News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

wtf Reagan Day?

  • Dick Cheney bringing his act to NJ for Reagan Day.

    Deciminyan brings back Blue Jersey’s talks with the NJ Legislature

  • First up: Sen. Bob Smith.

    Hero cop turned felon Bernie Kerik in Franklin Lakes

  • Talks Arabs, bad guys, American Sniper and Michael Moore.

    Jerseynomics

  • Workers at NJ’s first medical marijuana dispensary headed to a NLRB hearing, after employers blocked their attempt to join a union .
  • Revel, awaiting sale, gets a tax break in deal with AC.

  • What you find out when you start trying to count homeless people in NJ.
  • Salary for AC’s new emergency manager = $135k. No word yet on how much consultant Kevin Orr, Detroit’s former emergency manager, will get.

    Education

  • Crowd is small but determined at state hearing on PARCC testing.
  • Paterson school official plans to keep daughter from new state tests.
  • Braun suggests NJEA has weakened its position on PARCC testing.

    Former Treasury Secretary Geithner to address New Jersey’s pension board

  • At a time of considerable turmoil in the NJ pension board, they’ll have a guest addressing them today: Former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. The board, currently without a chair since Christie pal Robert Grady resigned in November, and dealing with ethics complaints.

    “Presidential”

  • Here’s one old pal from Livingston High School that Christie doesn’t deny knowing much.
  • Isreali president’s scheduled meeting with Christie today is off.

    Paterson’s Joey Torres returns $18,650 in campaign donations

  • Torres initially did not file finance reports on his inaugural ball until Paterson Press brought that requirement to light.

    Washingtonia

  • Dem State Committee LGBT Caucus says Rep. Chris Smith comments about gays are “appalling”. For a whole string of ignorant, offensive remarks.
  • Rep. Albio Sires and Sen. Bob Menendez reintroduced a bill today that would expand Tourette syndrome research and establish regional centers devoted to studying the neurological disorder.
  • Menendez champions Obama immigration orders, singles out NJ family on Senate floor.

    Star Ledger editorial: Citizen United’s damaging cost

  • Truth.
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