News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What’s up, Rutgers?

  • This is not a way to treat Eric LeGrand. You asked him Saturday night to deliver the commencement speech, replacing Condoleezza Rice. Less than 48 hours later, he has to find out you’ve announced Monday afternoon former Gov. Tom Kean’s the speaker. Classy.

    Christie makes a mess of the budget – again

  • Aid payments due to schools may bear brunt of budget crunch.

  • Golden: Christie’s made champagne promises on a beer budget.

    Investigations of the Christie administration

  • 10 AM TODAY: GWB investigative committee hearing – Christina Genovese Renna subpoenaed.
  • What you won’t find in Bridgegate documents? Christie’s emails & texts.
  • Bridge scandal committee’s legal costs crack $725,000.


  • Campaign capsules: CD12 congressional seat & Trenton mayor, council.
  • Christie funder for Kathleen Donovan expected to haul in $65k.
  • Newark Councilman Ron C. Rice analyzed the upcoming race on Facebook. Politicker picked it up and posted it – good post idea.
  • Will Longoria’s presence engage Fontoura on behalf of Team Jeffries? Looks like Nope..
  • If Baraka were to lose May 13, what would it mean for Fulop?

    And more Christie

  • Christie to Maine to scare up cash for Maine GOP and Gov. Paul LePage.


  • DRPA chief says they’re already cleaning up mismanagement & questionable spending.

  • Explainer: Medicaid ACO’s try to bring better health care to low income areas.


  • Amid shifting political priorities – Sweeney’s, Christie’s – a Senate panel OKs bill to reduce rounds a magazine can hold down to 10 from 15.
  • U.S. Supreme Court turns away another case over whether Americans have a constitutional right to be armed in public, letting stand a lower court ruling upholding a NJ requirement for gun owners to show an urgent need to carry a handgun outside their home for self-defense. Both a police official and a judge must approve the permits..


  • Bill would allow matching funds for special election for governor if Christie leaves.
  • NJ Senate panel wants more tax breaks for movie & TV studios.
  • Comment (1)

    1. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

      “Eric LeGrand is an inspiration to the nation and arguably the most respected and visible ambassador for Rutgers.  Eric is the quintessential role model, and a perfect choice to address Rutgers graduates and offer them advice about overcoming life’s challenges.  He deserves an explanation.”


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