The following is the WeekenderNJ (WNJ) weekly news roundup, highlighting some vital stories from around the state and nation.
To all public school families: CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU MADE IT THROUGH ANOTHER CRAZY YEAR AND A HALF.
Happy last day of the school year!
Hector Oseguera, former progressive Democratic candidate for Congress in NJ08 got married yesterday.
We look forward to sharing more news in the near future.
Congratulations to the beautiful couple!!
NEW JERSEY COVID19 UPDATE
199 new positive PCR tests
892,485 total positive PCR tests
73 new positive antigen tests
130,195 total positive antigen tests
6 new confirmed deaths
23,736 total confirmed deaths
2,698 probable deaths
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NJ VACCINE UPDATE
9,645,179 total doses have been administered in New Jersey as of 8:00 AM today.
4,914,936 individuals who live, work, or study in New Jersey are now fully vaccinated
Learn more here.
OTHER COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATES
"For the first time since the start of the pandemic, the hospitalizations numbers has fallen below 300."
JUST WHEN 2021 WAS LOOKING BRIGHTER
George Floyd statue at Newark City hall defaced one week after unveiling.
The 700-pound bronze statue of George Floyd was unveiled last week near the steps of Newark City Hall, only to be defaced late Wednesday night.
The face of the statue was painted black, while the torso of the statue had the words:
‘LIFE…LIBERTY VICTORY PATRIOTFRONT.US.
Patriot Front is ‘an organization that rehabilitated the explicitly fascist agenda of Vanguard America with garish patriotism.’
IN NEW JERSEY SCHOOL HOMOPHOBIA (VOORHEES)
New Jersey high school valedictorian cut off during graduation speech on mental health, LGBTQ identity
Bryce Dershem graduated from Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees, New Jersey on June 17. A day that was supposed to be a happy and memorable event. Instead, his microphone was cut off during his speech, which touched on his personal experiences with coming out, mental illness and disordered eating. 'After I came out as queer freshman year, I felt so alone. I didn't know who to turn to,' then his microphone was cut off, followed by the school principal walking up to the podium taking Dershem’s microphone and his written speech.
Here’s Bryce Dershem’s valedictorian speech:
MIDDLESEX DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN ELECTION
Kevin McCabe won re-election, defeating Charlie Kratovil for the second consecutive year in a race for Middlesex County Democratic Chairman.
McCabe beat Kratovil, 535-67, by an 89%-11% margin – this is the ninth one-year term as head of one of the state’s most questionable Demcoratic county organizations.
Kratovil, a fearless Journalist and the publisher of New Brunswick Today, had also challenged Beatrice Moskowitz for vice chair in 2019.
If you’re wondering why all eyes need to be on Kevin McCabe and the Middlesex County Democratic party, you don’t have to look further, nor deep. However, if you love New Jersey and care for your state to start having a positive future, than you must pay attention to what is not being reported.
ICE OUT OF NJ!!! A HUGE WIN FOR THE AMAZING NEW JERSEY IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES
The hardworking The New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice (NJAIJ) and
New Jersey immigrants’ rights member organizations got bill S3361 (20R) passed 23 - 15 - to Prohibit New, Renewal, Expansion of ICE Detention Contracts Before Legislature!!
The Assembly approved the measure, 46-24, earlier this week. If the measure becomes law, it would wipe out ICE’s questionable dealing in the state, barring private, state and local entities from entering into contracts to hold civil immigration detainees in their jails, including renewing or extending existing contracts.
Legislators who voted Yes and prime sponsors of the legislation are:
Senator Loretta Weinberg
Senator Vin Gopal
Senator Nia H. Gill
Assemblyman Gordon Johnson
Assemblywoman Linda S. Carter
Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson
Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro
Assemblyman Raj Mukherji
It is now up to Governor Phil Murphy to sign S3361/A5207 into Law!!
