News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, November 29, 2012

Filling in for Rosi again, if there is anything missed leave it in the comments.


  • Reports say that Senate President Sweeney is ready to jump in the Governor’s race if Cory Booker decides not to run.
  • The Governor has already said he’s running, but apparently he hasn’t talked to his LG about whether she is too.
  • Diane Allen said she is definitely running again for her Senate seat in the 7th District.
  • Bergen Republicans are hoping the Governor has coattails.

    Not a story from the Onion

  • Chris Christie is up for Time’s “Person of the Year” award. Interestingly, 77% of the people voting online have said “no way”
  • Hurricane Costs Pile Up

  • The Governor announced an updated total assessment of the damage sustained from Hurricane Sandy to the State of New Jersey, which places the total cost at $36.9 billion.
  • The Hoboken City Council voted 8-0 to authorize emergency bonds of up to $4.2 million to cover the cost of recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
  • Congressman Pallone announced $6 million in funding for post-Sandy debris cleanup.
  • The NHL Charity game played in Atlantic City raised $500,000 for Sandy relief.
  • Raising the Minimum Wage

  • The NJ Senate today is set to vote on raising the minimum wage.
  • Christie on Wednesday said ranking Democrats have never spoken to him on upping the basic hourly rate from the current $7.25 per hour.
  • New Jersey’s graduation rate drops

  • The U. S. Department of Education said it mandated a new method for collecting graduation rates to promote greater accountability and find ways to prevent dropouts. The new rankings show New Jersey has dropped to 12th.
  • Hamilton Fallout Continues

  • Acting Mayor Kevin Meara said he wants the state to investigate any misdeeds that may have occurred in town hall during the administration of former mayor John Bencivengo.
  • Hamilton Republicans named likely mayoral nominees as the acting mayor criticized council’s selection process.
  • Cory Booker, Newark Council headed to Court

  • The political imbroglio that erupted at a Newark City Council meeting last week will be settled by a judge as both sides in the contentious battle to fill a council vacancy take their arguments to court.
  • Post Sandy Lautenberg/Christie thaw

  • Senator Lautenberg said he and Christie spoke and that he plans to work more cooperatively with the governor. “Though the fact that he has a sharp tongue and a quick wit, his poll numbers indicate that people like what he’s doing and like him for that, and so we can’t avoid that and we’re going to march on and solve the problems together. That’s our mission.”
  • Close but not quite yet

  • The Governor said he’s decided on his two nominees for the state Supreme Court and will announce them soon.
  • Protestors Rally over Christie Fracking Veto

  • Members of environmental and community groups took a bus tour and held rallies around the state in an effort to build support from legislators to override Gov. Christie’s fracking veto.
  • Comments (5)

    1. Tamar Wyschogrod

      I believe the The Record reporter made a big error in reporting the new high school graduation rates. She says, “With 83 percent of freshmen who entered high school in 2007 getting diplomas in four years, New Jersey tied with six other states for 12th place, according to federal data released this week for the Class of 2011.” But according to data I’ve seen elsewhere (eg the Huffington Post here:… NJ is actually tied for FIFTH place. Can anyone confirm this? Because that’s a very big difference.

    2. Bertin Lefkovic

      If Christie is running for re-election as a Democrat:

      Nia Gill

      Bill Baroni

      If Christie is running for re-election as a Republican:

      Michael Patrick Carroll

      Paula Dow

    3. 12mileseastofTrenton

      I hear his campaign slogan would be an inversion of the old Goldwater slogan:  an echo, not a choice.

    4. deciminyan

      It is not clear to me (yet) what type of Republican Christie will run as. Will he continue his tack to the right to attempt to placate the Tea Party, or will he become one of the vanishing breeds of moderate Republicans? His choice of LG will go a long way in providing us with an indication. I don’t think it would be MPC – he’s not the type of guy who would compromise and would be a liability to Christie. And Paula Dow is a Democrat. He might choose Jay Webber who’s ambitious and telegenic and certainly would like to succeed Christie if the gov decides to run for president.

    5. Bertin Lefkovic

      The predictions that I made above were referring to the SSC, not LG.

      My LG predictions are Steve Sweeney if Christie runs as a Democrat or Jen Beck if he runs as a Republican.


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