News Roundup & Open Thread – Tuesday, January 9, 2017

As the new legislature is sworn in today, some very good friends of Blue Jersey will not be taking the oath of office. Senator Ray Lesniak and Assemblyman John Wisniewski have left, both having mounted a campaign for governor that did not work out for them. Both always made time to speak to us when requested and they pursued progressive agendas. Among their many accomplishments, Senator Lesniak leaves a legacy of advocacy for marriage equality, and Assemblyman Wisniewski was a key player in the investigations of the corrupt administration that will be leaving town next week. Thank you both

I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention another face that will be leaving the state senate – my senator, Diane Allen. Although I was uncomfortable with her alliance with the Christie agenda, she was atypical of many Republicans, voting her conscience and occasionally (but not often enough, in my opinion) bucking the Christie administration.

To Lesniak, Wisniewski, and Allen: Thank you! To the new senators who are replacing them: You have big shoes to fill. Trek wisely.

Everything you wanted to know about what’s happening in New Jersey as explained by Kevin Riordan.

Christie’s Last Stand: Today at 3:00 PM, Governor Christie will deliver his final State of the State message, no doubt touting his “accomplishments.” I’m sure he’ll skip over his devastating environmental record, vetos of equal pay for women, failure to resolve property tax issues, and dismal treatment of state employees.

Even Christie disagrees with Trump on this: Oil drilling off the Jersey shore is just insane.

Climate: New Jersey may sign on to the Paris accord despite the fact that the U.S. is the only nation not to.

“First they came for the brown people” Trump administration will deport thousands of New Jerseyans – people who have lived here for a long time and whose children are US citizens.

Failed Atlantic City casino will reopen under a new name. Is it destined for the same fate as Revel?

The Governor who we will miss: Funeral services were held for Governor Brendan Byrne yesterday.

Dodging a bullet: The nation’s oldest operating nuke resumes operations after a weather emergency.

Subsidizing Bezos: Legislature approves Christie’s humungous tax break plan to lure Amazon to Newark

Subsidizing Nukes: Yesterday, the PSE&G nuclear bailout failed to pass, but will a new regulation from the Trump administration give the bailout new life in the new legislature?

I was wrong.  I thought Herb Conaway would get this job.  Murphy appoints Obama official as Health Commissioner.

RIP Derby; Another Trenton icon leaves us.


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