What’s Happening Today Wed. 12/18/2013

Good morning chilly New Jerseyans. It was 21 degrees when I got up.  Have you been enjoying your snow shoveling? If you are indoors and want a book to read, check out Americanah, on the NY Times’ list of Ten Best Books in 2013. The main part of the story takes place in a hair salon in Trenton.  

2013 is rapidly nearing an end.

  • Only seven more days until Christmas.

  • Only a few more sessions left until a new legislature convenes. The Assembly and Senate will meet tomorrow with some 100 bills listed for voting.

  • Only one month until Chris Christie is re-inaugurated at an Ellis Island bash – an odd location for a governor who sends out mixed messages about immigration reform and tuition equality, but a great place for a Presidential wannabe.

  •  Darryl Isherwood (formerly of right leaning PolitickerNJ) reports in the The Star-Ledger: “According to a new Harris Poll, Gov. Chris Christie had the best year of any political figure in the country. Christie tops the list with 32 percent of respondents saying his year topped all others.” I suspect 2014 will not be as good to him.

  • Gov. Christie will speak at the Passaic Vicinage drug court graduation at 11am at Passaic County Community College, Paterson. He will also be at at Eva’s Kitchen, 393 Main Street, Paterson at noon.

  • Moody’s Investors Service today lowered their outlook on New Jersey’s debt from stable to negative, saying the state remains hamstrung by rising costs and “a sluggish economic recovery.” Christie talks about lowering taxes and education “reform” while he should be concentrating on jobs and the economy.

  • On the judiciary front, “Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic), a staunch ally of Governor Chris Christie who almost became Senate Minority Leader last month, wants to end N.J. Democrat efforts to block his Supreme Court nominees by following the federal Senate’s lead by abolishing filibusters for judicial nominees.”  Read all about it in Save Jersey. Not gonna happen.  

  • Congressional elections are only 11 months away, but it already looks interesting in CD 3.  

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