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US Capitol riots: Congressmen accused of ‘abetting’ protesters

Rep. Mikie Sherrill said Tuesday she saw lawmakers giving tours she perceived to be ‘a reconnaissance to groups Tuesday, January 5

A Democratic representative revealed Tuesday she witnessed members of Congress leading ‘reconnaissance’ tours through the Capitol the day before the mob stormed the building – as more details emerged over the attack indicating three Republican lawmakers may have helped protesters get inside.

Mikie Sherrill, who represents New Jersey’s 11th district, said during a Facebook Live video Tuesday night that she wants members of Congress who ‘abetted’ President Donald Trump and the violent crowd who descended on the Capitol to be held accountable and prevented from running for office in the future.

‘We can’t have a democracy if members of Congress are actively helping the president overturn the elections results,’ Sherrill said of her colleagues she claims assisted Trump in inciting a crowd to storm the Capitol last Wednesday, January 6.

‘Not only do I intend to see that the president is removed and never runs for office again and doesn’t have access to classified material,’ she continued in her straight-to-camera remarks. 

‘I also intend to see that those members of Congress who abetted him; those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 – a reconnaissance for the next day; those members of Congress that incited this violent crowd; those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy – I’m going to see they are held accountable, and if necessary, ensure that they don’t serve in Congress.’

At the same time, new revelations are surfacing that a pro-Trump activist, Ali Alexander, claimed he was assisted by three GOP representatives to help organize the January 6 assault on the Capitol to disrupt the election certification.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an Instagram Live video Tuesday night that she feared for her life during the riots, specifically expressing her concerns that some GOP lawmakers would give away her location to the mob.

Sherrill's comments come as pro-Trump activist Ali Alexander revealed in a video on Periscope that three GOP lawmakers helped in organizing the disruption of Congress certifying the election for Joe Biden on January 6

Sherrill’s comments come as pro-Trump activist Ali Alexander revealed in a video on Periscope that three GOP lawmakers helped in organizing the disruption of Congress certifying the election for Joe Biden on January 6

Alexandria Ocasi-Cortez said in an Instagram Live video Tuesday night that she feared her GOP colleagues would disclose her location to the mob during the riot last week ¿ she did not name who she thought would do so

Alexandria Ocasi-Cortez said in an Instagram Live video Tuesday night that she feared her GOP colleagues would disclose her location to the mob during the riot last week – she did not name who she thought would do so

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn walks past members of the National Guard Wednesday morning as they try to get some sleep inside the U.S. Capitol

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn walks past members of the National Guard Wednesday morning as they try to get some sleep inside the U.S. Capitol

‘I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive, and not just in a general sense but also in a very, very specific sense,’ the progressive lawmaker said during the hour-long live stream.

She called the close encounter ‘traumatizing’ and claimed her ‘near assassination’ is ‘not an exaggeration’.

‘There were QAnon and white supremacist sympathizers, and frankly white supremacist members of Congress, in that extraction point who I have felt would disclose my location and would create opportunities to allow me to be hurt, kidnapped, etc.,’ Ocasio-Cortez said.

She did not name any of the lawmakers she felt could have jeopardized her situation.

It is now known that Alexander told his followers on Periscope late last month that Republican Representatives Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs of Arizona and Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama were planning something big.

Alexander helped organize one of the demonstrations that converged on the Capitol lawn Wednesday – since then, his Facebook and Twitter accounts have been locked and he is banned from the social media platforms.

He said in a since-deleted video: ‘I want to let you guys know how we’re responding because I was the person who came up with the January 6 idea with Congressman Gosar, Congressman Mo Brooks and then Congressman Andy Biggs.’

All three lawmakers are hard-line Trump supporters.

‘We four schemed up of putting maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting so that who we couldn’t lobby, we could change the hearts and the minds of Republicans who were in that body hearing our loud roar from outside,’ Alexander detailed.

