Government Reopens News Roundup for Monday, Jan. 28, 2019

TEMPORARY END OF SHUTDOWN IS ALL WE’VE GOT – FOR NOW

We missed our federal governmentHere’s what we didn’t have, here’s what our fresh new Congress, after passing futile bills to reopen government, plans to take up now, here’s what Trump’s shutdown has done to Americans’ confidence in him as leader.

“Do we have your attention now, Leader McConnell? All lawmakers?” That’s Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, as air controllers called out sick at the major east coast facility that handles air traffic for the region, and major delays spread through all NYC-area airports, including Newark, and Atlanta. Hours later, Trump capitulated in the Rose Garden, talking tough but reopening government. 

NATIONAL

Rodney Frelinghuysen lost his seat in large part because constituents got tired of his ignoring their pleas to meet in open ‘town hall’ style. This weekend, his triumphant Democratic replacement Mikie Sherrill had her first. Well-attended, and the Republicans mostly stayed home or stayed silent.

Chris Christie’s new book: Trump said the ‘Russia thing’ would be over when he fired national security adviser Michael Flynn. So did Jersey Boy Jared Kushner.

Pascrell wants Trump’s tax returns. Most Americans agree with him.

Kamala Harris announces for 2020 before a crowd of 20,000 in her hometown of Oakland, California. Swear off coffee: Billionaire former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says politics is broken and his presidential run as a centrist independent can fix it. Pascrell wants Trump’s tax returns. Most Americans agree with him.

At The Hill: A crowded 2020 presidential primary field calls for ranked-choice voting. Op-ed by Rep. Jamie Raskin with two others.

NEW JERSEY

In the ongoing legislative investigation into the Al Alvarez rape allegations and Gov. Murphy’s hiring practices, Murphy transition attorney Raj Parikh told the committee the transition did not conduct an investigation into the sexual assault allegations against former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Alvarez to protect his accuser Katie Brennan from retaliation. Likely to be called up by the committee soon, Murphy Deputy COS, who resigned last month, who was personnel director for the transition.

Gov. Phil Murphy just hired a team of out-of-state lawyers specializing in white collar crime to investigate our tax incentives program.

Grassroots activists behind midterm blue wave say they’re not going away.

Jersey Journal editorial supports legislation designed to protect Liberty State Park from privatization.

Dems & GOP both take credit for putting lid on NJ property taxes, but can lid stay on?

Former Assemblywoman Joan Quigley: Old parking tickets now only a memory. On the drivers’ license suspension blitz of old, and why somebody you know might be off the hook now.

NOPE. What happens in Pennsylvania can just stay in Pennsylvania. NJ landfill agrees to accept PFAS-contaminated soil from Pennsylvania military base.

Photo: Government Reopened. By Associated Press.

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