News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, April 12, 2018

Trentonia

Tim Eustace will resign from the NJ Assembly tomorrow. He’s a good man, and that’s a huge loss. Fair Lawn mayor Lisa Swain appears to be the likely replacement.

Monmouth poll: Phil Murphy has a 44% job approval

When Democratic governor Phil Murphy has a harder time getting cooperation from the Senate President than Chris Christie did, maybe it’s time for a new Senate President. Steve Sweeney holds up two Murphy cabinet nominations already cleared by Senate Judiciary.

Tom Moran: Will Murphy save us from PSEG’s outrageous nuke subsidy?

Where’s your governor? With LG Sheila Oliver at 1pm at a roundtable with local officials in Montclair talking neighborhood investment programs

Midterms

CD11 Republicans can be very touchy about Ronald Reagan. Peter DeNeufville, running for Frelinghuysen’s empty seat, filed with a slogan using Reagan’s name. That didn’t sit well with GOP primary opponent Jay Webber. He thinks nobody should get to use Reagan’s name but him. He lost. 

Our US Senate raceby the numbers

House passes a Gottheimer bill, his first; legislation to improve the collection of railroad safety data

Around New Jersey

Oh, high. Nearly 100 more medical marijuana dispensaries could be coming to NJ

Ocean City’s mayor race: This race is in the toilet … (literally)

National

What the FBI raid on Trump’s lawyer was about:  The warrant’s specific reference to Trump is the first known direct mention of the President in a search warrant, and sources said it appeared in connection with “Access Hollywood.” One of the sources said the warrant also referenced an investigation into wire fraud and bank fraud. 

Hi, Louisiana. Your legislature just voted on a bill to ban having sex with animals. Ten of their senators voted against it. 

Suddenly, people’s access to marijuana is something John Boehner cares about, after a lifetime of swilling alcohol but believing weed is criminal. Why? Well, because now there’s money in it. Say hello to the new board member at Acreage Holdings. He’s “evolved”!

The Onion on Paul Ryan: Entitled Deadbeat Finally Breaks Out of 20-Year Cycle of Government Dependency

Stile: Paul Ryan’s retreat adds new hurdles for Republican candidates in blue Jersey

Time for a new congressman. My congressman Leonard Lance thinks Paul Ryan served with “sterling integrity.” 

Education

We need some of them in Trenton. NJ apparently has the smartest 4th-graders in America

Chris Christie-installed Camden schools superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard steps down

 

 

Comments (2)

  1. deciminyan

    Back in 2013, I compared the superintendent that Christie hired (Rouhanifard) with the one he effectively fired (Lee Seitz).

    http://www.bluejersey.com/2013/09/a-tale-of-two-superintendents/

    Hopefully, the Camden selection committee will do better this time around.

    Reply
    1. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

      Damn glad you reminded us of this, Deciminyan.

      Reply

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