relief from Chapter 78 – New Jersey's 2011 law that revamped how public employees pay for their health benefits – saying they were bringing home less money despite salary increases.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ntract_with_6_percen.html


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Re: I-Team: FBI Investigates Alleged Corruption in Jersey City Police Department
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Ex-Jersey City cop gets prison time for no-show off-duty jobs

NEWARK -- A Jersey City police officer was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison yesterday for getting paid for no-show off-duty jobs in a scandal that has resulted in 11 officers pleading guilty, including the former chief of police.

"This was a criminal act of corruption and bribery committed by a police officer who was sworn to uphold the law," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Vikas Khanna at the sentencing of former Jersey City Police Officer Ehab Abdelaziz, 38.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... city_cop_gets_prison.html


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Re: Fatal shooting at mini-market in JC, (Greenville) according to persons at scene
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Mistrial is declared in illegal gambling joint murder trial

JERSEY CITY -- A mistrial was declared today in the murder trial of a 23-year-old Jersey City man charged with shooting a man through the head in an illegal gambling joint in 2015.

DeAndre Thomas is charged with killing Davonte Carswell, 23, on a staircase leading to the basement under Los Yoleros Mini Market Deli on Ocean Avenue on Nov. 15, 2015, and then shooting him in the face after he had fallen.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ambling_joint_murder.html


Posted on: 4/20 18:28
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Exchange Physical Therapy Group & Jaclyn Fulop Team Launch Mobile Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Program
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Exchange Physical Therapy Group & Jaclyn Fulop Team Launch City’s First Mobile Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Program for Local Animal Shelter, Liberty Humane Society

Local small business Exchange Physical Therapy Group and Jaclyn Fulop teamed up with Liberty Humane Society and raised over $120,000 for the non-profit animal shelter to launch Jersey City’s first low-cost spay and neuter program.

Exchange Physical Therapy Group in Jersey City and Weehawken, hosted a fundraiser at local distillery Corgi Spirits this week, and through ticket sales and corporate donations, more than quadrupled its initial goal of $25,000 and is hoping to not only fund the first year, but also create an ongoing donor base for subsequent years.

“When we learned about this situation and that a solution was within reach, we immediately knew we had to help,” said Jaclyn Fulop, co-owner of Exchange Physical Therapy Group. “We have seen the benefits an animal can have, through our therapy dog Chloe, and want to make sure all of Jersey City’s dogs and cats have an opportunity at a good life. That’s what this program will provide.”

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/04/prweb15419731.htm


Posted on: 4/18 22:12
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Re: Citi Bike
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Citi Bike Jersey City is closing these poorest-performing stations

JERSEY CITY – Citi Bike Jersey City is moving forward with a plan to relocate more than 15 percent of its docking stations, leaving nearly all neighborhoods south of Communipaw Avenue without access to the bike-share system.

The decision, which was announced last week, will remove eight of the least popular stations, including those at three light rail stops, a state college, and a community center. While officials have not announced where exactly the stations will be moved, they are expected to be brought to areas with higher ridership. A majority of the system is located Downtown.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... _from_the_southern_e.html


Posted on: 4/18 21:54
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Re: Netflix series Seven Seconds (takes place in JC!)
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Netflix Cancels Crime Drama Seven Seconds

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Seven Seconds will not be getting a second season on Netflix. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming giant decided to pass on telling another story in what would have been an anthological crime drama. Regina King starred in the 10-episode series, which centered around the death of an African-American teenager who was killed by a Jersey City police officer in a hit-and-run. The plot follows the cops who attempted to cover up their crime, the investigators on their tail, and the family left devastated by the loss of their son. The first season told a complete story, so if the show had a second it would have followed a completely different story with some characters and Jersey City remaining as the constant. At least fans got to see King’s character see her story through to the end.

http://www.vulture.com/2018/04/netfli ... -drama-seven-seconds.html


Posted on: 4/18 21:48
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Eli Manning Sells Hoboken Condo, May Be City's Priciest:
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Eli Manning Sells Hoboken Condo, May Be City's Priciest: Report

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning sold his waterfront home in Hoboken for $3.55 million, a report says.

By Eric Kiefer, Patch Staff | Apr 17, 2018 5:32 pm ET

HOBOKEN, NJ — New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning recently sold his waterfront home in Hoboken for $3.55 million, a sale that may be the highest that any buyer has paid for a condo in the city's history, reports say.

The sale price of $3.55 million beats out the previous highest, a $3.3 million home at 216 Bloomfield Street, a Douglas Elliman spokesman told the NY Post.

