News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, March 10, 2015

TODAY 11am: Chris Christie “Town Hall” in Somerville

  • Van Derveer Elementary School Gymnasium on Union Ave.

    If you go, ask Gov. Christie if agrees with the letter to Irans leaders signed by 47 Republicans in the U.S. Senate. Record his answer with your phone, even if it’s only audio). And let us know.

    A defiant 3-jobbed Nick Sacco rallies supporters in North Bergen

  • But Sacco and his pols had to walk through a large demonstration calling him out as corrupt on the same day the state AG’s office raided municipal hall.

    Menendez & Booker

  • Under corruption cloud, Menendez lashes out – at Putin.
  • Feds interviewed Harry Reid for Menendez probe.
  • Republican senators criticize Justice Dept over Menendez case.
  • Menendez says his post as ranking Dem at Senate Foreign Relations is not in jeopardy.  
  • In a first, Rand Paul, Cory Booker & Kirsten Gillibrand plan to introduce federal medical marijuana bill.


  • Legislators seek to stem the rising tideof religious exemptions to vaccines.
  • Stender back in NJ Assembly for first time since facing scandal.
  • State senate moves on several fronts to block Exxon settlement. Which – by the way – isn’t even a paltry $225M, it’s $225M minus a chunk going to the lawyers.
  • NJ Assembly votes 75-0 to pull out of bi-state Waterfront Commission.
  • John Bramnick’s Cyber Security Summit.
  • Public-employee healthcare:The Sweeney plan vs. the Christie report.
  • NJ Senate bill would let some developmentally disabled adults living in out-of-state facilities stay.


  • Fine print:35 pages of answers from Cami Anderson – answering legislators’ questions about ‘One Newark’ and her budget ahead of a hearing this morning.
  • In reaction to PARCC questions, standardizing testing bills pass N.J. Assembly.
  • Doing the math: PARCC tests will cost state 10% more than before.  
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