FISCAL YEAR 2022 BUDGET AGREEMENT ON KEY TAX RELIEF MEASURES
The Democrat-controlled state Legislature, passed and sent to Gov. Phil Murphy a $46.4 billion budget bill for fiscal year 2022 that includes tax relief for hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents, a massive contribution to the state’s pension system and billions of dollars to help reduce debt.
The Senate approved the bill, 25-15, during which Democrats — all of whom voted in favor — defended the plan. Republicans, who all voted “NO,” argued it doesn’t do enough to help New Jerseyans.
You can read more about it here.
A BILL AND THE RUSH TO PASS IT BY CORRUPT POLICE LOBBISTS, HAS ERODED THE VERY TRANSPARENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY NEW JERSEYANS EXPECTS AND DESERVES
New Jersey Legislature passes S3939/A5864 bill to let police view bodycam video before filing incident reports
This bill would allow New Jersey police officers to watch their body camera footage before filing their initial reports.
The rushed legislature that was pushed in just two weeks, sparked debates, including from ACLU - NJ Executive Director Amol Sinha, who called out police union bribes who held Democratic lawmakers hostage.
The Assembly passed the measure in a 71-1 vote.
Meanwhile, the Senate approved a bill by a vote of 31-4, but tacked on a late amendment that allows "a person who is subject of a police report" to also review the video if the officer watches it.
Advocates, activists and community members have watched bill after bill after bill...either stall or not even getting off the ground – from internal affairs file disclosures to police residency requirements, to subpoena-powered community police review boards.
Now, all eyes are on Governor Murphy to see if he will veto this bill out of a Trump era playbook, sent to him on Thursday.
“Menendez, Booker, Pascrell Unveil New Legislation to Hold WWOR-TV Accountable for its Failure to Provide Local NJ News Coverage”
“As one of NJ’s only commercially-licensed broadcast television stations, WWOR Ch. 9 is required by law to provide residents robust local news, public affairs programming; it has failed,” the Pascarell press release reads.
“The Section 331 Obligation Clarification Act would require Section 331 licensee holders, like WWOR-TV, to broadcast local news programming, consult with local leaders, and make it easier for the public to participate in the license renewal process.
“Holding an FCC broadcast license is a privilege — not a right — but one that in turn requires the television station holding that license to provide meaningful local news coverage,” said Sen. Menendez.
“Local news coverage isn’t merely optional; it’s essential to meeting the needs of a strong and vibrant democracy,” said Sen. Booker.
The bill would require that WWOR broadcast at least 14 hours of localized programming during primetime hours, file with the FCC a quarterly disclosure of all local programming, — including a separate list of particularized local content — and consult with local leaders in the market served by the station.”
Does this mean that WWOR-TV has now to fall in line with the rest of NJ corporate media who willingly engage in reporting whatever the hell some of these Senators want for you to read and hear vs. granting all Journalist interviews without any censorships?
You can read more about the Section 331 Obligations Clarification Act here.
CALIFORNIA (Seaside) – Senator Mike Gravel passed away 'peacefully, and surrounded by his family' per Gravel Institute. 'He was 91, and lived the fullest live anyone could have ever wanted.' the rest of the statement reads.
RIP Sen. Mike Gravel.
Approximately 3% of the entire US population will face eviction as soon as next week.
UNEMPLOYMENT, DEMOCRATS ACTING LIKE REPUBLICANS AND A SINISTER ID.me ORGANIZATION, WHICH IS JUST AS SINISTER AS IT SOUNDS
At least NINE MILLION folks thrown out of work by the pandemic didn’t receive any unemployment benefits.
While it was reported that due to ‘fraud-prevention’ efforts, and overwhelmed agencies have left millions of people without benefits, no one really cared to cover the more sinister events that have taken place all across the nation.
You see, the Government / Labor Department has decided to ask people on unemployment to submit copies of their drivers license, passports, including having their photos taken live via video/zoom call, in not so much of a ‘fraud prevention’ effort, but rather sinister ID.me, the facial recognition program, which in the wrong hands (same like the massive credit bureau data breach), or the ID.me CEO for that matter, is something that is just as scary as it sounds.
