News roundup and open thread for Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It’s a pretty quiet day in New Jersey as I take over this morning’s roundup.  

Property Taxes

Still, surprise surprise, taxes are always news in New Jersey.

NJ.com looks at how municipalities are choosing to settle record numbers of assessment appeals. Hmmm… I’ve been getting that unsolicited junk mail suggesting I appeal too.  

Businesses in Gloucester County are unhappy with their county-wide re-assessment that has them paying much more, though officials say it’s great. Apparently this program will go state-wide soon.

Salem Community College is hiking tuition and plans layoffs. This is tied to the cut in county aid.  

There’s more toll revenue but less traffic on the Turnpike and Parkway.

Charters

Jersey Jazzman looks at the latest from the acting state Education chief: Cerf is annoyed that the public doesn’t like charters. Meanwhile, the charter leaders are already looking for more handouts.

South Jersey Merger

The Office of Legislative Services says Christie cannot merge Rowan and Rutgers-Camden without the legislature.

Marriage Equality

While we wait for a new governor, PPP finds how marriage equality is going up north:

-Voters in Massachusetts seem to be surviving the legalization of gay marriage in their state. 67% say it’s had no impact on their lives, while 19% consider it to be a positive thing with only 14% claiming it’s had a negative effect on them. Overall 58% of voters in the state think gay marriage should be legal, while 31% wish it was not. Bay State voters are nearly unanimous in their support for some form of legal recognition for same sex couples- 86% support either marriage or civil unions with only 12% completely opposed to anything.

2012 is not 2011

New Jersey has had “below normal” rainfall so far this year.  

Social Media

Senator Bob Menendez is holding a “twitter town hall” at 3:30pm today. Use #AskMenendez.

Comments (9)

  1. Hopeful (Post author)

    What’s happening in your neck of the woods?

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  2. Rosi Efthim

    I’m glad to see the Menendez campaign do this kind of outreach. It’s smart, it’s fun, and it seems like there’s a good shot that participation will extend outside New Jersey. I’m also interested to see if questions for Sen. Menendez come in both English and Spanish. I do like that we have a multi-lingual senator.  

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  3. Rosi Efthim

    Thanks for filling in on roundup duty this morning. Deciminyan, thanks for yesterday.  

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  4. zi985

    I’m glad that Senator Menendez is having his first Twitter Town Hall but it’s unfortunately focused on only ONE issue.  His website states: “Senator Menendez will host his first Twitter Town Hall to discuss the current state of oil and gas prices, what we can do to help ease pain at the pump and our nation’s energy policy.”  Energy issues are important but their are many other important issues that should also be raised at this town hall.  Go here to see a live video feed of Senator Menendez answering questions beginning at 3:30pm: http://menendez.senate.gov/iss

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  5. zi985

    A question I just submitted to #AskMenendez on Twitter was: Why did you vote for the 2012 NDAA when it contains a provision that allows for the indefinite detention of US citizens?

    A little background on the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act: on December 1, 2011 ( http://www.govtrack.us/congres… ) the U.S. Senate passed the NDAA, 93-7 with 3 Democrats (Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, and Tom Harkin), one Independent (Bernie Sanders), and 3 Republicans (Mike Lee, Tom Coburn, and Rand Paul) voting against the bill.  Senators Lautenberg and Menendez both voted to pass the bill and there are many questionable aspects of the bill that could allow the U.S. Armed Forces/the President to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without charge or trial either on U.S. soil or around the world.  Glenn Greenwald provides good analysis of the legislation here: http://www.salon.com/2011/12/1…  

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  6. zi985

    Here’s the link: http://watch.njtvonline.org/vi

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  7. Bertin Lefkovic
  8. Bertin Lefkovic

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