News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

Nancy Pelosi held the floor of the House for 8 hours yesterday, talking about the lives of DACA Dreamers and reading Bible passages. That’s our Bonnie Watson Coleman next to her for part of it. 

At a CD7 Candidate Forum last night, Lisa Mandelblatt suspended her campaign on the stage of her high school alma mater, and threw her support to Tom Malinowski. It’s more ‘momentum’ for Malinowski, after his win by a large margin in Hunterdon County’s convention – the only county endorsement process so far, with all the other endorsements made ’top down’ and all for Linda Weber.  Livestream is here.

Gov. Phil Murphy

Marie Corfield had a snow day yesterday, and was feeling so good about Phil Murphy’s new directions, she cranked up Nina Simone’s music and made a list of his accomplishments just in his first 4 weeks. But here’s another view of the start of the Murphy era, that it’s off to a rocky start because Steve Sweeney is intent on keeping control. Or is it something else? Murphy, in his first month, is the executive order auteur, defining his era and chipping at Christie’s legacy with big changes in energy, marijuana and health

Dustin Racioppi at NorthJersey has started a Murphy campaign promise tracker

Around Jersey

PennEast Pipeline Co. is playing hardball nowfiling eminent domain notices in federal court to obtain access to land owned by dozens of people in NJ & PA who have refused its offers of compensation for building the proposed natural gas pipeline on their property.

Rutgers taps 2 feminist icons for 2018 commencement speakers. In 2016, they got Obama, this year Queen Latifah and Anita Hill for Newark and Camden campus graduation ceremonies

FBI made a surprise visit to the Newark Housing Authority on ‘official business’

Premiering Saturday at New Jersey Film Festival, Dovere for Camden, a documentary paying tribute to some who do good for the city

New Jersey status as ‘welcoming’ state could cost it $4 million in federal funding, the state will try to get that back.

Energy & Environment

This just smells bad. As PSEG presses lawmakers for a nuclear subsidy that could siphon $300 million a year from NJ residents, the company is hoping to shield its financial information from the state’s advocate for ratepayers, who is skeptical of the proposal


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