News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010

Magazine Reporter Shunned By Christie Wonders Why

  • Why wouldn’t Christie talk to Governing Magazine?

    Weinberg hits Christie administration with OPRA requests

  • Reasonable requests were made over time to get State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristof to provide information behind his position that the funding source in her bill replacing $7.5 million in women’s health/family planning centers won’t work. Now Weinberg is using basic tools of government transparency to get at those reasons, but it’s looking more and more like this is all about the administration’s ideology.


  • New Jersey becomes the first state ever charged with securities fraud. – – Update – this was settled. That was fast..

  • NJ unemployment rate rose – slightly.

  • Comptroller report: Municipalities gave tax breaks to developers that benefitted towns at the expense of school districts, tax payers & counties.

  • Charlie Stile: NJ politics awash in special interest cash.  

    Christie job performance

  • Quinnipiac Poll: 51-36 approval-disapproval. Up from June 17 poll.


  • NJ will jump-start plans for turbines off the coast.

    Cleaning up DRPA

  • After months of scrutiny from reporters & 2 governors, over issues with perks and political patronage, and the resignation of a top official for inappropriate use of an E-ZPass, during a 5-hour some changes were instituted and Chair John Estey announced he will resign.

    Sunshine Law monitor ordered for Gloucester County freeholder meetings

  • Effective Sept. 1, a retired state Superior Court judge will monitor each meeting – that’s Steve Sweeney’s Freeholder Board.


  • Body found in suspicious Teaneck fire believed to be longtime community activist and former council candidate.

  • Teterboro: splitsville?

  • Christie’s Atlantic City plan ignores a big question: What to do with Bader Field?

    When you get to Atlantic City

  • Look for the billboard that says police layoffs make Atlantic City less safe.

    They’re coming …. if they’re not already here

  • Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

    This is your Thursday Open Thread. Have at it.

  • Comments (3)

    1. gary stein

      ….the policeman’s union pays for it.  I’ve seen it, and…..what about it?  I doubt anybody living down here thinks Atlantic City is less safe now than before.  Perhaps, an oversees tourist might wonder.  Probably ill advised putting up the sign.

    2. 12mileseastofTrenton

      keep rolling over for Christie, his approval rating can get to 61%.

    3. Bill Orr

      the SEC’s Cease And Desist Order is no trivial matter. The order states, “In 79 municipal bond offerings, the State misrepresented and failed to disclose material information… More specifically, the State did not adequately disclose that it was under funding the Teachers Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF) and the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), why it was under funding TPAF and  PERS, or the potential effects of the under funding.”  Such failures of full disclosure hurt NJ’s reputation. In the longer run, for NJ to maintain adequate bond ratings it must address the problem head-on by both reducing payouts and making payments to the fund – unpleasant medicine.    


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