- On Monday the defense presented Bill Baroni, accused of among other things “conspiracy to obtain by fraud, knowingly convert and intentionally misapply property of an organization receiving federal funds.” He told us he was not a party to the scheme, he believed Wildstein’s repeated assertions that the lane closures were part of a traffic study, and that during 9/11 memorial ceremony at the World Trade Center with Christie they discussed the closures, but only in relation to what Wildstein described as a traffic study, with no mention of political retribution, punishment or political endorsements.
- On Tuesday it was the prosecutor’s turn to pursue proof that Baroni was indeed complicit. The prosecutor aggressively pushed back against Baroni’s claim he was just following Wildstein’s orders and instead painted a picture of Baroni as close to the governor and at times, acting as Christie’s attack dog. In Baroni’s testimony, Christie emerges as a powerful, threatening figure.
- The defense attorney for Bridget Anne Kelly, the other defendant, said he expects to begin calling witnesses as early as today and will summon some of the governor’s closest confidants.
New FDU poll shows Donald Trump is not only trailing Clinton by double digits in the Garden State, he’s also considered unfit for office by almost half of all likely voters in New Jersey. Another new FDU poll indicates only 21% of registered voters approve of the job the governor is doing, and sixty-five percent currently have an unfavorable view of him.
New Jersey election officials said Tuesday they have seen no evidence of voter fraud and are not concerned the system is compromised, despite unsubstantiated claims by Donald Trump. However, hundreds of NJ votes might not be counted because of post office error.
Christie fades from view in Trump’s campaign.
A freeze on new charter schools in N.J. is a step for civil rights. (S-L Opinion of Lauen Wells)
Atlantic City misses deadline to submit revised FY2016 budget and sparks off exchange of letters between mayor and Depatmenty of Community Affairs.
Trump’s Atlantic City casino bankruptcy cost employees millions in retirement savings, while he made millions of his own.
EVENTS TONIGHT IN LAS VEGAS
- They include Elton John, David Copperfield, Cirque Du Soleil, Blue Man Group, Penn and Teller, Boyz II Men and the dysfunctional duo of Clinton and Trump. Take your pick if you are there. If you are here in New Jersey the TV and cyber world will be ablaze tonight with the debate starting at 9:00 PM – the final face-to-face encounter in an ongoing drama of much importance but too little substance.
- In the crucial Electoral College Map where 270 votes are needed to win, RCP has Clinton: 256, Trump:170 and Toss Ups: 112. Four weeks ago Clinton was +36 and now she is +86.
- 4 Things To Watch In the last Presidential debate.
- Obama to Trump: ‘Stop whining’: “If whenever things are going badly for you and you start blaming somebody else, then you don’t have what it takes to be in this job,
VOTER REGISTRATION IS OVER BUT TURNOUT IS ESSENTIAL
- In the last presidential election in 2012 the voter registration was 5,505,212 with 3,677,464 ballots cast (67%). The most recent voter registration data as of 10/05/16 is already higher at 5,691,466. According to Pew Foundation New Jersey ranked 39th in percent of eligible voters registered among the states in 2012.
- In this year’s election in which many Republicans and Democrats are disaffected by their candidates, turnout is all the more important. It could make a big difference in the congressional and down ballot contests. If Republicans evade the polls and Democrats vote in droves it opens up the possibility of unexpected victories and could easily make the difference in the hotly contested 5th Congressional District.
HEALTH & INSURANCE
- With fewer psychiatric inpatient beds and inadequate outpatient services, patients often have no other choice but the ER.
- Policy holders have chance to examine new options, take advantage of subsidies under Affordable Care Act. For the more than 700,000 public workers there are just two weeks left to sign up or make a switch. Medicare: Open enrollment ongoing through December 7. ACA marketplace: November 1 through January 31, 2017.
S&P rating agency says the TTF plan is another example of the state putting short-term budget relief ahead of long-term financial security.
Less than 1% of N.J. tenants know their rights. Fix it this way. (S-L Opinion of Paula Franzese)