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HS teacher orders student to take down flag supporting President Trump seen in his room — or leave online class

A New Jersey public school teacher ordered a student to take down a flag supporting President Donald Trump that was hanging in his room — and was visible during an online class — or leave the virtual session, Jersey Shore Online reported.

What are the details?

Anthony Ribeiro, a Toms River High School North junior, got the Trump flag from his aunt last week as a birthday present, and the 17-year-old promptly hung the flag in his room, the outlet said.

Nothing was said about the flag during his first six classes Thursday, the outlet said — but there was still his final class of the day to get through: chemistry.

“I was the first in because I make sure I am on time, but he looked up at the screen, didn’t say anything, and as people came in, he took attendance, and then said, ‘Anthony take the flag down right now,'” Ribeiro recalled to the outlet. “My mic was muted because that is one of the requirements for meets this year and shook my head no, and he said [his] room wasn’t a place for politics and that was not acceptable and ‘if you aren’t going to take it down, you will have to get out of this class.'”

Double standard much?

Ribeiro added to Jersey Shore Online that his teacher brought up politics during the first week of school last month.

“The school set up a system with a period of 15 minutes between every other class where you would talk about mental health and talk about what was going on in the world, and [the teacher] decided to talk about global warming for most of the days, and he would bring politics into it,” he recalled to the outlet. “In learning, you need to have politics in social studies or history, but teachers have to be down the middle when it comes to being a Democrat or Republican.”

Ribeiro also told the outlet his teacher “said Republicans don’t believe in climate change or global warming, and Joe Biden and the Democrats are the people that will put light on what the science is to global warming. In one of his class periods [the teacher] said ‘that is why they have my vote this year in the election and hopefully in the future they will have yours.’ He said Republicans deny global warming is even a thing, which made it political.”

He added to Jersey Shore Online that some of his fellow students found his teacher’s reaction hypocritical: “A couple people texted me … afterward and said it was crazy for him to say there was no politics in his room when he makes political remarks.”

What did the student’s mother have to say?

Tara Jost, Ribeiro’s mother, told the outlet she didn’t take kindly to her son’s treatment and contacted the district superintendent and high school principal.

“This is in my own house,” Jost noted to Jersey Shore Online, adding that there are no rules she’s aware of regarding room decorations.

She added to the outlet that Assistant Superintendent Cara DiMeo noted the teacher’s actions were improper and that the matter had been discussed with him.

“I said, ‘How dare he tell my son to leave his classroom because of something I have in my home?’ He’s a science teacher number one; number two, we’re Americans, and we all have the right in what we believe in, and he was talking politics the first week of class, which he has no right to do in telling them who to vote for,” Jost told the outlet.

She also noted to Jersey Shore Online that if students wore Trump shirts to school during in-person education, they wouldn’t be asked to leave.

Then it happened again

The day after Ribeiro’s chemistry teacher told him to remove his Trump flag or leave his class, Ribeiro’s English teacher told him the same thing, the outlet said.

He agreed to abide by the order, but Jost told Jersey Shore Online she wishes he hadn’t.

More from the outlet:

Ribeiro said he was a year away from being able to vote and during the pandemic has become very active in following the news and learning more about the political world. He noted being well aware of how divided people are at the current time including division within families and friends who have differing viewpoints.

A district representative told Jersey Shore Online that officials can’t comment because it’s an internal matter.

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New Jersey mailman arrested for allegedly dumping mail, including 99 election ballots

A United States Postal Service letter carrier from New Jersey was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly tossing more than 1,800 pieces of mail into dumpsters, including 99 election ballots.

What are the details?

Nicholas Beauchene, 26, of Kearny, stands accused by federal authorities of throwing away mail he was assigned to deliver on his route in recent days.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey:

Approximately 1,875 pieces of mail – including 627 pieces of first class, 873 pieces of standard class, two pieces of certified mail, 99 general election ballots destined for residents in West Orange, and 276 campaign flyers from local candidates for West Orange Town Council and Board of Education – were recovered from dumpsters in North Arlington and West Orange on Oct. 2, 2020, and Oct. 5, 2020. The mail had been scheduled to be delivered on Sept. 28, Oct. 1, and Oct. 2, 2020, to addresses on certain postal routes in Orange and West Orange. On the delivery dates for which mail was recovered, Beauchene was the only mail carrier assigned to deliver mail to the addresses on the recovered mail.

The USPS told WCBS-TV that the discarded mail has since been delivered.

Beauchene was charged with one count of delay, secretion, or detention of mail and one count of obstruction of mail. The first offense could land him in prison for up to 5 years with a $250,000 fine, and the second is punishable by up to 6 months in the slammer and $5,000 in fines.

The Daily Mail reported that Orange and West Orange are both in Essex County, New Jersey, which voted “overwhelmingly” for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general election. The outlet noted that Clinton garnered more than 240,000 votes in the county compared to then-candidate Donald Trump’s 630,000-or-so votes.

Anything else?

According to the New York Post, the New Jersey incident comes “amid fears over mail-in voting dysfunction in the 2020 presidential race.” The Post pointed to the chaos in New York City after as many as 140,000 residents were mailed absentee ballots with either wrong name and address — or another person’s ballot altogether.

An investigation was also launched in Virginia this week, where election officials warned that six USPS collection boxes were broken into in multiple counties, sparking fears that mail-in ballots could have been stolen.

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Let The Exodus Begin: New Jersey Raises Tax On Millionaires

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

In the latest suicidal move by New Jersey, the state which after Illinois is in the direst of financial straits and has the second-lowest credit rating in the nation…

… On Thursday morning, Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Democratic leaders agreed on a budget deal that will raise taxes on millionaires, sparking another exodus from a state which has already seen many of its richest residents – such as David Tepper – depart for more hospitable states.

As the NYT gloats, “Gov. Philip D. Murphy campaigned on a vow to raise taxes on the rich in New Jersey. It took three years and a pandemic to get it done.” Clearly the NYT has any idea just how worse off the state will be in a few years as a result of sliding real estate prices and broadly lower tax revenues.

Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive and fervent Democrat who took over as NJ governor from Chris Christie in 2018 was expected to announce on Thursday morning a deal that includes a higher tax rate for residents earning more than $1 million a year. In keeping with Murphy’s social justice warrior ambitions, the agreement also includes a $500 rebate for families with at least one child and an annual income of less than $150,000 a year for couples and $75,000 for single parents. The new tax is expected to generate an estimated $390 million this fiscal year, while the $500 rebate is expected to cost about $340 million a year.

“Blink and you’ll miss the next Trenton tax hike,” the state’s Republican chairman, Doug Steinhardt, said in a statement. “That’s how fast Phil Murphy and his Democrats are spending your money.”

New Jersey must have a budget in place for the Oct. 1 start of the revised fiscal year, a nine-month cycle. The current fiscal year was lengthened by three months amid uncertain revenue during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The new spending plan includes $4 billion in borrowing to plug a revenue gap.

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New Jersey’s move is an early glimpse of what will happen to tax rates across the country should Joe Biden become president: as part of his platform, the former Vice President has proposed raising taxes on people earning more than $400,000 to finance a slate of programs.

