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  • New Jersey Governor Flagged For Misinformation on Trump Position

    Governor Phil Murphy Misrepresents Trump's Stance on Abortion

    TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy recently accused former President Donald Trump of planning to enact a nationwide abortion ban, despite Trump's consistent stance that abortion regulation should be left to individual states. In a tweet, Murphy asserted that re-electing President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris is essential to counter Trump’s alleged intentions and his "anti-choice MAGA allies."

    According to an interview with the Associated Press, Trump clarified that he believes the decision on whether to prosecute women for abortions or monitor women’s pregnancies should be left to the states. This position was reiterated during a Time magazine interview, where Trump emphasized state rights over federal involvement in abortion legislation.

    Trump stated, "You don’t need a federal ban," aligning the overturn of Roe v. Wade with his view that abortion issues should return to state control. He further explained that the situation regarding abortion laws would vary from state to state, citing differences between Florida and Georgia as examples.

    The former president also mentioned that he would veto any bill imposing a federal ban on abortion, pointing out the improbability of such a scenario given the current political landscape. He argued that even if Republicans regain control of the Senate, they would lack the 60 votes necessary to overcome a filibuster and pass such legislation.

    This clarification comes amidst a broader national debate and intense legal battles surrounding reproductive rights, including access to the abortion pill mifepristone. Trump's stance highlights a significant ideological divide on how abortion should be regulated in the United States, contrasting sharply with the claims made by Governor Murphy.

  • Newsom Gaslights America With Outrageous Claim Blaming Republicans For Border Crisis

    NEWARK, NJ – Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a significant escalation in the deployment of the California National Guard to combat drug smuggling, focusing particularly on the opioid fentanyl.

    At least that's what his administration is trying to push today, after he supported open borders since taking office. While doubling the number of National Guard members at the border might seem impressive. Let's take a look at the facts.

    The number of service members in the Counter Drug Taskforce has been increased from 155 to nearly 400. These personnel are stationed statewide and at crucial ports of entry along the border.

    California's National Guard has over 24,000 members.

    The damage for much of America has already been done as states like New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania are dealing with an influx of illegal migrants, healthcare, crime, and drugs caused by the Biden administration's open border policies since 2020.

    According to Newsom, the initiative aims to dismantle transnational criminal organizations and curb the influx of illegal drugs into California. The expanded deployment is a response to the initial success of the Taskforce, which has been active since 2022 when 30 members were first stationed at key ports including San Ysidro and Otay Mesa. By 2023, this number had already doubled due to the effectiveness of these measures.

    Governor Newsom's strategy includes using both air and ground resources to aid in criminal investigations and drug interdiction efforts. These efforts have led to substantial drug seizures, including 5.8 million pills containing fentanyl this year alone, and a record 62,224 pounds of fentanyl in 2023—a dramatic increase from previous years, but more than during the administration of the former President.

    This enforcement surge is backed by a $30 million state investment and federal support, aimed at both strengthening security and supporting humanitarian efforts at the border. Despite the common misconception, the Department of Homeland Security reports that the majority of fentanyl smuggling is conducted through legal ports of entry by U.S. citizens, not by migrants seeking asylum.

    In a video, Newsom blamed Republicans for America's border crisis, a claim few outside of blue states actually believe.

  • Five Must-Visit Spots in New Jersey This Summer

    New Jersey's Top Five Summer Destinations

    New Jersey transforms into a vibrant tourist hotspot during the summer, offering an exciting array of attractions suitable for all ages and interests. From thrilling amusement parks and water parks to serene beaches and historical sites, the state provides a plethora of activities that promise memorable experiences for every visitor.

    The summer season in New Jersey is particularly notable for its extensive coastline, which stretches over 130 miles and includes famed destinations such as the Jersey Shore. These beaches are perfect for a variety of water sports, sunbathing, and family fun. Additionally, the boardwalks along the shore are bustling with arcades, live entertainment, and local cuisine, embodying the quintessential American summer experience.

    Beyond the beach, New Jersey offers lush state parks and natural reserves ideal for hiking, biking, and exploring the great outdoors. For those interested in history and culture, the state boasts numerous historical landmarks and museums that provide insightful glimpses into America's past.

