Andy Borowitz is my god, my relief valve, my shot of ice cold vodka: Philadelphia Eagles Accept Mueller’s Offer to Celebrate With Him
We all need a vodka. Tom Moran – Menendez v. Hugin: Is this really the best Jersey can do?
ELEC imposes big fine on PAC run by controversial Democratic consultant, by POLITICO’s Matt Friedman: One day after a campaign in which he managed to make a surprisingly strong showing in the Democratic primary against Sen. Bob Menendez, a controversial political consultant’s PAC has been hit with one of the largest fines ever issued by New Jersey’s campaign finance watchdog agency. The New Jersey State Election Law Enforcement Commission announced Wednesday that it has fined Central Jersey Democratic Leadership Committee — a now-defunct PAC that had been headed by Union County political consultant James Devine — just over $120,000 for not reporting more than $100,000 in contributions and expenditures between 2005 and 2010, and for filing some paperwork late. It’s the third largest fine ELEC has ever imposed. Devine, who was the PAC’s chairman, was named in ELEC’s complaint as the PAC’s de facto treasurer. The PAC’s former treasurer, Charles Betancourt, pleaded guilty in 2006 to stealing more than $50,000 from the PAC. Devine said reporting fell through the cracks after Betancourt stole the money. (PoliticoPro paywall)
New Jersey can show Donald Trump a thing or two about how to run a Swamp. I can’t put it any better than Matt Friedman does, so I’ll quote him: “State Sen. Jeff Van Drew won his Democratic primary for Congress about 36 hours ago. So naturally, today the state Senate takes up a host of gun control measures that the Assembly passed more than two months ago. Van Drew’s record on gun control was, of course, the dominant issue of his primary campaign. And it was surely just a total coincidence that the state Senate didn’t vote on them until two days later. Well, let’s see how Van Drew votes now.”
Alan Steinberg is sad Tom Kean Jr. didn’t run against Menendez this year
Lordy, this is demoralizing, even after watching the “gumdrop candidacy of Lisa McCormick”: The Menendez Back Chatter at Insider NJ
Stile: Democrats downplay Menendez’ uneasy win after corruption charge. Nah, Charlie, we’re more embarrassed about Lisa McCormick.
This is the new normal: Bob Hugin sent this press release, extending a ‘warm invitation’ to the 40% of Democrats who ‘rejected career, corrupt politician Bob Menendez’ in the primary election.
Bob Menendez says his team was also turned away at a migrant processing facility where children are being separated from their parents. Oregon senator Jeff Merkley shot live video of his attempts to get into a Texas processing facility, and NJ’s senator says the same thing happened to his team attempting to tour and observe how children and families were treated
CD11: Mikie Sherrill’s job now: Flip a district that hasn’t gone D since 1982, against Jay Webber, whose job is to keep it red
Like New Jersey isn’t always a hot mess. Battle of the Bobs is going to be a ‘nasty, dirty brawl’
Who’s Up Who’s Down: Insider NJ’s Primary Election Day Edition includes that candidates of color lost big on Tuesday
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Charlie Kratovil announces he’s running for mayor of New Brunswick: Journalist Charlie Kratovil, who founded the hyperlocal New Brunswick Today certainly knows the local issues because he’s covering the news, attending the local meetings, and organizing people in his town for years. Part muckraker, part community organizer, part journalist, Charlie exercises his citizenship with passion, and is now running for mayor to fix the city’s problems he writes about. Go Charlie! Watch the announcement. Here’s my favorite profile of Charlie Kratovil (New Jersey Monthly)
The same argument used to push New Jersey’s nuclear bailout bill is being used by the Trump administration to prop up the nuclear and coal industries. Critics say that will cost consumers billions on their energy bills and undermine the transition to renewable energy. New Jersey supporters say it will help South Jersey’s economy.
Where’s your Governor? Telephone Town Hall to talk bucket with New Jerseyans. You can dial in at 7pm tonight: (609) 362-6423
Trying to strike delicate balance on size of state’s budget reserves: Murphy’s plan to bump up the budget reserves should make credit-rating agencies happy but if lawmakers want the money to go to more pressing needs, it could mean another downgrade (Reitmeyer)
From cash to crime, 5 ways legal weed could make NJ a better place
Former state senator Ray Lesniak announced that the NJ Supreme Court will not take up the appeal he filed to challenge Chris Christie’s disgraceful $225 million settlement with Exxon on a suit filed by the state for $8.9 billion in environmental damages. Quoting Lesniak: “In addition to being less than three cents on the dollar, Governor Christie’s Settlement lets ExxonMobil off the hook for restoration of natural resource damages at 16 other facilities in New Jersey, at more than 1500 gasoline stations, and for the $5-700 mil. cost of cleanup at Morses Creek in Linden which flows into the Arthur Kill and Hudson River. Christie’s Settlement makes it impossible to restore the wetlands and marshlands destroyed by Exxon which protect residents in Linden, Bayonne and surrounding areas from storm surges which are occurring more frequently.”
No, Donald, the English are the ones who hold their pinkies up when they drink tea. Trump to Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?”
Damn, I think the photo above (cropped from a larger scene) is from Insider NJ, but I can’t find the source this morning to properly credit. Apologies to Insider NJ.