News Roundup & Open Thread – Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Gambling on New Jersey’s Future. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court held oral arguments on expanding sports gambling in New Jersey. The industry is expecting a half billion dollar increase in revenue. But is it the right solution given the history of Atlantic City? Will the decision in this case be the capstone of Chris Christie’s fall from grace?

NJ-3 Congressional candidate Andy Kim speaks to protesters at the Marlton office of trump toady Tom MacArthur (photo credit: Andrea Katz)

Gambling on America’s Future. The McConnell/Ryan/Trump/Koch/Mercer tax plan will fundamentally redistribute wealth and hurt states like New Jersey. Yesterday, protesters picketed in front of each of our GOP representatives offices to oppose this travesty. Among the venues: Toms River, Marlton, Mays Landing, Westfield, Freehold, Hamilton,

Newsday headline already anoints Phil Murphy as New Jersey’s governor as he joins Governors Brown (California) and Cuomo (New York) in decrying the GOP’s reverse Robin Hood tax plan.

2018 NJ Senate Election: Someone you never heard of is considering challenging Senator Bob Menendez for the Democratic nomination.

Shedding crocodile tears. House Speaker Paul Ryan is considering punishing Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen for voting for what his constituents want. It will be interesting to see if Rodney succumbs to this pressure in the final vote on the tax bill.

The myth of “cheap” nuclear energy. PSE&G wants you to subsidize their aging plants.

Local Governments Behaving Badly. Lakewood edition.

Invoking Sir Winston Churchill, Cape May County Freeholders sue to recover costs to deal with opioid addiction.

Of the 50 state capitals, Trenton shared a distinction with Pierre SD, Montpelier, VT, and Harrisburg, PA. But not anymore.

Speaking of Trenton, The Torch wants a tax break on his properties there.

Not all toxic waste comes from the mouth of The Orange One. List of the ten most toxic sites in the Garden State.

Amol Sinha: NJ Spotlight profiles the new Executive Director of NJ ACLU.

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