News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012

Assuming you’re not tired of celebrating, Giants return to NJ for a 3pm rally today after a downtown ticker-tape parade in NYC. Already some unofficial joy at Newark Airport and in the Meadowlands – capes, tattoos, the whole 9 yards.

Phillip Kwon & Bruce Harris

  • 7 senators could hold up Christie Supreme Court nominations with senatorial courtesy.

  • Front office scandalized by public discussion of info in nominees questionnaires, blaming Dems, but the press has them, too.

  • 2 different career paths define nominees.

    Must read

  • Christie’s hypocrisy evident on proposed gay marriage, charter school referendums (Bob Braun)

    Watchdog group seeks audit of Rep. Rob Andrews’ spending

  • Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in D.C. wants a review of two costly trips paid out of campaign funds.

    State judge reverses dismissal of ethics charges against assemblyman

  • State panel action resulting in dismissing ethics charges against Scott Rumana was scuttled by a judge because a panel member was allowed a vote by phone.

    3-way LD-16 Dem race

  • Convention set for March 11 in Somerset County, the bulk of the district.

    Marriage Equality

  • Dem Assembly leadership tells caucus votes are there for marriage equality bill.

  • Full Assembly vote Feb. 16.

  • Full Senate vote Feb. 13.


  • End result of background checks on 5,000-plus school board members & charter school trustees – NJ disqualifies 29 people.
  • Senate Ed Chair Teresa Ruiz reintroduces her bill – mirroring part of Christie’s ideas – dramatically shifting teacher tenure.

    At the Senate Higher Ed Committee hearing

  • Measured responses from university officials, strong objection

    from Rutgers students and still no details from Christie.

  • Merger costs? Still unknown.

  • Rutgers-Rowan merger moves forward.

    Additional Assorted Christie

  • Shut Your Mouth, Chris Christie:

    The whole Jersey fat-guy authenticity thing is over
    . (Slate)

  • Poll: Is Christie too concerned about his own political future?

  • NYC city council speaker Christine Quinn calls on Christie to stop playing games with gay marriage.

  • But a trans woman from Canada wishes for a referendum on ENDA.
  • Koch brothers conservatives AFP scorecard gives Christie low marks.
  • Twitter skirmish, Christie ‘n Snooki.

    Bob Ingle takes issue with Weinberg lyric change suggestion

  • to update Rutgers’ song to include the other half of its students.

    Proposal to create NJ Office of Taxpayer Advocate clears committee

  • Sen. Diane Allen’s proposal.

    Tepid support as Sweeney renews call for shared services

  • Bill creating voluntary county hubs for education programs clears Senate committee.
  • Comments (2)

    1. 12mileseastofTrenton

      what the fate of a law school should be?  Because Sheridan is a proxy for Norcross.  And Norcross is running the show.

    2. 12mileseastofTrenton

      is like having Dracula guard the blood bank.  


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