In the Garden State, the so-called millionaire’s tax was an initiative the Democrat-led Legislature had symbolically approved for years before Mr. Murphy took office in 2018, knowing that it would never be signed into law by the former Republican governor, Chris Christie. But Murphy, a self-avowed progressive who arrived in Trenton with few legislative allies, had been unable to win support for the idea from the Senate president, Stephen M. Sweeney, a political rival, or the Assembly leader, Craig J. Coughlin.

Until now.

Facing a fiscal crisis brought on by the urgent health needs of the pandemic and the months-long shutdown of businesses, lawmakers agreed to raise the tax rate on earnings over $1 million to 10.75 percent, up from 8.97 percent. Individuals earning more than $5 million were already taxed at the higher rate.

As the NYT notes, the deal underscores the “shifting political climate and a recognition that the wealthy may need to contribute more to the state’s recovery with so many residents out of work and struggling to feed their families.” And now the wealthy – who are no longer bound to a local office thanks to a Work From Home world – will show Murphy just how easy it is for them to uproot and leave to states with low, or no, state income tax.

In neighboring New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has largely resisted proposals to raise billions by taxing the wealthy, instead consistently calling on the federal government to bail out the state, which he is says needs some $59 billion to cover two years of projected state deficits. It’s a battle he will likely lose. Meanwhile, progressives in Albany have been pushing the governor to consider a variety of bills, including one to raise the tax rate on those earning more than $100 million to almost 12 percent.

The millionaire’s tax is part of a nine-month, $32.4 billion spending plan that must be adopted by Oct. 1. The proposed budget Murphy released last month also includes about $1.2 billion in spending cuts and $4 billion in new bonding debt.

And now the question is when New Jersey will complete its ritual suicide, hiking taxes on HFTs and frequent fire stock transactions, a move which will not only not boost revenues but lead to the prompt departure of such wealthy residents as the New York Stock Exchange (located, ironically enough, in NJ) and the Nasdaq.

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Mayor orders cops to remove thin blue line masks for 9/11 ceremony; police union head calls decision ‘disrespectful’

The mayor of a New Jersey city ordered his police officers to remove their thin blue line masks prior to a 9/11 tribute ceremony last week.

What are the details?

Fair Lawn PBA Local 67 said on its Facebook page that Mayor Kurt Peluso “ordered” Police Chief Glen Cauwels to tell participating officers to remove the masks since they are “political.”

“The Thin Blue Line is a tribute to all fallen police officers including those lost on 9-11,” the post added. “To interpret it otherwise would be hollow hearted. This is where we stand.”

Image source: Facebook/Fair Lawn PBA Local 67 screenshot

What did the mayor have to say?

Peluso told WKXW-FM that an Aug. 3 rally that “went in the wrong direction” prompted his decision about the masks.

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According to NorthJersey.com coverage of the Aug. 3 event, Bergen County’s rapid deployment team was called in by police when a planned vigil at the Borough Hall devolved into a shouting match between Black Lives Matters protesters and supporters of law enforcement.

“There were a lot of hate groups here with their flags and banners, which really didn’t replicate what our community is,” Peluso told the station. “There’s some issues some of the residents had with the Blue Lives Matter flag. Our chief, borough attorney, and assistant borough manager at the time had a conversation and decided it was best not to wear them and go in different direction.”

The mayor added to WKXW that he viewed the 9/11 ceremony as a chance for everyone to “rally around the American flag and come together as a community. I mentioned to the chief I’d prefer if they didn’t wear those masks [at the ceremony] so we could stand together as a community.”

Peluso added to the station that “what’s really touching for me about 9/11 is the American flag. It’s something we all really appreciate during that time.”

What did police union heads have to say?

Patrick Colligan, president of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, told WKXW he disagrees with the mayor’s call.

“The thin blue line is now apparently divisive because a group said it was, and a white supremacy group flew it at a rally some time ago,” Colligan told the station in a text. “It is nothing more than a source of pride within our profession. Mayor Peluso should have done some basic research before he jumped on the misinformation bandwagon. We lost 37 members of the Port Authority police on 9/11.”

Stephen Cannici, president of Fair Lawn’s PBA Local 67, told WKXW that he’s “sure” that officers who had to remove their thin blue line masks “were not happy about it, but they did comply with the order of the police chief.”

Cannici also told the station the mayor’s decision was “disrespectful.”

“We are united behind one flag. The thin blue line flag represents the law enforcement officers who have given their lives protecting the citizens of the country,” Cannici added to WKXW. “For me it’s just a respectful thing of showing honor to people who would give up their lives.”

Anything else?

The mayor added to the station that he has friends who are NYPD officers and that at the 9/11 Ground Zero ceremony, members of the force did not wear thin blue line masks.

“We understand there are some political issues at this time, and this is a day for us all to come together,” Peluso noted to WKXW “I think the NYPD really set the tone, and I think everyone should listen to them when it comes to 9/11.”

Thin blue line flags and masks have become a contentious issue of late:

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New Jersey’s Democratic governor reverses transit ban on US flags after massive public blowback

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, ordered the Turnpike Authority to reverse its decision to take down U.S. flags after massive public outcry ahead of the 9/11 anniversary.

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority
announced that it would no longer allow residents to hang the flags on overpasses and other public edifices after the agency explained that it could not continue maintaining the flags.

“The long-standing policy of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has been to prohibit the display of any flags, signs, or banners by private parties on Turnpike Authority property. While we appreciate the desire of some New Jersey residents to express their patriotism in these turbulent times by displaying flags on Turnpike and Parkway overpasses, Turnpike Authority regulations do not allow it, and for good reason,” the Turnpike Authority said in a
statement on Facebook.

‘We should be proud of flying our flag’

After residents and veterans groups objected loudly to the order, Murphy relented on Tuesday.

“I don’t like it,” said Murphy when asked about it on a morning talk show at WPG radio. “Our flag represents the greatest nation in the history of the world, and that doesn’t mean we’re perfect, because we’re not, but we are a great nation, and my gut tells me that we should be proud of flying our flag.”

Murphy said that he had not heard of the issue before he was asked about it on the radio show. Later at a coronavirus update briefing, he said that the flag ban had been suspended, even if only temporarily.

“At least for the time being, the Turnpike Authority has suspended that,” he said.

Many of the flags were put up after the Islamic terrorist attacks on 9/11 and had been maintained by residents and other groups for nearly 20 years. One town had planned to defy the transit order and replace the flags in a ceremony with the mayor’s approval on September 11.

Here’s a local news report about the backlash:


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“Demand Is Insane”: NYC Movers Turn People Away, Suburban & Rural Housing Snagged Up, As Big City COVID-Exodus Accelerates

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at Zerohedge. 

The pandemic-induced summer of escape from New York continues at a moment violent crime is on the rise, restaurant and public venue closures make the city less appealing, public transit is reeling in debt, and remote working set-ups are giving those with means greater mobility.

More worrisome trends… or rather signs of the times signaling that for many the gentrified Big Apple has as one family recently put it reached its “expiration date”. Two separate NY Times reports on Sunday detailed that moving companies are so busy they’re in an unprecedented situation of having to turn people away, while simultaneously the suburbs are witnessing an explosion in demand “unlike any in recent memory”.

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And then there’s fresh data showing that during the pandemic Americans are fast getting the hell out of the more expensive “real estate meccas” of New York and New Jersey.

