Category: Trenton

BREAKING: Early Morning Shooting In Trenton

BREAKING NEWS REPORT: If official information becomes available the story will be updated

July 5, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Police and Trenton EMS were dispatched to Asbury Street for a shooting victim around 1:30 am. A trauma alert was called when the victim was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. No other information is available at this time.

“This is just tragedy upon tragedy in our City” and the shootings continue even though politicians declared “Enough is Enough” at a June 3, 2020 press conference. Since that time Trenton has seen at least 2 more homicides and multiple shootings and stabbings.

Salute To The Great Cities Of The American Revolution As Seen In Transit Though Mercer County

July 4, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, EAST WINDSOR, HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–If you were lucky enough to be outside this afternoon around 5:15 you would have seen a military fly over called “Salute To The Great Cities Of The American Revolution” en route from New York City to Philadelphia.

Trenton, NJ the home of the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area where just north of there General George Washington crossed the Delaware on December 25, 1776 was not on the official list of the “Great Cities”

Still the region from the Monmouth Battlefield, extending though Cranbury, Hightstown, Robbinsville, Hamilton and turning at Trenton towards Philadelphia was still able to see the fly over even though it was not officially on the program.

Spectators were able to see a variety of aircraft from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps including: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, followed by B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15 and F-22 fighters and U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighters in transit from New York City to Philadelphia.

Secretary Esper approved a Department of the Interior request for DOD support to the 2020 Salute to America. DOD will provide aerial, musical and ceremonial support to this year’s celebration in Washington, D.C. This year’s support will also include a flyover of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, as well an aerial salute to several cities that played roles in the American Revolution.
The highlight of this year’s celebration will be our salute to the Great Cities of the American Revolution. The flyovers will begin in Boston and proceed to New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore. From there they will join other Department of Defense and heritage aircraft in the Salute to America over our nation’s capital. In all, roughly 1,700 service members will support the celebrations.

The aircraft are scheduled to overfly each of the cities, beginning at approximately 4:00 pm, then fly on to the next city. U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps jets will fly over in five waves. The flyovers will be led by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, followed by B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15 and F-22 fighters and U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighters.  

BOSTON:  The aircraft are scheduled to overfly the center of the city at approximately 4:00 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground.  Multiple aircraft will overfly the U.S.S. Constitution and then proceed over Fenway Park before departing the city. 

NEW YORK:  The aircraft are scheduled to fly down the Hudson River at approximately 5:00 pm and pass just east of the Statue of Liberty.  

PHILADELPHIA:  The aircraft are scheduled to overfly the center of the city at approximately 5:15 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground.  Multiple aircraft will fly over Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and then proceed southwest out of the city.

BALTIMORE: The aircraft are scheduled to overfly Fort McHenry at approximately 5:30 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground.  Multiple aircraft will overfly Fort McHenry before turning south out of the city.

The flyovers provide an opportunity for DOD to demonstrate the capabilities and professionalism of the United States Armed Forces. Flying hours are a sunk cost for the Department of Defense, and these aircraft and crews would be using these hours for proficiency and training at other locations if they were not conducting these flyovers.
DOD is proud to help celebrate the nation’s 244th birthday. We are grateful for our nation’s support as we defend our country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Photos below by: Dennis Symons from East Windsor looking towards Hightstown and Robbinsville

Photos below by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News from the Scenic Overlook on I-295 in Hamilton Township

When Will “Enough Be Enough”? – Mercer County Homicide Task Force Investigating Wednesday Night Murder In Trenton, Ewing Man Is 17th Person Dead In 2020

MidJersey.News believes this is the at least the 17th homicide in the City of Trenton in 2020 according to our count.

See earlier today MidJersey.News story here: BREAKING: Another Shooting Last Night In Trenton

July 2, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force is investigating a shooting that occurred in Trenton Wednesday night that resulted in the death of a Ewing man.

At approximately 10:15 p.m. on July 1, 2020, Trenton police responded to a Shot Spotter activation in the 100 block of North Hermitage Avenue, but were unable to locate a scene.  Around the same time, a shooting victim, identified as Covvie Scott, 24, was brought to the hospital in a private vehicle and pronounced dead shortly before midnight.

Police are also investigating a motor vehicle accident at West State and Calhoun streets that occurred around the same time that is believed to be related to the shooting.

The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department continue to investigate both incidents.  Anyone with information is asked to call (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to

And the list grows: Other Recent Trenton Shooting and Homicide Stories: (There has been a lot more gun violence, stabbings and shootings but these are ones we have enough information to report on)

Arrest Made In Trenton Stabbing Homicide

Trenton Stabbing Victim Identified, 16 Dead In 2020 So Far In The City

BREAKING: Multiple Stabbings In Trenton This Evening

16 Members & Associates of Violent Trenton-Based “Get Money Boys” Gang Linked to Four Shootings in Last 10 Months

BREAKING: A City Of Shootings, 24 Hours After City Officials And Leaders Exclaimed “Enough Is Enough!” Another Shooting

“Enough Is Enough!” Trenton Council President Kathy McBride, After 2 Children And 1 Man Shot, One Other Child Injured By Running Away From Gunfire

UPDATE: Blood Continues To Spill In City Gun Violence As Another Man Killed By Multiple Gunshot Wounds

BREAKING: Trenton Shootings Continue, Early Morning Shooting In Trenton

Trenton Shooting Victim Identified From Yesterday’s Shooting

Trenton Body Count Increases To 15 As Carnage Continues In The City

BREAKING: Trenton Shootings Continue, Early Morning Shooting In Trenton

BREAKING: Reported Another Shooting In Trenton As Gun Violence Plagues City

Reports Of A Shooting Last Night In Trenton at Rowan Towers

Trenton Man Dead From April 14th Shooting At Kingsbury Towers

Update: 25 Year Old Trenton Man Dead In PA Shooting At Holiday Inn Express

Large Crowd From Trenton, NJ Involved in PA Shooting At Holiday Inn Express

Trenton Shooting Suspect Charged With Murder

Developing Story: Trenton Shooting Victim From This Afternoon Identified

BREAKING: One Shot Dead; The Carnage Continues As Shootings Ravage City

Hamilton Teen Killed By Gun Violence In Trenton

BREAKING: Bloodbath In Trenton Continues, 1 Dead 1 Critical In Another Shooting

Bullets Continue To Fly, Three Hours After Mayor Releases Statement About Violence In The City

Trenton Mayor Gusciora Condemns Weekend Violence In City

BREAKING: Multiple Deaths From Daily Gun Violence That Plagues City

One Dead, Two Additional Victims In Another Trenton Shooting Last Night

Another Day Another Trenton Shooting

Developing Story: Shooting On Calhoun Street, Victim Driven By Personal Vehicle To Trauma Center

BREAKING: Shooting Blood Bath Continues, In Trenton This Morning

Breaking: 2 Shot at Kingsbury Towers In Trenton

Trenton Man Arrested in Hoffman Avenue Homicide

Trenton Mayor Gusciora And City Officials Address April 5th Violence

BREAKING NEWS: 3rd Multi-Shooting Tonight In Trenton

BREAKING NEWS: Another Shooting In Trenton Tonight

BREAKING NEWS: Shooting In Trenton One Possible Fatal And One Serious

BREAKING: Police Investigate Shooting On Trenton/Hamilton Border

More Trenton Shootings at this link

BREAKING: Another Shooting Last Night In Trenton

BREAKING NEWS REPORT: Once official information is released story will be updated

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A reported shooting occurred around 10:15 pm last night in the 100 Block of North Hermitage Avenue. The victim was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

Once further details are released will update the story.

