News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

It’s Hour #39 for Newark students staging a sit-in at Superintendent Cami Anderson’s office. Where is Cami? Newark Students Union is demanding a meeting.

Could Cory Booker’s embrace of Rand Paul mean 2016 heartache for Chris Christie?

  • Booker’s partnership with Sen. Rand Paul on criminal justice issues could hurt a fellow New Jersey politician: Gov. Christie.

    Marijuana legal in New Jersey?

  • A new coalition – New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform (NJUMR) – launches with members including ACLU-NJ, NAACP State Conference of New Jersey, and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, aiming to see marijuana legalized, regulated and taxable in NJ.  


  • Tote board for New Jersey signups under ACA? More than 250,000 of us.
  • AC Mayor Don Guardian:No plan to raise taxes.
  • Record editorial says New Jersey under Christie has reneged on paying rebates to businesses that either expanded or relocated to New Jersey.

    Sweeney vows to fight Christie veto of Port Authority reform, lays out battle plan

  • Senate President Stephen Sweeney says that he will put Gov. Christie’s veto of Port Authority reform legislation up for an override vote “again and again and again and again,” comparing his approach on the issue to the strategy U.S. House Republicans have employed in response to President Obama’s health care law.

    Chamber of Commerce ‘Walk to Washington’ is today

  • The expensive traveling schmoozefest begins, with speeches yet to come down in D.C. from Christie, plus Don Norcross, Tom MacArthur and Frank Pallone.


  • MacInnes: Will Chris Christie Play to National GOP by Tying Tax Cut for the Wealthy to Road Fixes?
  • Christie, on his pre-announcement toursays he’d have a national energy policy. No details, but there’s plenty in his history to suggest what that would look like.
  • Analysis: With voters, Christie stresses persona over policy.
  • Christie, on his pre-announcement toursays he’d have a national energy policy. No details, but there’s plenty in his history to suggest what that would look like. “target=blank>Is Gov. Christie a bully? New Jerseyans use some very unflattering words to describe him. You listening, New Hampshire?

    Soft campaign for NJGov2017

  • Gubernatorial hopeful Phil Murphy’s group launches online ad blitz.

    Roselle councilman steps down after dispute over absences

  • Councilman Roy Locke will step down after heavy criticism from Mayor Jamel Holley and a record of many absences.

    Court rules NJ improperly denied request for Muslim surveillance documents

  • A 3-judge panel last week said the state improperly denied an OPRA request that advocacy group Muslim Advocates filed with the state AG’s Officefor documents from an investigation into the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Prieto declines Bramnick’s debate challenge, won’t take part in ‘sideshow’

  • Acknowledging the gladiator-like challenge to six debates “anytime, anywhere on his home turf” by his GOP counterpart but refusing to heed it, Speaker Vinnie Prieto said today he will not take part in any “sideshow” Republicans hope to concoct to distract Democrats from their work this election season.
  • Comments (2)

    1. 12mileseastofTrenton

      for pointing out the ridiculousness of coupling a rise in the gas tax with repeal of the estate tax.

    2. Bob h

      whether he will set up a State ACA exchange if the SCOTUS rules against ACA in the Burwell case to be heard soon.  Is he really for raising consitituents’ taxes by about $300/mo on average?


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