<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Philadelphia Political News and Philadelphia Politics]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usThu, 19 Jan 2017 23:12:57 -0500Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:12:57 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Donald Trump Is Getting the Nuclear Football]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:36:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/trumGettyImages-632105686.jpg

Sometime before he's sworn in Friday, President-elect Donald Trump will sit down with the top military officers who control America's massive military arsenal and get "THE Briefing," the one that provides him with an understanding — and the tools — of how he would wage nuclear war.

According to those who have witnessed it previously, the briefing is both daunting and sobering, NBC News reported.

Trump will take control of more than 4,000 nuclear warheads.

The options for nuclear war, called courses of action, are contained in both the "Presidential Decision Handbook" which is handed off, as well as in other more detailed briefings that Trump will receive after the inauguration.

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<![CDATA[Over 600 Sister Marches Join Women's March on Washington]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:11:22 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/marches-map-th.jpg
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<![CDATA[The Perks of Donating to Trump's Inauguration]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:09:57 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_17013713721598-Trump-head.jpg

How much is lunch with members of Donald Trump's cabinet and House and Senate leadership worth?

According to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, a cool $1 million.

In addition to four tickets to what's billed as an exclusive "leadership luncheon" for anyone who can part with that kind of cash in support of Trump's inaugural festivities, those donors will also enjoy the perks available to other levels of sponsorship, according to a document detailing the "58th Presidential Inaugural Committee Underwriter Benefits."

Those perks include a luncheon with "the ladies of the first families," an "intimate dinner" with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, and a "candlelight dinner" with "special appearances" by Trump, Pence and their wives, according to NBC News.

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<![CDATA[NBC10 in Washington, D.C.]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:23:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pam+DC+photo+.jpg NBC10 team members travel to the nation's capital for the week to provide live coverage ahead of and on Inauguration Day.

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<![CDATA[Why Kanye Isn't in Inauguration]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:06:50 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/trump+kanye.png

Despite being famous friends, President-elect Donald Trump’s team passed on considering Kanye West as a performer for his inauguration Friday.

Tom Barrack, the chair of Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee, told CNN's Erin Burnett on Wednesday that the controversial hip-hop mogul was not the right fit for such an event. 

"He considers himself a friend of the president-elect, but it's not the venue,” Barrack told CNN. “The venue we have for entertainment is filled out, it's perfect, it's going to be typically and traditionally American."

Country music star Toby Keith, actor Jon Voight and rock band 3 Doors Down are among the “traditionally American” entertainers slated to perform. Several prominent artists had publicly declined to participate in Trump's inauguration festivities.

“Kanye is a great guy but we just haven't asked him to perform,” Barrack said in his interview with CNN. “We move on with our agenda."

Military bands will also participate, and a fireworks show will follow the "Welcome Celebration."

Trump and West made headlines in December for what many perceived to be an unusual friendship after being photographed together. West was one of several black celebrities Trump met with to talk about issues facing inner city African-Americans.

West refused to comment with reporters after the meeting, instead saying only "I just want to take a picture right now" as he posed for pictures with Trump.

Trump said the two were meeting as "just friends" and were talking about "life."

"He's doing well, he's a good man," he said. 

Trump added, "we've been friends for a long time." 

West announced last year at the Video Music Awards that he would run for president in 2020. That means he would face Trump if the president-elect seeks a second term. After meeting with Trump, West hashtagged a tweet #2024, the first time someone would be able to run for president outside of a possible two-term Trump presidency.

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<![CDATA[Get a Look at Excitement Ahead of Presidential Inauguration]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:50:50 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/201*120/US+Capitol+Inauguration.JPG NBC10’s Pamela Osborne surveys the energy in Washington, DC as final preparations for Donald Trump's presidential inauguration are underway.

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<![CDATA[Oops: Five Presidential Oath Flubs]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:09:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/FLUBS_OATH_THUMB.jpg At least five times during a presidential swearing-in ceremony, either the incoming president taking the presidential oath or the justice administering it has stumbled over the words, according to Jim Bendat, author of "Democracy's Big Day: The Inauguration of Our President 1789-2013."]]> <![CDATA[Philly DA Hit with Biggest Ethics Board Fine in History]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:48:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Seth-Williams-on-Garner-Fer.jpg

The Philadelphia Ethics Board doled out a $62,000 fine to District Attorney Seth Williams for his failure to disclose five sources of income and 89 gifts, the board said in a statement Tuesday.

The fine is the largest in the board's 10-year history and includes a first-of-its-kind recovery clause as well, the statement said.

