NASA plans to send the first woman to the surface of the Moon in 2024

Following a series of critical contract awards and hardware milestones, NASA has shared an update on its Artemis program, including the latest Phase 1 plans to land the first woman and the next man on the surface of the Moon in 2024. In the 18 months since NASA accepted a bold challenge to accelerate its exploration plansContinue reading “NASA plans to send the first woman to the surface of the Moon in 2024”

Pennsylvania man admits to role in a massive Nigerian bank fraud conspiracy

A Pennsylvania man admitted to his role in a bank fraud conspiracy that targeted 12 different financial institutions in southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania. Sulaiman Dosunmu, 41, of Darby, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman in Camden federal court to an indictment charging him with one count of conspiracy toContinue reading “Pennsylvania man admits to role in a massive Nigerian bank fraud conspiracy”

Former President Donald Trump lied to obtain loans and evade tax liabilities

New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a civil fraud lawsuit today against former President Donald Trump based upon a series of lies designed to obtain loans and evade tax liabilities. James is accusing the former president, three of his adult children plus executives at his company of flagrantly manipulating property valuations to deceive lenders,Continue reading “Former President Donald Trump lied to obtain loans and evade tax liabilities”

As the election nears, Trenton is on track to match record level of murders

Less than three weeks after Mayor Reed Gusciora announced that the capital city has made significant progress in reducing violent gun-related crime, Trenton’s murder rate is back on track to match or exceed the record-high number of murders documented in 2020 and 2021. Trenton Public Information Officer Timothy J. Caroll said the city’s 15th homicide victimContinue reading “As the election nears, Trenton is on track to match record level of murders”

Two Trenton teenagers, one adult charged for possession of firearms

Detectives on patrol in the area of Academy Street in Trenton spotted a male acting suspiciously, but when they stopped to investigate, 18-year-old Khyzir Davis fled on foot. After a brief pursuit, Davis was tackled and officers found a 9mm Beretta APX semi-automatic handgun loaded with four rounds in his possession. Davis was taken toContinue reading “Two Trenton teenagers, one adult charged for possession of firearms”

Americans support regulation of civilians carrying firearms in public

A new national public opinion study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found broad public support for policies that regulate civilian gun carrying—including carrying firearms in public–in the U.S. The study is based on two surveys, one fielded in 2019 ahead of the pandemic and the second well intoContinue reading “Americans support regulation of civilians carrying firearms in public”

Months of negotiations land bipartisan bills to safeguard presidential elections

U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Liz Cheney introduced H.R. 8873, the Presidential Election Reform Act (PERA), a bill that would make key changes to the antiquated Electoral Count Act (ECA) of 1877, which governs how Congress counts Electoral College votes. The bill stems from Lofgren and Cheney’s work on the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6thContinue reading “Months of negotiations land bipartisan bills to safeguard presidential elections”

Chipotle violated NJ’s child labor laws

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo and Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced today that they have reached an agreement with Chipotle Mexican Grill to resolve alleged widespread and persistent violations of the state’s child labor laws. Under today’s groundbreaking settlement with NJDOL, the popular fast-food restaurant chainContinue reading “Chipotle violated NJ’s child labor laws”

Bounty Hunter Bloods gang indicted with RICO organized crime conspiracy

Seven members of a New Jersey gang associated with the Bounty Hunter Bloods were charged by indictment today with Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) conspiracy. The Indictment charges Walter Boyd, a/k/a “Walt,” a/k/a “Walt Daddy,” 34, Isiah Daniels, a/k/a “Ice,” 33, Joel Lyons, a/k/a “Jayski,” 21, Gede Maccelus, a/k/a “G Baby,” 21, Armando Ortiz,Continue reading “Bounty Hunter Bloods gang indicted with RICO organized crime conspiracy”

47 defendants charged in a $250 million child nutrition fraud scheme

Largest COVID-19 Fraud Scheme in the Nation Federal prosecutors arrested and charged Aimee Bock, 41, executive director of the now-defunct nonprofit Feeding Our Future, for allegedly defrauding the federal government in a wide-ranging scheme to steal money from child nutrition programs. The charges against her include wire fraud and conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery.Continue reading “47 defendants charged in a $250 million child nutrition fraud scheme”

