News Roundup for Friday, Feb. 8, 2019

R I P John Dingell, the gentleman from Michigan; longest-serving representative in American history – 59 years.

National

Quote of the Day: “Every negotiation can’t be a test of manhood.” That’s Chris Christie in Salon offering advice to somebody who used to take his advice, the wall-obsessed Donald Trump.

Was the advice, Throw your cellphone in the water? Christie tells Wall Street Journal that he warned Trump about tweeting.

Favorite son:Senator Cory Booker: Past, present & future – Part II

Trump AG nominee Barr wins key Senate panel vote; Booker objected.

If your name is Norcross. Steve Sweeney says he would back Don Norcross for Cory Booker’s seat if Booker’s presidential race is fruitful.

Trump changing his mind on Gateway Tunnel? He once threatened to shut government rather than fund it. Related: More muscle for special agency that’s key to Gateway Tunnel project.

Things change:Booker won’t take pharma money. Clarifying, that only applies to money from their corporate PACs, lobbyists or executives. Not employees.

New Jersey

This AM, Matt Friedman is reporting that EDA hired white collar criminal defense attorneys following the Comptroller’s audit which indicated that the jobs promised for all the loot may not have materialized. Given that the Christie-era EDA was largely a run as a corporate welfare funnel to George Norcross and his business allies, it will be interesting to see how much, or whether at all, Norcross meets hot water. Sweeney’s got to feel a little itchy this morning, too. If your name is Norcross. Steve Sweeney says he would back Don Norcross for Cory Booker’s seat if Booker’s presidential race is fruitful.

Tribute Gov. Phil Murphy’s eulogy for New Jersey transgender rights hero Babs Siperstein at Blue Jersey.

Gravy train: NJ Transit official, and 5 others, arrested & charged in scheme to steal more than $2 million. Things change: Booker won’t take pharma money. Clarifying, that only applies to money from their corporate PACs, lobbyists or executives. Not employees.

‘I wish I knew sooner.’Phil Murphy on the Brennan allegations.

Facebook post comparing Dems to KKK costs public defender his gig.

Republicans begin to line up and make nice noises about Mary Pat Christie in Congress.

Just a few short years and a lifetime ago, The Record was a family-run newspaper. Not long after, Gannett gobbled it, got rid of some key editorial staff. Gannettized it. Now the hostile takeover of Gannett – which also targets The Record and 7 other NJ Gannett papers – is underway.

Founder of a grassroots group that spent millions attack Bob Hugin for raising the price of a life saving cancer drug says his own cancer has relapsed.

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