WNJ Weekly Roundup (6/28-7/4)

The following is the WeekenderNJ (WNJ) weekly news roundup, highlighting some vital stories from around the state and nation.


Hello Weekend Readers – Wishing you all a Happy Fourth long Weekend!!


Fireworks in New York, N.Y., Saturday, August 3, 20219. (Photo/Olga Subach)




Your weekend reminder that the continued expansion of Israeli settlements in Palestine is illegal under international law.



LOCAL


NEW JERSEY COVID19 UPDATE

  • 10,007,908 total doses have been administered in New Jersey as of this morning.

  • 5,037,591 individuals who live, work, or study in New Jersey are now fully vaccinated.


Click here to learn more.



NJ VACCINE UPDATE

  • 223 new positive PCR tests

  • 893,617 total positive PCR tests 64 new positive antigen tests

  • 130,496 total positive antigen tests 5 new confirmed deaths

  • 23,769 total confirmed deaths 2,703 probable deaths

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IN LANDLORD - TENANT CASES (NJ):

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, ordered lower courts Friday, to begin scheduling settlement zoom conferences in a massive backlog of roughly 60,000 renters (head of household) cases filed between April 2020 - March 2021.


The court will assign cases either by older, with most unpaid rent first, or new filed cases with a year+ owed rent.


If a renter fails to show up they will face an eviction order, but the more pressing question is ‘Will tenants receive any help during this process?’



SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY (MERCER COUNTY)

Thanks to the fealess ACLU-NJ work, a new policy is allowing for New Jersey Prisoners to be placed based on gender identity.



A HUGE LOSS FOR NEW JERSEY IN BID TO STOP THE PIPELINE

The U.S. Supreme Court in bid to stop the pipeline sided with PennEast Pipeline Co.

in a 5-4 opinion by Chief Justice Roberts on June 29, 2021.


Justice Gorsuch filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Thomas joined. Justice Barrett filed a dissenting opinion, joined by Justices Thomas, Kagan and Gorsuch.




ACLU (ACLU-NJ), joined by the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild

filed their first immigration challenge lawsuit against the Biden Administration this week


The American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU) launched its first federal class-action lawsuit during the Biden administration, seeking to block the long-distance transfers of ICE detainees from the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, N.J.


In a press release ACLU Executive Director, Anthony D. Romero said:

“We sued the Trump administration over 400 times, and the Biden administration is trying to resolve many of those suits. Today’s suit is a challenge to a decision made by the Biden administration — it’s not a Trump hold-over. True to form, we will sue any administration — Democrat or Republican — and hold them accountable when they take positions that violate civil liberties and civil rights. This may be one of the first lawsuits filed against the Biden administration by advocacy groups, but I’m guessing it won’t be the last.”


NEW JERSEY’S NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL

Andrew Bruck has been selected to serve as the acting Attorney General for the remainder of the Governor’s four-year term, following the departure of Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on July 16, 2021.


Bruck has been part of the executive leadership team at the Attorney General’s Office since Jan. 2018. He is also the first openly gay Acting Attorney General.


This announcements was made on June 30, the last day of Pride, making it a historical announment for the State.




GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION

New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciatterelli requested an investigation into Governor Phil Murphy's campaign finances, alleging that Murphy has not paid back "debt drawn from public funds incurred by his 2017 election.


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CONDO COLLAPSE IN FLORIDA

New Jersey Task Force 1 (NJ-TF1) arrived safely in the Miami area Friday to assist exhausted rescue crew(s) at the Champlain Tower site.


Earlier today, Florida officials abruptly moved up plans to demolish the remaining part of the standing condo with a partial collapse on June 24, as the threat of a secondary collapse of the damaged structure looms, potentially endangering rescue crews.


With tropical Storm Elsa expected to bring strong winds and heavy rainfall to the area early next week, the efforts to demolish the standing part of the building remains a high priority.


Meanwhile, officials reported the death toll from the collapse increased overnight to 24 victims, and 124 people remain missing.


Another condominium building was ordered to evacuate by the city of North Miami Beach Friday, after a review found unsafe conditions about 5 miles from the site of last week’s deadly collapse.




NATION

#DEFUNDTHEPOLICE – Well, no one saw this one coming:


House Republicans Voted to Defund the Police. By voting against the American Rescue Plan’s, they also voted 'no' to billions in funding available to keep police officers on the street.




HOUSE APPROVES THE JAN. 6 COMMITTEE

The House voted to establish a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack at the US Capitol, the only step needed to formalize the panel's creation.


The House voted 222-190 to formally create the select panel.


Only two Republicans joined with Democrats to support its formation – Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.




TRUMP ORGANIZATION (via Associated Press)

The Trump Organization and its chief financial (CFO) officer Allen Weisselberg were charged on Thursday with tax crimes - failure to pay New York & federal taxes in the amount of $1.7 million dollars. The charges are the culmination of a two-year investigation by Manhattan prosecutors into former president Donald Trump’s company which is still ongoing. Both Weisselberg and lawyers for the Trump Organization pleaded not guilty.




New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a press release statement:

“Today is an important marker in the ongoing criminal investigation of the Trump Organization and its CFO, Allen Weisselberg. In the indictment, we allege, among other things, financial wrongdoing whereby the Trump Organization engaged in a scheme with Mr. Weisselberg to avoid paying taxes on certain compensation. This investigation will continue, and we will follow the facts and the law wherever they may lead.”




NATIONAL GUARD FOR RENT

Franklyn (TN) – Billionaire GOP donor Willis Johnson, and nonprofit CEO of Willis and Reba Johnson’s Foundation paid $1 million for a 50-troop South Dakota National Guard's mission to the Texas - Mexico border, which Gov. Kristi Noem announced in a press release on Tuesday.


While Johnson, doesn’t live in South Dakota, and these private funds are said to be legal, concern over a precedent being set where wealthy donors are essentially given command of the U.S. military for their political motivations, in addition to being able to buy US politicians whenever they feel like it.




OTHER NEWS:

Bill Cosby walked free this week, when his sexual assault conviction was overturned this week.



Donald Rumsfeld, former influential but controversial secretary of defense, and Iraq war architect, dies at 88 –This was probably the only peaceful transaction the world has witnessed from this man.


Today, we mourn our fallen soldiers and innocent victims of the war he pushed for, not him.



2024 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

At his first rally since leaving the White House, former President Donald Trump hinted that he intends to run again for office in 2024.




WEST WING:

The Biden-Harris administration wants you to know that you just saved $0.16 on your July 4th cookout vs. last year. Still, we can't keep wondering who had a pandemic cookout in 2020?!?


Anywho, as folks pointed out on twitter, below is a quick breakdown of the Biden-Harris campaign promises vs. what they are actually delivering.


Folks, make sure to not spend the entire $0.16 in one place!!





Governor Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy Public Schedule


Sunday, July 4

Starting at 9:00 a.m.

Governor Murphy to March in the North Wildwood Fourth of July Parade

Starts At: Atlantic Ave. and E 9th Ave., North Wildwood, NJ.



At: 10:15 a.m.

Governor Murphy, Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron, and State and Local Officials to Tour Wildwood Boardwalk and Make An Announcement

Where: Boardwalk, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ

Monday, July 5

At: 11:30 a.m.

Governor Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy to March in the Ridgefield Park Fourth of July Parade.

Starts At: Preston St. and Hudson Ave., Ridgefield Park, NJ





WEEKLY QUOTE


"Success doesn't come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently." — Marie Forleo




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