News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

Barack Obama blocks a jubilant Phil Murphy, but I doubt he minds. Yesterday in Newark. Photo: Estina Baker

MURPHY v. GUADAGNO & LEGISLATIVE RACES- SHOWDOWN NOV. 7

Quote of the Day to Ben Dworkin: “The experience in New Jersey has been that Obama’s popularity isn’t transferable.” Dworkin was making the point to NJ Spotlight that despite Obama’s active involvement with Corzine’s 2009 race, turnout wasn’t as high as Dems hoped.

THE APPRENTICE

Trump was golfing when the body of Sgt. La David Johnson returned to the U.S.. It took him 12 days to speak about the Niger incident. CNN has a timeline.

Tfw George W. Bush does something to make the nation proud

Dug-up: Mike Pence’s article advising employers never to hire gay people: “Homosexuals are not as a group able-bodied. They are known to carry extremely high rates of disease brought on because of the nature of their sexual practices and the promiscuity which is a hallmark of their lifestyle.” Ladies & gents, the Vice President of the United States.

AROUND NEW JERSEY

Hats off to high school senior Naszire Johnson for organizing a silent protest this week that helped refocus students in the wake of racist comments and hallway scuffles at Washington Twp. High School (Gloucester)

NATIONAL

Bernie Sanders will be in Puerto Rico instead of speaking at next week’s Women’s Conference in Detroit, after weeks of hotly-expressed outrage by women fans of Hillary Clinton that the organizers of the Women’s March would invite the man who ran against her.

ANTI-SEMITISM

Phil Murphy writes a column in The NJ Jewish Standard, saying it’s “time to urgently speak out against anti-Semitism,” discussing the proposed eruv in Mahwah, swastikas in Sussex, and his time as ambassador to Germany

Montvale sued for blocking eruv expansion

A Night at the Garden: While we’re on the topic of anti-semitism, filmmaker Marshall Curry – the Summit-born director of the Oscar-nominated 2005 documentary Street Fight about the rise of Cory Booker – has restored footage of a huge 1939 “Pro-America” rally that shows 20,000 Americans giving the Nazi salute to the American flag, a portrait of George Washington, and a Swastika.

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