News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Supreme Court Marriage Equality Tease

  • We remain on pins & needles. Decisions on DOMA & Prop 8 were not announced Monday.

  • Supreme Court is expected to issue opinions today, which may include the major decisions addressing same-sex marriage and also the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Follow SCOTUSblog for the moment-to-moment.

    Buono names honorary chairs

  • Including 2 of the 4 Democrats running in the U.S. Senate Primary.

    Buono’s gay daughter blasts Christie for stance on gay marriage

  • Tessa Bitterman, 22 and about to enter law school, came out to supporters of Buono’s campaign via email, referring to Christie – the one man who now stands in the way of NJ marriage equality – as “a giant roadblock to New Jersey achieving equality for all” and a governor who “misrepresents himself as a moderate.

    Stile: Christie bravado cools as reality of $33 billion budget plan sets in

  • The Christie Priority – of “cutting taxes” – has become a Christie Punt.

    NJ Education Roundup for this week

  • From Jersey Jazzman.

    Medical marijuana for children now up to Christie

  • And he has the chance to do a very good thing.

    Groups sue to stop N.J. grants to religious schools

  • ACLU-NJ and Americans United for Separation of Church and State have filed suit to try to stop more than $11M from being allocated to two religious educational institutions, in Lakewood ( $10.6 at an ultra-orthodox facility in Lakewood, a community where Christie pulls much support, and the Princeton Theological Seminary, scheduled to get $645,323).


  • Christie’s $33b budget sails through Legislature.

  • Assembly passes bill to combine elections.

  • Sweeney wants to abolish one of Rutgers’ two governing boards.

    Christie colleague’s wife OKed for regulatory post.

  • Christie’s choice for a $125k slot on the BPU is cleared by Senate Judiciary. She is Dianne Solomon, wife of his first BPU president, Lee Solomon, who worked with Christie when he was U.S. Attorney.

    Fired nuclear-plant worker wins whistle-blower lawsuit

  • A Camden jury determines a security manager’s plan to tell a federal regulatory agency about his safety concerns at two South Jersey nuclear plants led to his firing.

    Caruso to leave Assembly Majority

  • Assembly Majority Executive Director Bill Caruso is leaving his post next month, according to a source familiar with his decision.
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