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NJ Rep. Donald Payne dead at age 77

Rep. Donald Payne (D), New Jersey’s first and only African-American congressional figure, passed away Tuesday morning at age 77 after a long battle with colon cancer. Payne announced in February that he was undergoing treatment on the disease and expected to fully recover before his health diminished last week, according…

New York police surveillance of Muslims probed

NEW YORK — Authorities in New Jersey said Thursday they are looking into complaints that New York police have extended their controversial surveillance of Muslim communities into the neighboring state. “The matter is under review,” said Leland Moore, at the New Jersey attorney general’s office, refusing further comment. The American…

Trial starts for student in gay cybercrime case

NEW YORK — A New Jersey judge oversaw jury selection Tuesday in the trial of a former student accused of secretly filming a gay roommate who later committed suicide, sparking a national debate over bullying of young homosexuals. Dahrun Ravi, born in India, faces up to 10 years in prison…

New Jersey’s Chris Christie vetoes same-sex marriage

NEW YORK — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill Friday to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, after legislators had approved the measure, insisting the issue needed to be put to a referendum. Christie, a Republican, insisted the issue was so important “it should be left to the…

New Jersey passes marriage equality bill

The New Jersey Assembly on Thursday passed legislation to that would allow same sex couples to marry despite a veto threat from Republican Gov. Chris Christie. “The ‘freedom to marry’ belongs to all Americans regardless of race, creed or sexual orientation,” Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D) said. “In a society based…

Gov. Christie: Same sex marriage bill ‘a good bunch of theater’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Tuesday said he would stand by his vow to veto legislation that would allow same sex couples to marry. On Monday, the New Jersey Senate passed the bill by a 24 to 16 vote. “Yesterday was a good bunch of theater, but that’s…

Civil unions criticized ahead of NJ marriage vote

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In the fall of 2010, John Grant was rushed to Bellevue Hospital with a shattered skull after being hit by a car in New York City. Grant’s partner, Daniel Weiss, arrived at the hospital minutes later, frantic for an update on Grant’s condition. But when Weiss…

Gov. Christie signs syringe access bill to prevent spread of HIV/AIDS

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday brought the state in line with the rest of the nation by permitting pharmacies to sell over-the-counter hypodermic needles. The governor signed a bill into law that allows pharmacies to sell hypodermic syringes and needles without a prescription in order to make these…

Christie: My job is tougher than Obama’s

Despite inheriting a recession, two wars and a myriad of other problems, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) doesn’t think President Barack Obama’s job is harder than his. Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Tuesday morning, Christie continued his support for Mitt Romney in the GOP presidential race. But he decided…

I guess we have to call them “Sharia tomatoes” now

I’ve been told that Chris Christie is too imperious and too much of a bully to win the Republican nomination, and my feeling on that is that Republicans like imperious bullies (see: John McCain), so I don’t see how that could hurt him. I mean, it will in the general,…

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