Arrest Made in Trenton Stabbing Homicide

July 1, 2020

SEE JUNE 21, 2020 MIDJERSEY.NEWS STORY HERE: BREAKING: Multiple Stabbings In Trenton This Evening

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Trenton man charged with the June 21, 2020 murder of Robert Neal in Trenton was arrested this morning in North Carolina, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

Martel Tilghman, 36, is charged with murder, aggravated assault and weapons offenses.  There is no scheduled court appearance at this time.  He was arrested Wednesday morning in Greensboro, NC, by members of the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force.  The charges are the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force.

Just before 9 p.m. on June 21, 2020, Trenton police received several calls for a street fight and a male stabbed in the 200 block of Rosemont Avenue.  Officers arrived on scene and located the victim, later identified as Neal, suffering from stab wounds to the abdomen.  He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced a short time later.

The investigation revealed that an altercation occurred during a party at a residence on Rosemont Avenue and the suspect struck a female.  Neal attempted to intervene when the verbal altercation became physical and he was stabbed.  A second male victim was also cut with a knife during the scuffle.

Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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NJ State Troopers Donate 928 Pounds of Food To Mercer Street Friends

July 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Yesterday, members of the New Jersey State Police Office of Professional Standards donated 928 pounds of food to the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank.

Troopers have been collecting donated items over that last several weeks. And this year’s efforts will help many Jersey residents in need!

Last year, Mercer Street Friends supplied families with 4.5 million pounds of food with the assistance of 2,900 volunteers.

During COVID-19 Mercer Street Friends has continued to provide meals to families in need and this donation will continue help to feed families in the area.

To learn more about Mercer Street Friends please visit

2020 Thunder Season Canceled Due to COVID-19

The Trenton Thunder presented by NJM, has announced in conjunction with MLB that our 2020 season has been canceled.

July 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–“We are disappointed to share with our fans and partners that the 2020 season has been canceled due to COVID-19,” said Thunder GM/COO Jeff Hurley. “Our staff is already making exciting plans for your Trenton Thunder baseball to return Bigger, Better and Safer than ever in April 2021. We look forward to hosting all the smiles at the newly upgraded ARM & HAMMER Park, home of the best entertainment in the region in a very safe environment. Our entire Thunder family of fans and sponsors will be a part of the Great Comeback of your Trenton Thunder when we celebrate together the 2021 season on the banks of the Delaware River.”

The Thunder will continue our bat dog tradition in 2021 with Rookie and Dash. A must see for all fans will be the big day Dash retrieves his first bat! The “Home of the Four Day Weekend” will return for the 2021 season with Thursday Night Fireworks, Thirsty Thursday, Case’s Pork Roll Fridays, Saturday Night Fireworks and Kids’ Sundays. Re-imagined on-field promotions will be introduced during the season and the new Thummers Parade will take place after each first inning with Boomer and his newly added Thunder mascot friends marching throughout the ballpark with fans free to join in the fun.

Fun filled giveaways will continue in 2021 at ARM & HAMMER Park. You will want to plan your summer for the return of the Thunder Firework Spectacular shows along with many new giveaways.

Delicious Hot Dogs and Pork Roll will be the staple at the ballpark and fans will continue to enjoy Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab Fries as well as other new and improved food choices. We are planning some new desserts that are already added to the menu. Fans (21 and over) will be able to grab an ice cold beer from one of 55 different taps located on the concourse at ARM & HAMMER Park and all fans will enjoy our new zone called The District filled with games, Hi-Tops, and more craft beer selections.

Any fan holding individual tickets for the 2020 season can exchange their tickets for any game during the 2021 season based upon availability. Trenton Thunder Makes Members and Groups will earn a credit for the 2021 season off the tickets purchased from the 2020 season. Any ticket holder can request a credit by filling out the form here. If you have questions or would like to request additional information about tickets, please email

BREAKING: Body Recovered From Delaware River In Trenton

BREAKING NEWS REPORT: Information provided is from on scene reports and other sources. If official information is released the story will be updated.

June 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police, Fire Department, Mercer Paramedics and TEMS were detailed to the Trenton Boat Ramp on Lamberton Road just after 4:00 pm today for a victim in the water. Upon arrival at the boat ramp crews were informed that it was a “body recovery”

No further information is available at this time.

MidJersey.News has reached out to officials for further information and awaiting a reply. If a reply is received with additional information the story will be updated.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Trenton Creates First LGBTQ Liaison Position Within Office of Citizen Concerns

June 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–As LGBTQ Pride Month comes to a close, Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today announced the creation of an LGBTQ Liaison position to better assist Trenton’s LGBTQ residents and advocate for policies that support their community.

“For urban areas like Trenton, LGBTQ youth, elders, and people of color are particularly marginalized when it comes to homelessness, addiction services, and mental healthcare,” said Mayor Gusciora. “A lack of accurate data concerning LGBTQ residents can result in related social programs missing their mark. We created this new position to better assess the needs of our LGBTQ community and connect them with the critical services they need the most.”

The LGBTQ Liaison, created by an Executive Order signed by Mayor Gusciora today, augments the efforts of the Mayor’s Office of Citizen Concerns by working directly with LGBTQ residents, students, and employees of the City of Trenton to ensure any issues relevant to the LGBTQ community are addressed in a respectful and timely manner. Rick Kavin, who currently serves as an Aide to Mayor Gusciora, will assume this new role.

Kavin, a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University studying and teaching constitutional law and LGBTQ Politics, first came to the Mayor’s Office in January 2019 as a Harold and Reba Martin Fellow from the Eagleton Institute of Politics. In addition, Kavin currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for the Pride Center of New Jersey located in Highland Park, which provides social support, engaging programming, and other resources for New Jersey’s LGBTQ community.

Quarantine Advisory Issued for Individuals Traveling to New Jersey from 16 States

Sixteen States Include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah

June 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Murphy today advised individuals traveling to New Jersey from eight additional states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

As of Tuesday, June 30, there are currently 16 states total that meet the criteria stated above: Alabama; Arkansas; Arizona; California; Florida; Georgia; Iowa; Idaho; Louisiana; Mississippi; North Carolina; Nevada; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; and Utah.

