Fitch Ratings downgrades the State of New Jersey’s outstanding general obligation (GO) bonds to ‘AA-‘ from ‘AA’ in the state Christie calls “business-friendly”
With some pretty big political implications for the man in charge, according to … pretty much everyone, except GOP activists.
Today: God Hates Fags people to disrupt Navy SEAL’s funeral in Philly today
Some Iraq & Afghanistan vet friends of Blue Jersey plan to cordon the grieving family of Navy SEAL Michael Strange in a zone of respect to shield them from all the God Hates Fags signs. Want to help get their backs? A quiet, dignified, non-violent vigil is planned.
Christie source: Pressure to run in 2012 is ‘ratcheting up’
Christie strategist Michael DuHaime flatly denies there are focus groups being conducted now in advance of a Christie announcement. (CNN)
Christie denies he’s preparing 2012 run. Please ask him again, he waaaants you to.
There was a little flutter today – TPM picked it up, and so did we – when Jonathan Alter tweeted that focus groups were at work for a Christie 2012 run.
Karl wants Chris in the race; looks like Chris does, too. (Paul Mulshine)
Christie, despite the GOP drumbeat for him, is no dream candidate. (Bruni, NYTimes)
Christie: Lewis ballot spot is Guadagno’s call
“It is clear you directed her to get me off the ballot. Tell the truth, governor,” Lewis said via Twitter. The incumbent LD-8 senator Dawn Addiego, is a longtime friend of Christie’s.
Additional Assorted Christie
Christie’s energy plan gets a hearing today in Toms River.
Veepstakes speculation heats up. (Politico)
Christie & Cuomo: Elbowing for a seat at the 9/11 table.
Poll: Deep Partisan Split on Christie’s Performance.
Christie says he’s still ‘undecided’ on toll hikes.
Garrett ‘victory committee’ makes Top 10
Scott Garrett, making friends with hedge funders. (Jackson, Capital Games)
Lautenberg & Pallone
Pushing for faster testing of NJ ocean waters.
Democrats in Trouble in Garden State
Just a little flare of concern from Hotline
Newark’s police force likely to come under federal monitor, experts believe
The city’s PD has had lasting problems with issues like excessive force complaints, discrimination and poor Internal Affairs oversight. Last year, ACLU-NJ formally petitioned the U.S. Justice Dept. to investigate the Newark Police Dept., claiming it was incapable of policing itself
Port Authority Audit
Overtime pay “flows like water” at the Port Authority, New York State’s top auditor said Wednesday, days before a vote on the agency’s proposed largest-ever toll and fare hikes.
Come on, it isn’t waste if it’s sports! Yeah, right.
$90 million for farmland preservation.
Regional police force might not save money, consultant says.
Property reassessment in Camden sparks protest.
By 54-41, NJ opposes toll hike. Plus, want fewer scandals? Elect more women, say 80% of New Jerseyans sampled
Survey says: New Jersey’s among the best states to raise and educate kids.
Study says: NJ teachers getting smaller raises.