Air Force exploring developments at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

The Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) and 87th Air Base Wing (ABW) will host an Industry Exchange Day on Thursday, October 13, 2022, to explore possible energy resiliency and commercial mixed-use development opportunities at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL), New Jersey. The Air Force is seeking private and public interest for the development of ±169-acre separateContinue reading “Air Force exploring developments at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst”

Governor Phil Murphy covered up sex abuse at women’s pro soccer team

A professional women’s soccer team owned by Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy is at the center of an explosive abuse investigation that exposed a coach accused of engaging in inappropriate conduct while leading the team and an apparent cover-up of his sexual misconduct. The independent 172-page report details disturbing sex abuse allegationsContinue reading “Governor Phil Murphy covered up sex abuse at women’s pro soccer team”

New Jerseyan dunked for embezzling from marine engineering company

A former associate director of Global Maritime Service group was sentenced to 27 months in prison for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the company and failing to pay federal payroll taxes. David Buckingham, 38, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden to a superseding information chargingContinue reading “New Jerseyan dunked for embezzling from marine engineering company”

New Brunswick mayor cowers from candidate forum in pursuing ninth term

The League of Women Voters and the NAACP are planning to co-host a New Brunswick mayoral candidate forum at 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, even though the 31-year incumbent has indicated that he’s not going to show up. Democratic Mayor James Cahill, who has been the city’s chief executive since 1991, was invited toContinue reading “New Brunswick mayor cowers from candidate forum in pursuing ninth term”

Bergen County Prosecutor claims Florida man sexually assaulted a child

A Florida man is now in the custody of authorities who say that he sexually assaulted a child who was between the ages of 13 and 16 in Palisades Park. In February, the Palisades Park Police Department informed the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit about the alleged sexual assault of a child inContinue reading “Bergen County Prosecutor claims Florida man sexually assaulted a child”

Trenton trapped in rain of gunfire

Gunfire raged throughout Trenton recently, leaving police searching for clues but finding few injuries in the city that has been plagued by record levels of homicide in recent years. Police responded to a ShotSpotter activation that reported 13 rounds were fired in the area of 526 New York Avenue where bullet holes were found inContinue reading “Trenton trapped in rain of gunfire”

Republican Tom Kean Jr. swims against the GOP tide on critical race theory

A nationwide attempt to censor discussions of race in the classroom is underway, but while Republican lawmakers across the country have proposed bills banning teaching “divisive concepts” in K-12 public schools and in public colleges and universities GOP Senate Leader Tom Kean Jr. has openly advocated the inclusion of African-American history in New Jersey’s publicContinue reading “Republican Tom Kean Jr. swims against the GOP tide on critical race theory”

Steven Monaco of Sewell sent to 14 years in prison for $4.6 million fraud

A medical sales representative was sentenced today to 168 months in prison for defrauding federal, state, and private health insurance plans out of more than $4.6 million. Steven Monaco, 40, of Sewell, New Jersey, was convicted in April 2022 of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, eight counts ofContinue reading “Steven Monaco of Sewell sent to 14 years in prison for $4.6 million fraud”

DOJ orders former Bergen County man to stay away from abortion clinic

The Justice Department announced an agreement today with a former Bergen County man to resolve a federal lawsuit for his alleged violations of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. The FACE Act protects the right to access and provide reproductive health services, including abortion. The FACE Act prohibits anyone from using force,Continue reading “DOJ orders former Bergen County man to stay away from abortion clinic”

11 New Jersey school boards have construction questions on Oct. 6 ballot

When voters head to the polls Oct. 6, they will have the opportunity to vote on a number of school ballot questions. Statewide, the New Jersey School Boards Association has learned of 11 boards of education with construction questions on the ballot. The amount proposed by these questions is $611,148,574 across New Jersey, with state fundsContinue reading “11 New Jersey school boards have construction questions on Oct. 6 ballot”

Paterson’s 19th homicide of the year

A man was killed at about 11 p.m. on Saturday night, in the city’s 19th homicide of the year, in a shooting early Sunday morning in Paterson, where a woman was also critically injured. Police released few details except that the dead man was in his 40s. The woman who was struck by gunfire sufferedContinue reading “Paterson’s 19th homicide of the year”

