Tuesday’s congressional primaries will set the stage in what could become one of the most competitive states in November’s midterm elections. New Jersey, a deep-blue state that nevertheless has five of its 12 seats in the House of Representatives controlled by Republicans, is a top target for Democrats, who are hoping to flip at least three of the GOP-held seats in their effort to retake control of the chamber.Story Continued Below Reps. Frank LoBiondo and Rodney Frelinghuysen, two Republican incumbents who have held their districts without serious challenges from the right for more than two decades, are retiring, while a third GOP incumbent — Rep. Leonard Lance — who for the last decade has had to worry more about primary challenges than the general election, is considered particularly vulnerable. These once reliably GOP districts, two of which are dominated by wealthy, well-educated suburbanites, are suddenly up for grabs. The state’s primary … [Read more...] about New Jersey House primaries carry nationwide significance
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MILLVILLE, N.J. — Will Cunningham is in Millville in a pocket of hippie liberalism down a back road in deep South Jersey: the home of Pat and Al Federici, political idealists from the old school of door knocks. Some of his classmates from Vineland High School are there, the ones who called him Bill and remember Cunningham as a studious football player who went on to the Ivy League. He has just come from speaking at a march for a victim of gun violence. Cunningham says it has recently dawned on him that if he wins a seat in New Jersey’s Second Congressional District, he would become the first openly gay black member of Congress. The odds for Cunningham, 32, are long in the Democratic primary, as they are for candidate Tanzie Youngblood, 62, the retired teacher who has taken on the mantle of women and black women’s resistance, and activist Nate Kleinman. They face the well-financed Democrat Jeff Van Drew, now a state senator. But the better odds that New Jersey will … [Read more...] about A female Navy pilot, a pro-gun dentist, the guy Christie told to shut up: New Jersey on national stage in Tuesday’s primary
A vendor weighs marijuana buds. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images While recreational marijuana is not yet legal in New Jersey, cities and towns are already making plans to either embrace it or prohibit it. To date, 19 municipalities have started the process of regulating cannabis within their borders.Gov. Phil Murphy is a strong advocate for legalizing recreational marijuana; however, it is going to take a while for lawmakers to reach a consensus. Even Murphy has acknowledged that it may take until the end of the year for a bill to reach his desk.Local Oversight Over CannabisThe marijuana legalization bills proposed by Senator Nick Scutari and Assemblyman Reed Gusciora diverge on several key issues, including how cannabis would be taxed, who could grow it and how many businesses can operate. However, both leave significant oversight to New Jersey municipalities.Under the proposed legislation, municipalities can prohibit the operation of marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana … [Read more...] about New Jersey Cities and Towns Taking Sides Over Recreational Marijuana
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Is Trump's cut to Sandy aid latest example of New Jersey under attack in DC? A proposal to cut unused aid approved after Superstorm Sandy became the latest Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Herb Jackson, Washington Correspondent, @HerbNJDC Published 1:22 p.m. ET May 10, 2018 | Updated 2:56 p.m. ET May 10, 2018 CLOSE Five Democrats and one Republican in New Jersey's House delegation say the state's interests are under attack. Gateway funding is just one example. Herb Jackson, Washington Correspondent, @HerbNJDC … [Read more...] about Is Trump’s cut to Sandy aid latest example of New Jersey under attack in DC?
Following Record Earnings in First Quarter, Bank Launches New Employee Bonus Program CLINTON, N.J., May 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Unity Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:UNTY), the parent company of Unity Bank, was the top ranked New Jersey community bank on the American Banker magazine list of the Top 200 Publicly Traded Community Banks. Unity was ranked 19th nationally on the respected industry list, which reviewed 633 institutions throughout the U.S. “We are honored to have Unity climbing the American Banker list as it illustrates the continued financial strength and performance of the bank,” said Unity Bank President & CEO James A. Hughes. “We truly believe that the bank and community grow stronger together because our fiscal health means the bank is better positioned to invest in the community. Our continued success is a tribute to the bank’s sales and service culture, and the diversity of our products.” The magazine ranked banks and thrifts that had … [Read more...] about Unity Bank is Top Ranked New Jersey Community Bank on American Banker Magazine’s Top 200 List