In addition to the fine, Williams must pay the city $2,840 for the value of the gifts he received.

"Among the gifts District Attorney Williams failed to disclose in his Original Statements were 20 gifts from individuals who had a financial interest that the District Attorney was able to substantially affect through official action at the time they gave the gifts," the Ethics Board said. 

Williams is also required to amend his statements of financial interest to the city within 30 days.

After the fine was announced, Williams put out a statement in which he said he "will work every day to earn back the trust and respect of all of you."

"It was wrong to fail to fully and accurately disclose the payments and gifts I received," he said in the statement. "I apologize to the people of Philadelphia, the hardworking and talented staff of the District Attorney’s office, my supporters, the friends who supported me and asked nothing in return and most of all to my family, who have had to endure unwarranted attacks for my shortcomings."

Williams has been under investigation by the ethics board since August. He also has reportedly been under investigation by the FBI since September for a charitable foundation in his name.

Williams first told NBC10 in September that he was cooperating with the ethics board.

"I want to say I made a mistake in not reporting gifts from very close friends and very close family," Williams said in an interview Sept. 21. "And because of that I sincerely and humbly apologize to the citizens of Philadelphia."

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<![CDATA[Bridgegate: Christie Under Fire]]> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:06:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/christie+gwb+scandal+inset.jpg

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<![CDATA[Will Trump Continue to Tweet?]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:39:17 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trump-Twitter1.jpg Republican political analyst Joe Watkins speaks about President-elect Donald Trump’s social media use, and how it may or may not change after his inauguration.

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<![CDATA['Pussyhat Project' Founders Talk Pink Hats to Protest Trump]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:04:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pussyhat_Project_Trump_Inauguration_1200x675_857874499624.jpg Activists from Southern California founded what they call the Pussyhat Project – a symbolic rebuke of the infamous remarks made by President-elect Donald Trump. They plan to take their knitted hats on a march in protest of Trump’s inauguration. Michael Brownlee reports for the NBC4 News on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. ]]> <![CDATA[Message Wanted From President-Elect Trump]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:04:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000018907511_1200x675_858094147629.jpg NBC10’s Pamela Osborne speaks with a Delaware family who is hoping that Trump shares a specific message.]]> <![CDATA[Michelle Obama Says Goodbye to 'People's House' in Video]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:31:39 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_16334714356686.jpg

The boxes are taped, the moving vans are filling up and the staffers have said their goodbyes. On Friday, the first family will move out of the house they’ve called home since 2009. But before they turn over the keys, matriarch Michelle Obama took one last walk through the White House — for the whole world to see.

On Wednesday, the first lady posted a short video of her stroll on Twitter. In the clip, she was accompanied by the beloved family dogs Bo and Sunny.

Wearing chic black pumps, black pants and a bell sleeve blouse, Obama walks slowly through the halls, no doubt taking in all the memories she’s made during her husband’s two terms. 

The Obamas are headed to a 8,200-square-foot home in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

But before they settle into their new residence, the soon-to-be-former president is taking his wife and children on a relaxing vacation in warm Palm Springs, California — likely a nice respite from the demands of the last eight years.

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<![CDATA[Homegrown Extremists Biggest Threat to NJ, Study Finds]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:49:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/OfficersProtestParis.jpg

Despite ISIS being an ongoing topic of discussion among U.S. Homeland Security officials, experts say homegrown extremists pose the greatest threat to New Jersey, according to a new study.

The annual study, which highlights trends in terror activities and techniques to combat extremism, was released by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) Wednesday morning.

Recent acts of domestic terrorism like the September 2016 bombings in Chelsea and Seaside Heights have elevated threats of homegrown extremism from moderate to high, the report found.

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"The series of bombings in New York City and Elizabeth were a stark reminder of the very real threat we face from individuals who want to disrupt our way of life," NJOSHP Director Christopher Rodriguez said in a statement. "No longer was terrorism over there, it had arrived here in our backyard."

Domestic terrorists engaged in 22 attacks and were responsible for an additional 17 plots and threats of violence last year, a 29 percent increase from 2015, the study found.

Nearly 60 percent of all homegrown terror attacks in the U.S. were attributed to race-based separatist groups whose primary targets were law enforcement officials and minority groups. Attacks against law enforcement and minority groups increased twofold from 2015 to 2016, the study found.

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The study noted that nearly 90 percent of all extremist-perpetrated law enforcement fatalities occurred following the police-involved shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

One of seven documented attacks carried out by white supremacists last year occurred in Harlem, where hate crime suspect Oliver Stewart-Vukicevic attacked detectives with a knife after they came to investigate his apartment on suspicions involving anti-Semitic letters left throughout his building.

