2015 State of the State Day News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Frank Pallone calls on U.S. Justice Dept. to investigate Christie and Baroni for attempted smear on Lautenberg using his E-ZPass records

  • When a news outlet made a records request for the late Frank Lautenberg’s E-ZPass records was denied by Port Authority on a private records exemption. But yet when it was politically expedient both Christie and his top PA appointee disclosed those records to reporters in an apparent effort to smear Lautenberg.

    “airquotes” Presidential “airquotes”

  • Looks like Christie 2016 has a finance guy, with Texas bundler Ray Washburne, who had the Finance Chair role at RNC since Mitt Romney’s 2012 loss, coming on board. It’s all very unofficial and deniable, but it’s on.
  • The money primary: Home Depot’s Ken Langone plans a dinner for Christie this month with top GOP donors, presumably to get back some of the enthusiasm for Christie that has shifted to Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney in recent weeks.

    How long can New Jersey’s drinking-water supplies hold out?

  • Environmentalists want to know why the administration is stalling on a much-needed draft of a drinking-water master plan.

    Chris Christie’s State of the State address – 2pm

  • Which Chris Christie will be speaking? Will it be a New Jersey speech? Or a campaign speech?
  • Only 36% of New Jersey voters say the state’s headed in the right direction, 49% say it’s on the wrong track.
  • Stile: State of the State address a chance for Christie to hit reset button.
  • Deciminyan did a great job annotating some actual truth into Christie’s first State of the State.
  • What Christie might talk about today.
  • Where to watch.


  • Details still being worked out but a package of bills to improve teacher preparation and induction in the state will be among Assembly priorities this spring, said the Democrats’ top legislator on education, Asm Pat Diegnan.
  • Bill seeks to beef up rosters of doctors in managed-care insurance networks.
  • Lawmakers want more scrutiny of police military equipment.
  • Should surveillance camera owners have to register them with police?

    New Essex freeholder targeting economic disparity nabs board presidency

  • Congratulations to Britnee Timberlake, who is also at 28 the youngest person to serve as freeholder since Essex changed its form of government in 1979.

    Bramnick to campaign on Saturday

  • And the soft campaign to succeed Christie with another Republican is on.

    NJ official Christie dubbed ‘Dr. Kevorkian of the numbers’ gets promoted

  • David Rosen, whose revenue forecasts turned out far more accurate than Christie’s is now interim director of OLS.  
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