News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, Jan 3, 2013

Boehner Punts on Sandy Relief Legislation

  • Speaker Boehner to New York and New Jersey: Drop Dead.

  • Boehner punts on Sandy relief.

  • Boehner ignores Sandy relief.

  • Storm aid inaction angers NY & NJ lawmakers.

  • Sandy aid frustration rising as many in Moonachie realize funding won’t be enough.

    Fiscal Cliff

  • NJ congressmen vote yes, following Senate vote. All except one. Guess.

  • Predictable. And it’s past time to replace him.

    Let’s hope some unstable person doesn’t see this as a challenge

  • Armed officers to begin patrolling Marlboro schools this morning.

    Buono – first in & first raising

  • Sen. Buono raises almost $250K in first month of campaigning.

    Chris Christie v. ______

  • Codey says he’s still undecided.

    The long, sad and infuriating tale of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack

  • Mack’s trial on corruption charges won’t start Feb. 19 as scheduled, it’s been pushed back to at least summer with a continuance order issued by a federal judge.

  • Trenton Council again tries to cut mayor’s pay.

    New Jersey at the Sundance Film Festival

  • “Fall to Grace” by filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi (daughter of Nancy) spotlights Jim McGreevey and the jailhouse treatment program where he counsels inmates.

    Congratulations Aimee and Joanne!

  • And to Jason Springer, Deciminyan and other Blue Jersey alum and friends who helped power the campaign of Aimee Belgard & Joanne Schwartz, newly sworn-in as Burlington County Freeholders.


  • Budgetary pain is at hand for NJ legislators.

  • Boardwalks are Job 1 as shore towns rebuild.

    Grow up, already

  • Christie’s 7 most shocking comments of 2012. (Katz, Christie Chronicles)


  • A big year ahead for Jersey politics.
  • Comments (7)

    1. Bertin Lefkovic

      If it wasn’t already obvious that Steve Sweeney has no interest in running for Governor against Chris Christie, but does not want Barbara Buono to get the Democratic nomination, the fact that he is open to the idea of his sworn enemy, Dick Codey, taking on Christie should confirm this fact once and for all.

      The thinking behind this move is even more obvious.  With the support of Norcrossippi’s 8 counties, Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, and Union Counties and possibly Hunterdon, Sussex, and Warren as well, Codey would win the Democratic nomination easily and as the Democratic nominee, he would be competitive enough to protect the competitive districts in Norcrossippi that Sweeney needs to remain Senate President, while the bosses shave the vote just enough to re-elect Christie, getting both Buono and Codey out of Trenton once and for all.

      As much as I like Codey, I hope that he treads very carefully before trusting Sweeney.  I wonder what 12M will think if this actually comes to pass.  If I had to bet, I think that it is more likely that Bill Pascrell, Jr. becomes the guy to run against Buono and Christie, because he has a history of working with Norcross et al,  nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

      If I am right, it will be interesting to see if Buono accepts a deal to step aside that would enable her to run for re-election to the State Senate while also running as Pascrell’s LG.  A similar deal could also be offered to her if Codey runs, but I think that Norcross et al want Buono and Codey out of Trenton and may just choose Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt or Camden Mayor Dana Redd to run for LG with either Codey or Pascrell.

    2. Bertin Lefkovic

      …is as believable as you, FA07, but if you are actually supporting the idea of a Codey candidacy, then he really should watch his back.

      I agree that Codey should have run against Corzine in 2005, but to think that Adubato, Norcross, and Sweeney might be willing to make peace with Codey without an ulterior motive in mind is just laughable.

      That said, I hope that Codey runs.  He, Buono, and Pascrell would all be strong opponents against Christie.


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