In the Lion King musical Zazu, a red-billed hornbill, presents the Morning Report to the King:
- “It’s an honor and a privilege, a duty I perform
With due sense of decorum and with pride
With deference and great respect very much the norm
Plus a hint of sycophancy on the side
To lay before my ruler all the facts about his realm.”
The above sounds like the kind of report President Trump might receive. Hopefully not what Governor Murphy would want. At Blue Jersey we prefer something closer to what Zazu goes on to say:
“This is the morning report
Gives you the long and the short
Every grunt, roar, and snort
Not a tale I distort.”
Well we don’t include “every grunt, roar and snort.” We do try not to distort, but we have our point of view.
Murphy’s Inherited headaches: the pension system, ongoing tax cuts. (John Reitmeyer)
The Women’s March is happening again in N.J. in 2018. Here are the details.
WOUNDED SEN. MENENDEZ
- Draws few challengers: Conservative Republican Richard Pezzullo is the only Republican announced candidate.
- Assemblyman Republican Jack Ciattarelli hasn’t dismissed the possibility though he’s leaning against it.
- A former Obama and Clinton campaign official Michael Starr Hopkins, an attorney in New York City who lives in Jersey City, has announced he is exploring a run in the Democratic primary.
While our struggle for $15.00 minimum wage, equal pay, and more paid leave must continue, a complementary approach is to try to find a way to bring the cost of living down so that NJ is an affordable state to live in. One way to do so, particularly for those who are not wealthy, is to reduce the fares on NJ Transit and the government service fees which seem to rise every year.
With congress dithering, NJPP points out, failure to act on DACA and Dream Act would harm New Jersey’s tax revenues.
YEAR IN REVIEW (ObserverNJ)
- A woman pardoned by Christie pushes the GOP-led House passed legislation that would allow gun owners with a state-issued concealed-carry permit to carry a handgun in any state that allows concealed weapons.
- Acquaintance Christie pardoned stiffed workers, court records show.
Asbury Park boardwalk to get $400,000 upgrade with new pavilions.
“We wish you a good impeachment:” anti-Trump carolers turn to humor in the suburbs.
Traffic nightmares: Squishing and squashing in southeast Bergen between the GW bridge, narrow roads and crazy congestion. (Opinion)
Ex-Fairview police chief extends a hand to aid homeless youth in Newark.
- After what Senate leader Mitch McConnell called “a year of extraordinary accomplishment,” Speaker Paul Ryan has bigger ambitions of taking on food stamps, welfare and Medicaid, and not in a nice way.
- Democrats plan to contest virtually every Republican-held House seat in 2018, an election year that is shaping up to be a referendum on President Trump.
- In a rare interview President Obama speaks with Prince Harry. On social media he said, “The question has to do with how do we harness this technology in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices…but doesn’t lead to a Balkanisation of society and allows ways of finding common ground. But then it’s important for them to get offline, meet in a pub, meet at a place of worship, meet in a neighborhood and get to know each other.”
With 2018 fast-approaching, a New Year resolution: “Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one.” – “Doc” Brown, PhD, a self-professed “student of all sciences,” and character in ‘Back to the Future trilogy.’ Also good to know, according to the Chinese Zodiac 2018 is the year of the dog associated with integrity and loyalty. (Our President demands the latter not the former.)