News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

Governing Magazine looks at The State of Public Employment

  • And because of Gov. Christie’s lying to the legislature and cheating public workers on their pensions, New Jersey does look good.

    U.S. Representative Rush Holt bids farewell to Congress after 8 terms

  • After 16 years representing New Jersey,  our congressman-scientist remained optimistic about public service. That quality was always one of his best, and now he brings it back to science itself.

    Banning firstamend07

  • Why Blue Jersey reached the last straw on this long-time user.


  • 100,000 people (including 375,000 kids) in NJ don’t know where their next meal will come from. . Two Dem lawmakers say NJ throws more food away than any other state; can we “glean” that food instead to people who need it?
  • Buy your baubles and knick-knacks on the Turnpike, AC Expressway and GSP?

    Christie and Cuomo push back against Port Authority reform

  • Wisniewski raises the question whether the PATH night closure idea is political payback against mayors Dawn Zimmer and Steve Fulop.
  • Top legislative leaders: Vetoes won’t stop Port Authority reforms.
  • Ledger editorial: Override the veto of Port Authority reforms.
  • The Auditor says it won’t be overridden.


  • Christie signs controversial bill to extend NJ building permits.

    “Storming the Vote”

  • Remember what it was like getting out the vote – and getting that vote counted – in the wake of Superstorm Sandy? Watch.

    Post-election, ready for the new term

  • Analysis: Tedesco ready for quick changes in Bergen County John C. Ensslin at The Record has a list of what to watch for as he begins his term.
  • Why has NJ seen historic lows in voter turnout recently?


  • Christie v. Jeb Bush: Where they stand on guns, education and more.

    New England is a bit safer today

  • Here’s why NJ should pay attention to that.
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