First, New York City moving are reporting a rush of customers so high it feels like “move out day on a college campus”:

According to FlatRate Moving, the number of moves it has done has increased more than 46 percent between March 15 and August 15, compared with the same period last year. The number of those moving outside of New York City is up 50 percent — including a nearly 232 percent increase to Dutchess County and 116 percent increase to Ulster County in the Hudson Valley.

“The first day we could move, we left,” a dentist was cited as saying of the moment movers were declared an “essential service” by Gov. Cuomo late March. Her family moved to Pennsylvania where they had relatives.

And second, the Times details the unprecedented boom in the suburban real estate as an increasingly online workforce is fed up with closures in the city, losing its appeal and vibrancy.

National trends via Bloomberg

July alone witnessed a whopping 44% increase in home sales among suburban counties near NYC compared to the same month last year, as the report details:

Over three days in late July, a three-bedroom house in East Orange, N.J., was listed for sale for $285,000, had 97 showings, received 24 offers and went under contract for 21 percent over that price.

On Long Island, six people made offers on a $499,000 house in Valley Stream without seeing it in person after it was shown on a Facebook Live video. In the Hudson Valley, a nearly three-acre property with a pool listed for $985,000 received four all-cash bids within a day of having 14 showings.

Since the pandemic began, the suburbs around New York City, from New Jersey to Westchester County to Connecticut to Long Island, have been experiencing enormous demand for homes of all prices, a surge that is unlike any in recent memory, according to officials, real estate agents and residents.

They’re not just fleeing for the suburbs or upstate, but also to the significantly cheaper and lower cost of living areas of the country like Texas, Florida, South Carolina, and Oregon, or to rural areas.

COVID-19 is fast reviving American mobility on scales reminiscent of the mid-20th century. Bloomberg describes separately that “Far more people moved to Vermont, Idaho, Oregon, and South Carolina than left during the pandemic, according to data provided to Bloomberg News by United Van Lines.”

Two charts via Bloomberg:

“On the other hand, the reverse was true for New York and New Jersey, which saw residents moving to Florida, Texas and other Sunbelt states between March and July,” the report finds.

General fear of living in densely populated areas, better enterprise video communications platforms making possible fully remote workplaces which in some cases are ‘canceling’ the traditional office space altogether, and a lack of nightlife or entertainment allure of big cities is driving the exodus.

In addition to the aforementioned states, “Illinois, Connecticut and California, three other states with big urban populations, were also among those losing out during the pandemic,” according to United Van Lines data.

 

 

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NJ teen hit with bill for police overtime after organizing Black Lives Matter protest

New Jersey teenager Emily Gil was hit with a bill for police overtime last month after she organized a Black Lives Matter rally without first meeting with local officials.

What’s the background?

Gil, who had just recently graduated high school, said she organized the rally in her small town of Englewood Cliffs after she had learned the city has allegedly “dodged affordable housing requirements for 40-plus years,” she told NJ Advance Media.

“I find that unacceptable,” Gil told the news outlet.

The rally took place on July 31; only 30 to 40 people turned out, according to Gil.

When did the bill come?

Four days after the rally, Gil received a letter in the mail from Englewood Cliffs Mayor Mario Kranjac — and a bill for nearly $2,500.

According to the letter, Gil refused to meet with officials prior to the rally, which left them scrambling to provide the rally with adequate security resources.

“Please promptly forward your payment to the borough in the amount of $2,499.26 for the police overtime caused by your protest,” Kranjac wrote. “Your lack of notification left the borough with little time to prepare for your protest so that the police department and department of public works could ensure that everyone would be safe.”

Gil, however, claimed she tried to meet with officials via Zoom because she had concerns about COVID-19. She said officials did not accept her offer.

Kranjac told NJ Advance Media that he sent the bill because taxpayers should not be forced to burden the costs associated with private events.

“As with any privately-sponsored event that takes place in the borough requiring police safety, an invoice was sent to the organizer for police overtime since it would be unfair to require our residents to financially support a private event,” he told the media outlet.

Gil’s event required “extensive preparation,” according to Englewood Cliffs Police Chief William Henkelman, as well as additional staffing, which included overtime expenses.

For her part, Gil claimed the city was retaliating against her for speaking out about affordable housing.

“Englewood Cliffs is trying to intimidate and silence people who are standing up for Black Lives Matter and the implementation of affordable housing,” the teenager told NJ Advance Media.

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NJ gym that had license revoked for defying Democratic governor’s shutdown becomes GOP campaign spot — and now state can’t touch it

The embattled New Jersey gym that had its business license revoked earlier this month after repeatedly defying Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 shutdown order has made what appears to be a nifty strategic move in response.

Frank Trumbetti and Ian Smith, co-owners of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, have partnered with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rik Mehta to turn the gym into an official campaign rally location, Fox News reported.

“We took a stand for our constitutional rights and for the rights of all small business owners throughout the country,” Smith told “Fox & Friends Weekend” Sunday. “And it wasn’t intended to become political. We were trying to offer a solution to a problem where the government was failing, and it turned political. And that was because of Gov. Murphy’s actions. So now we made it political just as much as he has.”

What are the details?

The cable network said since state officials can’t interfere with a political campaign, that should prevent Murphy & Co. from shutting down Atilis Gym. Mehta is looking to unseat Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, Fox News said.

But Trumbetti told the network the gym’s new status may not prevent local officials from trying to shut down the gym again.

“We hope it gives us a reprieve until Nov. 3,” he noted to Fox News. “Everyone who comes in here will be a volunteer for the Mehta campaign, and we’ll be here to exercise our rights.”

Smith added to the network that Atilis members are “excited” to be a part of Mehta’s campaign since he backs small businesses that have been fighting to stay alive since the shutdown began.

“We’re really tired of this one-sided control that the governor has,” Mehta told Fox News. “We’ve asked many times … where’s the science? … We flattened the curve, and they keep moving the goalpost.”

“You want to hurt small businesses? You’re crushing the American dream,” he added to the network. “And if you look at the unemployment rates in New Jersey, they’re the highest that they’ve ever been. … Gov. Murphy turned this into a political chess game. And so what we said is ‘checkmate, governor.'”

What’s the background?

Despite Murphy’s order, Atilis Gym first reopened in May — after which Smith and Trumbetti have been issued nine pairs of citations, have had their business forcibly closed and boarded by the government, and even have been arrested.

The New Jersey attorney general’s office recommended daily fines of $10,000 and imprisonment for the co-owners to “coerce” them to comply with Murphy’s order.

“Atilis Gym’s brazen conduct is abhorrent to an organized judicial system, jeopardizes the public health and the safety of New Jerseyans, and must not be tolerated,” the state’s AG office said, NJ.com reported. “It is clear that additional sanctions and relief are necessary to coerce Atilis Gym’s compliance with the court’s order.”

But governmental threats haven’t stopped them. In fact, after they were released from jail, Smith and Trumbetti once again made headlines when they kicked down the front doors of their business, which had been boarded up by the government.

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Diner owner refuses to stop indoor service: ‘There’s only two ways they’re going to get me out of here … in handcuffs or a body bag’

Brian Brindisi — owner of Lakeside Diner in Lacey Township, New Jersey — told the Asbury Park Press there’s no way authorities will stop him from providing indoor service at his establishment despite Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive orders.

