Governor Murphy expects New Jersey’s economy to enter a recession

by Nikita Biryukov, New Jersey Monitor Gov. Phil Murphy told South Jersey business leaders Wednesday that his administration expects the state is poised to enter a recession, though he said he believes the downturn will be far less severe than the one caused by the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis. “I’m in the camp of aContinue reading “Governor Murphy expects New Jersey’s economy to enter a recession”

AT&T throttled wireless service, so customers may claim FTC payment

The Federal Trade Commission opened a claims process for former AT&T customers who have yet to claim a refund stemming from the FTC’s lawsuit against the company for misleading consumers about its unlimited data plans. Those customers who had unlimited data plans with AT&T between 2011-2015 may be eligible for a refund stemming from theContinue reading “AT&T throttled wireless service, so customers may claim FTC payment”

Democrats propose amendment to overturn Citizens United

Representatives Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), and Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) introduced the Democracy For All Amendment at the start of the 118th Congress, which would overturn legal precedents that have allowed unrestrained campaign spending and dark money to corrupt American democracy. The Democracy for All Amendment would overturn Citizens United v.Continue reading “Democrats propose amendment to overturn Citizens United”

Supreme Court could not discover who leaked opinion because it failed to ask

The remarkable leak of an initial draft majority opinion overturning Roe v. Wade will remain a mystery, according to the Supreme Court. Eight months, 126 formal interviews, and a 23-page report later, the Supreme Court has failed to discover who leaked a draft of the court’s opinion overturning abortion rights but judging by what wasContinue reading “Supreme Court could not discover who leaked opinion because it failed to ask”

Assembly panel advances bill making ‘sextortion’ a crime in New Jersey

by Sophie Nieto-Munoz, New Jersey Monitor Lawmakers took another step toward making it a crime to use sexual images to extort victims during a committee hearing Thursday.  Known as sextortion, it can involve someone hacking into a person’s computer or phone to steal sexual images and threaten to distribute them, or coercing a victim intoContinue reading “Assembly panel advances bill making ‘sextortion’ a crime in New Jersey”

Republican Congressman George Santos rivals Trump for lying

Republican Congressman George Santos, although admitting to “embellishing” his résumé, still seems to think he can downplay the growing scandal around his lies about his personal life and resume on the campaign trail. Santos flipped a Long Island congressional district for Republicans when he was elected to represent New York’s 3rd Congressional District in November.Continue reading “Republican Congressman George Santos rivals Trump for lying”

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fighting for survival in court battle

A coalition of 22 attorneys general filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) petition for review of a Fifth Circuit decision finding that the agency’s funding mechanism is unconstitutional. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Congress established the CFPB as the nation’s consumer watchdog and,Continue reading “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fighting for survival in court battle”

Amtrak auto train turned a 17-hour trip into a 37-hour nightmare for riders

Amtrak Auto Train passengers reported limited access to food, bathrooms, and medical care aboard the train delayed by 20 hours, with some riders resorting to calling 911 amid the confusion that elicited a fear of being held hostage. Hundreds of passengers aboard an Amtrak Auto Train from Virginia to Florida faced a long delay inContinue reading “Amtrak auto train turned a 17-hour trip into a 37-hour nightmare for riders”

Governor Christine Todd Whitman to talk about being Forward Party co-chair

Former NJ Governor and Forward Party Co-Chair Christine Todd Whitman will discuss the future of the Forward Party in a virtual event facilitated by Brian Varela, who is leading the organization in New Jersey. Join the Forward Party for a special free virtual event featuring Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman as she delvesContinue reading “Governor Christine Todd Whitman to talk about being Forward Party co-chair”

Air Force & Northrop Grumman unveil B-21 Raider stealth bomber

Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Air Force unveiled the B-21 Raider stealth bomber to the world last month, but at a cost of $692 million for each aircraft, the program is expected to cost United States taxpayers $203 billion over the next three decades. Military officials and aerospace company executives unveiled the newest aircraftContinue reading “Air Force & Northrop Grumman unveil B-21 Raider stealth bomber”

