News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

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First in: Barbara Buono makes it official she’s running for Gov

  • Here’s her announcement.
  • 2013 NJ Governor’s race already heating up.

    Inky Reporter: FAIL

  • We heard back from the reporter whose piece Deciminyan discusses. We’ll have more on this later.

    Cory Booker

  • Judge reverses Cory Booker’s attempt to install a machine choice to City Council, ruling Booker did not have the authority to cast a vote.
  • “This is not a local speech,” a Democrat said at a Booker speech in North Jersey, speaking on condition of anonymity. “He’s running for something, I just don’t know what.””Pope?” someone suggested.
  • Futures for Booker, Lautenberg tied together.
  • Booker’s week on food stamps: Political ambition amid the burned sweet potatoes.

    “I have firmly stated before and will say again now that I do not believe you put civil rights on the ballot, period.”

  • Steve Sweeney says he’ll oppose Reed Gusciora’s bill for a statewide referendum on marriage equality, which the Assemblyman says he now wants following ballot successes in ME, MD & MA last month.
  • Star-Ledger: To defeat Christie on gay marriage, a popular vote is New Jersey’s safest bet.

    Bill Would Block Attempts to Change Children’s Sexual Orientation

  • State psychological association backs measure, some religious groups oppose.

    Sandy Recovery

  • For some at Shore, Sandy may be the end.
  • Business owners complain FEMA isn’t helping much.
  • Judge halts a ‘reconstruction summit’ the NJ AG calls a scheme to profit from Sandy victims.
  • 50 FEMA trailers expected to be ready for families by Christmas, plus 130 more housing units expected to be available on Fort Monmouth property.

    Christie’s NJ Supreme Court nominees:

  • Where’s the Democrat?
  • So that’s what compromise looks like …

    New Jersey’s Antonin Scalia Equates Gay Sex With Murder

  • Scalia: “If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?”
  • Scalia in Hot Water Again Over Homosexual Comments.


  • NJ health premiums up 53% in 8 years.
  • Foreclosures Still Hit Home for Tens of Thousands in NJ.

    Donor fraud nets Bergen County broker 5 years in prison for illegal contributions to Menendez

  • Dude used straw donors to make nearly $100k in illegal campaign contributions to the senator while evading more than $2M in personal income taxes.

  • Comment (1)

    1. Bertin Lefkovic

      I don’t believe that Sweeney is opposed to putting marriage equality on the ballot on principle.  He just doesn’t want it on the ballot when he will be running for re-election in a district that is less LGBT-friendly than most.

      He will continue to make this argument and pretend to fight for a veto override throughout this year, but if that fails, he will undoubtedly relent early next year when the outcome of the election will not have an impact on his political fortunes.

      My feeling on this issue is that the LGBT community should be the one to decide the best path for fighting for their civil rights.  Reed Gusciora clearly has more credibility on this issue than Steve Sweeney.  Steven Goldstein and the leadership/membership of Garden State Equality should probably be the ones to make the final decision.


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