News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013

Nucky Johnson’s lawyer writes about him, says HBO isn’t telling the story right.

All of us are created equal.

  • Full text of President Obama’s second inaugural address.
  • Analysis: How Obama’s second-term goals affect NJ.
  • TIME: A new term, a more progressive term.
  • Stile: Obama lays tracks for new era of government.
  • NJ inaugural ball raises money for Sandy recovery.

    Congratulations, women & girls (and men)

  • Today is the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (not that abortion rights opponents recognize the right of the law of the land).

    NJ dropout rate stays among the lowest in the country

  • National dropout rate for 2009-2010 students was 3.4%, but just 1.6% in NJ.

    Home for the Brave, in Camden

  • 16% of Camden’s homeless are veterans. The new transitional housing offers vets job training and placement, behavioral-health counseling and addiction treatment.

    Only woman ever elected to the Haddonfield Board of Commissioners & only woman mayor in the borough’s history

  • After 28 years in office, Letitia “Tish” Colombi decides not to run again.

    Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • James Harris, NJ NAACP president: Inequality persists.
  • MLK in a Camden rowhouse.
  • Dr. James Still: “the Black Doctor of the Pines,” son of escaped slaves and one of Burlington County’s wealthiest businessmen when he died in 1885.
  • Woodbury students clean firetrucks, cut vegetables for a soup kitchen, stock shelves at a food bank & clean their own classrooms.

    Sandy Rebuilding

  • Some on Staten Island say it’s time to move on. That doesn’t float in Sea Bright.


  • Despite cozy relationship with Christie, DiVincenzo insists he will support Democrat for governor.
  • Buono describes humble Nutley upbringing.


  • Sheila Oliver to Cory Booker: Don’t expect your celebrity to land you the Senate nomination.


  • Home values are up over last year, but not by much in NJ.

  • Comments (3)

    1. ken bank

      This story on PolitickerNJ might actually be funny except for the sad fact that 40 million African-Americans have no representation in the US Senate.  

    2. ken bank

      The Huffington Post has picked up the story and it is also featured on other national newssites like USAToday, Politico, etc. My guess is Republicans will have a field day trying to exploit a rift between NJs senior Senator and the most prominent Afro-American politician in the country other than Barack Obama. I believe Chris Christie will have something to say about this as well. He and Booker have a cozy relationship, while there is no love lost between him and Lautenberg.

    3. Bertin Lefkovic

      …was appointed by South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley, to replace the resigning Jim DeMint and he is African-American.  Considering how conservative Scott is, I can only imagine that Clarence Thomas is a worse standard-bearer for our country’s African-American community, but he is all that they have at the moment.  Hopefully, Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick, will decide to run against Scott Brown in the upcoming special election to fill John Kerry’s Senate seat and join Scott as yet another African-American Senator.

      As innocuous as the “spanking” comment might have been intended, I think that it is probably the beginning of the end of Frank Lautenberg’s political career.  Even if Barbara Buono, Dick Codey, or Bill Pascrell were successful in defeating Chris Christie, Lautenberg was going to have a hard enough time defeating Booker, considering the relationships that Booker has with party bosses like Steve Adubato and George Norcross.

      Any talk about party leaders being upset about the games that Booker played last year is purely political theater.  The only bosses who really matter, Adubato and DiVincenzo, are highly invested in re-electing Chris Christie and there can be no doubt that Booker’s game-playing was done in concert with them and geared towards preventing legitimate candidates from being able to do the work needed to build their campaigns, inhibiting their chances for success.

      As much as I would prefer to be represented by Lautenberg or Frank Pallone, I think that it is highly unlikely that Cory Booker is going to face a primary challenge next year.  Pallone has a congressional seat for life if he wants it and it would be far too risky for him to give it up for what would undoubtedly be a very tough fight against Booker.


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