Massive Trump rally takes over New Jersey town; could the state FLIP RED?

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The tide is turning as former President Trump dominates Biden in five crucial swing states. And his recent rally in Wildwood, New Jersey illustrates that perfectly.

While 40,000 attendees were expected, over 80,000 — some are even saying 100,000 — passionate MAGA supporters showed up.

“Joe Biden can’t even half fill up an ice cream shop when he stops by,” Pat Gray says, adding, “I mean there’s like four people there and that’s a big crowd for him.”

“But that man had 81 million votes,” he adds sarcastically.

During Trump’s speech at the rally, he made a prediction about New Jersey.

“As you can see today, we’re expanding the electoral map, because we are going to officially play in the state of New Jersey. We’re going to win the state of New Jersey,” Trump said triumphantly.

“I always talk about we have enemies on the outside and we have enemies from within. The enemies from within are more dangerous to me than the enemies on the outside. Russia and China we can handle, but these lunatics within our government that are going to destroy our country, and probably want to, we have to get it stopped,” Trump continued to an eruption of cheers from the crowd.

Gray is in agreement.

“If you were trying to destroy the country, what would you do differently? They’re doing it all,” he says.

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THIS indicted senator has allegedly been trading US secrets for cash, gold, and luxury cars

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Democratic Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey is back in the news after an indictment on federal bribery charges — but he remains defiant.

Menendez believes he will be exonerated, while others are calling for his resignation.

This is not the first time Menendez’s feet have been held to the fire. Back in 2012, the senator was accused of hiring underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, but Menendez, of course, denied these allegations.

“I think that one was a little too close to home for federal prosecutors to seal the deal on that prosecution,” Keith Malinak jokes.

Now, Menendez is being accused of allegedly doing special favors for Egypt in exchange for cash, gold, and luxury vehicles.

The senator and his wife reportedly had over $480,000 in cash hidden around their house in envelopes and clothing closets, along with over $70,000 in his wife’s safety deposit box. Federal agents also reportedly discovered gold bars worth more than $100,000 in their home.

“Egypt does bribery right,” Malinak laughs.

Menendez has also been accused of selling national secrets to Egypt, providing sensitive U.S. government information, and taking other steps that secretly aided the government of Egypt.

“Why is he not being charged with treason?” Pat Gray asks. “The man’s obviously a traitor to the United States of America. Why is treason not one of the charges here?”

Malinak believes the government and even members of Menendez’s own party are going after him because his approval ratings are “underwater.”

“They realize he had a chance to lose re-election, and you can’t lose that seat; it’s too important. So, it’s time to go. It’s time to push forward with these bribery charges,” Malinak adds.

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Family of 12-year-old girl, who died by suicide from bullying, receives largest settlement of  bullying case in New Jersey history

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The family of a 12-year-old girl who died by suicide after being relentlessly bullied has been awarded the largest settlement of a bullying case in New Jersey history.

On June 14, 2017, sixth-grader Mallory Grossman committed suicide after being bullied by classmates at Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township, N.J.

Some classmates reportedly asked the struggling 12-year-old, "When are you going to kill yourself?"

Court documents reveal that Mallory's parents had multiple meetings with school officials before her suicide regarding their daughter being bullied. The parents allegedly even met with school officials on the day that Mallory took her own life.

Dianne Grossman described her daughter's abuse in June of 2018, "We used to say, 'Go jump in the lake.' That was a funny thing to say. Now our kids are saying, 'Go kill yourself.' We've got to recognize that that type of language has to be intolerable."

Grossman added, "The poor behavior and the poor decisions that these children make, it's still continuing. These children have not changed."

Mallory's parents say that their daughter had her chair constantly kicked while she was in class.

"Putting an end to bullying is not something achieved by individuals operating alone, it is done by a community banding together," states the anti-bullying website dedicated to Mallory. "We achieve this by unifying students, teachers, kids, and adults alike, against bullying and anyone who seeks to make less of, or cause harm to others."

The parents allege that school officials advised them not to lodge a formal complaint during the meeting.

Dianne Grossman described Mallory as a "quiet child," who was a gymnast and a cheerleader who "loved the outdoors."