Queens man charged with laundering drug money in Bergen County

A resident of a densely populated, upscale urban neighborhood in the East Elmhurst section of New York City was charged with money laundering after authorities found him in possession of more than $50,000 in cash last week. Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said Peng Cheng, of 2425 Ericsson Street, Queens, NY, was arrested on aContinue reading “Queens man charged with laundering drug money in Bergen County”

Woman shot in her back in Newark died from gunshot wounds

A 25-year-old woman was shot and killed in Newark’s West Ward on Wednesday afternoon. Police were called to investigate after gunfire erupted near 444 Central Avenue shortly after 3 p.m. Upon arrival, officers located Juan Sharonda Fonrose, of East Orange, who was suffering a bullet wound in her back. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office saidContinue reading “Woman shot in her back in Newark died from gunshot wounds”

Felon in possession of a machinegun made initial court appearance today

A Passaic County, New Jersey, man made his initial court appearance today on charges of possessing a machinegun and being a felon in possession of a weapon. Edward Austeri, 37, of Bloomingdale, was arrested by local authorities on April 26, 2022, and charged with state offenses. He is now charged by federal criminal complaint withContinue reading “Felon in possession of a machinegun made initial court appearance today”

Housing advocates ask lawmakers to seal landlord-tenant lawsuits

by Sophie Nieto-Munoz, New Jersey Monitor After the pandemic revealed cracks in protections for housing rights, lawmakers are looking for new ways to revamp housing laws during the fall session. Senators held a discussion Thursday on legislation (S1665) that would seal all landlord-tenant records, in an effort to protect tenants who face eviction notices andContinue reading “Housing advocates ask lawmakers to seal landlord-tenant lawsuits”

Republican Tom Kean commercial lies about Democrat Tom Malinowski

A commercial advocating the campaign of former state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. that is funded by the Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC lies about legislation designed to ensure the solvency of Social Security, which is co-sponsored by Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski. “No one blows taxpayer cash like Tom Malinowski,” says the deceptive ad, which makesContinue reading “Republican Tom Kean commercial lies about Democrat Tom Malinowski”

Newark housing official gets 2 years in prison for embezzling $594,425

Newark Housing Authority (NHA)’s former director of information technology was sentenced to 24 months in prison for using his position to embezzle taxpayer funds by purchasing cellular telephones and other electronic devices that he later sold online. Venancio Diaz, 57, of Jersey City, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian Martinotti in Newark federalContinue reading “Newark housing official gets 2 years in prison for embezzling $594,425”

Kratovil reveals plan for affordable, quality, safe & accessible housing

At a rally with supporters and community members outside of the city’s Housing Authority offices, New Brunswick mayoral candidate Charlie Kratovil laid out his Housing Justice Bill of Rights, a 10-point policy proposal to address the city’s growing housing crisis.  “Our city is increasingly unaffordable. And one of the major driving forces for people leaving NewContinue reading “Kratovil reveals plan for affordable, quality, safe & accessible housing”

Lakewood men plead guilty to first-degree Aggravated Manslaughter

Two Lakewood men pleaded guilty to first-degree Aggravated Manslaughter charges stemming from a 2019 slaying in Howell Township. On Friday September 23, 2022, before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Marc C. LeMieux, Omar Rivera-Rojas, aka Juan Carlos Rivera-Rojas, 32, of Lakewood, along with his nephew, Alberto Rojas-Hernandez, 20, also of Lakewood, both pled guilty toContinue reading “Lakewood men plead guilty to first-degree Aggravated Manslaughter”

Hunterdon Medical Center offering nitrous oxide to laboring mothers

If you’ve had a baby, or are planning to get pregnant soon, would you have considered taking laughing gas to help with the pain of delivery? With epidural shortages, more people are opting for laughing gas during childbirth. Hunterdon Medical Center announced that it is now offering nitrous oxide as a pain relief option toContinue reading “Hunterdon Medical Center offering nitrous oxide to laboring mothers”