News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013


  • Stuart Rothenberg: Is Christie Overhyped?
  • George Will: Christie the volcano, the anti-Romney who connects with voters.
  • Gov. Christie Overstepping and Overreaching: COAH and the Supreme Court.

    Friends Don’t Let Friends Veto Equality

  • Tell Mark Zuckerberg to unfriend Chris Christie & cancel the fundraiser.
  • #UnfriendChristie.

    Headline you don’t want: Menendez denies allegations involving free plane rides, prostitutes

  • Menendez did not pay for flights from campaign donor until this year – after the Middlesex GOP Chair asked the Senate Ethics Committee to look into his travels.
  • AP: No apparent reimbursement to Melgen in more than 6 years’ worth of campaign expenses on file with FEC.
  • Menendez statement: “Any allegations of engaging with prostitutes are manufactured by a politically-motivated right-wing blog and are false.” .
  • CREW had serious doubts about the tipster making claims about underage prostitutes.
  • Timeline: How tipster sparked FBI investigation of doctor linked to Sen. Menendez.
  • More (but unrelated) Menendez: Brother of major Menendez donor admits making $21k in illegal campaign contributions.


  • CNN: The woman who hopes to take down Chris Christie.
  • SJ Dems will miss a Sweeney-Christie matchup, but Buono is feisty, should avoid being seen as patsy for party bosses who may expect her to lose.
  • GOP questions Buono’s campaign spending.
  • Cory Booker endorses Buono.
  • Gopal’s gamble pays off: Monmouth Dems, statewide party rally around Buono against Christie.
  • Schoonejongen: Can GOP gain in the legislature?

    Worker at Camden’s LEAP school files lawsuit

  • An employee of LEAP Academy University Charter School claims in a lawsuit that he was ordered to make repeated repairs to the home of the school’s founder, Gloria Bonilla-Santiago.


  • Runyan says he’s undecided on adding new gun limits.

    Tensions linger in U.S. over ‘comfort women’ plaques

  • How a small local gesture to honor more than 200,000 mostly Korean and Chinese women forced to provide sex for Japanese soldiers made Hackensack the flashpoint for international controversy.


  • Camden overtime dispute gets ugly.
  • Camden police union divided over Camden county force.
  • Turnpike Authority  borrow $1.4B.
  • It’s time for BPU’s annual online electricity auction.


  • Evesham’s GOP mayor eyes 2017 governor’s race.


  • Anti-Bullying Report Recommends Greater Autonomy for School Officials.

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