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has also become a critical threat, the study says. AQAP recently cited the bombings in New Jersey as "a model for future attacks in the United States" and credited Ahmad Rahimi as a "hero of the Lone Jihad."

A group claiming al-Qaida affiliation threatened an NJOHSP official on Facebook last April, a month after a Bangladeshi pro-al-Qaida group urged militants to attack 10 U.S. universities, including Princeton. 

Rodriguez emphasized establishing community relationships and increased civilian vigilance as the major methods for combating domestic terrorism. NJOSHP's Hometown Security Initiative educates the public on recognizing potential threats and how to spot and report suspicious activity.

The director says the program is designed to "increase community resilience, readiness and overall security."

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<![CDATA[Welcome Rally Thursday Ahead of Inauguration]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:37:26 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Welcome+Rally+Before+Inauguration+_22206619.jpg Crews continue to set up for the presidential inauguration Friday in Washington, DC. A Welcome Rally will take place Thursday. NBC10's Lauren Mayk has the latest on preparations and also speaks to a local man and students who plan on attending.]]> <![CDATA[Preparations Continue for Presidential Inauguration ]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:38:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Inauguration+MAYK+6P+PKG+-+00001820_22204555.jpg With the inauguration only two days away, crews are hard at work in preparation. NBC10's Lauren Mayk has the details.]]> <![CDATA[91-Year-Old NJ Man to Attend His 18th Inauguration ]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:48:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/B+Harold+Smick+Jr+_22204217.jpg

B. Harold Smick Jr. remembers Jan. 20, 1941, as if it was yesterday. It was the day Franklin D. Roosevelt became the only U.S. president to be sworn in to a third term. It was the first of many presidential inaugurations Smick attended.

“It really made you feel like you were proud of the country,” Smick said.

The Salem, New Jersey, native was 15 when he began a tradition he will continue Friday at the age of 91. Since 1941, Smick has witnessed every presidential inauguration. The inauguration of Donald Trump will be his 18th.

Smick recalled some of the more memorable inauguration moments he’s experienced. He remembered traveling on a crowded bus with his father from South Jersey to Washington.

“It was filled with smoke before we got to the Pennsville ferry,” Smick said. “We didn’t have bridges then. Even in Camden to Philly it was a ferry.”

Smick described the snowstorm during President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961 that left him stranded.

“It got worse every hour,” Smick said. “At 5 p.m. I pulled off to an Esso Gas Station and said, ‘I’m all the way from Salem, I’m going to go back on a train. May I leave my car here?’”

Smick's passion for the inauguration carries over into presidential history in general. His living room is full of inaugural buttons, photos and souvenirs, including the signatures of every American president.

Smick told NBC10 he’s a Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton in the most recent election. That isn’t stopping him from attending Donald Trump’s inauguration.

“He’s a different person from any person who’s ever been president of the United States,” Smick said. “In fact he’s never been in politics.”

Smick weighed in on the more than 50 Democratic lawmakers who are boycotting Trump’s inauguration.

“I think it’s terrible,” he said. “It’s a disgrace really. They got a right to do it in America but it’s sad. He is our president as of Friday.”

During FDR’s inauguration, Smick took a piece of felt from the stage cover. He told NBC10 he may do the same thing Friday.

“I stayed and walked up on that platform myself,” he said. “It was a big sheet and I tore off a corner. To this day the FBI doesn’t know where that corner piece went.”

Smick says he’s praying Trump will bring peace, healthcare and jobs.

“If he succeeds, and I pray that he does, our family lumber business has been there since 1906,” Smick said. “We’re going to succeed and succeed well.”

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Would Beat de Blasio for NYC Mayor: Poll]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:29:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/de+blasio+clinton.jpg

Hillary Clinton would crush New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in a head-to-head matchup if she ran as an independent, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday.

Clinton would beat De Blasio 49 percent to 30 percent, with overwhelming support among Democrats and independents, the poll said. The mayor would beat the former Democratic candidate for president by 10 points among Republicans.

Earlier this month, speculation popped up that Clinton could consider challenging de Blasio this fall. While widespread media reports say she almost certainly will not run, the poll makes clear she would win virtually every age, gender, geographic and ethnic group by significant margins if she did.

"New Yorkers aren't in love with Mayor Bill de Blasio, but they seem to like him better than other possible choices - except Hillary Clinton, who probably is an impossible choice," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, in a release. 

