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New Jersey owes $101.5 billion in public-employee retirement benefits

Beyond pension debts The Center Square (The Center Square) – Net liabilities in New Jersey for so-called other post-employment benefits (OPEBs), which consist mainly of health care obligations to retired public employees, stood at about $101.5 billion in fiscal-year 2019, according to a recent analysis from the Reason Foundation. With a population of 8,882,190, the state posted a per-capita OPEB liability of $11,425, which represents the second highest value among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the Reason study found. In total, these liabilities amount to 6 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, the researchers said. These debts are also geographically concentrated, with 15 government jurisdictions representing 50 percent of the total, the study found. In addition, any plan to expand Medicare... Read more →


CNBNEWS CHEERS AND JEERS FOR MARCH 2021

CHEER--The Cold Springs administration and staff put together a well-organized and safe event for students. They met with families outside to thank us for our help and support throughout this school year and also gave each student a brand new book along with an Easter egg and visit from the Easter bunny. The kids all seemed to enjoy themselves! JEER--Gloucester City is one of the most depressed communities in New Jersey. How can we afford to pay our public servants 60% more than what our middle-class homeowners are earning? We the taxpayers have become the servants who only exist to serve our public employees. No wonder we can't afford any capital improvements that are gravely needed in town!!" RELATED:PROPERTY TAXES Gloucester City in the Top... Read more →


NJ Republicans Say Lockdown Not Stopping COVID19, 'Open Schools, Businesses Now'

Todd DeFeo / The Center Square (The Center Square) – New Jersey Republicans want New Jersey schools and businesses to reopen, saying lockdowns are not slowing the spread of COVID-19. “Enough businesses have been destroyed, enough jobs have been lost by the Governor’s defenseless edicts, and continuing on that same path only ensures more economic and emotional pain,” state Sen. Michael Testa, R-Vineland, said in a statement. “We must end the failed policies that have suppressed life in the state. It’s about time to learn from the Administration’s mistakes and open up the economy.” Republicans point to an Associated Press report highlighting Johns Hopkins University data that found roughly half of the nation’s new COVID-19 came from five states, including New Jersey. neighboring Pennsylvania and... Read more →


YOUR MONEY: Biden Proposes $16B to Plug Abandoned Oil/Gas Wells in Pennsylvania

By Christen Smith | The Center Square (The Center Square)(Pittsburg PA)(March 31, 2021)– President Joe Biden’s massive infrastructure spending plan earmarks $16 billion to plug abandoned oil and gas wells across the country. It’s a potential solution for an expensive and overwhelming problem for Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection. During House budget hearings last month, DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell told lawmakers the department spends an average of $17,000 plugging one abandoned well. The cost means fewer than 1,100 orphaned wells have been plugged in the last decade. The department said it’s identified 8,000 it needs to address, though estimates suggest as many 250,000 exist across the state, most with locations unknown. “This a major issue both in terms of potential methane emissions as well as... Read more →


Guest Opinion: Fracking Ban Threatens 10 Million Jobs

“Just to clarify, would there be any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration?” CNN’s Dana Bash said. “No, we would — we would work it out. We would make sure it's eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those, either — any fossil fuel,” Biden said in response. (July 31, 2019 video/USAToday) ++++++ Stephanie Catarino Wissman | RealClearWire/The Center Square The fracking ban threatens American jobs and derails our environmental progress Now the global leader in natural gas and oil production, the U.S. has set the standard for safe, reliable, and affordable energy. America’s energy sector supports more than 10 million jobs across the nation, driving nearly $290 billion of capital investment – all while reducing greenhouse... Read more →


New Report Criticizes NJ Governor For Placing COVID Patients Into Nursing Homes

By Todd DeFeo | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – New Jersey Republicans say a new NJ.com report proves nursing home administrators informed the Murphy administration that an order requiring them to accept COVID-19-positive patients would lead to outbreaks and deaths. Gloucestercitynews.net graphic files According to the report, nursing home administrators expressed concerns about the order during a March 31 call with New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “Patients will die,” the newspaper quoted an unidentified administrator as saying on the call. “You understand that by asking us to take COVID patients, by demanding we take COVID patients, that patients will die in nursing homes that wouldn’t have otherwise died had we screened them out.” Republicans have launched a series of hearings into... Read more →


Pennsylvania Owes $38.5 Billion for Post Employment Benefits; NJ Owes $101 Billion

