News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015

Eternally hopeful. Bob Jordan at APP sees a post-debate door maybe opening for Christie, wider with Scott Walker’s failures. Charles Stile disagrees that Christie benefits much from Walker’s exit.

9% tax hike for Newark? Backroom convos about the budget.

Inside Chris Christie’s militia, flab and cronyism trigger mutiny in the ranks. Washington Post examines the NJ National Guard under this governor.

Progress: Jersey City to expand health benefits for transgender workers.

NRA leaves LD16’s Jack Ciattarelli off endorsement list Despite the fact they rate him B+ on their issues.

4th medical marijuana dispensary coming The Bellmawr facility will be allowed to open in October.

Frank Pallone slams pro leagues for opposing gambling while profiting off fantasy sports.

Truth in Accounting Group says NJ had highest per capita government debt burden of any state in the country in 2014, an average $52,300 for every resident.

Why are NJ pension fund managers – who handle billions in state’s assets –  currently required only to ‘self-report’ contributions? That’s a pretty low standard of transparency. Senate Legislative Oversight Committee Chair Bob Gordon says it makes sense for the pension system to consider creating its own searchable database of political contributions made by the private fund managers.

The case for Pre-K was made very strongly by a simple collection of drawings brought by a veteran kindergarten teacher to a state senate hearing.

Because of course it did. Christie’s gamble on privatizing the lottery goes bust (Editorial)

Rep. Payne comments on separation of church and state, Planned Parenthood and Donald Trump.

Environmentalists, lawmakers trying new tack to keep out tracking waste: A new bill would prevent many of the chemicals in fracking wastewater from being treated in state, rather than outlawing the waste itself.

General Majority PAC sent ballot applications to Atlantic County voters. Applications were mailed by a  a super PAC supporting Dem Asm Vince Mazzeo and his running mate Freeholder Colin Bell, who are running against GOP Asm Chris Brown and Freeholder Will Pauls. The applications, which came with a letter signed by former congressional candidate Bill Hughes Jr., have a recipient’s name and address already filled out.

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