Friday, November 16, 2012
A petition on whitehouse.gov asks that New Jersey be given permission to secede from the United States. How does the United Counties of New Jersey sound for a new name?
It seems as though some people think New Jersey is doing great, so great in fact that they believe it should secede from the United States and form its own country. A petition created by the We the People tool at petitions.Whitehouse.gov asks the Obama Administration to: “Peacefully grant the State of New Jersey to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.” The petition was created on Saturday, Nov. 10, by “joe r” of Sewell. As of Wednesday, Nov. 14, the petition had about 12,000 signatures. The petition needs 25,000 signatures by Dec. 10 in order to get a response from the White House, according to the website. New Jersey is just one of 30 states with petitions asking for permission to secede. Other …
Monday, August 6, 2012
A report says the Garden State has moved up a notch from last year's 'kid raising' rankings.
Traditionally, New Jersey has enjoyed a reputation for corruption, high taxes and Jersey Shore culture. But now New Jersey also is garnering a reputation for something else: the state is a great place to raise a kid. According to the latest Kids Count report that studies family health, financial factors, and educational achievement, New Jersey is the fourth best state in the nation to raise children, climbing up one spot from last year because of its gains in the classroom. "I've always thought New Jersey has gotten a bad rap...I grew up here and my kids will grow up here too," said Christina Terry, a Montclair resident. "The preschool experience has been really good." Overall, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT® Data Book …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Quinnipiac finds Obama and Menendez hold big leads in New Jersey.
New Jersey continues to lean blue for statewide federal seats, although the House delegation is likely to split 50-50 in November. The latest Quinnipiac University poll, released yesterday, gives President Obama a 49 percent to 38 percent lead over Republican Mitt Romney, who has the vocal backing of Gov. Chris Christie. U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez has an even bigger lead over his GOP opponent, state Sen. Joe Kyrillos, R-Monmouth and another strong Christie ally, 46-32. “Sen. Robert Menendez is close to the magic 50 percent mark, and has a comfortable double-digit lead over the little-known state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. The ballot is more crowded though than …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Search our interactive database to see how much your neighbors gave to Obama and Romney.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Patch has created an interactive database so you can see how much your neighbors are donating to the presidential campaign—and to which candidate they’re writing their checks. We’ve included communities across New Jersey, so if you want to see what the campaign contributions in nearby towns are like, go right ahead. The information in the database was downloaded from the Federal Election Commission’s website. The data is based on quarterly reports, and is current through July. The data will be updated in mid-October.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Top stories from around New Jersey this week include Newark Mayor Cory Booker hinting at a run for Governor, and a boy being hit in the face by a bird while riding a Six Flags roller coaster
It began as just a joke with a friend, and turned tragic when an Elizabeth 19-year-old was pulled from the Raritan River Sunday afternoon without a pulse and was not breathing. First responders initially revived Pedro Rosa on the scene before he was transported to a New Brunswick hospital where he died Sunday night. Witnesses say a tractor trailer veered over several lanes of traffic before careening into a Hasbrouck Heights office building Saturday morning, setting it ablaze. The suspended head football coach of Lyndhurst High School was indicted on charges that he had a sexual relationship in 2009 and 2010 with a high school senior [NorthJersey.com]. One of the heroes of the Dark Knight mass shooting, a 24-year-old man who threw himself …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
New Jersey's governor is giving his State of the State address, outlining his goals for 2012.
Governor Chris Christie delivered his "State of the State Address" to the 215th Session of the Legislature and New Jersey residents at 3 p.m. Tuesday. In his address, Christie outlined his goals for the coming year and what he has accomplished his first two years in office. In his speech, he touched on hot button issues of education and pension reform and called for a 10 percent state income tax cut. For more details on Christie's speech, read our wrap-up article here. Patch live blogged the speech from 2:30 to about 5 p.m. You can read the minute-by-minute updates with commentary from Huffington Post Political Reporter John Celock in the attached blog. If you missed the live chat and want to leave a comment, please do in the comment …