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Facts & Links: http://www.50states.com/newjerse.htm New Jersey is about the same size as
Belgium, or Israel or Switzerland.
(SFEC, 2/14/99, Z1 p.8)(SSFC, 10/9/05, Par p.27)
The original inhabitants of Absecon Island, on which Atlantic City
rests, were the Lenni-Lenape Indians. The Lenni-Lenapes would travel
over the Old Indian Trail from the Mainland to the island to spend
the summer months. The trail, which was located approximately where
Florida Ave. is today, was five miles long over the marshland. The
Indians would partake of the abundance the ocean and bay had to
offer, along with the varieties of wildlife and flora of the island.
(www.cityofatlanticcity.org/con_abo_history.asp) 200Mil BC A fossil of the winged
Icarosaurus siefkeri reptile, dating to about this time, was found
in a black shale New Jersey quarry in 1961. It was sold at auction
in 2000 for $167,500 and donated to the American Museum of Natural
History in NYC.
(SFC, 7/17/00, p.A1)(SFC, 8/28/00, p.A1)
1664 Mar 12, England’s King
Charles II granted land in the New World, known as New Netherland
(later New Jersey), to his brother James, the Duke of York.
(HN, 3/12/98)(AP, 3/12/08)
1664 Jun 24, New Jersey, named
after the Isle of Jersey, was founded.
1746 Oct 22, Princeton
University in New Jersey received its charter as the College of New
Jersey. The Univ. later established a reputation for its spring
ritual of sophomores running naked at midnight after the first
(SFEC, 3/22/98, p.A23)(AP, 10/22/08)
1746 The American Presbyterian
College of New Jersey was founded.
1756 Feb 6, America's third
vice president, Aaron Burr, was born in Newark, N.J.
1758 Mar 22, Jonathan Edwards
(b.1703), US colonial theologian, philosopher (Great Awakening,
Original Sin), died in New Jersey following an inoculation for
1758 Aug 29, New Jersey
Legislature formed the 1st Indian reservation.
1772 Sep 26, New Jersey passed
a bill requiring a license to practice medicine.
1775 Apr 13, Lord North
extended the New England Restraining Act to South Carolina,
Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. The act forbade
trade with any country other than Britain and Ireland.
1775-1782 More Revolutionary War engagements were
fought in New Jersey--238--than in any other state. New York was
second with 228.
1776 Oct 28, The Battle of
White Plains was fought during the Revolutionary War, resulting in a
limited British victory. Washington retreated to NJ.
1776 Nov 18, Hessians captured
Ft Lee, NJ.
1776 Nov 20, The British
invaded New Jersey.
(NH, 5/97, p.76)
1776 Dec 2, George Washington's
army began retreating across the Delaware River from New Jersey to
Pennsylvania. In 2004 David Hackett Fischer authored "Washington's
(WSJ, 2/6/04, p.W8)
1776 Dec 8, George Washington's
retreating army in the American Revolution crossed the Delaware
River from New Jersey to Pennsylvania.
1776 Dec 25, Gen. George
Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River for a surprise
attack against 1,400 Hessian forces at Trenton, N.J.
(AP, 12/25/97)(MC, 12/25/01)
1776 Dec 26, The British
suffered a major defeat in the Battle of Trenton during the
Revolutionary War. After crossing the Delaware River into New
Jersey, George Washington led an attack on Hessian mercenaries and
took 900 men prisoner. Two Americans froze to death on the march but
none died in battle. There were 30 German casualties, 1,000
prisoners and 6 cannon captured. Four Americans were wounded in the
overwhelming American victory, while 22 Hessians were killed and 78
wounded. The surprise attack caught most of the 1,200 Hessian
soldiers at Trenton sleeping after a day of Christmas celebration.
The Americans captured 918 Hessians, who were taken as prisoners to
Philadelphia. The victory was a huge morale booster for the American
army and the country. The victory at Trenton was a huge success and
morale booster for the American army and people. However, the
enlistments of more than 4,500 of Washington’s soldiers were set to
end four days later and it was critical that the force remain
intact. General George Washington offered a bounty of $10 to any of
his soldiers who extended their enlistments six weeks beyond their
December 31, 1776, expiration dates. The American Revolution Battle
of Trenton saw the routing of 1,400 Hessian mercenaries, with 101
killed or wounded and about 900 taken prisoner, with no Americans
killed in the combat. Four Americans were wounded and two had died
of exhaustion en route to Trenton.
(AP, 12/26/97)(HN, 12/26/98)(SFC, 12/26/98,
p.A3)(HNQ, 3/20/99)(HNQ, 4/11/99)(HNQ, 12/26/99)
1776 Dec 26, Johann Gottlieb
Rall, Hessian colonel and mercenary, died in battle of Trenton.
1777 Jan 3, Gen. George
Washington's army routed the British in the Battle of
1778 Jun 28, "Molly Pitcher,"
Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley, wife of an American artilleryman, carried
water to the soldiers during the Revolutionary War Battle of
Monmouth, N.J. and, supposedly, took her husband's place at his
cannon after he was overcome with heat. Temperatures reportedly
reached 96 degrees in the shade. According to myth she was presented
to General George Washington after the battle. Her actual existence
is a matter of historical debate and the outcome of the battle was
(SFEC,11/23/97, Par p.19)(HNQ, 7/25/99)(AP,
6/28/08)(SSFC, 6/28/09, p.B12)
1779 Aug 19, Americans under
Major Henry Lee took the British garrison at Paulus Hook, New
1780 Jan 2, A blizzard hit
Washington's army at the Morristown, NJ, winter encampment.
(AH, 2/05, p.16)
1782 Mar 24, Loyalist
militiamen captured a fort on the New Jersey coast. Revolutionary
commander Captain Joshua Huddy was captured and taken to New York. A
few days later loyalist soldier Philip White was killed in Monmouth
County, New Jersey.
1782 Apr 12, Revolutionary
commander Captain Joshua Huddy (b.1735) was hanged as a scapegoat in
New Jersey by loyalists headed by Captain Richard Lippincott
outraged by the killing of loyalist soldier Philip White.
1782 May 26, British officer
Capt. Charles Asgill (20), a captive from Yorktown, drew a short
straw and was thereby selected to be executed should Capt.
Lippincott not be turned over to the Patriots for trial. Asgill was
spared following an appeal by French foreign minister Comte de
1783 Nov 2, Gen. George
Washington issued his "Farewell Address to the Army" near Princeton,
1787 Dec 18, New Jersey became
the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1789 Sep 15, James Fenimore
Cooper (d.1851), American novelist, was born in Burlington, NJ. He
is best known for "The Pioneers" and "Last of the Mohicans." "The
press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master."
(AP, 6/25/97)(HN, 9/15/99)
1789 Nov 20, New Jersey became
the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
(HFA, '96, p.18)(AP, 11/20/97)
1793 Jan 9, The first US manned
balloon flight occurred as Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard, using a
hot-air balloon, flew between Philadelphia and Woodbury, N.J. He
stayed airborne for 46 minutes, traveled close to 15 miles and set
down at the "old Clement farm" in Deptford, New Jersey. [see Jun 23,
1784, Mar 9, 1793]
(WSJ, 3/31/98, p.A1)(AP, 1/9/99)(ON, 6/09, p.2)
1804 Feb 15, New Jersey became
the last northern state to abolish slavery.
1804 Jul 11, Vice President
Aaron Burr mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton (47), former first
Treasury Secretary, in a pistol duel near Weehawken, N.J. A warrant
for Burr’s arrest was soon issued in New Jersey and New York, where
Hamilton died. In 1999 Richard Brookhiser wrote "Alexander Hamilton:
American." In 2001 Joanne B. Freeman edited his writings and
published: Alexander Hamilton: Writings."
(AP, 7/11/97)(HN, 7/11/98)(WSJ, 2/25/99,
p.A16)(WSJ, 12/3/01, p.A17)(ON, 12/08, p6)
1804 Jul 12, Alexander Hamilton
(47), US Sec. of Treasury, died in New York of wounds from a pistol
duel in New Jersey with VP Aaron Burr. In 1920 Frederick Scott
Oliver authored a Hamilton biography. In 2002 Stephen Knott authored
"Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth." In 2004 Ron
Chernow authored the biography "Alexander Hamilton." Lawyer Ambrose
Spencer (1765-1848) said Hamilton “more than any man, did the
thinking of his time."
(WSJ, 2/4/04, p.A1)(SSFC, 4/25/04, p.M3)(WSJ,
1811 Oct 11, The first
steam-powered ferryboat, the Juliana, was put into operation between
New York City and Hoboken, N.J.
1815 Feb 6, The state of New
Jersey issued the first American railroad charter to John Stevens,
who proposed a rail link between Trenton and New Brunswick. The
line, however, was never built.
1820 In New Jersey a county
poorhouse farm was established on 200 acres of land in what later
became Hudson County, directly across the river from Manhattan. Be
the end of the century it had become the sprawling Snake Hill
complex with isolation hospitals and 3 burial grounds. In the 20th
century it was renamed Laurel Hill. The institutions steadily
emptied after the Depression and in 1950 the new New Jersey Turnpike
ran through the site. In 2002 the New Jersey Turnpike Authority
purchased the eastern burial ground of Snake Hill. Research soon
revealed an estimated 3,500 burials on the purchased property, which
became known as the Secaucus Potter’s field site. In 2003 the last
burial was disinterred for a total of 4,571 sets of human remains
from 2686 graves.
(Arch, 5/05, p.43)
1830 Sep 9 Charles Durant flew
a balloon from New York City across the Hudson River to Perth Amboy,
1834 Feb 26, New York and New
Jersey ratified the 1st US interstate crime compact.
1834 New York and New Jersey
made a compact over Ellis Island, then a 3-acre site that held that
the surrounding submerged land belonged to New Jersey. By 1998 the
island was 27.5 acres due to landfill and its ownership was under
(SFC, 1/13/98, p.A2)
1837 Mar 18, Stephen Grover
Cleveland was born in Caldwell, N.J. He was the 22nd (1885-1889) and
24th (1893-1897) president of the United States, the only President
elected for two nonconsecutive terms.
(AP, 3/18/97)(HN, 3/18/02)
1838 Jan 6, Samuel Morse
(1791-1872) first publicly demonstrated his telegraph, in
1840 The Ballantine beer
company was founded in New Jersey and modelled after the breweries
of Burton, England.
(Econ, 12/24/16, p.62)
1846 Jun 19, The New York
Knickerbocker Club played the New York Club in the first baseball
game at the Elysian Field, Hoboken, New Jersey.
1852 In New Jersey construction
began on the Camden-Atlantic City Railroad. On July 5, 1854, the
first train arrived from Camden after a grueling 21/2 hour trip, and
the invasion of the tourists had begun.
1854 Nov 13, The "New Era" ship
sank off New Jersey coast. The New Era, an emigrant ship of 1328
tons, was recently built in Bath, Maine, and this was her first
voyage. She sailed on September 28 and was nearly two months on the
way. There were 425 on board, nearly all German. 40 were lost on the
trip from cholera. There were 385 passengers and crew when the ship
struck. 163 were saved. The cargo consisted of 500 tons of chalk,
dry goods and hardware. The ship was insured for $60,000 in
Philadelphia, $60,000 in Boston, $25,000 in Bath and $6,000 in New
1862 Aug 16, Amos Alonzo Stagg,
football pioneer, inventor of the tackling dummy, was born in West
Orange, New Jersey.
1864 Jan 1, Alfred Stieglitz
(d.1946), American photographer, was born in New Jersey.
1868-1933 In Trenton, New Jersey, the Greenwood
China Co. made ironstone and white granite pottery.
(SFC,12/17/97, Z1 p.16)
1869 Alexander Turney Stewart
(d.1860), Irish-born entrepreneur, founded Garden City, NJ.
1869 Dr. Thomas Bramwell Welsh,
a wine steward at a church in Vineland, pasteurized Concord grape
juice to produce an unfermented sacramental wine. He later came to
be known as the father of the fruit juice industry.
(SFEC, 8/8/99, Z1 p.8)
1870 Jun 26, The first section
of the famous boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., was opened to the
1871 Deptford split in two and
the new town was named Woodbury.
(WSJ, 3/31/98, p.A1)
1874 Sandy Hook, New Jersey,
became operational as a proving ground for American military
weapons. It was later turned into a National Recreation Area.
(AM, 7/04, p.33)(AM, 11/04, p.9)
1875 Sep 8, An explosion
destroyed the Newark, NJ, factory of the Celluloid Manufacturing Co.
The Hyatt brothers rebuilt the factory and it turned profitable in
(ON, 11/03, p.4)
1875 The Prudential company was
founded in Newark, NJ, by John F. Dryden, who later became a
US Senator. It was originally called The Widows and Orphans Friendly
Society, then the Prudential Friendly Society.
1876 Jun 11, A.L. Kroeber,
anthropologist, textbook author, was born in Hoboken, NJ.
1876 Thomas Edison established
his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R14)
1876 Webster Edgerley graduated
from Boston Univ. with a law degree and founded the Ralston Health
Club of America.
(Arch, 5/04, p.32)
1878-1881 George B. McClellan (d.1885), former
Union army general, served as governor of New Jersey.
(ON, 12/03, p.4)
1878 A major fire hit the
seaside town of Cape May, NJ.
(WSJ, 9/30/02, p.R10)
1879 Oct 21, Thomas Edison
perfected his carbonized cotton filament light bulb after 14 months
of testing at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J. It was the first
incandescent electric lamp. The bulb burned for about 13 ½ hours.
(AP, 10/21/97)(HN, 10/21/02)(AH, 10/04, p.15)
1879 Dec 20, Thomas A. Edison
privately demonstrated his incandescent light at Menlo Park, N.J.
1879 Dec 31, Thomas Edison
first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo
1880 Thomas Moran painted
"Lower Manhattan From Communipaw, New Jersey."
1881 James T. Lafferty, a real
estate developer, built his 65-foot, wood and tin, Lucy the Elephant
building in Margate, NJ., a suburb of Atlantic City. In 1970 the
6-story structure was relocated to a nearby park.
(SSFC, 8/19/01, p.T2)(NW, 8/26/02, p.51)(NG,
1881 Enrico Rosenzi and
Benjamin Lupton, founder of the West Side Glass Co. of Bridgeton,
NJ, patented Ferroline, an opaque black glass. Their factory burned
down in 1885 and production ceased in 1886 as sales faltered.
(SFC, 12/5/07, p.G2)
1885 Oct 29, George B.
McClellan (58), Union army general and governor of New Jersey
1888 Webster Edgerley, head of
the Ralston health Club of America, authored “Lessons in the
Mechanics of Personal Magnetism."
(Arch, 5/04, p.33)
1892 Mar 26, Poet Walt Whitman
died in Camden, N.J. In 1997 Gary Schmidgall published the
biography: "Walt Whitman: A Gay Life." It focused on the poet’s
homosexuality. In 1999 a critical biography: Walt Whitman: The Song
of Himself" by Jerome Loving was published along with "A Whitman
Chronology" by Joann P. Krieg.
(AP, 3/26/97)(SFEC, 9/14/97, BR p.7)(SFC, 3/3/99,
p.E4)(SFEC, 4/4/99, Par p.15)
1892 Jul 9, A stray 500-pound
shell from the Sandy Hook, New Jersey, testing range sank the
schooner Henry R. Tilton.
(AM, 7/04, p.35)
1892 Sep 26, John Philip Sousa
and his newly formed band performed publicly for the first time, at
the Stillman Music Hall in Plainfield, N.J.
1893 Aug 22, Dorothy Parker
(d.1967), poet, satirist and screenwriter, was born in West Bend,
N.J. "Authors and actors and artists and such / Never know nothing,
and never know much."
(AP, 8/22/97)(HN, 8/22/98)
1893 Buck Duke began buying up
farmland in rural New Jersey. His daughter Doris Duke died in 1993
and was said to be the richest woman in the world. In 2003 Duke
Farms opened 700 of 2,700 acres to the public.
(WSJ, 10/1/03, p.D9)
1894 Jan 7, One of the earliest
motion picture experiments took place at the Thomas Edison studio in
West Orange, N.J., as comedian Fred Ott was filmed sneezing.
1894-1895 Webster Edgerly, head of the Ralston
movement, bought up large chunks of farmland in central New Jersey’s
Hopewell Valley. The name of the movement was an acronym for his 7
principles for living: regime, activity, light, strength,
temperation, oxygen and nature. His plan was to build the City of
Ralston, a utopian community based on his 7 principles.
(Arch, 5/04, p.31)
1897 Victor Durand Jr.,
French-born glassmaker, started the Vineland Glass Manufacturing Co.
in Vineland, NJ.
(SFC, 3/31/99, Z1 p.6)
1898 Jun 18, The 1st amusement
pier opened in Atlantic City, NJ.
1899 The American Rice Food and
Manufacturing Co. of New Jersey established a copyright for an
advertising doll for Cook’s Flaked Rice.
(SFC, 3/11/98, Z1 p.5)
1899 Delaware enacted a
corporation law modeled on one in New Jersey. Delaware gradually
gained market share and grew to dominate the market in business
(Econ, 11/23/13, p.67)
1901 The Victor Talking Machine
Co. was founded in Camden, NJ. It introduced the Victrola with an
internal horn, rather than an external one, in 1906. The company was
sold to RCA in 1929.
(SFC, 1/21/09, p.G4)
1902 The New Jersey Ralston
Health Club run by Webster Edgerley merged with Purina Mills, a food
manufacturer run by Will Danforth, to form the Ralston-Purina Co.
Ralston Breakfast Food had been manufactured by Purina and its
success led to the merger.
