News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, December 19, 2012


  • The Somerset County Democrats endorsed Barbara Buono for Governor.
  • Chris Christie was endorsed by the Laborers Union.
  • Is Cory Booker going to make a run for Senate instead of Governor?
  • Legal Medical Marijuana

  • From the Star ledger: Jay Lassiter has been HIV positive for 20 years, and for just as long, he has been a self-described “criminal” for buying pot to ease the gut-wrenching nausea he suffers because of his treatment. His criminal activity ended at 2:45 pm yesterday, when he walked out of Greenleaf Compassion Center after making his first legal marijuana purchase at the Bloomfield Avenue shop.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer has an extensive story on Jay’s journey and Medical Marijuana as well.
  • Banning Minors from “Conversion Counseling”

  • An Assembly bill banning minors from undergoing “conversion therapy” counseling in an attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation could make New Jersey the nation’s second state to impose limits on the practice.
  • Has the Empire run its course?

  • NJ Biz: New Jersey’s massive network of suburban office buildings “may have run its course,” according to a new Rutgers University report that outlines the trends that have decimated the properties in less than a decade.
  • Sports Betting Suit In Court

  • AP: Pro sports leagues have experienced nearly unprecedented success despite the existence of illegal and legal gambling and therefore can’t claim harm if New Jersey legalizes sports betting, an attorney for the state argued Tuesday. “There’s no evidence that gambling has hurt the sports leagues and their reputation,” said Theodore Olson, a former U.S. solicitor general who has joined the state’s legal team. “All evidence shows sports have grown in this country alongside the growth of gambling, some legal, some not legal. Illegal gambling on the Super Bowl has made the Super Bowl the most watched event on TV in the world.”
  • More Women Should Run For Office

  • More women should run for elective office, because “we have a different way of seeing things, we have a different set of priorities,” according to former Gov. Christie Whitman.
  • Longshoremen’s strike looming

  • The threat of a longshoremen’s strike this year once again looms over ports from Maine to Texas, after contract talks that had already been extended 90 days broke down once again yesterday. About 15,000 members of the International Longshoremen’s Association, including 3,500 dockworkers in the Port of New York and New Jersey, could walk of the job as of Dec. 29, when the extension expires.
  • Gun Buy Back Nets 1,137 guns

  • A two-day gun buyback program in Camden brought in a record-sized arsenal and authorities believe Friday’s mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school may have been a motivating factor.
  • Sandy Changes Holiday Travel

  • Superstorm Sandy may have had a slight impact on how New Jerseyans are traveling this holiday season, according to the findings of a AAA New Jersey travel survey.
  • Transfer Police IA To The AG?

  • The internal affairs functions of every law enforcement agency in New Jersey would be transferred to the Attorney General’s Office under a bill proposed by an assemblyman, who contends politics and bias too often creep into investigations when police departments police themselves.
  • Comments (14)

    1. KendalJames

      The NRA plans to spend $2 million on lobbying in the coming year. How about a national gun buyback program instead?

    2. interested observer (Post author)

      Here are a few more stories:

    3. Steve Sweeney wants towns to stop beach fees in order to get aid.
    4. Senator Lesniak has a bill that would recognize violence as a public health issue in NJ.
    5. A chance meeting at a WWE event in Newark has inspired Sandy-ravaged fire department to ‘pay forward’ donation.
    6. The American Conservative Union (ACU) has rated NJ Legislators.
    7. Challenger Ruben Bermudez was elected Vineland mayor in Tuesday’s special runoff election, according to unofficial tallies.

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  • 12mileseastofTrenton

    Can Sweeney’s ironworkers be far behind?

  • DSWright
  • carolh

    to stop the craziness in a lot of towns.  I say this as someone who was the victim of police intimidation for political purposes this past year by the same department who saw fit to arrest an investigator from the AG’s office for serving a warrant to a town judge.  That is how screwed up these towns are.  It’s like the wild west.  Some of these towns need outside help.  

  • Bertin Lefkovic

    …do Jay and other HIV positive pot smokers take?  I ask, because I had a conversation with an HIV positive friend of mine about his treatment regimen and whether he needs to smoke pot to alleviate the side effects and he said that he didn’t and that HIV drugs have come a long way over the last decade or so to the point that he was not aware of any HIV drugs that were so toxic that smoking pot was necessary.

    It is important to note that this friend is someone with whom I have smoked pot with recreationally in the past (far too long ago sadly) and neither of us have any opposition to anyone doing this for any reason, medicinal or otherwise.  I also remember that when my mother was undergoing chemotherapy for her breast cancer, she had the option of taking one of many different anti-nauseal drugs, including marinol, a synthetic version of marijuana.

    I am not looking to reopen the debate over whether marijuana should be legal for medicinal purposes, but I would like to be educated somewhat about whether or not it is actually still necessary or if this has all just been an exercise designed to pave the way for complete and total decriminalization at some point in the future in the way that it has been in other states.

    Also, because cancer and HIV treatment regimens probably require someone to smoke marijuana on a daily basis, I am also somewhat concerned about the risk of other health problems related to smoking marijuana rather than baking it into brownies or other baked goods.

    Times may have changed since the last time that I toked, but when I did, my friends and I never smoked more than once a week, if that, and even that became pretty rough on the lungs to the point that we smoked less and less and baked more and more.  What is the norm for people who have to do it every day?

  • A New Jersey Farmer

    Unless Booker pulls a last minute switch, it looks like Barbara Buono will be the most experienced Democrat in the field. I won’t support Sweeney and can’t really think of any others that would rock the race.

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