News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Polls are open – Primary Election Day

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  • Here’s what’s up.

    Investigations of the Christie administration

  • Today 10am – Port Authority Commissioner Pat Schuber to be questioned. The week after the September GWB lane closures, Sen. Loretta Weinberg, who represents Fort Lee, sent a letter to Schuber demanding to know why the lanes were closed. Neither Schuber, nor Christie – who was CCd – ever replied. Weinberg wants to know why.
  • Two former close aides to Christie – Jeff Chiesa & Deborah Gramiccioni, both among the many colleagues from the US Attorney’s office Christie installed in high state office – have been subpoenaed in the Manhattan District Attorney’s  investigation of the diversion of $1 Billion in Port Authority funds designated for the ARC Tunnel he abruptly cancelled to rebuild the Pulaski Skyway without raising taxes. The Skyway isn’t under the Port Authority jurisdiction.


  • CD12, 2017 gubernatorial, Union County Democratic Party chairmanship: ‘all politics is local’.

  • 2017 foreshadowing: potential CD12 impact on McCabe and the gubernatorial hopefuls.


  • CD7: Paul Ryan endorsed Leonard Lance. Message: You don’t need tea partier David Larsen in Congress, Leonard toes the line in our far-right agenda just fine.
  • CD3: Steve Lonegan, NJ’s most famous tea partier, sputters at the end, lashing out at Tom MacArthur and his “liberal Republican establishment”.

    Grow up, Governor.

  • Christie spurned Hoboken mayor Dawn Zimmer at an event announcing winners of federal funding for special flooding projects. No hug. No high-five. No handshake. Hoboken got $230 million dollars for its idea, though – and that’s better.
  • Hoboken was devastated in Hurricane Sandy. It’s kind of a big deal to win $230 Million in federal Rebuild by Design funding to address its flooding. More on Hoboken’s winning game-changer idea – here.


  • Lakewood to homeless: Take $4000 to get out.

  • A Short Primer on NJ’s budget.

  • Sarlo on millionaires tax: “I want to be realistic.”

  • Are we prepared to cover costs of long-term care for aging population?

  • Is the dune fight over?


  • Michele Brown, Why do we so often find you in the middle of Chris Christie’s malarkey?
  • Christie approval rating stabilizes.


  • ACLU sues 7 school districts for discriminating against immigrant families.
  • State returns some local control to Paterson & Newark schools.
  • Senate Higher Education moved the ball closer on Sweeney’s plan to install more machine control on Rutgers Board of Governors.
  • Sweeney and Rutgers trustee face off over ‘hidden’ report on university governance.
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