“There’s only two ways they’re going to get me out of here … in handcuffs or a body bag,” Brindisi said Monday, the paper said.

What are the details?

The Press said indoor dining has been taking place at the diner since early June, and municipal court records show Brindisi has been charged 13 times with violating Murphy’s executive order banning indoor dining to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.

For each summons served to Brindisi, which is classified as a disorderly person violation, he faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, the paper said, citing state sentencing guidelines.

Local law enforcement on Friday, acting on behalf of the state, changed the locks on the diner, the Press said — but about two dozen people gathered in the diner’s parking lot Monday morning to show their support for the eatery’s continued pushback against Murphy’s rules.

A couple fans of the diner even took to the sidewalk:

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Shortly after 8 a.m., an officer from the Lacey Township Police Department entered the diner. After a few minutes inside, the officer left. Brindisi said that the officer came in and asked if he was allowing indoor dining, which he said he does every day.

After the officer left, municipal court records show that Brindisi was issued a summons Monday for continuing to allow indoor dining.

Brindisi told the Press he doesn’t plan on paying the fines and hopes they get dropped — and that allowing indoor dining is necessary to keep his business afloat as outdoor dining alone isn’t enough to pay the bills.

“I have mortgages, I have to pay rent here,” he told the New Jersey News Network. “There’s a number of things. We’re getting ready to go into the fall season.” Pointing out the number of outdoor places to sit, he added to the outlet, “How am I supposed to make a living with 10 seats?”


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All-Democrat city council revokes business license of gym that refused to remain shut down

A New Jersey gym that repeatedly reopened despite Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s coronavirus-related lockdown restrictions had its business license officially revoked on Tuesday.

The Bellmawr Borough Council voted 5-1 to revoke the mercantile license of Atilis Gym for repeatedly defying Murphy’s order, which was made months ago during the height of the COVID-19 panic in the United States, NJ.com reported.

Following the decision, gym owner Ian Smith claimed the council — which is composed of all Democrats — was taking marching orders from Murphy’s office.

“In a clear political move, the all democrat town council followed their orders from Gov. Murphy to revoke our business license,” Smith said. “Zero evidence was put forth to support the claim that @atilisgymbellmawr poses any threat to the public. When asked, they ignored the request to hold off on the vote until evidence can be put forth. They did not allow the public to speak.”

What’s the background?

Despite Murphy’s order, the Atilis Gym first reopened in May. Since then, Smith and his business partner, Frank Trumbetti, have been issued nine pairs of citations, have had their business forcibly closed and boarded by the government, and they have even been arrested.

The New Jersey attorney general’s office even recommended daily fines of $10,000 and imprisonment for Smith and Trumbetti to “coerce” them to comply with Murphy’s order.

“Atilis Gym’s brazen conduct is abhorrent to an organized judicial system, jeopardizes the public health and the safety of New Jerseyans, and must not be tolerated,” the state’s AG office said, NJ.com reported. “It is clear that additional sanctions and relief are necessary to coerce Atilis Gym’s compliance with the court’s order.”

However, threats from the government have not stopped the owners from seeking the survival of their business.

In fact, upon being released from jail, Smith and Trumbetti once again made headlines when they kicked down the front doors of their business, which had been boarded up by the government.

As TheBlaze reported, Atilis did not reopen without first spending thousands of dollars in health upgrades to ensure the safety of their members.

Although they did not require members to wear masks, they limited the gym capacity to just 25% — which equates to 40 to 50 members working out at once — constantly monitored members’ temperatures, asked members to sign waivers, and gave each member their own disinfectant spray. They also installed a new air purification system.

“You can do this safely,” Smith told the Inquirer. “You can’t say that all gyms have bad ventilation. Some might — but to put them all in one category shows you don’t understand discrepancies and nuance. It shows you’re not actually interested in helping small businesses.”

Smith has said that Atilis will continue to operate despite the council’s decision, WCAU-TV reported.

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New Jersey student faces harsh disciplinary action for having Trump background on Zoom conference

New Jersey student Robert Dailyda faces potential disciplinary action for using a photograph of President Donald Trump as his background during a Zoom video conference last month.

Dailyda, a doctoral student at Stockton University, has been accused by his university of violating portions of the student code of conduct because his classmates were “offended” by the image, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

After the July 1 class, Dailyda’s classmates criticized him in a private chat. Dailyda removed himself from the chat, then posted on his Facebook page:

I have gotten to the point that I have to say something. I love this country. We are a diverse, yet assimilated population from all backgrounds. I believe all must have the same opportunities and I commit to make that a priority. Beyond that, I am done with the leftist agenda of BLM and the white self haters. I have seen it in action in my doctoral classes at Stockton and the general media. I’m not backing down. If we can’t get past this, ok, I’m ready to fight to the death for our country and against those that want to take it down. I believe there are also many like me.

Two days later, campus police contacted Dailyda because they received a report that he had made “threatening statements.” According to FIRE, another person had commented on Dailyda’s Facebook post, writing, “…we aim with precision. Boom done. No drama.”

After interviewing Dailyda, police ultimately did not pursue charges against him.

But the drama was not over.

One week later on July 10, Dailyda was summoned to meet with Stockton’s Care and Community Standards Office.

“They asked him to explain his political views, Zoom background, and Facebook post,” FIRE reported. “Dailyda explained that [he] was disappointed with Stockton’s institutional endorsement of the Black Lives Matter movement, aspects of which he does not support.”

Following the meeting, Stockton administrators officially charged Dailyda with violating nearly a half-dozen provisions of the Campus Code of Conduct, including:

  • Disruptive behavior
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Hostile environment
  • Harm

Because of the charges, the university is considering numerous options for disciplinary action against Dailyda, including suspending him, imposing a fine, assigning community service, or mandating he attend a “social justice workshop” and a “decision making workshop.”

According to FIRE, whose mission is to “defend and sustain the individual rights of students and faculty members at America’s colleges and universities,” Stockton is violating Dailyda’s First Amendment rights by seeking to punish him.

“The expression here is clearly protected,” FIRE wrote in a letter to the university. “Stockton may not permissibly use it disciplinary process to punish Dailyda for his protected political expression.”

Stockton confirmed they have opened an investigation into Dailyda, but has not commented further, citing privacy laws.

Diane D’Amico, Stockton’s director of news and media relations, told the Washington Examiner, “That case is still open and no disciplinary action has been taken.”

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New Jersey gym owners, who were arrested for defying shutdown, kick down gov’t-installed barriers to reopen

The owners of embattled Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey, were arrested on Monday for reopening their gym in defiance of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s lockdown order. The arrests came after a judge ruled New Jersey could forcibly shut down the gym.

However, Murphy couldn’t keep the gym owners down for long.

On Saturday, just days after being released from jail, owners Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti kicked down government-installed barriers to reopen the gym.

“Gov. Murphy has weaponized the police force against us over and over,” Smith said, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. “I think he looks foolish, the way he’s treating us — he’s pulling out all the stops. You have to ask, how far will one man go to destroy a small business?”

Atilis Gym has faced an uphill battle since defiantly reopening in May. Law enforcement has forced the gym to shut down several times.

