News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013

Tornoe: Christie’s popularity soars as his budget declines

2PM: Christie’s State of the State

  • “Politics at its worst” – Drewniak rips Dems’ pre-State of State criticisms
  • State of State: Hold Christie Accountable
  • New Jersey faces it’s own fiscal cliff largely based on the governor’s delusional budgeting and adherence to trickle-down conservative dogma.
  • Key questions.

    What Sweeney said (and very quickly apologized for)

  • “We gave the governor a jobs package. We gave him one. He vetoed it,” Sweeney said. “And his job package is a hurricane. I guess he prayed a lot and got lucky a storm came. I shouldn’t say that because that’s – I apologize for saying it.”
  • Christie quickly took the opportunity for outrage at Sweeney’s “heartless partisan attack”.

    Sandy recovery

  • Christie to join Belmar mayor Doherty for new boardwalk groundbreaking.
  • FEMA experts offering advice at home improvement stores.

    Esquire Magazine takes down Michelle Rhee

  • Not New Jersey specifically, except as yet another reason why NJ politicians – particularly Democrats, who should know better – should be asking better questions of the school “reformers” than they are.
  • Two years ago, school-reform crusader Michelle Rhee was sitting in the first row during Gov. Chris Christie’s State of the State address, in which he laid out much of his education agenda. This week, her reformy StudentsFirst gave NJ a “D”. If anybody still cares what she says.
  • And by the way, legislators – more attention to this, please: How Christie administration Dept. of Ed is failing kids. Ledger

    Or get off the pot

  • Dem party leaders losing patience with indecisive gubernatorial candidates.
  • FDU Poll: Christie crushes nearest competitor Codey, 59-26%; Buono, 64-21%. So far.

    Sure, removing sand piled in homes and putting it back onto beach areas is important, but so are libraries, education and public safety.

  • L.A. Parker: Christie right to fight for Sandy victims, but what about Trenton?

    Ya think?

  • NJTV is not as familiar to viewers as NJN, new poll shows.

    “Not only is he the world’s best-known economist, Krugman has the intellect and integrity to resist Wall Street’s calls for austerity”

  • The call for Obama to name Princeton’s Krugman Treasury Secretary echoed overseas.

    Booker is giving Lautenberg “space”

  • “I want to give him the space to make his own decision. I’ve announced my intention to run, but the reality is – is we’ve got a good Senator. He’s been loyal. He’s been there for a long time. And I think that he’s got a decision to make.”

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