New Jersey May Allow Assisted Suicide

NewsWorks reports that assisted suicide may soon be legal in New Jersey. A new bill would let doctors prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patents who want it.

The Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens committee approved the “Death with Dignity Act” Monday. The Assembly passed similar legislation in November amid a heated debate over the issue.

The bill now goes to the full Senate; final approval of the bill would have to take place at a statewide referendum.

Hunters Killed 267 Bears in 6 Days in New Jersey

Hunters killed 267 bears over six days in New Jersey, the state’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reported. The number of bears killed — at 267, that’s about one bear death for every 33,330 New Jersey residents — was more than the state predicted. The hunt began on December 8th and ended Saturday.

The controversial hunt is intended as bear population control. There were an estimated 3,400 bears in New Jersey in 2010; after five years of bear hunts, the bear population had fallen to about 2,500 before this year’s hunt. Protesters have picketed and signed petitions in an attempt to stop the now-annual hunt.

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Poll: Majority of N.J. Residents Don’t Want President Chris Christie

A new poll from Quinnipiac University says that New Jersey residents are less than enthusiastic about a Chris Christie presidency.

Though he’s won two terms as governor with relative ease, 53 percent of Jersey residents think he’d be a bad president. Forty percent think he’d make a good chief executive. Quinnipiac has been asking this question since 2010, when 61 percent of New Jersey residents thought he would not make a good president. (The high for Christie was 44 percent “bad president” and 41 percent “good president” — in March 2013.)

“Even Jersey guys, actually Jersey girls, don’t think the nation will go for a Jersey guy like Gov. Christopher Christie,” Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a press release. “Shades of Woodrow Wilson. The last Jersey guy who got elected president did not carry the state in his 1916 reelection. And this poll shows we haven’t changed in the last century.”

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N.J. State Police: 2 Children Shot to Death in Burlco Home

New Jersey state police confirmed today that two children, a boy and a girl, were killed and two other people wounded in a shooting in Tabernacle. Other family members discovered the bodies and surviving victims, per state police.

Police believe the incident to be a murder suicide, according to 6 ABC. “There is not a massive manhunt going on,” Capt. Stephen Jones told reporters. “The public should not be alarmed or feel threatened.”

Neighbors told the station it is a house with several families in it. The shooting took place sometime between midnight and 9 a.m.

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Christie, Protester Discuss Fallout From ‘Shut Up’ Incident

Both Chris Christie and protester Jim Keady are talking after an incident earlier this week where Christie told Keady to “sit down and shut up.” And things seem to be working out for both of them! Ahh, politics.

Keady, for his part, is doing the rounds on national media using this line: “I’m a 6-foot-4, 215-pound former pro-athlete. I’m not going to be bullied by him.” Which is not only a clever line, but reminds you he used to be a professional athlete! (He was the backup to U.S. goalkeeping legend Tim Howard for the North Jersey Imperials in the 1990s.)

Keady’s also gotten a lot of attention for his group, Finish the Job, which advocates that Christie has not done enough for Superstorm Sandy relief. “His administration is sitting on $800 million of taxpayer money that was supposed to go to our fellow New Jerseyans,” Keady told Bloomberg. Now people all over the country know about Keady!

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WATCH: Chris Christie to Heckler: ‘Sit Down and Shut Up’

It was just earlier this month when I complained there hadn’t been a great/embarrassing Chris Christie rant in a while. But then we got him saying he’s tired of talking about the minimum wage, and that the GOP needs to win this election so they’re in control for when people vote in 2016.

And now he’s told a constituent to sit down and shut up! He’s picking up the slack.

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Ocean City Students’ Experiment Destroyed in Rocket Explosion

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This image provided by NASA shows the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with about 5,000 pounds of supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions.

Yesterday, the Antares rocket — an unmanned, NASA-contracted rocket that was slated to take supplies to the International Space Station — exploded 14 seconds after launch.

There were no injuries. But an experiment made by Ocean City High School students was one of the casualties of the explosion.

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UPDATE: Christie Backs Down on Ebola Quarantine

[Update 9:55 a.m.] Gov. Christie had second thoughts after all, the New York Times reports:

A nurse who recently returned from West Africa and was quarantined for the past three days in a tent behind a New Jersey hospital despite having no symptoms associated with Ebola will be allowed to return home to serve out the rest of her mandatory quarantine.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, in a brief interview, said that he expected her to be transferred Monday morning after doctors and federal officials signed off on the plan.

“She didn’t want to be there. She made that clear from the beginning,” Mr. Christie said.

“It’s always been about her condition. And if her condition permits release, then we will work with the state officials in Maine to make sure she could go home,” he said. “Our preference always is to quarantine people in their homes.”

[Original 6 a.m.]

Chris Christie is coming under fire for quarantining a nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus; but the New Jersey governor is defending his approach to keeping state residents safe.

The policy goes beyond what federal health officials recommend, quarantining any person who has had contact with Ebola patients for up to 21 days, the incubation period of the virus. (The CDC recommends monitoring such people and keeping them off public transit for 21 days.) New York had also imposed a similar policy, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo backed down Sunday night, saying such individuals could spend the 21 days at home.
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Anti-Gay Flier in N.J. Senate Race Has “Cory Brooker” Typo

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New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is likely to coast to re-election next month. He’s way ahead in the polls against conservative businessman Jeff Bell.

But that hasn’t stopped the Public Advocate of the United States, a conservative Christian advocacy group that is against gay marriage, taxpayer-funded art, abortion, hate crime laws and the “mainstream media’s promotion and glorification of drug abuse, teenage sex, gangs, atheism, homosexuality and other immoral behavior and beliefs.” It’s a nonprofit 501(c)4 political organization.

And, yes, it misspelled Cory Booker’s name as “Cory Brooker” on a flier sent to New Jersey residents. (The one above was sent to a Mercer County resident.)

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