Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByNick Corasaniti Sept. 25, 2018 WEST ORANGE, N.J. — It has been two weeks since Senator Cory Booker claimed his “I am Spartacus moment” after releasing documents during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, earning mocking derision from conservatives who saw a presidential aspirant angling for a viral moment. But, back home here in New Jersey, Mr. Booker’s boast elicited a different reaction. “Some of y’all might have seen that recently on T.V., I had to bring a little Jersey,” Mr. Booker told the 180 or so people packed into a suburban backyard, waving “Bring it!” signs. They cheered at the depiction of a Jersey-edged attitude that had seeped into the Capitol. “Then, I got pushed a little bit, I had to go … [Read more...] about Cory (Not-Running-for-Anything-Now) Booker Says New Jersey Is His Priority
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByNick Corasaniti Oct. 24, 2018 Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey and his Republican challenger, Bob Hugin, squared off in a debate Wednesday night that simmered with an undercurrent of contempt, but rarely erupted into the mudslinging that has defined the race as the candidates repeatedly focused their disagreements on President Trump’s record. The only scheduled debate between the men took place as the contest for Mr. Menendez’s seat has become unexpectedly close. Mr. Menendez is seeking re-election in a deeply blue state where Mr. Trump is immensely unpopular during a year when Democratic energy is surging. But dogged by a federal corruption trial last year that ended in a hung jury, Mr. Menendez has maintained slim leads in most polls and has come under a wave of negative attacks … [Read more...] about Menendez and Hugin Spar, Mostly Politely, in New Jersey Senate Debate
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper New York | Democrats in New Jersey Have a Firm Grip on Power. They Want Even More. Supported by ByNick Corasaniti Dec. 13, 2018 TRENTON — [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Legislative power brokers across the country have long designed district lines in back-room deals that entrenched their control for years, if not decades. But now, Democratic lawmakers in New Jersey are carrying out a power grab in an unusually public fashion: They are seeking to make Republicans a permanent minority by essentially writing gerrymandering into the State Constitution. The New Jersey plan comes amid a national reckoning over the consequences of gerrymandering and has been met by fierce opposition across the political landscape — and not just from Republicans and … [Read more...] about Democrats in New Jersey Have a Firm Grip on Power. They Want Even More.
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper New York | After Backlash, Democrats in New Jersey Rethink Redistricting Plans Supported by ByNick Corasaniti Dec. 16, 2018 [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox .] Legislative leaders in New Jersey announced this weekend they would not move forward with a proposal to redraw legislative districts that would have essentially written gerrymandering into the State Constitution. Stephen M. Sweeney, the Senate president, and Craig J. Coughlin, the Assembly speaker, both released statements on Saturday night announcing they would not put the proposal up for a vote on Monday, the final day of voting in the State Senate. “This will give us the time and opportunity to review the input we have received from the public, our legislative colleagues and others to determine … [Read more...] about After Backlash, Democrats in New Jersey Rethink Redistricting Plans
Judge Glenn A. Grant, the acting administrative director of New Jersey’s courts, has been a leading force behind the state’s shift from a pretrial system that detained a significant number of defendants on monetary bail to one that has reduced inequities while safely increasing pretrial releases. A state report showed that in 2013, nearly 40 percent of New Jersey’s jail population was incarcerated because of an inability to post bail; 12 percent remained in jail on bails of $2,500 or less. Since then, legislation to reform New Jersey’s criminal justice system that took effect at the start of 2017 has drastically reduced the system’s reliance on cash bail, requiring judges to focus more on alternative approaches and evidence-based decisions on the risk to public safety. A judge of the Appellate Division of Superior Court, Grant was appointed to the bench in 1998. He served as the presiding judge of the family division in Essex County from 2003 until … [Read more...] about New Jersey Reform Leader Says Better Data Strengthened Bail System