The Rules: Garden State Craft Brewers Craft A Best Practices Document

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If you spend any time at New Jersey’s brewery tasting rooms, you’ve surely noticed some differences from those in PA. No dining. No entertainment. No food trucks. Well, maybe some food trucks.

In some ways, New Jersey brewers have been left to interpret the state’s two-year-old law that allows them to sell pints of beer and has led to the proliferation of tasting rooms and new breweries across the state. But because the law was met with opposition from the restaurant association, it prohibits food service and entertainment at breweries that aren’t brewpubs. However, the law left some grey area and some room to make one’s own decisions about how strictly to follow the law.

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NIMBY Cries Stall Proposed Rehabilitation Center in Haddonfield

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Image via Google Street View

“Where others see problems, O’Neill sees potential,” reads the O’Neill Properties Group mission statement. That attitude must be coming in handy for developer Brian O’Neill right about now. Per the Inquirer, Haddonfielders are putting up staunch “Not In My Back Yard” opposition to his plans of putting a rehab center at the site of the former Bancroft School.

Why the aversion to the parochial school savior’s project? For one thing, the building would be across from Haddonfield Memorial High School and just two blocks the local elementary school. This proximity has not sat well with parents and other locals:  “I cannot imagine a worse site than right next to a high school,” former Mayor Jack Tarditi was quoted as saying last week.

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WATCH: Cory Booker Argue for Same-Sex Marriage on Senate Floor

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Just two weeks from the day the Supreme Court will hear arguments about making marriage equality legal nationwide, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has taken to the floor of the U.S. Senate to argue the importance of same-sex marriage to his colleagues.

“We cannot fail now. Love is on the line. Citizenship is on the line,” Booker said on the Senate floor. “We cannot deny the worth of one American without denying the worth dignity and strength of our nation as a whole.”

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The New and Improved Stockton Inn

The exterior of the newly renovated inn at dusk

The exterior of the newly renovated inn at dusk

Teresa Giudice isn’t the only New Jersey resident to have gotten a massive facelift. The 305 year old Stockton Inn is being reborn after a serious renovation and a revamping of the menu.

The menu, which consists of “colonial inspired American fare,” comes courtesy of the Inn’s new head chef Alan Heckman. You can check out the whole menu here, but some highlights include braised octopus carpaccio and a chateaubriand for two that requires a minimum two day advance reservation. For you history buffs, the renovations also included a restoration of the Dog & Deer Tavern–one of the first taverns in New Jersey, which got its operating license in 1796.

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Chris Christie’s Lottery Privatization Is Costing N.J. Millions

Chris Christie | David Shankbone [CC BY 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Chris Christie | David Shankbone [CC BY 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

When New Jersey privatized its lottery in 2013, some were celebrating. For Gov. Chris Christie, the upfront $120 million payment from the lottery’s new operators allowed him to close a budget gap; he said the move would save the state millions.

Unions sued to block the deal (and failed), state lawmakers attempted to strip Christie’s right to privatize the lottery (he vetoed the bill) and people pointed out Christie backers had been hired by the winning lottery vendor. Paul Davies, a University of Delaware professor, wrote on this website in 2012 that potential private lottery operators in New Jersey — and Pennsylvania, where Tom Corbett was attempting a failed bid to privatize the lottery — would target poor communities.

The early results were not good: Northstar New Jersey Lottery Group — a joint venture of GTECH Corporation, Scientific Games and, yes, the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System — missed its revenue target by $24 million its first year. And this year, the Associated Press reported earlier last week, Northstar is trailing revenue projections by $64 million though seven months of the fiscal year.

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Questions Surround Death of Man in Vineland Police Custody

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Phillip White via Facebook

Vineland police arrived on the 100 block of Grape Street on Tuesday after a report of a disorderly man. They left with 32-year-old Phillip White in an ambulance. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Officials are tight-lipped about the man who died in police custody in Vineland earlier this week, but some details have come out: Witnesses told NBC 10 they saw police punching the man and a police dog biting him.

On radio, a policeman said White tried to go for his gun. A witness told The Daily Journal the man was resisting arrest. Read more »

Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill to Play Hot 97’s Summer Jam

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Hot 97 has released the lineup for its’s 2015 Summer Jam, which will take place on June 7th at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Kendrick Lamar is set to headline the main stage, with Philly rapper Meek Mill performing there earlier in the day. Other acts include Big Sean, Fabolous, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Omarion, Childish Gambino, B.o.B., and Teyana Taylor.

For more information go here. To jump straight to Ticketmaster to buy your tickets, click here.

These Are the 40 “Hate Groups” in N.J., Says Southern Poverty Law Center

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Source: Southern Poverty Law Center.

New Jersey has 40 “hate groups,” the Southern Poverty Law Center says in a new report — good for fourth-most in the country, and part of an East Coast cluster of extremism that includes Pennsylvania (ranked fifth, with 38 such groups) and New York (third, with 44).

New Jersey’s ranking, though, appears to be based mostly on the diffuse membership of the AC Skins, a “racist skinhead” group: SPLC says the group has chapters in 14 cities across the state, accounting for about a third of the total 40 groups said to be based there. Read more »

New Jersey May Tighten Vaccine Requirements

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Some New Jersey legislators want to make it tougher for state residents to claim religious exemptions to otherwise-mandatory vaccinations, the Courier-Post reports.

The number of New Jersey public school students citing such objections to avoid vaccines has quadrupled in recent years, from 1,500 to 9,000; in 2008 the state told schools to accept claims of religious objections without question. That policy is now being reconsidered by lawmakers.

Long story short: They’re no longer willing to take claims of faith (natch) on faith. Read more »

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