THE CENTER SQUARE The Center Square) – Net liabilities in Pennsylvania for so-called other post-employment benefits (OPEBs), which consist mainly of health care obligations to retired public employees, stood at about $38.5 billion in fiscal-year 2019, according to a recent analysis from the Reason Foundation. Gloucestercitynews.net files With a population of 12.8 million, the state posted a per-capita OPEB liability of $3,010, which represents the 17th highest value among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the Reason study found. Nationally, these liabilities amount to 6 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, the researchers said. These debts are also geographically concentrated, with 15 government jurisdictions representing 50 percent of the total, the study found. In addition, any plan to expand Medicare to those... Read more →


OPPONENT SAY: House Democrats $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill waste taxpayer money, full of pork

WASHINGTON POLITICS Tax and Spend Gloucestercitynews.net files Bethany Blankley | The Center Square (The Center Square) – The Democrats’ $1.9 trillion emergency relief bill – which is up for a vote Friday – includes a slew of bailout money for state governments unrelated to the pandemic, opponents say.Under the guise of COVID-19 relief money, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., told Fox News the bill “is more the pretext than the purpose behind what Democrats are proposing. Their approach is the wrong plan, at the wrong time, for all the wrong reasons.” The 591-page bill proposed on Feb. 19 includes an additional $300 billion to state and local governments, an additional $130 billion to schools, and an additional $19.1 billion to state and local governments for... Read more →


NJ GOP Planning Hearings into Murphy's Response to Pandemic

By Todd DeFeo | The Center Square (The Center Square) – New Jersey Senate Republicans are forging ahead with hearings into Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Since May, Senate Republicans have sought a bipartisan investigation to understand the policy and management failures of the Murphy Administration that led to preventable deaths, destroyed businesses and jobs, and left millions of New Jerseyans without access to important services and support,” Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said in a statement. Kean noted that Democrats, who control both chambers of the Legislature, have opposed the formation of a select committee that could make full use of lawmakers' oversight powers. “While we had hoped to investigate these matters through a select committee with subpoena power –... Read more →


GUEST OPINION: Pennsylvania voters will have their say on emergency declarations

By Rep. Clint Owlett Feb 8, 2021 THE CENTER SQUARE Pennsylvania voters will finally have a say this spring in the state’s handling of extended disaster emergencies. At the upcoming primary election, on May 18, voters will be asked to vote on a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would limit the duration of an emergency declaration by a governor to a maximum of 21 days. Under the proposed amendment, the declaration could be extended, but only with legislative approval. Gloucestercitynews.net files “Legislative approval” means you, the citizens of this commonwealth, would have a voice in whether or not a disaster emergency declaration should be extended. Under current law, the governor has the authority to declare disaster emergencies and can continue to renew those... Read more →


FEB. 8 Quick hits: NJ news in brief

By Todd DeFeo | The Center Square FEMA ponies up an additional $300 million for New Jersey The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has unlocked an additional $300 million in federal COVID-19 relief for New Jersey, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, said. New Jersey has received more than $846 million in FEMA disaster assistance for the state’s COVID-19 response. Menendez argued New Jersey communities should not be “burdened” with the 25% “local cost-share.” “Eliminating FEMA’s required local cost-share means New Jersey will get hundreds of millions more in federal funding to help our state, counties and towns defeat the pandemic, support our hospitals and schools, purchase vital personal protective gear, and ramp up vaccinations,” Menendez said in a news release. Booker reintroduces ‘baby bond’... Read more →


Report: Majority of U.S. cities unprepared for financial fallout from statewide shutdowns

RELATED: Peyton and Me Meandering Through S.J. (Gloucester City, Mt. Ephraim) Chapter VII By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square (The Center Square) – The majority of U.S. cities were ill-prepared for any financial crisis last year, let alone the one brought about by their respective state shutdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new reportpublished by the nonprofit Truth in Accounting (TIA) concludes. LOVE YOUR MONEY Gloucestercitynews.net files The annual assessment surveys the fiscal health of the 75 largest municipalities in the U.S. based on fiscal year 2019 data. TIA reviewed audited Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports filed by city halls across the country and concluded that even the fiscally healthiest cities are projected to lose millions of dollars in revenue as a result... Read more →


NJ Senate Republicans call for investigative committee to probe nursing home deaths

