News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, December 7, 2012

Sandy Recovery

  • Reuters: New Jersey and New York press case for $80 billion Sandy aid bill
  • Pallone calls out FEMA for altering temporary housing plans in N.J.
  • Gov. Christie meets with Obama, U.S. lawmakers to secure Sandy funds.
  • N.J. college students worried about tuition in Hurricane Sandy’s wake.
  • N.J., N.Y. transit agencies speak of Sandy’s havoc at Washington hearing.
  • State report: Huge temporary housing gap for Sandy victims.
  • Chivukula blasts BPU for skipping hearing on Sandy response.
  • Deciminyan live tweeted the hearing on the @BlueJersey account and offered this take.
  • Christie vetoes health exchange

  • For the 2nd time, Gov Christie vetoed a bill that would have established a state-run health insurance exchange in New Jersey. Such an exchange, essentially a marketplace for individuals to buy health-care coverage, is scheduled to go into effect in January 2014. States have until next week to declare if they will create their own exchange, partner with the federal government on an exchange or have the federal government run their exchange.
  • LA Times: Gov. Christie vetoes Obamacare bill, then lobbies administration for Sandy relief.
  • Bill Orr gives his take of Christie’s veto here at Blue Jersey.
  • 1st Medical Maruijuana Facility Opens

  • When the Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair opened its doors at 10 a.m. yesterday, the center made history: New Jersey’s first medical marijuana dispensary was officially in business.
  • Christie and Stewart Spar on the Daily Show

  • See the full interview that aired on TV here.
  • The Record: Christie talks Sandy relief, Springsteen on ‘The Daily Show’
  • Stewart to Christie: “Which of these quotes was from you, and which was from Don Rickles?”
  • Philadelphia Inquirer: On ‘Daily Show,’ Christie talks politics and ‘Jersey love’
  • Paulsboro Train Derailment

  • The Coast Guard said Thursday that it had removed all traces of vinyl chloride from a freight-train tanker that fell off a bridge and breached last Friday, and that it had not detected the hazardous chemical in the atmosphere in Paulsboro since Tuesday afternoon. But Coast Guard Capt. Kathy Moore, at a news conference, would not specify when the hundreds of evacuees could expect to return home, though she previously set Sunday as the target date.
  • U.S. congressmen expect to examine South Jersey train derailment.
  • Mack Indicted, Jockeying for Successor Continues

  • Trenton Mayor Tony Mack has been indicted on extortion and bribery charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
  • Several members of Trenton’s city council repeated their call for Mayor Tony Mack to resign from office as news broke that the mayor was indicted just as the council was set to begin a budget hearing.
  • Gee: Mack’s condition emboldens unlawful element in city.
  • Charges fly in Jersey City Mayor’s Race

  • The Healy for Mayor Campaign demanded Steve Fulop cancel a scheduled Monmouth County fundraiser because of the event organizing presence of a known Republican operative.
  • You can read more about the Fulop fundraiser here.
  • Camden

  • Billboard encouraging people to say something nice about Camden not working out as planned.
  • Camden’s homicide total this year has now reached 64.
  • United For Sandy Relief

  • The Monmouth County Democratic Organization and the Monmouth County Republicans are teaming up with the New Jersey Young Republicans, the New Jersey Young Democrats and the New Leaders Council-NJ to sponsor a Hurricane Sandy relief concert at the Stone Pony. The bipartisan blowout will take place on Sunday, December 30, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m..

  • Comment (1)

    1. 12mileseastofTrenton

      Bencevengo and Mack should be cell buddies.


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