News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

It’s come to this.

Al Doblin to Cory Booker

  • Don’t run. (Not yet).


  • Jersey Jazzman: The merit pay fairy lands in Newark.
  • Newark teachers vote yes on precedent-setting contract.
  • Sen. Rice wants urban kids to have textbooks, like the rest of NJ.

    Heated affordable housing battle plays out in front of N.J. Supreme Court

  • Advocates for lower-income residents clashed with lawyers for mayors and the Christie administration for nearly 7 hours as the NJ Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could transform the future of affordable housing in NJ.

    House Report Says Corzine’s Risky Bets Aided MF Global’s Fall

  • Harsh words from Republican lawmakers, against a former Dem colleague.

    The Hill: Christie’s Obama Problem

  • To those freaking out (or celebrating) the “electoral aid and comfort” Christie gave the pre-election Prez during Sandy, advice is to distinguish between his local and his national ambitions.

    Did Christie divert Obama away from Atlantic City?

  • The White House told the AC Mayor Barack was coming, he spent several post-Sandy hours waiting at the airport, and Christie never showed up with Obama. Petty of Christie, says Langford. Racially insensitive and politically myopic, too.

    Mayors on the hot seat

  • FBI testimony in Hamilton Mayor Bencivengo extortion trial: Mayor “stunned and surprised” when informed of investigation.
  • Grand jury in Trenton Mayor Tony Mack corruption trial to hear testimony today.

    FBI’s busy in NJ …

  • FBI agents raid Union City hall as part of investigation into community development agency.

    Christie, cont.

  • In Vegas today, 24 hours, hanging with the GOP Govs.
  • Chris Christie should definitely not hire a personal trainer. (Callahan)
  • Playing it coy on NJ plans for health insurance exchange.
  • Status as post-Sandy lightning rod fades.
  • Again deflects criticism of his praise of Obama.

    Christie & JCP&L

  • Somerset residents want a meeting with JCP&L brass & Christie.
  • Christie Loves  “NJ’s Most Hated Company!”®


  • Think twice before donating to Christie’s Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund.
  • Congressional conservatives appear ready to help Northeast rebuild – sort of.
  • Rebuilding hearings coming.
  • Christie & legislative leaders vow bi-partisan approach to rebuilding.

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