In fact, the government is so determined to keep the gym closed that, according to the Inquirer, Bellmawr officials will consider revoking the gym’s business license at an upcoming meeting on Tuesday.

If their license is revoked, Atilis Gym may have to shutter its doors permanently.

The decision to reopen the gym despite their recent arrest was popular with locals. From the Inquirer:

Around 8 a.m. Saturday, Smith and Trumbetti kicked and forced in the boards as supporters and gym members cheered them on, then replaced the doors on their hinges. Several dozen people watched from the parking lot, many waving American flags and listening to patriotic music blasting from speakers in front of the gym. Several attendees had traveled from other parts of New Jersey, and some waved anti-Murphy signs or wore pro-Trump accessories.

However, Smith and Trumbetti did not reopen without first ensuring that members would be safe.

Although they did not require members to wear masks, they limited the gym capacity to just 25% — which equates to 40 to 50 members working out at once — constantly monitored members’ temperatures, asked members to sign waivers, and gave each member their own disinfectant spray. They also installed a new air purification system.

“You can do this safely,” Smith told the Inquirer. “You can’t say that all gyms have bad ventilation. Some might — but to put them all in one category shows you don’t understand discrepancies and nuance. It shows you’re not actually interested in helping small businesses.”

All told, the gym spent thousands of dollars on safety upgrades before reopening.

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Female Staples customer throws woman with a cane to the floor, breaking her leg, after being told to socially distance

A shopper in a New Jersey Staples store was caught on video throwing another woman — who was using a cane — to the floor after the victim told her to socially distance because she wasn’t correctly wearing her mask over her nose, the
New York Post reported.

The paper added that the victim suffered a broken leg in the incident Wednesday afternoon in Hackensack.

What are the details?

Surveillance video shows the unknown assailant improperly wearing a mask and walking up to a 54-year-old woman who was using a copy machine, police told the Post.

Cops said the victim told the improperly masked woman to either back up or put on her mask correctly, the paper noted. Her mask wasn’t covering her nose, just her mouth.

The 54-year-old woman also raised her cane and pointed at the assailant, who had been pointing her finger repeatedly at the victim during the exchange.

Image source: New York Post video screenshot

Apparently that set off the assailant, who grabbed the victim by her wrist and threw her to the floor several feet away. The assailant also knocked over a large transparent divider.

Immediately afterward, video shows the assailant casually flipping her hair off her shoulder and proceeding with her business. As the victim is on the ground, apparently pleading for help, three other customers and two employees simply stand in place and watch.

Another employee arrives and seems to communicate with a walkie talkie, but he doesn’t go near the injured victim, who by now is waving her hand at the staff for assistance.

The assailant appears again in the video frame, and victim attempts to kick at her as she walks by to no avail.

Police released a video of the attack Friday and are asking for the public’s help to identify the assailant, the Post reported.

Crazy times

Mask-related altercations amid the COVID-19 pandemic are nothing new — but the physical aggressors are usually the ones upset at folks not wearing masks.

Earlier this month, an attacking woman’s behavior went viral after she reportedly pepper sprayed a couple having a picnic in a San Diego dog park — allegedly because they weren’t wearing face masks while eating their lunch.

Also, a California Lyft rider reportedly attacked her driver and spat at him after the Lyft driver requested that she wear a face mask.

Two men allegedly attacked a security guard at a Target store in May after they refused to wear a face mask.

A viral video this week showed a woman enraged that small children were not wearing face masks. She told the children: “I hope you all die!”

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Judge rules NJ can close gym that defied COVID orders. Owners say they won’t back down ‘no matter what’ — even as prosecutors come to ‘change our locks’

Embattled Atilis Gym in New Jersey took another hit Friday — this time it came at the hand of a Superior Court judge, the New York Post reported.

New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration ordered the Bellmawr gym closed after co-owners Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti refused on May 18 to shutter their business in the wake of the governor’s coronavirus shutdown mandate.

The owners said they were going “to fight for our rights,” so the state came down on them hard.

Even Gov. Murphy took specific aim at Atilis Gym during a news conference that week, saying, “If you show up at that gym again tomorrow, there’s going to be a different reality than showing today. … These just aren’t words, we’ve got to enforce this, but I also don’t want to start World War III.”

And on May 21, Murphy’s government, as well as county officials, plastered the gym with notices declaring the business closed.

On Friday, in a contempt of court case, Judge Robert Lougy ruled that Murphy has the authority to shut down the gym. And according to Smith, prosecutors were ordered to change the locks on the business or set up a barrier in front of the business that would prevent people from entering.

The gym’s owners said they were not surprised by the ruling and that they aren’t backing down.

In a Facebook video posted moments after Lougy’s ruling, Smith said he and Trumbetti were going to keep fighting, despite the fact that prosecutors were on their way to the gym that very moment and that the business faced a series of heavy fines.

“Our punishment here is going to be two-fold,” Smith stated while donning a “Lions Not Sheep” hat and a “Make America Lift Again” T-shirt. “The first one is that they are on their way right now to come change our locks or construct a barrier in front of our building so that people cannot enter.”

“Frank and I stayed the night here last night, and we are prepared to stay inside the building no matter what,” he continued. “We will not be backing down under any circumstances.”

He added that gym members are welcome to come to the business and help declare that “we’re tired of this.”

“The second part of [the punishment] is that we are now being heavily fined,” Smith said. “We were heavily fined today — they didn’t even tell us the actual amount yet — and then we’re going be fined every single day thereafter.”

“That’s it,” he concluded, adding, “Murphy got his way. He is coming to change our locks. We’re looking at a showdown, because Frank and I will not be backing down.”

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‘Arrogant’ Starbucks worker was ‘bragging’ about spitting in cops’ drinks, police say. Now he and his nose ring are facing charges.

A Starbucks worker in in Park Ridge, New Jersey, was “arrogant enough to be bragging about” spitting in the drinks of police officers, Chief Joseph Madden told NJ.com Tuesday — which led police to question him.

Police said Kevin A. Trejo, 21, admitted to the spitting, the outlet reported — and he lost his job and got the book thrown at him.

What are the details?

After his arrest Monday, authorities told NorthJersey.com Trejo’s charges include subjecting a law enforcement officer to bodily fluid, purposely tampering with a law enforcement officer’s drink, and creating a hazardous environment.

Park Ridge Police Capt. Joseph Rampolla told the outlet that “under the current COVID threat, it is extremely disturbing to think that someone would intentionally spit in your drink.”

It wasn’t known how many times Trejo allegedly spit in drinks or how many officers’ drinks were tainted, NorthJersey.com said.

Officers who may have received the tainted drinks will be tested for the coronavirus, police told the New York Daily News.

The Park Ridge coffee shop historically enjoyed an amicable relationship with local police and hosted numerous “Coffee with a Cop” events, Rampolla added to NorthJersey.com.

“We believe this was an isolated act, but it does not remove the shock and disgust that our officers feel,” Rampolla noted to the outlet.

Patrick Colligan, president of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, said in a statement that “officers risk their lives daily; it shouldn’t be while getting coffee,” NorthJersey.com added.

What did Starbucks have to say?

A Starbucks spokesperson called Trejo’s actions “reprehensible” and said he’s no longer employed by the company, NorthJersey.com reported.

