News Roundup and Open Thread for Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day, Blue Jersey fam! Here’s today’s box of chocolates. Ya’ never know what you’re gonna get.

Lawyers

Attorney General Grewal signed on to another challenge of President Donald Trump’s crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities.

Guns

Gov. Murphy trying to get that coveted ‘F’ rating from the NRA. Don’t buy a gun this Valentine’s Day. Buy a chocolate gun instead. It’s way more romantic.

Money

Jersey City revaluation: Good for most of city’s 265K population. Bad for a smaller, albeit important, portion of the tax base. Nevertheless, the city’s wealthiest residents get all the news coverage. Why?

Jersey City is tops in diversity

Meanwhile, for the second year in a row and third time in four years, Jersey City has been named the most diverse city in the country.

Money

Representing GOP, ex-Big Pharma exec tosses his hat in the ring for U.S. Senate setting negative tone early on.

Rain

We know it’s been soggy out, but this soggy? Turns out some of the totals from the big storm that saturated the region on Saturday and Sunday were higher than all the precipitation that normally falls during the entire month of February.

Whither the party of Christine Todd Whitman and Tom Kean Sr.?

The Star-Ledger editorial board weighs in: Republicans are vulnerable because they’ve soiled the GOP brand by supporting Trump.

File under “Go Figure”

Princeton professor who used slur cancels free speech course.

Dogs

Dog-eat-dog world at the Westminster Dog Show: New Jersey therapy dog competed, but did not place for top prize.

File under “I feel we’re not paying enough attention to this”

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court instructed the state’s Republican-led legislature to draw a new congressional map after finding the existing one was an illegal partisan gerrymander that violated voters’ right to participate in “free and equal elections.”

Come on, Dude

Former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli launched his 2021 run for governor. Can we get out of an election cycle for even a second?

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