By Todd DeFeo | The Center Square (The Center Square) – New Jersey Senate Republicans want Senate President Steve Sweeney, D-Gloucester, to form a bipartisan investigative committee to probe nursing home deaths in the Garden State. The 15 members of the Senate Republican caucus signed the letter to Sweeney. It follows similar requests Republican lawmakers have made since May. “To date, nearly 8,000 residents and staff of our nursing homes and veterans homes have died, with the loss of life still rising at a tragic rate,” they wrote. “In fact, deaths in our nursing homes tripled in December from the prior month as the [Gov. Phil] Murphy administration bungled paperwork delaying the start of the vaccination process in these facilities.” The lawmakers want the committee... Read more →


Attorney General of NY Says Cuomo Administration Failed to Report COVID 19 Deaths

By Steve Bittenbender | The Center Square (The Center Square) – A bombshell report by New York Attorney General Letitia James claims the Cuomo administration dramatically underreported the number of nursing home deaths due to COVID-19, and Gloucestercitynews.net files Republican leaders are calling for resignations at the highest levels. The report by James’ office requested data from 62 nursing homes, roughly 10 percent of the state’s facilities. It indicates that the state Department of Health did not count nursing home residents who contracted the virus, were sent to hospitals and died there as part of the nursing home death toll. The facilities reported 1,914 deaths to the Attorney General’s office, yet the Department of Health reported 1,229, an undercount of nearly 56 percent. In a... Read more →


GUEST OPINION: Maoist Roots Of Deprogramming

BY BILL DONOHUE | CNBNEWS CONTRIBUTOR January 27, 2021 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on recent calls to deprogram Trump supporters: The Catholic League, like all advocacy organizations, makes maximum use of its First Amendment right to freedom of speech. To this extent, the increasing calls for censorship of organizations that espouse traditional moral views are worrisome. We live in a time of unparalleled attacks on free speech, emanating from established sources, including the media. One might think that the media, which does not exist without freedom of speech, would be reflexively opposed to censorship, but not anymore. In many cases, those who work in the media are leading the charge to silence what it sees as its opposition. This is much more dangerous... Read more →


GUEST OPINION: COVID-19 vaccine ad void leaves states with millions of doses

Steve Miller / RealClearInvestigations/THE CENTER SQUARE On Interstate 59, a neon billboard used by the Alabama Department of Public Health advises motorists to get their flu and pneumonia vaccines. Placards placed atop gas pumps around the state also promote the flu Gloucestercitynews.net files vaccine. But the vaccine that will quell COVID-19, a virus that has killed 400,000 nationwide, crippled businesses and prompted governments to force onerous restrictions on the public, gets no mention. Karen Landers, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Health, said the state has “no specific marketing campaign going on” because “the vaccine supply is less than the demand, here and nationwide.” Alabama, though, has plenty of medicine and many residents wondering how to get it. Records show that the state has... Read more →


Harrisburg, PA Woman Arrested for Stealing Pelosi's Laptop from Capitol Building January 6

By Christen Smith | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Federal authorities arrested a Pennsylvania woman Monday and accused her of stealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during the Jan. 6 breach of Capitol Hill. Riley June Williams was taken into custody in Dauphin County, Pa., for her alleged role in the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill breach. Dauphin County Prison Riley June Williams, of Harrisburg, was taken into custody after a former romantic partner told the FBI she took the computer during the attack and attempted to sell it to Russian intelligence officials. She’s been charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct, so far, as the investigation into the missing laptop continues. Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s chief of staff, told The Associated Press on Jan.... Read more →


NJ Amusement Parks 6th highest in value in 2019

By Mary Stroka | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Home to Mountain Creek Waterpark, Tomahawk Lake Water Park, Storybook Land, Land of Make Believe, (Wild West City, Casino Pier, and many more attractions, New Jersey stacked up as the sixth highest-producing state for value-added from amusement parks and water parks in 2019, according to a Bureau of Economic Analysis report from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Garden State brought in $309 million of the estimated $14.1 billion that amusement parks and water parks across the nation added to the economy that year. Florida (at $5.9 billion), California ($2.7 billion), Texas ($749 million), Illinois ($391 million), and Ohio ($335 million) produced more value. “We continue to receive reports from throughout our tourism industry... Read more →


NJ Congressman Pleads with Biden to Focus on Funding of Gateway Program

By Todd DeFeo | The Center Square (The Center Square) – A New Jersey congressman is calling for President-elect Joe Biden to prioritize – and fund – the Gateway Program. “I know President-elect Biden understands the importance of modern infrastructure to a successful economy,” U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-New Jersey, said in a statement. “That is why I am confident his administration will give the Gateway Program the federal funding and resources necessary to improve transportation throughout the Northeast Corridor.” The Gateway Program, which Payne pegged at costing $30 billion, is a plan to improve the busy Northeast Corridor between Newark Penn Station and New York Penn Station. It includes a new Portal North Bridge over the Hackensack River and a new tunnel beneath... Read more →