In the video to Periscope, he said the purpose of the rally was ‘to build momentum and pressure’ on the day Congress moved to certify the election for Joe Biden. He also vowed that his group ‘Stop the Steal’ would find rooms in the nation’s capital if hotels shut down in the midst of the unrest.

Alexander, pictured here with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones during a demonstration in Georgia in November, helped organize the 'Stop the Steal' protesters who gathered near the Capitol before the chaos broke out last Wednesday

Alexander, pictured here with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones during a demonstration in Georgia in November, helped organize the ‘Stop the Steal’ protesters who gathered near the Capitol before the chaos broke out last Wednesday

National Guard members get some shut eye on the floor of the Capitol as they cradled their weapons and huddled together

National Guard members get some shut eye on the floor of the Capitol as they cradled their weapons and huddled together

Troops were called in following the Capitol breach last week and by the end of the week there will be 10,000 National Guard members in Washington D.C. Some are shown spreading out inside the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning

Troops were called in following the Capitol breach last week and by the end of the week there will be 10,000 National Guard members in Washington D.C. Some are shown spreading out inside the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning

Alexander did not specifically call for violence and instead claimed the left is ‘trying to push us to war.’

Biggs’ office sent out a statement claiming the congressman has not met or spoken with Alexander.

Biggs’ office responded to CNN, claiming he has not met or spoken with Alexander.

‘Congressman Biggs is not aware of hearing of or meeting Mr. Alexander at any point — let alone working with him to organize some part of a planned protest,’ the representative’s spokesperson said.

‘He did not have any contact with protestors or rioters, nor did he ever encourage or foster the rally or protests,’ they continued. ‘He was focused on his research and arguments to work within the confines of the law and established precedent to restore integrity to our elections, and to ensure that all Americans — regardless of party affiliation — can again have complete trust in our elections systems.’

Biggs, Gosar and Brooks all came under fire after going forward with objecting to the election results even after the violent Capitol riot forced them to evacuate the chamber and delayed proceedings for hours.

Sherrill, in her thirteen-and-a-half minute video posted to Facebook Tuesday, did not reveal which lawmakers she saw showing constituents around the Capitol last week – but she did make the shocking claim that the January 5 tours were part of some effort to get protesters familiar with the building before storming it the next day.

While some GOP lawmakers have come under fire for inciting the riots – whether directly or indirectly – or standing idly by as they unfolded, this is the most serious charge yet against sitting members of Congress regarding the unprecedented attack last week.

The six-hour riot resulted in hundreds of injuries and five deaths, including one Capitol Police officer and a female Trump supporter.

The House voted Tuesday evening on a non-binding resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to get Trump out of office now. The vote passed 223-205, with Sherrill voting in favor of it, even though Pence notified House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier Tuesday that he would not comply with the measure.

With the 25th Amendment off the table, and no hope of Trump resigning before his last seven days are up, House Democrats are likely to move forward Wednesday on impeaching the president for the second time.

Sherrill said in her video that she intends to support the effort.

She also voiced the sharp divide, which is widening in Congress, claiming those who do not agree with Democratic ideals of democracy are ‘now on different sides of this line.’

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Miracle in Newark: not a bullet was fired in 2020 by the police in the largest city of NJ, neighboring the violent New York | The State

The “peace” program started in 2016

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While gun violence doubled in NYC last year, in neighboring Newark, the most populous city in New Jersey, the police did not fire a single bullet.

City officials attribute the positive statistic to continued training for the Police Department in a challenging year.

“This is positive proof that our de-escalation training is highly effective. Our officers have embraced it and are actively employing this resource when engaging with the community, ”Anthony Ambrose, Newark’s director of public safety, said in a statement.

Newark Police began training in 2018. The department defines its de-escalation tactics as “verbal and non-verbal actions used by members, when secure and without compromising law enforcement objectives, to minimize the likelihood of the need to use force during an incident and increase the probability of voluntary compliance ”.

