Analysts have said it for years.If New Jersey were to ever keep most of its football talent home, and the football, basketball and wrestling programs leverage each other, Rutgers could have one of the most competitive athletics programs in the country.New Jersey is one of the top-10 most heavily-recruited states in the country, yet it’s the fourth smallest state. But, it’s population is dense and football culture abundant. It’s high school coaching is respected nationally. The evolution of 7-on-7 football and other off-season training has created ways for local players to develop year-round, offsetting advantages of high schools in other regions of the country, which allow spring football.If that talent would only stay home... The unique way Rutgers’ Chris Ash uses the success of Steve Pikiell’s basketball team as a recruiting pitch Rutgers football coach Chris Ash has used the success of the basketball program led by Steve Pikiell as a recruiting tool. … [Read more...] about The fight to fence the Garden: How many of N.J.’s top football recruits has Rutgers hosted since signing day?
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EDITOR’S NOTE: On April 3, NJ Cannabis Insider will host an all-day live event, featuring industry leaders and the key voices who will shape the industry. Tickets are limited. More information.The new marijuana legalization bill in New Jersey was unveiled for the first time on Wednesday night, the pinnacle of more than a year of work by lawmakers to bring legal weed to New Jersey. Over the next week and a half, those lawmakers will be hitting the phones and trying to swing enough votes to legalize marijuana in New Jersey. The vote is tentatively scheduled for March 25.And while it’s clear from the bill that its sponsors have worked hard to address a number of concerns from legislators — like expungements and taxes — a few issues remain that could hamstring the debate. New N.J. legal weed bill finally on its way to lawmakers. And this one could actually get approved. N.J. lawmakers, at long last, have revealed their plan to bring legal weed to the state. Read … [Read more...] about If N.J.’s new legal weed bill doesn’t pass, these 3 things could be to blame
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper New York | N.J.’s Governor Pushes ‘Millionaire’s Tax’ as His Party Tilts Left Advertisement Supported by ByNick Corasaniti March 5, 2019 TRENTON — [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey, a Democrat who won a decisive victory two years ago by promoting a progressive agenda, wants to raise the income tax on those making more than $1 million to help pay for what he says are some of the state’s most pressing needs, including expanding preschool and making higher education more affordable. His proposal, unveiled on Tuesday, is similar to the plan he pursued last year, which set off a confrontation with the Democratic-controlled Legislature that nearly shut down the state’s government and led Mr. … [Read more...] about N.J.’s Governor Pushes ‘Millionaire’s Tax’ as His Party Tilts Left
The Force Report is a continuing investigation of police use of force in New Jersey. Read more from the series or search your local police department and officers in the full the database. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal was feeling the heat just weeks after taking office.The Asbury Park Press had published an investigation that found dozens of cases of cops with troubled histories who were allowed to stay on the job. The state needed a response, so in short order, Grewal announced a new, mandatory system requiring police departments to monitor officers for certain behaviors and flag them for review.The intention was simple, Grewal said: Be more proactive, identify problem behavior and intervene before a situation gets out of control.As it turns out, however, that new system has a big blind spot.The greatest authority granted a police officer is the right to harm another person, yet Grewal’s new system required a mandatory review only after a punch, kick or other use of … [Read more...] about N.J.’s system to flag potentially abusive cops has a huge hole in it
What's a turtle worth, anyway? On the black market, a single turtle of the right species can pull in hundreds or even thousands of dollars. If it's an exotic species, that single turtle can become a small part of the multi-billion dollar international wildlife trade. The recent arrest of a Pennsylvania man who allegedly smuggled diamondback terrapins, a coveted turtle species, out of New Jersey to sell them online has put a spotlight on the Garden State's place in the international wildlife trafficking network. He's accused of smuggling 3,500 turtles and faces 35 years in prison The illegal wildlife trafficking industry is estimated to be worth $19 billion annually according to TRAFFIC, a leading non-governmental organization for tracking the wildlife trade. "It's a huge problem," said Lt. Zane Batten, a conservation police officer for the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. "It's a clandestine market: people don't know about it, people don't hear about it, people don't … [Read more...] about Here’s how N.J.’s turtles fit in the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade