News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

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Adam Sandler: Sandy, Screw Ya

  • From last night’s 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy, broadcast live pretty much everywhere, and also starring The Who, Paul McCartney, the Stones, Chris Martin, Billy Joel, Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Clapton, Bon Jovi. Didn’t end until 1:19am. Sandler’s Sandy, Screw Ya would have been more rewarding if he used NJ instead of NY in the chorus, but hell, we’re still the Hudson Brotherhood. NJ verse starts at 3:42.

  • GOP may relent on insistence that spending cuts accompany Sandy relief.

  • Franklin Lakes mayor to Rockland Electric: ‘If it were up to me, I’d fire you’.

    Sex offender in the Senate office

  • Bob Menendez says he didn’t know he had a registered sex offender and undocumented immigrant working in his office, and Homeland Security denies it told federal authorities to delay arresting the 18-year-old intern until after Election Day.


  • Dick Codey made a funny.

  • Why Booker stands a chance of beating Christie.

    TODAY 10:30am: Watch State Budget Crisis Task Force report on NJ

  • NJ Spotlight will be live-streaming.

    W 0 0 t !

  • Burlco GOP freeholders outspent Dem challengers 6-1 and they lost because they ran a crappy campaign. We had (at least) 2 Blue Jersey alums active in that race for winning Dem Freeholders-elect Aimee Belgard and Joanne Schwartz. So BIG CONGRATS to them and to the Blue Jerseyans who helped drive the win. W00t!


  • Says he’s not too fat to be president.

  • Why the GOP Govs of Idaho & Utah are trying to set up Affordable Care Act exchanges and Chris Christie isn’t.


  • Although few people have seen it, there is nothing new about millions of gallons of treated sewage gushing into the Weehawken Cove daily, officials say. Now, you can see it.


  • Broad Foundation wants to give money for NJ education. But there’s a string attached: Chris Christie has to stay in office.

  • Cami Anderson wants more charters in Newark.

  • Alternate route to undermining teaching.

    Candlelight vigil to let the Bush tax cuts expire

  • Organized by CWA District 1, BlueWave NJ, New Jersey Citizen Action, Grassroots4Change and Organizing for America, outside the district offices of U.S. Reps. Runyan, LoBiondo, Smith, Lance and Frelinghuysen. And in the rain.


  • Fight over unions reveals N.J. labor pains
  • Comments (10)

    1. Bill Orr

      Off to a super start with the Boss and E Street Band. Adam Sandler added his wacky humor, but Jon Stewart spoke eloquently and movingly about the impact on our beaches.  Not only incredible for the quality of its musicians but also a reminder of lives devastated and the tremendous amount of work ahead that will be needed. I quit at about midnight but the beat went on much later. Am looking forward to the taped Billy Joel, Stones, and McCatrney.

    2. scarletbgonias

      Garrett’s comments about Sandy Relief are horrible, but not all that surprising to this constituent.

      Somehow, his words about relief and how he’s leaning towards voting against the funds, need to be trumpeted loudly and often. His constituents need to know that he will vote against these funds. I’m sure the appropriations will pass in Congress, but his Nay vote should be broadcast loudly.

    3. carolh

      song and know how reverently a lot of other musicians hold it, I was extremely offended by Adam Sandler butchering it.  He should have sung his Chanukah song. I think a lot of other folks, musical and/or Christian were probably as horrified as I was. Brian Williams looked like he didn’t appreciate it either.


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