“If an individual is traveling to New Jersey from one of these sixteen states, he or she should self-quarantine period of 14 days,” said Governor Murphy. “Our collective efforts to flatten the curve and beat the virus, in coordination with our neighbors in New York and Connecticut, have led to a steady decline in COVID-19 positive cases, hospitalizations, and rate of transmission. However, many states across the country are experiencing a significant uptick in this data and we must remain vigilant to continue our progress against the virus. I urge those who are arriving from a hot spot to get a COVID-19 test while they are here to ensure their health and safety, and that of those around them.”

Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items. 

Travelers and residents returning from impacted states typically will not need to check-in with public health officials, unless otherwise they are involved in contract tracing efforts or required to do so by their employer or any other federal, state or local law or order. It is expected that individuals will follow the public health advisory to self-quarantine.

The list of states will be updated on a rolling basis and is accessible here.

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Temporarily Pausing the Resumption of Indoor Dining


June 29, 2020


TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 158, temporarily pausing the resumption of indoor dining, which had been scheduled to resume later this week.  The Order also prohibits the consumption of food or beverages and smoking in the indoor premises of any retail, recreational, or entertainment business, including casinos, where masks are strictly required.  The Order notes that there is an exception for health and safety, such as an individual briefly removing their mask to drink water.

“Unfortunately, the spike in cases in numerous other states, compounded by instances of non-compliance in New Jersey, require us to hit pause on the restart of indoor dining indefinitely,” said Governor Murphy. “I recognize that there are many establishments whose owners, managers, and customers have been responsible, but we cannot move forward unless there is complete compliance. Throughout every step of our restart, we have been clear that we would not hesitate to hit pause to safeguard public health, and this is one of those times.”

In light of today’s Order, the Department of Health issued an updated Executive Directive for food and beverage establishments, which will be continue to be restricted to in-person service at outdoor areas only.

For a copy of Executive Order No. 158, please click here.

For a copy of the Department of Health’s updated Executive Directive for restaurants, please click here.

Indoor Dining Postponed

June 29, 2020

SEE UPDATED MIDJERSEY.NEWS STORY HERE AND EXECUTIVE ORDER: Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Temporarily Pausing the Resumption of Indoor Dining

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Murphy just announced that indoor dining reopening has been postponed. Further information to follow.


We had planned to loosen restrictions this week. However, after #COVID19 spikes in other states driven by, in part, the return of indoor dining, we have decided to postpone indoor dining indefinitely.”

We’re also moved to pause indoor dining because of what we’ve seen in some establishments across the state.

Overcrowding. A complete disregard for social distancing. Very few, IF ANY, face coverings.

The scenes we see in our newspapers and on social media CANNOT CONTINUE.

We have been cautious throughout every step of our restart.

We’ve always said that we would not hesitate to hit pause if needed to safeguard public health.

This is one of those times.

Check out this recent scene in Jersey City, thanks to places like this the rest of NJ must suffer:

Trenton Water Works Issues 2020 Water Quality Report

Trenton Water serves Trenton, Ewing, Hamilton, Hopewell, Lawrence

June 29, 2020

SEE OTHER MIDJERSEY.NEWS Stories on Trenton Water Here:

Attorney General, DEP File Lawsuit Asking Court to Address Violations at Trenton Water Works that Pose Risks to Public Health

NJDEP Requests NJ Attorney General To File Legal Action Against Trenton For Failure To Comply With Safe Drinking Water Act

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Water Works, the public water system that serves approximately 250,000 consumers in a five-municipality service area in Mercer County, today issued its 2020 Water Quality Report.

“The report provides an informative summary of our drinking water quality,” said Michael Walker, TWW’s Chief of Communications and Community Relations. “Consumers can also read about TWW’s work to reduce exposure to lead, our success in eliminating disinfection byproducts, active capital projects, and how our public water system operates.”

The 2020 Water Quality Report was mailed to TWW’s 63,000 customers, published online, and distributed to other parts of the water utility’s service area, as is required by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations. 

The report can be downloaded from TWW’s website at Service-area residents can request a mailed report by phoning the Office of Communications and Community Relations at (609) 989-3033.

Rainbow ‘Trenton Makes’ Bridge for Pride Month

June 27, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–In honor of Pride month, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission will have the “Trenton Makes The World Takes” message on the Lower Trenton Bridge lit with rainbow colors from June 25, 2020 through June 29, 2020.

“In the face of the COVID-19, Trenton is among many cities across the country that have shelved Pride month celebrations and other public events in order to protect public health,” said Mayor W. Reed Gusciora. “While we can’t celebrate in the streets, we can always celebrate in our hearts, and we’re excited that our city’s diverse heritage will be proudly represented on one of our most iconic landmarks.”

Reopening Guidance for New Jersey Schools Announced

June 26, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy and Department of Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet today announced the release of “The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education” to assist schools with reopening in the fall. The guidance announces that, absent a change in public health data, public schools will open for in-person instruction and operations in some capacity at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. 

The guidance envisions schools operating within necessary standards to protect the health and safety of students and staff. The guidance includes minimum standards such as following certain social distancing practices in classrooms and face covering measures for students and staff. The guidance also provides recommendations to assist districts in achieving these standards, such as implementing hybrid learning environments in which students receive both in-person and remote instruction. 

Each district will be expected to develop, in collaboration with community stakeholders, a plan to reopen schools in the fall that best fits the district’s local needs. The guidance provides anticipated minimum standards regarding health and safety that districts should use as they plan for reopening. The guidance also provides additional considerations that may help districts as they develop their plans. 

This has been an unprecedented time for our students and educators, but we are pleased to announce that we anticipate the return to our classrooms in some capacity this fall,” said Governor Murphy. “The return to school will pose challenges, but we are confident that New Jersey’s school districts can move forward in a way that best serves the needs of their district while also achieving a safe environment for students and staff.”

“I understand this will be no easy feat,” Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet said of the return to school. “Knowing that the health of students and staff is our number one concern, our guide will begin to fill in the picture of what a safe education system will look like in the fall.” 

Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 104 ordered all New Jersey schools to close starting March 18, 2020, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. After the Department worked with school districts to ensure stability through remote instruction, food security for children where needed, and equity in education for students, the focus immediately turned toward planning for reopening.

The guidance relies upon the most up-to-date data and recommendations from the New Jersey Department of Health and was informed by input from school communities. The Department has been engaged in regular contact with educators and stakeholders, and has conducted daily site visits, weekly stakeholder meetings and discussions with a standing committee of nearly two dozen superintendents. Beyond this ongoing engagement, the NJDOE convened approximately 50 education and community organizations, met with over 300 superintendents, and surveyed nearly 300,000 parents/guardians to inform the development of the reopening plan. 

“New Jersey educators and families did an amazing job over the past three months implementing remote learning, even with relatively little time for planning. That effort was nothing short of heroic,” said Commissioner Repollet. “However, too many parents feel that remote-only instruction isn’t working for their child, and too many children are falling behind. It is becoming abundantly clear that children need to return to a school environment in some capacity, and we need to do so safely. This is a matter of educational growth, and it’s a matter of equity.”

The guidance focuses on four key functional areas: conditions for learning, leadership and planning, policy and funding, and continuity of learning.

