News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The first individual votes for the 2016 Presidential Election are being cast today in New Hampshire. How will our feckless governor come out of today’s voting? Will he get a bump from his pummeling of Marco Rubio in Saturday’s debate, or will John Kasich emerge as the “sane” GOP candidate? Is this the beginning of the end for Chris Christie’s quest for the White House? Or is the end of the beginning?

CNN PollOur Dirty Governor: “I’ve got dirt all over my pants.” That’s what Chris Christie said when he tried to woo a voter in New Hampshire by kneeling in front of her. But if you’re a regular reader of Blue Jersey, you know that that’s not the only dirt that permeates Christie’s governance.

PollsThe latest CNN poll shows Christie at 4%, behind failed CEO Carly Fiorina but ahead of sleepy neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Biggest Loser: One former Christie supporter now says he’s a bitter disappointment.

Early Returns: Kasich whoops Christie in Dixville Notch.

Derision from the Right: The so-called “right-to-life” crowd uses dog-whistle language to accuse Christie of a “pro-gay” agenda. Huh?

Groundhog Day? Will a former Assemblyman and Norcross consigliere return to his old job?

Assemblywoman Lampitt with Former Governor Florio and Assemblyman Singleton

Assemblywoman Lampitt with Former Governor Florio and Assemblyman Singleton

Elections 2016: The White House is not the only focus for the November election. Will millionaire Tom MacArthur, who spent $5 million of his own money to get elected, be a one term congresscritter? Democrats are searching for a recognizable candidate in the Third  District. (Two relatively unknown candidates are also contemplating a run – perrennial candidate Frederick John LaVergne and attorney Michael Cooke)

Medipot: Facebook restores the pages of Garden State medical marijuana centers.

Unintended Consequences: Does the state’s anti-bullying law need tweaking?

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