Police Officer in Medford, N.J., Files Racial Discrimination Suit

medford-police-400The only African-American officer on the Medford Township, N.J., police force is suing his employer and the township, alleging a pattern of racial discrimination in promotion, a hostile work environment and retaliation for testimony he gave during an internal investigation of his immediate supervisor, among other charges.

Officer Mark Hunsinger filed his lawsuit in Burlington County Court on October 10th. At a midday news conference December 7th, Walter L. Hudson Sr., founder and chairman of the National Awareness Alliance, NAACP New Jersey State President Richard Smith and Doug Long, the attorney representing Hunsinger, called on township officials to take action to rectify the alleged wrongdoing. Read more »

Conservatives Contemplating Chris Christie Comeback

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George Will, the longtime conservative commentator for the Washington Post, wrote a column last night saying that, after the terrorist attacks in Paris, there’s only one presidential candidate to turn to: Chris Christie.

Pitching Christie as an alternative to political neophytes Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina — and as better than, I am not kidding here, the values expressed in John Lennon’s “Imagine” — Will writes that “no candidate in the Republican field can match Christie’s combination of a prosecutor’s bearing and a governor’s executive temperament.” Will then spends most of the column bashing Trump, which he’s done consistently. Read more »

These Texts from Camden Corrections Officers Are Incredibly Racist



The Courier-Post made an open records request recently, asking for the text messages that got nine corrections officers dismissed at the Camden County Jail. After some wrangling in court, the newspaper finally got the messages. Yikes.

As Jim Walsh details in a report today, the texts are incredibly racist. The n-word flows freely. One officer sent a text message saying a black Philadelphia Eagle “should be tied to a bumper and dragged.” One officer, during a conversation about New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio for some reason, said “Don’t forget his wife is a colored.” Texts called the African-American warden of the jail, David Owens, “HNIC.” That doesn’t stand for Hockey Night in Canada. Read more »

New Jersey Holds Hearing on Legalizing Marijuana

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It’s not often that Philadelphians are concerned with the goings on of the New Jersey legislature. But a hearing in Trenton today will be of much interest to many Philadelphians — and, indeed, anyone living near Pennsylvania’s border with the Garden State. N.J. Sen. Nicholas Scutari is holding a hearing today about legalizing recreational marijuana.

Last March, Scutari introduced a bill (below) that would legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey.

“A journey of a thousand steps starts with the first,” Scutari told NJ.com. “The first step was introducing the bill and this is the natural next step — to talk about the benefits of legalization and the negative impact prohibition has had.” He says opponents of marijuana legalization will get their say in a future hearing. Read more »

Atlantic City Has Highest Foreclosure Rate for Four Straight Months

For all the talk about how Atlantic City’s casino closures are really just “right-sizing” the market and how the city has more to offer than just gambling — it still has the highest home foreclosure rate in the country. One in every 257 Atlantic City housing units had a foreclosure filing in October, according to a new report from RealtyTrac. That’s more than four times the national average and the fourth consecutive month where Atlantic City topped the dubious list.

And foreclosures are increasing. In October, foreclosures were up 14 percent from the previous month — driven by a 26 percent monthly spike in foreclosure starts — an increase of 134 percent from a year ago. Read more »

State Senator Wants N.J. to Regulate Daily Fantasy

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Citing a New York Times article about daily fantasy site employees winning money on the sites of competitors, N.J. State Sen. Jim Whelan today announced his intention to introduce legislation that would regulate daily fantasy sports.

Whelan sent a letter to Division of Gaming Enforcement Director Dave Rebuck and Casino Control Commission Chairman Matt Levinson about his proposed legislation, which would put regulation of daily fantasy sports in New Jersey in the hands of the DGE.

“I don’t believe we should impede one’s enjoyment of fantasy sports,” Whelan, the former mayor of Atlantic City, wrote in the letter. “Casinos can use fantasy sports, especially during football season, to bring people to Atlantic City to play in these competitions. However, we have an obligation to ensure that fantasy sports competition is fair, impartial and transparent to everyone.” Read more »

11 Historic Lighthouses Opened for Tourists Along the Jersey Shore This Weekend

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Cape May Lighthouse

Lighthouses have the power to stir even the most practical among us. They’re beacons of hope in the darkness, safety in a storm and strength in solitude. Tapping into our love and wonder of these maritime structures, the Friends of the Lighthouse host the 15th annual Lighthouse Challenge on October 17th and 18th from 8 am to 6 pm each day along the Jersey shore.

If you choose to accept the challenge, you must visit all 11 lighthouses and the three life-saving museums in one weekend, running approximately 135 miles down the length of New Jersey from Sandy Hook to Cape May Point. It is a special weekend where all the lighthouses are open at the same time. Typically, some are open only in the summer or for special events. For those who complete the entire list, they become eligible for a raffle prize worth approximately $1,000 in lighthouse-related items.

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Time To Make The Cider

CiderKegandBarrelSo you want to keep your homebrewing cred up to date, right? You’ve perfected your quadruple-hopped IPA recipe and your pumpkin stout won silver at last year’s club competition. What do you do now?

If you’re keeping up with trends, you know what the answer is: cider.

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Why Does N.J. Congressman Want a Hearing on Daily Fantasy Legality?

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Ads for daily fantasy site DraftKings at Dilworth Park in April. Photo | Dan McQuade

If you watched the Eagles Monday night, you know that there is a way you can become a millionaire. It’s as simple as playing along with football and other sports.

Last week, DraftKings and FanDuel — two companies that offer daily fantasy sports, where players pick a daily or weekly lineup of athletes and compete against each other — spent $31 million to run 9,900 ads. Every NFL game was blanketed with daily fantasy ads.

This caught the attention of U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone. Earlier this week, the New Jersey congressman wondered aloud (in a press statement) why daily fantasy sports wasn’t gambling.

“Anyone who watched a game this weekend was inundated by commercials for fantasy sports websites, and it’s only the first week of the NFL season,” Pallone said in the release. “These sites are enormously popular, arguably central to the fans’ experience, and professional leagues are seeing the enormous profits as a result. Despite how mainstream these sites have become, the legal landscape governing these activities remains murky and should be reviewed.” Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Wood and Stone Residence Vaunts Smithsonian Gardens

Photos courtesy of Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate

Photos courtesy of Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate

Loft laden and timber adorned is how this Hopewell, New Jersey residence, originally a hay barn dating back to the 1700s, comes at us today. It’s an artful home, what with its conversion having kept beautiful elements of its rich agricultural past, which includes a stint as a dairy farm prior to making the switch, according to a property spokesperson.

Situated on a nearly 10-acre expanse, the property encompasses pastures, woods, a natural pond, and most notably, gardens recently accepted into the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens. (Sorry, guys! You’ll have to click on the listing to see shots of those.) Inside, the home’s stone and timber-exposed Great Room claims almost thirty feet to the peaked roof. The surrounding lofts here were built using beams from either side of the room.

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