The guidance sets the minimum standards for returning to school and serves as a toolkit for schools to use as they develop their recovery plans – recognizing that flexibility is needed as each school will have unique needs and circumstances, and some efforts will need to be guided by local health officials. 

The guidance describes several health and safety standards to be prioritized in school reopening:  

  • Social distancing: Schools and districts must allow for social distancing within the classroom. This can be achieved by ensuring students are seated at least six feet apart. If schools are not able to maintain this physical distance, additional modifications should be considered. These include physical barriers between desks and turning desks to face the same direction (rather than facing each other)or having students sit on only one side of a table and spaced apart.
  • Face coverings: School staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings unless doing so would inhibit the individual’s health or the individual is under two years of age. Students are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings and are required to do so when social distancing cannot be maintained, unless doing so would inhibit the student’s health. It is necessary to acknowledge that enforcing the use of face coverings may be impractical for young children or certain individuals with disabilities.
  • Limited capacity: It is recommended that students and staff be seated at least six feet apart in class when practicable. When weather allows, windows should be opened to allow for greater air circulation.
  • Cleaning/disinfecting: Procedures must be implemented by each school district for the sanitization of school buildings and school buses. Increased handwashing measures are also important for students and staff.

These provisions are informed by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, which call for protecting staff and students who are at higher risk for severe illness, such as providing options for telework and virtual learning; providing reasonable accommodations for older adults (65 years and older) and individuals with serious underlying medical conditions; and, when possible, keeping early childhood students apart during naptime and avoiding close-group activities like reading circles.

Other provisions in the guidance include: 

  • Cafeteria directors should consider staggering meal times to allow for social distancing; discontinuing self-serve or buffet lines; having students eat meals outside or in their classrooms; and requiring staff to disinfect eating areas between groups.
  • Recess should also be held in staggered shifts, with efforts to promote social distancing and hygiene protocols.
  • Cohorting: Schools may wish to identify small groups of students and keep them together (cohorting) to ensure that student and staff groupings are as static as possible, thereby limiting exposure to large groups of students.
  • School bus operators should encourage social distancing. CDC guidelines recommend seating on a school bus such that there is one student seated per row, skipping a row between each child, if possible. Barriers separating rows of bus seats may also be considered. If social distancing is not feasible, face coverings must be worn by students who are able to do so. Increased ventilation (i.e. opening windows) is also recommended in the guidelines. 

Because reopening is dependent upon health data and informed by experts in the health field, districts will need to be prepared to pivot to remote instruction at any time during the 2020-2021 school year. The guidance stresses that each school district should be working to ensure every student has a device and internet connectivity available, and it identifies funding streams available to school districts to ensure students have access to technology.

Districts should strive to share preliminary scheduling plans with staff, families, and students at least four weeks before the start of the school year in order to allow families to plan child care and work arrangements.

Click here for a summary of the guidance.

Click here for the full guidance. 

BREAKING: Stabbing In Trenton

BREAKING NEWS REPORT: From radio reports. If official information becomes available the story will be updated.

June 25, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Just after 11 pm Trenton Police and Trenton EMS were dispatched to South Clinton Avenue and Butler Street for a stabbing. Upon arrival they found a stabbing victim and immediately transported to the Trauma Center At Capital Health Regional Medical Center. A “Trauma Alert” was called. No further information is available at this time.

Robbery At Dollar General And Delta Gas Station In Hamilton

June 25, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On June 25, 2020 at approximately 5:06 PM, Hamilton Police were dispatched to the Dollar General located at 2130 South Broad Street on a report of a Robbery.  An employee told police that a black male came in the store, walked behind the register, pulled a gun out and pressed it against the employee’s hip.  The suspect told the employee to ‘give it up’ and took approximately $500.00 from the register.  He was last seen walking through the parking lot towards Genesee Street.  No injuries were reported.

A short time later at approximately 5:27 PM, Hamilton Police were dispatched to the Delta Gas Station located at 1704 Greenwood Avenue on a report of a Robbery.  An employee told police he had just finished pumping gas into a vehicle when the suspect walked up to him, pulled out a semi-automatic handgun out of his waistband, racked the slide back, and pointed the weapon at the employee.  The employee backed up and the suspect followed him and reached into his pants pocket removing approximately $853.00.  He was last seen walking down Atlantic Avenue towards Walnut Avenue.  No injuries were reported.

The suspect in both Robberies was described as a black male, wearing a black ‘Temple Wrestling’ hoody, gray sweatpants, white sneakers with black and red soles, and a blue medical mask.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Frank Burger of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4010, Detective Chris Pullen of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4080 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

UPDATE: NJ State Fire Marshal Investigating 2 Alarm Fire In Trenton

June 25, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The New Jersey State Fire Marshal’s Office was out at the scene of the early morning 2 alarm fire on Greenwood Avenue. The fire appears to have been in an abandoned property.

This morning’s story here: 2nd Alarm In Trenton

From radio reports if official information is made available the story will be updated.

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 12:10 am Trenton Fire Department responded to the 800 Block of Greenwood Avenue near Chambers for a report of a fire. When firefighters arrived there was no fire at that location but they smelled smoke and started spreading out looking for the fire. The fire was located a few blocks over at 611 Greenwood Avenue near Chestnut Avenue. The first arriving fire units reported heavy fire in a large mansion sized home and led off with a “deck gun” a master stream device.

About five minutes later a 2nd Alarm was called sending more fire apparatus and manpower to the scene. Fire command reported heavy fire though the roof and the possibility that the building would collapse from fire. About 10 minutes into the fire command was reporting they had water on the fire and fire was starting to darken down.

By 12:30 am command reported that there were 3 master streams in operation as well as 3 hand lines in operation. The fire was placed under control around 1:15 am.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

2nd Alarm In Trenton

June 25, 2020

From radio reports if official information is made available the story will be updated.

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 12:10 am Trenton Fire Department responded to the 800 Block of Greenwood Avenue near Chambers for a report of a fire. When firefighters arrived there was no fire at that location but they smelled smoke and started spreading out looking for the fire. The fire was located a few blocks over at 611 Greenwood Avenue near Chestnut Avenue. The first arriving fire units reported heavy fire in a large mansion sized home and led off with a “deck gun” a master stream device.

About five minutes later a 2nd Alarm was called sending more fire apparatus and manpower to the scene. Fire command reported heavy fire though the roof and the possibility that the building would collapse from fire. About 10 minutes into the fire command was reporting they had water on the fire and fire was starting to darken down.

By 12:30 am command reported that there were 3 master streams in operation as well as 3 hand lines in operation. The fire was placed under control around 1:15 am.

Trenton Will Resume Parking Enforcement on June 29

June 24, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–As the city continues to reopen, Mayor W. Reed Gusciora announced today that parking enforcement from the city’s parking kiosks and parking meters would resume on Monday, June 29.

“We temporarily suspended enforcement of city parking regulations shortly after

Gov. Murphy declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19,” said Mayor Gusciora. “As we restart our city’s economy, particularly outdoor restaurant dining and other commercial activities, it’s important that we begin to also enforce parking rules for our residents and visitors.”

