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NJ governor’s race: Rizzo appealing ELEC decision not to match funds; Murphy challenger petition sent to AG

NJ governor’s race: Rizzo appealing ELEC decision not to match funds; Murphy challenger petition sent to AG

TRENTON, N.J. — Candidates on both sides of the aisle are protesting decisions made regarding New Jersey’s 2021 gubernatorial election.On the Democratic side, New Jersey’s top elections official has asked the state’s attorney general to conduct a criminal investigation into a ballot petition submitted by a candidate aiming to challenge Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy in this year’s primary.Secretary of State Tahesha Way wrote in a final opinion on Lisa McCormick’s ballot petition that, given the allegations of “fraud and violations of criminal law,” she was ordering the matter be referred to...

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New Jersey corrections dep’t watchdog resigns after Edna Mahan hearings

New Jersey corrections dep’t watchdog resigns after Edna Mahan hearings

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Department of Corrections Ombudsman Dan DiBenedetti announced his resignation effective Aug. 1 on Friday just a day before.Several state politicians had called for DiBenedetti’s resignation Thursday after the hearings, in which he admitted to not having been to Edna Mahan Correctional Facility — the state’s lone women’s prison where — in over a year.DiBenedetti also was unable to name a single policy recommendation he’d made regarding the prison, which recently settled over 20 lawsuits for just over $21 million to victims who claimed to suffer sexual abuse at the...

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Edna Mahan prison hearings: NJ legislators leave demanding answers, reform; GOP still wants DOC commissioner’s resignation

Edna Mahan prison hearings: NJ legislators leave demanding answers, reform; GOP still wants DOC commissioner’s resignation

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey legislators left an eight-hour hearing Thursday on the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility — the state’s lone women’s prison with a rife history of abuse — resolute that more needed to be done, while the state’s Republicans continued to call for the embattled department of corrections commissioner to resign.Though the abuses at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Hunterdon County stem back to at least 2014 — and the state just Wednesday  with inmates who claimed to be victims of sexual assault and misconduct — these hearings were largely meant to focus on a January...

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NJ DOC commissioner ‘disgusted’ by Edna Mahan abuses in public hearings, promises reform process has begun

NJ DOC commissioner ‘disgusted’ by Edna Mahan abuses in public hearings, promises reform process has begun

TRENTON, N.J. — Embattled New Jersey Department of Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks testified before the New Jersey Assembly and Senate Thursday to discuss abuses of inmates at the state’s lone women’s prison.Though the abuses at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Hunterdon County stem back to at least 2014 — and the state just Wednesday with inmates who claimed to be victims of sexual assault and misconduct — these hearings were largely meant to focus on a January incident where several inmates accused multiple correction officers of abuse. Over 30 officials were placed on paid leave...

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Apr 8
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NJ corrections dep’t settles for over $20 million with victims of Edna Mahan abuses dating back to 2014

NJ corrections dep’t settles for over $20 million with victims of Edna Mahan abuses dating back to 2014

TRENTON, N.J. — Ahead of department Commissioner Marcus Hicks testifying before the New Jersey State Senate and Assembly Thursday, the New Jersey Department of Corrections settled 22 civil litigations against the department regarding allegations of sexual abuse and harassment at the troubled Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women that have been pending since 2017.The settlements total in over $20.8 million in damages and attorney fees. The suits include 20 individual complaints and two class action suits filed against the NJ DOC since 2014 who claim to have been direct victims of sexual...

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Apr 8
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NJ corrections department to use body-worn cameras on officers at prison where 8 have been charged with abuses

NJ corrections department to use body-worn cameras on officers at prison where 8 have been charged with abuses

TRENTON, N.J. — Ahead of embattled Commissioner Marcus Hicks’ testimony before the New Jersey State Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, the New Jersey Department of Corrections announced that they’ll be testing out body cameras at the state’s lone women’s prison have recently been accused of abuse by the state’s attorney general.The state’s corrections department says the program’s been in the works since May 2020, when they were given a $250,000 grant from the department of justice in Washington. They announced Tuesday that they’ve received their initial allotment of body-worn cameras and...

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Apr 7
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Police investigating murder-suicide after woman, suspected shooter found dead following standoff in NJ: officials

Police investigating murder-suicide after woman, suspected shooter found dead following standoff in NJ: officials

CARLSTADT, N.J. — Local police and Bergen County prosecutors are investigating what they’re calling a murder-suicide following an hours-long standoff at a residence in the town of Carlstadt Saturday.Carlstadt police had issued a shelter-in-place while the standoff was happening on 6th Street.At 8 p.m., police finally entered and they found a woman dead on the scene. They then found the suspected shooter dead of a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound.At this time, police and county prosecutors don’t believe any other individuals were involved. The county’s Major Crimes Unit in...

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NJ Rep. Andy Kim talks about struggle with discussing racism after son was called ‘Chinese boy’

NJ Rep. Andy Kim talks about struggle with discussing racism after son was called ‘Chinese boy’

NEW YORK — New Jersey Rep. Andy Kim spoke about the struggles involved in discussing racism with his 5-year-old son after the boy faced anti-Asian bullying Saturday.In a tweet thread, Kim — who represents parts of the Philadelphia suburbs and the Jersey Shore in Washington — revealed that his son had been repeatedly been called “Chinese boy” by a bigger child and wanted to know why.Rep. Kim is the second Korean American elected to Congress in the country’s history.“I was sad because my son shared what was likely his first ever experience of discrimination,” Kim wrote. “For me it wasn’t...

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Hoboken politicians want NJ AG to investigate 2017 flier that referred to mayor as terrorist

Hoboken politicians want NJ AG to investigate 2017 flier that referred to mayor as terrorist

HOBOKEN, N.J. — Hoboken’s elected officials are calling for New Jersey’s Attorney General to investigate a 2017 flier accusing the sikh man who was eventually elected the city’s mayor of .This comes after Attorney General Gurbir Grewal that was distributed in the Middlesex County township of Edison regarding a political candidate that very same year. The subpoena to the Edison Township department of records was confirmed to PIX11 News by Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey Saturday afternoon regarding anti-Indian and anti-Chinese campaign mailers targeting candidates for the town’s board of...

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Mar 20
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Activists call Murphy’s discussed executive order for $40M to excluded workers ‘crumbs’

Activists call Murphy’s discussed executive order for $40M to excluded workers ‘crumbs’

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is holding a debate within his cabinet and activist groups on a possible executive order that could provide up to $40 million in federal money going to undocumented immigrants, but groups representing those so-called “excluded workers” feel that’s not nearly enough.Politico and Murphy confirmed discussions were happening in his COVID-19 briefing Wednesday.According to Politico, the money would be funded through remaining federal CARES dollars and was unpopular with advocates, who are seeking larger relief measures, such as $2,000 in direct...

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