This week, the family was awarded $9.1 million settlement from the school district — the largest payout in New Jersey history for a bullying case.

The deceased teen's family support legislation known as "Mallory's Law," which states: "Revises provisions required in school district's anti-bullying policy; provides for civil liability of parent of minor adjudicated delinquent for cyber-harassment or harassment; and increases certain fines against parents."

Grossman family attorney Bruce Nagle said, "This settlement is one more step in dealing with this avoidable tragedy and I hope that it sends a clear message to all schools around the country that our children must be protected from the horrors of school bullying."

Dianne Grossman told, "Seth and I are satisfied with the settlement, ready to put this part behind us and move forward, continuing to lend our voice to the epidemic that is stealing our children’s future."

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Man released early from prison due to COVID-19 accused of murder 2 days later

A New Jersey inmate was released from prison early due to the state's concerns about the spread of COVID-19, and two days later he was accused of murdering a teen.

Jerry D. Crawford, 25, was serving time at the South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton, New Jersey, for committing the crime of burglary. On Nov. 4, 2020, Crawford was released from prison on "public health emergency credits" and granted mandatory parole supervision.

One month earlier, Gov. Phil Murphy signed the NJ S2519 legislation into law, which "requires public health emergency credits to be awarded to certain inmates and parolees during public health emergency."

At the time of signing the bill, Murphy noted that the COVID-19 positivity rate among New Jersey's incarcerated population was "at an impressive low of 0.09%."

"Reducing our prison population will undoubtedly further our mission to combat COVID-19," Murphy said in October. "This law further reduces the prison population to allow for even more social distancing."

On Nov. 6, two days after Crawford's release from prison thanks to public health emergency credits, he was accused of the murder of 18-year-old Davion Scarbrough, reported.

Crawford was charged for Scarbrough's murder along with Yusuf Waites, who also had been recently released from incarceration. Waites, 23, was released from Garden State Youth Correctional Facility in Crosswicks on Oct. 10 after completing his sentence on a gun charge.

Apartment complex surveillance video caught Crawford and Waites with Scarbrough shortly before the victim's body was found riddled with bullets in a dirt path less than half of a mile from the prison where Crawford was released two days earlier, according to court documents.

Last week, Crawford and Waites were indicted on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree conspiracy to commit murder in the fatal shooting of Scarbrough.

Waites was also indicted along with three other defendants in connection with the Dec. 9, 2020, murder of Jose Castro, 27, during a "drive-by shooting and a daylight gun battle through Bridgeton."

Gov. Murphy attacks Rep. Gaetz for attending Republican event in NJ: 'I don't ever want you back in this state'

Gov. Phil Murphy lashed out at Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) for attending a private Republican event in New Jersey this week. The Democratic governor of New Jersey regressed to name-calling, and called Gaetz a "fool," for attending a gala.

Gaetz attended a gala in Jersey City hosted by the New York Young Republican Club on Thursday, where he was a featured speaker. Photos of the event were posted online, and Gov. Murphy took aim at Gaetz on Friday.

During a Friday press conference, Murphy attacked the Republican representative by calling him a "knucklehead."

"That guy in the middle, the tall, handsome fella in the gray suit, that is Representative Matt Putz - oh sorry, Matt Gaetz, and based upon his past performances, it is obvious being a knucklehead is not beyond the pale for him," Murphy said, according to WCMH-TV. "He was actually Sarah Palin's backup act for this event."

Murphy doubled down on his criticism of Gaetz on Twitter where he posted a photo of the event, which showed Gaetz and several other Republicans at the gala. Murphy went so far as to say he never wants Gaetz to return to New Jersey.

"Last night, the @NYYRC allegedly snuck into Jersey City to hold a 'gala fundraiser' – ignoring our social distancing and mask rules," Murphy tweeted. "It is beyond the pale that anyone would willingly endanger people in another state. Jersey City law enforcement is investigating this matter."

"It is also beyond the pale that Rep Matt Putz – I mean @RepMattGaetz – would participate in this. What a fool. Matt – You are not welcome in New Jersey, and frankly I don't ever want you back in this state," he added.

