Consumer want financial companies to stop charging billions in junk fees

In response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) call for public input on how to save Americans billions in junk fees charged by financial companies, leading consumer advocacy organizations submitted an extensive comment letter detailing junk fees across a wide range of consumer financial products and services. The letter was submitted by Americans for Financial ReformContinue reading “Consumer want financial companies to stop charging billions in junk fees”

Hypnotherapist helped fuel the hunt for election fraud in Wisconsin

by Megan O’Matz | ProPublica Jay Stone grew up in the rough-and-tumble world of Chicago ward politics, the son of a longtime city alderman. But his own forays into politics left him distrustful of Chicago Democrats. When he ran for alderman in 2003, he was crushed at the polls after party leaders sent city workersContinue reading “Hypnotherapist helped fuel the hunt for election fraud in Wisconsin”

New UNICEF report shows: Greed kills

Overconsumption in the wealthiest countries leads to environmental degradation for children around the world The majority of rich countries create life-threatening and dangerous living conditions for children around the world, according to a new report published by the Innocenti Research Center of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The report,  Places and Spaces: Environments and children’sContinue reading “New UNICEF report shows: Greed kills”

Watchdog urges expanded care for residents with developmental or intellectual disabilities

by Dana DiFilippo, New Jersey Monitor Alex Guedes has complex neurodevelopmental disabilities and medical problems that require 24-hour skilled nursing care. The 21-year-old Atlantic County man has autism, Down syndrome, and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a genetic condition that makes him susceptible to infections and injuries that can require surgery to fix. He’s on a feeding tubeContinue reading “Watchdog urges expanded care for residents with developmental or intellectual disabilities”

Trenton shooting leaves one man dead and another hospitalized

An early Sunday morning shooting at 142 West Hanover Street, Trenton in a State of New Jersey parking lot, left one man dead and another hospitalized. Ali Abdullah, of Trenton, was killed shortly before police responding to Shot Spotter activations around 1 a.m. Sunday, found the 25-year-old gunshot victim lying on the sidewalk. Abdullah wasContinue reading “Trenton shooting leaves one man dead and another hospitalized”

Congress aims to strengthen America’s renewable energy supply chain

Congresswoman Cori Bush, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Congressman Jason Crow introduced the Energy Security and Independence Act, a historic effort to strengthen America’s renewable energy supply chain through the Defense Production Act and invest in programs to lower utility prices.  “The days of energy security being synonymous with a reliance on human rights violators likeContinue reading “Congress aims to strengthen America’s renewable energy supply chain”

Democrats ditched legislation to codify the rights established by Roe v. Wade

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation in February that would codify the rights established by Roe v. Wade (1973) and affirmed by Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), but Democratic lawmakers refused to pass the bill because they want to keep abortion in peril because it will benefit them politically. DemocraticContinue reading “Democrats ditched legislation to codify the rights established by Roe v. Wade”

Former Roselle Mayor slams choices of Union County Democratic Party boss

Former Roselle Mayor Christine Dansereau lambasted state Senator Nicholas “No-Show Nick” Scutari over the Union County Democratic Party boss’ candidate selection. “Scutari, what are you thinking when it comes to selecting deadbeat dads, cheaters, wife-beaters, frauds, and scammers to run on the Democratic County line?,” asked Dansereau. “How will the Democratic Party in Union CountyContinue reading “Former Roselle Mayor slams choices of Union County Democratic Party boss”

Fudging politics: HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge visiting New Jersey today

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said she would be in New Jersey today to speak with affordable housing leaders from Newark and Trenton about her agency’s work to address our nation’s housing crisis. She was actually here to help Rep. Donald Payne Jr. and Trenton Mayor Reed GuscioraContinue reading “Fudging politics: HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge visiting New Jersey today”

Police search for missing Linden teenager

The Linden Police Department is looking for a missing teenager who was last seen Sunday evening in the city and seeking public help because they fear the Linden High School sophomore may be endangered. Keyara Hollman was last seen in Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Memorial Park, also known as Fourth Ward Park, located atContinue reading “Police search for missing Linden teenager”