(Arch, 5/04, p.32)
1903 Sep 22, Italo Marchioni
applied for a patent for pastry cornets to hold ice cream and was
granted the patent on Dec 13, 1903. Ice cream cones were popularized
in the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.
(HN, 5/2/98)(SFEC, 5/23/99, p.B7)(MC,
9/22/01)(SSFC, 10/5/03, p.C3)
1903 Dec 13, Italo Marconi
received a patent for the ice cream cone in NJ. [see Sep 22, 1903]
(MC, 12/13/01)(SSFC, 10/5/03, p.C3)
1904 Jun 6, The National
Tuberculosis Association was organized in Atlantic City, NJ.
1906 Mar 6, Lou Costello
(d.1959), American film comedian, was born in Paterson, NJ. He
paired with Bud Abbott in numerous films and the famous "Who's on
(HN, 3/6/99)(MC, 3/6/02)
1906 Apr 25, William Joseph
Brennan Jr., future Supreme Court Justice (1956-90), was born in
Newark, New Jersey.
(SFC, 7/25/97, p.A8)(AP, 4/25/07)
1907 A brick building was
constructed on Cornelia Street in East Rutherford, NJ, to serve as
the headquarters for Becton Dickinson Corp. In 1977 the executive
offices were moved to Paramus, NJ. The original site was used for
offices and manufacturing until 1992. The Federal Reserve Bank of
New York purchased the site and erected a 40-story building where
the original BD facility stood.
1908 Jun 13, Thomas Greene
Wiggins (b.1849), a blind African-American piano player born into
slavery, died in New Jersey. “Blind Tom" had become well known for
his piano virtuosity. In 2014 Jeffery Renard Allen authored “Song of
the Shank: A Novel," based on the life of Wiggins.
(SSFC, 7/13/14, p.N1)(http://tinyurl.com/qhhzca6)
1909 Peter Rodino (d.2005), US
Congressman (1949-1989), was born in New Jersey.
(AP, 5/8/05)(SSFC, 5/8/05, p.A2)
1910 Aug 27, Thomas Edison
demonstrated the first "talking" pictures using a phonograph in his
New Jersey laboratory.
1910 Woodrow Wilson ran for
governor of New Jersey.
(WSJ, 2/27/98, p.A12)
1912 Aug 12, Jane Wyatt,
actress (Father Knows Best, Star Trek), was born in Campgaw, NJ.
1912 Florence Lawrence and her
director-husband Harry Solter created their own Victor Film Studio
in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
(ON, 4/06, p.6)
1913 Apr 21, Gideon Sundback of
Sweden patented the zipper. [see Apr 29]
1913 Apr 29, Gideon Sundback of
Hoboken patented an all-purpose zipper. The name was coined by B.F.
Goodrich, who used it to fasten rubber galoshes. [see Apr 21]
(HN, 4/29/98)(SFEC, 5/23/99, p.B7)
1915 May 5, Richard H. Rovere,
journalist (Goldwater Caper), was born in Jersey City.
1915 Dec 12, Frank Sinatra,
actor and singer, was born in Hoboken New Jersey. He died May 14,
1998. In 1986 Kitty Kelly wrote his biography "His Way."
(WSJ, 12/14/95, p.A-12)(SFC, 11/11/96, p.D1)(SFC,
12/13/96, p.C10)(SFC, 5/16/98, p.E7)
1916 Jul 3, The 1st of 3 fatal
shark attacks occurred near the NJ shore.
1916 Jul 30, German saboteurs
blew up a munitions pier on Black Tom Island, Jersey City, NJ. 7
people were killed. The explosion shattered windows in downtown
Manhattan and the noise was heard as far away as Maryland. Damages
totaled about $20-25 million. After much legal maneuvering a
commission in 1939 ruled that Germany was guilty of sabotaging Black
Tom and another plant in Kingsland, NJ, and awarded$50 million to
the claimants. In 1953 the new Federal Republic of Germany began
making payments. The last payment was made in 1979.
p.36,77)(http://tinyurl.com/gogm59p)(Econ, 12/19/15, p.40)
1917 Mar 5, The 1st jazz
recording for Victor Records was released by RCA Victor in Camden,
NJ. Viktor issued "Dixie Jass Band One-Step" and "Livery Stable
Blues" by The Dixie Jass Band.
(SFC, 1/19/02, p.D5)(MC, 3/5/02)
1917 Mar 20, Gideon Sundback,
Swedish-born engineer, patented an all-purpose zipper while working
for the Automatic Hook and Eye Co. of Hoboken, New Jersey. The
zipper name was coined by B.F. Goodrich in 1923, who used it to
fasten rubber galoshes.
(ON, 7/04, p.5)(www.inventors.about.com)
1917 Frank Hague (1876-1956)
was elected mayor of Jersey City and served until he retired 1947.
He built an $8 million fortune out of an annual salary of $7,500.
During his tenure city workers gave a kickback, known as “rice
pudding," to City Hall of 3% of their salaries.
(www.jerseycityonline.com)(Econ, 1/20/07, p.24)
1918 Jan 29, John Forsythe
(d.2010), actor (Bachelor Father, Charlie's Angels, Dynasty), was
born in NJ.
(SFC, 4/3/10, p.C2)
1918 The Bailey Radium
Laboratories, Inc., of East Orange, New Jersey, began manufacturing
Radithor. It was advertised as "A Cure for the Living Dead" as well
as "Perpetual Sunshine." It consisted of triple distilled water
containing at a minimum 1 microcurie (37 kBq) each of the radium 226
and 228 isotopes. The FTC issued a cease and desist order against
the manufacture in 1931.
1919 Jul 2, Johnny Bradford,
actor (Ransom Sherman Show), was born in Long Branch, NJ.
1920 Oct 12, Construction began
on Holland Tunnel connecting NJ and NYC.
1920 The Steel Pier in Atlantic
City, New Jersey, opened and was called "The World's Playground."
(SSFC, 10/5/03, p.D12)
1921 Sep 8, Margaret Gorman of
Washington, D.C., was crowned the first Miss America in Atlantic
(AP, 9/8/97)(HN, 9/8/98)
1922 Feb 10, Harold Hughes,
Governor of New Jersey, was born.
1922 Sep 16, Rev. Edward
Wheeler Hall and his mistress, choir member Eleanor Mills, were
found shot to death in a New Jersey apple orchard. Hall’s wife and
her 2 brothers were indicted for the murder, but they were acquitted
at trial. In 1964 William Kunstler authored “The Minister and the
Choir Singer, “ an account of the double murder and trial.
(WSJ, 11/10/07, p.W8)
1922 The Deborah Jewish
Consumptive Relief Society was founded by Dora Moness Shapiro, the
wife of a garment manufacturer, to provide free treatment to Jewish
tuberculosis patients. It later changed to the Deborah Heart and
Lung Center with continued free treatment.
(WSJ, 1/5/00, p.A1)
1923 Jan 31, Norman Mailer
(d.2007), NYC mayoral candidate, novelist (Naked and the Dead), was
born in NJ. In 1999 Mary V. Dearborn published "Norman Mailer: A
(SFEC, 12/26/99, BR p.7)(SSFC, 11/11/07, p.A7)
1924 Apr 4, Eva Marie Saint,
actress (Sandpiper, Loving, Exodus), was born in Newark, NJ.
1923 Apr 5, Michael V. Gazzo,
actor (Cookie, Fear City), was born in Hillside, NJ.
1925 Nov 26, Linda Hunt,
actress (Bostonians, Eleni, Silverado), was born in Morristown, NJ.
1926 Nov 5, Webster Edgerly
(b.1852), head of the New Jersey-based Ralston Health movement and
co-founder of Ralston Purina, died.
(Arch, 5/04, p.35)
1926 U.S. Radium stopped
processing radium at its Orange, NJ, facility. In 1983 the EPA put
the 2-acre plant site on its Superfund national Priorities List.
In2006 the EPA declared the site clean and that concerns over
contaminated groundwater had been effectively addressed.
(AH, 10/07, p.37)
1927 May 8, Sister Miriam
Teresa Demjanovich (b.1901), a New Jersey nun, died. In 2014 she was
beatified for allegedly curing a boy’s macular degeneration.
1927 May, Grace Fryer
(1893-1933) and 4 other former dial painters filed suit in the New
Jersey Supreme Court against U.S. Radium for medical expenses and
pain. They were dubbed the “Radium Girls" and their case was
championed by journalist Walter Lippman. The case was settled out of
court in 2008.
(AH, 10/07, p.34)
1927 Nov 13, The Holland Tunnel
opened to the public, linking New York City and New Jersey beneath
the Hudson River.
(TMC, 1994, p.1927)(AP, 11/13/97)
1928 Aug 25, An expedition led
by Richard E. Byrd set sail from Hoboken, N.J., on its journey to
1928 Oct 15, The German
dirigible Graf Zeppelin landed in Lakehurst, N.J., on its first
commercial flight across the Atlantic.
1928 Russian guitarist Savelli
Walevitch recorded "The Many Wonders of the Steppes" in Camden, New
(NH, 6/97, p.66)
1929 Jan 29, The first
seeing-eye Dog Guide School in the United States received their
charter. Seeing Eye, Inc., was founded in Morris Township, New
Jersey, by Dorothy Harrison Eustus. In February Morris Frank and
Jack Humphrey began operating the 1st Seeing Eye school in the US in
Nashville, Tenn. Frank had trained under Humphrey in Switzerland at
a kennel owned by Dorothy Eustis. Buddy was Frank's 1st dog and in
1936 became the 1st seeing-eye dog to ride as a passenger on an
American commercial airline.
3/10/01)(www.seeingeye.org/aboutus/?M_ID=472)(ON, 12/03, p.5)
1929 Jun 3, The 1st trade show
at Atlantic City Convention Center featured electric light.
1929 Aug 7, Germany’s Graf
Zeppelin airship embarked from Lakehurst, New Jersey, on the first
round-the-world passenger voyage.
1929 Aug 29, The Graf Zeppelin
returned to Lakehurst, New Jersey, after 21 days 4 hours, a new
(Hem., 2/96, p.43)(MC, 8/29/01)(ON, 1/03, p.10)
1929 Oct 22, Dory Previn, pop
singer (Love Be My Cover), was born in Rahway, NJ.
1929 The Harris family began
the Cowtown Championship Rodeo in Pilesgrove, Salem County, New
(SFC, 8/31/98, p.A3)
1930 May 10, Publisher Edward
Stratemeyer (b.1862) died in Newark, NJ. He launched the
Hardy Boys book series along with Nancy Drew. Leslie McFarlane wrote
26 of the Hardy Boy books. In 1999 Carole Kismaric and Marvin
Heiferman published "The Mysterious Case of Nancy Drew and the Hardy
Boys," a history of the series. Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson wrote
the 1st 23 Nancy Drew books.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Stratemeyer)(SFEC, 3/28/99, BR
1930 The Institute for Advanced
Study was founded in Princeton to promote research and scholarship
across many fields.
(Wired, 2/98, p.176)
1930 Russell Aubrey "Lena"
Blackburne, a coach for the Philadelphia Athletics, discovered that
ebb-tide mud from a tributary of the Delaware River near Palmyra,
NJ, provided a good coating for new baseballs making them easier to
(WSJ, 6/12/00, p.A1)
1931 Aug, Dorothy Harrison
Eustis purchased property in Morristown, New Jersey, to establish a
training facility for "Seeing Eye" dogs.
(ON, 12/03, p.6)
1931 Oct 18, Inventor Thomas
Alva Edison died in West Orange, N.J., at age 84.
1931 Oct 24, The George
Washington Bridge, connecting New York and New Jersey, was
officially dedicated. It opened to traffic the next day. A
second lower deck was added in 1962.
1931 Oct 25, The George
Washington Bridge, linking New York City and New Jersey, opened to
traffic. It was completed at a cost of $59 million and 12 lives. The
US Post Office featured a commemorative stamp. It was described as
the most beautiful bridge in the world.
1932 Mar 1, Charles Lindbergh
Jr. (20 months), the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was
kidnapped from his nursery at the family home near Hopewell,
(Princeton) N.J. A handwritten note left at the scene demanded a
$50,000 ransom. Under relentless public scrutiny, the Lindberghs
complied with the ransom demands, but on May 12, the child’s remains
were found two miles from their home. German immigrant Bruno Richard
Hauptmann was arrested and convicted for the crime amid a frenzy of
biased media coverage. Hauptmann maintained his innocence until his
execution in 1936. In 1961 George Waller authored “Kidnap," an
account of the kidnapping and trial.
(TMC, 1994, p.1932)(AP, 3/1/98)(HN, 3/1/98)(HNPD,
3/1/99)(WSJ, 11/10/07, p.W8)
1932 May 12, The body of the
kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was found in a wooded
area of Hopewell, N.J.
(AP, 5/12/97)(HN, 5/12/98)
1932 Jul 2, Sammy Turner,
vocalist (Lavender Blue), was born in Paterson, NJ.
1933 Mar 7, George Darrow
copyrighted the board game Monopoly and within 2 years sold it to
Parker Brothers. The game had originally been patented in 1904 as
the Landlord’s Game by Elizabeth J. Magie. In Oct 1929 Ruth Hoskins
brought a version to Atlantic City, refined the rules and street
names. It was later introduced to George Darrow.
(HN, 3/7/98)(Econ, 11/22/03, p.81)(WSJ, 2/3/05,
1933 Jun 6, Richard M.
Hollingshead Jr., auto products salesman, opened the first drive-in
movie theater, in Camden, NJ. The movie shown was "Wives Beware," an
Adolphe Menjou comedy previously released under the title "Two White
Arms." The number of drive-ins peaked at over 4,000 in 1958.
(SFEC,11/30/97, Par p.2)(Hem, 11/02, p.38)(AP,
1933 Dec 8, Flip Wilson
(d.1998), the fist successful black host of a TV variety show, was
born in Jersey City. He hosted the Flip Wilson Show from 1970-1974.
(SFC, 11/26/98, p.B9)
1934 Sep 7-8, The luxury liner
"Morro Castle," enroute from Havana to NYC, caught fire and ran
aground at Asbury Park, NJ. 134 people were killed. [see Sep 8]
1934 Sep 8, 134 people lost
their lives in a fire aboard the liner Morro Castle off the New
Jersey coast. The crew of the cruise ship let a small blaze get out
of control and commandeered most of the spots in the lifeboats. Only
15 passengers survived as compared to 119 crew. 124 people died. The
event was part of a 1999 TV documentary "Escape, Because Accident
Happen" for a NOVA miniseries. [see Sep 7]
(AP, 9/8/97)(WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A21)
1935 Feb 13, A jury in
Flemington, N.J., found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of
first-degree murder in the kidnap-death of the infant son of Charles
and Anne Lindbergh. Hauptmann was later executed.
1935 Oct 23, Dutch Schultz
(33), born as Arthur Flegenheimer, was shot in the men’s room of the
Palace Chop House and Tavern in Newark, New Jersey. He lingered for
nearly a day before dying after being the target of a mob hit.
Schultz wanted to have Thomas E. Dewey murdered because the special
prosecutor had set his sights on the numbers racket operated by
Schultz. A syndicate of New York’s top mobsters decided to murder
Schultz because it feared the wrath of the authorities and decided
against the assassination. Schultz gang members Abe Landau and Otto
"Aba Daba" Berman and bodyguard Bernard "Lulu" Rosencrantz were
1936 Apr 3, Bruno Hauptmann,
convicted for the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby, was electrocuted
in Trenton, N.J. The execution took 4 shocks and left Hauptman badly
burned. He claimed his innocence until he died. In 1976 NBC aired a
show titled The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case and Anthony Scaduto
published "Scapegoat." In 1982 PBS made the documentary Who Killed
the Lindbergh Baby and in 1985 Ludovic Kennedy published "The Airman
and the Carpenter." In 1996 a docudrama was aired by HBO based on
the Kennedy book.
(WSJ, 9/9/96, p.A16)(AP, 4/3/97)(SSFC, 4/3/11, DB
1936 The community of Jersey
Homesteads was created for Jewish garment workers under a plan where
they would own and run a clothing factory and farm. Albert Einstein
argued on behalf of the co-op community. The co-op failed before WW
II and the town was settled anew and renamed Roosevelt after the
(SFC, 11/26/99, p.A6)
1937 Jan 19, Millionaire Howard
Hughes set a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane
from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., in seven hours, 28 minutes and 25
1937 Apr 22, Jack Nicholson,
actor (One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest, Shining), was born in NJ.
1937 May 6, At 7:25 p.m. the
giant German airship (dirigible or zeppelin) Hindenburg burst into
flames and crashed to the ground as it attempted to dock with a
mooring mast at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey. Carrying
36 passengers and 61 crew, Hindenburg left Frankfurt on May 4 for
its first transatlantic voyage of the 1937 season. A total of 36
died when the fire ignited the 16 hydrogen-filled cells and
destroyed the zeppelin in only 34 seconds. This included 13
passengers, 22 crew members and one of the ground crew. The airship
was 803 feet long and had private rooms for 50 passengers. It had an
11,000 mile range. A newsreel film of the Hindenburg Disaster was
made. The true cause of the disaster remains a mystery, although
crash investigators considered claims that Hindenburg was lost due
to sabotage or an accidental charge of static electricity.
(Hem., 1/96, p.108)(AP,
5/6/97)(SFC,11/21/97, p.C17)(ON, 8/12, p.11)
1938 Jan 22, Thornton Wilder's
play "Our Town," a portrait of small-town life in Grover's Corners,
NH, was performed publicly for the first time, in Princeton, N.J. It
opened on Broadway on Feb 4.
