Weekend News Roundup & Open Thread for Oct. 17-18, 2009

Fighter pilot presumed dead in mid-air collision

  • Search for one of our fighting men is now a recovery operation, in a crash off South Carolina. Capt. Nicholas Giglio was from Lacey Twp., and leaves a wife, a child, and a baby on the way. He was training for deployment to Iraq next year. Rest in Peace.

    New York Times endorses Jon Corzine

  • “It is far easier to come up with campaign themes than slog through the real-world quagmire of New Jersey politics, as Mr. Corzine has done.”

    Tix to see the Big Dog

  • Bill Clinton’s coming for Corzine/Weinberg, to Rutgers New Brunswick, then down to Collingswood. Want tix?

    Daggett’s rise

  • Is largely at Chris Christie’s expense. Things aren’t quite as sunny for him as a few months ago.

    Chris Christie:

  • Quick! Look behind you! Daggett’s got your number.

    No ideas. Or really, really stupid ones

  • Mulshine says the Republicans should just pack it in.

    Steve Rothman’s campaign hit with identity fraud

  • $2,500 in fraudulent charges racked up on their credit card – hotel stays, groceries, pizza & movies.

    Why those 1,600 new financial sector jobs we just got matter

  • Tom Moran on the state’s fiscal and fundamental health.

    Greystone Trustees bristle at a loss, and blame the state

  • Trustees at the psychiatric hospital say say the state deceived them, and left patients despondent, failing to open an off-campus gathering place and center for art, music and food, to help patients transition to recovery and independent living.

    Part-time Parole Board member charges fiscal excess in Board budget

  • Former Morris County GOP Chair, who was a f/t Board member for 6 years, criticizes the system he has benefitted in with his own political appointment.

    Steve Sweeney’s rise

  • Before there was coalition, there was South Jersey unity.

    State’s stimulus

  • Mixed results.

    Chris Daggett

  • No Jesse Ventura.

    Local

  • New Brunswick: City spent $81K trying to keep a citizens group’s efforts to reform the governing structure to a ward system off the ballot.
  • Somerset County: Profile of Cecilia Xie Birge, freeholder candidate.
  • Teterboro: Grass that geese don’t like.
  • Medford Lakes: Keeps its police force.
  • Middlesex County: Energy audit says they could save big … but only after making a biggie investment.
  • Bergen County: Freeholder candidates talk budget.
  • Gloucester County: Different approaches to fiscal responsibility.
  • Camden County: Consultant’s recommendations for the overcrowded,expensive jail.
  • East Rutherford: Xanadu’s delay may cost jobs.
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