News Roundup & Open Thread, January 31, 2018

Good morning, Blue Jersey fam! Maybe you boycotted last night’s State of the Uniom (sic) address, but if you didn’t, you probably didn’t miss a whole lot because you know what the president said. Nevertheless, here we go.

Trump to Progressives: Progressives can achieve anything and you can beat me and Republicans in 2018 and 2020

“If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve absolutely anything.” —Trump to progressives on how the blue wave will take hold in future elections, State of the Uniom (sic), January 30, 2018

American by any measure

“We are virtually Americans in every way except on paper,” said Esder Chong of Highland Park, a graduate student at Rutgers brought to the U.S. at age 6 from South Korea. Chong was one of several so-called DREAMers who were invited to the House Chamber by Democratic members of New Jersey’s Congressional delegation.

Democracy Now! Picks up New Jersey’s ICE storm

The lack of any comprehensive immigration policy and how towns have had to cope on the local level has been covered extensively by local news outlets, but now Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! weighs in.

Political pundit Chris Christie has an opinion.

Chris Christie, who apparently served eight forgettable years as New Jersey’s governor, had his feelies hurt because Democrats didn’t stand and applaud. However, while he said Trump’s speech was run-of-the-mil, he did concede Trump’s speech “was too long,” reminding us that we really don’t care what Chris Christie says, particularly when his opinions are of zero consequence.

Actual politicians whose opinions matter have an opinion.

Reps. Donald Payne and Bonnie Watson Coleman, who unlike Chris Christie, hold elective office and have viewpoints of consequence. Particularly, they think Trump’s a racist.

All aboard?

Kevin Corbett, the new executive director of NJ Transit, cast doubt Tuesday on NJ Transit’s ability to meet a year-end requirement to install a system to prevent train crashes.

Murphy’s Approval Rating is Depressing

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind polling institute found that 35 percent of adult residents approve of Murphy’s job performance so far, compared with 21 percent who disapprove and 40 percent who had no opinion or refused to answer.

Smoke ’em if you got ’em?

Well, it’s not recommended, but now menthols are on the brink of being butted out.

Losing a great local pol to greener pastures?

Princeton Councilwoman Heather Howard, who has enjoyed serving on Phil Murphy’s transition team’s healthcare committee, won’t seek reelection. Howard is a former state Commissioner of Health and Senior Services and current Princeton University lecturer and would have been a valuable addition to any town council. Here’s to more local electeds like her and wishing her success in however she chooses to serve the public in the future.


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