Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts is a Political Science major attending Rutgers University - New Brunswick. Roberts reports on various issues affecting citizens in New Jersey.

  • Photo Credit: Sustainable Jersey

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ- El 15 de noviembre, el gobierno de la ciudad de New Brunswick recibió la certificación de "bronce" por parte de la organización sin fines de lucro Sustainable Jersey durante la conferencia anual de la Liga de Municipalidades de New Jersey.

    Esta es la segunda ocasión que las políticas de sostenibilidad de la ciudad han sido reconocidas con esta certificación por parte de la organización estatal enfocada en prácticas de sostenibilidad a nivel local.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Water and sewer rates were abruptly jacked up this summer, and they are going to increase again three more times in as many years, thanks to a pair of ordinances adopted by the New Brunswick City Council.

    At their June 21 meeting, the Council voted unanimously to raise water and sewer rates for customers of the New Brunswick Water Utility.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Even students in one of Rutgers University's newest buildings caught the famous “RU Screw” during the most recent school year.

    Residents of the new luxury on-campus apartments were reportedly without warm water for two weeks in February, according to the Daily Targum.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On February 17, a group of around thirty people gathered in room #001 of the Ruth Adams building to hear a discussion on a newly-discovered extinct species of human.

    William Harcourt-Smith, an Assistant Professor at the City University of New York's (CUNY) Lehman College, explained the excavation of "Homo Naledi" fossils to the audience, the morphology and behavior of these early humans, and their significance to palentology and to our understanding of our past. 

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    SEA BRIGHT, NJ—On January 23, high winds and heavy rains led to flooding in the Monmouth County town of Sea Bright, the focus of a new documentary set for release on February 12.

    "Bad Tidings" is the creation of Rutgers graduate Dan Natale, a documentarian who chose to focus on the Jersey Shore as a way to explain climate change issues to his audience in real terms.

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ—A housing facility on Rutgers University's Livingston campus has seen its heating and hot water infrastructure repeatedly fail during a tumultous semester for the school's aging infrastructure.

    The failures came on the heels of a prolonged  power outage that forced thousands of student on the school's Cook/Douglass campus to be relocated in September.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On November 15, New Brunswick's city government was awarded "bronze" status from the non-profit organization Sustainable Jersey during the New Jersey League of Municipalities annual conference.

    The certification marks the second time the city's sustainability policies have been recognized by the statewide organization focusing on sustainable practices at the local level.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In the wake of President-elect Donald Trump's anti-immigrant political rhetoric, a counter-celebration of America's diversity--and sharp opposition to his policies--has blossomed in the Hub City.

    Protests showing support for immigrants--including one that drew well over a thousand people on November 16--have largely prioritized immigration in the aftermath of the election.

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ—On November 8, Piscataway's mayor election will pit Democratic incumbent Brian Wahler against Republican challenger Damon Montesano.

    Mayor Wahler has been a lifelong resident of Piscataway with his wife and three children.

    He graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University in 1984, and served as a Piscataway councilman from 1992 to 2000.  He also works as the Director of Economic Development at the Middlesex County Improvement Authority, and serves on the Piscataway Planning Board.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—For the first time since November 2001, a drought warning has been declared for several counties in the Garden State.

    October 21 saw Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin sign an Administrative Order designating a drought warning for Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On September 17, the Green Party presidential candidate, Jill Stein, came to Rutgers, New Brunswick to speak to the students of Rutgers about various political issues in today’s world.

    The All Marxist-Leninist Union (AMLU), a student organization which advocates for a workers' revolution that would nationalize the means of production, hosted the Green Party nominee.

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ—An NBC news helicopter could be seen flying over Livingston campus as Rutgers police surveyed a crime scene at Livingston campus parking lot on the evening of Friday, September 23.

    It had been another strange week at the state university, one began with a bomb scare that proved to be a false alarm on the Douglass campus.

    The rest of the week saw heated debate over the cancellation of a school-sponsored tailgate party after video surfaced of the athletic director drinking in front of a crowd of cheering students.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In his 2000 book "The Tipping Point," author Malcolm Gladwell summarized the characteristics of "tipping points" as being contagious and involving a large change that results from small changes and occurs quickly.

    However, scientists at Rutgers University and Harvard University do not fully agree with that definition and attempted to clarify the terminology in a study published on July 11 by Earth's Future.

  • Photo Credit: Charlie Kratovil

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ —Jaymie Santiago has been announced as the new President of New Brunswick Tomorrow, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of New Brunswick's residents.

    Santiago's promotion was effective on July 1, the same day it was announced.

    Previously, he served as New Brunswick Tomorrow's Director of Program Operations and was subsequently promoted to Vice President before assuming the role of President.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Voters in the state's June 7 primary elections will see only limited choices on their ballots, but with both of the nation's major political parties suffering from in-fighting, observers across the country will likely be watching how New Jerseyans vote.

    US Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the two Democrats competing for the chance to represent their party in the Presidential election, will each appear on the primary ballot here in New Jersey.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Scientists at Rutgers University plan to utilize a swath of the Jersey seabed near Barnegat Inlet, for a seismic imaging research project.

    Led by geologist, Gregory Mountain, a specialized National Science Foundation research vessel, the Marcus G. Langseth, is slated to crisscross a rectangular area 7 by 31 miles across, starting 15 miles southeast of the inlet to conduct seismic imaging.