He more community-centered approach started earlier, in 2016, as part of a blanket settlement after a Justice Department investigation found that officers routinely used excessive force and made street stops that disproportionately affected minorities, following many accusations from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) since 2010.

Minutes after the start of 2021, however, the department’s record ended when Newark police shot and killed a 39-year-old man, according to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.

But the priority of not shooting remains. Newark officers also recovered 496 illegal firearms in 2020 and made 339 arrests, a 7% increase over those totals in 2019, he noted. Fox News.

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Alert for Armed Teens Stealing Cars in New Jersey and Neighboring States | The State

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A violent group of very young suspects, some described by victims as “children,” are attacking motorists in several states, New Jersey police alerted.

All incidents in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania they are related to the same group.

Authorities in Carneys Point, NJ, pursued two stolen cars in the municipality Tuesday, one from Delaware and one from Penns Grove, NJ, police said in a public safety alert.

The suspects were seen driving “extremely” aggressively and recklessly while eluding the police. Later Tuesday, a group of unidentified armed suspects stole a vehicle in Wilmington, Delaware before driving to Carneys Point, where tried to victimize another driver, said the police.

“They used a gun to threaten the victims and fled when the victim screamed, ”police said in a statement. Car assailants are believed to range in age from teens to young adults, all African American.

“Some victims have described them as ‘children,'” the statement continued. “Their activity is at random times during the day and night, and they have developed in residential neighborhoods and commercial areas.”

There have been no arrests, police work on Tuesday was suspended for security reasons, Carneys Point police admitted. “We have had 12 chases with this team since September,” Lieutenant Dale VanNamee told the outlet. NJ.com

“Their modus operandi is to pull the door handles and see which vehicles are open and have the keys in or put a gun to the victim’s face and demand the vehicle ”, described the alert.

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Hispanic Columbia University Executive Arrested for Sexual Abuse of a Minor | The State

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Marcelo Velez, a vice president engineer in a department at Columbia University in NYC, was arrested and faces charges of child sexual assault in New Jersey.

According to prosecutors, Vélez is accused of participating in sexual acts with a child under the age of 13 inside your home at Woodcliff Lake. It was not reported whether there is a family relationship between the accused and the alleged victim.

Police were notified of the alleged crimes on Sunday and, following an investigation, Velez was arrested at his home on Monday. Then they accused him of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a minor, among other charges.

According to the Columbia University portal, Vélez is the vice president of development for Manhattanville and oversees the design and construction of the West Harlem campus expansion. “Over the years, he has managed, supervised, or otherwise chaired more than a billion dollars in capital construction ”.

Columbia University did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the arrest. Velez was booked into the Bergen County Jail until his first court appearance in Hackensack, he detailed. Pix11.

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Snowstorm will affect at least 10 states, including regions of New York | The State

The storm could have greater effects on Tuesday.

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During this weekend and through Tuesday, the snowstorm will affect regions of at least 10 states, including the central and northern areas of NY and northern New Jersey.

“Little to no snow accumulation is anticipated in New York City, but more than three inches of snow may fall not far north in the Hudson Valley.”, He says El Canal del clima.

Among the impacted entities are also Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Missouri.

“This storm will bring snow to communities in the Midwest that saw ice in recent days and will add to the snowpack in the Northeast,” the forecast states.

This Sunday several regions will face snow accumulation, but in the metropolitan areas of New York and New Jersey only rain and low temperatures are expected.

“On Sunday, the snow should spread from southern Michigan and northern Ohio east to near the I-95 corridor, including the New York City area.”, the channel warns. “Scattered rains and some storms are possible in the coastal Carolinas to Maryland and New Jersey.”

He adds that the rain will also remain in Boston, where it could even fall some snow.

“On Sunday night, the snow will persist from the northern and central Appalachians to much of New England,” he said.

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They accuse a teenager and a military man for the murder of a young soldier who disappeared in New York | The State

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A 16-year-old teenager and a 23-year-old soldier were charged with the kidnapping and murder of Hayden Harris (20), an army corporal who disappeared in Fort Drum (NY) and later found shot and buried under the snow in New Jersey, in December.

