TGIF News Roundup & Open Thread for Dec. 14, 2012

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  • Stile: Christie knows he’s fighting voter indifference, as well as Dems, in trying to remake NJ’s Supreme Court.
  • Christie appears with Laborers and has first encounter with Dem gubernatorial candidate.
  • Still talking about this.
  • Born to Run.
  • Cillizza: Chris Christie and the “fat” question.
  • Esquire: Chris Christie’s weight is our problem too.


  • National Review: Meet the First Democrat Challenging Chris Christie.
  • Backed by home County Middlesex, Buono hits campaign trail in Passaic County.


  • Promise vs. Reality in Newark on Mayor’s Watch.
  • Acclaim nationally, still slogging in Newark.
  • The Grio: Cory Booker highlights policy differences with Chris Christie.
  • Booker Governor Race Decision Has ‘Frozen’ New Jersey Field.

    Sandy Recovery

  • Environmental groups: Learn from Sandy.
  • Lavallette residents can start moving home.
  • Foundation behind 12-12-12 concert determined to get Sandy relief where it’s needed.


  • State Budget Crisis Task Force Releases its Report.
  • Star-Ledger: ‘Right-to-work’ supporters are only getting started.
  • Cost estimate climbs for Rutgers merger.
  • Christie among governors making plea to Congress for Hurricane Sandy money.
  • Interactive Map: NJ Gave $1.3M More to Obama Than Romney.


  • Lawmakers propose canceling NJ standardized tests due to Sandy setbacks.
  • Schools still struggle to cope with Sandy’s aftermath.

    Sure Cory Booker can do the food stams SNAP challenge. But can he do this, which 1.4 million Americans have to do every day?

  • Comment (1)

    1. DSWright

      One of the strongest points a Christie challenger could make would concern absenteeism by the Governor, a lack of engagement in the state due to a large amount of out of state travel. Reportedly, Booker will have some difficulty making that argument.

      They say Mr. Booker’s frequent Twitter posts to his 1.3 million followers, his appearances on television and at gatherings of moguls and celebrities – he was out of town nearly a quarter of the time between January 2011 and June 2012, according to The Star-Ledger – have distracted him from the local trench work needed to push his agenda.


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