“We will continue to support Park Ridge Police in their investigation and have a deep respect for the Park Ridge Police Department and the officers who help keep our partners and communities safe,” the spokesperson added to the outlet.

Mounting animosity

The incident comes amid a growing anti-cop sentiment in many communities across the United States in the weeks since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on Memorial Day — but the New York City metropolitan area has seen a particularly long list of attacks on police:

  • A frequent participant in Occupy City Hall protests in New York City was caught on surveillance video Friday afternoon allegedly trying to cut the brake lines of a police van in Brooklyn.
  • NYPD officers were physically attacked on the Brooklyn Bridge last week by Occupy City Hall protesters, leaving one officer with multiple fractures of his orbital bones and cuts needing 12 stitches. And when NYPD Chief of Department Terrance Monahan intervened, court documents said the department’s highest-ranking uniformed officer was punched in the face, too.
  • And earlier this month cellphone video caught the moment an NYPD cop fought a gang member who apparently was interfering in an arrest. The gang member allegedly puts the officer in a headlock — and then the taunting began: “You just got smoked, p***y!”
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NJ Gov. Phil Murphy announces plans to rescind reopening plans because of COVID-19 cases in OTHER states

In a lengthy thread on Twitter, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced that he was rolling back his state’s reopening plans because of coronavirus cases in states other than New Jersey.

As testing has increased nationwide, a number of states have seen their total number of COVID-19 cases rise. However, the weekly death toll continues to decline, suggesting that either the disease is weakening, as some experts have suggested, or that the “spike” in cases does not indicate that the virus is actually spreading faster.

Either way, Murphy is not alone: even Republican governors like Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida have rolled back some of the business reopenings in their states because of concerns about the number of new cases.

Murphy also complained that in some places where dining was allowed in New Jersey, people were not following the rules:

Notably, he did not provide any evidence that these activities have increased the spread of coronavirus in his state, or increased the toll of people who have died or gotten seriously ill from the virus.

Murphy then did his best impersonation of a teacher explaining why he has to punish the entire class for the behavior of one student, except, of course, he did not seem to realize that he was talking to taxpayers who pay his salary.

Furthermore, while Murphy sees a big problem with taxpayers eating peacefully at tables separated from each other, he did not see a problem with people packed closely together for the purpose of protesting the police.

In a statement earlier this month, Murphy said, “It’s one thing to protest what day nail salons are opening and it’s another to come out and peaceful protest about somebody who was murdered right before our eyes.”

The coronavirus was not available for comment as to whether it cared about the reason people were gathering in large groups or not.

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New Jersey politicians charged in massive mail-in ballot voter fraud scheme, face years in prison

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has filed voter fraud charges against four men, including two Paterson City officials, who allegedly engaged in a mail-in ballot scheme during a special election last month.

Grewal charged Paterson City Councilman Michael Jackson, Councilman-elect Alex Mendez, and two other men after the U.S. Postal Inspection Service alerted the state attorney general’s office that it had found hundreds of ballots in a single Paterson City mailbox, InsiderNJ reported.


Michael Jackson (left), Alex Mendez (right). Image source: New Jersey Office of Attorney General

According to WNBC-TV, more than 3,000 ballots were set aside over voting fraud concerns in the Paterson City Council election — 16,747 were received, but only 13,557 were accepted — meaning a whopping 19%, or nearly 1-in-5, were rejected.

More than 800 of the rejected ballots were invalidated because they were found tethered together in mailboxes.

The alleged voter fraud is particularly significant in the election because one incumbent councilman kept his seat by just eight votes, while Mendez was elected by fewer than 250 votes, WNBC reported.

Jackson was charged with four crimes, including fraud in casting mail-in vote and falsifying records. From the attorney general’s office:

It is alleged that Jackson violated state election laws as a candidate by approaching one or more voters in Paterson in the district where he was running and collecting their official mail-in ballots for delivery to the Passaic County Board of Elections. It is further alleged that these mail-in ballots were delivered to the Board of Elections without information identifying the bearer, in violation of state election laws. In addition, Jackson allegedly procured and had in his possession more than three official mail-in ballots which were neither his own ballots, nor ballots for which he was identified as an authorized bearer. Lastly, Jackson allegedly received the official mail-in ballot of one voter without the ballot having been voted or sealed, and that ballot was subsequently delivered to the Board of Elections in a sealed envelope without information identifying the bearer.

Mendez was hit with six criminal charges, including election fraud and falsifying records. From the Attorney General’s Office:

It is alleged that Mendez violated state election laws as a candidate by approaching one or more voters in Paterson in the district where he was running and collecting their official mail-in ballots for delivery to the Passaic County Board of Elections. It is further alleged that these mail-in ballots were delivered to the Board of Elections without information identifying the bearer in violation of state election laws. In addition, Mendez allegedly procured or submitted one or more voter registration applications, which he knew to be false, fictitious, or fraudulent, in that he knew the person for whom the application was procured was not eligible to vote in the election district identified on the application.

“Today’s charges send a clear message: if you try to tamper with an election in New Jersey, we will find you and we will hold you accountable,” Grewal said. “We will not allow a small number of criminals to undermine the public’s confidence in our democratic process.”

According to the Paterson Times, Jackson faces more than 10 years in prison while Mendez faces more than 31 years in prison.

The charges were filed as Democrats nationwide push for mail-in voting as a method to reduce coronavirus spread. Republicans generally oppose mail-in voting, arguing it opens the door to voter fraud.

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Petition demands college fire security official who fatally shot black teen in 1994 when he was a cop. School does just that.

New Jersey’s Rowan University won’t renew the contract of a head security official who fatally shot a 14-year-old black male in 1994 when he was a local police officer, PhillyVoice reported.

University President Ali Houshmand made the decision Monday as a petition to fire Peter Amico gained support, the outlet said. The school hired Amico as a contractor in 2008 and he rose to become head of Rowan’s Office of Emergency Management in 2013, PhillyVoice added.

What’s the background?

In April 1994, Amico was a police officer in Glassboro — where Rowan University is located — and was called to a domestic dispute after which he said Eltarmaine “L.T.” Sanders lunged at him with a knife, PhillyVoice said. Amico fatally shot the teen, and days of protests ensued, the outlet reported. Amico claimed self-defense, and a federal investigation found no civil rights violations, and a grand jury declined to bring charges against him, PhillyVoice added.

Sanders had been fighting with his older cousin and was chasing him with a knife, according to accounts from those close to the family, the outlet said, adding that Sanders’ mother called police. Amico was 29 at the time and a six-year veteran of the police department, PhillyVoice said.

A year later, the Gloucester County Police Awards Committee gave Amico a Combat Cross award for “combat with an armed assailant,” which further angered the black community in Glassboro, the outlet said. Amico retired from the force in 2009, PhillyVoice said.

What did the petition say?

The petition to fire Amico characterized the award he received as “racist” and that Rowan University making Amico head of the Office of Emergency Management is a “revolting insult to the Sanders family and to African Americans everywhere.”

“Peter Amico’s continued presence as the person in charge [of emergency management] says loudly that ‘Black Lives Don’t Matter’ at Rowan University,” the petition added.

How did Rowan respond?

