When divorce refused, Orthodox Jewish society acts

July 23, 2011, for The Associated Press by Josh Lederman LAKEWOOD, N.J. — Yisrael Briskman’s wife in Israel wanted a divorce, and a rabbinical court decided she should be granted one. But Briskman refused and fled to the United States, where the FBI says an Orthodox Jewish rabbi and his wife lured him to their […]

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Romney: Obama doesn’t understand economy, should focus on jobs instead of golf

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney lashed out at President Barack Obama’s economic policies Thursday, accusing the president of not understanding the economy and saying Obama is spending time on self-serving pursuits when he should be putting Americans back to work.

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More than 8,000 rally for NJ public workers

TRENTON, N.J. – More than 8,000 public workers and union protesters took to the street in front of the New Jersey Statehouse Thursday in a last-ditch attempt to stop pension and benefits legislation. Union workers staged a mock New Orleans-style funeral procession for the “the soul of the Democratic party,” lamenting the decision by some Democrats to join Republicans in supporting the legislation.

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NJ unions borrowing images from tea party playbook

TRENTON, N.J. – The protest outside the New Jersey Statehouse had all the usual trappings of a tea party rally: colonial costumes, allusions to governments infringing on rights and rattlesnake-emblazoned Gadsden flags reading “Don’t tread on me.” But this was no tea party. It was a union demonstration.

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At NJ Haunt, Big Tears for Springsteen’s Big Man

ASBURY PARK, N.J. – Nancey Ryder-Cunningham said it felt like the end of the soundtrack to her life. Outside The Stone Pony, the Jersey Shore rock club that helped launch Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, she wept Sunday as she surveyed the flowers, candles and photos that had sprung up overnight in honor of saxophonist Clarence Clemons.

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Gov: Pension deal to help build affordable NJ

Republican Gov. Chris Christie and the Democrat-controlled Legislature announced consensus Wednesday evening on requiring public employees to pay more for health and pension benefits. Minutes later, Christie told business leaders the deal represented politicians choosing to shun partisan bickering in favor of doing the job they were elected to do.

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Proposed Medicaid cuts put NJ in national debate

As states across the country look for ways to trim billions off their spending on Medicaid, New Jersey is garnering particular attention for a proposal that opponents characterize as an unprecedented and draconian attempt to balance the state’s precarious budget on the backs of society’s most vulnerable populations. The debate crystallizes the unfortunate truth about economic recessions: Citizens rely most on public services just when the government has the least money to spend on those services.

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Rabbi gets probation in NJ corruption case

The spiritual leader of the Syrian Jewish community in the United States was sentenced Wednesday to two years of unsupervised probation for using a charity he controlled to illegally funnel money to Israel.

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Jersey Shore home within reach of more people

Four years after the U.S. housing market started its precipitous decline, the bar has been lowered for those hoping to purchase a home along the Jersey Shore. With prices down anywhere from 15 percent to 40 percent, real estate agents say retirees and the wealthy are often giving way to younger homebuyers and the middle class.

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NJ health officials unveil Medicaid overhaul

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey health officials are pushing to tighten the eligibility requirements for new Medicaid enrollees as part of Gov. Chris Christie’s effort to save $300 million. The proposal would deny coverage to new adult enrollees who earn more than $5,317 per year for a family of three — about one-fifth of the current income requirement.

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