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What the Hell Was He Doing Out?

Speaking of stomach-turning stories how about this one. A Jersey City career criminal who shot a 9 year old boy and an 11 year old girl on a playground in 2003, is charged with new counts of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon by a felon, and other charges over an incident in a housing complex. He had also been charged last week on narcotic and weapons charges over another incident. He had also been charged

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Steve Sweeney
Senate President Steve Sweeney (nj.gov)
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The Fight Against Education Reform Just Got Tougher

Fifty-six percent of New Jersey schools missed the benchmark for student achievement, according to educational officials. That means fifty-six percent of our public schools did not have enough students passing state tests to meet their targets. To anyone outside the Education Cartel, that is not good news. Inside the establishment, it's Ho Hum. Failure, schmailure, so long as we keep our nice jobs.

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Flickr user, DonkeyHotey
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Democratic Party Basks in Victory

As expected, after a short flurry of political flimflammery, the election came and went, leaving no observable change in the New Jersey political landscape in its wake. If anything, the state government is an even deeper blue. Like many voters,

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Flickr user, Shehal
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Utility Companies Likely to Recoup Losses From Rate Payers

There's speculation on whether Jersey's giant Utilities can and will hit up ratepayers for huge bucks to cover the cost of cleanup and restoration after Irene, Lee, and the Saturday Snow storm. This would be hundreds of millions of additional dollars to be added to your bill. On that subject, the regulating agency, the Board of Public Utilities seems to be speaking with forked tongue, 

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Carl Lewis: Rite of Passage

Carl Lewis, the great Olympic champion, and one of the great athletes of our time, was denied a place on the 8th district ballot as Democratic candidate for State senate. He was judged to have not established the required residence requirement.

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Flickr user | Jim, The Photographer
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Congratulations, New Jersey Turnpike!

Congratulations to the Jersey Turnpike, which celebrated it's 60th Birthday Saturday.  Unfortunately, I did not think of that Friday night when I attempted to go to the City.

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Yankee great Yogi Berra looks on at Clark Sports Center during the 2009  Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 26, 2009 in Cooperstown, New York.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Yankee great Yogi Berra looks on at Clark Sports Center during the 2009 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 26, 2009 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Storm Costs: One Way or Another You Will Pay For It

The Jersey utility companies, even including the currently infamous JCP&L, say that all power is restored.  Hallelujah!  Interesting catch 22:

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Flickr User Bunnyroth
Flickr User Bunnyroth
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Last Week on The Jim Gearhart Show

1. An historic October snow storm brought down trees and wires, leaving 700,000 without electricity. Power outages for many continued through the week.

2. A new bill is proposed that would decriminalize marijuana

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Are Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Really Better?

CFL Light Bulbs

Jim talked about the ban on incandescent light bulbs and the new compact fluorescent lights (CFL).

House Republicans on Tuesday failed

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