After years of careful planning, the city began modernizing its parking infrastructure in May 2019, installing 20 solar-powered kiosks. Today, the city has a total of 84 kiosks and 68 parking meters that accept major credit cards. Since then, the city has collected nearly

$328,000 in revenue from 84 kiosks. City officials project revenue from its parking system to exceed $500,000 in 12 months. Also, the city treasury started collecting income from parking garage surcharges that were enacted by City Council in 2014.

“I am pleased that our parking strategy is performing well,” added Mayor Gusciora. “Like neighboring cities and towns, we need a parking system that is convenient for our residents and visitors, competitively priced, and easy for our parking utility personnel to maintain.

I think we have achieved these goals.”

The city will also resume issuing parking tickets to owners of cars who do not move their vehicles on street-sweeping routes throughout the city.

To learn more about the street-sweeping schedule for your street, please call the city’s Department of Public Works at (609) 989-3151.

The city will issue a Robocall and send text messages to residents signed up for this service to alert them about reactivating enforcement. To sign up for text messages, text Trenton411

to 99411 from your smartphone. For Robocalls, visit

NJ Sues U.S. Department of Education to Block Repeal Of “Gainful Employment” Rule’s Protections for Student Borrowers

June 24, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Acting to protect New Jersey students from ending up with unmanageable student loan debt and little earning potential, Attorney Gurbir S. Grewal today announced that New Jersey is joining a coalition of States suing the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) over its repeal of its Gainful Employment Rule.

Adopted during the Obama Administration, the Gainful Employment Rule sought to promote accountability and transparency among for-profit colleges and other career-focused, non-degree programs. The rule denied federal funding to programs that leave students with poor earnings prospects and high amounts of debt, while requiring schools to provide consumers with key information about programs’ costs and their graduates’ earnings and debt.

Filed today in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., the lawsuit challenges DOE’s July 2019 decision to repeal the Gainful Employment Rule. The repeal will take effect on July 1, 2020.

The two-count complaint alleges that DOE did not adequately explain its decision and has abdicated its responsibility under federal law to ensure that only programs that prepare students for “gainful employment in a recognized occupation” receive federal funds. The complaint also alleges DOE’s repeal will harm state economies while exposing student borrowers to greater risk of being defrauded and/or plunged into crippling student loan debt.

“With the economic downturn causing many of our residents to reevaluate their careers and consider returning to school, it’s hard to imagine a worse time to eliminate protections for students who are seeking to improve their job prospects. Yet the U.S. Department of Education is doing just that, so that it can send more taxpayer money to for-profit schools that push high-cost, low-value educational programs and saddle students with unaffordable debt,” Attorney General Grewal said.

“Now more than ever, given the economic and social impacts of COVID-19, it is of the utmost importance to guarantee that New Jersey’s postsecondary students are investing their time and money wisely,” said Dr. Zakiya Smith Ellis, New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education. “The Gainful Employment Rule is an important tool that must be restored in order to hold postsecondary career schools responsible for outcomes and to ensure that students and families have the critical information that they need when making these potentially life-changing decisions.”

“As a department, our goal is to help all New Jersey residents have access to high-quality jobs with family sustaining wages. This action makes it much harder for students to determine which schools will help them achieve that goal,” said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo. “This goes against the very spirit of quality assurance and consumer protection we are trying to provide for our workers.”

“The federal Higher Education Act requires postsecondary career schools to prepare students for good jobs that increase their earnings. New Jersey students deserve to know before they go to a career training program whether it will place them in a job that pays well enough to offer a return on their investment,” said David Socolow, Executive Director of the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA). “The U.S. Department of Education should respond to today’s action by our Attorney General by restoring the Gainful Employment rule, so New Jersey students and families will have the crucial consumer protections they need to pursue effective career education and achieve economic success.”

According to a report from The Institute for College Access and Success, more than 350,000 students nationally graduated in 2010-11 or 2011-12 from career education programs that performed poorly enough to risk losing their federal funding under the Gainful Employment Rule. Those students carried nearly $7.5 billion in student loan debt. In New Jersey, the data showed, 3,177 students graduated from such programs and carried approximately $44.8 million in student loan debt.

In a comment letter sent to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in September 2018, Attorney General Grewal joined other Attorneys General from across the nation in calling on DOE walk back its plan to rescind the Gainful Employment Rule.

The letter noted that, in adopting the Gainful Employment Rule in the first place, the Education Department “recognized that students at for-profit programs were more likely than those at other institutions to rely on loans, including federal student aid, to finance their education.” The letter also noted that, on average, students at for-profit schools have more debt than those who attend public or non-profit institutions.

In addition, the letter observed, “students of color, low-income students, veterans and women” were particularly affected by “the high costs and commensurate high debt load” they incurred to attend for-profit institutions.

Today’s lawsuit is the latest action by Attorney General Grewal to protect student borrowers in New Jersey and hold failing or predatory for-profit colleges and career-focused non-degree programs accountable. Previous actions since 2019 have included:

  • Participation in a multi-state settlement announced in January 2019 under which Illinois-based Career Education Corp. agreed to reform its recruiting and enrollment practices and forego collecting more than $493.7 million in debt owed by more than 179,000 students nationwide. Career Education Corp. has run brick-and-mortar schools across the country, including Sanford-Brown Colleges and Institutes, which operated a now-closed New Jersey campus in Iselin. Under the settlement, more than 6,400 former Career Education Corp. students in New Jersey were deemed eligible for debt forgiveness totaling $19.6 million.
  • Participation in a multi-state settlement in June 2019 that resulted in a total of more than $625,000 in debt relief for 48 New Jersey borrowers who obtained loans from education lender Student CU Connect in order to attend ITT Tech.  In New Jersey and across the nation, ITT Tech students were pressured into obtaining education loans – and in some cases multiple loans — that most could not hope to repay.
  • A directive from the Attorney General’s Division of Consumer Affairs in April 2019 ordering the Harris School of Business to stop advertising that its students are eligible to receive state supplemental loans under the New Jersey College Loans to Assist State Students (NJCLASS) Program. The Division asserted that students enrolled at the Harris School of Business are in fact ineligible for NJCLASS loans due to the high rate of default among Harris graduates.

Deputy Attorneys General John Passante and Elspeth Faiman Hans and Assistant Attorney General Mayur P. Saxena, of the Division of Law, are handling the Gainful Employment Rule matter on behalf of the State.

Joint Incoming Travel Advisory That All Individuals Traveling From States With Significant Community Spread of COVID-19 Quarantine For 14 Days

Tri-State Advisory Will Focus on Personal Responsibility Using Uniform Parameters and Messaging Across the Three States Effective Midnight Tonight

June 24, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont today announced a joint incoming travel advisory that all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. 

This quarantine – effective midnight tonight – applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.  

New Jersey, New York and Connecticut will continually update and publish on their respective websites a list of states to which the new advisory applies. This information will be updated regularly. 

