News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, December 6, 2012

Boardwalk Empire season finale ends with gangster mayhem, but Sopranos’ alumni are back in New Jersey with a quieter new movie. For further entertainment Governor Christie is scheduled to appear on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show tonight.

Post Sandy Hurricane

  • At Senate panel testimony yesterday from utility industry executives, lawmakers and a top Christie administration official ripped into Jersey Central Power & Electric’s response to the superstorm.
  • The head of the state Board of Public Utilities said, “Power companies need to provide more useful information to customers.”
  • According to the NY Times, “President Obama plans to ask Congress for about $50 billion in emergency spending to help rebuild the states ravaged by Hurricane Sandy,” but passage in Congress is not a sure thing.
  • The Star-Ledger reports Gov. Chris Christie will travel to Washington today to lobby White House officials and congressional leaders for emergency funds.
  • A Duke University professor says, “If I was king, we would restore dunes, we wouldn’t rebuild destroyed homes close to the beach, we’d move some buildings back, and we would put in regulations prohibiting intensification and development.”
  • At a PNC Arts Center meeting utility executives said, “The state needs to build more redundancy into the power grid and get serious about aggressive tree-trimming efforts.”


  • At the Assembly Budget Committee hearing Democrats challenged Christie’s plan to privatize New Jersey Lottery. Assemblyman Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) said he “is talking with legal counsel to try to find a way to stop the privatization.”


  • Newark will be one of the national testing grounds for a new initiative to keep homeowners facing foreclosure under their own roofs. A nonprofit housing group acquired troubled mortgages on 150 properties with the goal of offering favorable modifications to the owners.
  • An investment to improve our infrastructure, benefit business and stimulate our economy: Fix Trenton.


  • Paulsboro: Frustration among Paulsboro residents boiled over Wednesday evening at a raucous town hall meeting. A South Jersey Times editorial asks “Who’s in charge?” and says, “The public has faced a bewildering set of confusing and contradictory directives.” And a article asks, “Did the rail crew in Paulsboro crash bend the rules?”
  • Jersey City: Ward F Democratic Committeeman Omar Perez will run for an at-large Council seat on the Healy 2013 ticket.
  • Newark: Amidst heavy police presence Mayor Cory Booker voted to re-affirm Shanique Davis Speight as a replacement for U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-10) on City Council. Opponents were angry and are awaiting their day in court.

    After almost three years

  • Finally, the first N.J. medical marijuana facility will open today in Montclair.
  • Comment (1)

    1. sayitaintso

      to storm victims  (and we all know how the GOP feels about victims)

      or b) what amounts to stimulus money for NJ.

      Mirth ensues….

      I think this will replace Bad Santa on my Xmas viewing list.  


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