News Roundup & Open Thread – Make Hallmark Shareholders Wealthy Day – February 14, 2017

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The Never-Ending Job Interview: Christie to have lunch with #45 today in DC. Tucker Carlson’s site speculates that Christie will replace Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff. Is the firing of General Flynn the first step in the “reorganization” of the house of cards, and will Christie play a role?

Living in Fear in New Jersey. The Trump/Christie approach to immigration worries local immigrants

TMac Drinks the 45 Kool-Aid: His “tele town hall” behind the curtain of screeners started 10 minutes late and lacked substance. He claims that “paid protesters” were making too much noise. One activist sends a polite explanation to the Congressman.

Killing the Urban Enterprise Zones: NJBIZ analyzes the winners and losers from Christie’s decision.

One Prominent New Jersey Democrat praises Forty-Five’s selection of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.

Baby in a Box: New Jersey hospitals working to reduce infant death rates.

NJ Assemblymen promote transparency in a bill that would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to get on the ballot in NJ. Expect legal fights if this passes.

Putting Party over Country: GOP Chair of House Ways and Means Committee shoots down Congressman Bill Pascrell’s attempt to investigate Forty-Five’s tax returns.

Hate Groups are Alive and Well in Burlington (and adjacent) counties. KKK flyers appearing in more towns. I’ve heard strong denunciation from the two Democratic assemblymen representing the area. From the Republican Freeholder Board: crickets.

Looking for a Job? There’s a future in cannabusiness.

Princeton University joins the fight against Forty-Five’s Muslim Ban.

Toms River joins a growing list of communities with contaminated water in their schools.

New Jersey-based Burlington Coat Factory drops Ivanka Trump

Tweet of the Day from a friend and congressional staffer, Jean Cornell:

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