(AP, 2/4/97)(AP, 1/22/98)
1939 Jul 18, Edwin H. Armstrong
(1890-1954), US radio engineer, started the 1st FM (frequency
modulation) radio station in Alpine, NJ.
(SSFC, 10/24/04, Par p.5)
1940 May 8, Ricky Nelson, rock
star (Hello Mary Lou, It's Late, Garden Party), was born in NJ.
1940 Jun 11, Joey Dee, actor
(Hey Let's Twist, 2 Tickets to Paris), was born in Passaic, NJ.
1940 Sep 11, Brian DePalma,
film director (Body Double, Dressed to Kill), was born in Newark,
1941 Aug 3, Beverly Lee, singer
(Shirelles-Soldier Boy), was born in Passaic, NJ.
1942 Aug 23, Patricia McBride,
ballerina (NYC Ballet Co), was born in Teaneck, NJ.
1942 Sep 27, Glenn Miller and
his Orchestra performed together for the last time, at the Central
Theater in Passaic, N.J., prior to Miller's entry into the Army.
1942 Lionel Corp. of New Jersey
ceased the production of toy electric trains to save metal for the
war effort. The company went out of business in 1969 and sold the
(WSJ, 5/7/99, p.W14)
1943 Princeton Univ. decided to
publish the complete papers of Thomas Jefferson and expected to
finish the project in 15-20 years. In 2005 expectations for
completion were pushed to 2026.
(WSJ, 3/15/05, p.A1)
1944 Mar 17, Danny DeVito,
actor (Louie-Taxi, Twins), was born in Neptune, NJ. [see Nov 17]
1944 Mar 20, A bus fell off
bridge into Passaic River, NJ, killing 16.
1944 Sep 25, Michael Douglas,
actor (Coma, Wall St, Jewel of the Nile), was born in New Jersey.
1944 Nov 17, Danny DeVito,
actor (Taxi, Ruthless People, Twins), was born Neptune, NJ. [see Mar
1945 Apr 2, Linda Hunt, actress
(Bostonians, Eleni, Silverado), was born in Morristown, NJ.
1945 Dec 1, Bette Midler,
singer, actress (Do You Want to Dance?), was born in Patterson, NJ.
1946 Jan 10, US Army
established the 1st radar contact with Moon from Belmar, NJ.
1946-1977 PCBs were released into the Hudson River
by 2 General Electric plants and were buried in sediment along 197
miles that was later declared a Superfund site. The EPA expected GE
to dredge some 35 miles at a cost of some $1 billion. GE fought the
cleanup law and was also involved in Superfund sites at Hoboken NJ
and Milford NH. Cleanup of the Hudson River began in 2009 at an
estimated cost of $750 million, to be paid by GE. The sludge was
scheduled to be buried in West Texas.
(SFC, 11/29/00, p.A10)(SFC, 5/16/09, p.A5)(SFC,
1947 Jul 19, Gerard Schwarz,
trumpeter, conductor (LA Chamber Orch), was born in Weehawken, NJ.
1947 Dec 23, John Bardeen and
Walter Brattain of AT&T Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey,
unveiled what was soon to be called the transistor, short for the
electrical property known as trans-resistance. The device was
improved by William Schockley as a junction transistor. All 3
received a Nobel Prize in 1956. The events are described in the 1997
book by Michael Riordan and Lillian Hoddeson: "Crystal Fire: The
Birth of the Information Age."
(WSJ, 9/22/95, p.A-7)(SFEC, 8/17/97, BR p.4)
1947 The College Board helped
to create the Educational Testing Service (ETS), which developed and
administered SAT exams (scholastic aptitude testing for college
entry). ETS was founded in New Jersey by Henry Chauncey (d.2002 at
97). In 1999 Nicholas Lemann authored "The Big Test," an analysis of
the SAT and its history.
(WSJ, 8/27/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/29/99, p.A20)(SFC,
1949 Aug 24, Stephen Harrison
Paulus, composer, was born in New Jersey.
1949 Sep 6, Howard Unruh (28)
killed 13 neighbors in 12 minutes in Camden, New Jersey. The dead
included 5 men, 5 women and 3 children. Unruh (1921-2009) was
eventually pronounced insane and spent the rest of his life in a
state psychiatric hospital.
1949 Peter Rodino (1909-2005)
was elected US Congressman from Newark, NJ.
(AP, 5/8/05)(SSFC, 5/8/05, p.A2)
1950 Mar 30, Phototransistor
invention was announced in Murray Hill, NJ. It was invented by Dr.
John Northrup Shive of the Bell Telephone Laboratories.
1950 Nov 28, Ed Harris, actor
(Right Stuff, Swing Shift, Walker, Coma), was born in Tenafly, NJ.
1951 Jul 5, Dr. William
Shockley invented junction transistor at Murray Hill, NJ.
1951 Nov 10, Direct-dial,
coast-to-coast telephone service began as Mayor M. Leslie Denning of
Englewood, N.J., called his counterpart in Alameda, Calif.
1952 Nov 15, Newark Airport
reopened after closing earlier in the year because of an increase in
1952 J. Henry Kruse (1925-2004)
became the 1st blind graduate of Rutgers Univ. School of Law. He
later served 2 terms as mayor of Albany, Ca.
(SFC, 6/24/04, p.B7)
1952 New Jersey’s Garden State
Parkway was fitted with the first rumble strips to alert inattentive
drivers to vehicle drift off the carriageway.
(Econ., 4/25/15, p.74)
1954 Mar 29, Karen Anne
Quinlan, famous comatose patient (right to die case), was born in
1954 Jun 7, The 1st
microbiology laboratory was dedicated in New Brunswick, NJ.
1955 Apr 18, Albert Einstein
(76), physicist, died in Princeton New Jersey. Dr. Thomas Harvey,
chief pathologist at Princeton Hospital, performed Albert Einstein’s
autopsy. He removed the brain and took it home. In 2000 Michael
Paterniti authored "Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with
Einstein’s Brain." In 1999 it was reported that Einstein’s inferior
parietal lobe was larger than normal. In 2000 Amir D. Aczel
published "God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding
Universe." [see Apr 15] In 1983 Abraham Pais (d.2000 at 81) authored
"Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein."
In 2000 Dennis Overbye authored "Einstein In Love," on Einstein’s
1st marriage with Mileva Maric. In 2002 Fred Jerome authored "The
Einstein File: J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret War Against the World’s Most
Famous Scientist." In 2007 Walter Isaacson authored “Einstein: His
Life and Universe;" Jurgen Neffe authored “Einstein: A Biography;"
and Jozsef Illy edited “Albert Meets America," a chronicle of
Einstein’s first visit to the US (1921) on a fundraising tour with
Zionist leader Chaim Weizman.
(AP, 4/18/97)(SFC, 6/18/99, p.A18)(SFEC, 1/9/00,
BR p.4)(SFC, 8/1/00, p.B2)(WSJ, 10/20/00, p.W10)(SSFC, 3/18/01, BR
p.6)(SFC, 9/15/02, p.M5)(WSJ, 4/6/07, p.B3)(SSFC, 5/13/07, p.M6)
1955 Oct 12, Bernarr Macfadden
(b.1868), weight-lifter and publisher born as Bernard MacFadden,
died in New Jersey. His magazines included “True Story," which first
appeared in 1919. In 2009 Mark Adams authored Mr. America: How
Muscular Millionaire Bernarr Macfadden Transformed the Nation
Through Sex, Salad, and the Ultimate Starvation Diet."
1957 Jul, Two "unarmed" nuclear
bombs were dropped off Cape May, N.J., by a cargo plane that
developed engine trouble. They were never found.
(SFEC, 11/22/98, Par p.22)
1957 Sep 12, James Vicary
(b.1915), a market researcher, announced that he had invented a new
way to get people to buy things, whether they wanted them or not. He
called it subliminal advertising and said that he had tested the
process at a New Jersey movie theater. In 1962 he admitted that his
results were fabricated in order to drum up business for his market
research firm. A subliminal projector called a tachistoscope had
been used during World War II in training soldiers to recognize
enemy aircraft. A book published in 1898 (The New Psychology by E.W.
Scripture) laid out most of the principles of subliminal response.
1958 Sep 6, Miss Mississippi
Mary Ann Mobley was crowned Miss America 1959 in Atlantic City, N.J.
1958 Sep 15, A commuter train
crashed through a drawbridge, killing 48 in Newark, NJ.
1958 In Fair Lawn, New Jersey,
a new Nabisco bakery opened.
(WSJ, 11/22/08, p.W4)
1959 Jul 26, Kevin Spacey,
actor (Henry & June, Darrow), was born in South Orange, NJ.
1959 Dec 31, Bebe Neuwirth,
actress (Lilith-Cheers, Damn Yankees), was born in Princeton, NJ.
1961 A&P grocery heirs
Charles and Marie Robertson gave Princeton Univ. $35 million to
educated graduate students for careers in government. In 2008, as
the fund reached $600 million, a suit was settled by the descendants
of the donors, who alleged that the school had strayed from the
original intent of the gift. Legal fees were put at $40 million.
(SFC, 12/11/08, p.A16)
1962 Nov 14, Laura San Giacoma,
actress (Pretty Woman, Vital Signs), was born in Danville, NJ.
1962 Nov 23, In New Jersey gas
station owner Walter Patterson, a decorated World War II veteran,
was shot during a robbery at his business in Wall. George Wright
(19) was convicted of the murder and sentenced to 15-30 years in
prison. He escaped in 1970.
1963 May 20, A fire in New
Jersey burned out of control and killed 7 people. Nearly 1,000 were
left homeless as the fire moved 9 miles in 6 hours on what was
called Black Saturday.
(SFC, 5/20/09, p.D8)
1964 Aug 2, There was a race
riot in Jersey City, NJ.
1964 Aug 11, There was a race
riot in Paterson, NJ.
1964 Aug 12, There was a race
riot in Elizabeth, NJ.
1964 In Hillsborough, New
Jersey, the indoor display gardens of Doris Duke were opened to the
public. They were located in glass houses on the 2,740-acre Duke
Farms estate. The main glass building, one of the largest in
America, was designed by Horace Trumbauer and completed in 1917. In
2008 the display gardens were closed down as the estate transformed
to an ecological and environmental learning center.
(WSJ, 5/27/08, p.D7)
1965 Feb 8, Eastern DC-7B
crashed into the Atlantic off Jones Beach, NJ, and 84 people were
1966 Princeton granted its
first graduate degree to a woman.
(WSJ, 6/5/98, p.W13)
1966 In New Jersey Rubin
"Hurricane" Carter was wrongly convicted for killing 3 whites in a
Paterson bar. In 1974 "Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin
Carter" by James S. Hirsch was published. In 1991 "Lazarus and the
Hurricane: The Freeing of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter" by Sam Chaiton
and Terry Swinton was published. A 1999 film was made based on
(WSJ, 12/31/99, p.W1)(SFEC, 2/27/00, BR p.7)
1967 Jun 23, President Lyndon
Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexi Kosygin began a 3-day meeting at
Glassboro State College in New Jersey to talk through similarly
turbulent times following the Six-Day War between Israel and Arab
(AP, 6/23/07)(AP, 6/24/17)
1967 Jul 12, Race-related
rioting broke out in Newark, NJ, and continued to July 17. Over the
next four days 26 people were killed, 1500 injured and over 1000
arrested. Large swathes of the 26-square-mile city were wrecked
during the unrest sparked by the police beating of a black cab
1967 Jul, Maxine Hartman Nellen
became the first woman to earn her Golden Wings when she jumped out
of a hot-air balloon for her 1,000th free-fall parachute jump over
(SFC, 6/19/98, p.B6)
1967 Herbert Gans (b.1927),
German-born American sociologist, authored “The Levittowners." It
was based on several years of participant-observation in New
Jersey's Levitt-built suburb in Willingboro, observing how a set of
new homeowners came together to establish the community's formal and
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_J._Gans)(Econ, 7/2/16, p.54)
1968 Sep 6, Feminists
protesting outside the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.,
tossed articles including cosmetics, girdles and bras into a trash
can ostensibly for burning, although nothing was actually set on
fire. Miss Illinois Judith Ford won the pageant.
1969 Jan 3, Police in Newark,
NJ, confiscated 30,000 copies of the John Lennon, Yoko Ono album,
Two Virgins. A nude photo of John and Yoko on the cover violated
pornography laws in Jersey.
1969 Dec, In New Jersey the
boiling water Oyster Creek nuclear power plant was completed. It
used water from two rivers in a system of once-through cooling that
discharges slightly warmer water into canal connected to Barnegat
Bay, New Jersey.
1970 Jan 20, William T. Cahill
(1912-1996), began serving as the governor of New Jersey and
continued to 1974.
1970 Jun 16, Kenneth A. Gibson
of Newark, N.J., became the first black to win a mayoral election in
a major Northeast city. He won on the heels of race riots and
followed a mayor indicted for extortion.
(AP, 6/16/98)(NW, 5/13/02, p.41)
1970 Jul 4, Some 100 people
were injured in race rioting in Asbury Park, NJ. In 2005 Daniel
Wolff authored “Fourth of July, Asbury Park: A History of the
(SSFC, 7/3/05, p.E1)
1970 Nov 29, Charles Ives'
1970 Aug 19, George Wright and
three other men escaped from the Bayside State Prison farm in
Leesburg, New Jersey. He became affiliated with an underground
militant group, the Black Liberation Army, and lived for a while in
a "communal family" with several of its members in Detroit.
1971 Nov 24, A prison rebellion
took place at Rahway State Prison, NJ.
1971 Nov 27, Eric Menendez,
accused with his brother of killing their parents (1989), was born
in New Jersey.
1972 Mar 6, Shaquille O'Neal,
NBA center (Magic, Lakers, Oly-gold-96), was born in Newark, NJ.
1972 Construction began on the
New Jersey Meadowlands sports complex.
(SFC, 10/7/03, p.A21)
1972 The 600-room Traymore
Hotel in Atlantic City was demolished with explosives. Controlled
Demolition, founded in 1960 by John Loizeaux (d.2000 at 85), did the
(SFC, 12/2/00, p.A24)
1973 Jan 13, In Bernardsville,
N.J., Rabbit Wells (21) was shot a killed by a local patrolman. In
1998 William Loizeaux authored "The Shooting of Rabbit Wells: An
2/8/98, BR p.5)
1973 May 2, A New Jersey state
trooper was killed in a gunbattle. Joanne Chesimard (b.1947), a
Black Panther activist, was later found guilty in the killing and
sentenced to prison. She escaped in 1979 and everntually made her
way to Cuba, where she was granted asylum by Fidel Castro.
1973 Oct 24, On the NJ Turnpike
heavy fog caused collisions killing 11 people.
1973 The class of 1973 was
Princeton’s first coeducational class and included Lisa Halabym, who
became the Queen Noor of Jordan.
(WSJ, 6/5/98, p.W13)
1974 Jun 6, James Quisenberry
(26), in prison for aggravated assault and armed robbery, escaped
from a New Jersey prison. In 2007 he was found and arrested in
(SFC, 2/22/07, p.B2)
1974 Rev. S. Howard Woodson Jr.
(d.1999 at 83) became the first black speaker of a state
(SFC, 8/7/99, p.A23)
1976 Feb, Swine flu broke out
at a US Army base in New Jersey. Pres. Ford announced a National
Swine Flu Immunization Program a month after the virus was
identified. In 1982 Richard E. Neustadt and Harvey V. Fineberg
authored “The Epidemic That Never Was."
(WSJ, 11/28/05, p.B1)
1976 Mar 31, The New Jersey
Supreme Court allowed the removal of the respirator that assisted
Karen Ann Quinlan, who had been comatose since Apr 15, 1975.
Quinlan, who remained comatose, died Jul 11, 1985.
(SFC, 12/12/96, p.C8)(AP, 3/30/97)
1976 Aug 30, Paul Lazarsfeld
(b.1901), Vienna-born founder of modern American sociology, died in
1976 Sep 1, The New Jersey
Meadowlands racetrack opened.
1976 Oct 10, In New Jersey the
Meadowlands' Giant's Stadium opened with an NFL game between the
Giants and Dallas Cowboys.
1976 Nov 2, New Jersey voters
approved gambling for Atlantic City.
(NG, 8/04, p.96)
1976 The Electronic Information
Exchange System (EIES), an electronic conferencing system, was built
at the New Jersey Inst. of Technology.
(Wired, 5/97, p.101)
1977 Jun 2, New Jersey Gov.
Brendan T. Byrne signed a law allowing casino gambling in Atlantic
1978 May 26, The first legal
casino in the eastern U.S. opened in Atlantic City, N.J.
1978 Aug 20, In New Jersey 5
teenage boys disappeared. In 2010 Lee Evans (56) and Philander
Hampton (53) were arrested and charged with their murder.
Prosecutors said the boys were herded into an abandoned building and
burned to death in a dispute over some missing marijuana. On Aug 20,
2010, Evans was freed from jail after relatives put up $950,000 in
bail. His cousin remained in jail. On Oct 3, 2011, Hampton (54) was
sentenced to 10 years in prison. Under sentencing guidelines he was
only required to serve 20% of the sentence. In 2011 a jury found Lee
Evans not guilty of 10-murder related counts in the deaths of the
(SFC, 3/24/10, p.A7)(SSFC, 8/22/10, p.A10)(SFC,
10/4/11, p.A5)(SFC, 11/24/11, p.A11)
1979 Nov 2, Black militant
Joanne Chesimard escaped from a New Jersey prison, where she was
serving a life sentence for the 1973 slaying of a New Jersey state
trooper. Chesimard moved to Cuba, was granted asylum in 1984, and
lived there as Assata Shakur. In 2013 she was added to the FBI’s
Most Wanted Terrorist List.
