News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013

Sandy aid

  • LoBiondo and our “moderate” northeastern Republicans can blame themselves.
  • Garrett only member of NJ delegation to back bid requiring spending cuts for aid.
  • House approves $50.6B in superstorm Sandy aid.
  • Sandy aid is big win, but don’t expect a Katrina-sized boom.
  • Shore residents, officials express disbelief at aid delay.

    Sandy Recovery

  • If it’s hard to grasp the concept of “disaster,” this headline should do it.

    AP: US ordered delay in Menendez intern’s arrest

  • Federal immigration agents were prepared to arrest an undocumented immigrant and registered sex offender days before the November elections but were ordered by Washington to hold off after officials warned of “significant interest” from Congress and news organizations because the suspect was a volunteer intern for Sen. Bob Menendez, according to internal agency documents provided to Congress.

    Off-the-grid in East Amwell

  • “Mr. Sustainable”.


  • Is Christie campaigning on YouTube?
  • Pascrell: Christie has not done enough in Washington to fight for Sandy aid.
  • Governor envy.
  • Christie Forgoes Public Funding After Raising $2.13M.
  • On property taxes, Gov. Chris Christie is containing the beast: Editorial.
  • TODAY: 100th Town Hall Taxpayer-Funded Campaign Rally.
  • Fuggedaboutit: No Climate Change Questions For Chris Christie During Interview Blitz On Superstorm Sandy. ThinkProgress

    Lisa Jackson A/K/A Richard Windsor

  • Right-wing is unsatisfied by EPA’s response to a FOIA request for Jackson’s emails, including a non-public account under a different name, the name of a family dog when Jackson lived in East Windsor Twp., N.J..

    Chris Christie v. _____

  • Uneasy times for Dems facing Christie juggernaut Schoonejongen
  • Monmouth Dems release full list of endorsements for Buono.
  • Pascrell, who said he “wasn’t pursuing” a race for Gov, leaves himself some wiggle room.


  • Diane Ravitch covers Mother Crusader on Hatikvah Charter School.
  • Charter Schools: The Best Way To Destroy Your Community.
  • Commission on Holocaust Education takes on Stalin.
  • 16.3% – rise in NJ participation in federally financed school breakfast program.


  • Bag that bill: N.J. voters oppose law charging shoppers for plastic grocery bags.
  • Divvying Up the Department of Environmental Protection.

    What Makes a Democrat a Democrat?

  • Jersey City Mayor’s Race.


  • N.J. state revenue off 4 pct. for the year.
  • Camden police hold off on response to ‘last offer’.
  • Paulsboro – Report of Conrail payout unfounded.

  • Comments (4)

    1. ken bank

      As reported on PolitickerNJ. This is not a shocker as Norcross and Codey are not exactly BFFs. I’m not into conspiracies, but could this be some sort of ploy by Norcross to ensure a Christie victory since neither Buono nor Codey are exactly the sort to cater to Norcross’s interests the way Christie has.

    2. firstamend07

      Maybe it is as simple as checking the polling and thinking that Buono can keep her loss within the needed spread of 7-10 % points.

      The status quo works for many.

      Keeping the Senate and Assembly Democrat and waiting out Christie for two years is looking like the best anyone can hope for right now.  

    3. Bertin Lefkovic

      …does the status quo work for?  You?  Adubato?  DiVincenzo?  Norcross?  Sweeney?

      If anything, it looks like these guys are trying to goad Buono and Codey into a contested primary election that will eliminate one of them in June and the other in November.  Machiavelli would have been proud.

    4. firstamend07

      Maintaining at least the status quo works for the people of New Jersey who care about fighting off the right wing agenda.

      Some on the radical left get caught up in crusades that benefit no one.

      Christie will not be around forever ,but if Christie is able to bring on a Republican State Senate and Assembly then his agenda will be his legacy.

      Buono better get a lot tougher ,and very soon if she wants the support of moderates.



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