News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Happy February, Blue Jersey fam! Have you resisted today? If not, why the hell not?

Allen Is Out. Singleton on Deck?

Longtime LD-7 Republican Sen. Diane Allen announced yesterday that she won’t seek reelection this year due to ongoing health problems. While we fully anticipate that this seat belongs to Assemblyman Troy Singleton if he wants it, and he does, we wish Sen. Allen all the best and wish her much health in her retirement.

Menendez Hangs in the Chao Line, but Booker Stands Firm

Yesterday, Elaine Chao was confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Transportation by the Senate, but Sen. Cory Booker was among the handful of No votes, which included Booker, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jeff Merkley and independent Bernie Sanders.

Christie’s Approval Ratings Are In the Gutter

What else is new?

What the Fuck Just Happened Today?

I don’t know who did it but my news site du jour is It does a decent job documenting the daily madness that is the Trump administration.

OMG! He picked Neil over Tommy! 

Donald gave the red rose to Judge Neil, snubbing poor Judge Thomas and sending him home in tears. The primetime SCOTUS nomination was television’s finest moment since Lebron James’ “The Decision,” when he kept us in suspense before announcing his decision to sign with the Miami Heat.

According to fanciful Blue Jersey reports, Tommy drove back to his United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit blasting Carly Simon, vowing to never let that Donald control his emotions. We’re also told he’s “gone liberal.” Sometimes rejection can turn into a positive…

Protesting Is SOOOOO Trendy

We kid, but in the daily, and increasing normalized circus that is the Trump administration, we have to respond with a daily, normalized resistance. Case in point, nearly half of Middlesex County’s governing body took to the streets of New Brunswick with the help of thousands of protestors from the Rutgers community. Not known for its progressive activism, we have to give a shoutout to Freeholders Kenneth Armwood, Shanti Narra, and Charlie Kenny for giving a shot of activism to the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Another Chance to Protest

Westfield is not normally considered a haven for progressive direct action, but that’s exactly what it’s become the past few weeks as demonstrators hold their regular vigil outside the office of Rep. Leonard Lance, a once-moderate Republican in a 7th district that has long been eyed by Democrats.

The Central Jersey-based Forward, Not Back Central Jersey, working with NJ Citizen Action will host their weekly vigil at Congressman Leonard Lance’s district office at 425 North Avenue East in Westfield today, 4:30 to 7 p.m., urging him to oppose repeal of Affordable Health Care Act.


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