News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013

Today’s news roundup is brought to you by the rocket launcher that some civic-minded person turned in during this week’s Trenton gun buyback. And by the Lindbergh baby.

Hey Facebook man, tell me you don’t really <3 Chris Christie

  • Mark Zuckerberg, you just got married yourself. You really want to help fund the only guy standing in the way of gay couples in love?
  • Pssst: Your Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, a married gay man himself, would rather you didn’t.

    Where in the World is Chris Christie?

  • Detect a certain resentment in Christie when he’s asked to be accountable for where he is?
  • And after some questions, this is where he said he was.


  • Race is set: It’s BB vs. CC. (Katz, Christie Chronicles)
  • Meet Barbara Buono, the Dem likely to face Chris Christie.
  • RGA targets Buono.


  • Star-Ledger: You’re not protecting us against tyranny with that assault weapon.


  • A network of congregations helping homeless men.
  • Study: Poorest N.J. residents face biggest tax burden.
  • Obama signs $50B Sandy aid bill.
  • Bill Would Delay JCP&L Rate Increase Until BPU Wraps Up Probe.
  • Christie blocks foreclosed homes as affordable housing.
  • Appeals court: Camden firefighters got raise city couldn’t afford.


  • Diane Ravich picked up NJ Save Our Schools efforts to remind legislators and “school choice” marketers that term has historical significance.
  • Newark ed advocates testified against school closures in Washington calling the closings discriminatory and a violation of civil rights.

    Reckless bailed-out banks, predatory lending & foreclosed homeowners

  • Community activists, SEIU members, politicians stage a protest foreclosures outside a Bank of America branch.

    Sandy Recovery

  • Christie’s backing of FEMA rules for shore properties worrying  some homeowners who see an end to their way of life.
  • Scientists say ‘living shorelines’ & advanced environmental strategies will do far more than simply restoring the shore.


  • Comptroller Matthew Boxer state’s urges strengthening ethics laws after an investigation revealed that a longtime GOP Burlington County official misused his position to reap hundreds of thousands of dollars from a nationally recognized farmland preservation program he helped create.
  • West Orange (alleged) cops’ comments on Facebook spur internal affairs investigation.

  • Comments (2)

    1. 12mileseastofTrenton

      FBI agents late Tuesday night raided the West Palm Beach business of an eye doctor suspected of providing free trips and even underage Dominican Republic prostitutes to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. – who has denied what he calls the “fallacious allegations.”

      Agents gathered at the medical-office complex of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a contributor to Menendez and other prominent politicians, to start hauling away potential evidence in several vans.

      The investigation is believed to be focusing on Melgen’s finances and the allegations about Menendez’s trips and contact with prostitutes. A spokesman for Menendez could not be reached for comment, nor could Melgen.

    2. Scott Shields

      It’s amazing that Christie thinks he doesn’t need to answer simple questions about his whereabouts. Sure, take him at face value, that he wanted to take some time off with his son. Admirable thing for a father to do. But this father is also the Governor. Who paid for the trip? Who did he visit while he was in South Carolina? Where did he stay? Was he at the home of a donor or someone with business interests in New Jersey? He wouldn’t accept a “none of your business” from anyone else, so why does he expect the media to accept it from him?


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