(AP, 11/2/99)(SFC, 5/3/13, p.A6)
1980 Oct 30, New Jersey Dem.
Sen. Harrison Williams (d.2001 at 81) was indicted in the Abscam
sting operation and later convicted.
(WSJ, 11/20/01, p.A1)
1981 May 1, Harrison Williams
(Sen-D-NJ) was convicted on FBI Abscam charges.
1981 Jul 2, The Continental
Airlines Arena, part of the Meadowlands Sports complex in East
Rutherford, NJ, opened with a concert by Bruce Springsteen.
1981 New Jersey enacted its
Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act to prevent
companies that do business in the state from using contracts,
notices or signs to limit consumer rights protected by law.
(Econ, 7/2/16, p.58)
1981 State Supreme Court cases
in Massachusetts and New Jersey ruled that husbands can be
prosecuted for raping their wives.
(NW, 6/30/03, p.44)
1981-1986 J. Richardson Dilworth (d.1997 at 81)
served as the chairman of the Institute for Advanced Study in
Princeton, N.J., a center for theoretical research and advanced
(SFC, 1/1/98, p.A25)
1982 Mar 11, Protesting his
innocence, Sen. Harrison A. Williams Jr., D-N.J., resigned after 23
years in the Senate, rather than face expulsion in the wake of his
1982 Thomas Kean (b.1935) began
serving as the 48th governor of New Jersey. In 2002 President George
W. Bush appointed him as Chairman of the National Commission on
Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, widely known as the 9/11
Commission, which was responsible for investigating the causes of
the September 11, 2001 attacks and providing recommendations to
prevent future terrorist attacks.
1983 In Garfield, New Jersey,
thousands of pounds of hexavalent chromium leaked from a tank at the
EC Electroplating Co. The factory was surrounded by houses and
apartments. NJ started cleanup, but stopped after two years. The
site was later designated as a Superfund site.
(SFC, 3/25/13, p.A8)
1983 In Ringwood, New Jersey, a
500-acre site once used by Ford Motor Co. as a dump site was
declared a Superfund site. Ford paid for a $2.5 million cleanup in
1994. Complaints in 2004 led to calls for a re-testing of the site.
(USAT, 3/23/04, p.11A)
1984 Mar, William Potts, on a
Miami-bound Piedmont Airlines flight that originated in Newark,
N.J., pushed his call button and gave the flight attendant a note
saying he had two accomplices aboard with explosives. He hijacked
the plane to Cuba, where he was arrested and served 13½ years in
prison. In 2013 he returned to the US to face piracy charges.
1985 Jan 17, A jury in New
Jersey ruled that terminally ill patients have the right to starve.
1985 Jun 11, Karen Ann Quinlan,
the comatose patient whose case prompted a historic right-to-die
court decision, died in Morris Plains, N.J., at age 31.
1985 Sep 6, Tscherim Soobzokov
(b.1924), a former Waffen SS soldier, was killed by a bomb at his
home in Patterson, NJ. In 2006, declassified documents of the
Central Intelligence Agency confirmed that Soobzokov had been a CIA
agent in Jordan and that the agency had misled the United States
Immigration and Naturalization Service on Soobzokov's Nazi past.
1985 The "New Jersey Orators"
was founded by African American business executives concerned with
the inability of young people interviewing for jobs to express
(WSJ, 11/6/00, p.A32)
1985 Charles Kushner (b.1954)
founded New Jersey-based Kushner Companies and led it until being
convicted for tax evasion, illegal campaign donations and tampering
with a witness. He went to prison in 2005 and served 14 months. The
following year his son Jared Kushner bought the New York Observer
newspaper and went to work to restore the family’s reputation.
(Econ 7/22/17, p.49)
1985 The World Series of
Birding, sponsored by the Cape May Bird Observatory, was first held.
(WSJ, 5/8/97, p.A1)
1986 Dec 17, Richard Kuklinsky,
a Mafia hitman known as the Iceman, was arrested in New Jersey. He
was found guilty of all charges May 25, 1988. Anthony Bruno later
authored "The Iceman."
1986 Sharpe James was elected
mayor of Newark over Kenneth Gibson.
(NW, 5/13/02, p.41)
1986 A 450-yard bridge from New
Jersey to Ellis Island was built to allow construction employees to
restore historic buildings on the Island.
(SFC, 10/19/98, p.A3)
1987 New Jersey adopted
legislation requiring bottled water to carry an expiration date.
Water companies began stamping all bottles.
(WSJ, 2/11/04, p.D11)
1987 First Friday, an African
American networking organization, began in New Jersey as a happy
hour for people in their 30s.
(SSFC, 8/18/02, p.E1)
1988 Jun 13, A US federal jury
found cigarette manufacturer Liggett Group liable in the lung-cancer
death of New Jersey resident Rose Cipollone, but innocent of
misrepresenting the risks of smoking. An appeals court later
overturned the jury's award of $400,000 and ordered a new trial; the
family dropped the lawsuit in 1992.
1988 Jun 27, Mike Tyson
retained the undisputed heavyweight crown as he knocked out Michael
Spinks 91 seconds into the first round of a championship fight in
Atlantic City, N.J.
1989 Mar 1, Three teenagers in
New Jersey assaulted a mentally retarded girl with a broom and a
baseball bat as up to ten classmates watched. They were sentenced to
up to 15 years in a youth facility in 1997. In 1997 Prof. Bernard
Lefkowitz wrote "Our Guys," an investigation of the events
surrounding the crime.
(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A3)(SFEC,11/16/97, BR p.3)
1989 Jun 1, Former Sunday
school teacher John E. List, sought for 18 years in the slayings of
his mother, wife and three children in Westfield, N.J., was arrested
in Richmond, Va. List was later sentenced to life in prison.
1989-1997 West New York Police Chief Alexander V.
Oriente and members of his 140-officer department took hundreds of
thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. Oriente was indicted
in 1998 and sentenced to 4 years in prison in 2000.
(SFC, 1/6/00, p.A7)
1990 New Jersey enacted a gun
control law that listed 37 models by name and covered others that
were substantially identical. The US Supreme Court in 2001 refused
to hear a challenge.
(SFC, 11/27/01, p.A3)
1991 Apr 19, Evander Holyfield
won a unanimous decision over George Foreman to retain boxing’s
heavyweight title in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
1991 Princeton astrophysicist
J. Richard Gott proposed that cosmic strings could warp space time
enough to create paths to the past, called closed timelike curves.
By 2017 one version of string theory posited the universe to have 11
dimensions, seven of which are beyond human ken.
(WSJ, 11/21/03, p.B1)(Econ, 1/28/17, p.67)
1993 Jan 6, Jazz trumpeter
Dizzy Gillespie died in Englewood, N.J., at age 75.
1993 Jun 8, In New Jersey,
Christie Todd Whitman defeated four other Republicans for the chance
to face Governor Jim Florio in the November election.
1993 Nov 2, Christie Todd
Whitman (R) was elected 1st woman governor of NJ.
1994 Jul 29, Jesse
Timmendequas, a convicted child molester, raped and strangled
7-year-old Megan Kanka in New Jersey. The case spawned the
1996 "Megan’s Law," the requirement that communities be
informed of paroled sex offenders living in their midst. A jury
ordered the death penalty for Timmendequas in 1997. He remained on
New Jersey's Death Row until December 17, 2007, when the New Jersey
Legislature abolished the state's death penalty. Timmendequas'
sentence was then commuted to life in prison without parole.
1994 Nov 1, In Cherry Hill,
Pa., Len Jenoff and Paul Daniels clubbed to death Carol Neulander
(52), the wife of Rabbi Fred J. Neulander (53), under a contract
from Rabbi Neulander. Neulander stood trial in 2001 in New Jersey.
He was convicted of murder Nov 20, 2002 and sentenced to life in
(SFC, 10/20/01, p.A18)(SFC, 11/21/02, p.A6)(SFC,
1995 Jun 18, About 300 inmates
trashed an immigration detention center in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
1995 Jun 24, The New Jersey
Devils won the Stanley Cup as they completed a sweep of the Detroit
1995 In New Jersey the Newark
school system was taken over by the state.
(Econ, 8/18/07, p.27)
1995 A strong wind pushed a
tanker away from a refinery dock in West Deptford, N.J., snapping a
fuel line that spilled 40,000 gallons into the Delaware River.
1997 Apr 19, In Newton, New
Jersey, Giorgio Gallara, a Pizza shop owner, and employee Jeremy
Giordano, were killed after being lured to an abandoned house. [see
(SFC, 12/23/99, p.A9)
1997 Apr 21, Police in
Franklin, N.J., arrested 2 teen-agers they say lured two pizza
deliverymen on April 19 to an abandoned house before opening fire,
killing both men. Thomas Koskovich and Jayson Vreeland were
convicted in 1999 of murdering Jeremy Giordano and Giorgio Gallara.
Thomas Koskovich and Jayson Vreeland were later convicted of
murdering Jeremy Giordano and Giorgio Gallara and sentenced to life
1997 Jun 20, A jury in Trenton,
N.J., ordered the death penalty for Jesse K. Timmendequas, whose
rape and strangling of his 7-year-old neighbor, Megan Kanka, led to
the creation of "Megan's Laws" requiring that communities be
notified of sex offenders in their midst.
1997 Jun 24, In Freehold, N.J.,
18-year-old Melissa Drexler, who gave birth during her prom, was
charged with murder in the death of her baby. In 1998 she was
sentenced to 15 years in prison in a plea bargain with parole
possible in less than 3 years. Drexler later pleaded guilty to
aggravated manslaughter, and served three years in prison.
(SFC, 10/30/98, p.A3)(AP, 6/24/07)
1997 Sep 13, Katherine Shindle
of Illinois was crowned Miss America in Atlantic City, N.J.
(SFEC, 9/14/97, p.A2)
1997 cOct 17, The new $180
million New Jersey Performing Arts Center opened in Newark.
(WSJ, 10/21/97, p.A20)
1997 Dec 17, A settlement was
reached that allows gay and unmarried couples to adopt children.
(WSJ, 12/18/97, p.A1)
1997 Dec 20, Vincent Ciccone,
candy-maker, died in New Jersey. He invented the "Blow Pop"
lollipop, a lollipop with a bubble-gum center, and a method to
combine hard candies with medicine used in throat lozenges.
1997 Sam Manzie (15) raped,
strangled and killed Eddie Werner (11) after Werner rebuffed sexual
advances during a candy and gift wrap sales pitch. Manzie pleaded
guilty to strangling Werner in 1999. Manzie was sentenced in 1999 to
70 years in prison and would have to serve at least 59 ½ of them.
(SFC, 3/20/99, p.A6)(SFC, 4/15/99, p.A3)
1998 Mar 9, In a case pitting
former high school sweethearts against each other, Brian Peterson
pleaded guilty in Wilmington, Del., to manslaughter in the death of
his newborn son in a Newark, N.J., motel and agreed to testify
against the mother, Amy Grossberg. A month later, Grossberg also
pleaded guilty to manslaughter; she ended up serving nearly two
years of a 2 1/2-year sentence; Peterson served 1 1/2 years of a
1998 Apr 23, Two New Jersey
troopers fired 11 shots into a van carrying African American and
Latino men from the Bronx. They admitted to racial profiling and
pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in 2002.
(SFC, 1/15/02, p.A3)
1998 May 26, The US Supreme
Court ruled that Ellis Island is mainly in New Jersey, based on an
1834 border agreement between New York and New Jersey.
(SFC, 5/27/98, p.A3)
1998 Aug 17, Some 23,000 acres
of New Jersey wetland known as the Meadowlands was described as
reviving after years of use for hazardous wastes and landfills. A
huge shopping mall was planned and being contested. Local writer
John R. Quinn was the author of the book "Fields of Sun and Grass,"
that described the area.
(SFC, 8/17/98, p.A3)
1998 Sep 27, In Holmdel, N.J.,
the nation’s first Vietnam Museum opened as the Vietnam Era
(SFC, 9/28/98, p.A7)
1998 Nov 25, Michael Howard
(19) was killed during a shootout with police in Elizabeth. He had
been on a 10-day crime spree that included 2 civilian shootings, a
bank robbery and the wounding of 2 police officers.
(SFC, 11/27/98, p.A4)
1998 Dec 24, In New Jersey a
bus carrying New Yorkers to Atlantic City casinos skidded and
flipped on the Garden State Parkway. 8 people were killed and 15
(SFC, 12/25/98, p.A3)
1998 Philip Roth (b.1933)
authored his novel “American Pastoral," set in Newark, NJ.
(Econ, 4/2/11, p.72)
1998 Two state troopers, John
Hogan and James Kenna, wounded 3 of 4 minority men in a van they had
stopped for speeding.
(SFC, 11/4/00, p.A7)
1999 Apr 12, The Princeton
Board of Trustees voted to ban the traditional "Nude Olympics,"
where students would gather for a nude frolic at midnight after the
year's first snowfall. The ritual began in the 1970s and was banned
because the event had become an alcoholic brawl.
(SFC, 4/13/99, p.A3)
1999 Apr 20, In New Jersey
Attorney Gen'l. Peter Verniero acknowledged that state troopers had
engaged in racial profiling to target minority motorists.
(SFC, 4/21/99, p.A7)
1999 May 5, Some 300-400
Kosovar refugees from camps in Macedonia were expected to arrive at
the 31,000-acre Fort Dix, New Jersey. A total of up to 20,000
refugees were expected.
(SFC, 5/5/99, p.C2)
1999 Jun 19, The USA beat
Denmark 3-0 on the opening day to the Women's World Cup in Giants
Stadium, New Jersey. 78,992 people watched in the largest ever
attendance at a woman's sporting event in the world to date.
1999 Aug 4, The New Jersey
Supreme Court ruled that the 1990 expulsion of a gay assistant
scoutmaster by the Boy Scouts of America violated the state's
(SFC, 8/5/99, p.A3)
1999 Aug 5, Gov. Christie
Whitman declared a state-wide drought emergency.
(SFC, 8/6/99, p.D6)
1999 Aug 28, At Ocean City a
child and adult were killed on a roller coaster at Gillian's
(SFEC, 8/29/99, p.A14)
1999 Sep 7-19, Hurricane Floyd
caused one death in Caribbean and 56 in United States. Storm hit
Bahamas before striking Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New
Jersey, Virginia, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont.
1999 Sep, Martin A. Armstrong,
a New Jersey investment manager, was indicted on 14 counts of
securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy for losing as much as
$950 million in Japanese corporate investments through his firm
Princeton Economics Int'l. Ltd.
(WSJ, 1/13/00, p.A19)
1999 Nov 26, A small plane
crashed in Newark, N.J. Pilot Itzhak Jacoby (56), his wife Gail and
daughter Atira (13) were killed. 22 people were injured on the
(SFC, 11/27/99, p.A3)
2000 Jan 19, In New Jersey 3
students were killed in a fire at a dormitory at Seton Hall Univ. 62
students were injured. In 2006 two former roommates pleaded guilty
to arson admitting that a prank had got out of hand.
(SFC, 1/20/00, p.A3)(SFC, 11/16/06, p.A15)
2000 Jun 9, The Big Game
lottery ticket offered a $46 million prize. Melvin Milligan found
his winning ticket June 7, 2001, 2 days before its expiration.
(SFC, 6/16/01, p.A2)
2000 Jun 9, George Segal
(b.1924), sculptor and painter, died at his home in south Brunswick,
N.J., at age 75.
(SFC, 6/10/00, p.A23)
2000 Jun 10, In Dallas the New
Jersey Devils beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 to win hockey’s Stanley Cup.
(WSJ, 6/12/00, p.A1)
2000 Jun, Stephen Pendergrast,
co-founded Fictionwise, a retailer of electronic books, in Chatham,
NJ. In 2009 Barnes & Noble acquired the company for $15.7
(WSJ, 3/6/09, p.B4)
2000 Jul 26, A federal appeals
court struck down New Jersey’s ban on so-called partial-birth
(SFC, 7/27/00, p.A5)
2000 Aug 9, In New Jersey 2
small planes collided in midair and the bulk of one plane crashed
through the roof a house. All 11 passengers were killed.
(SFC, 8/10/00, p.A3)
2000 Oct, In New Jersey Mills
Corp. spent $2 million to promote its $500 million Xanadu shopping
and entertainment center at Meadowlands, expected to open in 2008.
(WSJ, 3/15/06, p.B4)
2000 Nov 24, A fire at the
Gaitway Farm in Manalapan left 20 race horses dead.
(SFC, 11/25/00, p.A3)
2000 Nov 7, Al Gore carried New
Jersey by 16 points.
(Econ, 10/2/04, p.33)
2000 Nov, The Health Wellness
Promotion Act went into effect and required HMOs and health insurers
to provide free annual physicals as part of a17-point "Healthful
(SFC, 11/25/00, p.A2)
2000 Dec 21, Christine Todd
Whitman, governor of New Jersey, agreed to serve as director of the
EPA for Pres.-elect Bush. She was succeeded by Senate president
(WSJ, 12/22/00, p.A1)(SFC, 1/7/02, p.A10)
2000 Dec 21, Camden Mayor
Milton Milan was convicted on 14 0f 19 charges that included taking
mob payoffs, laundering drug money and stealing campaign funds.
(SFC, 12/22/00, p.A8)
2000 Jon Corzine, former
chairman of Goldman Sachs, spent $63 million to win a Senate seat
for New Jersey. In 2005 he planned to run for governor of NJ.
(Econ, 10/8/05, p.40)
2001 Feb 2, John Farmer Jr.,
the attorney general, agreed to pay $13 million to settle a suit by
4 minority men shot and wounded in a 1998 traffic stop. Criminal
charges against 128 other minority defendants were dismissed under
charges of racial profiling.