Private Jamaal Mellish and an unidentified teenager were charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and weapons charges in Harris’s death, the Sussex County (NJ) prosecutor’s office said Monday.

Harris, a native of Tennessee, was reported missing from Fort Drum military base on Dec. 18. A day later, firefighters in Byram Township (NJ) discovered her body in a wooded area after a report about blood and a pair of shoes in the area.

The soldier had a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities immediately arrested Brooklyn resident Mellish, who was placed in military custody in Oneida County (NJ).

The suspected teen is being held at a juvenile facility, the prosecutor’s office said.

Harris grew up dreaming of joining the military, family friends said. He enlisted in March 2019 and had been stationed at the upstate New York base since that July.

A motive in the case and the exact location of the crime have not been revealed. Prosecutors did not provide additional information about the teenager, nor did they say how he knew the two soldiers, it reported. New York Post.

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Solider and boy, 16, charged with murdering Fort Drum soldier whose body was found 280 miles away

A Fort Drum soldier and a 16-year-old boy have been charged in the murder and kidnapping of a 20-year-old soldier found buried under snow in northern New Jersey.

Pvt. Jamaal Mellish, 23, and the 16-year-old boy, whose identity has not been released, were charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, second-degree weapons charges in the death of Cpl. Hayden Harris.

Harris’ body was found in Byram Township, according to the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office. 

A Fort Drum soldier and a 16-year-old boy have been charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder in the death of a Cpl. Hayden Harris, 20, pictured 

Harris was reported missing from Fort Drum on December 18th.

Township firefighters discovered Harris with a gunshot wound to his head the following day on December 19th.

Firefighters were on their annual Santa ride through the township when they discovered his body in a wooded area after reportedly seeing some blood and a pair of shoes.

The Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office coordinated with the Army and New York officials to bring charges.

Mellish, from Brooklyn, is being held in military custody in Oneida County, New York.

Harris was slated to meet Mellish for ‘some type of vehicle exchange’ 

The two soldiers had met to discuss a disagreement over a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, according to Gregory Mueller, first assistant prosecutor in Sussex County, New Jersey, where the body was found.  

This map shows the distance between Fort Drum in upstate New York to Byram Township, New Jersey where Corporal Harris' body was found in woods

This map shows the distance between Fort Drum in upstate New York to Byram Township, New Jersey where Corporal Harris’ body was found in woods 

Authorities believe Mellish abducted Harris, drove him 280 miles in the Chevy Silverado from Watertown to Byram County, New Jersey and killed him. It was not clear why the encounter had turned deadly. 

The 16-year-old suspect is being held in a juvenile detention facility, the prosecutor’s office said. No additional information was released on the teen or how the soldier knew the pair.

A motive has not yet been released in the case, and the investigation is continuing. 

 Harris, of Guys, Tennessee, had been stationed at Fort Drum in New York since July 2019.

Family friend Claire Hallissy said Harris was known in his hometown as ‘Opie’ for his red hair, his infectious smile and his one passion: to join the U.S. Army.

Harris joined the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum and became an infantryman with the 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

Before that he trained at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Harris was last seen driving a red 2016 Ford Mustang with Tennessee license plates - from his home state (above) on December 18th. His body was found the following day

Harris was last seen driving a red 2016 Ford Mustang with Tennessee license plates – from his home state (above) on December 18th. His body was found the following day

Harris left Fort Drum for Watertown, New York to meet fellow soldier Jamaal Mellish, 23, for a 'vehicle transaction'. Authorities believe Mellish abducted Harris, drove him from Watertown to Byram County, New Jersey and killed him

Harris left Fort Drum for Watertown, New York to meet fellow soldier Jamaal Mellish, 23, for a ‘vehicle transaction’. Authorities believe Mellish abducted Harris, drove him from Watertown to Byram County, New Jersey and killed him

‘It is well known here that Corporal Harris was a great Soldier, and we share our grief with his friends and Family, I hear again and again how he was also – and most importantly – a really wonderful, caring person,’  Brigadier Gen. Brett Funck, acting commander for Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division, said in a statement.

