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NJ expands terrorism law in response to kosher market attack

Jan. 15, 2020 8:43 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Wednesday expanding the definition of terrorism under state law in response to last month's fatal attack on a kosher market in Jersey City. Murphy said the new law will make it clear that New Jersey is committed to the...

FILE - This combination of March 29, 2017 file photos shows Bridget Kelly, left, and Bill Baroni leaving federal court after sentencing in Newark, N.J. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether to throw out the convictions of the two former aides to former Republican Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey's 'Bridgegate' case. Baroni and Kelly have argued their actions may have unethical but weren't criminal. The court's decision, expected this spring, could have a far-reaching impact on how public corruption investigations are handled. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

High court skeptical of New Jersey 'Bridgegate' convictions

Jan. 14, 2020 3:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed broadly skeptical Tuesday of the convictions of two people involved in New Jersey's “Bridgegate” scandal where officials created a massive traffic jam to punish a mayor who refused to endorse then-governor Chris Christie's reelection. The justices...

Melissa Koscielniak wears syringes all over her body during a protest at the state house in Trenton, N.J., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. New Jersey lawmakers are set to vote Monday on legislation to eliminate most religious exemptions for vaccines for schoolchildren, as opponents crowd the statehouse grounds with flags and banners, including some reading

Vote on NJ bill to bar certain vaccine exemptions stalled

Jan. 13, 2020 6:53 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers postponed an expected vote on a bill to eliminate most religious exemptions for vaccines for schoolchildren saying they lacked the votes, and leading to raucous cheers from opponents who had encircled the Statehouse with flags, bullhorns and banners. Democratic...

In this Aug. 22, 2019 photo, lead grower Elizabeth Keyser, talks about flowering medical marijuana plants being grown with special grow lights during a media tour of the Curaleaf medical cannabis cultivation and processing facility in Ravena, N.Y. After legislative efforts stalled and a vaping sickness stirred new concerns, the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut still want to make recreational pot legal. But the states have different approaches and timeframes, and some proposals have shifted since last year. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Pot politics: Some Northeast states regroup on legalization

Jan. 13, 2020 6:16 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A year ago, marijuana legalization looked like it was on a roll in the Northeast — it had already passed in three of the region’s states and was a priority for governors in three more, including the populous New York. Now, after legislative efforts stalled and a vaping...

FILE - This combination of March 29, 2017 file photos shows Bridget Kelly, left, and Bill Baroni leaving federal court after sentencing in Newark, N.J. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether to throw out the convictions of the two former aides to former Republican Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey's 'Bridgegate' case. Baroni and Kelly have argued their actions may have unethical but weren't criminal. The court's decision, expected this spring, could have a far-reaching impact on how public corruption investigations are handled. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Stakes high as US Supreme Court weighs 'Bridgegate' case

Jan. 10, 2020 6:21 AM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — “This is not going to end well.” Those words spoken by a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official in the summer of 2013 could hardly have been more prophetic. The plot to create gridlock near the busy George Washington Bridge that September to punish a mayor...

New Jersey State Police officers stand guard in front of MetLife Stadium Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J., at an event called Siyum HaShas, that celebrates the completion of the reading of the Babylonian Talmud, a process that takes 7 1/2 years The large gathering of Jews drew a significant security presence after recent anti-Semitic attacks in the New York City area. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

Security tight, Jews gather at stadium for religious event

Jan. 2, 2020 1:41 AM EST

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Tens of thousands of Jewish people congregated Wednesday at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey to celebrate the reading of the entire Talmud in an event called Siyum HaShas — and drew a heavy security presence after recent anti-Semitic attacks in the area. The New Year's Day...

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2019, file photo, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, walks after a conference with interior ministers of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala in Guatemala City. Wolf is taking aim at new laws in New York and New Jersey that allow immigrants to get driver's licenses without proof they are in the U.S. legally, and restrict data sharing with federal authorities. (AP Photo/ Oliver de Ros, File)

US seeks review of state DMV laws on immigration enforcement

Dec. 31, 2019 5:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting secretary of Homeland Security is taking aim Tuesday at new laws in New York, New Jersey and other states that allow immigrants to get driver's licenses without proof they are in the U.S. legally, and restrict data sharing with federal authorities. Chad Wolf sent a memo to all...

Police work the scene of a residence in Monsey, N.Y., early Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, following a stabbing Saturday during a Hanukkah celebration. Authorities say that several people were stabbed north of New York City late Saturday night and a possible suspect has been located. The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council for the Hudson Valley region tweeted reports that the stabbing took place at the house of a Hasidic rabbi while they were celebrating Hanukkah. (Seth Harrison/The Journal News via AP)

5 stabbed at Hanukkah celebration north of NYC

Dec. 29, 2019 3:53 AM EST

MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — A man attacked a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi’s home north of New York City late Saturday, stabbing and wounding five people before fleeing in a vehicle, police said. The attack appeared to be the latest in a string targeting Jews in the region, including a massacre at a...

Bus driver pleads in crash that killed teacher, student

Dec. 23, 2019 6:14 PM EST

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A school bus driver has pleaded guilty in a New Jersey crash last year that killed a teacher and a fifth-grade student. Hudy Muldrow Sr., 79, entered pleas Monday in Superior Court in Morristown to reckless vehicular homicide, assault by auto and child endangerment. Prosecutors...

NJ enacts law letting immigrants without docs to get license

Dec. 19, 2019 2:10 PM EST

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A bill that will let immigrants who cannot prove they're in the country legally get a driver's license was signed Thursday by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. Murphy, a Democrat, signed the measure in Elizabeth, making New Jersey the 14th state, along with the District of Columbia, to...