(SFC, 2/3/01, p.A3)
2001 Oct 15, Anthrax in a
letter to a Reno Microsoft office was reported to be from Malaysia.
2 anthrax-tainted letters were reported to have been mailed from
Trenton, New Jersey and 2 postal employees there showed symptoms.
Anthrax spores were in a letter deliver to a Senate office.
(SFC, 10/16/01, p.A1)(SFC, 10/19/01, p.A16)
2001 Oct 18, Two new cases of
anthrax were reported in New Jersey.
(SFC, 10/19/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 28, The CDC reported a
13th case of anthrax in a New Jersey postal worker. Spores were
found at the mail center in Landover, Md.
(SFC, 10/29/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 6, In New Jersey
Democrat Jim McGreevey defeated Republican Bret Schundler in the
race for governor.
(SFC, 11/7/01, p.A14)
2001 Nov 17, Former Sen.
Harrison A. Williams Jr. (81) died. Charges in the 1980 Abscam sting
ended his political career.
(SFC, 11/21/01, p.A25)
2001 Dec 3, In New Jersey Judge
Clarkson S. Fisher began jailing striking teachers, who defied his
(SFC, 12/5/01, p.A3)
2001 Dec 7, Nearly 230 teachers
were ordered freed from jail after their union agreed to end the
9-day strike and go into mediation.
(SFC, 12/8/01, p.A4)
2001 Nov 29, Pauline Campanelli
(58), still-life artist, died of complications from childhood polio.
(SFC, 12/15/01, p.A25)
2001 Tom Szaky and Jon Beyer
co-founded TerraCycle, an environmentally friendly consumer products
firm, at the end of their freshman year at Princeton, NJ. In 2009
Tom Szaky (27) authored “Revolution in a Bottle: How TerraCycle Is
Redefining Green Business."
2002 Jan 8, The term of acting
Gov. DiFrancesco was set to expire.
(SFC, 1/7/02, p.A10)
2002 Jan 9, The new Senate
president began to serve as governor until Jan 15. The senate was
equally divided so the office was to be shared by John Bennet (R)
and then Richard Codey (D). Attorney Gen. John J. Farmer served as
gov. for one hour to swear in the new senate president.
(SFC, 1/7/02, p.A10)
2002 Jan 10, An F-16 crashed
near the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey. The pilot ejected
(SFC, 1/11/02, p.A5)
2002 Jan 15, Gov. elect James
McGreevey was scheduled to be sworn in.
(SFC, 1/7/02, p.A10)
2002 Feb 14, Jayson Williams
(34), former NBA star and NBC Sports commentator, accidentally shot
and killed Costas Christofi (55), a limousine driver. Williams
turned himself in Feb 25. In 2003 Williams paid the Christofi family
more than $2 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit. On Jan 11,
2010, Williams pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was expected
serve at least 18 months in prison for accidentally killing
Christofi in his bedroom.
(SFC, 2/26/02, p.A3)(AP, 1/11/10)
2002 Feb 21, In New Jersey a
retired police officer, John W. Mabie (70) shot and killed his
22-year-old daughter and then killed 3 neighbors.
(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A5)
2002 Feb 22, A New Jersey
teenager (16) was arrested for killing 6 people in a 2-day shooting
spree on the outskirts of Philadelphia that began Feb 4.
(SSFC, 2/24/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 23, It was reported
that Bergen and Hudson counties were placed on water restrictions as
the worst drought in 75 years lingered on along the East Coast.
(SFC, 2/23/02, p.A24)
2002 Feb 25, Former NBA star
Jayson Williams was charged with manslaughter in the shooting death
of Costas "Gus" Christofi, a limousine driver at Williams' estate in
Alexandria Township, N.J. A jury convicted Williams in 2004 of
trying to cover up the slaying; it acquitted Williams of aggravated
manslaughter but deadlocked on a lesser charge of reckless
2002 Mar 23, Eileen Farrell
(82), opera and pop soprano, died in New Jersey. In 1999 Brian
Kellow co-wrote her biography "Can’t Help Singing."
(SFC, 3/25/02, p.B5)
2002 Apr 9, In Dover Township
Edward Lutes, a former police officer, killed 5 of his neighbors and
wounded 2 others. He wounded his boss in Barnegat Township and then
shot and killed himself.
(SFC, 4/10/02, p.A5)(SFC, 4/11/02, p.A5)
2002 Apr 30, Joanne and Jorge
Lopes stepped forward as winners of 58.9 million in the Apr 16 Big
Game jackpot of 331 million.
(SFC, 5/1/02, p.A6)
2002 May 8, It was reported
that a federal judge issued an injunction against Newark for using
"selective enforcement" to tear down signs of public housing tenants
supporting Cory Booker (32) for mayor over Mayor Sharpe James (66).
Cops were reported to be ticketing cars of Booker supporters.
(WSJ, 5/8/02, p.A18)
2002 May 14, Mayor Sharpe James
won the elections for a 5th term with federal observers posted at
(SFC, 5/15/02, p.A6)
2002 Aug 28, Amiri Baraka, poet
known as LeRoi Jones until 1968, was proclaimed the poet laureate
for New Jersey. Gov. Jim McGreevey later regretted the proclamation
following Baraka’s poem "Somebody Blew Up America."
(WSJ, 10/3/02, p.D6)
2002 Sep 21, Erika Harold, Miss
Illinois, was crowned in Atlantic City, NJ, as Miss America 2003.
(SSFC, 9/22/02, p.A2)
2002 Sep 30, Sen. Robert
Torricelli, D-N.J., withdrew from his race for re-election over
allegations of accepting expensive gifts. NJ law barred parties from
replacing candidates less than 51 days before elections. Gov. James
E. McGreevey announced on Oct 1 that former Sen. Frank Lautenberg
(78) would replace Torricelli. The state Supreme Court ok'd the
replacement Oct 2.
(SFC, 10/1/02, p.A3)(SFC, 10/2/02, p.A7)(SFC,
2002 Oct 1, New Jersey
Democrats chose former Senator Frank Lautenberg to be on the
November ballot in place of scandal-tainted Senator Robert
2002 Dec 16, Pres. Bush named
Thomas Kean, former Gov. of New Jersey, as head of the Sep. 11
(SFC, 12/17/02, p.A2)
2003 Feb 3, New Jersey doctors
joined the protest against high malpractice insurance premiums.
(WSJ, 2/4/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 15, Theodore Weiss
(b.1916), poet and teacher at Princeton, died. He and his wife had
edited the Quarterly Review of Literature for nearly 60 years.
(SFC, 4/21/03, p.B5)
2003 May 21, Christie Whitman
(56), former New Jersey governor, announced her resignation as chief
of the Environmental Protective Agency.
(SFC, 5/22/03, p.A1)
2003 Aug 12, The FBI arrested
Hemant Lakhani, an Indian-born British arms dealer, in a sting
operation in New Jersey and foiled a contrived plot aimed at
smuggling a shoulder-fired missile for some $80,000 to US-based
terrorists. It involved cooperation between the intelligence
services of the US and Russia.
(AP, 8/13/03)(WSJ, 8/13/03, p.A1)(SFC, 8/14/03,
2003 Sep 20, In Atlantic City,
NJ, Miss Florida Ericka Dunlap beat out 50 rivals to be crowned Miss
2003 Oct 30, A multistory
parking garage under construction at the Tropicana Casino &
Resort in Atlantic City, NJ, collapsed, killing 4 construction
workers and injuring 22 others.
(Reuters, 10/30/03)(SFC, 10/31/03, p.A3)(AP,
2003 Dec 15, Charles Cullen
(43), a former nurse, was charged with murder after telling
prosecutors that he killed 30-40 severely ill patients in
Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 1987 by injecting them with drugs.
Cullen later pleaded guilty to killing 29 people and attempting to
kill six others; he was sentenced to 18 life prison terms.
(SFC, 12/17/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 4/30/04, p.A1)(SFC,
5/20/04, p.A3)(AP, 12/15/08)
2004 Feb 3, New Jersey Gov.
McGreevey signed an agreement with US agriculture officials to
create a 10 year program to shield streams from runoff pollution.
(USAT, 2/4/04, p.9A)
2004 Mar 18, New Jersey
officials arrested 11 people in a pharmaceutical theft ring and
charged them with stealing some $3 million in drugs for resale.
(WSJ, 3/19/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 1, In New Jersey a new
ruling took effect that barred reduced nightclub cover charges and
cocktail tabs for women due to a discrimination suit filed 6 years
(SFC, 6/18/04, p.W2)
2004 Jul 8, New Jersey became
the 2nd state in the nation after New York to ban the use of
handheld cell phones while driving.
2004 Jul 10, New Jersey began
issuing documents for domestic partnerships.
(SSFC, 7/11/04, p.A3)
2004 Jul 12, A foot or more of
rain fell in parts of the Northeast. No injuries had been reported
in the stricken areas of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
2004 Aug 9, Trump Hotels and
Casino Resorts Inc. announced it would soon file for Chapter 11
bankruptcy. 3 Trump properties had filed for bankruptcy in 1992.
(SFC, 8/11/04, p.C1)
2004 Aug 12, New Jersey Gov.
James E. McGreevey, a one-time rising Democratic star and
twice-married father, announced his resignation with the startling
disclosure that he is gay and had an extramarital affair with a man
who threatened to undermine his "ability to govern."
2004 Sep 14, It was reported
that Paul Fireman, sneaker magnate, was constructing the $129
million Liberty National golf course over a toxic-waste site on the
banks of New York Harbor.
(WSJ, 9/14/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 1, Casino workers in
Atlantic City tentatively accepted a new 5-year contract.
(SFC, 11/3/04, p.C1)
2004 Nov 3, A National Guard
F-16 fighter plane mistakenly fired off 25 rounds of ammunition at
the Little Egg Harbor Intermediate School in South New Jersey on
2004 Nov 15, New Jersey Gov.
James E. McGreevey stepped down from office amid rumors of that he
was about to be sued for sexual harassment. Senate Pres. Richard
Codey, also a Democrat, served out the final year of McGreevy’s
term. McGreevey left office three months after admitting that he had
had an extramarital affair with his homeland security advisor, Golan
Cipel. Upon publicly revealing his homosexuality on August 12, 2004,
McGreevey became the first and, to date, the only openly gay state
governor in United States history.
p.A2)(Econ, 7/1/06, p.27)
2005 May 7, Peter Rodino (95),
the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee chairman who
directed the impeachment investigation of President Richard Nixon,
died in New Jersey. Rodino represented a Newark, NJ, district from
(AP, 5/8/05)(SSFC, 5/8/05, p.A2)
2005 Nov 8, Democrats cleaned
up big in off-year elections from New Jersey to California.
Democratic Sen. Jon Corzine easily won the New Jersey governor's
seat after an expensive, mudslinging campaign, trouncing Republican
Doug Forrester by 10 percentage points.
2005 Oct, New Jersey opened a
campaign for a new state slogan to the public, establishing a Web
site and telephone hot line to receive suggestions. The state once
used "New Jersey and You: Perfect Together," but has not had a new
marketing slogan in four years. "Get Away, Without Going Far Away"
has been used in the interim, but tourism officials said it does not
resonate with out-of-staters.
2005 Nov 21, Camden, NJ, was
named the most dangerous city in the USA for the 2nd year in a row
by the Morgan Quitno, a Kansa-based publishing and research company.
(SFC, 11/21/05, p.A2)
2005 Dec 7, New Jersey Sen. Jon
Corzine picked Rep. Menendez to serve out his Senate term. Wining
the governorship let him appoint his own successor.
(WSJ, 12/8/05, p.A1)
2005 Dec 23, In a NYC probe,
first reported by the Daily News in October, authorities confirmed
this week that investigators found paperwork indicating that bones
of British broadcaster Alistair Cooke had been removed and sold by
Biomedical Tissue Services, before he was cremated in 2004. Human
bone, skin and tendons were allegedly removed from the bodies of
hundreds of others without required permission from their families.
The Brooklyn case stemmed from a deal struck between Michael
Mastromarino (42), a Fort Lee, NJ, dentist who started Biomedical
Tissue Services, and Joseph Nicelli (49), an embalmer and funeral
parlor operator from Staten Island. In 2006 seven funeral directors
pleaded guilty to undisclosed charges and agreed to cooperate with
investigators. In 2008 Mastromarino pleaded guilty to hundreds of
counts of abusing corpses, forgery, theft and other allegations
stemming from the operation, which he ran with 3 Philadelphia
(AP, 12/23/05)(SFC, 2/24/06, p.A2)(SFC, 10/19/06,
p.A7)(SFC, 8/30/08, p.A2)
2006 Jan 12, The winning entry
in New Jersey’s slogan contest was: "New Jersey: "Come See For
2006 Feb 7, Phoenix Coyotes
assistant coach Rick Tocchet was charged with financing a nationwide
gambling ring based out of New Jersey.
2006 Feb 17, Ray Barreto (76),
a Grammy-winning Latin jazz percussionist, died in New Jersey.
(SFC, 2/18/06, p.B5)
2006 Mar 2, "Killer nurse"
Charles Cullen, who'd killed at least 29 patients, was sentenced in
Somerville, N.J., to spend the rest of his life in prison. In 2010 a
jury awarded $95 million in damages to families of 8 people who
claimed their loved ones were among those killed by Cullen.
(AP, 3/2/07)(SFC, 3/12/10, p.A8)
2006 Apr 11, In New Jersey a
jury awarded $9 million in punitive damages to a man who blamed his
heart attack on Vioxx, finding that manufacturer Merck & Co.
failed to warn about the risks of its arthritis drug and
misrepresented the risks to physicians.
2006 Apr 18, Josephine Crawford
(84), a Galloway Township widow, hit a $10 million jackpot, the
biggest in the history of casino gambling in Atlantic City, NJ.
2006 Feb 7, US federal Judge
Kathryn Ferguson penalized the law firm of Gilbert, Heintz &
Randolph $13 million for conflicts of interest while working on the
Congoleum asbestos bankruptcy, while at the same time representing
some 10,000 people with asbestos claims against the New Jersey
(WSJ, 4/24/06, p.B1)(http://tinyurl.com/lg4qf)
2006 May 9, Cory Anthony Booker
(b.1969) was elected the 36th mayor of Newark, New Jersey. The
Democratic politician and former Newark Councilman and community
activist had run unsuccessfully for mayor in 2002 against longtime
incumbent Sharpe James. Booker inherited a $44 million deficit from
James, who had boasted of a $30 million surplus.
2006 Jun 1, Katharine Close, a
13-year-old New Jersey girl making her fifth straight appearance at
the Scripps National Spelling Bee, rattled off "ursprache" to claim
the title of America's best speller. For the first time in its
81-year history, the final rounds of the spelling bee were broadcast
live on prime-time network TV.
(AP, 6/2/06)(Econ, 6/10/06, p.31)
2006 Jul 1, New Jersey failed
to approve a budget and Gov. Jon S. Corzine began closing the state
government amid a bitter dispute with fellow Democrats in the
Assembly over his plan to increase the sales tax, threatening to
shutter beaches, parks and possibly casinos in the coming days.
(AP, 7/1/06)(WSJ, 7/3/06, p.A1)(Econ, 7/8/06,
2006 Jul 5, New Jersey's
casinos ushered the last of the gamblers away from slot machines and
tables, and janitors locked the doors behind them as a state
government shutdown claimed its latest victims.
2006 Jul 6, New Jersey’s
governor and lawmakers reached a deal on a new state budget. The
deal included an increase in sales tax from 6 to 7%, half of which
would be used to lower property taxes, which were among the highest
in the US.
(SFC, 7/7/06, p.A7)
2006 Jul 8, New Jersey Gov. Jon
S. Corzine issued an executive order that ended a weeklong state
government shutdown, bringing slot machine bells noisily to life as
Atlantic City casinos reopened.
2006 Sep 11, The memorial
statue titled, 'To the Struggle Against World Terrorism', by Russian
artist Zurab Tsereteli, was dedicated in Bayonne, N.J. The
100-foot-tall bronze monument with a 40-foot steel teardrop at its
center, a gift from the Russian government and Tsereteli, is
dedicated to victims of terrorism.
2006 Oct 25, New Jersey’s
Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples deserve the same
privileges as heterosexuals, but left it up to lawmakers to define
(SFC, 10/26/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 30, A new ranking
compiled by Morgan Quitno Press listed St. Louis as the most
dangerous city in the USA, leading a trend of violent crimes rising
much faster in the Midwest than in the rest of nation. The study
looked at crime only within St. Louis city limits, with a population
of about 330,000 under Mayor Francis Slay. The safest city in 2005
was Brick, N.J., with a population about 78,000, followed by
Amherst, N.Y., and Mission Viejo, Calif. The second most dangerous
city was Detroit, followed by Flint, Mich., and Compton, Calif.
2006 Dec 4, An E. coli outbreak
that sickened at least 58 people, two of them seriously, was linked
by health investigators to three Taco Bell restaurants in New
Jersey. The outbreak, initially believed to stem from green onions,
was later believed to have come from lettuce.
(AP, 12/4/06)(SFC, 12/14/06, p.A6)
2006 Dec 21, New Jersey Gov.
Jon Corzine signed legislation giving same-sex couples all the
rights and responsibilities of marriage under state law, but not the
(SFC, 12/22/06, p.A4)
2006 Mike Strizki of New Jersey
began to live off the grid without emitting an ounce of carbon or
paying a penny to the local utility. The civil engineer turned green
energy evangelist used fuel cells to convert the power generated by
about 150 solar panels so that it can be stored in 11 hydrogen tanks
about 100 yards from his house.
2006 Newark, New Jersey,
counted 104 murders this year.
