OPINION: What New Jersey Really Should Do to Decrease Smoking

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I used to smoke up until my mid-20s. And then I stopped. Partly because I married a nonsmoker, but also because I started seeing this image of the smoke I inhaled filling up my lungs and infecting my body. That image gave me pause. Would I want my kids one day to be smokers? Of course not. We all know how bad it is. So why kind of example would I be setting if I smoked?

Yet still, lots and lots of people still do it. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 out of every 100 adults in the U.S. are smokers – that’s about 36.5 million adults. Many of these smokers are intelligent, hard-working people who have access to the Internet, are aware of the health risks, read the dire warnings on their cigarette packages, and likely know a relative or friend who has died from something related to the habit. And yet they still spend anywhere from $5 to $13 for a back of Marlboro Reds, depending on where they live. This is not good judgment – and unfortunately it affects me. Read more »

Christie Slammed With Ethics Complaint Over “Beachgate”

A New Jersey lawyer has waged an ethics complaint against Gov. Chris Christie over the “Beachgate” scandal.

ICYMI, Christie and his family lounged in the sun at Island Beach State Park this past weekend while the rest of New Jersey was kept off the beach – and all state beaches and parks – during the budget impasse that led to a state government shutdown.  Read more »

Supreme Court to Rule on Sports Gambling in New Jersey

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria. Photo of Christie by AP/Mark Humphrey.

In a move sure to please Philadelphians with deep pockets and easy access to the bridges, the U.S. Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that it has agreed to take on New Jersey’s appeal to legalize sports gambling at the state’s casinos and racetracks. Our country’s high court will review the case at an undetermined point during its term that begins in October. Read more »

Bar Fight Over the Eagles Key in Latest Push for N.J. Bail Reform

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The story of the latest fight for bail reform in New Jersey begins in a bar in Sicklerville, where an argument between two Eagles fans and a father-son tandem that cheers for the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers (don’t ask us how) sparked the literal tossing of fists back in April. It was a beat down really, and the Birds fans were unfortunately on the receiving end.

According to NJ.com, Winslow Township police officers arrived at Joe’s Tavern on Williamstown Road on the night of April 6 to find a 36-year-old man unconscious and suffering from a head injury in the parking lot. Inside, the son of the bar’s owner was treating a broken nose. Read more »

Poll: N.J. Voters Don’t Think Cory Booker Should Run for President

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Rumors have long swirled that U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is mulling a 2020 presidential run. The senator has neither confirmed nor denied those predictions.

But according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll, New Jersey voters don’t think the former Newark mayor should run for president in 2020.

The poll, which was released last month, found that 57 percent of participants approve of Booker’s performance, but the majority of participants – 54 percent – said they didn’t think he should consider a 2020 presidential bid (as opposed to the 33 percent who said he should).  Read more »

Senate Bill Would Make Weed Legal in New Jersey

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A Democratic senator has introduced a bill that would make recreational marijuana use legal in New Jersey.

Sen. Nicholas Scutari is behind a bill that, if passed, would allow weed to be grown, sold and taxed in the Garden State. The senator – who’s attempted to pass a similar bill before – wants New Jersey to join the eleven states that have legalized recreational use of the drug.

The bill stands virtually no chance of making it past Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who has called supporters of marijuana legalization “crazy liberals” who wants to “poison our kids,” according to PoliticoRead more »

Who Is Tom MacArthur, and What Did He Do to Rile Up South Jersey?

Rep. Tom MacArthur (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

At a town hall meeting held on May 10th in the heavily Democratic township of Willingboro, New Jersey, U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur was the object of scorn. Willingboro is part of the Republican’s territory as the representative of New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District, but MacArthur may be the most unpopular man in the region right now.

It’s all because of an amendment he introduced to legislation designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which ruffled feathers across party lines after its language was influential in the House’s narrowly passage of the bill on May 4th — without any support from Democrats, who all voted against it. Read more »

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