News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Not New Jersey, but as an Orange alum, I’d like to congratulate Coach Jim Boeheim on his 900th win.

Paulsboro Toxic Waste Spill

The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report on the bridge collapse that resulted in a toxic chemical spill and evacuation of dozens of Paulsboro residents is inconclusive on the accident cause. Maybe the fact that the privately-owned bridge was built four years after the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad and is not subject to all federal regulations has some relevance? 

It’s Official – President Obama carries New Jersey 

As one prominent Democrat equates the Electoral College with the Queen of England.                                                                                     

Mayor Booker Responds to New York Times’ Op-Ed

The Gray Lady publishes an uncomplimentary article on Newark Mayor Cory Booker in their news section that’s more of an op-ed than straight news. And Booker responds

Common Sense 

Senator Lautenberg will introduce a bill to ban the sale of high capacity magazines like the ones used by the Connecticut murderer. 

Paper or Plastic 

With bipartisan support, a Senate committee votes to reduce pollution from plastic bags.

Meanwhile, in the Assembly 

Several job-creation bills are passed. 

Will New Jerseyans receive the benefit of an (almost) living wage? Not if the Republicans have their way

News from the Alternate Universe

Star Ledger Editorial Board jumps the shark. Cutting cops in Camden and bringing in unproven charter schools are good things. 

Where’s the memorial for the 67 people murdered in Camden this year? Where, outside of Camden, is the outrage? 


Senator Barbara Buono starts her campaign for governor with plans to restore our pharmaceutical industry, promote higher education, the middle class, and the environment, and sign the marriage equality bill.

Hurricane Sandy

Much need aid is fast tracked. Meanwhile, Republicans continue their kvetching.


Comments (3)

  1. DSWright

    never disputes the Ledger’s claim contained in the piece and highlighted by other news outlets that he was “out of town every fourth day from January 2011 through June 2012.”

    The tax increases along with rising crime and unemployment rates are a matter of public record.

    Facts are stubborn things.

  2. 12mileseastofTrenton

    It gave both sides, and a lot of space to the positives.

    Booker must be pretty thin-skinned.  Although in fairness to him, he’s so used to the media kissing his ass that a balanced article threw him for a loop.

  3. sayitaintso

    Cipriani, etc. etc.  are all fundraisers for poor Newarkers.

    Without disputing that,  we can also say that private donations are his answer for the city’s big problems.

    That’s not all that Newark needs.  And the biggest private donation,  the Zuckerberg fund,  can’t be taken seriously as lasting educational reform.


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