Everyone should question and ask for the Government, Labor Department and mostly, ID.me, of what the hell they are doing with Millions of U.S. populations private information and photo(s).
The much-anticipated US intelligence UFO report was unclassified on Friday.
Here is what we know so far:
143 sightings since 2004 remain unexplained
18 included potentially advanced technology or advanced propulsion that the U.S. can’t understand
11 were near-misses w/ govt aircraft
The Pentagon has not ruled out alien origins Extraterrestrial alien
This is the public’s first glance at the 9-page report. You can read the complete report here.
Rudy Giuliani's law license suspended
A disciplinary body says he made "demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public at large in his capacity as lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump."
You can read here more about this decision.
Gov. Cuomo abused his power and used state resources to protect his family, and top donors during the pandemic while failing to serve and save vulnerable older adults.
If this abusive, and corrupt decisions are not sufficient to hold him accountable, then what message does this give to the rest of former and current corrupt public 'servants'?
India Walton, the first female and first socialist scored an apparent victory Tuesday over four-term incumbent Byron Brown in a Democratic primary for Buffalo mayor, and second-largest city.
India Walton: “All that we are doing in this moment is claiming what is rightfully ours. We are the workers. We do the work. And we deserve a government that works with and for us.”
Former guy was testing to see how military leadership would react to the notion of invoke the Insurrection Act to deploy 10K troops against our own citizens (BLM protestors), but Mike Esper & General Milley pushed back.
If they’d supported it, Jan. 6 would have taken a new meaning.
This was a plan for a coup.
If this won’t motivate reforms, what will?
(The 2020 United States Presidential Election and the Official Proceeding on Jan. 6. 2021)
You can read here more.
ANOTHER INSURRECTIONIST WITH TIES TO NJ HAS BEEN ARRESTED
Brian Glenn Bingham, 35, who has addresses in Port Charlotte, Florida, and Pennsville, Pennsville, Salem County, is accused of assaulting federal officers at the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, on January 6.
You can read here more about this case.
GET YOU A MAYOR LIKE TRENTON MAYOR REED GUSCIORA
Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora proposes $500 stimulus payments for more than 28,000 households as the capital city recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
The $15 million — would come from more than $70.82 million Trenton is receiving from the federal government as part of the American Rescue Plan, according to the proposal detailed on the City’s website.
IN 2025 NJ GUBERNATORIAL CAMPAIGN
The current race hasn’t even ended, but the Democratic race for year 2025 is in full swing, with no one other than Senate President Steve Sweeney and Democratic powerbroker George Norcross who met in a private meeting with legislators.
During this boring meeting set as a ‘social meeting without an agenda,’ Norcos decided to tell a few legislators that he has no plans to back Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop for governor in a rather open and bashful display.
Perhaps Senate President Stephen Sweeney, with a South Jersey pro-gun power base – will use the time until 2025 to do something about the two bills (a requirement for firearm safety training to get a gun permit and a mandate to store firearms in locked containers) that passed the state Assembly TWO YEARS AGO but haven’t gotten out of a state Senate committee.
The DeGise restraining order trial has been going on via zoom this week.
The Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari testified Thursday, that he was in ‘close contact’ with County Executive Tom DeGise, while peaceful, law-abiding protestors were protesting in front of DeGise’s Jersey City home, on New York Avenue property December 3 - 7, 2020.
The testimony in Hudson County Superior Court was part of a trial to make a temporary restraining order permanent against a peaceful group of people demonstrating against the 10-year renewal of a county jail contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
How the hell can any New Jerseyans bend the law slightly whenever they feel like it?
FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS FROM BAILED OUT AIRLINES
American Airlines was forced to cancel hundreds of flights last weekend, as a result of significant staff shortages and maintenance issues. The flight cancelations will continue anywhere from 50 to 80 flights a day going into July.
Is it time for the American people to finally demand nationalization of airlines and stop this insanity?
The United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the NCAA went too far in blocking some education-related aid for student athletes, a decision that comes as college athletics struggles with the issue of how to preserve its amateur status.
You can read here more on the opinion.