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Supreme Court won’t rule on carrying guns in public

Supreme Court won't rule on carrying guns in public

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by Richard Wolf, USA TODAY

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 7:14 AM

Updated today at 7:14 AM

 

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appears hesitant to wade back into the national debate on guns.

The court refused Monday to decide whether the right to bear arms extends outside the home. The justices won’t consider a challenge to a New Jersey law that restricts most residents from carrying guns in public.

The case would have marked the most significant gun control case at the high court since its District of Columbia v. Heller decision in 2008 upheld the right to keep handguns at home for self-defense.

The New Jersey challenge was backed by the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners Foundation. “The Second Amendment guarantees the right to carry weapons for the purpose of self-defense — not just for self-defense within the home, but for self-defense, period,” the NRA argued in its brief to the high court.

New Jersey law enforcement groups defended the state’s requirement that citizens prove a “justifiable need” to carry handguns outside the home, whether openly or concealed from view. In their brief, they claimed the law “qualifies as a presumptively lawful, longstanding regulation that does not burden conduct within the scope of the Second Amendment’s guarantee.”

 

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March 13, 2014

On March 13, the son of Jon Corzine was found dead in Mexico City of an apparent suicide. Jon Corzine was the former CEO of Goldman Sachs, head of MF Global, and Governor of New Jersey, as well as being a long time campaign financier for President Barack Obama.

The son of former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine killed himself in a Mexico City hotel, sources told The Post on Thursday.

Jeffrey Corzine, 31, was the youngest of Corzine’s three children with ex-wife and childhood sweetheart Joanne Corzine.. – NY Post

While little is known about the circumstances behind Jeffrey Corzine’s alleged suicide, his death comes on the heels of at least eight unusual banker deaths, many of which were also labeled as suicides despite the near impossibility of one of them being attributed to suicide by nail gun.

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‘He made the tragic decision to take his own life': Youngest son of former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine commits suicide in Mexico City hotel

  • Jeffrey Corzine took his own life ‘several days ago’ in Mexico City hotel
  • His family traced him through his credit card
  • Had battled addiction through his teens and twenties
  • Jeffrey, 31, was thought to be working as a drug counselor in California
  • He was the youngest of Corzine’s three children with his first wife
  • Corzine’s successor Chris Christie issued a statement of his condolences, calling the death ‘unthinkable’

 

By Meghan Keneally

 

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Former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine’s 31-year-old son, Jeffrey, – who struggled with drug and alcohol addiction – committed suicide at a Mexico City hotel this week, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Jeffrey Corzine had been living in Malibu, California, and was an aspiring photographer, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity and could not name the hotel.

Corzine family spokesman Steven Goldberg confirmed Jeffrey Corzine’s death in a written statement.

 

Jeffrey Corzine is seen at his father's side (right) when he was elected to be the governor of New Jersey in November 2005. His brother, Josh, is also pictured raising his father's hand in victory (left).

Jeffrey Corzine is seen at his father’s side (right) when he was elected to be the governor of New Jersey in November 2005. His brother, Josh, is also pictured raising his father’s hand in victory (left).

 

Young: Jeffrey, who was known to friend as 'Jeff', was the youngest of three siblings

Young: Jeffrey, who was known to friend as ‘Jeff’, was the youngest of three siblings

Discovered: The US Embassy in Mexico City confirmed that Jeffrey Corzine was found dead in a Mexico City hotel 'several days' ago

Discovered: The US Embassy in Mexico City confirmed that Jeffrey Corzine was found dead in a Mexico City hotel ‘several days’ ago

 

‘The sad fact is that Jeffrey Corzine had been suffering from severe depression for several years and recently had been receiving treatment for what is a very painful and debilitating physical and mental ailment,’ Goldberg said.

‘On Tuesday morning, he succumbed to his disease and made the tragic decision to take his own life.’

The family is planning a small, private memorial for Jeffrey, Goldberg said.

