The rising crime rates of the '70s and '80s ushered in the Tough on Crime era of policymaking. Some of those policies worked, and with help from many other social forces, crime rates dropped across the country. Now most of us feel safe walking anywhere in New York City. And now that the country is n ... More >>
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's in big trouble, and he knows it. Yesterday morning, it was definitively revealed that his office helped orchestrate a massive traffic jam in Fort Lee, New Jersey leading onto the George Washington Bridge. Emails obtained by North Jersey paper The Record revealed ... More >>
There was a three-tier cake, white roses, and champagne on hand Monday morning at Newark City Hall, where Mayor Cory Booker married some of the state's first same-sex couples shortly after the stroke of midnight. A state court officially recognized the right for same-sex couples to marry in Septembe ... More >>
Update: This post has been updated throughout. Ocean County prosecutor's office released the results of their investigation into the 10-alarm fire that burned down nearly 50 businesses on the Jersey Shore boardwalk last week. The fire was ruled accidental. One of the more shocking conclusions: Dama ... More >>
Two New Jersey therapists, along with the anti-gay Christian counseling groups they belong to, are suing the state over the recently signed ban on "conversion therapy," an absurd, scientifically discredited practice that purports to turn gay people straight. Dr. Tara King and Dr. Ronald Newman are b ... More >>
A virulent new strain of local TV news emerged in New Jersey last week; it's called Chasing New Jersey, and it is both awesome and terrible. It's like TMZ, but set in New Jersey instead of Hollywood, and, in this production, the character of Harvey Levin is played by failed Congressional candidate ... More >>
Kinder Surprise Eggs, the Italian-made, toy-filled chocolate Easter candy that was banned in the United States since it was first produced in the 1970s, has suddenly been legalized -- or, at least, an American version has. ABC News reports that New Jersey sweets entrepreneur Kevin Glass received FDA ... More >>
So, you've been given six months to live but you don't want to wait. Should you really be forced to suffer through your final months when all you want to do is cash in the chips?According to a New Jersey lawmaker, no, you shouldn't -- which is why he's introduced a bill into the New Jersey state Leg ... More >>
Since January, smiling in your driver's license photo has been banned in New Jersey -- and nobody seemed to notice (or care) until now.In New Jersey, there's not a whole lot to smile about -- the brown water, the West Nile, Snooki. All of these things can lead to a perpetual frown. Regardless, a Sic ... More >>
New Jersey is having a tough week on the PR front; in addition to the brown water coming out of the taps at Newark International Airport, there are now seven new cases of West Nile Virus, authorities confirmed today.The new reports puts the total number of cases of the virus in New Jersey at 22 in 1 ... More >>
A New Jersey town currently has a problem that isn't directly related to it's simply being located in New Jersey: swastikas.Last week, residents of Manalapan woke up to find at least a dozen swastikas and other hateful symbols scribbled on the sides of residential fences and buildings on one of the ... More >>
When you travel overseas, it's often advised that you only drink bottled water, don't get ice in your drinks and avoid drinking water while brushing your teeth or showering because foreign water -- in many cases -- is disgusting. It's become painfully clear that the same warning should apply to anyo ... More >>
So we have been following developments in New Jersey's prescription pot program, and it seems like a common motif is slowness. Yes, the state recently started registering patients, but prescription pot has been legal there since 2010! Today brings us news that some patients are now officially elig ... More >>
Though the feds have come down on California dispensaries, including Oakland's Harborside Health Center, other states are pushing ahead with prescription pot initiatives. New Jersey, in fact, is so down with medical marijuana that one lawmaker has criticized state bureaucracy for taking too long to ... More >>
One of the world's prominent peddlers of child smut was extradited to New Jersey over the weekend where he currently faces multiple counts of kiddie-porn-related crimes following what authorities are calling "the most successful child pornography investigation in the nation's history."The New Jersey ... More >>
Next week, for the first time ever, the New Jersey Legislature will hold a hearing about a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. In New York, marijuana possession was decriminalized in the 1970sNew Jersey Assembly Bill 1465 would make possession of up to a half ... More >>
As "tanning mom" Patricia Krentcil's 15 minutes appear to be winding down, the fact that the New Jersey mom allegedly took her 5-year-old daughter tanning continues to impact public policy.On Monday, dubbed "Melanoma Monday" in New Jersey by the American Cancer Society, public health advocates lobbi ... More >>
Never mind the fact that a cop's gonna skate after shooting a mentally ill, unarmed immigrant. Or the fact that terrorists have figured out a way to make "Fruit of the Boom 2.0" that might not be detectable by run-of-the-mill airport security equipment. Those sort of things are trivial on a day like ... More >>
Happy "Melanoma Monday" -- as we all continue to laugh and laugh (and then cry) at "Tanning Mom," the latest leathery boob to humiliate New Jersey, skin cancer has increased 43-percent in the Garden State, and the American Cancer Society credits the increase to the rise in indoor tanning.If you're u ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. weighed in on the Fresh Direct controversy stewing in the Bronx in a New York Daily News op-ed Sunday. Writing in favor of Fresh Direct's move to the South Bronx the two politicians tried to assuage critics' fears over the damage the ... More >>
WTF, weather? For days we've been sashaying about complaining and/or rejoicing (whether we're feeling glass-half-empty or glass-half-full) about the bizarre temperate weather. Our actual winter coat has only been worn, like, twice! But today, in weird conjunction with the MTA's announcement t ... More >>
Baby bears = considerably less threatening.Yesterday marked the first day of New Jersey's infamous bear hunt, which annually disturbs both people and bears. Jersey wildlife officials have announced that 257 black bears have been killed already. The first was a 166-pound female shot by a man f ... More >>
Snooki would approve.New York's Vendy Awards is adding a new category this year: New Jersey food trucks. Three competitors from the Garden State have been entered, including Taco Truck and the vegan Cinnamon Snail, from Hoboken; and Jersey City's Two Pitas in a Pod.
