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Senator Lautenberg’s first chemo was this weekend
He may be out of the hospital by tomorrow, is doing well, and plans to finish out his term and run for another one: “My contract goes to 2014. I want to finish this term doing things that count for the public.”
First chemo “capped a week from hell,” says Lautenberg.
His cancer was caught early.
The less-important reason to wish him well.
“I’m not a wallflower.”
Christie is getting the national Republican love and sunshine.
And goes to the National Governors Association winter meeting – his first such meeting – and takes a potshot at Corzine.
“Most politicians and political experts agree the war between Christie and the unions is unique in Statehouse history. No previous governor ever opposed the unions so directly and with such gusto, and the unions never fought back so readily.”
Middlesex tries to balance budget
Middlesex County will cut its open space tax by 1 cent for 2010, one of several steps to balance its $405 million budget without increasing taxes. Morris County did something similar last year, cutting open space preservation tax from 3 to 2 cents, the third year in a row where Morris used the open space budget line to cut taxes.
Raiding NJ’s surplus is not the answer
Star Ledger opines that Democrats need to come up with something better than drawing down the state’s surplus to restore funding.
Gov. Chris Christie ready to play ‘Let’s make a deal’
Tom Moran: It was a whirlwind day in Trenton and at the end of it all, the furniture had been rearranged. Democrats were suddenly relevant again.
Church of the Holy Izod
Maybe the Izod will be sold to a televangelist for a mega-church, or maybe it can be a casino. Maybe the NJSEA, losing $$$ by the day, will be disbanded. Maybe the Prudential Center can lure another NBA team to NJ …
State Police sergeant who helped save Corzine’s life is demoted. Jerry Zaro stays on, and more.
Star Ledger: Open the books on NJ Assn. of Counties
Track the finances, track how the Executive Director salary ballooned up to $205,000, track why she’s driving a Lexus leased by NJAC, and how the head of the taxpayer-funded lobbyist group got into the pension system.
Okay, now THIS is cool.
Can City Apps bring transparent data to Jersey City’s citizens?