    With its rich and diverse offerings, New Jersey stands out as a top destination for tourists seeking a comprehensive summer vacation. Whether it's enjoying the thrill of amusement rides, relaxing on a sandy beach, or exploring historical treasures, New Jersey offers endless opportunities to create lasting summer memories.

    Morey's Piers & Beachfront Water Parks, Wildwood

    For a full day of excitement, Morey's Piers offers an extensive selection of rides, two water parks, and private cabanas, all situated directly on the beach. Visitors can enjoy diverse dining options and shops along the bustling boardwalk​.

    Lucy the Elephant, Margate City:

    As America's oldest roadside attraction, this 65-foot architectural marvel in Margate City invites guests to explore its rich history, which includes periods serving as a tavern and a unique Airbnb location. It also hosts annual events like Lucy's birthday celebration​​.

    Duke Farms, Hillsborough Township

    This expansive nature reserve boasts over 1,000 acres of accessible land. Ideal for environmental enthusiasts, Duke Farms offers activities such as gardening, biking, hiking, and viewing diverse flora and fauna in settings like the acclaimed Orchid Range​​.

    Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton

    A fusion of art and nature, this 42-acre sculpture park and museum features nearly 300 contemporary sculptures set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens. It's a place where art and natural beauty meet, offering a tranquil retreat from the bustling city​.

    Exploring the Jersey Shore

    From the lively Atlantic City with its casinos and nightlife to the quaint Victorian town of Cape May, the Jersey Shore stretches over 130 miles and offers a myriad of activities. Notable highlights include:

    • Atlantic City: Famous for its casinos, high-end dining, and vibrant nightlife.
    • Asbury Park: Known for its music scene, murals, and artsy vibe.
    • Cape May: Offers a picturesque setting with its gingerbread Victorian homes and serene beaches.
    • Ocean City: Ideal for families looking for a mix of boardwalk amusements and relaxing beach days.
    • The Wildwoods: Features expansive beaches and a lively boardwalk with numerous attractions​.

    These destinations provide a rich tapestry of experiences, showcasing the best of New Jersey's cultural, historical, and natural offerings during the summer season.

  • New York City Cop Arrested for Sharing “Intimate” Images Without Consent

    NEW YORK, NY — An off-duty New York City Police Officer was arrested early Friday morning in Queens, facing multiple charges.

    Eduard Badalov, 43, was taken into custody within the 107th Precinct at 1:00 AM. He faces charges of unlawful dissemination of intimate images and assault in the third degree.

    Eduard B. Badalov, a 43-year-old white male and NYPD police officer, has served at the 25th Precinct since February 2021 and has been an active member of the force since July 2007. Officer Badalov, who earned $103,000 last year, has been involved in multiple disciplinary cases and lawsuits during his career.

    Badalov has been disciplined in several cases, including a 2020 case where he was found guilty of conducting personal business while on-duty, improperly using department resources, and failing to make required entries in department logs. He received a penalty of dismissal probation for 12 months and lost 25 vacation days. Another case from 2014 cited him for wrongful threats of police action, being absent from his assignment without permission, and failing to make required log entries. The penalties in this instance included dismissal probation for 12 months, suspension without pay for 30 days, and the forfeiture of 15 vacation days.

    In legal disputes, Badalov was involved in a lawsuit with Cornelia Veras, which was settled for $30,000 in September 2017. This lawsuit was filed in the Supreme Court of Kings County and listed several co-defendants.

    Additionally, Badalov has been the subject of complaints, including two allegations in September 2021 related to the use of nonlethal restraining devices and physical force. Both allegations were investigated and resulted in exoneration, with the conclusion that the actions were within NYPD guidelines, which grant officers significant discretion.

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  • Phil Murphy’s New Jersey Gas Car Ban Hits Road Block as Sales Down Significantly in 2024

    TRENTON, NJ—By the end of the year, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy expects 330,000 electric vehicles to be on the Garden State's roads. Things were going well until this year, and that goal appeared to be attainable. However, this year, sales in the electric vehicle industry have dropped significantly, forcing manufacturers to pull back on their once-ambitious sales goals.

