News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, December 20, 2012

2013, 2014 and 2016

  • Against the backdrop of Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s examination of his future statewide plans, PolitickerNJ reports that Congressman Pallone is reaching out to Democratic Party chairs to remind them that in the event of an eventual U.S. Senate opening, he remains interested.
  • Huffington Post: Chris Christie On Presidential Run – ‘I Will Be More Ready’ In 2016 Than I Was This Year.
  • Audio: Kevin McCardle talks with Democratic Candidate for Governor Barbara Buono.
  • Has the NJ Department Of Health Not Heard Of BCC?

  • The New Jersey Department of Health apologized Wednesday to medical marijuana patients for sending them an email that disclosed the email addresses , and in some cases, the names , of all the program participants.
  • Christie shows “reckless disregard for the law”

  • Sidestepping a state Senate that refused to take one of his nominations to the Rutgers University Board of Governors, Gov. Chris Christie announced Wednesday his decision to bypass Democratic lawmakers.
  • Senate President Sweeney accused the governor of breaking the law and of pandering to the Hispanic community when he sidestepped the Senate to appoint Martin Perez to the Rutgers Board of Governors.
  • Sandy Recovery Continues

  • Survivors of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey now have until January 30, 2013 to register for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
  • Buying flood-prone land, elevating structures and building local flood controls will be some uses for $500 million in federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program money that’s likely coming to New Jersey, a flood expert said at a seminar on how to rebuild from superstorm Sandy.
  • The borough of Seaside Heights, already battered by Hurricane Sandy, has taken another hit: a chip off its credit rating.
  • Six additional New Jersey businesses were accused by the state Office of the Attorney General of price gouging during Hurricane Sandy. The latest round of lawsuits brings the total number of businesses named to 13 hotels and 11 gas stations.
  • Governor Christie was skeptical about a bill that would require all towns accepting state or federal aid to rebuild their beaches after Hurricane Sandy make access to them free.
  • Republicans moved on Wednesday to dramatically slash a proposed relief bill for areas hit by superstorm Sandy from $60.4 billion to $23.8 billion – a proposal that New Jersey’s two Democratic senators blasted as a slap in the face that would leave the state to fend for itself.
  • More Suits against Schroeder

  • Three more lawsuits have been filed recently against embattled state Assemblyman Robert Schroeder, who is also the target of forfeiture actions filed by the state Attorney General’s Office last month.
  • Christie Wants “National Discussion” about gun control, GOP Assemblyman wants less

  • On New Jersey 101.5 FM’s “Ask the Governor,” the Governor said Americans should engage in a “national discussion” about gun control, as well as the stigma associated with mental health treatment and violence in the media.
  • Michael Patrick Carroll wants less gun control, not more.
  • State Education Commissioner Chris Cerf is meeting with county and local superintendents to review school security procedures following the Newtown school shooting last week.
  • NJ Near Bottom In Emergency Preparedness

  • New Jersey ranks near the bottom of the nation when it comes to emergency preparedness, according to a report issued by a pair of nonprofit organizations. The report, issued by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found while there has been significant progress toward improving public health preparedness during the last 10 years, there continues to be persistent gaps in the country’s ability to respond to health emergencies, ranging from bioterrorist threats to serious disease outbreaks to extreme weather events.
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