 ‘Among many things, the Corzine family hopes Jeffrey will be remembered for his dedication to helping others overcome their struggles with depression and addiction, something to which he had been devoted for the past 10 years,’ he said.

Corzine, who was described by family friends as a ‘lost’ soul, was discovered dead in Mexico City ‘several days’ ago after failing to reply to messages from loved ones.

His friends and family tracked down his whereabouts to his hotel by following his credit card trail.

 

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US Rep. Holt, D-NJ, says he won’t seek re-electionThe Washington Times

By GEOFF MULVIHILL

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FILE In this Thursday, July 18, 2013 file photograph, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt listens to a question during a neighborhood meeting in a home in Trenton, N.J. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, Holt said he will not seek re-election in November and will retire from Congress when his term ends in January. The Democrat who represents central New Jersey’s 12th District announced his decision with an email to constituents. (AP Photo/Mel Evans,file)

Democratic U.S. Rep. Rush Holt announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in November and will retire from Congress when his term ends next year, meaning New Jersey will have at least three new members of the House come January.

Holt, who represents central New Jersey’s 12th District, announced his decision in an email to constituents.

“There is no hidden motive for my decision,” he wrote. “As friends who have worked with me know, I have never thought that the primary purpose of my work was re-election and I have never intended to make service in the House my entire career. For a variety of reasons, personal and professional, all of them positive and optimistic, the end of this year seems to me to be the right time to step aside and ask the voters to select the next representative.”

His email didn’t say what he would do after he leaves the House. His chief of staff said he wouldn’t be available for interviews Tuesday.

Holt, 65, holds a doctorate in physics and spent most of his career in academia – including as assistant director of Princeton University’s plasma physics laboratory – before he won a House seat in 1998.

He presents himself as a teacher and a scientist first and a politician second, and it’s not uncommon in his district to see bumper stickers that say, “My Congressman IS a rocket scientist.” When he ran for the U.S. Senate last year, his biggest campaign event was dubbed “Geek Out” and was more scholarly panel than political rally. One of his main claims to fame was beating the IBM computer Watson at “Jeopardy!”

President Barack Obama said in a statement Tuesday that the research physicist had put science – and his constituents – at the forefront during his 15 years in office.

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Christie declares state of emergency ahead of storm

Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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In anticipation of the severe winter weather expected to arrive in New Jersey late Tuesday and early Wednesday, Governor Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency.

The state of emergency authorizes the State Director of Emergency Management to continue coordinating the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies. Governor Christie also authorized the closing of state offices on Wednesday, February 5th for all non-essential employees.

“Tonight’s winter weather is expected to produce snow and ice, creating hazardous travel conditions and affecting areas throughout the state that are already recovering from yesterday’s storm,” said Governor Christie. “I’ve authorized state officials to continue all necessary actions to assist, and my Administration will continue monitoring conditions throughout the remainder of the storm. I encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully and remain off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations.”

The storm is expected to continue into Wednesday afternoon, bringing additional snow and ice to areas that experienced significant snowfall during Monday’s storm. A potential mixture of hazardous travel conditions, fallen trees, power outages and flooding are anticipated.

New Jersey Transit has adjusted its service schedule for Wednesday and advised riders to build additional time into their travel plans.

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Kids forced into prostitution for Super Bowl: FBI

U.S. Army helicopters fly over Metlife Stadium ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos on February 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The FBI rescued sixteen juveniles ranging in age from 13 to 17 in a two-week operation leading up to the NFL’s Super Bowl championship.

NEW YORK — Forty-five people were arrested and 16 juveniles rescued in a two-week crackdown on prostitution in the New York-New Jersey area leading up to last Sunday’s Super Bowl, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said on Tuesday.

The bureau said some of those arrested claimed they traveled to the site because of the high-profile football game, which drew an estimated 400,000 visitors to the region. The minors rescued ranged in age from 13 to 17 and included high school students and children reported missing by their families, the FBI said.

