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Black Couple: White Neighbor Made False Assault Report

NJ couple share video of 'Permit Karen,' white neighbor they say has harassed them for 2 years

(Newser) - Residents in a New Jersey neighborhood went to bat this week for a black couple who had the police called on them by a white neighbor they say has been harassing them for two years—an incident caught on video that's now gone viral. In a Monday Facebook post... More »

Now Woodrow Wilson's Desk Is Demoted

It won't be used by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy anymore

(Newser) - First Woodrow Wilson's name got kicked to the curb . Now the same is happening to the former president's desk. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday said he is no longer using a desk that was once owned by the 28th president and still bears his name on... More »

WH on Trump Flouting NJ Quarantine: He's 'Not a Civilian'

President visiting NJ golf course this weekend, would normally have to quarantine for 14 days

(Newser) - New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey announced earlier this week that visitors from coronavirus "hot spot" states will need to self-quarantine for 14 days before going about their business, or they'll face a fine. One visitor to the latter state this weekend, however, has no plans on following... More »

3 States Order Quarantines for Visitors From Hot Spots

New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will enact the rule Thursday

(Newser) - Now that New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have reduced their rates of coronavirus infections, their governors are taking a step to make sure cases don't start climbing again. Anyone visiting any of the three states from places that are considered coronavirus hot spots will have to quarantine for... More »

3 Family Members Found Dead in NJ Pool Drowned

They had moved into the home just 20 days prior

(Newser) - Three members of a New Jersey family who were found dead in a backyard pool on Monday afternoon drowned, per the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. A neighbor called 911 after hearing screams, and NJ.com reports Bharat Patel, 62, his 33-year old daughter-in-law, Nisha Patel, and her 8-year-old daughter... More »

3 Family Members Die in Backyard Swimming Pool

8-year-old, her mother and grandfather are found dead in East Brunswick, NJ

(Newser) - A neighbor heard screaming and phoned 911, and the scene police came upon in East Brunswick, New Jersey, on Monday afternoon was grim: three family members dead in a backyard pool, reports NJ.com . The victims have been described as an 8-year-old girl, her 32-year-old mother, and the girl's... More »

Mayor Says He's 'Pro-Black,' but With a Caveat

NJ's Sal Bonaccorso takes heat for 'all the good black people that I know in my life' remark

(Newser) - A New Jersey mayor perhaps thought his words would smooth things over at an anti-discrimination rally over the weekend, but his speech just ended up earning him backlash. Mayor Sal Bonaccorso showed up at a gathering of between 50 to 100 people in Clark Township on Saturday, where he wasn'... More »

Swift Consequences for Men Who Staged George Floyd Scene

They did so as peaceful protesters walked by in NJ

(Newser) - People participating in a Black Lives Matters march in New Jersey on Monday came upon a counterprotest that's being called "appalling and offensive"—and ended with one man losing his job and another being suspended. The incident took place in Gloucester County's Franklin Township, where two... More »

This Police Department Disbanded in 2012. Violent Crime Has Plummeted

New force focused on walking beats, talking to residents of Camden, NJ

(Newser) - City Council members in Minneapolis have vowed to "dismantle" the city's police department, which would be an unusual—but not entirely unprecedented—move. CNN looks at the experience of Camden, NJ, which disbanded and replaced its police department in 2012 amid budget woes and corruption that was deemed... More »

Police Reveal Identity of Long Island Serial Killer Victim

Valerie Mack's body parts were stashed in 2 locations, as with another victim

(Newser) - Long Island serial killer victim Jane Doe No. 6 has now been identified as a 24-year-old Philadelphia escort who disappeared in 2000. Valerie Mack, who also used the name Melissa Taylor, was last seen in Port Republic, NJ, in the spring or summer of that year. Her partial remains were... More »

Judge Banned After Telling Woman to 'Close Your Legs'

NJ Superior Court Judge John Russo can't preside over courtroom anymore

(Newser) - A judge who suggested that a woman seeking a restraining order could "close your legs" to prevent a sexual assault was removed from the bench Tuesday by the New Jersey Supreme Court and permanently barred from presiding over a courtroom. The unanimous decision cited "repeated and serious acts... More »

Here's Where Jobs Have Taken Hardest COVID Hit

WalletHub looks at states where coronavirus has had the biggest effect on unemployment

(Newser) - Since the coronavirus has found its way to the United States, the economic ramifications have been devastating, leaving unprecedented numbers of people out of work and businesses folding. WalletHub looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia to see which have been suffering the most on the jobs... More »

Cuomo: We're Opening Beaches for Memorial Day

New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, and New York announce joint move

(Newser) - People in New York and nearby states will be able to head to the shore, legally, for the holiday weekend later this month. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that New Jersey, Connecticut, and Delaware, along with his own state, plan to open state beaches for the Memorial Day... More »

NJ Cops: 'Inordinate' Amount of Poop Left in State Parks

Parks were reopened, but not bathrooms

(Newser) - New Jersey reopened state parks on May 2—but authorities say they may have to reconsider the move if people don't stop relieving themselves and discarding the waste there. State Police Superintendent Pat Callahan said Monday that "state park police reported an inordinate amount of urine and feces... More »

Report: Fever of 104.9 Was Ignored. Death Came Days Later

Federal review finds 53 coronavirus deaths at NJ facility where bodies piled up

(Newser) - In April, police received a tip about a body being kept in a shed at a New Jersey nursing home. They found 17 bodies in the small morgue of Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center II, but that was just the first detail to emerge. At least 53 residents of the... More »

Supreme Court Tosses 'Bridgegate' Convictions

Traffic jam concocted as political revenge in New Jersey wasn't a federal crime, say justices

(Newser) - Remember " Bridgegate "? That was the New Jersey scandal back in 2013 in which allies of Gov. Chris Christie created an epic traffic jam as political revenge. It's back in the news Thursday because the Supreme Court unanimously tossed the convictions of two Christie aides behind the... More »

They Were Digging a Grave. Then, the Unexpected

NJ cemetery worker buried to his knees for 25 minutes Tuesday after sides of grave collapsed

(Newser) - A New Jersey cemetery worker spent 25 minutes trapped in a collapsed grave on Tuesday—luckily, with his upper body above the dirt. The 59-year-old went into the 8-foot-deep grave at the Hillside Cemetery in Lyndhurst to take some measurements ahead of a Wednesday funeral, according to police. "They... More »

Cops: Woman's Mask May Have Caused Crash

NJ police department walks back initial remarks after noting N95 mask could've led to accident

(Newser) - Police pointed to an odd possible cause of a single-car crash in New Jersey last week, though an "overwhelming response" on social media now has them pulling that back. ABC News reports cops responded to the scene of an accident Thursday in Lincoln Park and found a red car... More »

Stay-at-Home Protest Brings Charge for Violation

New Jersey demonstrations against restrictions were held during governor's briefing

(Newser) - A New Jersey woman has been charged with violating the state's stay-at-home order in connection with a protest of the restriction. The demonstration took place Friday in Trenton while Gov. Phil Murphy was holding his daily press briefing on the pandemic. State police charged Kim Pagan of Toms River... More »

Florida Man Accused of Cruel Restaurant Prank

NJ police say Sudeep Khetani placed big orders, never intended to pay or pick up

(Newser) - As if restaurants needed any more hurt these days: New Jersey police say a Florida man enacted a cruel scam on more than a dozen restaurants in the state. Sudeep Khetani, 34, is accused of calling pizzerias and restaurants and placing hefty orders that totaled several thousand dollars. "Each... More »

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