Commentary

Vaccine mandates have always faced resistance and saved lives | Opinion

BY: - January 25, 2022

Health care professionals had high hopes that rapid vaccination of our entire U.S. population would slow COVID-19 transmission and stem the disproportionately high death count in the United States. We also hoped to avoid more concerning mutations that are inevitable when viruses multiply unchecked. I lost my mother to COVID-19 in November of 2020, less […]

Remembering all of Martin Luther King’s social justice agenda

BY: - January 17, 2022

On January 15th — the actual birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — the People’s Organization For Progress held its annual march in his honor in Newark. The group believes the best way to honor Dr. King is to protest injustice and put forward a social justice agenda. The theme of this year’s march […]

Cops shouldn’t be able to view body-cam video before writing reports

BY: - January 10, 2022

A bill passed unanimously last month by the New Jersey Assembly and approved nearly unanimously by the Senate Monday would give police access to body camera footage before they write their police reports. Instead of laws being passed to increase police accountability after the murder of George Floyd, we see laws that allow police to […]

N.J. Democrats’ coronation of Menendez Jr. is gross

BY: - December 24, 2021

The race to make sure Robert Menendez Jr. glides into the House of Representatives as Rep. Albio Sires’ successor is New Jersey politics at its worst. It’s been just four days since Sires announced he will retire at the end of his current term, and Menendez — the son of Sen. Bob Menendez, obvs — […]

Why spending $2 trillion won’t make inflation any worse than it already is

BY: - December 20, 2021

One of the main concerns raised by critics of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan is that it will drive up inflation, which is already running at the fastest pace in four decades. The Senate is currently considering a roughly US$2 trillion bill passed by the House that would spend money on health care, […]

Project Veritas and the mainstream media: Strange allies in the fight to protect press freedom

BY: - November 22, 2021

An FBI raid on Project Veritas leader James O’Keefe’s home in early November 2021 has sparked an unusual demonstration of support from the very establishment media that O’Keefe has spent his career targeting and trashing. The raid was conducted on the suspicion that O’Keefe and former Project Veritas staffers were implicated in the theft of […]

Legislature should stop blocking expansion of public records access

BY: - November 18, 2021

The Legislature is killing what could be its last chance in years to expand access to public records in New Jersey. Republican opposition plus Democratic silence helped scuttle the advancement Monday of S-380, a bill backed by Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D) that would revise the Open Public Records Act in a few meaningful ways. One […]

Democrats, stop counting on Trump to win elections for you

BY: - November 5, 2021

Democrats may need an intervention to end their Donald Trump addiction, if Tuesday’s election results didn’t already send that message. Take Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign. From his campaign flyers — every one I received had Trump as its main image — to the “Stop the Trump Team” signs that lined Route 3 in the days […]

‘Torres for mayor’ campaign in Paterson is shameless even by N.J. standards

BY: - September 22, 2021

“Why not?” That’s what Joey Torres told Joe Malinconico for a Monday story about Torres testing the waters for a mayoral run in Paterson, a story that posted almost exactly four years after Torres pleaded guilty to corruption charges and resigned in disgrace as the city’s mayor. I love messy drama, so part of me […]

Records reveal effort to silence public on Atlantic City needle exchange closure

BY: - September 15, 2021

When the Atlantic City Council voted in July to stop permitting a local needle exchange to operate, the governing body performed a disservice to its own community, one struggling with opioid addiction and HIV infections. The governing body’s rejection of a center that has proven critical to battling the opioid crisis has been well documented […]

Reflecting on life after 9/11 for American Muslims

BY: - September 11, 2021

Sept. 11 is a day of sorrow for every American, but to me, it is also a reminder of how quickly a group of people can be demonized and isolated. I am from Jersey City, a town where Donald Trump said there were thousands of Muslims celebrating on rooftops during the 9/11 attacks. Not only […]

New Jersey should be honest about unemployment call center shortcomings

BY: - August 18, 2021

Two weeks ago, our own Nikita Biryukov reported on a study out of the University of Chicago that ranked states on how easy it is to get a government official on the phone. New Jersey came in dead last. Researchers tried four different government agencies and reached a person less than 20% of the time […]