According to a listing on Realtor.com, the home – located at 1500 Hudson Street in the Hudson Tea Building – was "off market" as of Tuesday.

https://patch.com/new-jersey/hoboken/e ... -be-citys-priciest-report


Posted on: 4/17 22:07
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Re: JC Public Schools is short $70 million
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Teachers to vote on contract with 6 percent raise

Jersey City teachers will receive a 6 percent raise over the next two years if they ratify a contract that has already been agreed upon by the union and school district.

Teachers in the 29,000-student district walked off the job last month saying they need relief from Chapter 78, New Jersey's 2011 law that revamped how public employees pay for their health benefits, has decreased their take-home pay despite salary increases.

A copy of the contract obtained by The Jersey Journal indicates teachers would receive a retroactive 3.5 percent raise dated back to September, when the last contract expired. They would receive another 2.75 percent raise at the beginning of next school year.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... with_6_percent_raise.html


Posted on: 4/17 22:05
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Jersey City renews $208 million government plan with Prudential Retirement
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Jersey City renews $208 million government plan with Prudential Retirement

Press Release

Apr 17, 2018 13:00 UTC

NEWARK, N.J.--(Business Wire)--Jersey City, the second-most-populous city in the U.S. state of New Jersey, will continue to utilize Prudential Retirement as the recordkeeper for its $208 million governmental retirement plan. Prudential Retirement, among the industry’s largest recordkeepers, is a business unit of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU).

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180417005132/en/


Posted on: 4/17 12:44
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Firm hired to review Jersey City's 911 system has ties to police brass
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Firm hired to review Jersey City's 911 system has ties to police brass

Jersey City is wrapping up a $38,000 review of its police and fire dispatch services, a longtime goal of Public Safety Director James Shea that is being conducted by a firm with ties to the man who got Shea his current job.

Princeton-based IXP Corp. is performing the study, which Shea has said will give him an idea of how efficient the city's 911 system is. The company's senior vice president is Adam Safir, son of Howard Safir, a former New York Police Department commissioner who led the search to hire Shea in 2013.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... review_of_911_system.html


Posted on: 4/13 16:31
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Re: Legal Weed Is Coming to New Jersey
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Vote delayed on Jersey City pot plan

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop's plan to bar recreational marijuana sales citywide before coming up with pot-friendly zones lives for another day, with the City Council Wednesday night moving to postpone a vote on the controversial proposal.

The council voted 8-1 to set aside the measure, which was scheduled for a final vote Wednesday night. Councilman-at-large Daniel Rivera, who supports Fulop's plan, was the only no vote.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... ed_on_jersey_city_po.html


Posted on: 4/13 16:09
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Re: N.J. city shuts down burlesque show, citing obscenity laws
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Burlesque performer urges change to obscenity law

It was a wild scene Wednesday night outside City Hall in Jersey City, where a burlesque performer, two City Council members and a woman dressed as a part of the female anatomy gathered to protest the city's old obscenity law.

Lillian Bustle, whose burlesque career has come under fire by city attorneys who say her shows may be unlawfully obscene, rallied her supporters to urge the council to amend the law, which dates to 1982 and was apparently intended to keep strip clubs out of the city.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... performer_urges_chan.html


Posted on: 4/13 10:57
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Re: Two cops charged with roughing up Domino's manager while on duty
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'Pizza cops' charged criminally because of department's recent legal troubles: attorneys

Lawyers for two Jersey City police officers charged with threatening and harassing a pizzeria manager said yesterday that the police department's recent acts of corruption are the reason the pair was charged criminally.

"My hope is the prosecutor's office realizes this is not an indictable offense," said defense attorney Jeff Garrigan, who represents Officer Rodney Clark, after Clark and Officer Courtney Solomon made their first court appearance on the charges yesterday.

The attorneys want the matter remanded to municipal court.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... s_charged_criminally.html


Posted on: 4/12 10:33
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Jersey City becomes alternative to New York, but without the 'sticker shock' in prices
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Jersey City becomes alternative to New York, but without the 'sticker shock' in prices

  • Jersey City is raising its profile as an alternative to New York City, given its closeness to the Big Apple and more reasonable prices.
  • New buildings like 99 Hudson offer luxury living at a fraction of the cost.
  • Yet some say Jersey City could easily go the way of Brooklyn, which itself was an alternative to Manhattan until everyone began moving there.

Real estate prices in New York City have cooled but remain astronomically high, so Jennifer Tobias, a senior designer at the Studio Sofield design firm in lower Manhattan, found a nearby refuge.

