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Glenn Townes

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Sheila Oliver is one tough lady. As the first African American Lt. Governor of New Jersey, the outspoken native of Newark seldom backs down from a spirited discussion about business, education, politics--or justifying her place as the most powerful person of color in the Garden State.

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This year’s top stories in New Jersey

A setback is a set up for a comeback. This will likely become the mantra for New Jerseyans when reflecting on 2017.

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African American Chamber of NJ holds anniversary celebration

Dozens of business leaders were among about 100 people that attended the annual year-end holiday celebration by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) recently in Plainsboro.

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Recreational marijuana could be legal in New Jersey next year

While it may be crass to promote grass, that's exactly what Governor-elect Phil Murphy did throughout his campaign—making the prospect of legalized recreational marijuana becoming law in New Jersey as early as next year, according to dozens of state and local legislators.

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Murphy vows to end state takeover of Atlantic City

Frank Gilliam elected new mayor of the resort city

It's been a year since the state took over control of Atlantic City--and Nov. 7 voters played the odds and won and elected Atlantic City as City Council President Frank Gilliam over Republican incumbent mayor Don Guardian to assume the reins of the beleaguered South Jersey resort city.

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Menendez slams federal prosecutors

The federal corruption trial of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez ended in a mistrial last week in a Newark courtroom—ending widespread speculation th

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Governor-elect Phil Murphy gets to work

Sheila Oliver named commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs

Just days after his overwhelming win as New Jersey's new governor, Democrat Phil Murphy has appointed Lieutenant Governor-elect Sheila Oliver to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). He has also named a staffer to former governor Jon Corzine to manage his transition team, officials recently announced.

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Phil Murphy wins New Jersey governor’s race

Sheila Oliver becomes New Jersey's first African American Lt. Governor

Democrat Phil Murphy will be the next governor of New Jersey—soundly defeating current lieutenant governor and longtime Chris Christie ally Kim Guadagno in one of only two governor's race in the country.

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Ex-police chief indicted on hate crimes

A white former New Jersey police chief charged with assault, slurs against African Americans

A retired ex-police chief in South Jersey used excessive force against a young African American man and regularly referred to African Americans as the N-word and other racial slurs, according to a federal complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in Camden.

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African American Chamber of NJ honors corporate donors

More than 150 people attended a corporate awards dinner hosted by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) recently in Garfield to pay homage to some of the organizations' top corporate contributors.

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Obama campaigns for Phil Murphy in New Jersey

Former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton stumped for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy in private and invitation only events in recent days in New Jersey.

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African American named CEO of largest healthcare system in South Jersey

As the recently named head of Virtua health care system, Dennis Pullin becomes one of the only African American CEO's at a major corporation in South Jersey.

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Honore’ slams Trump administration’s response to Puerto Rico

Lt. General Russel Honore', the decorated military man and Hurricane Katrina commander, recently slammed President Donald Trump for his lethargic and sluggish approach to hurricane relief efforts in the storm ravaged island of Puerto Rico.

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Murphy leads Guadagno in recent NJ gubernatorial poll

Voter registration deadline is October 17

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy continues to lead his Republican opponent current Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno by double digits in the race for governor according to a recent poll from Suffolk University/USA Today Network Poll.

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Menendez corruption trial could affect governor's race

As the federal corruption trial of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez enters its third week in a Newark courtroom, aspects of the occasionally riveting testimony is causing some chaos among New Jersey Democrats as the state's governor's race enters the final stretch, according to some reports.

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Gubernatorial candidates tout platforms at Black Chamber conference

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Democratic candidate Phil Murphy made stops at the 10th annual business leadership conference hosted by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) in Newark.

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25 Most Influential African Americans in New Jersey

South Jersey Journal celebrates its second annual class of the 25 Most Influential African Americans in New Jersey.

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People Making a Difference in New Jersey

Activism to promote equality, social justice and community-building efforts are prerequisites for growth and stability in many communities in our state and country. The following five individuals exemplify that commitment and the South Jersey Journal salutes them for all that they do.

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New Jersey political leaders slam DACA decision

President Donald Trump's decision to end an Obama-era immigration policy that protects undocumented residents—the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)--is being met with staunch condemnation and vitriol from thousands of New Jerseyans, including two of the Garden States' top political leaders.

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Senator Robert Menendez corruption trial set for September

The corruption trial of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez is set to begin early September, as jury selection for the potentially high stakes case was completed last week in Newark.

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New Jersey leaders condemn violence in Virginia

Merck CEO resigns from Trump Council

Dozens of legislative, community activists and New Jersey residents gathered across the state to denounce the violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia when white supremacists clashed with counter-protesters—killing one woman and injuring dozens of others.

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Phil Murphy taps Sheila Oliver for running mate

Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Phil Murphy has tapped former House Assembly speaker Sheila Oliver to be his running mate and lieutenant governor---thus making her potentially the highest ranking and first African American to be second in command in the state.

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Guadagno picks Woodcliff Lake mayor as running mate

At a press conference in West New York, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno announced Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo as her running mate---potentially making the Cuban immigrant the first Latino and male lieutenant governor in the Garden state.

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Booker and Menendez fight against health care vote

In an effort to promote and perhaps save President Obama's signature health care law—New Jersey's top Democratic legislators are denounced the Senate vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act without replacing it.

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African American and Hispanic chambers host unity luncheon

More than 60 people attended a growth and empowerment ceremony hosted by two of New Jersey's biggest minority chambers of commerce---the African American Chamber of Commerce (AACCNJ) and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (HCCNJ)-- last week in Plainsboro that featured a panel discussion between presidents John Harmon and Carlos Medina.

