Catholic Church leaders are sparing no expense to try to stop
legislation that would make it easier for victims of sexual abuse
to seek damages in court - a move that sends a strange message at a
time when many Catholics are calling for reform within the church
bureaucracy and an honest accounting of past actions.
We all learned some hard lessons in the recent recession, and
one of them is how fragile our lifestyles can be. One layoff, one
illness, one unexpected event can lead to extreme changes -
The Office of the State Comptroller is so good at its job of
uncovering fraud and waste in state government that its audits
sometimes generate more yawns than yelps. Another day, another
outrage. This is, after all, New Jersey.
The Sixth Amendment of the Bill of Rights is supposed to
guarantee speedy trials. But as anyone who has been involved in our
court system knows, the process can be anything but speedy. The
amendment doesn't say anything about legal proceedings being
affordable, but if it did, we'd be missing that mark as
State Sen. Richard Codey, D-Essex, is a quirky guy. He's part classic North Jersey machine pol and part do-good reformer - he once posed as an orderly on the midnight shift at Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital to uncover conditions there.
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the summer 2013 vacation season. This year, there is extra reason to celebrate - the Jersey Shore has rebuilt itself after the hard blow it took from Hurricane Sandy.
Wildwood's mibstersThumbs upThe National Marbles Tournament will hold its 90th competition in Wildwood from June 17-20. And for the first time in more than a decade, local students will participate in the competition.
At times, Gov. Chris Christie can seem like a force of nature. That's been more apparent than ever in the past six months, as he has dealt with the aftermath of that other force of nature, Hurricane Sandy.
The problem with "dedicated" funds is that they're not. Lawmakers like to declare that certain fees and taxes can only be used in certain ways. But when it comes down to it, that language doesn't mean much - not when there's a budget to balance.
Overall, Egg Harbor City school officials are very pleased with the district's new middle school, which has already become a focal point for community activities. But they do have some frustrating problems with the building. The heating and air-conditioning system doesn't work quite right, and neither do the exterior drainage basins. The district is working on fixes for both.
Alexis Yamil Perez, a 19-year-old Pleasantville resident, was shot and killed by police a week ago. Three officers had responded to a call of an armed man making threats. They found Perez wielding a knife when they arrived.
Gov. Chris Christie has shown himself to be a strong leader on many issues, someone who is not afraid of a fight. Unfortunately, on the question of how to protect New Jersey residents from gun violence, Christie has chosen not to lead.
Anyone who drives a car is familiar with the deplorable condition of some of New Jersey's roads and bridges. But the state's infrastructure problems go beyond its roads to include its electrical power grid and water systems. And the bill for keeping those systems working goes well beyond anything currently budgeted.
Rutgers University's efforts to deal with a scandal involving an abusive men's basketball coach have brought into focus a larger problem: the over-the-top compensation packages offered to public university coaches.
The intricacies of New Jersey's bail system have been in the news recently. Gov. Chris Christie has reiterated his call for a constitutional amendment that would allow a judge to deny bail and detain a defendant who is deemed a threat to society. Meanwhile, a study by the Drug Policy Alliance has found that 40 percent of those in county jails - many of whom are facing minor, nonviolent charges - have been granted bail but are unable to post it.
As we all know by now, recovering from Hurricane Sandy will be a long, slow process for much of the Jersey shore. Homeowners are finding that it can take months to settle with insurance companies, and they still do not know what new building standards eventually will be set.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey - which controls the overcrowded LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports - may very well be able to exert some leverage on airlines to get them to bring more flights to Atlantic City International Airport.
Mike Rice, now the former Rutgers University men's basketball coach, threw balls at his players, kicked them, grabbed them and berated them with expletives and gay slurs … and somehow managed to keep his job.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in May — a steady pace that shows strength in the face of tax increases and government spending cuts if not enough to reduce still-high unemployment.