News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Burlington County Times Reporter Dave Levinsky


Governor’s Budget Address. At 2PM today, our no-longer-itinerant governor will deliver his first major post-presidential appearance – delivering his budget to the legislature for the fiscal year that starts on July 1. Listen to him carefully to figure out whether he is really back, or if this is the kickoff to his 2020 presidential campaign. Will he address the needs of the New Jersey residents who are the most vulnerable, or will he continue to pander to the right wing and his post-Citizens United benefactors? Will he stay in Trenton, or will he start lobbying for his next job? Will he balance the budget on the backs of already strained public sector workers, or will he make real on his promise of “shared sacrifice?” Reporter Dave Levinsky poses questions that should be answered in today’s address.

Affordable Housing has never been a Christie administration priority. Now, the Fair Share Housing Center is in court, contesting the administration’s consulting firm’s conclusions about the magnitude of the solution.

Environment groups sue Christie Administration over DEP rules regarding post-Sandy development. ENJ’s Doug O’Malley: “DEP’s coastal zone rules will only greenlight more development in vulnerable coastal communities. DEP’s arbitrary and capricious rules don’t make sense to keep residents in our coastal communities safe.”



Rebuilding Atlantic City Part Une. The Atlantic City Development Corporation’s first project is a campus for Stockton University and a headquarters for South Jersey Gas.

Rebuilding Atlantic City Part Deux. When is a state takeover not a takeover? Ask former Atlantic City mayor and State Senator Jim Whelan.

Rebuilding Atlantic City Part Trois. Senator Whelan says it’s “nuts” to invest $4 million in the Miss America pageant:

Rebuilding Atlantic City Part Quatre. NY Times profile of Mayor Don Guardian.

A New Jersey transportation success story. NY Times suggests Mayor DiBlasio look due west to solve one of his problems.

Villain or hero? Rogue Dr. Roque, mayor of West New York and already in trouble with the law, works to bypass immigration procedures for Cuban migrants.

Wanna do some good? Local food banks are hurting from a post-holiday lull. #SayNo2Hunger #GiveLocally

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