kthread/flickrNew Jersey, in a cup.There's no shortage of artisanal ice cream in New York. But New Jersey has its share to brag about, too. Like, The Bent Spoon, a FitR fave that specializes in good things from the Garden State, in creamy, frozen form. Food Curated takes a tender, at times ou ... More >>
Sandy Hook, New Jersey Here are a few of Fork in the Road's favorite signs of the last few weeks. Who knows what they really mean?
Sweet, sweeet blueberries, at $5 per pint. The first farmers' market blueberries appeared today at the Kernan Farms stall in the Abingdon Square farmers' market. How did they do it, a full month before the fruit usually appears?
This week in food blogs... Eater rounded up 12 monster mac and cheese dishes. Grub Street found out that Wyatt Cenac doesn't like to eat his vegetables. Serious Eats bid goodbye to its longtime pizza blogger, Adam Kuban, who will still be popping up regularly on the site after his departure. The ... More >>
In an attempt to keep pervs from photographing and videotaping kids, New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it a third-degree crime -- with a maximum of three to five years in prison -- to take a picture of or videotape children when "a reasonable parent or guardian would ... More >>
Who polices the police? In New Jersey, it's lawmakers who are moving to "crack down" on steroid use among police and firefighters, who are more obsessed with staying fit than everyone else in New Jersey. The measure, introduced as a state assembly bill on Monday, would make it so "uniformed p ... More >>
Today not only brought snow flurries and a seasonal chill to the air, it also brought the kickoff to bear hunting season in New Jersey, a manly bloodletting event that's been reinstated after five years despite a round of protests and lawsuits from people who feel, for better or worse, that b ... More >>
New Jersey gets a bad rap as the "armpit of America," which goes without mentioning all the wonderful reference-points pop culture's recently yielded to represent The Garden State, like Bravo's The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Oxygen's Jersey Couture, and of course, MTV's ratings record-bre ... More >>
And you thought Rod Blagojevich got off easy: Snooki has now been booked by Seaside Heights for that time she got arrested on the beach a few weeks ago. The charge?
Marriage-equality advocates have been dealt another blow, and this one came Monday in neighboring New Jersey, where the state's Supreme Court declined to hear an equal-protection case involving six gay couples.
via Gadling.comWhether you're the type of woman who hates tan lines or the type of dude who likes to ogle at people's chests, here's something to consider when you're planning your next beach vacation: a topless beach in New Jersey.
Preconceived notions are hard things to break, especially when they originate with those who know how it really is. Then it's just called the truth. Just ask New Jersey, arguably the state most often derided by outsiders, but also a state in which 75% of residents say they're "dissatisfied" w ... More >>
The Indian yogi who claims to have not eaten a thing in 70 years baffled scientists who studied him for 15 days. The hope was that information gleaned could help soldiers survive without food and drink or save people trapped in natural disasters. [FOXNews] Chipotle Mexican Grill has opened i ... More >>
A few days ago, sports blog Deadspin ran a piece by Katie Baker entitled "Tell Me How My Class Tastes: Scenes From The Worst NFL Draft Party Ever" that's ostensibly about one generations-long New York Jets fan's trip to a draft party he was invited to out in the Meadowlands. Naturally, this d ... More >>
Will these morons get gay marriage before we do?Marriage equality activists in New Jersey are hoping to get hundreds of protesters to rally in Trenton today, even though it is 20 degrees out and the first work day after the holidays. Regardless, their hopes for getting a marriage equality bil ... More >>
It's a common fallacy to think that all bad breaths are equally hateful. In reality, there are different types of bad breath, and some are way more putrid than others. Jizz breath isn't all that bad, truth be told. It's kind of risky smelling, yet somehow piquant and appealing. Or is it just ... More >>
Are we awful for enjoying the Saturday Night Live Paterson gags? They're certainly dopey, focusing as they do on Paterson's blindness, drug and sex history, and epochal unpopularity. And New Jersey! But we like dopey sketches, and are pleased that Fred Armisen has found a political character that ... More >>
If you drive one of those annoying little Smart Fortwo cars, good news: Central Parking System, which operates 350 garages throughout the city and in New Jersey, now offers you half-price parking rates for your half-size car. No offer yet of discounts for Mini-Coopers, Tata Nanos, Carvers, Audi Kid ... More >>
Feed your soul: Hindu canteens welcome everyone to the table
The New Jersey Supreme Court gave a mixed ruling Wednesday on same-sex marriage. Justices decided that gay couples have the right under the New Jersey constitution to all the benefits and privileges of marriage, and that the current Domestic Partnership law hasn't created equality. However, the ... More >>
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