News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, November 16, 2016

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The Christie people are from New Jersey, they act like they’re in charge, and Jared Kushner is like, ‘You’re not really in charge.'” (The Hill)

ASSEMBLYMAN JOHN WISNIEWSKI

CHRIS CHRISTIE

Government-speak: “to right-size”: Jeff Chiesa to right-size Atlantic City, with authority to sell city assets, hire or fire workers and break union contracts.

Why N.J.’s credit was dropped for 10th time: The primary reason cited was the state’s high unfunded pension liabilities.

Horizon says privacy breach could affect up to 170K N.J. customers.

Perfect for Trump but not for us: Scott Garrett throws his hat in the ring as chair of SEC.

Rate Counsel takes aim at Penneast pipeline, argues it’s unneeded.

Why some asylum seekers find detention – not freedom – in New Jersey.

Groups File Complaints against Red Bank Charter School.

Northjersey.com announces a new format. No mention of a paywall which probably is not far behind.

Bon Jovi’s ‘House’ is the No. 1 album in the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments (13)

  1. deciminyan

    According to an article in this morning’s Inky, state officials refused to disclose Christie Crony Chiesa’s salary. Doesn’t the public have the right to know?

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    1. Bill Orr (Post author)

      It appears Chiesa did not answer because the package had not been finalized, but he is not cheap and will need one or more assistants, so it will be expensive.

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  2. 12mileseastofTrenton

    What the hell is Currie doing blasting Wiz. Is he going to turn into the DWS of the New Jersey Democratic Party?

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    1. Bill Orr (Post author)

      It’s somewhat surprising and lacking in tact, but I guess Currie thought the deal was done. He probably likes the fact that Murphy is loaded.

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      1. ken bank

        Not just that Murphy can self-finance, but that the Wiz will use the Sanders mailing list to soak up money from Sanders supporters that otherwise could be put to better use, like flipping some seats in the legislature and defending other seats that may be vulnerable.

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  3. 12mileseastofTrenton

    Right-size means to cap-size.

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    1. Bill Orr (Post author)

      or right-size means to screw up.

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  4. JKWilson

    Re: the official misconduct criminal complaint filed against Christie: “Lawyers representing the attorney general and county prosecutor said in a joint brief that the two officials had personally recused themselves from the matter, arguing those recusals eliminated any conflict of interest in the case.” Yeah, sure they do. Bill Brennan, who filed the misconduct complaint, is ABSOLUTELY correct – the recusals do nothing more than throw a flimsy veil over an obvious conflict of interest. The only way to eliminate the conflict (as well as the appearance of impropriety) in order to ensure a fair, unbiased review is by appointing an independent special prosecutor with no ties of any kind to this administration.

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  5. Bill Orr (Post author)

    They recused themselves but are letting in each case their #2 person handle the matter. The #2 guys of course are also under Christie and have just as much conflict of interest. I would like to see the NJ Supreme Court chief justice appoint an independent prosecutor.

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  6. ken bank

    Jared Kushner hates Christie for putting his father in jail. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/here-s-how-bad-it-is

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  7. marshwren

    Okay, i’ll say it: a billionaire Goldmine-$ucks alum hosting a ‘lavish’ pool-side party for the political elite of the state at one of the gaudier casinos in failed A.C. really is Clinton-level tone-deafness in an era of anti-neo-lib/con populism. The only reason Trump won was because Clinton couldn’t be bothered to even pretend to care about the middle class, much less the working class, the working poor, and especially the poor (chirping happily about how well the stock market is doing to a nation with no cash reserves and job insecurity does require a special kind of stupid). Now, one may argue this is merely ‘symbolic’, but look how much mileage Trump got out of “Make America Hate Again”, “Build the Wall”, “Deport Them All”, “Bomb the shit out of them” and all the other moronic sound-bytes, talking points and bumper-sticker slogans he came up with, while running against a bona fide elitist and apparatchik for the point-one-percent meritocracy (of which Trump is a member, if not necessarily in good standing). Between the Corzine analogy, his closeness to Clinton (BFF and Super-Delegate) and coziness with the utterly compromised NJDC Chair Currie, 2017 is shaping up to be another Clintonesque debacle with Murphy as the DP candidate. Which is kind of a shame since he has at least two good ideas (public banking and keeping the pension funds out of hedge fund managers grubby hands).

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    1. ken bank

      Despite all her baggage and faults, Clinton carried New Jersey by 13 points. Murphy can’t do worse than that.

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    2. 12mileseastofTrenton

      Circumstances are different. Republicans have controlled the office for 8 years and they have no really strong candidate in the offing. But I do agree it was tone deaf on Murphy’s part.

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