News Roundup and Open Thread for Saturday, August 22, 2015

Labor Data through July 31

NJ Unemployment: 5.9% (NY: 5.4%, PA: 5.4% DE: 4.7%).

NJ Employment: While employment increased in 34 states, it decreased in NJ by 13,600.

Roll Call says about Republican Rep. Scott Garrett: NJ Democratic strategists believe he is uniquely vulnerable … We’re moving the race out of Safe Republican to Favored Republican.

A&P tells over 5,000 workers: They may face Thanksgiving layoffs.

Dangerous drones over NJ airports: In August alone there were two incidents near Teterboro airport, one with a drone flying about 15 feet above a plane near Newark Airport, and another in Sewell in which the plane reported turning to avoid a black drone.

In Camden in the summer only about 1,500 children receive free or reduced-cost school lunch. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12th Dist.) says, “We are confronted with a lot of reauthorization needs here, but none are as important as feeding our kids.”

A London-based betting parlor lists the odds of Trump becoming the Republican standardbearer as 7 to 2. Gov. Chris Christie, who slipped out of the top 10 in the latest opinion polls, had the 11th lowest odds at 25 to 1.

Three citizen groups sued Chris Christie and Chris Christie for President, Inc.: alleging that the Christie campaign has inappropriately forced New Jersey taxpayers to cover the cost of the Governor’s security and other key expenses while pursuing the presidency.

Deal or no deal? So far in the NJ House delegation regarding Iran, six Republicans are opposed, as are Democrats Donald Norcross, who visited with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for two hours, and Albio Sires. In the Senate Robert Menendez is opposed and Cory Booker, who recently held a conference call with the JCRC and Jewish Federation of Southern NJ, is in the wind.

The missing link in new US AIDS strategy: It lacks one crucial element: “the criminal justice system’s role in fueling HIV and AIDS.”

Ever wonder about those planes flying over the beach? Read on.

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