TGIF News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, March 7, 2014

Uh … wow

  • The maritime industry is suggesting New Jersey’s transportation commissioner concocted an elaborate snow job when he blamed a nearly century-old shipping law for bottling up a 40,000-ton supply of roadway salt.

    Christie at CPAC

    Cheered for being the liberal media’s newest enemy.

  • Christie stands up for the Koch brothers: They’re ‘great Americans’.

  • Mixed reactions to Christie.

  • Mulshine: Standing ovation, but also plenty of empty seats.

  • Yes, he’s still running in 2016.

  • Balz: A performance designed to rehabilitate himself with the conservative base.
  • Moran: Christie, pitching himself as a pragmatist who can get things done, ran out of steam 2 years ago. He’s got the same partisan stalemates he complains Washington has.

    Investigations, Audits

  • Audit clears Christie on no-bid Sandy contract but raises other questions.

  • Rutgers report says state shares blame for problems with fired Sandy contractor.

  • Christie-Port Authority crisis shows NJ’s ethics group must find its way: Opinion.

    Legal Fallout

  • Bridget Kelly’s lawyer files court papers battling subpoena, criticizes Wiz for a ‘rush to judgement’.

    2014 races

  • Newark mayoral candidates make case to city’s business community.

  • Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka sets school board slate.

  • CD12: Chivukula is staffing up with people who used to work for Greenstein, and know her turf.


  • The Record profiles “busboys” whose jobs are a path to a better life.

  • NJ lobbying surge to over $60M in 2013.

  • Wolff Samson lobbying – way up since 2009.

  • NJEA shatters records for political spending.
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