The tri-state measure will focus on personal responsibility using uniform parameters and messaging on highways, airports, websites and social media across the three states. The three states will also ask hotels to communicate the 14-day quarantine to guests who have traveled from one of the impacted states. 

“Over the course of the past few months, our states have taken aggressive action to flatten the curve and beat back the coronavirus,” Governor Murphy said, “As a result of our collective efforts, we have low infection rates, falling hospitalizations, and have steadily been reopening our economies. Unfortunately many states continue to have high transmission rates. We are proud to work with our partners in New York and Connecticut on a joint incoming travel advisory to ensure continued progress against this virus and to keep residents of the tri-state area safe.”

“We have a very real problem right now where many states are experiencing an increased spread of the COVID-19 virus, just as New York is seeing the lowest infection rate,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’ve been working with our neighboring states throughout this pandemic, and we have agreed to a joint incoming travel advisory with New Jersey and Connecticut that all individuals who are traveling from other states with high infection rates must quarantine for 14 days to help prevent a renewed spread of the virus. We know the transmission rate in every state, and we want to make sure what’s happening in these states with the highest transmission rate doesn’t happen here and erase all the tremendous progress we’ve made.”

 “Working together as a region has proven to be immensely successful as our respective states are leading the country when it comes to our response with low infection and positivity rates relative to increased testing capacity,” Governor Lamont said. “We have made difficult decisions throughout this pandemic, but we have proven to make many of the right decisions. This step to inform travelers form states with hot spots to self-isolate is meant to protect our residents and maintain our incredible public health progress.”

Trenton Stabbing Victim Identified, 16 Dead In 2020 So Far In The City

See Last Nights Breaking News Story Here: BREAKING: Multiple Stabbings In Trenton This Evening

June 22, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The County Prosecutor’s Office has identified last nights victim of a stabbing as Robert Neal age 34. The victim was stabbed in the 200 Block of Rosemont Avenue around 9 pm. This is Trenton’s 16th homicide for 2020.

There was also a man shot at Perry and Montgomery Streets and victim was transported and dropped off at the Trauma Center at Capital Health System Regional Medical Center on Fuld Street and Brunswick Avenue around 1:12 a.m.

Also a prior stabbing around 8 pm last night Trenton Police and TEMS responded to the 300 Block of Genesee Street for a stabbing, the person was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and a Trauma Alert was called.

UPDATE: NJSP Col. Callahan And Govenor Phil Murphy Provide Update On Crash; Trooper Will Be OK After Being Thrown 30 Feet

June 22, 2020

See this morning’s story here: BREAKING: NJ State Police Vehicle Destroyed By Dump Truck On NJ Turnpike

We expect further details and an update later this afternoon from the NJSP Press Office

CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–At the daily COVID-19 briefing in Trenton, State Police Colonel Patrick J. Callahan  said the trooper from this morning’s crash was thrown 30 feet by the impact of the crash; it is believed to have saved his life. Governor Phil Murphy said the axle of the truck broke and truck flipped over onto the troop car.

The NJ State Trooper will be OK according to Col. Callahan.

State Police Investigate Crash that Injured State Trooper and Two Others

The New Jersey State Police is investigating a three-vehicle crash that injured a state trooper and two others on the New Jersey Turnpike in Cranbury Township, Middlesex County.

Earlier today, at approximately 6:59 a.m., a State Police Chevy Tahoe was stopped behind a Porsche Boxster on the right shoulder of the inner roadway southbound at milepost 70.7.
The trooper was seated in the driver seat of the marked Troop Car with the overhead lights activated.

Preliminary information indicates that a Ford dump truck was traveling southbound on the outer roadway when it struck the left metal guardrail and continued onto the inner roadway. The Ford dump truck continued south, struck and overrode the Troop Car, overturned, and struck the Porsche.

The trooper, driver of the dump truck, and the driver of the Porsche all sustained moderate injuries and were transported to an area hospital. There were no other occupants in the three vehicles. The inner roadway was closed for approximately six hours.

The cause and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation, and there is no additional information available at this time.

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Salons And Other Personal Services Open Today And Governor Murphy Announces Casinos And Indoor Dining July 2 With Limits

June 22, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—Reopening today are beauty salons, barber shops, cosmetology shops, day and medical spas, electrology facilities, hair braiding shops, massage parlors, nail salons, tanning salons and tattoo parlors with restrictions.

On July 2, casios and indoor dining will reopen with 25% capacity as announce by the governor.

If you are visiting the local barber or salon call ahead to find out the rules and make an appointment.

BREAKING: Multiple Stabbings In Trenton This Evening


BREAKING NEWS: This is breaking news from radio reports, if and when we get official information the story will be updated.

June 21, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 8 pm Trenton Police and TEMS responded to the 300 Block of Genesee Street for a stabbing, the person was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and a Trauma Alert was called.

An hour later around 9 pm another stabbing was reported in the 200 Block of Rosemont Avenue for a male stabbed in the chest multiple times. Trenton Police, Fire and TEMS responded. TFD Engine 8 crew rode in the ambulance for extra assistance due to the multiple stabbing trauma.

Update at just before midnight the Trenton Fire Department was called back out to Rosemont Avenue for a “wash down” to help clean up the scene.

Outdoor Visitation with Long-Term Care Residents Can Begin Sunday, June 21

NJ Health Department Directive to Facilities Outlines Guidelines

June 19, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Residents of long-term care facilities will be able to have outdoor visits with loved ones in designated outdoor space starting Sunday, June 21—Father’s Day– under a directive to long-term care facilities issued today by the state Department of Health.

The Health Department has received input and worked collaboratively with long-term care providers on developing this directive to accommodate visitors.

Prior to transporting a long-term care resident to a designated outdoor space, visitors must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms ­­– including a temperature check – and facilities must follow safety and infection prevention and control measures in order to allow visitation.

“Being apart from our loved ones has been one of the most difficult challenges throughout the pandemic—especially for long-term care residents and their families. This directive outlines the measures that must be in place to reduce risk to this vulnerable population while allowing visits outdoors,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “Virtual communication could never replace gathering face to face gatherings with loved ones. We hope these outdoor visitations bring joy and comfort to residents as well as their loved ones—while also protecting them.”

The directive applies to: dementia care homes, long-term care facilities, pediatric transitional care homes, assisted living residences and programs, and comprehensive personal care homes.

Only two visitors will be permitted at a time and must stay six feet apart from the resident. Visitors and residents are required to wear face coverings, and a staff member—wearing a surgical mask—must remain with the resident during the visit. A resident who is suspected or confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 or quarantined for an exposure cannot have visitors. A resident who has tested positive can have visitors after they have met the criteria to discontinue isolation.

Facilities must submit an attestation at least 24 hours before they begin outdoor visitation confirming that they have implemented the directive’s requirements, and have a location designated for visitation, sufficient staff and personal protective equipment, and a method to schedule appointments. Facilities can start scheduling appointments today, but visitation cannot begin until Sunday.

