At a Speedway gas station in Edison a store attendant was shot and killed during a robbery early this morning. The 38 year old attendant handed over the cash draw and the suspect fired a single shot killing the attendant as he exited the store. There was another employee in the store who was not injured. This incident further demonstrates that New Jersey’s gun laws are misguided.
Earlier this year the Camden County GOP disavowed County Freeholder candidate Vincent Squire after it was discovered that Squire was not completely honest about his checkered past including his use of an alias and his second degree felony assault charges (for beating his son) which were pending in Superior Court. Party officials also claimed to be aware of at least one cash contribution Squire accepted that he had not turned in or report to the ELEC. At the time Republicans called on Democrats to also clean house. Is that finally happening?
Today Governor Murphy highlighted his accomplishments from his first year in office live on YouTube from the St. James A.M.E Church in Newark. What Murphy considers “accomplishments” most New Jerseyans I talk to consider further degradation of our state. Our Governor appears to take every opportunity he can to get his face on video. I often wonder if he wants to be Governor or a social media celebrity. I found it telling that no members of the legislature joined Murphy for his self promoting year in review speech. Murphy did a good job playing to his Newark audience. I lost count how many times he said “people of color”.
According to ICE’s Fiscal Year 2018 Report ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations made 158,581 administrative arrests in fiscal year 2018. This represents an increase over the two previous years and the highest number since FY 2014. ICE made 15,111 more arrests in FY 2018 than in FY 2017 which is a 11% increase. ICE had made 30% more arrests in FY 2017 than FY 2016.
In discussing the possibility of running for President in 2020 U.S. Senator Cory Booker told the Philadelphia Inquirer “I’m heterosexual. Every candidate should run on their authentic self”. This is not the first time Booker has been asked. When he first ran for the U.S. Senate people were questioning his sexuality to which he answered “What does it matter?”.
Over 100 immigrants rights activists lead by the organization Let’s Drive NJ demonstrated in Trenton today to give illegal undocumented immigrants the right to driver licenses in New Jersey. During his gubernatorial campaign Governor Murphy said that he’d work towards providing driver licenses and statewide ID to undocumented immigrants. Former Governor Christie said that granting driver licenses to undocumented immigrants was a homeland security issue and that he would veto any bill that granted driver licenses to undocumented immigrants.
Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik took to Twitter before appearing on Fox & Friends on Sunday calling out New Jersey Governor Murphy for not excluding off duty police officers from his high capacity magazine ban. Kerik said in the Tweet ““NJ Governor @GovMurphy is endangering the life of every off duty NJ cop! Gang bangers, drug thugs and really bad guys don’t give a damn about magazine capacity. So he takes the good guy’s ammunition, and the bad guys are loaded for bear!” As we reported on Saturday the law does not make an exception for off duty law enforcement officers. According to a memorandum from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office to ranking law enforcement officers in Bergen County law enforcement officers in New Jersey must comply with the new large capacity magazine ban unless on duty. The memorandum states that law enforcement officers are not permitted to possess large capacity ammunition magazines unless while on duty or traveling to or from an authorized place of duty. Violators, including off duty police officers, can be found guilty of a crime of the 4th degree and face 18 months in jail and a $10,000 fine.
It was another busy week in New Jersey and around the country as we discussed the border crisis, Obamacare registration numbers being down this year, corruption in Atlantic City, New Jersey subsidizing the horse racing industry, Christ Christie being considered as President Trump’s Chief of Staff, the high capacity magazine ban in New Jersey and Obamacare being rule unconstitutional by a Federal Judge.
On Friday a Federal Judge in Texas rule that Obamacare is unconstitutional now that Congress has eliminated a penalty for those who forgo health insurance. A group of 20 states including Texas claimed they had been harmed by an increase in the number of people on state-supported insurance rolls. They claimed that when Congress repealed the tax penalty for the individual mandate in 2017 it eliminated the U.S. Supreme Court’s rationale for finding the ACA constitutional in 2012.
New Jersey’s has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country and they just got tougher. On Wednesday a Federal Appeals Court in Philadelphia ruled that a June 2018 gun law in New Jersey (AB2761) limiting the size of a magazine to 10 rounds does not violate the constitutional rights of gun owners and does not present an undue burden on gun owners who currently own magazines that would become illegal under the new law.