News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pinch hitting for Rosi today, so if anything is missed feel free to add it in the comments.

Marine from NJ killed in Afghanistan

  • The Department of Defense announced Tuesday that 25-year-old Cpl. Christopher M. Monahan Jr. of Island Heights, Ocean County, died Monday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province.
  • 2013 underway up and down the ballot

  • Quinnipiac’s latest poll gives the Governor high ratings.
  • Cory Booker says Gov. Christie’s bid for re-election has no bearing on decision to run or not.
  • In LD-1, Donohue won’t run against Van Drew, focuses on re-electing Christie.
  • Steve Fulop gains support in his Jersey City race against Jerry Healy
  • Former aide to Lautenberg, 2 Dem Governors to run for Hamilton Mayor.

    From Business As Usual To Keynote Speaker

  • In 2009, Chris Christie dismissed the Chamber of Commerce Walk to Washington trip as “business as usual.” This year, he will be the keynote speaker at their big dinner.

    Don’t tax the millionaires, tax the sick people

  • Medical marijuana will indeed be a cash crop in the Garden State. The State Division of Taxation determined medical marijuana is subject to the sales tax.
  • Jon Runyan backs away from Grover

  • Jonathan Tamari tweeted that Jon Runyan is backing away from his pledge to Grover Norquist and said this discussion should allow for all ideas to be on the table … including spending cuts, entitlement reform and increasing revenue.

    Hurricane Aftermath Continues

  • Veterans seek jobs to help rebuild area post Sandy
  • It will be “weeks” before PATH service at the Hoboken station will be restored.
  • Jerry Green announced plans to introduce a bill that would cap how much a public adjuster can charge a homeowner for insurance claim assistance for certain emergencies.
  • The Humane Society has been working to match hundreds of pets lost during Hurricane Sandy with their owners. The majority of 250 animals have been reunited with their owners, but a few still remain.
  • The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office has ordered the Borough of North Haledon to turn over any written policies that govern the use of borough equipment by residents, as part of its ongoing probe into the use of borough generators by Mayor Randy George and police chief Robert Bracco in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.
  • Along with cutting checks for workers whose homes and cars were destroyed, Barnabas allowed employees to trade in unused sick time for cash.
  • Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty sat before members of the Senate panel focusing on the infrastructure, utilities and general rebuilding needs of towns like his during the months of recovery ahead.
  • Another victim of Hurricane Sandy: N.J. Turnpike Authority.
  • Christie Admin fails to save $13 million annually

  • In an audit by the New Jersey Office of Legislative Services, the state Motor Vehicles Commission said the administration missed out on the opportunity to save $12.6 million annually by not including the safety component in the inspections conducted by Parsons Environmental & Inspection.
  • Little Falls Republicans Apologize To Montclair Students

  • Little Falls Township Republicans have apologized for a controversial campaign mailer portraying local college students as out-of-towners – and as mostly minorities and women – who shouldn’t have a say in local elections.
  • “Gay Cure” Peddlers sued for fraud

  • A lawsuit filed in New Jersey argues that supposed therapists claiming they can cure homosexuality through an insane “conversion” process are actually snake-oil salesmen committing fraud.
  • Comment (1)

    1. Bill Orr

      As Jay Lassiter points out in the medical marijuana article, “No medicine recommended by a doctor is taxed. I can afford the luxury. But for someone with cancer, don’t they have enough on their plate?”

      When recreational marijuana becomes legal in NJ it should be taxed. As a prescribed medicine it should not be taxed.  


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