News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011

Congressional Redistricting

  • Garrett & Rothman look like odd men out. And after work stretched into the night, the commission now has a new deadline – 10 this morning – to reach agreement, with formal vote tomorrow.

    ACLU pokes hole in N.J. attorney general’s internal affairs complaint forms for police

  • After rolling out tougher rules in May for police departments’ internal affairs units, State Attorney General Paula Dow has released new reporting forms that omit a crucial question: How many complaints about police officers are being investigated at the end of each year?

    Gov. Christie fields variety of questions at ‘most unusual’ town hall in Spotswood

  • A woman who said she’d been fired from jobs at the state Education Dept. after uncovering wasteful spending. A 12-year-old boy claiming his town’s Jewish makeup led to his being called a bully.  A woman who talked too long …

  • Matt Katz, at Philly Inquirer, says this suggests Christie’s audience questions aren’t ‘canned’..

    Iowa’s draft-Christie team splinters further; two endorse Gingrich

  • One previously endorsed Mitt Romney, one went with Rick Perry, and three haven’t publicly announced decisions.. (Des Moines Register)

    Stop Chris Christie From Gutting Environmental Protections

  • by Sen. Barbara Buono.

    Hunterdon Freeholder William Mennen quits race for Assembly

  • The GOP heir apparent to the late Pete Biondi’s Assembly seat has dropped out of the race because he won’t be able to move into the reconfigured district.

    12 N.J. towns commit $5M to create housing for people with developmental disabilities

  • To create more housing for people with developmental disabilities, matching funds will be available for 12 munis that are committing a combined $5.1M to the effort.

    For Terminally Ill, New Law Gives Final Say on Medical Care

  • ‘Physician Orders’ ensures that patients’ end-of-life wishes are honored.


  • United Van Lines research shows how many of us are moving out of state.

    “No Retreat, No Surrender” To Essex Co. Immigration Detention Expansion

  • 19-page report details needed changes in NJ’s immigrant detention business, including Essex Freeholders’ decision to approve a subcontract with Education & Health Centers of America (EHCA) to house immigrant detainees, despite community protest.

    Backers of a Camden County police force want want Thomson to lead force

  • With a crime spike fueling calls for action, supporters of a Camden County police force are backing Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson to lead a “metro” division, which could likely be the entire force.

    Report: Plainfield mayor, city employees violated law by approving payments for Sharpton radio broadcast

  • The $20K cost of a program on gang-related violence, featuring Rev. Al Sharpton is a source of disagreement between Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs and her critics.

    Police data contradicts Camden School District’s crime stats

  • Superintendent Bessie LeFra Young appears to have grossly underreported incidents. (Jeremy Rosen)

    Oyster Creek gets New Jersey discharge permit

  • Exelon Corp. obtained its final water discharge permit for the Oyster Creek nuclear reactor, part of a deal between the plant operator and the Christie administration to close the plant by the end of 2019.

    Atlantic City councilman sues state prosecutors over voter fraud charges

  • Twice charged – and twice acquitted – of voter fraud, Atlantic City Councilman Marty Small is suing state prosecutors, accusing them of malicious prosecution in this corruption-prone seaside gambling resort.
  • Comment (1)

    1. Bill Orr

      Although I would needlessly prefer two Republicans to duke it out in the upcoming congressional elections, the rumors of a “fair fight” between my congressman Steve Rothman (D-9th) and Scott Garrett (R-5th) bears the potential of a wondrous result. Both have amassed a substantial war chest and garnered strong results in their respective districts. Rothman, however, has had substantial success in gaining support from moderates and independents. Depending on precisely what municipalities are in such a newly configured district, New Jersey may finally rid itself of its most narrow-minded, far right congressman.  A victory for Rothman combined with a defeat for Garret would be sweet.  


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