Happy Valentines Day Blue Jersey News Roundup for Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

1732 years ago St. Valentine was beheaded. We celebrate this occasion with simple carbohydrates, flowers and emoji. Have a happy, lovahs. 

Also – one year ago today: Parkland, and the movement against gun violence fueled, and increasingly led, by young people.

NATIONAL

Here’s how Jersey feels about Cory Booker running for president. It’s got something to do with Chris Christie.

Remind me, didn’t Chris Christie have to drop out early when he came in 6th in 2016’s first primary? Christie expounds on the 2020 Democratic field. I suggest not clicking this link.

Sorry, no deal. Judge rules Paul Manafort violated Mueller plea deal by intentionally lying to investigators.

Elliott Abrams, special envoy to Venezuela, had a meltdown when Rep. Ilhan Omar highlighted his criminal conduct in the Iran-Contra scandal and asked him about his role in crimes against humanity in El Salvador. Watch. (Shadowproof)

Would have been so great if the last image was a little green creature staring into the camera. Mars Opportunity Rover, supposed to last 90 days, sent home info for 15 years. But now it’s dead.

Does Cory Booker have a shot? Reporter Nick Pugliese at The Record on the senator’s chances. Watch.

John Kerry raising money for Andy Kim.

Astronaut Mark Kelly is running for U.S. Senate in Arizona but he might get considerable boost leveraging home state New Jersey.

JERSEY

NJ Dioceses release names of 188 clergy ‘credibly accused’ of sexual abuse. Conveniently, most are dead or removed from the ministry. We now also know which diocese was the ‘dumping ground’ for abusive priests. Hello, South Jersey Catholics, you got screwed in more ways than one.

Stronger than the Storm. DOT’s splashed more liquid calcium chloride on highways than salt as Murphy struggles for a good balance anticipating storms (or no-storms). So much metal-munching chemical that maybe you take your car in for ‘the works’ at the car wash.

Gun groups sued Murphy’s AG over NJ’s new gun law. Then things got a little weird.

By Jeff Brindle at ELEC: Amended disclosure bill still worthy of passage.

Tom Moran: Let the women speak out, governor. On lifting the gag order placed on women who worked on Murphy’s campaign discussing workplace environment.

A true class act: Former Philadelphia Inquirer political reporter Cynthia Burton is retiring.

Albio Sires named to House budget panel.

Assemblyman Zwicker wants to enact robust internet privacy protections.

Delaware Memorial Bridge tolls going up to $5, but not for everybody.

If Murphy wants to be NJ’s Captain Planet, he’ll need to overcome Christie’s legacy first. A coalition of 50 groups is calling for Murphy to halt a dozen proposed natural gas power plants and pipelines in New Jersey — most of which were planned under Christie — and focus entirely on developing green energy. Related: Green groups ask Murphy for moratorium on new fossil fuel infrastructure.

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