Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Sandy Hook educators who laid down their lives for children are among an elite class of honorees. One was Mary Sherlach, whose daughter and son-in-law live in South Jersey.
WASHINGTON – Receiving an award from the president on her mother’s behalf was a bittersweet experience for Erica Lafferty. The bitter part is that an award, no matter how prestigious, can never bring her mother back. The sweet part is that all of the national attention will make sure people always remember the great deeds of her mother, Sandy Hook Principal Dawn (Lafferty) Hochsprung. “All of the honors don’t make anything easier,” she said. “But it is nice that the government and everyone else is realizing all of the good she did and all of the efforts those educators put into that school.” Hochsprung was one of the six educators who died Dec. 14 while trying to protect students at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty students also died …
Monday, January 28, 2013
U.S. Sen. Robert Mendendez of New Jersey has put his support behind a bipartisan proposal that will ensure a pathway to legal status for 11 million illegal immigrants.
Eight senior U.S. senators have come up with a bipartisan immigration reform plan, reported Politico.com early Monday morning, that they plan to unveil later today. NJ Sen. Robert Menendez (D), a longtime advocate for changes in immigration law, is on the panel of eight senators from both parties who came up with the sweeping changes. The plan, Politico said, will overhaul the current immigration system as well as provide an alternate route to citizenship for the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants. The blueprint is "most serious bipartisan effort to act on the highly charged issue since George W. Bush’s comprehensive measure was defeated in the Senate in 2007," Politico said. The senators' proposal would only come into play …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Mindy Leher and Jen Hilgenberg of Lil' Diesel heard the president's remarks Monday and decided to show their support. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the issue in March.
As soon as they heard the words from the president's mouth, says Mindy Leher, she and her Lil Diesel partner Jen Hilgenberg locked eyes, and knew they had a great T-shirt idea. "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law," Barack Obama said in his inaugural address Jan. 18. "For if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well." It was not the only cause to receive attention from the president in his remarks, but it is the most immediately noteworthy. In the last election, Maine, Maryland and Washington all passed ballot questions legalizing same-sex marriage. A Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of California's …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Frank Lautenberg, Chris Smith and other elected officials ripped Congressional leadership for failing to pass a relief package that would have brought money to storm-ravaged areas.
Officials from states hardest hit by Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy blasted Congressional Republicans Wednesday for not passing a bill that would fund $60 billion toward recovery efforts. In a release, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) said the move denies aid to "families, communities and businesses that were devastated by one of the worst storms to ever hit the United States," and called it "a new low for House Republicans.” Lautenberg said Congress should put partisan politics aside in this instance, as it does for other disaster recovery efforts, and "extend a helping hand to help [victims] get back up." "Helping struggling families recover from disasters has never been a partisan issue in Washington and it never should be," he said. "New…
Thursday, November 1, 2012
A transcript of the speech delivered during the President's Wednesday visit to the Jersey shore, with an introduction from Gov. Chris Christie.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Remarks by President Barack Obama and Governor Chris Christie After Surveying Damage from Hurricane Sandy in Brigantine, New Jersey As Provided By The White House GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: Good afternoon, everybody. And thank you all for coming today. I want to thank the members who are here as well. And obviously, I want to thank the President. We spent a significant afternoon together surveying the damage up and down the New Jersey coastline; we were on Marine One together to be able to show the President that personally. I had an opportunity to see it, and we had an opportunity to discuss it at length. And then, going over to the shelter here, being able to meet with folks to have them see the President and his concern, and the concern …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie requested the declaration, which allows the state to receive federal aid.
Monday, October 29, 2012
President Barack Obama issued an emergency declaration for New Jersey, authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to make federal aid available to the state before Hurricane Sandy's arrival. On Sunday, Gov. Chris Christie formally requested the president declare a pre-landfall emergency for New Jersey. FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency, according to a press release issued by the agency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding. "This assistance will enhance the State's capability to respond quickly and put assets into place where they are needed to help New…
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Some 89 percent of Democrats gave Obama the debate win, while Republicans declared Romney the winner by the same margin.
New Jersey political insiders gave their candidates the edge on the final presidential debate. However, most believe President Barack Obama will be the consensus winner over Mitt Romney among national media outlets. According to a Patch flash poll sent to elected officials and political party insiders in New Jersey, 17 out of 19 Democrats responding believed Obama was the victor, while 16 out of 18 Republicans declared Romney the winner. “Gov. Romney's executive capabilities were on full display,” one Republican insider said. “This will energize the voters and clearly demonstrated that he will return America to being viewed as being professionally run as a business and ALL Americans are its clients.” Democrats were also impressed with …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney talked foreign policy during the third and final debate of the presidential campaign.
Monday, October 22, 2012
The debates are over, and in a few weeks it will be time to head to the polls to pick the next president. So, who do you think won the third and final debate Monday night between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney? In a debate about foreign policy that often touched on domestic issues, Obama seemed more aggressive than in the first debate, dismissing Romney's foreign policy ideas as naive and outdated. Regarding Romney's assertion that Russia is a geopolitical threat, Obama said, "The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back." Obama called Romney's policies "wrong and reckless." "Attacking me is not an agenda," Romney responded. Obama said Romney wants to devote "$2 trillion to military spending the military isn't…
The final debate between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney is Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. Find out where to see it on TV and where to watch online.
Tonight's the night: President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney will meet up for their third and final presidential debate tonight, Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. From the first debate that saw a huge boost for Romney's campaign to the second that brought out the fiestiness in both candidates, voters have had two chances to see the candidates go head-to-head. Tonight's debate, moderated by Face the Nation's Bob Schieffer, returns to the format of the first—candidates fielding questions from Schieffer, this time on foreign policy. It's a good bet that the attacks against the American consulate in Libya will be front and center, and also look for Obama to bring up Osama bin Laden's death. Here are the details of the third presidential debate: TV…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
However, over 80 percent believe President Obama will be declared the "consensus winner" by media outlets.
New Jersey political insiders declared their party’s candidate the winner of the second presidential debate Tuesday night. However, most believe President Barack Obama will be the consensus winner among national media outlets over Mitt Romney. According to a Patch flash poll sent to elected officials and political party insiders, 24 out of 27 Democrats responding believed Obama was the victor, while 20 out of 24 Republicans declared Romney the winner. “I think Romney had a better understanding and explanation of how to create jobs and grow the economy. He looked much more presidential,” one Republican said. The results of Patch’s second presidential debate poll of New Jersey insiders contrast with those from last week’s head-to-head, in …