Located just across the Hudson River from Manhattan's West Side, Jersey City is being touted by some as the latest alternative to New York City's torrid real estate market. It's where Tobias joined a growing number of area residents who find Jersey City more affordable when compared to its more famous neighbor.

"My apartment is a 310 square foot studio in a 28-unit building," Tobias told CNBC recently. Her unit cost $195,000 when she bought it in 2007, and she said that its current value is $312,000.

"A similar apartment in New York City would easily cost twice as much," she added. Her residence faces Van Vorst Park, which has a farmer's market, Shakespeare performances and outdoor movie nights. A wide range of restaurants and bars can be found within an eight-block radius, and the overall cost of living is low.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/07/jersey ... ithout-sticker-shock.html


Posted on: 4/7 13:35
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Jersey City launches 'Year of Energy' to promote use of renewable energy, sustainability
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Jersey City launches 'Year of Energy' to promote use of renewable energy, sustainability

JERSEY CITY -- The city has launched a yearlong initiative targeted at increasing pubic education around clean energy and reducing the city's carbon footprint.

Mayor Steven Fulop last week announced 2018 as the Year of Energy for Jersey City, which will include a variety of initiatives, events and programming designed to increase the use of renewable energy.

The city earlier this year was awarded a $30,000 grant to come up with a plan to decrease the city's carbon footprint and energy usage.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2018/04/post_962.html


Posted on: 4/7 13:32
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Jersey City Council to vote if ex-chief innovation officer will remain acting business administrator
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Jersey City Council to vote if ex-chief innovation officer will remain acting business administrator


Posted on: 4/6 15:50
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Re: Battle against the "Bayonne Box" in The Heights
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Lawsuit targets Fulop's action on 'Bayonne box' homes

Four companies seeking to build residential homes in the Jersey City Heights want a judge to declare Mayor Steve Fulop's home-demolition executive order invalid.

A lawsuit the four have filed against Jersey City says Fulop is not permitted to halt all demolitions, an action the mayor has said was an effort to curb the construction of so-called "Bayonne boxes." The moratorium, which applies to all one-, two-, three- and four-family homes for the next six months, is causing "irreparable financial harm" to the plaintiffs, the lawsuit alleges.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... argets_fulops_action.html


Posted on: 4/6 14:55
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Re: Battle against the "Bayonne Box" in The Heights
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Should Mayor Steve Fulop apologize over an anti-Bayonne tweet?

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop has received some pushback from members of the Bayonne City Council after he poked fun at the Peninsula City.

Fulop, in a tweet, was commenting on a Jersey Journal story about his efforts to curb construction of "Bayonne box"-style homes in Jersey City.

Fulop said, "These were two rhymes about dating but I guess it applies to Bayonne Box architecture as well 1) Exit 14a stay away. 2) If it's in Bayonne leave it alone."

http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2 ... gize_over_an_anti-ba.html


Posted on: 4/6 14:51
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Hudson County sues makers of opioids, alleging negligence and fraud
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Hudson County sues makers of opioids, alleging negligence and fraud

JERSEY CITY — Hudson County this week joined the growing list of public entities suing opioid manufacturers, alleging the companies spent decades convincing the public that their drugs are safe and downplaying their addictive nature.

The drug manufacturers and distributors named in the suit — including the Sackler family, owner of Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin — have destroyed communities and left state and local governments to pay much of the cost of treating people addicted to opioids, the 139-page lawsuit says.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... opioids_alleging_neg.html


Posted on: 4/6 14:41
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Black Maria award-winning shorts to be screened at NJCU
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Award-winning selected shorts from the Black Maria Film Festival's 37th annual tour will be presented on Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. on the main campus of New Jersey City University in Hepburn Hall, room 202.

The program, which was co-curated by NJCU Integrated Media Arts Production MFA candidate Nicole Pometti and NJCU Professor and Black Maria Film Festival Executive Director Jane Steuerwald, focuses on topics of global concerns including personal stories of empowerment, LGBTQ issues, and social justice.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... -winning_shorts_urge.html


Posted on: 4/6 0:33
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Group wants new highway leading to Jersey City Waterfront
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Group wants new highway leading to Jersey City Waterfront

JERSEY CITY — A plan dropped online last week by a mysterious new commuter group is reviving an old idea to reduce traffic congestion in Downtown Jersey City: a new mini-highway leading to the Waterfront.

