Weekend News Roundup & Open Thread for Jan. 19-20, 2013

Shop carefully: Whole Foods & their historically-inaccurate Obamacare whine

  • Star-Ledger: When execs threaten to cut hours to recoup their health care costs, public backlash often says one of three things: Most customers like the law; they resent employers who retaliate against workers over a law that’s intended to help the country’s poorest workers; or they’re simply tired of the rhetoric. Our guess is all three.

    Annette Quijano visits NJ National Guardsmen returning from Afghanistan deployment to Fort Hood, Texas

  • The Assemblywoman’s group of electeds and businessfolk was organized by NJ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

    Guns & Ammo

  • Christie to speak at Feb. 8 Second Amendment Rally in Trenton.
  • GUn rally outside NJ State House draws dozens. Dozens.

    Christie & the GOP

  • Sandy vote shows Gov. Christie’s influence has limits.
  • Chris Christie is playing with fire.
  • Rand Paul: Chris Christie will regret going off on the GOP.
  • Rand Paul smacks Chris Christie.

    Chris Christie v. _______

  • Buono’s candidacy gains attention in NJ gov’s race.
  • A running drama. It was Booker. Now it’s Codey … and several others.
  • Ingle: A coy Dick Codey flirts with a bid for governor.

    Scott Garrett v. Andrew Maguire?

  • Stile: The 3-term Dem congressman may be interested in taking on the Tea Party darling, and is moving back into the district.


  • Christie avoids cities and minorities for town hall meetings, critics say.

    Sandy Recovery

  • Sandy’s trailer park victims barely eking by.
  • Sandy relief is awash in legal and procedural uncertainties.
  • Storm of insurance lawsuits.


  • Camden School Board needs KIPP’s final numbers pronto.
  • Oversight of education dies in NJ.
  • Editorial: Surprise drills, reviews of N.J. school safety procedures are prudent steps.
  • Internet erasing classroom boundaries.

    Obama & Biden

  • Stile: Supporters’ hope is strong as ever as Obama prepares to begin second term.

    The Auditor

  • GTECH and the lottery, South Ward candidate in Newark, Maguire and Garrett, and Torpey’s websites.

    More Editorials

  • Forty years after Roe vs. Wade, abortion should be safe and legal — not inaccessible.
  • Obama’s gun proposal isn’t such a long shot.
  • Restore funds to help victims of domestic violence.

  • Comments (6)

    1. firstamend07

      From here on out Christie will be walking a fine line.

      His Republican foes on the national level will be egging him on to see if he will react to their attacks. They know,as does Christie,that ” moderation” plays well in NJ butNOT in GOP primaries.

      If Christie does not respond to Paul then the attacks will continue. If he does respond to Paul and takes a conservative tilt,then NJ Democrats will ( or should) call him on it.

      Christie has been able to control his message in NJ. But will he be able to continue while at thesame time ” run right” nationally?

      Christie has entered a whole ne ballgame.  

    2. Bill Orr

      please stand up.  First he appoints a moderate-sounding task force (which may just be blowing smoke) and then he is announced as a speaker at a pro-gun second amendment rally.  

    3. ken bank

      According to Politicker NJ Bill Pascrell is reconsidering his decision not to run for Governor based on offers of support from labor unions. This is getting ridiculous. These clowns keep saying they won’t run unless they’re 100% sure, but how can they be 100% sure when they can’t make up their minds? Is this supposed to be decisive leadership?

      Barbara Buono looks better and better everyday. She’s hungry, decisive, knows what she wants and how to get it, she’s young, energetic, represents a swing legislative district, what more can Democrats want? I’ll bet Christie is hoping Buono is not the candidate. She’ll definitely exceed expectations, just like another State Senator from Middlesex County did in 1997 when a youthful Jim McGreevey came close to defeating a popular Republican incumbent by only a few thousand votes.

    4. 12mileseastofTrenton

      And Rick Nolan won a seat in Minnesota last year after being out of office since 1980.

    5. ken bank

      If this report on PolitickerNJ is correct Christie will have to deal with more than just the wrath of Rand Paul. First it was a tentative “yes”, now it’s only an unconfirmed “maybe”. Keep in mind that this is not the NRA but an uberextremist group of teabagging gunslingers who want teachers bringing M-16s into classrooms. I’m sure Christie has no intention of getting involved with a fringe group of bat!@#$ crazy tea party lunatics.

      I do believe at some point he will make amends and address an NRA meeting or meet with NRA representatives at some point to assure them that he is not going to break into their homes and take away their play toys.

    6. Bertin Lefkovic

      …was a fraud, who benefitted from the conservative backlash against Christie Whitman that resulted from her courageous decision to veto a late-term abortion bill that did not contain exceptions for the life and health of the mother.  Despite running as a Libertarian, which under most circumstances is a pro-choice party, Murray Sabrin was able to cleave a large chunk of Republican votes by making this issue a central piece of his campaign.

      McGreevey was also able to take advantage of Whitman’s vulnerability on this issue by cowardly and cravenly remaining silent on it while it was blowing up in her face.  From day one, McGreevey was a shameful person and politician and Democrats should be embarrassed anytime that his name enters any political conversation.

      Unless Christie does something to seriously piss off conservatives like sign legislation that expands Medicaid coverage in New Jersey and Sabrin runs as a Libertarian again on this issue, there will be no parallels between 1997 and 2013.  If Barbara Buono wins the Democratic nomination and defeats Chris Christie, it will be because she is a strong candidate with a powerful vision and voice for our state and the progressive values that makes it as great as it is.

      To paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen, I remember Jim McGreevey.  Barbara Buono is no Jim McGreevey.  She is so much better and so much more and anyone who compares the two, even to compliment Buono, does a disservice to her greatness.


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