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Campbell Soup Advocates for Eminent Domain in Camden

Diner: "Waiter, theres a fly in my soup!"

Waiter: "Your soup? We don't respect private property anymore, its his soup too."

Unable to purchase an old Sears building in Camden using fair negotiations, Campbell Soup Company has asked the Camden Redevelopment Authority to use government force to acquire the property for them.


Campbell soup has begun a revitalization of the area known as the Gateway neighborhood. In 2007 the State of NJ named Campbell as the master developer of the area. Campbell has invested heavily in the Camden area, building a new headquarters.

The old Sears building sits in Campbell's redevelopment area. The current owner, Ilan Zaken, refuses to sell, so Campbells has resorted to using the guns of government to take this property. Campbell Soup wishes to tear down the building and turn the area into an office park. Mr. Zaken has slowly been fixing up the building with plans to turn it into a restaurant supply distribution center.

The threat of of eminent domain exists throughout the city. This past April, the Camden Redevelopment Authority sent threatening letters to four homeowners notifying them that their homes would be taken from them. The Abandoned Properties Rehabilitation Act of 2004 authorized the theft of private property.

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Poor Assemblyman Rible


The Soprano State Illustrated:

Assemblyman David P. Rible retired as a Wall Township police officer at age 31 with a bad back and a fat pension.  He's collected $570,000 in disability payments since a state board decided he was "totally and permanently disabled."

Yet Rible competes in five-mile and five-kilometer runs along the Jersey Shore.  He exercises at a gym, dances as a celebrity and hauls trash to the curb at his Monmouth County home.  He commutes to Trenton to represent the 11th District in the State Assembly, where he holds a leadership position as Republican Whip and seeks publicity as a tax-fighter.


This Day In History

It's been 75 years since the federal government, on the spurious grounds of fighting the Great Depression, ordered the confiscation of all monetary gold from Americans, permitting trivial amounts for ornamental or industrial use. This happens to be one of the episodes Kevin Gutzman and I describe in detail in our new book, Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush. From the point of view of the typical American classroom, on the other hand, the incident may as well not have occurred.

From Thomas E. Wood's article "The Great Gold Robbery of 1933" in 2008. On June 5, 1933, congress, at the urging of Roosevelt, passed a resolution making it illegal to trade in gold.

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My National Convention Summary

The 2010 Libertarian National Convention was held this weekend. I'm finally finding time to write about the convention.

The convention was very well attended. There were about 100 more delegates than the last non-Presidential convention. (I believe there were somewhere over 530 delegates attending) Unfortunately the New Jersey delegation was much smaller than what we were allocated. We had four delegates, myself, Kevin Ferrizzi, Dan Karlan, and Tim O'Brien. I strongly recommend that our members attend our National Conventions and regret that we had not started earlier in promoting the convention and finding delegates who would want to go.

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NJLP Activist Arrested!

Julian Heicklen has been arrested for handing out Fully Informed Jury Brochures on Tuesday. Julian was arrested by Officer Clifford Barnes of the Federal Protective Service. He is currently being held at Riker's Island Anna M. Kross detention center. A court date is not scheduled until June 8th. He has been denied bail!

More information can be found on Bile's site, The Blog of Bile.

Penn. activist facing 8 years in prison after videotaping officers outside courthouse

By Carlos Miller

George Donnelly, the Pennsylvania videographer who was arrested last week for videotaping federal officers in front of an Allentown courthouse, is facing eight years in prison for his deed.

He is specifically being accused of striking one of the officers.

Anybody who has seen the two previous videos where Donnelly was confronted by federal officers in front of a courthouse will find these charges hard to believe.

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Libertarian Activist Kidnapped During FIJA Outreach

On Tuesday, libertarian activists Julian Heicklen, James Babb, and George Donnelly conducted a Fully Informed Jury Association outreach event at the federal district courthouse in Allentown, PA.

Shortly after the protest started they were approached by federal marshals. When George Donnelly attempted to videotape the confrontation he was violently restrained and arrested. He is now under "house arrest."

More information can be found on the Libertarian News Examiner.

Education Reform Rally


New Jersey Residents:

Do Something Important!

The 2010 New Jersey Education Reform Rally will be tomorrow, Thursday, April 29, 6pm in Trenton, NJ.  (A screening of The Cartel will occur immediately afterward at 7:30pm.)

The other side has their paid cronies... now it's our turn.  Tell them: Enough is Enough.

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LNC Chair Poll

During the Libertarian National Convention at the end of May, delegates will be voting on the next National Chair. A poll has been created where NJLP members can vote on which candidate they support. In order to vote in the poll two conditions must be met:

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Google Posts Counts of Government Censorship and Information Requests

Google is now showing how much governments across the world are requesting censorship of them, and requesting personal information. Check out the interactive map.

Like other technology and communications companies, we regularly receive requests from government agencies around the world to remove content from our services, or provide information about users of our services and products. The map shows the number of requests that we received between July 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009

School Elections

For most of NJ, voters will be going to the polls tomorrow to approve or reject school budgets. Many schools are proposing large increases in their tax levy. Most towns are at or slightly below the state mandated tax levy cap of 4%. Some towns however have received approval from their county superintendent to exceed this cap. For example my town, Upper Freehold, has received approval to seek a 9.88% tax increase. Six towns have an additional ballot question to raise additional funds for special projects.

Before you go to vote you need to ask yourself two questions:

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Camden Cops Terrorize Community

Locals say Camden cops under federal investigation terrorized community

By The Associated Press

CAMDEN - Josephine Skinner's grandson Dequan was 11 or 12 years old a few summers ago when she says he had a run-in with a Camden police officer who neighbors claim terrorized them for years.

As the youth crossed the street to buy a soda at a store, she said Officer Jason Stetser - known on the streets as "Fat Face" - sprang from his cruiser.

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