October 16, 2013 |
When Dwight Howard made the decision to leave the Lakers for the Houston Rockets in free agency this past summer, he knew he'd have a long list of detractors. "Everybody's saying I was a 'coward' for leaving [the Lakers], and I knew I was going to get that," said Howard on Tuesday to the Orlando Sentinel . "But I think with the situation I had to do what was best for Dwight. " Howard spent one season with the Lakers after a trade from the Orlando Magic in 2012. Originally Howard was looking for a trade in 2011 but decided to opt in to the final year of his contract with the Magic.
October 16, 2013 |
Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who harnessed the power of social media to gain fame far beyond his city, is heading to Washington after winning a special election to fill New Jersey's U.S. Senate seat. With 52% of the vote in, Booker was leading Republican tea party opponent Steve Lonegan, 55% to 44%. The Associated Press called the race for the Democrat within hours after the polls closed. After brushing past the tea party-fueled challenge from Lonegan, Booker will take over a seat long held by Democrat Frank R. Lautenberg, who died in June.
October 15, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Never mind the bitter partisan bickering in Washington. New Jersey resident Peter Cahill will go to the polls twice within the next month and do something unusual: vote for a Republican and a Democrat. On Wednesday, Cahill, 44, will cast a ballot for Cory Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark, in a special election for U.S. Senate. Then, on Nov. 5, he'll vote to reelect Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, to a second term. Booker and Christie are very different, the Hillsdale man acknowledges.
October 12, 2013 |
New Jersey's decade-long battle over same-sex marriage is headed to the state's highest court. The New Jersey Supreme Court will hear arguments in January about whether gay marriage should be legalized. The court's Friday announcement means that a current case on gay marriage will bypass the usual appeal process. New Jersey Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson found last month that a U.S. Supreme Court decision from June compelled the state to begin granting same-sex marriages licenses.
October 4, 2013 |
NEW HANOVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Kenn Challender, a Republican, is not thrilled with Obamacare. But this week, he's a lot more worried about how he's going to pay the mortgage and feed his three children. The government shutdown has temporarily cost him his job as a civilian aircraft mechanic at a nearby military base. "I talked to the bank, and they said the best they could do would be to waive the late fee," said Challender, 33, standing underneath the American flag on his front step.
October 3, 2013 |
Miami Heat star LeBron James has the top-selling jersey in the NBA, according to numbers released Tuesday. James was followed by the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose, the Lakers' Kobe Bryant, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Miami's Dwyane Wade. "To know that so many people look up to me, so many kids, that's what means more than anything, that I continue to inspire the youth and they look at me as a role model," James told reporters at Heat training camp in the Bahamas. "I understand, when you wear someone's jersey, you actually, like, believe in them.
October 3, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant has the third-most popular selling NBA jersey worldwide, according to the league. Based on global sales from Adidas, LeBron James of the Miami Heat topped the list for the first time in his career. Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls placed second. The Lakers star finished ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, who was followed by Miami's Dwyane Wade at No. 5 and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks at No. 6. Former Laker Dwight Howard came in seventh.
September 26, 2013 |
Have you heard the one about the judge who moonlighted as a comedian? It wasn't a laughing matter for the New Jersey Supreme Court, which ruled recently that Municipal Court Judge Vince Sicari - who also appeared in comedy clubs and on television under the name Vince August - couldn't judge by day and joke by night. So Sicari is hanging up his robe. We understand the Supreme Court's concern about the importance of judicial impartiality and the appearance thereof (as a lawyer might say)
September 25, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- The effects of Superstorm Sandy plagued New Jersey throughout the summer, according to a poll released Wednesday that showed 38% of state residents who visited the Jersey shore spent less time there than they expected. The poll, conducted by Monmouth University and the Asbury Park Press, said that 1 in 6 New Jersey adults who normally spend time at the Jersey shore during the summer did not do so this year. Of those who visited the state's summer resorts but cut their stays short, nearly half cited worries that the seasonal businesses they counted on would not be open.
September 18, 2013 |
The Lakers unveiled their "Hollywood Nights" black jersey on Wednesday via Twitter. The team will wear the Hollywood Nights jersey on selected games throughout the season. The Lakers will also wear a white, sleeved jersey on occasion (including Christmas Day against the Miami Heat). You asked for it, we listened. Introducing the new #HollywoodNights uniforms: http://t.co/ylOZHbaUmp | pic.twitter.com/oepqqspMDC - Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) September 18, 2013 "Hollywood is also a really hard-working town.