US Attorney General could be pursuing Trump’s crimes with far more vigor

More than a year after Attorney General Merrick Garland was confirmed, there has been no sign the Department of Justice (DOJ) is seriously scrutinizing former President Donald Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol or the broader effort to usurp the 2020 election. A growing pile of evidence gathered by the Select House CommitteeContinue reading “US Attorney General could be pursuing Trump’s crimes with far more vigor”

Wells Fargo is at the center of another racial scandal

Wells Fargo, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, is under fire after a whistleblower revealed that the company staged fake interviews for minority applicants for jobs that didn’t exist. Joe Bruno, who was employed with Wells Fargo’s wealth management division at their corporate offices in Jacksonville, Florida, told the story to The New York Times claimingContinue reading “Wells Fargo is at the center of another racial scandal”

Linden Police puzzled by Roselle Street shooting where no victim was found

Police recovered parts of a weapon Sunday afternoon from the scene of a shooting on Roselle Street in Linden. Officers searched the 900 block of Roselle Street after a suspect fired rounds at unknown targets around 5:30 p.m. Police found several shell casings at the scene, but no victims were located during the search. AuthoritiesContinue reading “Linden Police puzzled by Roselle Street shooting where no victim was found”

Trenton gunman fired at three shots two Latino men in parked vehicle

Two Latino men sitting in a car parked on Tioga Street in Trenton were the apparent victims of an ambush when a gunman walked up and fired at least three shots into the vehicle. The shooting occurred just before 1:00 p.m. on May 19, 2022, as shots rang out in front of 250 Tioga Street.Continue reading “Trenton gunman fired at three shots two Latino men in parked vehicle”

Chief justice pans lawmakers, governor on historic high level of court vacancies

by Nikita Biryukov, New Jersey Monitor New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner urged lawmakers and the governor to speed the approval of new judges, warning the broad swath of vacant seats had stopped some counties from scheduling certain types of trials altogether. Seventy-five of the 433 seats on the Superior Court bench wereContinue reading “Chief justice pans lawmakers, governor on historic high level of court vacancies”

Low wages are the norm at large retail and food service employers

The Economic Policy Institute and the Shift Project released an interactive Company Wage Tracker, which uses unique survey data to show worker wage distributions for 66 large retail and food service firms, including Starbucks, McDonald’s, Walmart, and Dollar General. Low wages are widespread in the service sector – a part of the economy that makes up nearly 20%Continue reading “Low wages are the norm at large retail and food service employers”

Another Jersey tornado

The National Weather Service determined a brief EF-0 tornado caused minor damage Friday in New Jersey over a nearly mile-long stretch in Monmouth County. The tornado touched down briefly Friday after reaching estimated winds of 85 mph in Hazlet Township and Aberdeen Township before it moved on an east-northeast track for nearly a mile. TheContinue reading “Another Jersey tornado”

Record-breaking heatwave hits New Jersey as climate change deniers groan

Officials are warning people to stay hydrated as a record-breaking heat wave hits the northeastern part of the country. High temperatures will get into the 90s for most of the area. A Heat Advisory is in effect for the I-95 corridor. “Temps as of 930 AM are already in the low 80s. Today will beContinue reading “Record-breaking heatwave hits New Jersey as climate change deniers groan”

Giant fossil fuel companies donated $1 million to Republican seditionists

Since the January 6 insurrection, six of the biggest fossil fuel companies in America have given nearly $700,000 to the campaign and leadership PACs of the Sedition Caucus, according to CREW’s ongoing tracking. They have also given more than $350,000 to the NRSC and NRCC which work to reelect congressional Republicans, a majority of whom votedContinue reading “Giant fossil fuel companies donated $1 million to Republican seditionists”

Joe Biden, Roselle Democrats honor “Peace Officers Memorial Day”

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared May 15 to be “Peace Officers Memorial Day” as Democrats for Change celebrated the candidacy of Brandis Puryear, who is running for an at-large seat on the Roselle Borough Council with Column C contender Travis Amaker in the 4th Ward. The Democrats for Change candidates, Puryear and Amaker, acknowledgedContinue reading “Joe Biden, Roselle Democrats honor “Peace Officers Memorial Day””