(Econ, 2/10/07, p.32)
2007 Feb 7, Indictments were
filed in New Jersey against 3 US Army Reserve officers for taking
part in a bid-rigging scam that steered millions of dollars for Iraq
reconstruction to a contractor in exchange for cash, luxury cars and
(SFC, 2/8/07, p.A12)
2007 Feb 19, New Jersey became
the 3rd US state to offer civil unions for gay couples.
(SFC, 2/20/07, p.A3)
2007 Mar 7, At least two people
woke on their way to becoming millionaires. Someone bought a winning
ticket for the record $370 million Mega Millions jackpot in Dalton,
Ga., and another winning ticket was purchased in Woodbine, N.J. Ed
Nabors (52), a Georgia truck driver, stepped forward to claim half
of a $390 million jackpot, the richest lottery prize in US history.
He elected to take his winnings in a lump sum instead of annual
installments, and will get over $80 million after taxes.
(AP, 3/7/07)(AP, 3/8/07)
2007 Mar 8, Dr. Martin Wikelski
of Princeton Univ. along with colleagues proposed a satellite
tracking system, the International Cooperation for Animal Research
Using Space (ICARUS), based on one gram transmitters for the study
of animal behaviour.
(Econ, 3/10/07, p.80)
2007 Mar 12, New Jersey based
Schering-Plough Corp. said it will buy the pharmaceuticals division
of Akzo Nobel NV for 11 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in cash,
acquiring the Organon brand of birth control and strengthening its
drug pipeline with an anti-schizophrenia medication.
2007 Mar 12, A New Jersey a
jury reversed an earlier verdict and hit Merck with a total of $47.5
million in damages in a Vioxx case of an Idaho postal worker. To
date Merck had won 9 cases lost 5 over its former arthritis pill.
(SFC, 3/13/07, p.A9)
2007 Apr 5, FBI Special Agent
Barry Lee Bush was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow agent as
a stakeout team closed in on three suspected bank robbers in
2007 Apr 9, Don Imus,
nationally syndicated shock jock, was suspended for 2 weeks by CBS
Radio and MSNBC due to his calling members of the Rutgers Univ.
women’s basketball team “nappy-headed ho’s."
(SFC, 4/10/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 12, New Jersey Gov.
Jon S. Corzine was involved in an SUV crash as he headed to a
meeting between radio show host Don Imus and the Rutgers women's
basketball team. The crash occurred when the SUV, driven by a state
trooper, was hit by another vehicle that swerved to avoid the pickup
truck. Corzine was not wearing his seat belt, as required by law,
and the crash left him with such serious injuries that he required a
2007 Apr 21, Reid Stowe (55)
and his girlfriend, Soanya Ahmad (23), set off from Hoboken, NJ, on
a sailing voyage planned to last 1,000 days and nights with no port
calls for supplies. Ahmad abandoned the cruise in February 2008,
(SSFC, 4/22/07, p.A9)(AP, 4/21/08)
2007 May 7, In New Jersey 6
Islamic militants from Yugoslavia and the Middle East were arrested
on charges of plotting to attack the Fort Dix Army post and "kill as
many soldiers as possible." In Dec 2008 a federal jury found 5 of
the men guilty of plotting to kill US soldiers. 4 of the 5 men were
also convicted of weapons charges. All were acquitted of attempted
murder charges. In 2009 three brothers, Dritan (30), Shain (28) and
Eljvir Duka (25), were convicted of conspiracy and sentenced to life
in prison. Mohamad Schnewer was also sentenced to life in prison and
Serdar Tatar was sentenced to 33 years.
(AP, 5/8/07)(WSJ, 12/23/08, p.A3)(SFC, 4/29/09,
p.A4)(SFC, 4/30/09, p.A4)
2007 May 18, In New Jersey a
second rainstorm in three days soaked a forest fire and raised hopes
that it could be brought under full control by day's end. New Jersey
Air National Guard officials said one of their F-16s dropped a flare
into the tinder-dry Pinelands during a training mission May 15,
possibly starting the blaze.
2007 Jul 12, In New Jersey
former Newark Mayor Sharpe James (71) was indicted on corruption
charges. James stepped down as mayor in 2006 to serve as a state
senator. Prosecutors alleged that James arranged the sale of 9
city-owned properties at a discounted rate to former girlfriend
Tamika Riley from 2001 to 2005. Riley quickly sold the properties at
a profit without required rehabilitation work. On April 16, 2008,
James and his ex-mistress were convicted of corruption charges.
(SFC, 7/13/07, p.A5)(WSJ, 4/10/08, p.A2)(SFC,
2007 Aug 4, In Newark, New
Jersey, 3 friends were forced to kneel against a wall behind an
elementary school and were shot to death at close range, and a
fourth was found about 30 feet away with gunshot and knife wounds to
her head. Natasha Aerial (19) was listed in fair condition at
Newark's University Hospital. Police identified her companions as
her brother, Terrance Aerial (18), Ofemi Hightower (20), and Deshawn
Harvey (20). On Aug 7 a 15-year-old boy was arrested in the case. On
Aug 8 Jose Carranza (28), an illegal immigrant from Peru, was also
arrested as a suspect. Two more suspects were arrested in suburban
DC on Aug 18.
2007 Aug 13, Phil Rizzuto (89),
Hall of Fame Yankees shortstop and broadcaster, died in West Orange,
N.J. He was beloved by a generation of fans for exclaiming "Holy
cow!" as a broadcaster.
2007 Aug 14, In New Jersey the
Newark Community Foundation, launched last month, said it will help
pay for Community Eye, a surveillance system tailored towards gun
(Econ, 8/18/07, p.27)
2007 Sep 6, FBI agents arrested
12 people, including 11 public officials, in New Jersey on charges
of taking bribes in exchange for influencing the awarding of public
contracts. Mims Hackett Jr., mayor of Orange, was among those
(SFC, 9/7/07, p.A3)(WSJ, 5/27/08, p.A2)
2007 Oct 5, Topps Meat Co. of
Newark, NJ, founded in 1940, said a massive meat recall has forced
it out of business. Government scientists have yet to determine the
source of the E. coli contamination that appears to have sickened 32
people who ate its hamburgers.
2007 Oct 10, Robert Levy (64),
mayor of Atlantic City, NJ, resigned. He had gone missing for 2
weeks after being accused of lying about his military record.
(SFC, 10/11/07, p.A6)
2007 Dec 17, New Jersey Gov.
Jon Corzine signed into law a measure that abolished the death
penalty, making New Jersey the first US state in over decades reject
(SFC, 12/18/07, p.A4)
2007 Dec 18, In New Jersey
authorities broke up a major organized crime ring that took in $2.2
billion in gambling bets over the last 15 months and supplied drugs
and cell phones to gang members in a New Jersey state prison. 2
ruling members of New York’s Lucchese crime family and 30 others
(SFC, 12/19/07, p.A4)
2007 Dec 24, George Warrington
(b.1952), former head of New Jersey Transit (2002-2007) and former
president of Amtrak, died.
(WSJ, 12/29/07, p.A7)
2007 A small unmanned
submarine, developed and operated by Rutgers Univ., traveled from
New jersey to Halifax, Nova Scotia, collecting scientific data under
sponsorship by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration. In 2008 the sub, dubbed Scarlet Knight, embarked on
a journey from New Jersey to Spain.
(SSFC, 7/13/08, p.A15)
2008 Apr 18, In New Jersey 5
people were shot and 3 others stabbed in 4 separate incidents in
(SFC, 4/21/08, p.A3)
2008 May 22, Several companies
agreed to pay a combined $24 million to pet owners to resolve
lawsuits over contaminated pet food linked to the illness and death
of animals. The settlement involving Canada-based Menu Foods Income
Fund and other pet food manufacturers and suppliers was outlined in
documents filed in the US District Court in New Jersey.
2008 May 27, In New Jersey Mims
Hackett Jr. (67), mayor of Orange and former state Assemblyman,
pleaded guilty to federal and state corruption charges.
(WSJ, 5/27/08, p.A2)
2008 Jun 21, In New Jersey
Scott Kalitta died when his Funny Car crashed and burst into flames
during the final round of qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA
SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
2008 Oct 13, Paul Krugman, the
Princeton University scholar and New York Times columnist, won the
Nobel prize in economics for his analysis of how economies of scale
can affect trade patterns and the location of economic activity. The
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences praised Krugman for formulating a
new theory to answer questions about free trade and said his theory
has inspired an enormous field of research.
(AP, 10/13/08)(Econ, 10/18/08, p.90)
2008 Nov 19, The New Jersey
Office of the Attorney General said online dating service eHarmony
has agreed to create a new website for gays and lesbians as part of
a settlement with a gay man in New Jersey.
2008 Nov 23, In New Jersey
Joseph Pallipurath (27) of Sacramento, Ca., shot and killed Reshma
James (24), his estranged wife, at the Syrian Orthodox Knayaya
Church in Clifton. He also killed bystander Dennis John Malloosseril
(25) at the church and wounded a 3rd person. Pallipurath was
arrested late the next day in Georgia. On May 27, 2011, Pallipurath
was sentenced to two life sentences in prison.
(SFC, 11/25/08, p.A3)(SFC, 11/26/08, p.A3)(SFC,
2009 Feb 11, Estelle Bennett
(67), one of the Ronettes, was found dead at her home in Englewood,
N.J. She was part of the singing trio whose 1963 hit "Be My Baby"
epitomized the famed "wall of sound" technique of its producer, Phil
2009 Feb 12, A commuter plane,
Continental Connection Flight 3407 from Newark, N.J., coming in for
a landing nose-dived into a house in suburban Buffalo, sparking a
fiery explosion that killed all 49 people aboard and a person in the
home. It was the nation's first fatal crash of a commercial airliner
in 2 1/2 years. Historian Alison Des Forges (66), prominent human
rights advocate who documented genocide in Rwanda, was among the
victims of the crash.
(AP, 2/13/09)(AP, 2/13/09)
2009 Mar 26, A New Jersey girl
(14) was accused of child pornography after posting nearly 30
explicit nude pictures of herself on MySpace.com, charges that could
force her to register as a sex offender if convicted.
2009 Jun 8, New Jersey
officials broke ground for a new tunnel under the Hudson River
linking to NYC. The $8.7 billion project was expected to be
completed in 2017.
(SFC, 6/8/09, p.A6)
2009 Jun 12, In New Jersey an
Indictment was unsealed today against three individuals who
allegedly hacked into the telephone systems of large corporations
and entities in the US and abroad and sold information about the
compromised telephone systems to Pakistani nationals residing in
Italy. Italian law enforcement conducted searches of approximately
10 locations in four regions of Italy and arrested the financiers of
the hacking activity. Those financiers allegedly used the
information to transmit over 12 million minutes of telephone calls
valued at more than $55 million over the hacked networks of victim
corporations in the US alone.
2009 Jul 23, Federal
prosecutors arrested over 40 people in New Jersey and New York as
part of a major corruption and international money laundering
conspiracy probe. They included New Jersey Assemblyman Daniel Van
Pelt, Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano III, Secaucus Mayor Dennis
Elwell and Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini. Several rabbis in
New York and New Jersey were also arrested. Some were accused of
laundering tens of millions of dollars and of black-market
trafficking of kidneys and fake Gucci handbags.
(AP, 7/23/09)(AP, 7/24/09)
2009 Aug 8, In New Jersey 9
people died in an air collision over the Hudson River, including 3
members of a Pennsylvania family in the private plane and five
Italian tourists and a pilot from New Jersey in a Liberty Tours
2009 Aug 17, Albert Gonzalez
(28) of Miami, a former informant for the US Secret Service who
helped the agency hunt hackers, was indicted in New Jersey and
charged with conspiring with two other unnamed suspects to steal the
private information. He allegedly stole information from 130 million
credit and debit card accounts in what federal prosecutors called
the largest case of identity theft yet. He was already in jail
awaiting trial in a hacking case. On Aug 28 Gonzalez agreed to plead
guilty and serve up to 25 years in federal prison.
(AP, 8/18/09)(SFC, 8/29/09, p.A4)
2009 Sep 3, The Ford Motor Co.
settled a lawsuit filed by residents of a northern New Jersey town
over toxic waste dumped there in the 1960s and '70s. Thousands of
tons of paint sludge and other toxic material from Ford's old Mahwah
factory were dumped in Ringwood, and residents sued in 2006 claiming
that the waste led to illnesses ranging from skin rashes to cancer,
and threatened the Wanaque Reservoir. The Record of Bergen County
reported that residents of Ringwood will receive about $10 million.
2009 Oct 23, In New Jersey Rev.
Ed Hinds (61), a Catholic priest, was found stabbed 32 times at the
rectory of St. Patrick’s Church in Chatham. The next day Jose
Feliciano (64), a janitor, was charged with the slaying. The priest
had fired him after discovering an outstanding arrest warrant for
sexually touching a child. In 2012 Feliciano was sentenced to life
(SFC, 10/24/09, p.A5)(SSFC, 10/25/09, p.A8)(SFC,
2009 Nov 3, Democrats suffered
humiliating gubernatorial losses in traditionally Democratic New
Jersey and in Virginia. In New Jersey Chris Christie still defeated
Gov. Jon Corzine by 4 points — the largest victory by a New Jersey
Republican in nearly a quarter-century. In Virginia Bob McDonnell
cruised to an easy victory in the governor’s race, leading a sweep
of the state’s three top offices that decisively ended a string of
Democratic victories in the state.
2009 Nov 3, New Jersey-based
Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest health products company,
said it will cut over 7,000 jobs due to lagging demand amid the
(SFC, 11/4/09, p.D2)
2009 Nov 10, A New Jersey man,
Amir Mohamed Meshal, detained for 4 months in Ethiopia on
allegations of supporting Islamic militants before being allowed to
come home, sued the FBI agents involved in his interrogations. He
returned to New Jersey, where he was born and raised, in May 2007.
US authorities in Washington have said they had interviewed Meshal
in Kenya and that they determined he was not a threat and had not
violated US law. The State Department also said it formally
protested his deportation from Kenya to Ethiopia.
2009 Dec 24, David Goldman, a
New Jersey man, and his 9-year-old son, Sean Goldman, were reunited
in Brazil after a five-year international custody battle, and
immediately headed home to spend the holidays in the US.
2010 Jan 15, New Jersey-based
Johnson & Johnson issued a massive recall of over-the-counter
drugs including Tylenol, Motrin and St. Joseph's aspirin because of
a moldy smell that has made people sick.
2010 Jan 19, In New Jersey
Republican Chris Christie was sworn in as the state’s 55th governor.
The state was plagued by the nation’s highest taxes and a deficit
that could hit $10 billion by July as well as unemployment near 10%.
(SFC, 1/20/10, p.A4)
2010 Feb 15, In New Jersey a
small plane crashed at Monmouth Executive airport killing 5 people
(SFC, 2/16/10, p.A6)
2010 Feb 16, In New Jersey
Shamsid-Din Abdul-Raheem (21) threw his 3-month-old daughter off the
Garden State Parkway Driscoll Bridge after the mother filed a
restraining order against him. The body of the infant was found on
(SSFC, 4/25/10, p.A9)
2010 Mar 13, A storm battered
parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut with
gusts of up to 70 mph.
2010 May 14, In New Jersey 34
alleged members and associates of the Lucchese crime family were
indicted in connection with an illegal gambling operation.
(SFC, 5/15/10, p.A4)
2010 Jun 5, Mohamed Mahmood
Alessa (20) and Carlos Eduardo Almonte (26) of New Jersey were
arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport before they could board separate
flights to Egypt and then continue on their way to join a jihadist
group in Somalia. Both had bragged about wanting to wage holy war
against the United States both at home and internationally.
2010 Jul 12, In New Jersey
Lassissi Afolabi (47), a man from the West African nation Togo, was
sentenced to more than 24 years in prison for his role in the
smuggling of girls and women who were forced to work at local hair
braiding salons. He pleaded guilty last year to conspiring with his
ex-wife and her son to commit forced labor.
2010 July In a retirement rush
New Jersey nearly 18,000 employees in the three biggest public
worker pension funds had retired by the end of July or declared
their intent to retire this year, up almost 50 percent over all of
last year. Several union leaders and workers considering retirement
said that possible pension changes were a factor.
2010 Sep 16, US federal
prosecutors in Newark, NJ, announced charges against 53 people
stemming from an identity theft ring and fraud investigation. The
group targeted Asian immigrants in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York
and California and used Social Security numbers from legal
immigrants working in American territories.
(SFC, 9/17/10, p.A4)
2010 Sep 20, In New Jersey a
woman from Togo was been sentenced to 27 years in prison after being
convicted of running a human smuggling operation and forcing women
to work at New Jersey hair braiding salons. Akouavi Afolabi ran a
scheme to bring at least 20 girls and women ages 10 to 19 from West
Africa to the US on fraudulent visas. Victims were made to work at
the salons for no pay. Afolabi was also ordered to pay restitution
totaling $3.9 million. Her ex-husband and son had already pleaded
guilty. Her son received a 55-month prison term. Her ex-husband was
sentenced to 24 years.
2010 Sep 22, Rutgers Univ.
freshman Tyler Clementi jumped to his death from the George
Washington Bridge. On Sep 19 his roommate and another student had
used a webcam to view Clementi having sex with another man. Roommate
Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei were soon charged with invasion of
privacy. On April 20, 2011, Ravi was charged with a hate crime and
accused of deleting tweets and texts to cover his tracks. On May 21,
2012, Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 3 years probation.
Ravi was also ordered to get counseling and to pay $10,000 toward a
program to help victims of bias crimes.
