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19-Year-Old Rutgers Student Accidentally Elected to County Republican Committee

PIC: Newly-elected Republican Committee member Asad Asif. (Facebook)

PIC: Newly-elected Republican Committee member Asad Asif. (Facebook)

Apparently, he did it for a goof: a “Mickey Mouse vote”.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rutgers University Junior Asad Asif was inaugurated earlier this month as a member of the Middlesex County Republican Committee, a position to which he was unanimously elected with one vote, his own.

Asif, age 19, did not go into the June 3 primary election with any expectation of taking office three days later, nor did he vote for himself for selfish reasons.

Asif explained to New Brunswick Today, “It was kind of like the ‘Mickey Mouse vote,’ where people write in stupid names when they vote for president. I wanted to do the same thing, and since there was no real candidate in the slot, I decided to write myself in.”

But Asif’s ballot was the only one that included a vote for the Committeeman position for Old Bridge’s Ward 6, District 7.

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New Jersey Weedman – Fuck the Law, Smoke it Anyway

(Not to be construed as legal advice: "Fucking the law" can and may be interpreted by the hostile police state currently occupying our government as a terrorist threat punishable by public shaming and loss of educational and economic opportunities, "black bagging", indefinite detention, unreasonable and excessive incarceration in the penal system, suspicious death by "suicide", commitment to state-run psychiatric facilities, execution via law enforcement "self defense" situation, explosion by predator missile or incineration via "less-than-lethal" projectiles.- Ed.)
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NJ Gun Owner Arrested For Possession Now Released on Own Recognizance

On Thursday January 25th, New Jersey police officers entered the apartment of Keith Pantaleon without permission, warning, warrant or explanation. After entering the apartment, they apparently had suspicion of him having a weapon, though none were visible. The police then searched his home and found multiple firearms. Keith is a legal gun owner who is registered and has permits for his firearms in multiple states. Keith's bail was set for $75,000 but after looking over his case, a judge dropped the bail and he was released on his on recognizance. He is currently waiting to be indicted.
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Gun Owner Is Arrested After Having His Home Illegally Searched

On Thursday January 25th, New Jersey police officers entered the apartment of Keith Pantaleon without permission, warning, warrant or explanation. After entering the apartment, they apparently had suspicion of him having a weapon, though none were visible. The police then searched his home and found multiple firearms. Keith is a legal gun owner who is registered and has permits for his firearms in multiple states. According to his close friends is currently going through the process of obtaining his permits for New Jersey. To find out more about Keith go to http://www.gofundme.com/Stand4Keith  Via WeAreChange
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Newark Mayor Cory Booker Saves Neighbor From Burning Building

Cory BookerHow is this guy a politician? Via the New Jersey Star Ledger:
Newark Mayor Cory Booker was taken to a hospital Thursday night for treatment of smoke inhalation he suffered trying to rescue his next-door neighbors from their burning house. "I just grabbed her and whipped her out of the bed," Booker said in recounting the fire. Booker told the Star-Ledger he also suffered second-degree burns on his hand. The fire started in a two-story building on Hawthorne Avenue in the Upper Clinton Hill neighborhood, shortly before the mayor arrived home after a television interview with News 12 New Jersey. Five people were taken to the hospital for treatment: the mayor, a woman from the house and three members of his security detail. The woman was listed in stable condition at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston with burns to her back and neck.
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Newark’s Prayer-Based Crime Fighting Effort Isn’t Working (Video)

Expanding the effort to the state of California? Well in the words of Brian Wilson: I wish they all could be California/I wish they all could be California/I wish they all could be California ... Bruce Wilson writes on Talk To Action:
A radical notion: who needs cops? Just pray down crime. But in Newark, where the murder rate has risen over 70% from 2010 to 2011, the approach doesn't seem to be working very well. Privatizing government services has long been a key goal of the American religious right, and as a 2-part new Talk To Action report details (here and here), the push for education vouchers has been orchestrated by right wing funders dedicated to eradicating public schools altogether. But voucher initiatives are presented as secular. Then, there's prayer-based crime fighting, an even more radical privatization scheme:
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New Jersey Congressman Is First To Beat Watson On Jeopardy

Rep. Rush Holt

Rep. Rush Holt

USA Today reports:

Two weeks after Watson trounced two Jeopardy! champions during a man-vs.-machine match, Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., beat the computer during a technology exhibition practice game.

“I was proud to hold my own with Watson,” Holt said of his win Monday night. “More importantly, I was proud to join IBM and other members of Congress to highlight the importance of science and math education and research and development.”

The games were meant to emphasize the importance of technology in global competitiveness for American businesses, as well as a need for more focus on math and science education.

It wasn’t Holt’s first time providing answers in the form of a question: The physicist has won Jeopardy! five times in the past.

In the first round, Holt won $6,600; Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., earned $1,000; and Watson made $6,200. No one actually received money for the games.

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New Jersey Residents Say Man Fell from Sky … But Where is He?

The Man Who Fell To EarthWeird. Via ABC6 TV:
EGG HARBOR TWP, NJ — If a man falls from the sky, but nobody can find a trace of him, did it really happen? Some employees of Shore Veterinarians on the Blackhorse Pike in Egg Harbor Township think so. Kelly Hale is one of those employees. "There is no doubt it was a person; we are 100% sure," Hale said. Hale was one of three employees who looked out a window Tuesday afternoon to see a horrifying site in the sky. "I'd seen the guy falling on an angle, straight down, no parachute, no paraglider. You could see the arms and legs flailing and his clothes were blue, a dark blue like a navy, black and gray," Hale said. Off in the distance, one of the women saw what they say was a tan single engine plane that soon disappeared. "We don't know if he came out of that plane, we don't know if he fell out a wheel well, we don't know," Hale said.
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