“Given the circumstances of Amico’s employment prior to serving at the university and the necessarily painstaking evaluation of Rowan’s institutional commitment to racial justice and equity, Amico’s employment will be discontinued,” Houshmand said in a statement, according to PhillyVoice.

Houshmand added, “As a university, we believe black lives matter. We are looking hard at our own organization, our policies, structure and culture,” the outlet added.

‘You reap what you sow’

Delores Sanders, the mother of the fatally shot teen, posted on Facebook in regard to her loss about a week after George Floyd’s death which sparked nationwide protests against police brutality.

On the same day that Rowan announced that Amico’s contract wouldn’t be renewed, Delores Sanders posted the following on Facebook:

The updated version of the change.org petition to fire Amico states, “Victory. Good citizens of our beautiful nation and the world, on behalf of the Sanders family and all others suffering the loss of a family member due to police violence, we have, with unity of action, won a measure of social justice in the long train of police abuse for Black Americans. Peter Amico is being dismissed and the university is investigating the systemic racism on its campuses. In unity there is strength!”

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Gov. Phil Murphy announces he is ending New Jersey’s ‘stay at home’ order

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced via Twitter Tuesday that he was signing an executive order lifting the state’s “stay at home” order. The move surprised many, considering that Murphy announced late Thursday night that he was extending the state’s public health emergency for another 30 days.

In the tweet, Murphy stated that he would sign the order “today” and said, “Please continue to be responsible and safe. Wear face coverings and keep a social distance from others when out in public.” In a series of subsequent tweets, Murphy offered a sort of explanation for his abrupt about-face on the necessity of a stay-at-home order.

It was not clear from Gov. Murphy’s thread of tweets whether businesses and churches would be affected by his executive order or not. According to the latest guidance issued by the state, restaurants will be able to accept customers for outdoor dining on July 15 and businesses like hair and nail salons can reopen with restrictions on June 22.

Murphy also made news last week when he admitted that a double standard was being applied to the protests about George Floyd’s death as compared to church services and other gatherings protected by the First Amendment.

According to reports, Murphy said, “It’s one thing to protest what day nail salons are opening and it’s another to come out and peaceful protest about somebody who was murdered right before our eyes.” Of course, for the purposes of an infectious disease, they are exactly the same, since diseases are not known for their social conscience.

Murphy’s announcement comes as Attorney General William Barr is being asked to investigate whether some states are impermissibly favoring the George Floyd protests over other protected activities with respect to their coronavirus guidelines.

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NJ governor admits COVID-19 double standard, says recent protests are different from business owners’ complaints

New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy embraced a clear double standard in his enforcement of COVID-19 precautions, saying the peaceful protests of the George Floyd’s killing are different from business owners protesting their inability to earn a living.

These protests, which aren’t always peaceful, include crowds of hundreds or thousands of people gathering and marching, with not everyone wearing masks, and people often seen hugging each other and certainly standing closer than the recommended six feet apart. They violate COVID-19 rules in every way.

“It’s one thing to protest what day nail salons are opening and it’s another to come out and peaceful protest about somebody who was murdered right before our eyes,” Murphy reportedly said, according to reporter Shlomo Schorr.

Restaurants in New Jersey won’t be allowed to open for outdoor dining until June 15. Salons and barbershops won’t be allowed to take customers until June 22, and even then they will be required to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Protests, Murphy claims, are subject to different rules for no other reason than he believes one cause to be more valid than the other.

While Murphy may have referred to nail salons dismissively, as if the primary concern is about people who haven’t been able to get their nails done, he fails to acknowledge that nail salons are businesses owned and operated by people who depend on them for essential income.

One might reasonably argue that, as important as the right to peacefully assemble in protest is, it is even more important that someone be allowed to earn a living. At the very least, it seems that the two concerns should be subject to the same rules.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made a comment similar to Murphy’s recently, saying concerns from religious people who wanted to gather for services weren’t the same as protesting in the context of “400 years of American racism.

The rhetoric around reopening states last month was legitimately apocalyptic, with detractors warning of spikes in deaths and overwhelmed hospitals if people were allowed to go to restaurants or stores. Now, some public health experts support mass gatherings, simply encouraging participants to be careful and social distance, if possible.

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New Jersey cop actually shows up in middle of business owner’s Facebook Live sale and shuts it down

Katherine Hermes likely figured she was in the clear.

Amid New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s coronavirus shutdown, which closed her nonessential business, Hermes conducted a shop-from-home-style Facebook Live sale Tuesday evening inside her Country Home store in downtown Bernardsville, New Jersey News12 reported.

The only other person in the store was a friend of Hermes helping her out with the sale. What could go wrong?

The long arm of the law

Well, nearly two hours into the proceedings an officer showed up saying there were complaints about the store being open past 8 p.m. and that Hermes and her friend weren’t wearing masks.

The confrontation was captured on the Facebook Live video. The action begins at the 1:56 mark:

Hermes debated with the officer, telling him she felt “totally picked on right now. … You guys are picking on me because I’m trying to feed my kids, my store has been closed, I had a little fresh air, I’m not open, I’m doing a [Facebook] Live, I’ve done this time and time again, and now people are just picking on me.”

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The officer simply invoked Murphy’s executive order and said that despite her store being closed to the public, she can’t be operating inside it after 8 p.m.

‘I was defiant’

Hermes actually defied the governor’s shutdown order when she opened her doors to customers last Saturday, News12 said.

“I was defiant, and the police chief was very respectful, and I understand what he’s saying, and he understands what I’m saying,” she added to the station. “It’s a difficult situation for everybody. But we have flattened the curve. The crisis is over.”

Image source: New Jersey News 12 video screenshot

Bernardsville Police Chief Kevin Valentine told New12 that Hermes was warned once and that on Tuesday an officer saw a customer inside the store — but Hermes told the station that the customer was there only to pick up an item.

Image source: New Jersey News 12 video screenshot

The chief added to News 12 that a complaint was filed against Hermes and sent to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office for having a customer inside the store.

‘I’m closing’

Whatever comes of this latest episode, Hermes told the station that even when nonessential businesses are allowed to reopen, her financial losses to date are too much to overcome.

“I’m closing,” she told News12. “I don’t know that I can be out of here by the end of this month, but I will be out of here by the end of next month. … We can’t take disease[s] away. We can hate them, but we can’t make them go away, and we can’t legislate them away by destroying businesses.”

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NJ gym that defied lockdown has been shut down by the state

The New Jersey gym that grabbed national headlines after defying Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s lockdown order has been shut down by the state as of Thursday morning.

The Atilis Gym in Bellmawr was plastered with notices from the state and county declaring the business closed. Notice of Embargo papers from the Camden County Division of Environmental Health and the New Jersey Department of Health were placed on the gym’s doors and windows overnight.

The gym owners were cited for the last three days for re-opening their business during the state’s stay-at-home order.

Atilis Gym co-owner Frank Trumbetti told WTXF-TV that the sewer system in the facility “suddenly backed up” on Wednesday, forcing everyone to leave the gym. The gym owners called in an emergency plumbing service to fix the sewer system. A day later, the gym was closed by the health department despite no inspections by state or local officials, according to Trumbetti.