Arrests were made and victims recovered in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, said FBI spokeswoman Barbara Woodruff.

The FBI, backed by state and local law enforcement agencies, had mounted a major crackdown on human trafficking and prostitution ahead of the February 2 championship game, with some 3,000 law enforcement agents and civilians trained to help spot people who might be the victims of human trafficking.

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45 arrested, 16 juveniles rescued in Super Bowl prostitution bust

NYC police bust major sex ring near Super Bowl Boulevard.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Forty-five people were arrested and 16 juveniles rescued in a two-week crackdown on prostitution in the New York-New Jersey area leading up to last Sunday’s Super Bowl, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said on Tuesday.

The bureau said some of those arrested claimed they traveled to the site because of the high-profile football game, which drew an estimated 400,000 visitors to the region. The minors rescued ranged in age from 13 to 17 and included high school students and children reported missing by their families, the FBI said.

Arrests were made and victims recovered in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, said FBI spokeswoman Barbara Woodruff.

The FBI, backed by state and local law enforcement agencies, had mounted a major crackdown on human trafficking and prostitution ahead of the February 2 championship game, with some 3,000 law enforcement agents and civilians trained to help spot people who might be the victims of human trafficking.

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Image: Chris Christie in Fort Lee to meet Mayor Mark Sokolich.

Chris Christie in Fort Lee to meet Mayor Mark Sokolich. (Spencer Platt / Getty)

Christie, ex-official clash over when governor learned of bridge lane closings

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office denied he knew anything ahead of time about an operation to jam traffic on the George Washington Bridge. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the official who ordered the closing of lanes on the George Washington Bridge last year clashed Friday over precisely when Christie learned about the controversial incident.

In a letter to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (.pdf), a lawyer for David Wildstein — the Port Authority official who actually ordered the event — says “evidence exists tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the Governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference.”

In a statement Friday afternoon, Christie’s office said that rather than call Christie’s behavior into question, the letter “confirms what the Governor has said all along — he had absolutely no prior knowledge of the lane closures before they happened and whatever Mr. Wildstein’s motivations were for closing them to begin with.”

Christie’s statement goes on to say he denies “Mr. Wildstein’s lawyer’s other assertions,” which primarily have to do with Wildstein’s attempt to force the Port Authority to pay his legal bills.

The main disagreement appears to stem from the sequence of events.

In his statement Friday, Christie said he didn’t know about what’s come to be known as “Bridgegate” beforehand. In his Jan. 9 news conference — the one Wildstein alludes to — he said that “I had no knowledge of this — of the planning, the execution or anything about it — and that I first found out about it after it was over.”

Christie doubled down on that assertion late Friday night. In a statement issued to “clear up any lingering confusion,” a spokesman said, “Governor Christie has said each time he has been asked that he first learned about the closing of the lanes on the George Washington Bridge from press accounts after the instance was over.”

It’s that second contention that Wildstein contradicts in his letter, saying flat-out that Christie knew about the incident as it was jamming traffic between New York and New Jersey from Sept. 9 to Sept. 12.

“Mr. Wildstein contests the accuracy of various statements that the Governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some,” the letter says — although it gives no hint of what that evidence might be.

A new allegation claims New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sanctioned a road closure as political payback. NBC’s Michael Isikoff reports.

Wildstein’s letter was first reported Friday by The New York Times and subsequently obtained by NBC News.

Christie — who’s considered a serious contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination — has repeatedly denied having ordered the closing of two of three local access lanes from Fort Lee, N.J., to the bridge, which is one of the busiest in the world. The closing froze traffic for four days — allegedly in retaliation over the mayor’s refusal to endorse him in the 2013 governor’s race.

It’s the latest piece in a puzzle that has been emerging over the past few months of Christie as a swaggering political bully.

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Christie’s Office Attacks Motives of Former Ally’s Lawyer’s Claims

Feb. 1, 2014 9:01 p.m. ET

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has attacked the motives of a former ally whose attorney claims the GOP presidential hopeful knew of highly disruptive lane closures on a New York area bridge as they were going on, contrary to the governor’s previous statements.

