Weekend News Roundup & Open Thread for June 8-9, 2013

Race for Frank Lautenberg’s seat

  • Suddenly, the Senate race is ON.

  • Lautenberg’s death turns N.J. political scene upside down.

  • Stile: Cory Booker sets a course charted by Christie.

  • Cory Booker announces in Willingboro. (Video)

  • Cory Booker says he’s at a fundraising disadvantage against veteran congressmen Frank Pallone ($3.7M) and Rush Holt (not quite $800k). Booker has $1.6M.

    Frank Lautenberg laid to rest with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery

  • Buried on a hillside, near JFK.

  • Video.

  • Kelly: Paterson roots shaped Frank Lautenberg.

    First lawsuit challenging Christie’s Senate election timetable

  • Driven by Somerset Democratic Chair Peg Schaffer and her law firm.

    Questions, suspicion dominate debate over Booker’s replacement in Newark

  • Cory Booker’s decision to run for the U.S. Senate in a special election this year has raised questions and opened old wounds in the city he will leave behind if he wins..

    For Barbara Buono, going from bad to worse, with her party’s help.

  • Tom Moran: Sen. Barbara Buono had a tremendously awful week, and the coming week is certain to be worse.

    NJ Education News Roundup for this week

  • From Jersey Jazzman.


  • Christie talks to Romney’s inner $$ circle in Utah.

  • Its all about the governor.

  • Washington Post: Christie and Rand Paul show how GOP can win in blue states.

  • Christie to NJ taxpayers: Screw you!

  • Opinion: Christie’s illusion of bipartisanship.

  • ABC News: An early test for Christie’s brand.

  • The Nation: Calling Chris Christie’s Bluff, Legislators Seek to Undo Election Shenanigans.

    The Auditor

  • Catholics continue to dig in against legislation protecting people abusive priests hurt, Lesniak meets with Buono & Watson Coleman and it doesn’t go well. And so it goes ….


  • Sarlo: Budged bill being drafted; should come before Senate budget panel on June 17.
  • APP: Why the fall of Atlantic City’s casinos will hurt all NJ taxpayers.


  • New light shed on what convinced RU to stand by its athletic director.

  • Rutgers works to soothe angry donors.
  • Comments (12)

    1. firstamend07

      Assuming that the Auditor article is correct it appears that Buono and Coleman prefer to win on O’Donnel but lose the ” unity” battle.

      Can those two be that stupid to think that a pro like Lesniak could not help an embarrasing campaign?

      I now question what type of leader Buono would actually be. She seems to have no clue about what is needed to beat a person like Christie.

      This from the Auditor says it all:

      “As I was leaving,” he(Lesniak) said, “Bonnie Watson Coleman and Barbara Buono said, ‘You’re going to lose. You’re going to lose.’ ”

      Lesniak said he replied: “Yeah, and … ?”

      As he later told The Auditor, “It seemed to me to be quite an immature and childish reaction.”

    2. 12mileseastofTrenton

      Is there a difference?

    3. 12mileseastofTrenton

      The most Christiecrat of the legislative Christiecrats will endorse his hero tomorrow.  Will there be any consequences from the “Democratic” Senate leadership?  


    4. FreeDem

      example. I’m voting for Christie and everyone under his name. I recommend you all do the same.


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