‘His death is a tremendous loss for his loved ones, this division and our nation,’ he added. 

Funck praised Harris’ teammates, who reported him missing soon after they didn’t hear back from him.

‘I’m proud of their quick action and hope they can find some comfort in knowing they ultimately helped law enforcement officers located Cpl. Harris and greatly empowered the investigation into his disappearance,’ he said. 

Harris was promoted from specialist to corporal following his death.

'It is well known here that Corporal Harris was a great Soldier, and we share our grief with his friends and Family, I hear again and again how he was also - and most importantly - a really wonderful, caring person,' Brigadier Gen. Brett Funck, acting commander for Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division, said in a statement

‘It is well known here that Corporal Harris was a great Soldier, and we share our grief with his friends and Family, I hear again and again how he was also – and most importantly – a really wonderful, caring person,’ Brigadier Gen. Brett Funck, acting commander for Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division, said in a statement

Fort Drum is located near the Canadian border, around 80 miles north of Syracuse. 

An investigation into the death of Cpl. Hayden Allen Harris is ongoing and foul play is suspected, the Criminal Investigation Command (CID) said in a news release. 

‘We are working very closely with several law enforcement agencies, to include Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and Sussex County Prosecutors Office, and the Byram Township Police Department on this investigation. We greatly appreciate their work on this ongoing case,’ Chris Grey, Spokesman for the Army Criminal Investigation Command said. 

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the Fort Drum Army CID Office at (315) 772-9459. Anonymous tips can be submitted on the CID’s Crime Tips website. 

Harris joined the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum in July 2019 and became an infantryman with the 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. Before that he trained at Fort Benning, Georgia

Harris joined the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum in July 2019 and became an infantryman with the 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. Before that he trained at Fort Benning, Georgia

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Jared Kushner’s family firm plans to make $100 million by selling bonds in Israel 

Jared Kushner’s family business has filed papers to raise at least $100 million by selling bonds in Israel – raising eyebrows once again about the tangled interests of Donald Trump’s key Middle East broker.

Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka and acts as a senior adviser to the president, resigned from Kushner Companies when he joined the White House but retains a financial stake in the firm.

Kushner’s firm remained active in the real estate market in 2019, selling and buying properties in New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Ohio.

His and Ivanka’s financial disclosures for 2019, made public in August, show that last year they earnt $36 million.

Jared Kushner is pictured with his father Charles, who founded Kushner Cos, in March 2012

A Kushner Companies logo is visible near an entrance to the Kushner Companies' flagship property 666 Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan

A Kushner Companies logo is visible near an entrance to the Kushner Companies’ flagship property 666 Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan

Jared and Ivanka's investments, mostly in real estate, were worth at least $204 million and as much as $783 million last year, according to a financial disclosure published in August

Jared and Ivanka’s investments, mostly in real estate, were worth at least $204 million and as much as $783 million last year, according to a financial disclosure published in August

The couple’s investments, mostly in real estate, were worth at least $204 million and as much as $783 million.

On Tuesday The Wall Street Journal reported that the family company filed the papers this month with the Israel Securities Authority and would sell the bonds on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

The company has raised other forms of capital in Israel in the past from both banks and equity partners, but it would be Kushner Companies’ first capital raise on the Israeli bond market, as well as the largest unsecured capital raise.

‘Kushner is considering the option of issuing bonds on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange,’ a company spokesman said.

‘The company has had years of success working with Israeli institutions as both a borrower and a partner.’

Jared Kushner is pictured with Benjamin Netanyahu on December 21 in Jerusalem

Jared Kushner is pictured with Benjamin Netanyahu on December 21 in Jerusalem

Kushner and US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, by a plaque inside the embassy in Jerusalem for the Kushner Courtyard, in December

Kushner and US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, by a plaque inside the embassy in Jerusalem for the Kushner Courtyard, in December

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has been for decades a family friend of the Kushners: Charles Kushner, Jared’s father and the son of Holocaust survivors, was a generous donor to Israeli causes. 