Washington politicians beat war drums to prod confrontation with China

While politicians in Washington continue to beat war drums, the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (NIMCSG) began operating in the South China Sea on Jan. 12 for the first time during the group’s 2022-2023 deployment. “The headline here could have been ‘United States goads China to invade Taiwan so three business partners can fight’ because theContinue reading “Washington politicians beat war drums to prod confrontation with China”

Arrest made in one of two Mercer County deaths under investigation

Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri said his homicide task force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating a shooting homicide in the city. At around 4:07 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2023, Trenton police responded to an apartment in the 100 block of South Overbrook Avenue on a report of an unresponsive male. UponContinue reading “Arrest made in one of two Mercer County deaths under investigation”

January 11, 2023, marked Guantánamo Bay detention facility 21st anniversary

The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) issued a reminder that January 11, 2023, marked the 21st anniversary of that emblem of American injustice, the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, where the US government continues to imprison 35 people at an astronomical cost of $540 million a year. CVT joined a diverse group of over 150 non-governmental organizations in the UnitedContinue reading “January 11, 2023, marked Guantánamo Bay detention facility 21st anniversary”

Humanity is closer to destruction than ever. Will the Doomsday Clock move?

On January 24, 2023, at 10 a.m. EST, the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will make the annual Doomsday Clock announcement for 2023, revealing the likelihood of human self-destruction based on an analysis from the smartest people in the world. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will host a live virtual newsContinue reading “Humanity is closer to destruction than ever. Will the Doomsday Clock move?”

Congressman Andy Kim gives NJ police officers a lesson in grant writing

Thirty officers from 25 South Jersey police departments learned how to write effective grant proposals during a two-day course at Rowan University. The course, presented by law and justice studies professors in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, was developed after staff from the office of Congressman Andy Kim asked Rowan to consider aContinue reading “Congressman Andy Kim gives NJ police officers a lesson in grant writing”

FDA & CDC say Pfizer bivalent COVID shot may cause stroke, but don’t worry

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found a possible link between the Pfizer/BioNTech bivalent COVID-19 vaccine and strokes in people over 65 who got the shot, according to a joint news release from the federal government agencies. The release did not recommend that people stop usingContinue reading “FDA & CDC say Pfizer bivalent COVID shot may cause stroke, but don’t worry”

Corporate death penalty advocate asks: Why is Wells Fargo still in business?

The U.S. government’s consumer watchdog agency announced last month that it ordered Wells Fargo to pay $3.7 billion in connection with the bank’s previous wrongdoing, but a progressive activist who has protested greedy Wall Street practices and ‘too big to fail’ banks says the fine is letting the financial behemoth off too easily. “Wells FargoContinue reading “Corporate death penalty advocate asks: Why is Wells Fargo still in business?”

Pregnancy and puberty ‘seen’ in teeth

Scientists have discovered clear indications that pregnancy and puberty may be recorded in our teeth – which could revolutionize how we monitor the health of past and future generations. A study of modern donated teeth showed clear “biomarkers” coinciding with growth changes in puberty and pregnancy. Corinne Feuillatre, a PhD student at the University ofContinue reading “Pregnancy and puberty ‘seen’ in teeth”

Scofflaw Shaw sticks taxpayers with bill for $5,000 in E-ZPass violations

Questions swirl about Roselle Mayor Donald Shaw’s use of municipal car after documents turned up that reveal that he ran up almost $5,000 worth of E-ZPass violations while using a municipal car for out of state driving, but the local elected official and county government employee apparently does not consider residents worthy of an honestContinue reading “Scofflaw Shaw sticks taxpayers with bill for $5,000 in E-ZPass violations”

Con artist Congressman George Santos is nothing but trouble for Republicans

Rep. George Santos won a seat in Congress but the apparent fabulist has at least one criminal charge pending against him in Brazil and he is already the target of three other US criminal investigations. It appears that Santos, who beat Democrat Robert Zimmerman during the 2022 midterm election, spun a web of lies aboutContinue reading “Con artist Congressman George Santos is nothing but trouble for Republicans”