News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Our cartoonist friend Rob Tornoe, and the Wicked Witch and Dorothy and the Tin Man, have something to say about how hot it is outside.

Ethics case against Rob Andrews advances

  • The House Ethics Committee announces it’s considering whether to open a full-scale investigation of Rep. Rob Andrews’ use of thousands of dollars in campaign funds to cover personal expenses, this after the Office of Congressional Ethics  recommended a full probe

    Trenton Mayor Tony Mack’s house searched by FBI overnight

  • In the early morning hours, agents were seen taking equipment inside the house, later boxes were taken out of the house, in all about 10 agents were inside.

    Christie tapped for keynote in Tampa

  • Taegan Goddard picked that nugget up from the NYPost. But then, who thought the GOP’s only non-snoozer wouldn’t get some primetime on stage?


  • Hydroponic marijuana, a foot high.


  • Regis Academy charter to appeal rejection.

  • New Jersey now has a uniform standard for evaluating charter schools.
  • NJ adds school districts to test new teacher & principal evaluations.

    Poll: Menendez & Obama

  • Full Quinnipiac poll.

    Judiciary chairman says no hearing for Solomon unless Christie also taps a Democrat for court

  • Senate Judiciary Chair Nick Scutari says there will be no confirmation hearing if Christie nominates Lee Solomon, as rumored, without also nominating a Democrat to fill the other vacancy, for balance.

    Cory Booker & Michelle Obama together in Philadelphia

  • At the U.S. Conference of Mayors there, the First Lady will talk her #letsmove latest. Booker’s a big fan.

    Christie & Democrats get their game face on

  • Christie wants to fight with Dems all summer because he didn’t get a guarantee of his holy tax cut. Assembly Budget Chair Vincent Prieto says “Bring it.”. (audio)
  • Christie sounds ridiculous as details of his summer road show come out.

    Come at me, bro

  • This, from Star-Ledger video journalist Brian Donohue, of Christie morphing to Jersey Shore? Hilarious.


  • Christie’s continued hostile encounters have augmented fears that he is too unpredictable and too contentious, turning what was once viewed as a key strength into a drawback. (Zernike, NYTimes)

  • Christie in North Carolina for Romney.

    Poll: “Bully”

  • Courier-Post points out the word “bully” is creeping more into the words used to describe the combative Christie.

  • Speaking of polls, what’s with this headline, Star-Ledger?


  • Plug-in electric vehicles continue to spark interest.
  • Ticking time bomb of debt: State budget crisis report says some problems ‘decades in the making’.
  • State audit: Local governments failed to remove hundreds of contractors such as lawyers and engineers from pension rolls, which may cost taxpayers millions a year in improper payouts.
  • NJ and other states may see loss of programs and tax increase due to federal spending cuts, task force says.
  • $1M federal grant to help Shore veterans at risk of losing their homes.
  • Comments (3)

    1. JackHarris

      In the comments on July 6th. 🙂

      Chris Christie Goes Full Jersey Shore

    2. denniscmcgrath

      I started to post a comment about the state of things in the City of Trenton yesterday but I never finished.

      Let’s just say I think we’re close to the bottom.

      I’m sure few BJ readers follow the travails of the Capital City closely, so here’s a little recap of the past two action-packed years courtesy of the TimesoTrenton:

      There are now concurrent county and federal investigations. Mack may (or may not) be the primary target. More will be revealed …

    3. denniscmcgrath

      right this very minute.


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