Facilities are required to communicate the visitor policy to residents, families, staff and others, and must receive informed consent in writing from the resident and visitor that they will comply with the facility’s policies during the visit. As part of the consent form, visitor must agree to notify the facility if they test positive for COVID or have symptoms within 14 days of visiting.

Governor Murphy Thanks President Trump For Accelerating $766.5 Million Funding For Portal North Bridge

June 19, 2020

See related MidJersey.News story here: Announcement from President Trump Following Tonight’s Dinner with Governor Murphy at Bedminster

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy released a statement this evening thanking President Trump for $766.5 million in funding for the Portal North Bridge. President Trump announced authorizing the funding on June 12, see link MidJersey.News

See Governor Murphy’s statement below:

“The Federal Transit Administration has committed to authorizing entry into the engineering phase and accelerating federal funding in the amount of $766.5 million for the Portal North Bridge, a huge win for New Jersey, the region, and the national economy. Since taking office, one of my top priorities has been securing funding for critical infrastructure projects like these that will restore NJ TRANSIT to prominence, and I am honored to have been able to make the case for Portal North directly to President Trump. I thank the President and his Administration for committing to this project and helping us usher in a new era of safe, modern, and reliable infrastructure for our region.”

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Juneteenth Celebration Events Held In Robbinsville And Trenton

June 19, 2020

TRENTON AND ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

Robbinsville celebrated this historic day as a community at the Town Center Gazebo by the lake. Several speakers talked about their feelings and experiences to those in attendance.

In Trenton Governor Phil Murphy delivered a keynote address at a Juneteenth ceremony at the Friendship Baptist Church in Trenton.

Press pool story below by: Linn Washington Jr., The South Jersey Journal

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, during a keynote address at a Juneteenth ceremony in Trenton, declared that the goal of American society must be to ensure that the pain from past and present racist inequalities “does not become the pain of tomorrow.”

While listing the actions his administration has taken to ameliorate systemic inequalities Gov Murphy emphasized that all citizens of New Jersey have a stake in supporting substantive change.

“The reason why black lives matter is because we are one state, one family…This must be a personal call to action.”

Murphy pointed out that the systemic racism that permeates American society stunts the path to freedom for all.

“This is about all of us together,” Murphy said noting that demonstrations for change have occurred in white as well as black communities across New Jersey. He saw progress in the fact that the 425 protests in NJ since the death of George Floyd resulted in just 58 arrests, unlike mass arrests during strident enforcement in other states.

Addressing the gathering that included elected officials and clergy from across New Jersey assembled inside the Friendship Baptist Church In Trenton, Murphy listed a series of actions initiated by his administration that he said placed his state “squarely at the forefront of the national fight for justice.”

Items Murphy listed in the arena of criminal justice reform included restoration of voting rights to persons on parole and probation, streamlining the process to expunge criminal records which helps persons seeking employment and New Jersey’s Attorney General initiating policies to increase transparency in policing along with changing the culture of policing.

Juneteenth is a celebration gaining wider recognition that dates to the end of America’s Civil War. On June 19, 1865 a Union Army General arrived in Galveston, Texas where announced that slavery was over, a fact not then known to blacks in that far end of the former Confederacy.

NJ Lt Gov Sheila Oliver, during her remarks at the celebration, also extolled the progress being made in New Jersey from improvements in educational opportunities and increases in the minimum wage to environmental justice initiatives.

Oliver said New Jersey has benefited from having a Governor who knew the struggles of black people “long before Black Lives Matter caught fire” throughout America.

Gov Murphy, when concluding his remarks, stressed that on the issue of addressing institutional racism “It is well past time to account for our past.”

“Why Black Lives Matter in New Jersey”

Full remarks by Governor Phil Murphy:

Good afternoon, everyone!

First, I want to give Glory and Honor to God for allowing me to be here today. 

To my Friend Reverend John Taylor, I give greetings to you and the First Lady, and to the Deacons, Trustees, Officers, members, and friends and family of Friendship Baptist Church.

Pastor Taylor, I must also thank you for your transformational leadership here in Trenton, and for all you do not just within the spiritual community here, but in the greater community that extends well beyond these walls. You have stood with the people of this great city during triumphant days and days where there have been trials.

You have stood with me in our commitment to socio-economic justice. We have known each other since before I took office, and I have always appreciated your guidance and support.

And, I thank you for inviting me to your house to celebrate this Juneteenth.

It was this day 155 years ago when Union General Gordon Granger, a white man, landed with troops in Galveston, Texas, to spread the word that all enslaved Blacks were, at last, free.

Yet, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on New Year’s Day, 1863 – 900 days earlier.

For 900 days, thousands of enslaved Black Americans continued to toil in the most horrible of conditions, not knowing that they were free men and women.

But, look at the history of Black America since then. Yes, we can celebrate the end of the literal and physical chains which held Blacks as chattel, but in doing so we cannot ignore the figurative chains which have kept our proud Black communities from achieving the full equality which they deserve, which they have been promised, and which is their most basic right.

This Juneteenth, it is Black America rising to tell us that we can no longer ignore the 401-year history of slavery and systemic racism – 401 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived on the shores of this continent – a history that is writ-large in the inequalities in wages and wealth, health care, in housing, in education, in economic opportunity, and on and on down the line, and, including in treatment by law enforcement. 

The long history of slavery and the stain of racism is directly linked to the conditions of African Americans today. Systemic racism has not only existed in America and in New Jersey, but it still exists.

Those of us who have been granted privilege because of the color of our skin must recognize the many generations of pain which have been visited upon those without that privilege. I also recognize and celebrate the new generation of Americans who refuse to inherit this legacy.

Across our nation – and, indeed our world – hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people are awakening to the words written in Scripture, the Book of John Chapter 8, Verse 32, “you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”

Too many among us have kept our blinders on for too long. It has taken more than 400 years for the truth that “Black Lives Matter” to finally be given meaning and humanity. 

For too long, and in too many corners, we couldn’t see, or – even worse, in some cases did not want to see – the truth that systemic racism still to this day permeates our society, and our failure to address that truth has stunted our path to freedom.

Not your path to freedom – our path to freedom. This is not about one man or one woman. This is about all of us. Together.

And, let us always remember, that these values are the ones we must also bring to our fight for justice for our immigrant communities, who also face discrimination.

The reason that Black Lives Matter is because We are one state, one family, and we rise and fall – and we march and protest – as one. Saying Black Lives Matter is saying that in the struggle for the soul of humanity that we must acknowledge a community that has been victimized for 401 years by racism and discrimination. 

Saying Black Lives Matter boldly states that we will not inherit your racism. We will fight it wherever it raises its ugly head. 

Several weeks ago, I had an opportunity to attend a rally in Westfield organized by a 16-year-old student who challenged her city and school to look inside their souls and to proclaim, “Black Lives Matter.” And there, I saw thousands of people – mostly White residents who have awoken the reality of what it means to be good allies – proclaim to the world that Black Lives Matter.

However, Black Lives Matter are not just words. It is a personal call to action. 

Let me be clear, systemic racism is a crisis that has infected every aspect of American life. And I will work tirelessly to address it and its cascading effects. 