Netanyahu had even stayed at the Kushners’ home in New Jersey, sleeping in Jared’s bedroom – Jared, then a teenager, moved to the basement that night, according to The New York Times. 

Trump this month pardoned Charles Kushner, 66, who was sentenced in 2005 to two years in prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion and witness tampering.

Jared, 39, took over as CEO of Kushner Cos in 2008 and stepped down in January 2016. 

It is unclear what role he will take in the family firm after Trump leaves the White House on January 20.

Kushner Cos.’ bond sale in Israel would likely take place in the first quarter of 2021, the WSJ reported.

Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat (R), who led an Israeli delegation to Rabat, Morocco, on December 22 with Jared Kushner

Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat (R), who led an Israeli delegation to Rabat, Morocco, on December 22 with Jared Kushner

A number of real-estate investors have begun stockpiling cash in recent months, to be well positioned to snap up bargain properties being sold off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kushner Cos. appears to be readying to purchase these distressed properties.

This month, it put a portfolio of 10 Maryland rental-apartment properties with about 5,500 units up for sale, in a move which could generate as much as $800 million.

The company has raised other forms of capital in Israel in the past including loans from Bank Leumi and Bank Hapoalim, as well as equity investments from companies like Psagot Investment House and Harel Insurance Investments and Financial Services Ltd, the paper reported.

Kushner Cos. has steered clear of new fundraising from sovereign investors since early in the Trump administration when the family’s efforts to salvage its investment in the office tower at 666 Fifth Avenue, in New York City, sparked fierce criticism.

Kushner Cos. eventually sold a long-term lease of 666 Fifth Ave. to Brookfield Asset Management.

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Two New Jersey Women Arrested in 200-Person Speakeasy Raid The State

Denisse and Katherine Tinizaray.

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Two women were arrested for illegally selling liquor in a Newark speakeasy.

Denisse Tinizaray, 26, and Katherine Tinizaray, 28, fell on Sunday when authorities arrived at a Libella Court winery over allegations of a illegal party.

According to the police report, the agents found some 200 people consuming liquor, food and gambling.

The detainees were lin charge of selling alcohol. None of them presented documents authorizing the activities that were carried out.

Related: Body found beaten and stabbed at Boy Scout camp in New Jersey

Meetings in New Jersey are limited to 25 people due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Another party

It is the second clandestine operation of its nature to be dismantled in New Jersey in recent weeks. On December 14, 45 people were found in a Trenton home. There a woman was arrested for selling beer for $ 5.

$ 942 in cash and $ 82 in small amounts of cocaine were confiscated.

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Chris Christie says Trump’s pardoning of Jared Kushner’s father Charles doesn’t overshadow his work

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie responded on Sunday to Donald Trump’s pardoning of Charles Kushner, the wealthy real estate developer that he helped send to jail a decade and a half ago.

Christie, a longtime friend and ally of Trump whose known for his brash persona, offered few words on the motion during an appearance on ABC’s This Week, affirming only that he believed it further highlighted his ‘extraordinary’ work as a US attorney.

Trump announced Charles Kushner – the father of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared – would have his sentence commuted on December 22. He was sentenced to two years in prison in 2005 for tax fraud and witness retaliation.

‘What it doesn’t overshadow is the extraordinary work that my office did 16 years ago,’ Christie said in response Sunday.

‘Let’s remember, the case was not tried. Mr. Kushner pled guilty. So we’ll stand on the record of our prosecution at that time and of the conduct that was engaged in the case,’ Christie added.