(SFC, 4/21/11, p.A9)(SFC, 2/25/12, p.A8)(SFC,
2010 Sep 24, Facebook founder
Mark Zuckerberg announced a $100 million donation to Newark, N.J.,
public schools in a move that could enhance his reputation just
before the opening on an unflattering movie about him, "The Social
2010 Sep 25, In New Jersey a
student was shot and killed at an off campus house party near Seton
Hall Univ. 4 others were wounded.
(SFC, 9/27/10, p.A8)
2010 Sep 30, New Jersey police
shot and killed Alfred Moton Sr. (54) after he charged officers with
a handgun. Moton had already shot dead 2 sons, critically injured a
third and set fire to their home in Pennsauken.
(SFC, 10/2/10, p.A5)
2010 Oct 4, In New Jersey Craig
Mueller (45) killed his brother with sniper fire from a second-floor
window in the home they shared, took down a neighbor who came to the
victim's aid and turned the gun on himself.
2010 Oct 27, Actress Denise
Borino-Quinn (46), who unexpectedly won a TV role as a mafia wife on
"The Sopranos," died of liver cancer in New Jersey.
2010 Nov 24, The US Federal
Transit Administration sent an invoice to New Jersey for some $271
million for work done on the cancelled $8.7 billion Hudson River
rail tunnel connecting the state with NY.
(SFC, 11/30/10, p.A9)
2011 Jan 14, In New Jersey
police officer Christopher Matlosz (27) was shot and killed by
Jahmell Crockam (19), known by the street name “Sav," short for
“Savage." A SWAT team arrested Crockam in Camden on Jan 16. On March
22, 2012, Crockam was sentenced to life in prison. New Jersey
repealed capital punishment in 2007.
(SSFC, 1/16/11, p.A9)(SFC, 1/17/11, p.A5)(SFC,
2011 Jan 18, The city of
Camden, NJ, laid off 335 workers, about one-sixth of its employees
as city leaders sought to balance the budget amid falling tax
revenue and diminishing aid from the state.
2011 Feb 24, In New Jersey
Transportation Security Administration officer Al Raimi (29) of
Woodbridge pleaded guilty in Newark federal court to theft by a
government officer. Federal prosecutors say Raimi stole between
$10,000 and $30,000 cash over nearly a year from travelers passing
through his checkpoint. He gave a cut of the cash to his supervisor,
Michael Arato, who pleaded guilty to related charges this month. 2
TSA agents at a NYC airport were arrested earlier this month on
charges of stealing $40,000 from passengers' luggage.
2011 Apr 29, The US Federal
Transit Administration determined that New Jersey must repay the
federal government the entire $271 million it spent on early design
and engineering work for a New Jersey - New York train tunnel that
was scrapped by Gov. Chris Christie.
(SFC, 4/30/11, p.A6)
2011 May 24, New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie said he will not defy today’s state Supreme Court
ruling to increase aid to low-income school districts, but called
the decision legally faulty and bad education policy. The state
Supreme Court said New Jersey must provide about $500 million for
its poorer school districts.
(AP, 5/24/11)(Reuters, 5/24/11)
2011 Jun 3, In New Jersey
Abdiah Jones (11), on a school trip to the popular shore resort at
Wildwood, plunged to her death as she was riding on an amusement
park Ferris wheel.
2011 Jun 23, F. Chris Garcia, a
former Univ. of New Mexico president, was arrested and jailed in
connection with a multistate, online prostitution ring. Police said
Garcia and New Jersey’s Fairleigh Dickinson professor David Flory
were among 7 members in the top echelon of the ring, which had 1,400
members including 200 prostitutes.
(SFC, 6/24/11, p.A8)
2011 Jun 28, New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christy signed legislation requiring government workers to pay
more for health care and pensions.
(SFC, 6/28/11, p.A6)
2011 Jul 22, Temperature
records tumbled on the US East Coast. Newark, New Jersey saw an air
temperature of 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42 Celsius), the highest ever
recorded in the city since records began there in 1931, and the
hottest reported by the National Weather Service on the East Coast.
Temperature in NYC hit 104.
(AFP, 7/22/11)(SFC, 7/23/11, p.A4)
2011 Aug 17, In New Jersey
Randy "Amanda" Lehrer (32) was last seen leaving a diner where she
worked. Her remains were found Sep 23 encased in concrete in the
basement of the apartment building where she and her husband lived
with their infant daughter. Her husband, Steven Acuna, was charged
with her murder and jailed on $1 million bail.
2011 Aug 20, In New Jersey a
sport utility vehicle carrying eight members of the Mainland
Regional High School football team in Linwood crashed on the Garden
State Parkway, killing four players and injuring four.
2011 Aug 20, In New Jersey 2
small planes performing aerobatic maneuvers over Hammonton
collided in midair killing one of the pilots.
(SSFC, 8/21/11, p.A10)
2011 Aug 28, Seawater surged
into the streets of Manhattan as Tropical Storm Irene slammed into
New York, downgraded from a hurricane but still unleashing furious
wind and rain. The flooding threatened Wall Street and the heart of
the global financial network. At least 16 people were reported
killed in 6 states: 5 in North Carolina, 4 in Virginia, 3 in New
Jersey, 2 in Florida and one each in Maryland and Connecticut.
(AP, 8/28/11)(SFC, 8/29/11, p.A10)
2011 Sep 18, It was reported
that New Jersey has uncovered a windfall of $26 million by scouring
old bank accounts and finding money left over from several bond
issues, some dating back to the 1960s.
(SSFC, 9/18/11, p.A10)
2011 Oct 27, Levy Izhak
Rosenbaum of New York admitted in federal court in Trenton, NJ, that
he had brokered 3 illegal kidney transplants for New Jersey
customers in exchange for payments of $120,000 or more. Experts said
this was the first US case of black-market organ trafficking in the
(SFC, 10/28/11, p.A9)
2011 Oct 29, A snowstorm socked
the Northeast US over the weekend, knocking out power to 2.7
million, snarling air and highway travel and dumping more than 2
feet of snow in a few spots as it slowly moved north out of New
England. States of emergency were declared in New Jersey,
Connecticut, Massachusetts and parts of New York.
2011 Nov 29, Arthur Morgan III
(27) was captured without incident at a home in San Diego, Calif.
The arrest came one week after he allegedly killed Tierra
Morgan-Glover during a court-approved visit in New Jersey and then
fled the state. The girl's mother, Imani Benton, called police after
Morgan failed to return the child on Nov. 21.
2011 Dec 5, In New Jersey
Adepso Collado (38) shot his estranged wife, Kenia Collado (26) in
her Bayonne home. Jose Guzman (31) and his 14-moth-old son were also
killed before Collado turned the handgun on himself.
(SFC, 12/7/11, p.A7)
2011 Dec 9, Payroll figures and
names released for the first time by the Port Authority of New York
and New Jersey show 66 police officers have made more than $200,000
so far in 2011, thanks to overtime that in many cases has doubled
2011 Dec 20, A small plane
crashed on I-287 in New Jersey killing all 5 people aboard.
(SFC, 12/21/11, p.A12)
2011 Dec 28, In New Jersey
Patrick Lott appeared in court for videotaping teenage boys at
Immaculata High School in Somerville for nearly 3 years.
(SFC, 12/29/11, p.A4)
2011 Dec 28, Two out-of-state
doctors who traveled to Maryland to perform late-term abortions were
arrested and charged with multiple counts of murder. Dr. Steven
Brigham, of Voorhees, N.J., was taken into custody and held in the
Camden County jail. Authorities also arrested Dr. Nicola Riley in
Salt Lake City. Each was awaiting an extradition hearing.
2011 New Jersey Gov. Chris
Christie pulled his state out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas
Initiative group, a cap-and-trade program made up of nine New
England and mid-Atlantic states working to reduce emissions from
(SFC, 2/26/18, p.A4)
2012 Jan 21, In New Jersey a
fire destroyed a barn in Lafayette killing 22 valuable show horses.
(SSFC, 1/22/12, p.A7)
2012 Feb 16, The New Jersey
Assembly passed legislation (42-33) legalizing same-sex marriage,
sending the bill to Republican Governor Chris Christie, a possible
vice-presidential candidate. Gov. Christie vetoed the measure the
(Reuters, 2/16/12)(AP, 2/17/12)
2012 Mar 5, New Jersey state
senator Richard Codey posed as a homeless man looking for shelter.
He was denied admission to about 25 local shelters because he was
not receiving welfare or other government assistance. Goodwill took
him in, offering a thin bedroll, a blanket and a spot on a linoleum
floor with 20 other men.
2012 Mar 16, A New Jersey jury
found former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi guilty on all counts for
using a webcam to spy on his roommate, Tyler Clementi, having a gay
sexual encounter in 2010. Clementi's case gained national attention
when he committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington
Bridge Sept. 22, 2010.
(SFC, 3/17/12, p.A5)
2012 Apr 12, New Jersey’s
Newark Mayor Cory Booker (42) entered the burning house his neighbor
and rescued her daughter, Zina Hodge (47). Booker suffered 2nd
degree burns and smoke inhalation.
(SFC, 4/14/12, p.A6)
2012 May 3, US federal
authorities said a Miami-based crime ring stat stole at least $80
million worth of prescription drugs has been broken up following a
3-year FBI probe. 22 people were charged in New Jersey, Connecticut
(SFC, 5/4/12, p.A7)
2012 May 6, In New Jersey
Justin Street (22), a father of two, died one day after receiving a
silicon injection from Kasia Rivera (35), who advertised a penis
enlargement procedure. On Sep 11 Rivera pleaded not guilty to
causing his death.
(SFC, 9/12/12, p.A16)
2012 Jun 6, Eight Muslims filed
a federal lawsuit in New Jersey to force the NYPD to end its
surveillance and other intelligence-gathering practices targeting
Muslims in the years after the 2001 terrorist attacks.
2012 Jun 30, Millions across
the mid-Atlantic region sweltered in the aftermath of violent storms
that pummeled the eastern US with high winds and downed trees,
killing 24 people and leaving 3 million without power during a heat
wave. At least six of the dead were killed in Virginia. 2 young
cousins in New Jersey were killed when a tree fell on their tent
while camping. 2 were killed in Maryland, one in Ohio, one in
Kentucky and one in Washington.
(AP, 6/30/12)(SFC, 7/3/12, p.A8)(Econ, 7/7/12,
2012 Aug 12, Joe Kubert,
American comic artist and teacher, died in New Jersey. He drew
figures in “Sgt. Rock," “The Haunted Tank" and Enemy Ace." In 1976
Kubert and his wife founded the Kubert School, the nation’s only
accredited trade school for comic book artists.
(SFC, 8/16/12, p.C4)
2012 Aug 24, New Jersey mail
carrier Christina Nunez was arrested for using her daily route to
move cocaine packages on behalf of a drug trafficking organization
based in Puerto Rico.
(SFC, 8/29/12, p.A6)
2012 Aug 31, In New Jersey
ex-Marine Terence Tyler (23) opened fire with a hand gun and an
assault rifle at a supermarket in Old Bridge Township and killed 2
co-workers before killing himself.
(SFC, 9/1/12, p.A1)
2012 Sep 2, In New Jersey
Osvaldo Rivera (31) stabbed to death Dominick Andujor (6) and
wounded his sister (12). Police said Rivera was high on PVP-laced
(SFC, 9/4/12, p.A5)
2012 Sep 10, In New Jersey US
federal agents arrested Trenton Mayor Tony Mack as part of an
investigation in a corruption investigation relating to bribes for a
proposed parking garage. His brother Ralphiel and convicted sex
offender Joseph Giorgianni were also accused in the scheme.
(SFC, 9/11/12, p.A5)
2012 Oct 20, In New Jersey
Autumn Pasquale (12) disappeared in her hometown of Clayton. On Oct
23 two teenagers were arrested and charged with her murder.
(SFC, 10/27/12, p.A5)
2012 Oct 29, Category one
Hurricane Sandy grounded thousands of flights in the US northeast
and upended travel plans across the globe, stranding passengers from
Hong Kong to Europe. Public transport in NYC shut down and the stock
market suffered its first weather-related closure in 27 years. The
storm made landfall in New Jersey with 80 mph sustained winds. The
Hurricane Center later attributed 72 US deaths to Sandy and
estimated damages from the storm at $50 billion.
(AP, 10/29/12)(Reuters, 10/29/12)(AP,
10/30/12)(SFC, 2/13/13, p.A6)
2012 Nov 2, Frustration grew
for residents of Northeast states hit by superstorm Sandy as the
death toll reached 102, millions were still without power and
tempers frayed at a lack of fuel and guidance on when life might
return to normal.
2012 Nov 7, A wintry storm
dropped snow and rain on the Northeast, bringing dangerous winds and
knocking out power in a region where hundreds of thousands were
still in the dark after Superstorm Sandy. A mix of rain and snow
fell on parts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and
Massachusetts, causing airport delays.
2012 Nov 27, Four gay men
accused a New Jersey nonprofit, Jews Offering New Alternatives to
Healing," of fraud for selling “conversion therapy" that falsely
promised to make them straight.
(SFC, 11/28/12, p.A5)
2012 Dec 6, A US federal grand
jury indicted Trenton, NJ, Mayor Tony Mack (46), his borther
Ralphiel Mack (40) and friend Joseph Giorgianni (63) on bribery and
fraud charges in a scheme to help individuals acquire a city-owned
lot to build a parking garage.
(SFC, 12/7/12, p.A8)
2012 Dec 28, Three New Jersey
police officers were shot at their police station, and one was in
surgery for his wounds. The suspected gunman, who had been brought
to the Gloucester Township Police station for a domestic incident,
was killed in the exchange of gunfire.
2012 Camden, NJ, was rated as
America’s poorest city with 40% of its residents living below the
federal poverty line. Murders in the city topped out at 67 for the
(Econ, 5/11/13, p.36)
2013 Mar 18, In New Jersey
computer hacker Andrew Auernheimer (27) was sentenced to three years
and five months in prison for stealing the personal data of about
120,000 Apple Inc iPad users, including big-city mayors, a TV
network news anchor and a Hollywood movie mogul.
2013 Mar 25, New Jersey lottery
officials said Pedro Quezada (44), an immigrant from the Dominican
Rep., has won the $338.3 million Powerball jackpot.
(SFC, 3/26/13, p.A7)
2013 Apr 15, In New Jersey
Mohamed Alessa (23) and Carlos Almonte (27) were sentenced to at
least 20 years in prison for conspiring to join al-Shabab, a
designated terrorist organization in Somalia.
(SFC, 4/16/13, p.A5)
2013 May 12, New Jersey police
shot and killed Gerald Tyrone Murphy (38), a registered sex
offender, ending a 37-hour ordeal during which Murphy held 3
children of girlfriend Carmelita Stevens (44) hostage. Inside
the home police found the decomposing bodies of Stevens and a son
(SFC, 5/13/13, p.A6)
2013 May 13, In New Jersey
Joseph Galfy, Jr. (73), a Clark, N.J., attorney was found dead. On
May 16 Caleb "Kai" McGillvary, a homeless, hatchet-wielding
hitchhiker was arrested in Philadelphia for allegedly beating Galfy
to death inside his home. McGillvary had become an Internet hero
earlier this year after he intervened in an attack on a California
2013 Jun 3, New Jersey Sen.
Frank Lautenberg (b.1924) died. First elected in 1982 he helped
establish the national drinking age of 21 and led a successful fight
to ban smoking on all commercial airline flights.
(SFC, 6/4/13, p.A5)
2013 Aug 8, Paul White (45) of
Minnesota claimed his third of a $448 million Powerball jackpot. 16
workers from a county garage in New Jersey shared a 2nd ticket. A
3rd winner, also from New Jersey, had not yet come forward.
(SFC, 8/9/13, p.A5)(SFC, 8/10/13, p.A4)
2013 Aug 19, New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie signed a bill barring licensed therapists from trying
to turn gay teenagers straight.
(SFC, 8/20/13, p.A5)
2013 Sep 12, In New Jersey a
fire engulfed dozens of businesses on the Seaside Park portion of
the Jersey Shore boardwalk. 32 businesses were destroyed.
(SFC, 9/13/13, p.A10)
2013 Sep 15, Nina Davuluri
(b.1989) was crowned as Miss America 2014 in Atlantic city, NJ. She
became the first Indian American to be chosen as Miss America.
2013 Sep 27, A New Jersey judge
ordered state officials to allow same-sex couples to marry starting
on October 21, saying the current civil union system unfairly
deprived them of federal benefits available to married couples.
2013 Oct 16, Newark, NJ,
Democratic Mayor Cory Booker (44) won a special election to
represent the state in the US Senate.
(SFC, 10/16/13, p.A7)
2013 Oct 18, New Jersey’s
Supreme Court ruled to uphold a lower court order that gay weddings
must start on Oct 21.
(SFC, 10/18/13, p.A5)
2013 Oct 21, New Jersey became
the 14th US state to allow same-sex marriages.
(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 4, In New Jersey
Richard Shoop (20) fired shots into a ceiling at Garden State Palaza
in Paramus and then killed himself.
(SFC, 11/6/13, p.A5)
2013 Nov 5, New Jersey held
elections for governor. Republican Governor Chris Christie handily
defeated his Democrat challenger, earning a second four-year term.
(SFC, 11/5/13, p.A4)(AFP, 11/5/13)
2013 Nov 20, In New Jersey Jose
Katz (69) was sentenced to 6½ years in federal prison for
fraudulently diagnosing patients with heart ailments and ordering
tests. The fraud cost Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers some
(SFC, 11/21/13, p.A5)
2013 Dec 15, In New Jersey a
man was shot in front of his wife outside The Mall at Short Hills
Assailants drove off in his Range Rover, which was found the next
day. On Dec 21 police said 4 men have been arrested on charges of
murder in the carjacking.
