News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, December 5, 2012

I can’t be certain, but I think today is Werner Heisenberg’s birthday.

Cory Booker’s Food Stamp Challenge

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is in Day 1 of a challenge issued by a Twitter follower to live exclusively on a Food Stamp budget. How’d he do? For one – he went all day without caffeine. I’ll let him tell you about it.

Assembly Democrats Will Focus on Jobs for the Rest of 2012.

New Jersey is among the worst states when it comes to the unemployment rate. Even as the national employment figures improve, the state has languished under Governor Christie. Speaker Oliver and the Democrats will introduce about 20 bills to address the state’s jobs crisis. These bills will cost less than 10% of Christie’s Revel Casino bail out. Will the governor change course and work with the Democrats to create jobs?

Governor Christie Announces that he Will Keep Kim Guadagno as his Running Mate

Claiming that he only recently has had a chance to speak about it with the Lieutenant Governor, Christie will keep her on the ticket in 2013. But with Christie running for president and the potential for him being out of state starting halfway through a second term, the choice of an LG becomes one of a choice for Acting Governor, maybe even for governor if Christie, God forbid, becomes president. Will Guadagno’s ethical issues be thoroughly examined by the mainstream media?

The State House is Crumbling

Literally. But lawmakers show they can act rapidly.

A Tale of Two Power Companies

While JCP&L wants their dismal performance rewarded with a rate hike, PSE&G says they are keeping rates where they are – at least for now.

Boiling the Frog

Things in Paulsboro after the toxic waste spill are not going quite as planned. Things are getting worse, not better. Is anyone surprised?

Meanwhile, Congressman Rob Andrews, who was just elected to a leadership post in the new Congress, calls for tighter regulation on privately-owned railroad bridges like the one that collapsed in Paulsboro.

Coincidence or not?

New Jersey trails the nation in employment statistics. We also trail in beer drinking. How should we interpret this?

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