News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, Feb. 11, 2013


  • Atlantic City firefighters sworn in on iPad Bible app.

    Check back here at 11AM – we’ll suggest ways to let Mark Zuckerberg know who Christie really is

  • Christie heads to California, where Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg will host a fundraiser for him.

    Trenton Times:

  • Christie should reveal guest lists for parties he throws at Drumthwacket.


  • New York Times: Menendez should be removed as Senate Foreign Relations chair.
  • Menendez won’t step down from new Senate Foreign Relations chairmanship during ethics investigation.
  • Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, asked if Menendez should step down as Foreign Relations Chair, said he believes Menendez’ claims of “no substance” to recent allegations.
  • Menendez on Univision: ‘Nobody has bought me”.
  • controversy swirls.

    In local battles against charter schools, a new player

  • Little Florence Twp., New Jersey.

    Remember the harsh criticism Steve Sweeney got for suggesting Christie prayed for Hurricane Sandy, to bring cleanup jobs?

  • Turns out, based on the no-bid contract Christie gave to AshBritt, Sweeney was quite wrong.  Christie didn’t see this as a jobs creator, but a wealth creator – and not for NJ workers.

    Jersey City: Healy v. Fulop

  • Fulop accuses Healy of cronyism in appointment of judge.


  • NJ shedding pharma jobs: Downsizing, consolidation, relocation take toll on NJ’s pharmaceutical sector.
  • Star-Ledger: Creating a permanent underclass undermines immigration reform.


  • David Axelrod on Christie’s weight: ‘Leave the poor guy alone!’

  • Comment (1)

    1. 12mileseastofTrenton

      Senator Robert Menendez sought to discourage any plan by the United States government to donate port security equipment to the Dominican Republic, citing concern that the advanced screening gear might undermine efforts by a private company – run by a major campaign contributor and friend of his – to do the work.

      The intervention with the Department of Homeland Security last month came even though Mr. Menendez has publicly chastised the Obama administration for not doing more to combat the surging drug traffic moving through Dominican ports.

      And it came shortly after the senator’s friend, Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, arranged to meet with a senior State Department official, accompanied by a former aide to Mr. Menendez, in a related push to protect the port security contract, which is worth as much as $500 million over 20 years.


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