De Blasio was Clinton's campaign manager during her successful 2000 Senate bid. But he initially delayed endorsing her, finally doing so six months after she announced her campaign.

Clinton's strength notwithstanding, in a series of hypothetical matchups De Blasio would easily win a Democratic primary for mayor against the most commonly discussed candidates, including former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Comptroller Scott Stringer.

He would also win, albeit with smaller margins, against any of those same candidates running as independents. 

The phone poll of 1,138 New York City voters was conducted Jan. 11-17 and has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points. 

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<![CDATA[What to Know Before the Women's March on Washington]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:49:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/womens-march-sign2.jpg

A day after Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, hundreds of thousands of people will converge on the National Mall for the Women's March on Washington.

Here's everything you need to know if you're planning to attend -- or want to avoid the area:

When and Where Is the Women's March?

The event Saturday, Jan. 21 will begin with a rally from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. near the Capitol, at Independence Avenue and 3rd Street SW. 

Participants then will march toward the White House. 

What's the Purpose of the March?

March organizers said in a mission statement posted to their website that participants will unite to end violence and promote rights for women, LGBT people, workers, people of color, people with disabilities and immigrants.

"The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us," the site says.

While's Trump name does not appear in the group's mission statement, opposition to the president-elect appears to be what unites participants.

Go here to read why several women said they would march.

Who Is Organizing the March?

After Trump won the presidency, a retired attorney in Hawaii posted to Facebook about marching in Washington, The Washington Post reported. By the time Teresa Shook went to sleep, 40 women said they wanted to march. By the time she woke up, that number had ballooned to 10,000, the Post reported.

The idea for the march took off, and Shook and the initial organizers handed the reins to a group of experienced activists: Bob Bland, a fashion industry entrepreneur; Tamika Mallory, an organizer and gun-control advocate; Carmen Perez, executive director of the Gathering for Justice, a criminal-justice-reform group; and Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York.

How Many People Are Expected to Attend?

Organizers said in an application for a permit to use federal land that they expect about 200,000 people.

Christopher Geldart, the director of D.C.'s homeland security agency, said he expects that even more people will attend, based on bus registrations and train bookings.

As of Jan. 13, D.C. had received about 1,800 requests for permits to park tour buses on Jan. 21, Councilmember Charles Allen told News4. Just about 200 permits had been requested for Inauguration Day itself.

As of 1 p.m. Jan. 17, more than 203,000 Facebook users indicated on the Facebook page for the march that they would attend.

How Can I Get There?

The Metrorail system will open early and run additional trains on Saturday. The system will open at 5 a.m., instead of the usual 7 a.m. Riders can expect trains every 4 to 6 minutes on every line. 

Anyone taking Metrorail to the march is advised to use the L'Enfant Plaza or Capitol South stations, to avoid crowding.

See Metro's website for full details on how to use the system. Anyone who needs a Metro card is advised to buy it in advance to avoid long lines.

People from many states are planning to get to the march by bus. March organizers have a bus finder webpage to help people find buses to take them to Washington.

Anyone who drives to the march is advised to expect heavy traffic and extremely limited parking.

March organizers say they are working to identify a place where bikes can be parked.

Will Any Roads Be Closed?

Several roads near the National Mall will be closed from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, including 3rd Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW to C Street SW, and Independence Avenue SW from 1st Street to 6th Street SW.

Go here to see the full list of street closures.

Is the March Free? Do I Need to Register?

The march is free. Organizers are asking people who expect to attend to fill out a brief online registration form to help the hosts plan the event.

Will the March Be Safe?

D.C. police and the National Park Service have been in communication with march organizers about the planning of the event.

Organizers say they have hired a private security firm and will have "numerous professional security workers" at the event.

What's the Weather Forecast? 

Saturday is expected to be mild and partly sunny, with temperatures in the 40s and 50s.

Where Can I Stay?

Some hotel rooms and Airbnb rooms in the region are still available, just don't expect a bargin.

Some groups, such as MarchBNB, are organizing to help march attendees find lodging. The list of those resources can be found on the march's FAQ page.

A gym in the Cleveland Park neighborhood is opening its doors to host a sleepover.

Can I Participate If I Use a Wheelchair or Have Mobility Issues?

March organizers say there will be a limited seated section and that more information will be available soon.

The ADA accessible route will be 4th Street SW from C Street to Independence Avenue.

"It is our mission to make sure that this march is as accessible as possible," Sarsour said in a Facebook video.

What Am I Allowed to Bring?

All bags will be subject to search, and size restrictions will be in place. Folding chairs will not be allowed, nor will anything that could be construed as a weapon, including signs with sharp wooden handles. See the march website for full details.

