Inside the Bridgegate Plot: Lies, Vengeance and an Epic Traffic Jam

The plot, federal prosecutors said, took shape a month in advance. There would be no warning, no response to calls seeking explanation or help. “Radio silence,” they called it. Mark Sokolich was going to pay. And if thousands of people suffered along with him, so be it. … More Inside the Bridgegate Plot: Lies, Vengeance and an Epic Traffic Jam

Career at stake, Sen. Menendez paints himself as victim in corruption case

Facing the lowest point of his four decades in politics, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez sought to reframe the narrative in his federal corruption case Thursday, portraying himself as a victim of overzealous prosecutors who naively — or knowingly — built an indictment on a foundation of lies. … More Career at stake, Sen. Menendez paints himself as victim in corruption case

The Cycle of Sexual Abuse (Part 2): A Teacher’s Betrayal

It was something about the way she flopped into the chair and cried, all raw innocence and seething emotion, that sent Jim Cunneely back. The 15-year-old girl was having a problem with her father. When she rushed into Cunneely’s empty classroom at Kittatinny Regional High School that morning in 2006, she was looking to vent. She was looking for consolation. Cunneely, a French teacher, said he felt like he was looking at himself. … More The Cycle of Sexual Abuse (Part 2): A Teacher’s Betrayal

The Cycle of Sexual Abuse (Part 1): How a teacher became a sex offender

Once jailed for molesting a 15-year-old student, teacher of the year Jim Cunneely says his crime is part of a cycle of sexual abuse that began when he was molested at 15 by a teacher of the year. This two-part series prompted a criminal investigation into the 1990s allegation against Carol D’Annunzio, now retired and living in … More The Cycle of Sexual Abuse (Part 1): How a teacher became a sex offender

Archbishop’s Pricey Retirement Home

The 4,500-square-foot home sits on 8.2 wooded acres in the hills of Hunterdon County. With five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a three-car garage and a big outdoor pool, it’s valued at nearly $800,000, records show. But it’s not quite roomy enough for Newark Archbishop John J. Myers. Myers, who has used the Franklin Township house as … More Archbishop’s Pricey Retirement Home

GWB scandal could harm Christie’s run for president

For Gov. Chris Christie, the path to the presidency just hit a Jersey-size pothole. Wednesday’s bombshell revelation that at least one member of the governor’s senior staff exacted political payback by orchestrating a massive traffic jam around the George Washington Bridge instantly transformed a local issue without much fizz into a national scandal that could have … More GWB scandal could harm Christie’s run for president