NJ Seafood Workers Want To Be First

By Steve Bittenbender | The Center Square (The Center Square) – A group of New Jersey fishing businesses and organizations sent a letter to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy this month urging him to keep the seafood industry’s workers as a high-priority group for COVID-19 vaccinations. Seafood employees, like others in the food processing industry, are considered essential workers. According to guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that group falls in Phase 1b, along with public transit employees, first responders as well as teachers and other school staff. Those federal guidelines, though, stand just as a recommendation as the states will be making the call on who gets priority. New Jersey’s COVID-19 vaccination plan calls for defining the essential workers group... Read more →


$58 million for New Jersey Police Departments to Purchase Body Cameras for Officers

By Todd DeFeo | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Gov. Phil Murphy has signed into law legislation to help municipalities buy body cameras for local police officers. Getty Images The measure makes a $58 million supplemental appropriation for the Department of Law and Public Safety to create the New Jersey Statewide Body-Worn Camera (BWC) grant program. Assembly members Benjie Wimberly, D-Bergen/Passaic; Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, D-Mercer/Hunterdon; Cleopatra Tucker, D-Essex; and Thomas Giblin, D-Essex, sponsored the measure. “The recent events we’ve witnessed nationwide involving police officers have urged states to do more to increase the safety of residents, communities and its officers during law enforcement stops in the State,” the sponsors said in a statement. Last month, Murphy signed a separate measure, Senate Bill 1163/Assembly Bill... Read more →


Pennsylvania Department of State Dismisses Voter Discrepancies as Partisan Conjecture

By Christen Smith | The Center Square (The Center Square) – The Pennsylvania Department of State dismissed election return discrepancies as partisan conjecture after Republican lawmakers insisted officials counted an additional 170,000 ballots in error. Gloucestercitynews.net files A group of conservative lawmakers, led by Lebanon County Rep. Frank Ryan, said an analysis of data pulled from DoS/SURE system records indicate that although only 6.7 million residents voted on Nov. 3, more than 6.9 million ballots were cast and included in the state’s certified results. Additionally, the lawmakers noted, total votes cast for the presidential race trailed the certified results by roughly 32,000 ballots. “These findings call into question the accuracy of the SURE system, consistency in the application of the Pennsylvania Election Code from county... Read more →


Guest Opinion: The Crucial Moment, Curtis Bowers

Crossroads with JOSHUA PHILIPP More than a decade ago, filmmaker Curtis Bowers released his first documentary: "#Agenda: Grinding America Down," which warned about subversive movements working towards a #socialist push in the United States. Much of what he warned of is now taking place, and to learn more about this Crossroads invited Curtis Bowers to speak with us. #USelection2020 #Trump #Crossroads Read more →


New York City Hotel Association Says Many Members on Verge of Closing for Good

By Sarah Downey | The Center Square (The Center Square) – With mandated closures continuing to impact New York City’s hospitality sector, the combination of single-digit occupancy levels and mortgage issues have led some to close and have others nearing the precipice. “Industry revenue is down, on average, by 80% year-on-year since March 25 … [Gov. Andrew Cuomo's] New York ‘pause’ order date,” Vijay Dandapani, president and CEO of the Hotel Association of New York City, told The Center Square by email. “Occupancy is at or below 10% and not the 40% number seen in some publications. “The reason for that is the latter has not factored in over 200 hotels closed, either temporarily or permanently, thereby lowering the base count of hotels," Dandapani added.... Read more →


President Trump Campaign, Allies Still Seeking Avenue to Overturn Results

By Delphine Luneau | The Center Square (The Center Square) – On the heels of its federal lawsuit being dismissed, the Trump campaign has filed an appeal to try once again to overturn the results of the presidential election in Pennsylvania. The case was thrown out Saturday by U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann, but the campaign turned to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals to try to resurrect their case, asking for a chance to amend their lawsuit. Brann allowed the campaign to alter the lawsuit once, and that resulted in a number of election fraud allegations being removed. After this drew the ire of President Donald Trump, his attorneys tried to have the allegations added back in, but Brann declined to allow it. In... Read more →