Republican Jeff Van Drew ducking debate with Democrat Tim Alexander

Republican Congressman Jeff Van Drew is refusing to participate in a debate at Oakcrest High School hosted by the Atlantic County League of Women Voters and scheduled to take place tonight—Tuesday, September 20, 2022. Van Drew”s campaign manager Ron Filan called the event a “sham debate” and he accused the nonpartisan organization of conspiring withContinue reading “Republican Jeff Van Drew ducking debate with Democrat Tim Alexander”

Journalists demand public information as military court prosecutes sailor

Despite a 2016 law requiring more transparency of court-martials, the U.S. Navy is refusing to release nearly all court documents in a high-profile case in which a sailor accused of setting the 2020 fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard, faces life in prison. ProPublica, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 38 otherContinue reading “Journalists demand public information as military court prosecutes sailor”

Lawmakers aim to ban stock trading to raise the standard of public service

Congressmen Jared Golden and Michael Cloud introduced legislation that would prohibit the president, vice president, and other senior executive branch officials, their spouses, and dependent children from owning or trading stocks while the official is in office, except through a qualified blind trust. The proposed legislation—the Dismantling Investments in Violation of Ethical Standards through TrustsContinue reading “Lawmakers aim to ban stock trading to raise the standard of public service”

Nine New Jersey schools named 2022 National Blue Ribbon winners.

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recognized 297 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022, including nine in New Jersey. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. “I applaud all the honorees for the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award for creating vibrant, welcoming,Continue reading “Nine New Jersey schools named 2022 National Blue Ribbon winners.”

GOP anti-voting lawsuits increase nearly five-fold in 2022

New analysis by Democracy Docket reveals a steep jump in voting and election lawsuits filed by Republican-affiliated groups so far this year when compared to 2021. Democracy Docket is the leading platform dedicated to covering and tracking democracy-related activity in the courts and has a comprehensive database of nearly 400 democracy-related lawsuits filed since 2020. The databaseContinue reading “GOP anti-voting lawsuits increase nearly five-fold in 2022”

Phil Murphy squandering $17 million on questionable anti-crime technology

A report that came out in July criticized gunshot detection systems used by cities across the country as ineffective, wasting police officers’ time and targeting overpoliced communities but the administration of Governor Phil Murphy is squandering $17 million in federal American Rescue Plan grant money to acquire and expand the technology in New Jersey. Another criticalContinue reading “Phil Murphy squandering $17 million on questionable anti-crime technology”

F-35 fighter jets contain a component made with illegal Chinese alloy

Every one of the more than 825 F-35 fighter jets delivered so far contain a component made with a Chinese alloy that’s prohibited by both US law and Pentagon regulations, according to the program office that oversees the aircraft. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multipurpose American combat aircraftContinue reading “F-35 fighter jets contain a component made with illegal Chinese alloy”

COVID-19 vaccine may become as frequent as the annual flu shot

by Jennifer Shutt, New Jersey Monitor COVID-19 boosters shots are on track to become as frequent as the annual flu shot, though high-risk people may need more than one dose per year, Biden administration officials said Tuesday.  “For a large majority of Americans, we are moving to a point where a single annual COVID shotContinue reading “COVID-19 vaccine may become as frequent as the annual flu shot”

Korean-Style Beef recalled

More than 22,000 pounds of frozen beef were recalled Saturday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, due to undeclared allergens. Frozen beef bowls with the brand “Healthy Choice POWER BOWLS Korean-Style Beef” are the subject of the recall, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Valley International Cold Storage Acquisition, LLC, a Harlingen, TexasContinue reading “Korean-Style Beef recalled”

Justice Department files appeal over Mar-a-Lago raid special master ruling

The Justice Department asked an appeals court to overturn a Trump-appointed judge’s order requiring a third-party review of classified documents seized at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. In its request with the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals, the Justice Department said the lower court’s move to block criminal investigations from reviewing the seizedContinue reading “Justice Department files appeal over Mar-a-Lago raid special master ruling”