New Jersey Voters Don’t Think You Should be Punished for Possessing Pot

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 2:10 pm

As with the rest of the country attitudes towards marijuana policy are shifting rapidly in New Jersey. There is overwhelming support in the state for a full decriminalization of pot. According to a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll 65 percent of voters want to eliminate all penalties for the possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Chris Christie Aides Attempted To Cover Up Bridgegate

By: Monday April 14, 2014 4:05 pm

As yet another prosecutor, this time the Manhattan District Attorney, subpoenas records from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey new questions are being raised about the conduct of Governor Chris Christie’s staff in response to the investigation of illegal lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.

New Jerseyans Overwhelmingly Say Pot is Safer than Tobacco or Alcohol, But Split on Legalization

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 12:00 pm

The state of New Jersey is almost evenly divided on whether to legalize marijuana for personal use. According to a new Monmouth University poll, 48 percent of adults in the state think marijuana should be legalized for personal use while 47 percent oppose this change.

Federal Grand Jury Now Looking Into Bridgegate

By: Monday April 7, 2014 6:54 am

After weeks of dodging subpoenas from the New Jersey Legislature’s Special Investigative Committee it seems the principal actors in the Bridgegate saga will have to testify and disclose documents after all. ABC News has reported that a federal grand jury has been convened by the US Attorney from New Jersey, Paul Fishman, to investigate the involvement of Governor Chris Christie’s office in the George Washington Bridge scandal

Despite Chris Christie’s Opposition, New Jersey’s Largest Paper Calls Pot Legalization Inevitable

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 2:06 pm

This is a perfect example of how even long-shot bills can effectively help advance an issue. The editorial board at the Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper, used the introduction of State Sen. Nicholas Scutari’s (D) marijuana legalization bill as a hook for attacking marijuana prohibition.

Five Reasons Why Even Long-Shot Marijuana Legalization Bills Matter

By: Tuesday March 25, 2014 2:17 pm

On Monday New Jersey state Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) officially introduced a billto legalize and regulate marijuana like alcohol in his state. As long as Chris Christie (R) is governor this bill is effectively doomed, but a bill doesn’t need to become law to still have an impact.

Federal Probe Into NJ Senator Menendez Widens To Include Help To Fugitive Bankers

By: Friday January 24, 2014 7:35 am

Already under investigation for trying to help a contributor who may have been defrauding Medicare, New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez is reportedly facing another federal criminal probe this time focusing on his relationship with two fugitive bankers from Ecuador.

William and Roberto Isaias were sentenced in abstentia for embezzling millions from Filanbanco, a bank they ran that collapsed in Ecuador. The United States has so far refused to hand them over to Ecuador despite an Interpol international arrest warrant and recommendations from officials within the State Department to return the convicted bankers back to Ecuador.

Bruce Springsteen Goes After Bridgegate, Chris Christie Probably Having The Worst Day Ever

By: Wednesday January 15, 2014 4:03 pm

Last night Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen joined The Late Night Show with Jimmy Fallon to weigh in on the scandal otherwise known as “Bridgegate” currently consuming the life and times of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

A Near Perfect Night for Chris Christie

By: Wednesday November 6, 2013 9:30 am

If one tried to script an election to help a candidate’s eventual presidential run it would be hard to write a set of results better for Republican Governor Chris Christie than what happened last night.

Shaquille O’Neal Endorses Christie in NJ Gov Race

By: Tuesday October 29, 2013 4:00 pm

Basketball superstar and Buick spokesperson Shaquille O’Neal just threw his weight behind Chris Christie in the New Jersey governor’s race, creating an endorsement video. O’Neal offered to record a commercial for the governor who took him up on it. The two recently hung out at at a youth event launching “Just Play,” a new state program designed to combat gang violence.

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