Are Men Allowed?

March organizers say the march "is for any person, regardless of gender or gender identity, who believes women’s rights are human rights."

Which Celebrities and Public Figures Will Be There?

A long list of stars are expected to attend the march, including America Ferrera, Katy Perry, Cher, Scarlett Johansson, Zendaya and Julianne Moore.

The organizers of the event announced its performance lineup Wednesday. The list of performers includes Janelle Monae, Maxwell, The Indigo Girls and Angelique Kidjo.

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<![CDATA[Stop Sex Trafficking: Philly Battles to Save the Exploited]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:51:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sex-Trafficking-Sting-Lead-Photo.jpg

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The underground world of sex trafficking is one of the country’s fastest growing crimes. Now police in the Philadelphia area are joining forces with other local agencies to take on the fight. NBC10’s Denise Nakano gives us an exclusive look at the front lines of this battle.

There's support to help survivors escape sex and labor trafficking and provide them resources to go on from there.


  • National Human Trafficking Hotline: 888-373-7888
  • Polaris BeFree Textline: Text "BeFree" to 233733
  • Polaris Project

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<![CDATA[Scores of US Lawmakers to Boycott Trump Inauguration]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:00:35 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/AP_17011739079713.jpg More than 40 Democratic representatives of Congress from across the country have announced plans to boycott Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Presidential Children: Post-White House Years ]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:56:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/HarrySTruman.jpg The sons and daughters of United States presidents, most of whom were children and teenagers when they followed their parents into the White House, each made a life for themselves away from the shadow of their famous fathers. See how the former first children lived post-White House.

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<![CDATA[Chris Christie Signs Executive Order to Tackle Opioid Abuse]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:50:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Chris+Christie+State+of+the+State_22108498.jpg

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took a step forward Tuesday to achieving his goal for his final year in office when he signed an executive order declaring opioid drug use a public health crisis and establishing a drug task force.

"We must take aggressive action to get this insidious crisis under control so I am calling together all resources of state government in order to save lives," said Christie in a news release. "The human cost of this epidemic is incalculable, impacting every part of life in New Jersey, affecting our education system, our health care system, public safety and the financial security of every person it touches."

In his 2017 State-of-the-State Address, the two-term Republican called for Garden State lawmakers to tackle heroin and prescription drug abuse.

"I will not have the blood of addicted New Jerseyans on my hands because we waited to act," he told lawmakers. "I will not willingly watch another 1,600 of our citizens die and watch their families mourn and suffer."

New Jersey has seen a 22-percent increase in deadly drug overdoses between 2014 and 2015, then a 30-percent increase in heroin deaths in the past year, said the Christie Administration.

Christie’s executive order calls for the creation of the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Abuse Control to be headed by Charlie McKenna, executive director of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority. The eight-member task force will be "charged with developing and executing a comprehensive, coordinated strategy to combat the drug-abuse epidemic by working with all areas of state government, in addition to local, federal, and private entities, as well as the Facing Addiction Task Force."

Christie also called for educators to teach children about the dangers of substance abuse.

Christie already established a new phone and online helpline at reachnj.gov and 1-844-ReachNJ to those battling addiction.

"Opioid drug abuse is one of the most challenging issues facing us not only as Americans but as New Jerseyans," said Christie. "The crisis is pervasive – impacting our families, friends, neighbors and coworkers.  The steps I am taking today through this Executive Order recognize the severity of the crisis and pull together the efforts of all state government agencies." [[410976805, C]]

<![CDATA[Man Tries to Set Self on Fire Outside Trump's DC Hotel in Protest]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:59:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/2017-01-17_2300.png

A man was injured outside Trump International Hotel in Washington Tuesday night after he said he tried to set himself on fire to protest the election of Donald Trump. 

Police said they were called to the Pennsylvania Avenue hotel for a report of a person "in distress." 

The man told News4's Shomari Stone he was trying to set himself ablaze as an act of protest over the election of Donald Trump.

"I was trying to light myself on fire as an act of protest," the man said. " Protesting the fact that we've elected someone who is completely incapable of respecting the Constitution of the United States."

The man did not identify himself, and police did not give his name.


He was taken to a hospital with burns. No information on his condition was available.

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<![CDATA[A History of the Presidential Inaugural Procession]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:53:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clinton---1993-Inauguration-USSS-0001.jpg From the horse and buggy to reinforced limousines, see the century-long history of Secret Service agents - and their rides - at the side of newly elected presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama. ]]>