I will continue to work with my advisors, members of my Cabinet, and the Legislature – especially with the members of the Legislative Black Caucus, led by Senator Ron Rice and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter – on policy that will highlight and work to root-out the disparities in housing, income, transportation, education, and other issue areas, that have a direct impact on Black and Brown people.

And, I did not decide that Black Lives Matter last week – this has been a lifelong commitment. 

Black Lives Matter in wages and wealth creation, so we will push for additional meaningful economic opportunities for our families.

Black Lives Matter in criminal justice reform, so we will continue reshaping a more community-centered form of law enforcement.

Black Lives Matter in housing, where we will continue to provide resources to support affordable homeownership and those needing rental assistance.

Black Lives Matter in infant and maternal health, where we must eliminate disparate treatment in medical care.

Black Lives Matter in education, from pre-school to a college degree, where we must make equity a core value in how we develop education policy.

Black Lives Matter in the environment, where we must eliminate unequal community impacts.

And, Black Lives Matter in Camden, Atlantic City, and Trenton, and in suburban and rural communities alike.

Already, we have taken big steps together.

We have put our minimum wage on a solid path to $15 an hour. We have given everyone who works the guarantee of a paid sick day and access to expanded paid family leave. We know these progressive steps predominately benefit people of color, who have held a disproportionate number of low-wage jobs.

We have increased funding for our public schools and investments in pre-K – a cornerstone for building a stronger future for countless thousands of kids. And we started a historic program which today is allowing thousands of residents to attend community college and get their associate’s degree tuition-free. 

Through the tremendous work of the First Lady – who has brought together 18 different state departments and agencies, faith and community leaders, health care leaders, and elected officials from across our state – we are meaningfully confronting our infant and maternal health crisis. A black woman in New Jersey is nearly five times more likely than a white woman to die from pregnancy-related complications, and a black baby is three times more likely than a white baby to die before his or her first birthday. 

This abhorrent reality is why we have joined together with hundreds of partners throughout the state to develop a statewide strategic plan to decrease our rate of maternal mortality by 50 percent over five years, and completely eliminate the inequities in birth outcomes.

And, given the current national tenor, we have put New Jersey squarely at the forefront of the national fight for justice.

In December of last year, I was proud to sign bills addressing some of the ways our criminal justice system holds people back even after conviction. New Jersey now has the most progressive expungement reform in the nation allowing for the expungement of records of residents whose futures have been held back because of past convictions, and gives residents on parole or probation back their right to vote.

I believe in second chances, and that is why we created the second chance agenda. As I sought this office, I heard the stories of those whose futures were uncertain because of a low-level offense on their record and because of that record could not get employment. The expungement law, in particular, helps to reverse the impact of unjust laws and sentencing that started during slavery and continued for decades. 

Our commitment to creating safe communities and neighborhoods through a criminal justice system that lives up to that all-important word, “justice,” and enacting the recommendations of the Criminal Sentencing and Disposition Commission – which include the elimination of mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses – has only grown stronger.

And, through the tremendous work of Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and State Police Superintendent Colonel Pat Callahan, we are undertaking a transformation in the culture of policing across our state.

They have, to their credit, traveled across our state building partnerships with faith and community leaders, residents, and stakeholders so that this transformation in policing and police culture is achieved through direct and open collaboration with our diverse communities.

And, we have seen across our state over the past few weeks the natural outgrowth of these efforts – law enforcement joining their communities in committing to the simple, natural law that Black Lives Matter.

Under Attorney General Grewal, New Jersey has emerged as a national leader in increasing accountability, transparency and professionalism – which bring us closer to a reimagined police culture.

Just this week, the Attorney General directed all law enforcement agencies to make public the names of officers who are fired, demoted, or suspended for more than five days due to serious disciplinary violations.

This speaks to a core value – those who discredit their badge should not be allowed to hide behind that badge.

Superintendent Callahan is taking this directive even further. He has committed to not just releasing these names in the future, but releasing twenty-years-worth of names from State Police. As a result, other agencies are taking similar steps – a sure sign that they not only wish to change for the future, but that they also wish to account for their own pasts.

That is what lays at the heart of this matter. It is well time for us to account for our past. 

We cannot escape the fact that our own criminal justice system has an inconsistent past in its relationship with Black and brown communities. 

In New Jersey, we have our own history of police-involved deaths. Maurice Gordon is just one example. Our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Gordon and every family who has shared this kind of tragic loss. And, here, we have a law which I signed that requires our Attorney General to independently investigate officer-involved deaths and to present evidence before a grand jury. 

We will lead the nation in creating a system of transparency and integrity in the legal process. 

Ours is a nation conceived in liberty, and, yet, 244 years after our founding document declared “to a candid world,” that “all men are created equal,” we must reckon with the fact, in the starkest of terms, and in the sharpest of images, that we are far from achieving that promised equality.

Ask George Floyd if he was treated as an equal. Ask Breonna Taylor. Ask Ahmaud Arbery. Ask Rayshard Brooks. 

Ask John William Smith, whose arrest in Newark in 1967 sparked the Newark uprisings.

Ask Medgar Evers. Ask Emmitt Till. Ask Dred Scott. 

This brings hope to the quest for justice.

The names of the slaves in Texas who learned of their freedom on Juneteenth are unknown but to history. But, the names of those whose lives have been cut short because of systemic racism are known to us all. They must be. 

And, lest we forget, the first American killed in the nation’s first fight for independence and liberty, in 1770, was a Black man, Crispus Attucks. How have we honored that legacy?

We cannot allow ourselves to walk through this world with blinders on, claiming emptily that we don’t “see race” – when what that means is we are ignoring the inequalities that exist today.

We cannot escape the fact that systemic racism – not the outward racism of hate groups, but the silent racism of complacency – has bled into nearly facet of facet of our society.

New Jersey is a leader – and will remain a leader – in bringing the change we need. Our administration came to office with a commitment to tackling and dismantling systemic racism, but despite our strides thus far, we know that work is far from over.

We will continue to stand in solidarity with everyone in this sanctuary, with every one of you watching, and with everyone protesting in the streets.

Our goal – not as an administration, but as a society – is this: That the pain of yesterday, and the pain of today, does not become the pain of tomorrow.

There are too many who are not with us as we continue this work to ensure true freedom and equality – in word and in deed – for all. But their memories, and their spirits will guide us forward, as they always have.

Let’s do this together. Let’s make this Juneteenth 2020 a day not just of historical celebration, but the day where we took another step forward in transforming our state in a way that future generations will celebrate.

And, as we move forward, let us be led by the words found in Second Corinthians, Verse Three, Chapter 17, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

Let this be our charge.

Thank you, and may God bless you all.

BREAKING: Trenton Female Shot In Back

June 18, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: From unconfirmed radio reports. If or when official information becomes available the story will be updated.

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–At 11:33 pm Police and EMS responded to the 900 Block of Southard Street for a female shot in the back. EMS transported patient to the trauma center at Capitol Health Regional Medical Center. A “trauma alert” was called.