SA urges travelers to enroll in TSA PreCheck® ahead of holiday travel

Experience faster TSA screening without removing shoes, belts and laptops WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) launched a new “Travel With Ease” campaign to urge airline passengers to enroll in TSA PreCheck® prior to their holiday travel. The campaign reinforces the concept that TSA PreCheck benefits may be more relevant today than ever before because it allows travelers to ease back to traveling with greater comfort, convenience and the least amount of physical contact. “TSA has made considerable changes to its checkpoint processes to make commercial air travel more safe and secure for everyone during the pandemic,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “Obtaining TSA PreCheck is something that each traveler can do to make the checkpoint experience even more efficient, eliminating several contact points,... Read more →


Trump Legal Team Rejects Media Reports that Pennsylvania Lawsuit Dropped

By Kim Jarrett | The Center Square 8 hrs ago (The Center Square) – President Donald Trump pushed back Monday at reports his campaign was dropping a legal challenge to more than 682,000 ballots cast in the Pennsylvania general election. The Trump campaign is questioning the mainly mail-in ballots, saying they were “deliberately concealed” from Republican observers. The Washington Post reported Sunday that a revised lawsuit removed the challenge. Trump and lead attorney Rudy Giuliani said that was not true in a series of Twitter posts on Monday. The Trump campaign released a statement citing paragraph 4 of the amended complaint: “Allegheny and Philadelphia Counties alone received and processed 682,479 mail-in and absentee ballots without review by the political parties and candidates. These are unprecedented... Read more →


GOOD NEWS: Pfizer study shows its COVID vaccine is more than 90% effective

By Dan McCaleb | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Pfizer said Monday that the COVID-19 vaccine it is developing with BioNTech SE proved to be more than 90% effective in preventing new coronavirus infections in a study of thousands of volunteers. “Today is a great day for science and humanity. The first set of results from our Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial provides the initial evidence of our vaccine’s ability to prevent COVID-19,” Dr. Albert Bourla, Pfizer Chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “We are reaching this critical milestone in our vaccine development program at a time when the world needs it most with infection rates setting new records, hospitals nearing over-capacity and economies struggling to reopen. With today’s news, we are... Read more →


Camden City the Worst Place to Live in NJ

CNB Editor's Note: For several decades the state and federal government has poured millions and millions of your dollars into the City of Camden City. Gloucestercitynews.net files Despite all that money a recent Wall Street Journal study reveals that Camden City, is the worst places to live in the state. New Jersey is divided into 21 counties and contains 565 municipalities consisting of five types: 254 boroughs, 52 cities, 15 towns, 241 townships, and 3 villages. RELATED: The South Jersey Democrat Party Elite Welcomes President Obama to Poverty Stricken Camden City Related: Camden School System is Dying Camden, A Giant Blackhole for Taxpayers Bucks BRIAN WILLIAMS VIDEO: CAMDEN CITY NJ, Camden Boondoggle CNBNews Op-Ed: The Downward Spiral of Camden City Continues The Center Square has... Read more →


$18.2M for Trenton Transit Center Rehabilitation Project

By Todd DeFeo | The Center Squae (The Center Square) – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is sending more than $18.2 million to N.J. Transit to help pay for upgrades to the Trenton Transit Center, improving the station’s oft-maligned condition. The money is part of more than $291 million in funding the FRA announced for 11 intercity passenger rail projects in nine states. The money is part of the “Federal-State Partnership State of Good Repair Program.” The total station rehabilitation is expected to cost nearly $27 million. N.J. Transit will chip in roughly $7.1 million, while Amtrak will contribute another $1.6 million. “Many features of the Trenton Transit Center are outdated and decades behind similar stations in the region,” U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J.,... Read more →


Trenton's Plan to Tax Financial Transactions, One More Blow To The Business Community

By Kim Jarrett | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Business leaders say a proposed tax on financial transactions will likely “backfire” and urged lawmakers to reconsider the legislation. Gloucestercitynews.net graphic files The bill sponsored by Assemblyman John McKeon would impose a tax of one-hundredth of a penny – a decrease from the original proposal of one-quarter of a penny – for the next two years. The tax would raise an estimated $500 million annually for a total of $1 billion over the two year period. “Although it will mean a lot to the taxpayers of New Jersey, it won’t mean a lot to investors or anybody else that’s a part of the market,” McKeon said. That’s not exactly the case, said Hope Jarkowski... Read more →


