For decades, Black Americans have been living through a public health crisis

By Menka Sandrasagren Long before the outbreak of COVID-19, a significant portion of the US population were already suffering from profound health inequalities. These disparities have been made worse by the effects of the virus and are particularly pronounced along ethnic lines, with Black Americans more at risk than any other group due to theirContinue reading “For decades, Black Americans have been living through a public health crisis”

Mapping out the future invites political cheating

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and the League of Women Voters of New Jersey sent a letter to the New Jersey Apportionment Commission with their analysis that the August release of the Census data was the “trigger date” to begin the process for state legislative redistricting and urging them to begin the processContinue reading “Mapping out the future invites political cheating”

Science solves 1999 murder of teen girl

More than two decades after the body of a 17-year-old female high school student was found, a cold case of justice has finally been served. On a cold January night over 20 years ago, Nancy Noga left her part-time job at the Rag Shop store on Route 9 in Old Bridge to make the shortContinue reading “Science solves 1999 murder of teen girl”

Women’s March return defends American rights

Almost five years ago, women marched in the millions to protest the policies proposed by President Donald Trump, who had just inaugurated an administration that would be cruel to women, families, people of color, and immigrants. The Women’s March returns to Washington this weekend for its fifth event, although organizers expect a smaller crowd thanContinue reading “Women’s March return defends American rights”

Missing minorities neglected by media

The disappearance of Gabby Petito in Wyoming has renewed interest in a report that showed in the same state, 710 Indigenous people were reported missing from 2011 to 2020. It has also regenerated awareness that missing minority children are typically not featured in most mainstream media outlets. The disappearance and murders of poor minority womenContinue reading “Missing minorities neglected by media”

Census Bureau: 34% of US endured poverty

A recently released report by the U.S. Census Bureau shows 34 percdent of the U.S. population experienced poverty for at least two months during the period between January 2013 and December 2016. The report, Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Poverty, 2013–2016, presents data on poverty based on information collected in the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and ProgramContinue reading “Census Bureau: 34% of US endured poverty”

Bankrupt oil & gas corporations paid top executives $200 million in cash bonuses

Dozens of fossil fuel executives received lavish payouts before leaving their companies during the surge in oil and gas company bankruptcies in recent years, according to a new report by Public Citizen and Documented. According to the report, “Fueling Failure,” the U.S. oil and gas corporations that filed the 25 largest bankruptcy cases between 2018 to 2020Continue reading “Bankrupt oil & gas corporations paid top executives $200 million in cash bonuses”

New Jerseyan extradited from Czech Republic

A New Jersey man has been arrested for charging unauthorized credit card transactions for music lessons that were not provided to students, and laundering these funds outside of the United States, according to U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig. Michael Lawson, 49, was indicted in 2013 on six counts of wire fraud and six counts ofContinue reading “New Jerseyan extradited from Czech Republic”

PennEast pipeline pulling the plug

State officials submitted a letter to Third Circuit Court of the U.S. Court of Appeals on Monday, September 20, stating that New Jersey has reached an agreement in principle with the PennEast pipeline company, which has been seeking condemnation of 42 state lands for construction of an interstate gas pipeline. The announcement comes on theContinue reading “PennEast pipeline pulling the plug”

Con artists swindled elderly grandparents out of more than $2 million

Eight people are charged in a federal grand jury indictment that accused them of participating in a criminal enterprise that has stolen millions of dollars from elderly victims in San Diego County and around the nation. According to statements made by prosecutors in court, the defendants swindled more than $2 million from 70-plus elderly victimsContinue reading “Con artists swindled elderly grandparents out of more than $2 million”

GOP’s Ciattarelli lags by double-digits

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy maintains a double-digit lead over Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli, that is slightly smaller than the incumbent’s advantage in last month’s Monmouth University Poll. Murphy continues to enjoy a large issue advantage on handling the pandemic, while Ciattarelli has a small edge on taxes. The Murphy campaign’s ads painting the GOP nomineeContinue reading “GOP’s Ciattarelli lags by double-digits”

America’s 25 richest pay a fraction of their wealth in taxes & poor workers pay more

You probably pay a higher tax rate than a billionaire by Paul Kiel, Jeff Ernsthausen and Jesse Eisinger | ProPublica The very richest Americans win at the tax game no matter which measure you use. ProPublica has published an article, based on a vast trove of never-before-seen IRS information, that reveals the pittance in taxesContinue reading “America’s 25 richest pay a fraction of their wealth in taxes & poor workers pay more”

New Jersey teen killed in Kansas crash

An 18-year-old New Jersey woman who was driving a box truck Monday morning on Interstate 70 in Kansas, died after the vehicle rolled onto its passenger side in the highway median. The Wichita Eagle reported that Isabella L. Carroll, 18, of Hackensack, New Jersey, was killed in the crash outside of Junction City, about 65Continue reading “New Jersey teen killed in Kansas crash”

Teacher scammed $550,000 from tax-funded health care fraud conspiracy 

A Lodi public school teacher today admitted his role in conspiring to defraud the state School Employees’ Health Benefits Program (SEHBP) with more than $550,000 in phony claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions . Jason Nardachone, 51, of Nutley, in Essex County, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez toContinue reading “Teacher scammed $550,000 from tax-funded health care fraud conspiracy “

Philadelphia man admits to PPE fraud

A Philadelphia man today admitted orchestrating a $2 million scheme to defraud health care providers who were desperate for personal protective equipment and other supplies during the peak of the coronavirus outbreak. Guaravjit Singh, 26, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Court Judge Peter G. Sheridan, sitting in Trenton, to an information charging himContinue reading “Philadelphia man admits to PPE fraud”

Predatory lenders NewDay USA & Federal Saving Bank exploit military borrowers

Active-duty military troops and veterans are being grossly overcharged for VA home loans, according to Democratic activist Lisa McCormick, who called on federal regulators to suspend or ban alleged greedy loan companies as well as strengthen oversight of lenders. McCormick made her comments after reading a report that shows predatory mortgage lenders are still exploitingContinue reading “Predatory lenders NewDay USA & Federal Saving Bank exploit military borrowers”

State stepping up lanternfly fight

New Jersey Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher is asking that residents inform the government about sightings of the spotted lanternfly, which can be reported by using an online form. Residents and businesses are also encouraged to find resources for treatment options at http://www.badbug.nj.gov. “We have asked the homeowners of our state to informContinue reading “State stepping up lanternfly fight”

Federal housing scam investigation targets Roselle school board member

An unemployed Roselle Board of Education member who owns two homes in the borough is under investigation for allegedly collecting federal housing subsidies for an apartment that was rented to a family member. Delia Ware-Tibbs is suspected of renting a home at 220 Linden Road in Roselle, which she owned, to her brother, Doryan Ware,Continue reading “Federal housing scam investigation targets Roselle school board member”

Redistricting is something you should care about because it endangers democracy

Redistricting is the process of drawing the lines of districts from which public officials are elected, and it happens every ten years after results of the Census are tabulated. Each of New Jersey’s 12 United States Representatives and 120 state legislators are elected from political divisions called districts. When it’s conducted fairly, it accurately reflectsContinue reading “Redistricting is something you should care about because it endangers democracy”

Health care fraud scheme robbed more than $4 million from insurance plan

A federal grand jury recently returned a five-count indictment charging a Gloucester County, New Jersey, man with defrauding his employer’s health insurance plan out of more than $4 million by submitting fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary compounded medications.  Christopher Gualtieri, 48, of Franklinville, New Jersey, is charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud andContinue reading “Health care fraud scheme robbed more than $4 million from insurance plan”