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Christie, a longtime friend and ally of Trump whose known for his brash persona, insisted that he didn’t have much to say about the motion during an appearance on ABC’s This Week

Charles Kushner (left, pictured with son Jared Kushner) was pardoned by the Trump administration on Tuesday last week, 15 years after he was convicted for tax fraud and other charges

Charles Kushner (left, pictured with son Jared Kushner) was pardoned by the Trump administration on Tuesday last week, 15 years after he was convicted for tax fraud and other charges

Kushner was pardoned by the president last week alongside former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and longtime associate and political ally Roger Stone, in addition to numerous others.​

Christie’s comments Sunday mark a dramatic departure from ones he’s previously made about the case.

He once called the prosecution of the elder Kushner ‘one of the most loathsome, disgusting crime​s I prosecuted.’

Kushner, a multimillionaire property developer in New Jersey and top Democratic donor, pleaded guilty to 18 counts in 2004, including tax evasion and making illegal campaign contributions. He was sentenced to two years in a low security Alabama prison in 2005.

The plea came after Kushner admitted to hatching an unsuccessful plan to hire a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law and former business partner, William Schulder, after discovering he was assisting federal authorities in an investigation into his finances.

He enlisted the services of the sex worker for $10,000 to swoon Schulder at a New Jersey motel, and arranged for the encounter to be filmed with a hidden camera so he could later blackmail him.

Kushner later showed the footage to Schulder’s wife – Kushner’s sister, Esther.

Kushner, a multimillionaire property developer in New Jersey and top Democratic donor, pleaded guilty to 18 counts in 2004, including tax evasion and making illegal campaign contributions

Kushner, a multimillionaire property developer in New Jersey and top Democratic donor, pleaded guilty to 18 counts in 2004, including tax evasion and making illegal campaign contributions

The case would become one of Christie’s most high profile. He later became head of Trump’s campaign transition team in 2016, before reportedly being force out by Jared Kushner

After securing Kushner’s prosecution, Chris Christie would go onto become a prominent Trump surrogate and the head of his transition team.

His history with the Kushner family would loom large over his ties to the Trump administration, in which Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump serve as senior White House advisers.

Christie was eventually ousted from the Trump campaign in 2016, with Jared Kushner largely blamed for his firing.

Still, Christie has routinely defended his prosecution of Charles Kushner, authoring a book centered in part on the case, named Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics.

In his memoir, Christie said Jared Kushner had forced him out of the Trump administration as an act of revenge.

In an interview with PBS last year, Christie said: ‘Mr. Kushner pled guilty. He admitted the crimes. And so what am I supposed to do as a prosecutor? I mean, if a guy hires a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law, and videotapes it, and then sends the videotape to his sister to attempt to intimidate her from testifying before a grand jury, do I really need any more justification than that?’

He continued: ‘I mean, it’s one of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes that I prosecuted. And I was U.S. attorney in New Jersey, so we had some loathsome and disgusting crime going on there.’

In an interview with PBS last year, Christie called the prosecution of the elder Kushner ‘one of the most loathsome, disgusting crime​s I prosecuted'

In an interview with PBS last year, Christie called the prosecution of the elder Kushner ‘one of the most loathsome, disgusting crime​s I prosecuted’

Charles Kushner’s familial ties weren’t mentioned by the White House in its statement announcing his clemency Tuesday, but his philanthropic work was heavily cited.

‘Since completing his sentence in 2006, Mr. Kushner has been devoted to important philanthropic organizations and causes, such as Saint Barnabas Medical Center and United Cerebral Palsy,’ according to the statement.

‘This record of reform and charity overshadows Mr. Kushner’s conviction and 2 year sentence for preparing false tax returns, witness retaliation, and making false statements to the FEC.’

Unlike Christie, several officials have blasted Trump’s pardoning spree, including Republican Senator Ben Sasse who called it ‘rotten to the core’.

Political consultant David Axelrod, meanwhile, called the pardons unsurprising but still ‘appalling’.

‘Everyone saw this raw sewage dump of pardons and commutations for @realDonaldTrump apparatchiks and loyalists coming,’ he tweeted. ‘It’s the least surprising news. Yet the spectacle is still appalling. And it’s not over!’