News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Today – NJ Working Families at the State Ethics Commission

  • This morning, NJ Working Families will be at the Ethics Commission to advocate they turn their attention to David Samson, against whom they’ve filed formal complaint, instead of a 5-year old case against union rep Dudley Burdge, which they call a persecution.
  • Also today – very different crowd – the Chamber of Commerce ‘Walk to Washington’ trip. Is NJ under Christie still a good place to do business?


  • Newark mayor’s race: pro-Jeffries independent expenditure group shows donations of $1.3 million, Wall Street ties in ELEC report.
  • Newark mayor’s race: Baraka, council team raise more than $500K in campaign funds in last period, have more than $400K cash-on-hand.
  • ELEC: aided by donations from Fulop, Sweeney, labor, and Dems Establishment, Jackson smothers Trenton mayoral field.


  • Thinks the White House is cool.
  • The Nation: Christie using Romney ties to kickstart 2016 bid.

    Christie blames cuts to NJ-based cancer research on public worker pension costs. NJ has the 7th-highest cancer rate in the U.S..

  • Poll: Christie’s presidential chances in New Hampshire show precipitous decline.
  • Christie won’t say whether he’d testify if the legislative investigation calls him.
  • Christie wants to eliminate all limits on campaign donations. APP says that would be “a disaster”.
  • Credit rating: Connecticut>New Jersey. Governor: Malloy>Christie.
  • Chris Christie, Father of the Year – because he embodies “the ideals of family, citizenship, charity, civility and responsibility”.


  • Plea by Newark clergy ratchets up debate over school reforms.
  • Newark Clergy Members Demand Halt To Potentially ‘Catastrophic’ Schools Plan.

    Ongoing investigations of the Christie administration & fallout

  • Wiz: SCI likely to subpoena 4 witnesses to testify in May.
  • Experts: Commissioners should name Port Authority executive director, not a governor.
  • Carl Golden on Christie’s scandal PR: Like the 42nd president? Or the 37th?
  • Mike DuHaime Cited As Link In Bridgegate Report.
  • Bridgegate’s cost Christie’s campaign at least $314k so far (but cost the taxpayers much more).
  • Christie campaign legal costs in GWB probe exceed funds on hand – and Christie’s going to have to start fundraising. Meanwhile the legislative SCI’s lawyers are working 7 days/week, with costs nearly $500k.


  • Explainer: Just how bad is NJ’s foreclosure crisis?

  • Poll: New Jerseyans cooling on consolidation.

  • Last of NJ’s Sandy-damaged schools opens to fanfare.

    Parsippany mayor: Investigation into our attorney, John Inglesino, not legal

  • Township council voted  a resolution this month to establish itself as a committee to investigate Inglesino, a close Christie ally, over various alleged conflicts of interest and violations.
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