News Roundup & Open Thread for Marriage Equality Anniversary Day/ Back to the Future Day, Oct. 21, 2015

Two years ago today was the first time gay New Jerseyans could legally marry who they love. At midnight as the calendar changed and all the next day, jubilant couples were married, in some cases by some of New Jersey’s best-known politicians. Winning marriage was hard work by thousands of people, who all share in this Anniversary Day. Here’s just one wedding story. 

And Happy Back to the Future Day. USA Today recreates the front page Marty McFly finds in the sequel.USA_Today_Back_To_The_Future.0

Amid signs of consensus, reform of Port Authority slowly moves ahead.


Alan Steinberg on the LD16 race: ‘Political earthquake’ happening in this mostly Somerset/Hunterdon district where Dem challengers Andrew Zwicker & Maureen Vella are hard-charging and Christie’s unpopularity is helping cave the two GOP incumbents.

LD38: Who’s bringing the popcorn? GOP candidate Mark DiPisa said he’d boycott last night’s debate to protest the inclusion of his former running mate  Anthony Cappola, who wrote the now-infamous racist, homophobic, potty-mouth book that blew up the LD38 race for the Republicans. And Cappola? Well, he looked out. But he’s back in. 

LD7 & LD8: While LD7 ‘rock-solid’ Dem incumbents Conaway & Singleton focus on jobs, healthcare & property taxes, Dems can’t field a slate to take on the GOP in LD8.

Transportation Trust Fund at center of endless debate as election day looms.

LD1: Asm Bob Andrzejczak & Bruce Land outraise GOP candidates 4-1. In a slow election year that has seen state Republicans struggle to adequately fundraise, the Dem side is showing off its deep pockets in LD1’s Assembly race despite its secure majority in Trenton. Experts are calling the strategy a trial run for 2017, and a way for the Dems and independent super PACs to flex their fundraising muscle.


Trump campaign bus transformed into ‘anti-Trump’ mobile. And its first stop is at a Christie event today in Iowa. 

Christie: Obama is a ‘pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel president.’

Christie wants Port Authority to reject flights Newark –> Cuba until Assata Shakur (former Joanne Chesimard) is returned. 

Debate squeaker: CNN poll: Christie at big 4%. He’s looking to make the 3% threshold to avoid the undercard event at the next GOP debate, for which host CNBC is averaging poll numbers from debates during a 9/17-10/21 time span, during which Christie polled at 1% in two key polls.


Moody’s calls Christie economic policies into question again, warning his seemingly dormant plan to overhaul government worker pension and health benefits to save the state billions of dollars could come at a risk to school districts if Christie’s proposed reforms don’t play out as envisioned.

New Jerseyans with ‘underwater’ mortgages: A nonprofit financial institution based in Massachusetts has targeted struggling New Jersey homeowners for its next anti-foreclosure program.

Poll: New Jerseyans opposed to gas tax hike.

Phil Murphy launches unemployment initiative ahead of potential NJ Gov 2017 run. New Start Career Network aims to help long-term unemployed over 45 find jobs.

First PARCC scores are out.  Christie administration makes elaborate presentation, NJEA objects the tests are flawed.

Environmentalists: Wastewater rule change would spur development.

Scott Garrett returns from Israel: He reports the junket allowed him to meet with political, military and security officials and see the violence the Israeli people deal with on a daily basis. Trip was funded Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, a Christian group whose website says it is primarily focused on producing films and other media about Israel.

Comment (1)

  1. deciminyan

    LD8 has been a tough district for Democrats. They got burned by the Carl Lewis fiasco several years ago and haven’t been able to find a strong candidate since then.


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