Cissy and Whitney Houston, Newark, NJ. Whitney Houston 1963-2012
On the day of Whitney Houston’s Newark funeral
Gang members in the city call a truce via Facebook. “If anyone out there is gang banging lets show Whitney Houston respect by commiting no crimes on saturday ……No shootings No robbing No car jacking basically no crazy (stuff) let us show some respect she helped alot of people in Nj lets show lov”
Whitney Houston funeral (video).
Big star, big funeral, big security task for Newark police.
Letter asks Orthodox Jews to switch parties and support Rothman
Letter endorsed by 15 presidents of Passaic shuls was mailed to Orthodox Jews in the city’s Passaic Park section who are registered Republicans, urging them to register as Democrats so they so they can support Rothman, considered more pro-Israel than Pascrell.
Read the letter.
Chris Christie’s conditional veto of marriage equality bill
Christie gay marriage veto shows hypocrisy on equal rights. (Tom Moran)
Christie keeps his promise to veto gay marriage bill.
Bill Maher sounds off on Christie.
Chris Christie stands on the Lester Maddox side of history. (Rev. Susan Russell)
Christie’s civil rights gaffe helped gay marriage bill get through. (Charlie Stile)
Garden State Equality apologizes for endorsing Mary Pat Angelini
Angelini was absent for the NJ Assembly marriage vote, on an anniversary trip to Jamaica, and a promise to Monmouth Democratic Chair candidate Vin Gopal.
Who didn’t vote on New Jersey Assembly gay marriage? (The Auditor)
Christie team’s YouTube ambush should be on themselves, not NJEA
Choppers to family outings, using state resources to get out of state to GOP rallies, political patronage, corporate welfare on your dime … (Joshua Henne)
Additional Assorted Christie
Controlling crime: Christie proposes changes on how judges set bail.
Christie endorses Kyrillos for Senate.
Agree or not with Christie, you know where he stands.
The 7th lost a Dem challenger to Rep. Leonard Lance when Ed Potosnak took a job with League of Conservation Voters. but he’ll have a challenger from the right in David Larsen.
Anti-fracking and other pipeline foes weigh taking Highlands battle to court
Sierra Club, Highlands Coalition and Delaware Riverkeeper are represented by attorneys from Columbia University’s Environmental Law Clinic in their fight against the pipeline.
Highlands Commission Passes Fracked Gas Pipeline .
Plan to turn foreclosed homes into affordable homes has potential
The money to carry out the plan is there: More than $200 million is sitting unused in municipal housing trust funds across the state. It’s no secret that many towns would rather sit on the money than use it to build low-cost housing, but now they face a deadline: Use it by July or lose it to the state.
Q & A: Sen. Ray Lesniak on plan to turn foreclosed homes into affordable housing.
It’s not the time for Newark officials to pay themselves more
Can Newark, a city with a 25% poverty rate, afford the expense? (Joan Whitlow)
Princeton merger details complex
Goal is to save taxpayers a total of $1.6M in the first year of a united Princeton and eventually more than $3M a year. But there’s a lot of how-to to work out.
Charges against former NJ Assemblyman dismissed
Assemblyman, and former Jersey City mayoral candidate Louis Manzo.
How old is too old?
Age doesn’t have to be a drawback for North Jersey’s volunteer firefighters.