Mr. Christie’s office challenged the claims of his former associate, David Wildstein, in a public statement on Saturday. “Bottom line—David Wildstein will do and say anything to save David Wildstein,” said the message, first reported by Politico and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie arrived on stage Saturday during the Super Bowl Hand-Off Ceremony on Super Bowl Boulevard in Times Square in New York. Reuters

Mr. Wildstein’s attorney Alan Zegas in the letter released to the Port Authority and the media on Friday said “evidence exists…tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge” of the lane closures while they were still going on during the week beginning Sept. 9.

He didn’t identify the evidence to which he referred or say of what it consists. Mr. Zegas’s letter also said Mr. Wildstein could prove various statements made by the governor about Mr. Wildstein weren’t accurate.

Mr. Wildstein personally directed the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge from Sept. 9 to Sept. 13, causing traffic jams in Fort Lee, N.J. that lengthened commutes and delayed emergency vehicles.

The closures were seen by many people as political retribution against Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor, who didn’t endorse Mr. Christie’s re-election. The exact motive for the lane closures has yet to be proven.

Mr. Wildstein has since resigned as director of interstate capital projects at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the bridge, which is one of the busiest in the world.

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Crain's New York Business

Up to a foot of snow is expected in New York City. Long Island Railroad is adding additional trains as needed, and says services may be canceled if the weather gets bad enough.

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The National Weather Service forecasts wind chill as low as 10 degrees below zero. Photo: Associated Press

Updated: January 21, 2014 2:23 p.m.

(AP) — Thousands of flights were canceled, students got an extra day off from school or were being sent home early, and the federal government closed its offices in the Washington area Tuesday as another winter storm bore down on the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

The National Weather Service said the storm could bring 10 to 14 inches of snow to Philadelphia and southern New England and up to a foot in New York City, to be followed by bitter cold. An arctic air mass will plunge the eastern half of the United States into a deep freeze, with wind chills as low as 40 degrees below zero, the weather service said.

It warned of heavy winds and hazardous driving conditions as the storm moved up the East Coast.

Nearly 2,200 flights were canceled and thousands more delayed Tuesday, with airports from Washington to Boston affected, according to flight-tracking site Flightaware.com. An additional 450 flights for Wednesday were already canceled.

Schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky stayed closed for an extra day after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, or planned to send students home early. Some parents kept their kids home even if their schools were open, unwilling to put them on slippery roads.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Environmental  Pollution

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Delaware River

Author Nicholas A. Tonelli

Blueknight Energy Partners

Strategic asset portfolio includes:

  • 15.0 million barrels of storage capacity
  • 1,264 miles of pipeline
  • Over 165 crude oil transports
  • Over 115 producer field services trucks
  • 26 acres of development property in the Cushing Interchange
  • 44 liquid asphalt cement terminals and storage facilities

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Environment Pollution USA State of New Jersey, Gloucester City [Delaware River] Damage level Details

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Environment Pollution in USA on Saturday, 18 January, 2014 at 12:55 (12:55 PM) UTC.

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Approximately 150 Gallons of Oil Spill Into Delaware River 14 Jan 2014 The Coast Guard is supervising the cleanup of an accidental spill of approximately 150 gallons of heating oil into the Delaware River from a business in Gloucester City, Camden County. Authorities say the heating oil spilled into a storm drain at the Blue Knight Energy Partners along the 200 block of Water Street about 9 a.m. Investigators say valve on a tank failed, causing the spill.

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Gloucester City company leaks fuel oil into Delaware River

on January 14, 2014 at 10:18 AM, updated January 14, 2014 at 10:27 AM

 GLOUCESTER CITY — A flange failure on a tank triggered an accidental release of heating fuel into the Delaware River Tuesday morning.

Approximately 150 gallons of heating fuel went into the river at at about 9 a.m. from Blue Knight Energy Partners on Water Street, police said.

