News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, December 6, 2012
December 6, 2012Uncategorized
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 philly.com 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.