New Jersey cops haven’t been keeping up of how many folks they beat and batter, but to their chagrin, some intrepid reporters have. NJ Advance Media for NJ.com published a stunning report on Thursday, in which the outlet displayed the results of a 16-month public records trawl through police reports in which officers reported themselves as having used physical force on citizens. The project came about when editors and reporters at NJ Advance Media started to notice that there existed little-to-no statewide communication or consistency among New Jersey police departments when it came to submitting and analyzing use-of-force reports. So, through the course of filing 506 public records requests, the reporters sifted through 72,607 reports to see what they’d turn up. What turned up may not have been surprising, but it was illuminating to understanding how the issue of police brutality replicates and calcifies itself within departments. Here are just a couple of the highlights … [Read more...] about New Jersey Police Had No Clue How Many People They Were Beating Until Now
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Acquired Tastes In Acquired Tastes, The Takeout explores the food and drinks we can’t live without. Any story written about New Jersey first addresses either its adversarial reputation, its relationship to the New York metro area, or its most famous exports: The Sopranos or Bruce Springsteen. What we should be talking about is breakfast meat. Thanks to Jersey’s bombastic reputation, celebrated restaurants enjoy a larger-than-life devotion: Benny Tudino’s Pizza in Hoboken, White House Sub Shop in Atlantic City, Dosa Hut in Jersey City, White Manna burgers in Hackensack, The Hot Grill’s Texas weiners in Clifton. These icons have been good enough for plenty of TV shows and newspaper profiles, but breakfast is true Jersey. With 500,000 estimated commuters rushing out of the Garden State for work, N.J. has turned the morning meal on the go into an art. And its masterpiece is pork roll. Deeply treasured by New Jerseyans, pork roll (also known as Taylor ham) is … [Read more...] about Pork roll is New Jersey’s treasured bacon B-side
I was a New Jersey resident until the age of 18—I still have the cell-phone area code to prove it—so I try to keep an eye trained on that state’s beer scene. Earlier this week, Garden State beer folks began messaging me: Had I seen the new brewery regulations? People were calling them “draconian” and “pretty messed up.” They directed me to an online petition, should I feel as upset as they are. Before you make up your mind, here’s some necessary background: Before 2012, New Jersey breweries were only allowed to sell patrons four 4-ounce beer samples on-site, plus two six-packs to-go. Thus, breweries weren’t really destinations except for all but the most die-hard of beer geeks. In 2012 though, a new law was passed that allowed breweries to sell pints, give tours, and sell up to a half-keg of beer to-go. Some details—about events, food trucks, etc.—were left in a sort of gray area and were slated to be ironed out after … [Read more...] about Are New Jersey’s new brewery regulations too restrictive?
“You don’t go in between family!!!” a voice screeches from beyond the ether, and it belongs to Teresa Giudice, who’s here to lay down the rules of communication between blood relatives of Italian descent in the trailer for Season 9 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Melissa Gorga’s response to that, in a conversation that appears to happen over a family-style dinner gathering, is: “No one tells me how to speak to my husband. Not my sister-in-law. No one.” Period. They’re back! And they hate each other! Again! More than ever! The trailer for Season 9 fits perfectly with the lede that Us Weekly delivered, which is: “At it again!” New cast members this season include Jacqueline Goldschneider, who E! News describes as “a real estate attorney-turned-parent blogger and the mother of two sets of twins under age 10,” and Jennifer Aydin, a stay-at-home mom and wife of a plastic surgeon. Danielle Staub is returning, … [Read more...] about The Real Housewives of New Jersey Are Back to Scream in Our Ears Once More
Looks like it’s one step forward, one step back for New Jersey braid practitioners, as legislation introduced to abolish the current licensing requirements for braiders was conditionally vetoed by Gov. Phil Murphy, with suggestions for revisions before he’d reconsider. As The Glow Up reported in July, New Jersey Assemblywomen Angela McKnight (D-Hudson) and Shanique Speight (D-Essex) sponsored a bill to remove the requirement that braiders possess a cosmetology license—an educational expense that requires 1,200 hours of training at a cost of up to $17,000—replacing it with a new regulatory entity to oversee practitioners via a six-member “Hair Braiding Establishment Advisory Committee” within the state’s Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety. Despite bipartisan approval by both the New Jersey Assembly and the Senate, Gov. Murphy pushed back against immediate approval of the bill. While he conceded that … [Read more...] about New Licensing Requirements for New Jersey Braiders Remain Tangled in Legislation