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Morning Roundup: Dec. 12, 2014

last weekHealth / Addiction : The Fix

Marijuana smuggler sues feds over dog bite, New Jersey mayor sees DUI charge dismissed, and Australian attorney wants legal meth.

Tito Jackson Jr, New Jersey Mayor, Punched In The Face By 80-Year-Old Man. The Reason Why Will Surprise You.

Tuesday’s election in the state of New Jersey was highlighted by a surprising event that shook the small town of Bogota. Tito Jackson, Jr, mayor of Bogota, New Jersey, was allegedly punched in the face by an 80-year-old man, who accused him of calling his daughter a “money-hungry piece of sht”. According to PolitickerNJ, the

New Jersey Mayor Punched In The Face By Elderly Man On Election Day

Welcome to the wild world of politics, Jersey style. Bogota, New Jersey Mayor Tito Jackson told PolitickerNJ he was attacked by an elderly gentleman named Sal Trotta, after voting in the local election Tuesday. "I cast my vote, he was waiting by my car, he shook my hand and wouldn't let go," Jackson said. Show More Summary

New Jersey Mayor Punched in Face at Voting Booth Because New Jersey

7 months agoNews : Mediaite

Bogota Mayor Tito Jackson, Jr. got one of those "I Voted" stickers when he went to the polls today. Then he got punched in the face.

Ex-Christie Aide ‘Dumbfounded’ By Traffic Plot

(TRENTON, N.J.) — A former aide to Gov. Chris Christie whose job included getting endorsements from mayors said Tuesday that he was “dumbfounded and disappointed” to learn that a northern New Jersey mayor was apparently targeted in a political payback plot orchestrated by Christie loyalists. MoreWhy the GOP Establishment Is Poised for Victory Tonight NBC…

Is Newark's New Mayor Going to Decriminalize All Drugs?

Municipal Councilman Ras Baraka campaigning in Newark ahead of the mayoral election, which he won. Photo courtesy the author All else paled in comparison to questions of criminal justice policy as the Newark, New Jersey mayoral race reached its bitter conclusion Tuesday. Show More Summary

Citizenship Ceremony Forced to Change Venues After Carteret (New Jersey) Mayor Insists on Including Prayer

About 30 people were set to become naturalized U.S. citizens over the weekend in Carteret, New Jersey, but the ceremony had to be moved after Carteret Mayor Daniel Reiman (below) insisted that the event had to include a religious prayer: Reiman said yesterday that although he assured officials from the U.S. Show More Summary

Christie Team Used 9/11 Wreckage as Gifts

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey gave pieces of metal salvaged from the World Trade Center to 20 carefully chosen New Jersey mayors who sat atop a list of 100 whose endorsements Gov. Chris Christie (R) hoped to win, the New York Times reports. Show More Summary

New Jersey mayor convicted of bribery and extortion

TRENTON, New Jersey (Reuters) - Trenton Mayor Tony Mack was found guilty of federal extortion and bribery charges after being ensnared in a 2010 sting operation involving the development of a parking garage on city-owned property.

Fort Lee mayor to attend State of the Union

(CNN) - A New Jersey mayor whose community was the scene of a now-famous traffic jam that is shaking up state politics and some say could impact the next presidential race is getting out of town for a night. Mark Sokolich of Fort Lee is headed down to Washington where he plans to attend President […]

Lawyer: Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer Said Under Oath She Didn't Keep a Diary

A lawyer who deposed Hoboken, New Jersey, Mayor Dawn Zimmer told a local news outlet this week that the mayor told attorneys under oath that she did not keep a diary. Zimmer, who is accusing Governor Chris Christie of sending associates to extort her using Hurricane Sandy funding, has given the press a diary as proof of the incident. Show More Summary

Why Didn't New Jersey Mayors Stand Up to Chris Christie?

The best way to stop a bully is to speak out—but disappointingly, Garden State officials waited until the governor was vulnerable to air their complaints.

New Jersey Mayor Meets Prosecutor in Christie Probe

11 months agoPolitics / US Politics : Swampland

The New Jersey mayor who has accused Gov. Chris Christie’s administration of threatening to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief funds unless she supported a development project said she met with a federal prosecutor to discuss the matter Sunday. Show More Summary

Hoboken mayor meets with U.S. investigators in Christie probe

11 months agoNews : Field Notes

The New Jersey mayor who accused Gov. Chris Christie's administration of holding hurricane relief funds hostage met Sunday with federal investigators looking into Christie's alleged political retaliation and strong-arm tactics, the mayor said. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer confirmed …

REPORT: Fox Keeps Christie Scandal Buried As New Allegations Emerge

Fox News has largely moved on from the developing scandals engulfing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, even as new allegations emerge from a New Jersey mayor that the governor withheld Hurricane Sandy relief aid for political reasons.Show More Summary

Christie Traffic Investigation Will Widen to Include Hoboken Mayor’s Claims

11 months agoPolitics / US Politics : Swampland

The investigation into Governor Chris Christie administration’s traffic scandal for alleged political contribution will widen look into new allegations by a New Jersey mayor that Christie aides withheld Hurricane Sandy relief funds.Show More Summary

Governor Christie’s NJ woes dog Florida fundraising trip

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New Jersey mayor who added to Governor Chris Christie's woes with fresh claims that his office punishes uncooperative local officials stuck to her story on Sunday, overshadowing the governor's fundraising trip in Florida.

All your redevelopment project are belong to us

Grift writ large: Two senior members of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration warned a New Jersey mayor earlier this year that her town would be starved of hurricane relief money unless she approved a lucrative redevelopment plan favored by the governor, according to the mayor and emails and personal notes she shared with msnbc. The mayor, [Read more...]

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