Pros and Contras of Asbury Park’s George Floyd Rally on Monday

Revolution is delightful in the preliminary stages. – Aldous Huxley

Tom DeSeno

By Tom DeSeno

Asbury Park feels like we are dancing on a volcano.

An Asbury Parker named Felicia Simmons is running a rally on Monday, at 5 pm, on the sidewalk in front of the Post office.  At this writing, 3,000 people on the event page are either going (1,023) or interested in going (1,947).

I justify the cause.  George Floyd suffered the only thing worse than death; he was tortured first. Face down in the gutter, knee on his carotid artery, knowing he was dying and begging for a life endowed by his creator especially for him, for which no one had the right to take or make him beg.  He died terrified. It didn’t last 9 minutes. It lasted George’s forever.

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Jack Ciattarelli Statement on George Floyd

Jack Ciattarelli

By Jack Ciattarelli

Six weeks ago, an unarmed man was needlessly confronted and then killed in Georgia. Last week, a New York City woman became unhinged and reckless in the presence of a harmless man. And this week, America witnessed the murder of a helpless George Floyd. The victims, all black, were our fellow Americans. Fellow citizens who deserved “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

What is happening to us? The passage of time is supposed to make us more tolerant, more respectful, more accepting, more civil, less ignorant. 

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N.J. ‘will never tolerate’ police practices that led to George Floyd’s death, AG says

New Jersey’s top law enforcement official said Friday the state “will never tolerate the types of police practices” that resulted in the death of George Floyd, the Minnesota man whose death in police custody ignited protests nationwide.

State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement he was “horrified by the footage of Mr. Floyd’s death,” and the recent arrest of the former officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck was “an important first step in the search for justice.”

The comments came the evening before a planned protest in Newark over Floyd’s death.

Grewal said sweeping police reforms ann… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 30th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Law Enforcement, New Jersey | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

A behind-the-scenes battle raged between top Murphy aides over $500K contract as nursing home deaths mounted

New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli and senior officials in Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration clashed behind the scenes over the cost of a $500,000 contract for a consultant the state hired to help navigate the deadly coronavirus crisis inside the state’s nursing homes, NJ Advance Media has learned.

Murphy announced May 6 that Persichilli had retained Manatt Health, a national health advisory consulting group, to assess the state’s response to the coronavirus in long-term care facilities, where one in 13 residents have died in the pandemic. And Persichilli seemed in full accord wi… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 29th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

‘I was stalked, harassed, surveilled,’ ex-candidate tells panel on sexual harassment in N.J. politics

Former Congressional candidate Tiffany Kaszuba claims her harassment complaints were not taken seriously by Monmouth Democrats leadership

Tiffany Kaszuba said her bid last year to run for Congress representing New Jersey’s 4th District began with great promise. But it quickly turned into a nightmare.

Kaszuba said a former member of the Monmouth County Democrats’ executive committee who volunteered to help with her campaign began displaying disturbing behavior, including obsessively calling and texting her, yelling at her and posting her photos on social media.

When she complained to Democratic party officials about the man, longtime party fixture Bill Robinson, she said they did little to help her. She eventually dropped out of the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 22nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Why can’t N.J. re-open its motor vehicle agencies like other states already have?

MVC Commissioner Sue Fulton

Drivers who bought vehicles from another person have gotten an unwelcome surprise during the last two months – they can’t get the license plates and registration they need to drive them, due to the coronavirus closing motor vehicle agencies.

Drivers who’ve bought a vehicle from a private owner found out that registering their new ride requires an in-person transaction at motor vehicle agencies. But state Motor Vehicle Commission agencies were closed on March 16 to reduce exposure to COVID-19.

A Budd Lake woman said she is unable to use the truck she bought in March and now fears she might lose he… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 22nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County News, MVC, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

N.J.’s fishing industry has taken a beating from coronavirus. Will easing of restrictions save it?

Dale Parsons is a fifth-generation clammer whose family has owned Parsons Seafood in Tuckerton since 1909. He’s quick to tell you, proudly, that his facility in Little Egg Harbor has both an oyster shell recycling program andthe only restored living oyster reef in New Jersey.

These days, however, things at Parsons Seafood are tight. The coronavirus pandemic, and the wave of restrictions put in place to slow the disease, has pushed his business down about 40%, Parsons said.

That big hit is driven by the loss of restaurant demand — no one eating at restaurants means no one is ordering fish.“We’re d… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 22nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Most beaches across the state are already open. Here’s what the scene was like at the Jersey Shore on Saturday.

Thousands of residents across the state are waiting with bated breath for Memorial Day weekend to arrive, as Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Thursday that beaches and boardwalks will be open for the official start of beach season next week.

Thousands of others decided: Why wait? Awakening to sunny skies and balmy weather Saturday morning, a countless number of New Jersey residents flocked to the many beaches across Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth and Ocean counties that are currently open to the public.Local officials are at minimum prohibiting group activities and sports at the beaches to curb the sp… Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese government threatens Chris Smith

The government of China has threatened to inflict pain, including interfering in the upcoming November election, on Congressman Chris Smith and several other Republican lawmakers and officials who are working to hold China responsible for the tragic results of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 layoffs are coming for N.J. teachers. How bad will it get?

The coronavirus pandemic has already upended teachers’ lives, banishing them from their classrooms to teach students from home.

Now, as a grueling school year nears its end, some New Jersey teachers are receiving a cruel reward: A pink slip, courtesy of the crushing economic weight of the crisis.

Facing a Friday deadline to notify those teachers who won’t be brought back next year, many districts have already told non-tenured educators they won’t be offered a contract for the fall until schools know just how badly their finances will be hurt by COVID-19, said Richard Bozza, executive director of t… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 15th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Education, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »