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Mercer GOP Chairwoman Lisa Richford unloads on former Governor Whitman

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Jamesburg NJ, Mercer GOP Chairwoman Lisa Richford unloaded on former Governor Whitman on Facebook after the neighboring Middlesex GOP lined up the former Governor  for a fundraiser , saying , “for both her recent Trump-bashing as well as her record in Trenton “:

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New Jersey Professional Firefighters Associations Remembers FDNY Chaplain Father Mychal Judge

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Trenton NJ, from the New Jersey Firefighters PFANJ ,

“Good days. And bad days. Up days. Down days. Sad days. Happy days. But never a boring day on this job. You do what God has called you to do.
You show up. You put one foot in front of another. You get on the rig and you go out and you do the job – which is a mystery. And a surprise.
You have no idea when you get on that rig. No matter how big the call. No matter how small. You have no idea what God is calling you to.But he needs you. He needs me. He needs all of us.”

– FDNY Chaplain Father Mychal Judge, September 10, 2001.

Father Judge would be killed the next day, September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center. He is officially listed as Victim #0001.

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Ridgewood Board of Education Member Calls Out Village on Lack of September 11th Memorial


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Ridgewood NJ, Jim Morgan, Vice President of the Ridgewood Board of Education  asks in what some are calling a feud with the Village Council , “What commemorative activity does the village municipal government plan to remember the many friends and relatives of Ridgewood residents that died in the attack? Glen Rock annually has a very moving gathering at their 9/11 Memorial. If Ridgewood has not scheduled anything, I would invite anyone that cares to participate in this civic ceremony. It is scheduled for 6:30 at Veterans Park on Main Street just off Rock Road.”

Please be advised that my comments are personal and are made in my capacity as a Board of Education member. You will note that my posting made no mention of the BOE or my association with the school district. Thanks.


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The Ridgewood Blog Will Always Remember 9/11

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Ridgewood NJ, yes its that very sad time of year again where we remember those we lost on September 11, 2001 .At last count this blogger lost 267 friends and colleagues on that day. Some where local residents but many were from years working downtown in the Financial district .

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FBI Director Christopher Wray and September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya Held Public Forum

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New York NY, Each year, as the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaches, the country is reminded of the unprecedented losses suffered.  As we approach the anniversary and honor the fallen, the Justice Department also honors the survivors, particularly those who are experiencing 9-11 health related illnesses.  The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is increasing its efforts to identify those who may be eligible for compensation because they suffer physical health effects as a result of their exposure but are not aware of the VCF, and seeks to award compensation to those who continue to suffer. As part of this outreach effort, FBI Director Christopher Wray and VCF Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya hosted a public forum for approximately 150 federal law enforcement officers today to provide vital information about federal programs that are available to those who responded to the attacks in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Remembering those we lost on September 11th 2001

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September 11,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, remembering those we lost on September 11th 2001 ; Richard Blood, Michael Carroll, Daniel McGinley, James Munhall, Charlie Murphy,  Steven Paterson, Michael San Phillip, Bruce Simmons,  Steven Strobert,  Gina Sztejnberg,  Jon Vandevander,  and Christopher Wodenshek.

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Ridgewood Remembrance Exhibit of 9/11 Portraits – Month of September


September 7,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, During the month of September an exhibit of “Portraits” will be displayed in the Belcher Auditorium at the Ridgewood Public Library. The Library is open 7 days a week.  The exhibit of pictures honors the memory of each of “Ridgewood’s Twelve” and  offers a quiet place for reflection.
A 9/11 Mass will take place Monday, September 11 at 7PM.


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N.J. took $1.4B from your phone bill for new 911 system but never delivered


By Alex Napoliello and Stephen Stirling | NJ Advance Media for
on October 13, 2016 at 7:03 AM, updated October 14, 2016 at 2:52 PM

In the fall of 2013, shoppers at the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus fled in terror as a man with a rifle stalked the halls. Police officers, going through each store one by one, rescued dozens of people with no injuries.

But what if those in the mall could have given police an eye into the madness? What if they could have sent cell phone photos and videos, revealing their location and helping track the gunman’s whereabouts?

That life-saving technology exists. And for more than a decade, every person in New Jersey with a phone has paid a tax on their monthly bill to make it happen, handing over a whopping $1.37 billion to Trenton.

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Congress votes to override Obama for first time

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September 28, 2016, 02:54 pm
By Katie Bo Williams and Cristina Marcos

Congress voted Wednesday to override President Obama for the first time in his eight-year tenure, as the House followed the Senate in rejecting a veto of legislation allowing families of terrorist victims to sue Saudi Arabia.

The House easily cleared the two-thirds threshold to push back against the veto. The final tally was 348-77, with 18 Republicans and 59 Democrats voting no.

The Senate voted 97-1 in favor of the override earlier in the day, with only Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) voting to sustain the president’s veto.

“We can no longer allow those who injure and kill Americans to hide behind legal loopholes denying justice to the victims of terror,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte(R-Va.).

The White House immediately slammed lawmakers following the Senate vote.

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Obama vetoes 9/11 bill

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President Obama vetoes bipartisan bill that would let families of 9/11 victims sue the government of Saudi Arabia, setting up a showdown with Congress where lawmakers on both sides of the aisle aim to override the president’s decision.


By Jordan Fabian – 09/23/16 04:26 PM EDT

President Obama on Friday vetoed legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S courts, setting up a high-stakes showdown with Congress.

Obama’s move opens up the possibility that lawmakers could override his veto for the first time with a two-thirds vote in both chambers.

Republican and Democratic leaders have said they are committed to holding an override vote, and the bill’s drafters say they have the support to force the bill to become law.

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) unanimously passed through both chambers by voice vote.

But the timing of the president’s veto is designed to erode congressional support for the bill and put off a politically damaging override vote until after the November elections.

Obama waited until the very end of the 10-day period he had to issue a veto, hoping to buy time to lobby members of Congress against the measure.

White House officials also hope congressional leaders will leave Washington to hit the campaign trail before trying for an override, kicking a vote to the lame-duck session after the election.