Trumbetti said the facility would be closed on Thursday, but the gym co-owners are talking with their lawyers and considering their options. Trumbetti added that the gym would hold some exercise courses outside on Thursday.


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The Atilis Gym re-opened on Monday to cheers from the crowd that gathered outside, defying the Democratic governor’s stay-at-home order.

Police arrived at the gym later on Monday, for what many in the crowd expected to shut down the gym. However, the police officer had a much different message.

“We are and we’re only here for everybody’s safety today,” the officer told the crowd. “We planned for the worst, hoped for the best, and it seems like that’s what we have out here today. Formally, you are all in violation of the executive order. On that note, have a good day. Everybody be safe.”

However, one person was arrested and three others were stopped on Tuesday after leaving Atilis Gym.

On May 13, Trumbetti said that he and co-owner Ian Smith are “taking this virus seriously,” but they also need “to fight for our rights.”

“The government has failed at protecting our rights and [is] failing at protecting our health,” Trumbetti said in a Facebook video. “We’re proposing an organized peaceful re-opening of the state, not just our business. We truly believe that if we don’t do this, in the end we will have zero rights and no say in what happens.”

Smith appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and said, “Enough is enough.”

“We’ve gotten to the point where I’ve watched so many businesses around me collapse,” Smith told Tucker Carlson. I’ve watched people lose their jobs, and there’s no progress moving forward. So we’re ready to take action ourselves, and we have thought long and we thought hard about it. And all of our actions come from the heart, with not our best interests in mind, but what we feel is the greater good for ourselves, our community, and the state and nation at whole.”

Glenn Beck interviewed Smith on Wednesday, where the gym owner said, “We’re going to continue to fight.” “We’re standing up for what we believe to be a gross violation of our constitutional rights,” Smith told Beck.


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‘Don’t go to the beach’: Philly health official warns not to travel to Jersey shore for Memorial Day weekend due to COVID-19

If you’re from Philadelphia, you don’t go “to the beach” — you go “down the shore.”

And one of the time-honored traditions in the City of Brotherly Love is the annual trek over Memorial Day weekend to popular New Jersey coastal destinations such as Ocean City, Wildwood, Cape May, and Stone Harbor.


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But due to the coronavirus, the city’s health commissioner is warning Philly residents not to make the trip this year.

What are the details?

“Don’t go to the beach,” Dr. Thomas Farley said, according to KYW-TV. “We’re not recommending people go to the beach this weekend. It is true that being outdoors is probably less risk than being close to people indoors, but if you go into crowds anywhere, there’s risks.”

Farley added, “We understand the draw, it’s very tempting. You may have gone to the beach every Memorial Day weekend for years, but this is not the time to do that. Let’s wait until the case counts are lower for it to be safer,” the station reported.

What are other officials saying?

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney told KYW he’s concerned residents who venture to the boardwalks and sand and surf this weekend could bring the virus back to the city.

“South Jersey does what South Jersey does,” Kenney, a Democrat, told the station. “It’s going to affect us because people are going to go to the beach this weekend, they’re going to congregate with people in too close proximity, then they’re going to drive back home to Philadelphia and perhaps give the virus to somebody in their family.”

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, also a Democrat, said he’s “not sure why the governors of Maryland and New Jersey have opened their beaches, but they have,” KYW reported. Wolf added, “I wouldn’t go to the beach,” the station said.


Image source: KYW-TV video screenshot

In a recent media briefing, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy — another Democrat who’s been prominently aggressive against those who violate his social distancing executive orders — seemed sympathetic to those who want to head to the beach.

“The weather gets better, and your cabin fever is up, who can blame anybody for wanting to break free … and we all want to do that, too, but please, please, please do it responsibly, stay away from each other, and wear something on your face to protect not just you but to protect the folks around you,” Murphy said.

Murphy’s office told KYW there are no restrictions for out-of-state visitors at New Jersey’s beaches, boardwalks, or lakes.

Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron told the station he’s not actively encouraging out-of-staters to come down the shore this weekend but understands many plan to just that.

“The forecast isn’t so great, and frankly, even if it was, there isn’t as many activities for the people to take advantage of as a typical Memorial Day weekend,” Byron added to KYW. “Really, if you are going to come to the shore this weekend, you’ve got the beach if the weather is nice, and the boardwalk is nothing more than a place to walk or grab a slice of pizza.”

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‘That’s bulls**t!’: Onlookers furious at five police officers during arrest of one person leaving NJ gym

At least one person was arrested Tuesday after leaving Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey, which has been in violation of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s coronavirus shutdown executive order since it reopened Monday, NJ.com reported.

The outlet said the gym patron was arrested after refusing to give his name. Those gathered around at least five cops on hand for the arrest didn’t sound very pleased with the officers.

“That’s bulls**t! And you’re disobeying the oath!” one person yelled while another hollered, “This ain’t China!”

“This is not right! Let him go!” another gym supporter shouted as several others yelled for police to “release him!”

Here’s the clip. (Content warning: Language):

Police warned supporters gathered outside to leave or they could face summonses, NJ.com reported.

“This gathering is a violation of the governor’s order,” Bellmawr Lt. Mike Draham said, according to the outlet. “You are directed to immediately and peaceably disperse. If you do not disperse you can be charged. You can protest from your vehicle…That’s all we have right now.”

The crowd jeered police as Draham read a statement to gym owners Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti in front of the gym’s door shortly after 10 a.m., NJ.com said, and for the second day in a row the pair were charged for violating Murphy’s stay-at-home order.

Indeed Murphy on Monday issued a warning to the gym and all those who enter it, KYW-TV said: “If you show up at that gym again tomorrow, there’s going to be a different reality than showing today. … These just aren’t words, we’ve got to enforce this, but I also don’t want to start World War III.”

What a difference a day makes

Tuesday’s tone was a far cry from the day before when a police officer told the crowd and the owners, “Formally, you are all in violation of the executive order.” Then came the officer’s surprising follow-up statement: “On that note, have a good day. Everybody be safe.”

As police turned and walked away, the crowd immediately erupted in cheers:

Nevertheless, Bellmawr police later Monday did issue disorderly persons citations to the gym’s owners for violating the governor’s executive order, KYW-TV said, adding that a disorderly persons charge carries a fine of up to $1,000 or up to six months in jail.

Image source: KYW-TV video screenshot

But if fines are all the owners are handed, the financial burden may be eased a bit as a GoFundMe page for the owners’ legal expenses has generated over $24,000 in less than 24 hours.

What’s the background?

The gym made big headlines when it opened Monday morning before the governor allowed it. Outside the gym a crowd of several hundred — which began forming hours before the doors opened at 8 a.m. — carried American and Trump 2020 flags and chanted “USA! USA! USA!” and “Let’s get back to work!”

Still Trumbetti told KYW Tuesday morning he’s concerned about consequences that may be awaiting him.

“People keep asking me, am I afraid. Absolutely,” he told the station. “But I’m more afraid that my kids aren’t going to have rights … somebody’s gotta stand up to it.”

Image source: KYW-TV video screenshot

And while Trumbetti encouraged members to come back to the gym Tuesday, he said there may be repercussions.

“Know that if you walk into Atilis Gym to get your workout in and feel like a normal human being, you’re probably gonna be potentially arrested,” he told KYW.

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