News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

2018 CAME EARLY

  • CD 11 Candidate Forum. Rodney was invited to speak, but didn’t show up. 6 people who want his job did
  • McKeon publicly compares Frelinghuysen to his own congressman father, and it is not flattering.
  • Both the 5 Dems and Frelinghuysen’s GOP opponent spoke out against Trump last night This morning, Matt Friedman in a Politico piece (paywall) makes the point that CD2’s demi-Dem (my term, not his) was quite “mild” about Trump … not interested in criticizing him.

GOT A NJ BUTTERFLY, TREE, BUG, FLAG, DINO. WE NEED A STATE FIBER ARTIST.

Amy Wilson’s making art out of our Soprano State Jersey politics. Little patches & hats. They’re amazing.

HOW LONG BEFORE TRUMP OOPSIE-TWEETS THE FUCKING NUCLEAR CODES? 

Wednesday,, the President of the United States spent his time hate-tweeting the British PM. Theresa May had spoken out against Trump after he retweeted video purporting to show Muslims pushing a boy off a roof, from a British group known to post fake videos. But Trump bolluxed even that; he was not tweeting to the Prime Minister @Theresa_May, he was tweeting to @theresamay, an account with 6 followers.

DNC digging for Republican voters suppression evidence: Judge says DNC attorney will be allowed to depose Sean Spicer about the goings on in the Trump war room on election night

Gov. Tom Kean says Trump should fire EPA’s Scott Pruitt, in a piece Kean wrote for the New York Times

CNN watched Trump’s last 48 hours and they have a Question: Is Donald Trump losing control?

Prosecutors want a 30-year sentence for Menendez pal Salomon Melgen, convicted earlier of defrauding Medicare; falsely diagnosed elderly patients, subjected many to unnecessary treatment and sought to defraud the U.S. of at least $65 million through Medicare overbillings. What a pal.

NJ Transit lost 25% of its managers in the 2 years before the Hoboken crash

TRENTONIA

TRANSITION

JERSEYNOMICS

Jersey’s troubled public worker pension system just hit a mark not seen in 2 years

All those tax breaks and money that flowed largely to Norcross-friendly corporations moving to or building in Camden via Norcross’ pal Chris Christie, now turns into corporate construction and building trades jobs.

And Lakewood manages to make Trump look like an amateur: Lakewood’s low-income housing director, heading a non-profit called Lakewood Tenants Association (LTO) – makes $469,000 – and is a convicted tax evader. Public records also showed that LTO was a funding source for a private school headed by LTO director Rabbi Meir Hertz.

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