Amtrak wants billions in additional funding for the Northeast Corridor

By Todd DeFeo | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Amtrak wants more than $1.7 billion in federal tax dollars for the Northeast Corridor, William J. Flynn, Amtrak’s president & CEO, said in a letter to congressional leaders. The money is part of more than $4.8 billion the railroad wants in the 2021 fiscal year to help it recover from COVID-19. Amtrak says it might need to eliminate 2,400 jobs and curtail service if it doesn’t get the money. Amtrak runs high-speed passenger trains on the Northeast Corridor between Washington and Boston. Several transit agencies operate over the corridor, including NJ Transit in New Jersey and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) in Pennsylvania and Delaware. The railroad has “seen that our ridership is... Read more →


NEW STUDY: Biden administration would impact Pennsylvania, other battleground states

By Dave Fidlin | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Pennsylvania would experience “a marked difference” if Democrat candidate Joe Biden entered the Oval Office and enacted his policy agenda, according to a just-released study. The James Madison Institute, a Florida-based free market think tank, has taken the wraps off an analysis of each presidential candidates’ agenda and explored how policy proposals would impact battleground states’ job markets and economies. The report, Battleground States 2020, asserts Biden and Vice President candidate Kamala Harris would cost U.S. taxpayers an additional $36 trillion over 10 years if their policy agenda came to fruition. The five key swing states – Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin – stand to incur $27 billion combined in the same time... Read more →


VIDEO: The Problems Children Experience from Living in Fatherless Homes

"Six men have fathered 87 children with 50 different women. Children who come from fatherless homes are five times more likely to commit suicide, 32 times more likely to run away, 20 more times to have a behavioral problem, 14 more times to commit rape, 10 more times more likely to abuse drugs," said TV talk show hostesses Iyania. TV talk show hostesses Iyania did a show on the number of children who have no father living with them. On the heels of her controversial multipart mega-fix, Iyanla sits down with Jay, who has fathered 34 children with 17 different women, in-studio for a no-holds-barred discussion. Iyanla has also invited onto the show five other men who are in similar situations. "No heat, no judgment,"... Read more →


Warning Signs Point to Mail Ballot Chaos Coming to Pennsylvania in November

By Mark Hemingway THE CENTER SQUARE The state of Pennsylvania is rapidly emerging as a contentious battleground where Republicans and Democrats are fighting over one of the most hot-button issues in November’s election – the use of mail-in ballots. On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany highlighted Republican concerns in the Keystone State. “It’s a system that’s subject to fraud,” she said at a press briefing. “I can confirm for you that Trump ballots, ballots for the president, were found in Pennsylvania.” The FBI and state police are now investigating after the U.S. attorney’s office reported that nine military ballots were found discarded in Luzerne County – and seven of them had been cast for Trump. While the GOP is focused on the risks... Read more →


Guest Opinion: Post Office May Be Offering 5G

x By Ross Marchand Across the country, Americans are starting to reap the benefits of lightning-fast 5G services. Rural, unserved users stand to benefit the most from the “latest and greatest” generation of mobile connectivity standards, since 5G services are significantly faster than 4G and the deployment only requires a pizza box-sized small cell deployment to operate. In order to help speed up deployment, the United States Postal Service (USPS) may be offering up its facilities as 5G deployment sites, allowing internet providers an alternative to the onerous attachment regulations and fees imposed by many localities. While this arrangement could speed up deployment and even improve the USPS’ abysmal finances, the struggling agency must be careful to avoid venturing too far into the telecommunications space.... Read more →


VIDEO: Anarchists in Kentucky Supported by Louisville Bail Initiative

CNBNews Staff Louisville, Kentucky (Sept. 25, 2020)-- Anarchists unload signs and weapons from a U-Haul following the announcement on Wednesday, Sept. 23, that officers Sgt. Jon Mattingly and Detective Miles Cosgrove who fired their weapons at Breonna Taylor’s home were deemed justified in the shooting. Det. Brett Hankison, was charged with first-degree wanton endangering the lives of people inside the apartment next door. The main stream media reported the protests following the Grand Jury's decision were spontaneous. However, according to the Gateway Pundit, the rioters were actually being supported by the Louisville Bail Initiative . Holly Zoller, a member of the Lousiville Bail Initiative signed the lease for the U-haul. The rented truck was loaded with shields, painted with anti-police messages, umbrellas, gas masks, and... Read more →


NJ Republicans Describe Murphy's Approved $32.7 Billion Budget as Fraudulent & Fake

