News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Bad omen for former Port Authority Chair David Samson: United Airlines Chief Executive and two other senior officials have stepped down during a federal corruption investigation on whether the airline had improperly sought to influence senior officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Samson was granted “The chairman’s flight” to South Carolina where he has a home.

Federal government awards $256 million to PATH: to repair damage sustained by the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rail system during Superstorm Sandy.

Feds drop study of cancer risks near nuclear sites including Oyster Creek, arguing they don’t haver the time or resources.

Christie is officially continuing his four-year, multi-million dollar battle for legal sports betting despite appellate court ruling. The state Legislature and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association filed similar motions.

Pinelands burning: Firefighters are battling a blaze that has burned through about 1,000 acres of the Pinelands.

Obama said about Christie: “And then there was the guy – these guys are running for office, they’re running for the presidency – who said a union deserves a punch in the face. Really? Tell me how you really feel.”

Thursday the NJ Economic Development Authority will consider a host of new tax breaks to corporations, including $253 million for a Camden venture. NJ Policy Perspective has detailed in the past that the subsidies the state has offered to companies to relocate in Camden are highly risky, “come at a tremendous taxpayer cost per job and mostly shifted existing jobs around the region, doing little to grow the broader economy.”

If Christie were mayor of New York City he says, “Stop-and-frisk would be back in about five minutes.” Guess what guv: “Stop and Frisk” searches remain legal in NYC, just under more appropriate regulations.

Finally Rep. Bill Pascrell says, he will vote for the agreement curbing Iran’s nuclear program.

Mayor Steve Fulop indicated yesterday, he would oppose the nuclear deal with Iran reached by President Obama.

Mayor of Jersey City takes another step toward gubernatorial candidacy. He opens his new website Steve Fulop 2017.

Former Senator Joe Lieberman was in Teaneck yesterday to support Democrat Josh Gottheimer, who is considering a 2016 challenge to U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett.

Pot Smokers beware: NJ Appellate Court ruled that police may still search people without a warrant when they detect the smell of marijuana.

Add Bon Jovi to the list of artists scheduled to perform in China only to have their concerts canceled due to some sort of affiliation with the Dalai Lama.

Comments (2)

  1. 12mileseastofTrenton

    and run for mayor in 2021.

    Reply

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