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Christie approves travel ban in state

In an effort to enforce a travel ban, Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a measure that would have enabled the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to hinder President Donald Trump's travel ban at Newark Liberty International Airport.

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Camden company works to ensure water, air safety

When Rafiq and Tiffany Heigler started their business, Sure-BioChem Laboratories (SBL) (www.surebiochem.com) in Camden, NJ in 2009, breathing fresh air and drinking a clean and toxin-free glass of tap water were considered simple and mundane tasks for most people.

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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announces re-election plans

Newark target of Trump sanctuary city crackdown

Hoping to continue lead the biggest city in New Jersey, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka on June 22 announced his plans to run for a second term.

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Murphy and Guadagno win nominations for NJ governor

New Jersey Democrats overwhelmingly nominated former Wall Street executive Phil Murphy as their candidate for governor in Tuesday's primary elections.

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Chris Christie flip flops on climate control

Shortly after President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw participation in the historic Paris climate agreement, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vowed to support the Trump initiative—reversing a previous stance the governor advocated that global climate control issues exist.

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Biden stumps for Phil Murphy in New Jersey

Hundreds of supporters greeted former vice president Joe Biden in the Garden State recently in an effort to rally support for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy. The former vice president made an extended pit stop in Lyndhurst.

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Diversity under Trump

Mixed views on whether the new administration will affect diversity efforts in the workplace

In the wake of the stunning and highly scrutinized election of business mogul and political neophyte Donald Trump as the President of the United States last November, the mandate of fostering and maintaining a truly diverse workforce has been thrust to the forefront of social consciousness, according to industry experts across most specters of the hot button topic.

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Toxic water a worry in New Jersey, scientist says

Drinking a glass of tap water can be dangerous, according to a South Jersey based biochemical company.

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Booker calls for fed intervention on state transit woes

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker joined a chorus of other state leaders calling for federal assistance in an effort to overhaul New Jersey's transportation issues in the wake of several high profile transit delays and other problems in the past several weeks.

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Executive advocates increasing diversity in financial services industry

As one of the top performers at one of the nation’s Big 4 accounting firms, Kevin Basden undoubtedly has a penchant for business and, more importantly, a knack for bringing other people of color into a socially conscious and globally numeric world.

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Candidates for NJ governor to debate at Stockton University

Candidates for New Jersey governor will face off on Tuesday, May 9 in two separate forums at Stockton University in Galloway Township for the June 6 Primary.

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96-year-old election poll worker knows the importance of voting

Laura Wooten has been helping New Jersey voters at the polls for more than 70 years

Laura Wooten is a social and community activist whose lifelong service exemplifies her commitment to heed the pervasive cry to get out and vote--Wooten has worked as a poll worker in the Garden state for more than 70 years.

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A life of service

Former Camden educator and freeholder Riletta Cream says sharing is caring

It's an age old adage---reading is fundamental, yet one that native Camden resident and educator Riletta Cream has advocated for decades.

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In budget address, Christie tackles drug addiction, pensions

A surprisingly mostly subdued Gov. Chris Christie delivered his annual and final state budget address in Trenton last week and set forth strict deadlines to implement his goals to lessen some of the state’s financial woes before he leaves office in less than a year.

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New Jersey community leaders celebrate Black History Month

With an increase in racial and ethnic polarization prior to and after the inauguration of President Donald Trump in January, the spirit of Black History month may indeed have a different image this year, according to some New Jersey community leaders.

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Judge: Christie can be charged in Bridgegate scandal

A Bergen County judge has ruled that there is probable cause to charge Gov. Chris Christie with official misconduct related to the George Washington Bridge closure in 2013---a scandal many contend cost the Republican governor a key cabinet position in the Trump administration.

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African American Chamber honors dignitaries at gala

The remnants of the season's first major snowstorm did not deter those from attending the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) annual black tie gala last week at the Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, NJ.

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Booker, Watson Coleman unite against health care repeal

More than a thousand people attended a rally in Newark to protest against President Donald Trump's vow to repeal the Affordable Care Act—commonly called Obamacare---including New Jersey political heavyweights, Cory Booker, Robert Menendez and Bonnie Watson Coleman.

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In the age of Trump, New Jersey activists speak out on the state of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s dream of justice and equality

It's been nearly 50 years since one of the most powerful and pervasive voices in history—particularly for African Americans--was suddenly silenced by an assassin's bullet.

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Newark mayor announces decrease in major crimes

Officials in Newark announced major crimes throughout the city experienced the most significant drop in crime in nearly 50 years---due, at least in part to community policing, vigilance and the deployment of dozens of state troopers last January to Newark to combat crime.

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Cory Booker promotes Affordable Care Act

Senator encourages New Jerseyans to sign up by the end of January

In an effort to promote and perhaps save President Obama's universal health care coverage legacy—Obama Care, Sen Cory Booker recently joined forces with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to urge New Jersey residents to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Year-end Review

2016 year in review for New Jersey

For New Jerseyans, the year 2016 will likely be remembered as a year of political setbacks, comebacks and big news.

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Nielsen executive shines spotlight on Millennials at Black Chamber of New Jersey event

Dignitaries including a senior executive with the Nielsen Company, the global marketing research company, were among more than 125 people that attend the year-end holiday celebration by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) holiday reception in Plainsboro last week.

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Cory Booker blasts Trump’s cabinet appointments

New Jersey's senator Cory Booker slammed Presidential-elect Donald Trump’s recent cabinet administration appointments, calling some of the appointees a “setback” in the future growth and prosperity of America.

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Bridgegate convictions could ruin Christie’s political career

Former allies of Governor Chris Christie were convicted in the Bridgegate trial Friday morning in a Newark courtroom and could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in a federal prison camp.