By Kim Jarrett | The Center Square (The Center Square) – The Democratic-controlled New Jersey Legislature passed a $32.7 billion state budget Thursday, but not before a heated debate with Republicans. Gloucestercitynews.net files LOVE YOUR MONEY The budget, which takes effect Oct. 1 and runs through June 30, 2021, includes an increased tax on income of more than $1 million and a 2.5 percent surcharge on corporate profits over $1 million. This year’s budget does not include a tax rebate of up to $500 for couples with children that meet certain income limits that is part of a budget compromise reached between Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders. Families will receive the rebate next summer, after their 2020 tax returns are filed. Republicans criticized the... Read more →


CNBNews Aug./Sept. 2020 CHEERS AND JEERS

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews CHEER-Gloucester City resident Dan Reader was upset about his grandchildren coming home from the Gloucester City Playground at Lane Avenue with stickers on them. So instead of just complaining he stepped upped and cut the six-inch-high grass himself. Thank you Dan for caring and watching over our neighborhood. JEER— PSE&G employees doing construction work throughout the city since last year keep the motors and flashers on their vehicles operating for 8 hours at a time. The work is being done in residential neighborhoods without any consideration of the people living there. The noise and carbon pollution the trucks are spewing into the air is sickening at times. God forbid if you have COPD or other lung diseases. Often the... Read more →


Guest Opinion: State Legislators Should Pass the Reforms Pennsylvanias Actually Need

By Nathan Benefield THE CENTER SQUARE Sep 18, 2020 In recent weeks, Gov. Tom Wolf called on state legislators to enact parts of his political agenda – including legalizing recreational marijuana and mandating small businesses provide workers with paid leave benefits. Such proposals exhibit Wolf’s disconnect from what Pennsylvanians care most about during this crisis: schools, jobs and health care. Wolf, moreover, hasn’t called lawmakers to discuss his ideas or to hear their proposals. In fact, at a recent press conference, the governor couldn’t remember the last time that he spoke with legislative leaders. According to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, the governor hasn’t communicated directly with GOP leadership since July. Wolf’s failure to communicate even with our state’s other elected leaders reflects his administration’s... Read more →


President Trump, Senator McConnell signal intention to move quickly to replace Ginsburg

By Dave Lemery | The Center Square (The Center Square) – In the aftermath of the death Friday of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made clear that they will be moving quickly to fill the vacancy. McConnell released a statement late Friday saying that he would be prepared to call for a vote in the Senate once the president selects a nominee. To some observers, that stands in contrast to his decision in 2015 not to allow a vote on former President Barack Obama’s nomination of a replacement after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. But in his statement, McConnell insisted that he had always made a distinction between his refusal to consider Judge Merrick... Read more →


FEDERAL JUDGE SAYS WOLF EXCEEDED HIS AUTHORITY BY CLOSING BUSINESSES

By Dave Lemery | The Center Square (The Center Square)(SEPT. 14, 2020) – A federal judge on Monday threw out portions of the Wolf administration’s orders that restricted activity during the coronavirus pandemic, saying GLOUCESTERCITYNEWS.NET FILES that the governor had exceeded his authority. The ruling by Judge William Stickman in the Western District of Pennsylvania court delivers to Gov. Tom Wolf’s political opponents what they had failed to achieve for months in the Legislature as bill after bill to curtail the governor’s power was passed, only to be vetoed. Specifically at issue were the administration’s orders closing “non-life-sustaining businesses” and restricting the size of gatherings. In his ruling, Stickman said that while the administration’s restrictions were well intended, they violated the First and 14th Amendments... Read more →


Murphy Wants More Time to Respond to Lawsuit to Stop Voting by Mail in New Jersey

By Steve Bittenbender | The Center Square (The Center Square) – New Jersey officials asked a federal judge Friday for more time to respond to a lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign seeking to stop an order by Gov. Phil Murphy allowing all voters to cast their ballots by mail. Gloucestercitynews.net files Murphy and Secretary of State Tahesha Way are supposed to respond to the complaint by Sept. 14. However, in the request submitted by the state’s Attorney General’s office, they noted that they did not receive the lawsuit until Aug. 24, six days after the campaign filed the suit in a New Jersey federal court. The request asks for a 14-day extension. If approved, that would give Murphy and Way until Sept.... Read more →


Republican Leader Says Recreational Marijuana Deal in Pennsylvania Unlikely This Fall

