News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

Buono set to announce gubernatorial candidacy

  • Reached out to county chairs yesterday, formal announcement today, and full rollout next month. Last week, Buono attended the DGA annual meeting in LA. Go Buono!

    Reed Gusciora introduces bill asking NJ voters to decide on marriage equality

  • The assemblyman, long an opponent of putting civil rights up for a public vote, said his constituents convinced him the time was right after successful ME votes in Maine, Maryland and Washington Nov. 6.

    If Christie’s going to highlight his high court picks as “diverse,” then criticism like this is entirely in-bounds

  • Latino Action Network: 5 nominations, no Latinos – Christie shuts out 1/3 of NJ from Court representation .

    Hanna and Christie co-authored deferred prosecution paper

  • Newly minted Supreme Court nominee Robert Hanna and then U.S. Attorney Chris Christie co-authored a law journal paper defending the use of deferred prosecution agreements in corporate fraud cases.

    Sandy Recovery

  • Menendez leads Senate colleagues to LBI to see the difference engineered beaches made in protecting property from Sandy..
  • Christie: Proposed Sandy aid would cover NJ costs.
  • Shore towns vow to fight bill to block beach fees.
  • If Hanna is confirmed to NJ Supreme Court, that leaves BPU leaderless in the Sandy aftermath.

    Bill Maher praises Chris Christie in blog post

  • “… I have to say, I find the Christie brand of pr-k kind of refreshing.”

    Booker says Senate run not dependent on Sen. Lautenberg’s retirement

  • I think the decision I’m making is independent of his intentions. But I am a guy that was brought up by parents that said ‘you respect those that deserve a sort of respect.’ And Sen. Lautenberg is a guy that every New Jerseyan, – Republican, Democrat, Independent – should give respect and gratitude to because he has dedicated a large measure of his life to serving his country.” So … bring out the old guy’s gold watch?
  • Senate is not where Sen. Loretta Weinberg wants him to run.


  • The most obvious thing in the world.
  • New Tenure Reform Law Delivers First Verdict.

    Parents of Intellectually Disabled May Soon Get ‘Bill of Rights’

  • Assembly Human Service Committee advances specific rules for how state agencies must deal with families & guardians.

    Edison police chief: Internal affairs investigation was FBI cooperation

  • Police chief’s statement that internal affairs was working with FBI when he gathered intelligence on politicians, officers’ families and other community civilians, follows a Star-Ledger investigation on the city’s police force and claims that the investigator’s activities were motivated by political considerations or vendettas on the deeply divided force.

  • Comments (3)

    1. Bertin Lefkovic

      …for the United States Senate.  There can be no doubt about it.  Maybe Frank Lautenberg should run for Governor.  If he beat Christie, he could pre-empt Booker by appointing Steve Rothman to replace him.  Booker would probably have an organizational edge over Rothman, but you never know what might come from six months of incumbency.

    2. 12mileseastofTrenton

      It’s one thing to be 90 in the senate, but another to be 90 in an executive capacity.  A non-starter.

      Lautenberg may bow out simply because of age.  But if he gets the feeling that he’s being pushed out by the bosses behind Booker, I woiuldn’t be surprised if he took him on.

    3. firstamend07

      Time to move on Frank.

      The future is Booker and Sweeney!


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