The proposal, floated by something called the New Jersey Commuters Alliance, says a new parkway built into the Bergen Arches rail cut would take motorists headed to the Waterfront off the notoriously car-clogged highways that lead to the Holland Tunnel.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... g_to_jersey_city_wat.html


Posted on: 4/6 0:08
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Jersey City municipal worker accused in drug trafficking, money laundering scheme
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Jersey City municipal worker accused in drug trafficking, money laundering scheme

A worker with Jersey City's health department was led out of City Hall in handcuffs on Tuesday after he was indicted in New York as part of an alleged drug distribution and money laundering scheme operating in three states.

Jose Martinez, 40, was charged with conspiracy after an eight-month investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the DEA says in a press release issued today. The agency says it seized multiple kilograms of cocaine and marijuana and about $270,000 in cash.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ccused_in_drug_deali.html


Posted on: 4/6 0:01
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Re: N.J. city shuts down burlesque show, citing obscenity laws
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After burlesque flap, Jersey City to revise old obscenity law

Jersey City may revise its obscenity law in the wake of its push to halt a local burlesque show that the city's legal team said would violate the 36-year-old ordinance.

The city faced criticism for putting an end to the show, which was going to star burlesque performer Lillian Bustle. Even Mayor Steve Fulop appeared to take his own legal team to task, calling them "very prude" on Twitter.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ty_to_revise_old_obs.html


Posted on: 4/3 16:32
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Opioid epidemic is subject of town hall in Jersey City
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Opioid epidemic is subject of town hall in Jersey City

A town hall forum to discuss the statewide opioid epidemic is coming to Hudson County later this month. 

The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey are set to bring the "Knock Out Opioid Abuse" town hall series to Saint Peter's University in Jersey City on April 24.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez is on the panel of speakers for the 11 a.m. event, which will be held in the Mac Mahon Student Center at 47 Glenwood Ave.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... town_hall_later_this.html


Posted on: 4/3 15:13
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Prosecutors want to detain alleged stalker of Jersey City mayor

JERSEY CITY — The 30-year-old woman accused of stalking Mayor Steve Fulop, who once honored her as a Jersey City "woman of action," will remain behind bars until at least Thursday.

Stephanie Espana, of Jersey City, was arrested Sunday night after authorities say she was found inside Fulop's Ogden Avenue home at about 7 p.m. Espana made her first court appearance Monday afternoon, with the assistant prosecutor handling the case saying she wants to have Espana evaluated by a mental health professional.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... fulop_stalker_update.html


Posted on: 4/2 22:47
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Now Menendez has a Democrat challenging him

WASHINGTON -- Before they can face each other in the general election, both U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and former Celgene Corp. executive Bob Hugin first must overcome opposition from candidates in their own parties.

On the final day for candidates to declare their intention with the state Division of Elections to run in the June 5 primary, community newspaper publisher Lisa McCormick filled to run against Menendez, D-N.J., who is seeking a third six-year term. McCormick announced a campaign for the 2017 Democratic nomination for governor but did not run.

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/ ... re-election_campaign.html


Posted on: 4/2 22:42
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Politicians Want to Start a Bank. What Could Go Wrong?
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Politicians Want to Start a Bank. What Could Go Wrong?

New Jersey looks to follow North Dakota’s example, but without the same low-corruption culture.

Some Democrats in Trenton think they’ve found an answer to New Jersey’s problems: a new government-owned bank.

Gov. Phil Murphy, formerly of Goldman Sachs , campaigned last year on the idea of creating a bank owned by the state and its municipalities. “A public bank will allow New Jersey to invest in New Jersey,” Mr. Murphy said. He added that it would “provide capital to communities that, for too long, have been ignored by the financial system, whether they be women-owned businesses, businesses owned by people of color, or small businesses with big ideas.”

At the beginning of this year’s legislative session, two Democratic state senators introduced the State Bank of New Jersey Act to turn Mr. Murphy’s campaign proposals into reality. The new bank would be run by an appointed board, plus the state treasurer. It would be instructed to make its services available to all public entities, and it could enter into real-estate projects using the power of eminent domain. The bank would also be empowered to extend student loans and small-business loans.

For years progressive groups have advocated government-run banks, arguing that they would serve local users better than private banks do. A model often cited is the Bank of North Dakota, the only state-owned bank in the U.S., which was founded nearly a century ago as part of a populist farmers revolt. It has survived as an apparently functional part of the economic landscape in one of the nation’s most conservative states. Another oft-cited example is Germany’s Landesbanken, a group of state-owned regional banks known for midlevel commercial lending and for overseeing local savings banks (Sparkassen) run by municipalities.

