News Roundup for Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019

Absorbant and yellow and porous is he: How I know I’ve overslept. Late-late night at a fabulous event last night (more on that later) and long drive after. Totally worth it.

Trump pulls Pelosi into a high-stakes game of chicken. He sends a letter: He’s coming anyway to deliver his State of the Union. She sends one back: No, you’re not. Upshot: Within hours, Trump caves, unable to find an ‘alternative’ space to deliver his SoTU that matches the gravitas of the House chamber. Trump will delay the address till after his shutdown ends. It will be interesting to see what kind of a reception he gets when he finally does walk into that historic room now teeming with Democrats.

South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg gets in 2020 presidential race.

5 former Homeland Security secretaries – including Trump’s former chief of staff John Kellywrite joint letter urging Trump & Congress to fund Homeland Security.

Donald Norcross will chair the House Armed Services Committee. They authorized $90 Billion in defense spending last year.

Further demoralizing losses as the now Gannett-owned Bergen Record. After 9 members of the editorial staff took early buyouts, another six have just been laid off. Even worse? Gannett is laying off journalists across the country.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water Chris Christie hints at another presidential run.

Lawmakers call on Murphy to lift gag order on former campaign workers. Governor questions ‘their agenda’

Camden wins a $1 million grant from possible presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s philanthropy. You’ll remember Bloomberg re-registered as a Democrat 3 months ago, put a lot of money behind Mikie Sherrill’s race, and likes to hang out with the Camden Dems.

Because transportation infrastructure is a ‘critical component’ of regional economic health, Moody’s makes the case for new Portal Bridge, key component of rail traffic between NJ & NYC

Longtime Ocean County GOP Assemblyman will not seek re-election. Assemblyman David Wolfe is the most senior member of the NJ Assembly.

New political thriller screens in Montclair. Produced by some NJ political players.

First Lady Tammy Murphy launches campaign to lower maternal mortality. NJ’s stats are terrible; worse for women of color.

Hudson County Democratic Chair Amy DeGise is stepping down from her elected seat on the Jersey City School Board to build and strengthen her county party. DeGise is a teacher.

Where’s your Governor? At the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May talking shutdown – in just a few minutes at 9am.

$15: Assembly Labor Committee takes up the minimum wage bill – with its special Sweeney-won considerations for certain industries – on Monday.

Explainer:  What is dark money and why is it such a problem?

Middlesex prosecutor also not charging Al Alvarez, same decision Hudson County made following their investigation of rape allegations by Katie Brennan.

Invisible threats to the Delaware River: 45 years after the Clean Water Act, there are still serious challenges to water quality – we just don’t see them.

Comment (1)

  1. deciminyan

    Congressman Andy Kim’s office released this today


    “I am excited and eager to serve on the House Small Business Committee,” said Congressman Kim. “The importance of small businesses, which make up 99.6 percent of our state’s businesses and create 2 out of 3 new jobs, cannot be overstated. I look forward to finding ways to open doors and promote growth for small businesses across New Jersey’s Third District.”

    “Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy and provide invaluable support to the community. As the only member of the state’s delegation on the Small Business Committee, Congressman Kim’s appointment is an important step forward for New Jersey businesses and we look forward to working with him in this new role,” said Karen Hershey, President and CEO of the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce.

    According to the Small Business Administration, there are more than 850,000 small businesses in New Jersey that employ nearly half of all employees in the state. The Small Business Committee has jurisdiction over matters related to small business financial aid and increasing access to capital, regulatory flexibility, paperwork reduction and cutting red tape.


    With our Congressman on the Armed Services Committee as well, constituents are well-served.


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