Weekend News Roundup for Feb. 18-19, 2012

Whitney Houston & Cissy Houston
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.
  • Comments (6)

    1. firstamend07

      This seems to be a mystery. This site has a lot of ” insiders” .Can someone explain why Lesniak ,matter of factly, reduced this initiative to a two county,two year pilot program? This despite Christie’s bold statement during the State of the State address specifically stating that he ,Christie, would not accept a pilot program.

      Does anyone have any information as to why S 881 was changed at the last minute.

      I know that Senator Weinberg voted forthe change in committee on Thursday.    

    2. 12mileseastofTrenton

      He had ample opportunity to do so in NJ-5.

      Looks like he’s getting desperate.

    3. vmars

      I know it’s naive and that there are economic and other realities that often make gang life and/or crime look like the only way to survive, but it is disingenuous and, frankly, idiotic to say, “We’ll honor Whitney Houston by taking a day off for her funeral, but tomorrow look for us to make up for it!”

      How about taking this time to call the Mayor, set up a gang summit and try to put an end to some of this shit?  That would honor Whitney a hell of a lot more than a brief holiday.


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