It is also beyond the pale that Rep Matt Putz – I mean @RepMattGaetz – would participate in this. What a fool.Mat…
— Governor Phil Murphy (@Governor Phil Murphy)1607105406.0

Gaetz responded on Twitter by highlighting that New Jerseyans are fleeing the state. "You're gonna regret this tweet when you move to Florida like the rest of New Jersey," Gaetz retaliated.

Data compiled by United Van Lines from March 1 to Aug. 19, found that New Jersey had the highest rate of exodus of all states; 69% moved out of N.J. compared to 31% of people moving into the Garden State.

Florida was the third most popular destination for New Jersey taxpayers in 2017-18, according to census records. "Between the 2011-12 and 2017-18 tax years, the income of tax filers from those states moving to Florida has doubled."

Gaetz then responded to Murphy's comment with a light-hearted joke about his appearance.

Thank you for calling me handsome, Governor!I’m only considered handsome in New Jersey, though.In Florida I’m b…
— Matt Gaetz (@Matt Gaetz)1607109214.0

New York Young Republicans Club president Gavin Wax refuted the allegations of wrongdoing at the gala.

"The @NYYRC Gala was held in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations," Wax tweeted. "Any suggestion to the contrary and any legal threats are made in bad faith and politically motivated. As far as we are aware, the First Amendment has not been repealed."

Vish Burra, the gala organizer and New York Young Republicans vice president, said the group "did everything by the book," and contended that the 150-person capacity complied with state rules because the event was protected political speech.

Check me out on @NBCNewYork talking about the @NYYRC #ForbiddenGala
— Destroyer of Worlds Vish the Producer (@Destroyer of Worlds Vish the Producer)1607182027.0

Jersey City officials launched an investigation into Maritime Parc, the venue that held the Republican event.

"In Jersey City we take Covid enforcement very seriously, and this event appears to be an egregious violation of the governor's executive orders, including capacity limitations and mandatory mask wearing," Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop (D) said in a statement.

Jake Hudnut, Jersey City's chief prosecutor, said, "These photos of COVID-19 violations are dangerous and unacceptable. Maritime Parc is under the jurisdiction of @NJGov's Liberty State Park. We will follow up w/ LSP Police today. Any summonses will be prosecuted fully in #JerseyCity's courts."

Fulop posted a photo of the health department's notice ordering the venue to shut down.

"This establishment known as Maritime Parc, 84 Audrey Zapp Dr., has been ordered CLOSED until such time as the operators prepare and submit a written operational plan to the Jersey City Department of Environmental Health," read the order, signed by Division of Environmental Health Director Happy James Boor.

— Steven Fulop (@Steven Fulop)1607104594.0

A spokesperson for Maritime Parc said the booking was "last minute," but it was in a room with a maximum capacity of 600 people.

"The New Jersey State Police were in fact onsite throughout the event to ensure guidelines were followed, prior to issuing the initial statement as well as the order to temporarily close," the statement from Maritime read.

"Maritime Parc will assist the investigation in whatever ways necessary and is eager to help," the venue stated. "They had done everything in their capacity and that is required to be compliant here – including informing the group several times of New Jersey's social distancing regulations."

The venue's management declared that the event did not exceed capacity limits and only found out about the order to close through social media.

Gaetz reacted to the business being shut down by advising, "Dear Business Owners - Escape the Tyrany. Move to Florida."

He also asked, "Should we organize a "peaceful protest" of lockdowns in New Jersey?"

Should we organize a “peaceful protest” of lockdowns in New Jersey?
— Matt Gaetz (@Matt Gaetz)1607132391.0

Some online critics pointed out that Murphy was being hypocritical since he previously attended a Black Lives Matter-inspired protest in Hillside, New Jersey. Murphy was seen at a crowded protest on June 7 for "Hillside Strong March to End Racism, Police Brutality & Embrace Diversity." Murphy was seen not practicing social distancing at the event, which violated the governor's own order he signed in late May that prohibited gatherings of more than 25 people.

Today, in Hillside, we marched for justice. For George Floyd and for the many before him – who lost their lives f…
— Governor Phil Murphy (@Governor Phil Murphy)1591555061.0