    The push towards electric vehicles has encountered significant challenges, with uncertain prospects ahead. Although EV sales continue to increase, the growth rate has slowed considerably compared to the peaks seen in 2022 and early 2023. That slowdown will most likely cause Governor Murphy to miss his 2025 goal unless something changes in the very near future.

    Economists believe the slowdown is due to a combination of factors. First, the demand for electric vehicles is not high. Most people who want an EV have bought them and trying to convinces the rest of America that they should buy an EV has proven to be a difficult sale.

    Second, the charging station infrastructure doesn't exist yet to accommodate the large volume growth being mandated by states like California, New Jersey, and the federal government.

    Third, concerns about EV range have not been adequately addressed by manufacturers or the government.

    Lastly, the economy and inflation are preventing the manufacturers from being able to compete with gas-powered cars, and people have less money to spend due to soaring inflation.

    Until 2024, New Jersey is making significant strides in electric vehicle (EV) adoption, closing in on its ambitious goal of having 330,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) on the roads by the end of 2025, as outlined in the 2020 EV law. According to the latest report from the Department of Environmental Protection, PEV registrations in the state surged to 154,153 by the end of December 2023, a substantial increase from the 91,727 vehicles recorded at the close of 2022.

    The current total includes 151,827 light-duty vehicles (LDVs) and 2,327 medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs), both segments experiencing the highest year-over-year growth ever noted in the state. Specifically, the LDV-PEV segment saw an impressive 66% growth in registrations, a notable jump from the 42% increase observed in 2022. Throughout 2023, 62,317 LDVs were added, with an almost equal split between the first and second halves of the year. The LDV-PEV numbers have doubled every two years since 2018, positioning New Jersey to potentially meet its 2025 goal of 330,000 vehicles.

    Governor Phil Murphy's initiative, known as Clean Cars 2, aims to ban gas-powered vehicles but faces challenges in achieving its 2025 objectives. However, market trends align with the goals of major automakers like General Motors, Ford, and Volvo, which are committed to full electrification and plan to release numerous EV models over the next few years. In the first half of 2023, 33,000 EVs were sold in New Jersey, nearly matching the 37,000 sold in all of 2022, indicating strong consumer interest and market transformation.

    The Charge Up NJ EV Incentive Program, managed by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU), has played a crucial role in this progress. Offering cash incentives to new car buyers, the program has put 16,375 new EVs on New Jersey roads in its first three years, accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles.

    Despite this success, national trends show a mixed picture. According to Kelley Blue Book, U.S. EV sales in the first quarter of 2024 totaled 268,909, making up 7.3% of total new-vehicle sales. However, this represented a decrease from Q4 2023, with a 15.2% drop quarter-over-quarter, although there was a modest 2.6% year-over-year increase. This slowdown contrasts sharply with the robust growth seen in previous years.

    Stephanie Valdez Streaty, director of Industry Insights at Cox Automotive, noted the complexities influencing EV market dynamics, including Tesla's sales decline. Despite these challenges, some brands have seen significant year-over-year growth, with the industry still poised for expansion due to more products, incentives, inventory, leasing options, and infrastructure developments expected throughout 2024.

    The next report on New Jersey's EV progress is scheduled for release in June 2024. This report will continue to track the state's advancements towards its electrification goals.

  • An Escaped Prisoner is on the Loose in Annapolis

    ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Annapolis Police Department reports that escaped prisoner James Cash Gregory remains at large. The suspect was last seen around Monroe Street and Bay Ridge Avenue on June 13, 2024, at 7:23 PM EDT. It is believed he has since changed clothes. Authorities advise the public not to approach him and to call or text 911 immediately if spotted.

    James Cash Gregory escaped from the Anne Arundel County Jennifer Road Detention Center earlier on Thursday. He walked away from the Anne Arundel Medical Center premises at 11 AM and was last seen in the Truxtun Park area of Annapolis, wearing green Detention Center pants and no shirt.

    If you have any information or see the suspect, contact emergency services immediately or dial 911.

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