News Roundup and Open Thread for Wednesday, August 19, 2015


  • After yesterday’s Summit Meeting in Newark on a new trans-Hudson Tunnel, Christie, Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez and U. S. Transportation Secretary Foxx said in a joint statement that they had a “substantive and productive meeting” and “all of us are committed to working together on a path forward on this critical project.” In other words they told us nothing.

  • Christie’s office followed up with a statement on the Governor’s press release site. In an unusual move, instead of a Christie press release, there appeared a reprint of NJ Transit Executive Director Veronique Hakim’s letter to The Record of August 13 in which she says, “Governor Christie and his administration support building a new tunnel.” She goes on to enumerate the same conditions that Christie has mentioned before. In effect our governor, trying to thread his way through a campaign in which he now ranks 11th, is not speaking forthrightly and “telling it like it is,” but rather  letting someone else provide a vague and unsatisfactory statement.

  • A NY Times editorial says clearly and simply, Build a New Hudson River Tunnel. In this editorial its second photo of the tunnel is scary: decrepit, crumbling concrete, and exposed wiring.

  • Another rush hour in Hell: An NJ Transit train broke down on the Amtrak line under the Hudson River Monday at 7 a.m.

  • How to make the tunnel a reality: Elect a majority Democratic Congress next year. (Some NJ incumbent Republican Representatives would not be missed.) But first some agreement on the estimated total cost and a reasonable buy-in from those affected. That includes NY whose governor did not attend the summit.

    As if his position on Cuba is not bad enough, Sen. Menendez yesterday “went on offense savaging the Iran nuclear deal backed by President Barack Obama.” Sen.Booker appears undecided so far. Rep. Donald Payne (D-10th) endorses it, and Rep. Albio Sires (D-8th) opposes it. The opposition at this point is substantial, but less likely to be sufficient to over-ride a presidential veto.

    More about 14 year old Radazz Hearns, voter expansion, a Christie paradox, Moody’s credit rating, and what would you pay for this meal?  

    Prosecutor files charges against Radazz Hearns a 14-year-old who was shot by police in Trenton earlier this month, alleging he pointed a handgun at the officers.

    Rutgers Voter Expansion poll: Two-thirds of New Jersey residents favor expanded early in-person voting and automatic registration at the Motor Vehicle Commission. The legislature approved the bill (A4613) but it will take many concerned citizens to voice support as sponsors don’t expect Christie to sign it.

    Gov. Christie has said “the War on Drugs” has been a failure (true), but he also says “Marijuana is against the law in the United States and it should be enforced in all 50 state.” Our governor likes having it both ways.

    Moody’s credit  rating agency warns: New Jersey’s low-end credit rating could fall again if the state Supreme Court rules that retired public workers are entitled to yearly increases in their pensions.

    What Would You Pay for This Meal? At Blu and Next Door restaurants in Montclair through the end of August you pay whatever you want for the meal.  

  • Comments (2)

    1. danpreston

      has earned my determined opposition should he seek another term. Of course, we’ll have to see if he survives his corruption charges. I hope everyone is urging Senator Booker not to dance to the beat of Menendez’s war drums.


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