News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

Congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens, and marriage equality Maryland, for Super Bowl victory. And to QB Joe Flacco of Audobon, NJ. The Ravens are named for the poem by Edgar Allan Poe, who died penniless in a Baltimore gutter. In honor of the team, here is The Raven.


  • Ingle: GOP unlikely to take over NJ Legislature.
  • Buono qualifies for matching funds.
  • DNC’s Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Buono’s race.
  • NJ Dem officials at Buono Campaign Kickoff.

    Chris Christie at the New Orleans to NJ Super Bowl ‘handoff’

  • Looks forward to the post-Sandy “psychological boost” of Super Bowl for recovery, like NOLA after Katrina. Fine, if you want to talk like Sandy’s the only thing wrong with NJ right now.


  • Miami Herald: Following the trail of Sen. Robert Menendez scandal leads to dead end in Dominican Republic. The apartment in Santo Domingo where the anonymous “tipster” (who’s been avoiding meeting the FBI for 8 months) says sex with underage prostitutes took place exists, but the women are nowhere to be found, and landlady says they weren’t prostitutes.
  • Miami Herald: With sex, the FBI and shady characters, the Menendez saga is a Florida whodunit. “Tipster” Peter Williams is likely a pseudonym. His email account seems dormant. He never delivered the promised testimony, witnesses, photos and videos.
  • Can Menendez survive?
  • NJ Dems, focused on Christie, watch and wait on Menendez.
  • Harry Reid: “I have confidence he did nothing wrong. But that’s what investigations are all about.”

    National African-American Read-In

  • This is cool.
  • But if you’re white, don’t count on much Black history in school.

    Questions rising on the Christies’ Sandy Relief Fund

  • Public Citizen: “The governor should disassociate himself and his campaign and his family from the fund altogether. Then it would be a genuine charity. From what I see here, this is not a genuine charity.”

    AshBritt Inc. of Pompano Beach, FL

  • NJ budget official questions Fla. debris firm’s $100M contract, political connections.
  • Buono statement on Ashbritt, Inc..

    Rutgers professor hopes to run for Iranian president

  • Hooshang Amirahmadi, of Rutgers’ Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

    Lawsuit over emails allegedly not turned over in OPRA request

  • Jersey City BOE attorney says he plans to release emails between board Fulop.


  • NJ minimum wage question could cost GOP candidates.

  • Comment (1)

    1. deciminyan

      Rutgers Targum, the student run campus newspaper, had a front page article on the Buono rally. One of the paths to a Buono victory is energizing young people who have the most at stake in seeing Buono’s policies come to fruition.  


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