News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012

New Jersey’s tea party movement:

  • ‘United in rage’, but small.

    Senators call Port Authority officials ‘obstructionists’ in letter

  • Harsh words from Frank Lautenberg & Jay Rockefeller after Port Authority’s pretty self-congratulatory self-commissioned audit.

  • Port Authority credit rating cut one level.

    Christie: Romney can still win

  • And by the way, my tax cut plan.

  • Christie tries to pass off Romney campaign implosion as “a bad week”.

    Unveiling new CD 7 ad, Chivukula calls Lance ‘far right’

  • For extra fun, read right-wing PolitickerNJ reader drivel comments at the end.

  • Watch the TV spot.

    Anatomy of Christie-Era Unemployment:

  • Part 1 – Transportation.

    New Jersey foreclosure crisis

  • Christie Not Using $300 Million In Federal Funds To Help Distressed Homeowners, WABC Reports.

  • And watch what Christie does to the WABC reporter who tries to ask him about it. (video)

    Education

  • Christie rolls out the first chunk of $500M for new schools on one in Long Branch named for a teacher.
  • Bill Would Stretch the School Day, Extend the School Year.
  • Perth Amboy schools chief says she will return to work.

    Governor Elsewhere

  • New Hampshire today.

  • In the Ozarks of Missouri Sunday.

  • In Utah Saturday.
  • Oh look, Christie has campaigns in NJ to prop up, too.

    NJ Gov. Chris Christie: GOP star, local has-been?

  • Because seriously, those outta-state GOPs just want the show, they don’t care how badly he’s screwed us. (Edelstein)

    Paterson

  • City Council vote scheduled today on resolution asking the governor to declare a state of emergency in the crime-ridden city.

    Can you wear political pins & buttons in the statehouse? or not?

  • NJ says ACLU has facts wrong in lawsuit.

    Christie: Plan to put minimum wage hike on ballot ‘ridiculous’

  • Is Christie afraid of this?: “Governor Christie simply did not agree with us on this issue, so we took him out of the equation.” – Sen. Steve Sweeney.

    “Snookiville Law”

  • Bill would let towns regulate reality TV, for example by making shows pay for extra cops.

    Poll: Obama up by 15 points in NJ now

  • But before you let OFA send you to Pennsylvania, remember downballot candidates who will have as much to do with our direction as the President. Just sayin’.
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