By Christen Smith | The Center Square (The Center Square) – No matter how much Gov. Tom Wolf may support it, one of the Senate’s highest-ranking Republicans said a deal legalizing recreational marijuana this fall just won’t happen. “Like with any issue, a bill would need to work its way through the Senate Committee process to be vetted,” said Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre. “Movement on this issue should not be expected his fall.” Corman’s comments follow a Thursday news conference from Gov. Tom Wolf again calling on the Legislature to enable recreational cannabis and use the tax revenue to fill a pandemic-induced budget deficit and fund business grants and restorative justice programs. “Now more than ever, we see a desperate need for the... Read more →


Murphy's New Election Law Allows Ballots to be Counted 10 Days Before Nov. 3

SOME FEAR THIS COULD LEAD TO LEAKS “If anyone thinks that won’t happen, they’re delusional. Giving campaign operatives access to confidential vote counts before Election Day would be an unfair advantage that could be used to change the outcome of elections.” ~Sen. Anthony Bucco, R-Morris By Kim Jarrett | The Center Square A woman wearing gloves drops off a mail-in ballot July 7, 2020, at a drop box in Hackensack, New Jersey. Seth Wenig / AP photo (The Center Square) – A battle continues over how New Jersey residents will vote and how those ballots will be counted with just two months to go before Nov. 3. A clause in SB 2580, which is identical to the Assembly’s A-4775, allows elections officials to count mail-in... Read more →


Illegal Immigrants Are Now Eligible for Professional Licenses in New Jersey

By Kim Jarrett | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Calling it “smart and good” for New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill that will allow those with undocumented immigration status to obtain professional licenses if they meet all of the requirements. Murphy held a virtual bill signing on Facebook that includes sponsors and representatives from Make the Road NJ, an immigrant advocacy organization. The bill will apply to the half a million undocumented residents living in New Jersey, the governor said. Rutgers University student Estrella Rivas introduced Murphy and told of her plans to become a doctor. She came to the United States from El Salvador when she was 5 years old, and without the bill would be unable to pursue that... Read more →


CNBNews Opinion:Leave NJ Why You Can...

Tax & Spend Murphy is at it Again

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews (Gloucestercitynews.net)(August 31, 2020)--The state's gas tax will increase by 9.3 cents on October 1 because, ….hold on to your face mask…. people are driving less. In other words, residents of NJ have been conserving energy so Murphy decides to increase the gas tax. The last time he raised the gas tax he said the roads and bridges needed to be repaired. This will bring the gas tax total in New Jersey to 50.7 cents. Diesel will also be taxed by 57.7 cents per gallon as of October 1. This is because less gas was sold in New Jersey during the 12 months ending in June 2020, according to the New Jersey Sierra Club. image courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/Jack4NJ/ Once the... Read more →


DOJ Investigating Wuhan Virus Nursing Home Deaths in NY, Michigan, NJ and PA

By Steve Bittenbender | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Four Democratic governors, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, received letters Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Justice requesting data on the impact COVID-19 has had on public nursing homes in their states. Gloucestercitynews.net files The letters, which were also sent to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, say the department’s Civil Rights Division is considering whether to conduct an investigation on nursing homes operated by the state or a local government. “Protecting the rights of some of society’s most vulnerable members, including elderly nursing home residents, is one of our country’s most important obligations,” Eric Dreiband, the assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division,... Read more →


SURVEY: 20 Percent of Small Business Owners Will Close if Economic Conditions Don't improve

By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square (The Center Square) – More than 20 percent of small business owners said they will have to close permanently if current economic conditions do not improve within the next six months, according to a survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business. The largest small business association in the U.S., headquartered in Nashville, conducted the survey to assess the financial health of small businesses. The survey found that 21 percent of small business owners said they will have to close without improved economic conditions within the next six months. An additional 19 percent said they will be able to operate no longer than 7-12 months under current economic conditions. Holly Wade, NFIB Director of Research and Policy... Read more →


Federal Judge Halts Lawsuit Against Pennsylvania Ballot Collection Rules

By Christen Smith | The Center Square (The Center Square) – A federal judge halted a lawsuit filed in June against Pennsylvania election officials regarding the state’s ballot collection procedures, preferring instead for lower courts to rule on the issue first. Nicholas Ranjan, of the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Pennsylvania, said in a filing Sunday that his order will “apply the brakes … and allow the state courts to weigh in and interpret the state statutes that undergird Plaintiffs' federal- constitutional claims. "After carefully considering the arguments raised by the parties, the Court finds that the appropriate course is abstention, at least for the time being,” he said. President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, the Republican National Committee, and four GOP congressmen... Read more →