News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I worked with him extensively for a number of years. He’s not a racist. He’s not ideologically someone who’s driven. He’s an opportunistic pragmatist. He’s been for abortion and against abortion. He’s been for gun control and against gun control.” In other words? “If next year vegetarianism is in, he’ll be a vegetarian. That’s not something to be concerned about.” (Jim Florio, via The Auditor)

The photo: The PBA Local 53 in Montclair swears it was a “hacker” who put up this meme to the organization’s official Facebook page.


Asked about Christie getting a role in the administration, one senior Trump official merely laughed. Kushner would never let it happen, the person said.

KKK, American Nazi Party praise Trump’s hiring of Bannon.

As long as it says TRUMP on the building. Trump bringing transition meetings to New Jersey.

The UGH factor: With two historically unpopular candidates, the number of write-in votes skyrocketed compared to 2012.

Clinton campaign was undone by its own neglect and a touch of arrogance, staffers say.

Cent Uyger: Tear it Down: Why every person at the DNC should be fired

If I didn’t already have my reasons to skirt wide around Lakewood, the fact that none of the local leaders there seem concerned about Steve Bannon would do it.


Damn. Christie: “I have no reason to believe as we stand here today that I will do anything other than serve out my full term as governor.”

Nope. Christie: Stop questioning the ‘legitimacy of presidents’ and ‘move forward.’

How do you go to Atlantic City and not talk about the takeover – when you’re the takeover guy?

Did Christie veto big Guadagno speech at the last minute? That was the LG’s keynote slot Christie moved himself into at the last minute.

Unbreakable Kimmy Guadagno: Props for keeping her temper as he delivered these words in her keynote speech slot: “The fact is it was time for real leaders to stop playing politics and make hard decisions,” Christie said, defending his decision to raise the gas tax by 23 cents per gallon.” She opposed him on the issue, one of her first big moves to distance herself from the boss and get ready to run herself.


NJ lost 5,600 jobs in October.

The number of homeless men, women and children in New Jersey has been cut by almost half in a decadea bigger percentage drop than 48 other states, according to a federal report.

Census data: New Jersey residents — 227,000 of them — abandoned the state ranked dead last in income growth last year, and with the highest property taxes. Moving in were 62k immigrants. 

Politicker put out their annual Power List. Scan it for your friends’ names or your own, but it’s largely who advertised. A zingier list is Jay Lassiter’s The Elite Eight: The ‘Other’ Power List

Bernie Sanders says he might support his NJ chair Wisniewski for Gov. But he disdains talk of Cory Booker for 2020. “We haven’t even inaugurated this president and we’re talking about 2020 because it’s easy to write about.” A chapter in Bernie’s new book deals with corporate media and its love of gossip and speculation.

Passaic mayor pleads guilty to accepting bribes

Gottheimer, mood fresh from Freshman Orientation: Hopeful gridlock can be broken, and that both sides want that.

Is there a NY governor standing behind that NY congressman making that unnecessary mess of the pact between NJ & NY building a bus terminal on Manhattan’s west side?

Birdsall CEO – who got 4 years for corruption – released after 6 months.

Kevin Riordan: Save Camden High School Facebook group has nearly 1,000 members; public affection for the “Castle on the Hill” – and the community’s fear of losing control of public education in the city.

I don’t want to know the details. Morristown Medical Center stops killing dogs to train surgeons.

Comments (2)

  1. 12mileseastofTrenton

    Not surprising that the Orthodox are total hypocrites.

    1. ken bank

      Hypocrites? Not really. Steve Bannon is strongly pro-Israel and hates Muslims, which is what Orthodox Jews are all about.


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