(SSFC, 12/22/13, p.A9)
2013 Dec 25, United Van Lines
released its 37th annual migration study. New Jersey repeated as the
state with the highest outbound moves. Migration out of Michigan
slowed to a virtual halt after 16 straight years of outbound moves.
(AP, 12/25/13)(SFC, 12/26/13, p.A8)
2013 Dec 25, In Irvington, NJ,
3 men were killed at Slick’s Go Go Bar when a man tried to enter
with a gun. On Jan 12, 2014, Anthony Fields (19) of Newark, the
suspected gunman, was arrested in Florida.
(SFC, 12/26/13, p.A8)(SFC, 1/13/14, p.A4)
2013 Panasonic moved its North
American headquarters to Newark, New Jersey.
(Econ, 9/23/17, p.26)
2014 Jan 8, New Jersey
officials released e-mails that appeared to show Gov. Chris
Christie's staff plotting the lane closures in September to
retaliate against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey,
because he had not endorsed the governor's re-election campaign.
2014 Jan 8, Seventeen people
related to the San Diego street gang BMS were arrested in California
and New Jersey by police and FBI agents for operating a prostitution
ring that spanned 46 cities in 23 states.
(SFC, 1/10/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 9, New Jersey Gov.
Chris dismissed deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly, who had
sent e-mails calling for trouble at a key commuter choke point and
repeatedly apologized in a two-hour news conference.
2014 Jan 10, New Jersey
legislators planned to release nearly 1,000 pages of documents that
may shed new light on a probe of four days of traffic jams at the
George Washington Bridge apparently orchestrated by Republican
Governor Chris Christie's top aides to settle a political score.
2014 Jan 21, A snowstorm hit
the mid-Atlantic and Northeast US. It stretched a thousand miles
between Kentucky and Massachusetts. Manalapan, NJ, got 16 inches of
(SFC, 1/22/14, p.A7)
2014 Feb 2, The Seattle
Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII
played in New Jersey.
(SFC, 2/3/14, p.B1)
2014 Feb 26, In New Jersey
Trenton Mayor Tony Mack (48) was removed from office by a judge 19
days after a jury found him guilty of corruption.
(SFC, 2/27/14, p.A8)
2014 Mar 4, In New Jersey a gas
leak and subsequent explosion killed one woman and destroyed at
least 10 homes in Ewing.
(SFC, 3/5/14, p.A8)
2014 Mar 21, In New Jersey a
fire destroyed the Mariner’s Cover Motor Inn at Point Pleasant
Beach killing 4 people. The hotel was housing people displaced in
October, 2012, by Superstorm Sandy.
(SFC, 3/22/14, p.A6)
2014 May 10, Police in South
Carolina arrested John Jordon (47) for fatally stabbing his
estranged wife, Tracy Jordan (39), a day earlier in New Jersey.
(SSFC, 5/11/14, p.A16444)
2014 May 13, In New Jersey Ras
Baraka, the son of poet Amiri Baraka (aka LeRoi Jones), was elected
as mayor of Newark with 54% of the vote.
(Econ, 5/17/14, p.26)
2014 Jun 7, In New Jersey a
tractor-trailer plowed into a limousine carrying comedian Tracy
Morgan and several friends killing comedian James McNair (aka Jimmy
Mack). Walmart driver Kevin Roper was later said to be going 65 mph
in a 45 mph zone.
(SFC, 6/20/14, p.A6)(SFC, 6/21/14, p.A6)
2014 Jun 15, In Newark, New
Jersey, a fire in a single-family home killed 6 people.
(SFC, 6/16/14, p.A5)
2014 Jul 23, In New Jersey
Anthony Novellino (66) was convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-wife
84 times and covering her face with a pig mask.
(SFC, 7/24/14, p.A6)
2014 Jul 29, The US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention said cases of chikungunya virus, a
painful, mosquito-borne disease that has spread rapidly through the
Caribbean in recent months, spiked higher in New York and New Jersey
in the past week. The number of cases in New Jersey more than
doubled to 25, while New York has recorded 44 cases.
2014 Aug 10, In New Jersey a
pickup truck drove through a barricade and into a farmer’s market in
Hawthorne killing one woman who was dragged for three blocks. A man
was taken into custody.
(SFC, 8/11/14, p.A4)
2014 Aug 27, In in Stratford,
Pa., Raymond Wychowanec (63) shot and killed his hospitalized wife
(62) and then tried to kill himself, prompting investigators to
search their New Jersey home, where their son (35) was found fatally
2014 Sep 1, In Atlantic City,
NJ, the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel emptied its hotel. Its
casino was due to close Sep 2, a little over two years after
2014 Sep 3, In New Jersey
hundreds of newly laid off Atlantic City casino workers began filing
for unemployment as over 5,000 workers lost their jobs following the
closures of the Showboat and Revel.
(SFC, 9/4/14, p.A7)
2014 Sep 29, New Jersey-based
Honeywell International Inc. said that it is partnering with Tata
Power to help make navigation systems for India's military.
2014 Dec 12, In New Jersey
Derish Wolff (79), the former president and CEO of the
Morristown-based Louis Berger Group, an engineering consulting firm,
pleaded guilty to leading a conspiracy that reaped tens of millions
of dollars by overcharging the US government for reconstruction
projects overseas, including in Iraq and Afghanistan.
2014 Dec 30, In New Jersey
police officers shot and killed Jerame Reid in Bridgeton after they
pulled him over for running a stop sign. A video showed Reid
stepping out of a Jaguar with his hands raised about shoulder level
as an officer pulled a handgun from the glove compartment.
(SFC, 1/22/15, p.A6)
2015 Apr 1, New Jersey
prominent Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez (61) was charged with
accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from
longtime friend Florida eye Dr. Salomon Melgen in exchange for a
stream of political favors.
(AP, 4/2/15)(SFC, 10/17/17, p.A5)
2015 May 1, In New Jersey a
judge unsealed indictments against Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne
Kelly, former aides to Gov. Chris Christie, for causing a traffic
jam in Fort Lee in September, 2013. Baroni and Kelly were charged
with nine counts including conspiracy to commit fraud. On March 29,
2017 Kelly (44) was sentenced to 18 months in prison and Baroni (45)
to two years. In 2017 David Wildstein, who masterminded the scheme,
received three years of probation after his testimony helped convict
Kelly and Baroni.
(SFC, 5/2/15, p.A4)(SFC, 3/30/17, p.A7)(SFC,
2015 May 23, Mathematician John
Nash (b.1928), a Nobel Prize winner who inspired the movie "A
Beautiful Mind," was killed in a car crash along with his wife (82)
in New Jersey. They were in a taxi cab whose driver lost control and
crashed into a guard rail.
(Reuters, 5/24/15)(Econ, 5/30/15, p.90)
2015 Jun 24, In the northeast
US a fast moving storm hit Connecticut, New Jersey and eastern
Pennsylvania overnight leaving two people dead and nearly 400,000
customers without power.
(SFC, 6/25/15, p.A6)
2015 Jun 25, Todd West (22) of
Elizabeth, NJ, went on a shooting spree in New Jersey killing 3
people. He then fled to Pennsylvania where he killed 3 more people
on July 5. He was arrested on July 6 and was charged with 7 murders
including the fatal shooting on May 18, in Elizabeth, of his cousin
Michael Tompkins (29).
(http://tinyurl.com/o6q6kfx)(SFC, 7/10/15, p.A7)
2015 Jun 30, New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie announced that he is running for president making him
the 14 official GOP contender.
(SFC, 7/1/15, p.A5)
2015 Jul 27, In New Jersey ATM
employees forgot a bag of $150,000 outside a business in Mahwah. On
July 29 police arrested Alton Harvey (42), who purchased a new
Chevrolet Tahoe with money from the bag of cash just hours after it
was left behind. Suspect Jamar Bludson (35) was reported arrested on
(SFC, 8/1/15, p.A4)(SFC, 8/13/15, p.A6)
2015 Dec 15, In New Jersey
three men were charged in a computer hacking and spamming scheme
that federal prosecutors said compromised the personal information
of 60 million people and netted more than $2 million in profits.
(SFC, 12/16/15, p.A6)
2016 Feb 18, In New Jersey
Arkadiy Dubovoy (51), a resident of Alpharetta, Georgia, admitted he
participated in an international hacking scheme that prosecutors
said used stolen news releases to make $30 million in profits. He
was one of nine people arrested in the US and Ukraine who were
described as computer hackers or stock traders.
2016 Mar 2, In New Jersey Rafal
Kaldon (38), accused of beating Norbert Nowak to death at a disco in
Poland in August, 1996, was arrested.
2016 Mar 2, New Jersey
newspapers called for the resignation of Gov. Chris Christie over
his endorsement of Donald Trump for president.
(SFC, 3/3/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 7, The last major
primaries of the 2016 White House race kicked off in California,
Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota hours
after US delegate counts showed Hillary Clinton clinching the
(AP, 6/7/16)(SFC, 6/8/16, p.A1)
2016 Jul 1, In New Jersey Local
54 of the Unite-Here union walked off the job at the Carl
Icahn-owned Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic city.
(SFC, 7/5/16, p.A5)
2016 Jul 30, In New Jersey
Franklin Osgood (61), a former police officer in Providence, R.I.,
shot and killed himself following a highway chase with state
authorities. His wife, Mary Jo Osgood, was found dead in the
(SFC, 8/1/16, p.A5)
2016 Aug 3, In New Jersey the
26-year-old Trump Taj Majal in Atlantic City said it will close
after Labor Day eliminating some 3,000 jobs. Current owner Carl
Icahn said he could no longer support the casino which was losing
millions each month.
(SFC, 8/4/16, p.A5)
2016 Sep 19, Ahmad Khan Rahami
(Rahimi), an Afghan-born American suspect (28) wanted in connection
with Sept. 17 bombings in New York and New Jersey, was taken into
custody after being wounded in a shootout with police in Linden, New
(AFP, 9/19/16)(SFC, 10/14/16, p.A6)(SFC,
2016 Nov 5, In New Jersey two
children and a woman were fatally stabbed at a home in Newark. Three
others were injured.
(SSFC, 11/6/16, p.A10)
2016 Nov 9, The New Jersey
Local Finance Board voted to take over the governmental functions of
Atlantic City, half a billion dollars in debt, after the state
government rejected a proposed five-year financial turnaround plan.
(SFC, 11/10/16, p.A7)
2016 Dec 12, In New Jersey
Adele Dunlap, the oldest person in America, turned 114.
(SFC, 12/14/16, p.A5)
2017 Jan 22, The Port Authority
of New York and New Jersey police said they have arrested Alesandel
Rodriguez of New Jersey for avoiding tolls nearly 900 times owing
unpaid fees of more than $56,000. An investigation found some 888
(SFC, 1/23/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 14, Winter Storm
Stella dumped snow and sleet across the northeastern United States,
forcing airlines to ground flights and schools to cancel classes.
Airlines canceled about 5,700 flights across the United States.
Airports in New York, Boston, Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia
were hit the hardest.
(AP, 3/14/17)(AFP, 3/14/17)
2017 May 15, In New Jersey a
Learjet 35 crashed into a building near Teterboro Airport killing
two crew members.
(SFC, 5/16/17, p.A5)
2017 Jun 27, The partial
remains of New Jersey nightclub manager Jennifer Londono (31) were
found in the Red Hook Channel in Brooklyn. On July 6 Raphael Lobos,
her boyfriend, was arrested after authorities found him using her
(SSFC, 7/9/17, p.A7)
2017 Jul 4, New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie signed a deal to end the state’s budget impasse that
had shuttered state parks and beaches for three days.
(SFC, 7/5/17, p.A5)(Econ 7/8/17, p.21)
2017 Jul 6, In New Jersey fans
of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort took home pieces of the former
casino, built at a cost of $1.2 billion, before it is gutted to make
way for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Hard Rock bought the
shuttered casino for $50 million last March.
(SFC, 7/7/17, p.A4)
2017 Jul 21, New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie signed legislation requiring the state to give
guidance to public schools about policies for transgender students.
(SSFC, 7/23/17, p.A6)
2017 Aug 10, In New Jersey
retired police Officer Jon Campbell (48) pleaded guilty to
embezzling more than $100,000 from the police union to buy time
shares in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean and to make other
(http://tinyurl.com/y7nlbok5)(SFC, 8/14/17, p.A4)
2017 Sep 4, Boston police
arrested Francisco Carlos Ramires (20) and two other men. He was
also wanted in connection with several assaults in Boston, where he
used the alias Carlos Campos-Cutone. The suspected member of a
violent Central American gang was also wanted in connection with an
August 25 homicide in New Jersey.
2017 Sep 8, Country singer Troy
Gentry (b.1967) of the Montgomery Gentry duo, died in a helicopter
crash in Medford, NJ.
(SSFC, 9/10/17 p.C10)
2017 Sep 18, New Jersey-based
Toys 'R' Us, the toy retailer struggling with $5 billion in debt and
intense online competition, said it has filed for bankruptcy
protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season. The company
said its stores will remain open for business as usual.
2017 Oct 16, Ahmad Khan Rahami
(Rahimi), an Afghan-born American suspect (28) jailed in connection
with weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey, was convicted on
all eight charges related to planting two pressure-cooker bombs on
NYC streets in Sept., 2016, that left 30 people injured.
(SFC, 10/17/17, p.A7)
2017 Oct, New Jersey contractor
James "Jaime" Lawson faced up to 10 years in prison after admitting
this month to scamming more than 30 homeowners and employees of
about $1.9 million following Superstorm Sandy. He was one of more
than 200 people charged in New Jersey with $11 million worth of
Sandy-related fraud in a list that continued to grow five years
after the storm.
2017 Nov 7, In New Jersey
Democrat Phil Murphy defeated Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno to
succeed Gov. Chris Christie.
(SFC, 11/8/17, p.A7)
2017 Nov 16, The US federal
bribery trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez (63) ended in a
mistrial with the jury hopelessly deadlocked on all charges against
the New Jersey politician and Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.
2017 Dec 22, Dozens of former
Miss Americas called on the leaders of the Atlantic City, NJ,
pageant organization to step down in the wake of an email scandal in
which CEO Sam Haskell and others used crass and vulgar terms to
refer to past winners.
(SFC, 12/23/17, p.A5)
2017 Dec 31, In New Jersey a
teenager (16) fatally shot his parents, sister and a family friend
just before midnight in Long Branch.
(SFC, 1/2/18, p.A5)
2018 Jan 16, In New Jersey Phil
Murphy (60), a former Wall Street executive and Obama administration
diplomat, was sworn in as governor.
(SFC, 1/17/18, p.A4)
2018 Jan 29, New Jersey Gov.
Phil Murphy signed an executive order to put the state back into the
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
(SFC, 1/30/18, p.A5)
2018 Feb 2, A US federal judge
in New Jersey temporarily halted deportation proceedings against
some 50 Indonesian Christians who are in the US illegally but
seeking to gain legal status.
2018 Feb 21, New Jersey’s new
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation setting aside about
$7.5 million for family planning and women’s health.
(SFC, 2/22/18, p.A4)
2018 Mar 7, The second winter
storm within a week crept into New York and surrounding states. New
York’s three major airlines reported a total of 1,431 canceled
flights, about 40 percent of their normally scheduled flights. The
governors of New Jersey and Pennsylvania declared states of
2018 May 15, A violent spring
storm left at least five people dead in the northeastern United
States. The next morning more than 370,000 residents were without
power in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, down
from more than 600,000.
2018 May 19, The Powerball
jackpot of $315.3 million was won a Tayeb Souami (55), a South
African immigrant living in Little Ferry, New Jersey.
2018 Jun 13, New Jersey Gov.
Phil Murphy signed legislation to tighten already strict gun control
(SFC, 6/14/18, p.A5)
2018 Jun 17, In New Jersey
gunfire early today at an annual all-night arts festival in Trenton
left one person dead. Two people were arrested and the shooter (33)
was fatally shot by police.
(SFC, 6/18/18, p.A7)
2018 Jun, Sports betting began
in New Jersey, generating $16.4 million in bets during its first two
2018 Jul 24, Pablo
Villavicencio, an Ecuadorean immigrant who was held for deportation
after delivering pizza to a Brooklyn Army installation, walked out
of a New Jersey immigration detention center house hours after a
judge ordered his immediate release.
2018 Aug 23, American composer
George Walker (96) died in Montclair, NJ. He was the first black
composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for music (1996).
(SFC, 8/29/18, p.D5)
2018 Oct 3, New Jersey's
Supreme Court dismissed more than 500 lawsuits against
Hoffman-LaRoche, maker of the acne drug Acutane, saying warning
labels that the drug is associated with inflammatory bowel disease,
(SFC, 10/4/18, p.A5)
2018 Oct 24, In New Jersey the
Wannaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation said another child
has died of adenovirus, bringing the death toll to seven in the
(SFC, 10/25/18, p.A5)
2018 Nov 29, New Jersey
technology executive Paul Caneiro (51) was charged with killing his
brother and the brother's family over a business dispute, and then
setting fire to their Colts Neck mansion and then his own house in
an attempt to cover up the crimes.
(SFC, 11/30/18, p.A5)
2019 Jan 14, In New Jersey
gunman William Owens (39) entered a UPS processing facility and took
two women hostage in Logan Township. He was fatally shot by law
officers. Nobody else was hurt.
(SFC, 1/15/19, p.A4)
2019 Feb 13, The Archdiocese of
New Jersey released a list of 63 Roman Catholic clergy members that
it said have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors dating
back to 1940.
(SFC, 2/14/19, p.A6)