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• State body seeks documents from 17 people and three groups
• Governor uses appearance to focus on Sandy recovery

  • theguardian.com, Thursday 16 January 2014 18.28 EST
Chris Christie
New Jersey governor Chris Christie hugs a homeowners who lost her home to Hurricane Sandy. Photograph: Mel Evans/AP

A special legislative panel investigating an apparent political payback scheme involving New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s aides issued 20 new subpoenas on Thursday, the day the Republican star made his first trip since the scandal broke, to pledge that he will not be distracted from the job of rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy.

Christie also announced the hiring of a legal team to help his administration deal with multiple investigations into a scandal that will not be put to rest quickly.

The governor’s legal team, to be led by former federal prosecutor Randy Mastro, will “review best practices for office operations and information flow, and assist with document retention and production”, the administration said in a brief written statement. A spokeswoman would not say who was paying for the team or how much it cost.

Two state legislative committees, including one also using a former federal prosecutor; the US attorney’s office in New Jersey, which Christie headed before running for governor; and the chairman of a US Senate committee are conducting inquiries into what happened in September, when lanes to the George Washington bridge from the town of Fort Lee were shut for four days, causing massive traffic gridlock.

The plot was apparently hatched by Christie’s aides as a political vendetta, possibly because Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor would not endorse the Republican governor’s November re-election campaign.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who is leading the primary legislative probe, said the new subpoenas sought documents from 17 people and three organisations. The recipients of the subpoenas will not be named until the documents are served, presumably by Friday. The likely targets are people who worked for Christie or who are or were part of his inner circle, such as Bridget Anne Kelly, the fired aide who suggested in an email to another Christie confidante that it was “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee”. Another likely target is Bill Stepien, Christie’s two-time campaign manager who appeared to gloat over the traffic chaos.

At a news conference last week, Christie said he would continue interviewing his senior staff to determine if there is any other information he needs to know and if he needs to take any further action, but he did not indicate his review would go further than that.

Christie did not address the scandal directly on Thursday, when he made his first public appearance outside the State House in the eight days since the lane scandal broke wide open. He went to friendly territory – heavily Republican Ocean County – for an event initially scheduled for 8 January that was postponed after the revelation of emails that appear to show Kelly, formerly a top aide, ordering the lane closures for political retribution.

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New Jersey’s Christie hires law firm to fight bridge scandal

NEW YORK Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:49pm EST

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks during his annual State of the State address in Trenton, New Jersey January 14, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks during his annual State of the State address in Trenton, New Jersey January 14, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

(Reuters) – The administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has hired a high-powered legal firm to help his office as federal prosecutors investigate whether any laws were broken when a top aide ordered seemingly politically motivated traffic jams.

Christie, a likely 2016 Republican White House contender, turned to a former deputy of ex New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, another Republican with presidential aspirations, after revelations that a former aide called for “traffic problems” at the George Washington Bridge in apparent retribution against a local Democratic mayor.

About 20 subpoenas were issued in the case on Thursday, according to Democratic state Assembly member John Wisniewski. They included some 17 people and three organizations, he said, but no names would be disclosed until subpoenas are served.

He said Christie was not among those subpoenaed.

The governor’s office said it retained the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP to help with an internal review and to cooperate with an investigation announced last week by U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman.

Randy Mastro who in the 1990s served as chief of staff and deputy mayor for operations to Giuliani will lead the team.

The outside attorneys will bring a “third-party perspective to the situation, and they will be a valuable asset as we move forward,” Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said in the statement announcing the law firm’s hiring.

Working for the Giuliani administration, Mastro led efforts to clean up Times Square and rid organized crime from the city’s Fulton Fish Market, private carting industry and popular San Gennaro Festival.

In private practice since then, he frequently took on the administration of Giuliani’s successor, Michael Bloomberg.

Gibson Dunn’s partners charge $980 an hour on average, according to a survey published by the National Law Journal.

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