As private banks see it, state-owned banks succeed, if they do, because of unfair advantages. They’re exempt from taxes, which may or may not be partly offset by an expectation that they return money to state or municipal treasuries. Public banks can also raise money at the lower interest rates charged to government borrowers, since they’re seen as unlikely to default (and likely to be bailed out if they do).

But you don’t hear as much favorable buzz about the German Landesbanken as you used to, given their recent performance. The Economist reported in 2015 that “this hybrid public-private model, which relied on public largesse in days past, has fared disastrously since the financial crisis.” The promise that politically controlled banks would choose investments on a sound business basis has proved false. “State politicians sit on the supervisory boards, enjoying playing the role of banker, supporting favored projects and soft loans to companies that employ lots of voters,” the magazine noted.

Alert readers might have noticed what Germany and North Dakota have in common: relatively clean, honest political cultures. Germany regularly ranks among the 10 or 20 least corrupt countries in the world (and ahead of the U.S.). Among American states, the measures vary. North Dakota has had more corruption convictions than one might expect, but it still scores well on most outcome-based measures. New Jersey, on the other hand, fares quite poorly.

A 2014 study by the Safra Ethics Center at Harvard ranked state corruption by surveying political reporters covering capital politics. North Dakota was in a small group of states where illegal corruption was perceived as “not at all common.” When it came to “legal” corruption—i.e., the kind that isn’t against the law but is still aromatic—the study found it was only “slightly common” in North Dakota.

On both metrics New Jersey was among the seven states perceived as most corrupt. The Soprano State has provided America with some of its gaudiest and most colorful political double-dealers, with mayors in Atlantic City, Camden, Irvington, Jersey City, Newark, Orange and Trenton all having been convicted over the past generation.

A State Bank of New Jersey would be unlikely to content itself with the predictable and repetitive lending that goes on in an agriculture-and-extraction economy like North Dakota’s. It would inevitably turn into a Favor Bank for politicos hoping to lure subsidized jobs from the more vibrant cities of New York and Philadelphia. Once the initial buzz of idealism passed, it would become a tempting honey pot for the corrupt politicians for which New Jersey is famous.

In that sense, a State Bank of New Jersey really would be sure to create jobs—for prosecutors.

Mr. Olson is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/politicia ... could-go-wrong-1522443732


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Re: JC Public Schools is short $70 million
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Initial $660M Jersey City school's budget calls for tax hike, layoffs

The nine-member school board gave preliminary approval to the school district's $660 million school budget for the 2018-19 school year.

The spending plan gets sent now to the county superintendent for approval. It is expected to be adopted in May.

Here's what residents need to know about how the budget would affect them and the 29,000-student school district.

$660,214,829: the total amount the school district intends to spend in 2018-19. That's 5 percent less than the district intends to spend this school year.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... 0m_jersey_city_schoo.html


Posted on: 3/30 10:09
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N.J. city shuts down burlesque show, citing obscenity laws
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N.J. city shuts down burlesque show, citing obscenity laws

Turns out, in Jersey City a bump 'n' grind can get you fined.

City attorneys effectively shut down a burlesque show planned for Wednesday night after telling the owners of Newark Avenue bar FM that they might get hit with a penalty for violating local obscenity laws.

Lillian Bustle, who would have starred in the performance, said she's mystified. The burlesque queen has produced and starred in 19 burlesque shows at various Downtown Jersey City venues since 2012.

Bustle said she and her fellow performers generally strip down to pasties and G-strings. If there is the occasional flash of a bit more, she said, what's the difference?

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ue_show_citing_obsce.html


Posted on: 3/29 14:58
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Re: Disbarred lawyer stole $1.5M from clients, AG says
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26 years in prison for Toms River attorney convicted of stealing $1.5 million from clients

, @AndrewFordNews Published 2:11 p.m. ET March 29, 2018

A Toms River attorney was sentenced to spend more than two decades behind bars after he was found guilty of crimes related to stealing $1.5 million from five clients.

Joseph J. Talafous Jr., 55, was sentenced to 26 years in state prison Thursday after he was convicted at trial in January of 17 crimes, according to a statement from the state attorney general's office. 

“Lawyers have a duty to uphold the law and defend the interests of their clients,” Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in the statement.  “This prison sentence sends a strong message of deterrence that lawyers like Talafous who violate their duty and steal from their clients will be aggressively prosecuted.”

Between October 2004 and May 2015, the statement said Talafous, who practiced in Jersey City, stole from five clients, including:

https://www.app.com/story/news/crime/j ... -clients-child/470116002/


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