News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013

Bad day for a transparent government and an informed electorate

  • Star-Ledger announces layoffs of 34 employees, including 18 newsroom staff.

  • SJ Times lays off of 11 employees, citing economy, industry changes.

  • And earlier this week, Press of Atlantic City was put up for sale.


  • NJ Dems back Obama, propose sweeping gun-control reforms for state.

  • Victims’ relatives in Camden praise Obama gun proposals.

  • Coming: Surprise school security inspections.

  • Will the real Chris Christie please stand up.


  • 2.6 Million – Plenty of people watched Jersey Shore too. It’s entertaining.

  • In 100th “Town Hall,” counters Obama on guns.

  • Only one congressman Christie campaigned for supported all 3 parts of the Sandy aid package.

    Chris Christie v. _______

  • Norcross backs Barbara, bashes Codey.

  • Buono endorsed by NJ Women’s Political Caucus.

  • Dem NJ mayors want Gov candidates to get in the race ASAP.

  • Sources: Dem county chairs want candidates’ search over by Feb. 1st.


  • NJ Weedman sentenced to probation, fines, in medical-marijuana test case.


  • PA knocks Atlantic City off the #2 gambling spot.


  • Dear Bernie [Bertin Lefkovic], An Open Letter About Consolidation To A Charter Cheerleader. From, Darlene.

  • Privately run and publicly financed: Norcross expansion plans for ‘charterlike’ schools leave questions.
  • Comments (10)

    1. vmars

      That reads to me more like Norcross attacking Codey than supporting Buono.  Kind of a, “You guys had your chance to step up, didn’t and not just get out of the way.”

    2. Bill Orr

      is a sad reality these days. More important perhaps is whether their on-line brethren can flourish. It’s essential for groups like,, Patch and the Statehouse Bureau (which provides news to subscribing papers and on-line sites) to succeed.  We need news, a requisite for a democracy, and hope the evolving delivery mechanism will work well.    

    3. The Wizard

      business and Christie is governor, the state’s resources will be directed away from the public schools to private schools.

      Unfortunately we’ll never know who has how much in Cayman Islands accounts.  

    4. 12mileseastofTrenton

      He’s done a good job of trying to wreck this party so he can run everything in concert with the governor

      How true.


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