News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, April 14, 2014

Investigation(s) & lawsuits of the Christie administration

  • Did Christie’s aides cover up Bridgegate?
  • Christie, Baroni and Stepien, being sued by limo companies affected by the GWB traffic mess Christie’s office caused, get extensions to file a response.

    Time to get real

  • Records at the Maurice River Historical Society suggest the rate at which the ocean’s rising has more than tripled over the past century.


  • A bill from Sen. Whalen would require any shore protection projects receiving public funding to include public access to the waterfront, an amendment pushed by conservationists at American Littoral Society (thank you).

    Health & well-being & money

  • Families are scrambling to find safe and comfortable homes for disabled loved ones following the state closing of 2 developmental centers. Families, including aging parents may now have a 2-hour drive to visit relocated persons.
  • Roman Catholic Archbishop John J. Myers is avoiding talking with protesters who object to church money spent on his lavish home.
  • A night for homeless youth: Bipartisan group of lawmakers – including CD12 primary candidate Bonnie Watson Coleman – raises $25K for Covenant House.

    2014 races

  • Jackson: Short-circuiting the voters’ choice in gerrymandered NJ districts.
  • Newark mayor’s race: On NJTV and WNET, “Newark at a Crossroads” to show Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries clashing.

  • In CD3, the Dems are solid behind Aimee Belgard. On the GOP side, Steve Lonegan and Tom MacArthur – a couple of carpetbaggers from North Jersey – are on the air and going negative on each other.

  • (Meanwhile, MacArthur is sitting on $1.75 million COH, so  … first round’s on him).
  • Paterson Mayor’s Race: Maria Teresa Feliciano ad goes up on cable this week – in both English & Spanish.
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