News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

Big spending by Republicans buys small lead in 16th District Assembly race

  • Republicans supported Tea Party incumbent Donna Simon to the tune of $381K, with $109k from the state GOP, $63,445 from the Assembly Republican Victory Fund. And on top of that, Better Education for Kids (B4K) spent $109k trying to keep a schoolteacher out of office.
  • Jersey Jazzman: B4K Buys Revenge Against An Outspoken Teacher.

    But … but … I thought charters were MAGIC

  • 6 educators whose schools have been implicated in a statewide cheating probe – including the much ballyhooed charter Robert Treat Academy – committed security breaches on standardized tests in 2010, including providing students with answers or failing to properly safeguard test materials, according to the NJ Department of Ed.

  • Jersey Jazzman: Cheating at Chris Christie’s favorite charter school?

    Fair Housing

  • Opinion: N.J. Supreme Court should affirm aspects of Mount Laurel doctrine.

  • Future of Fair Housing in NJ at Stake in Wed. Court Argument.


  • Christie non-disclosure group spent $1.8M on Christie-pumping TV spots before election. Who contributed? They won’t say.

  • Blames Kyrillos loss on Sandy and Obama.

    Administration Fails to Push Revised State Plan Through at Contentious Hearing

  • Christie administration’s state strategic plan ran into an unexpected snag yesterday at a hastily called hearing to adopt the document, amid much opposition.


  • Christie: Expect property taxes to go up in Sandy-ravaged areas.

  • Rosenstein: Christie’s secret plan to sell the NJ lottery & destroy small business.

  • Burzichelli: Better for NJ to set up its own health insurance exchange.

  • Economists: Post-Sandy Reconstruction Could Provide Quick Boost for Lagging Economy.

    15 escaped from a CEC halfway house in Hurricane Sandy

  • Halfway house reform: Call Christie’s bluff.


  • Lawmakers to hold hearings in towns hardest hit.

  • Schoonejongen: Sandy has impact on NJ politics.

    Increasing acceptance of marijuana doesn’t end NJ Weedman’s troubles

  • Yank Kinney: Our nation’s “weird war on one drug”.
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