Author Archive: Blue Jersey

News Roundup And Open Thread: Tuesday 8/14/07

Another One Bites the Dust

  • No more Karl Rove. The Star-Ledger offers to give him the names of some movers…just to make sure he’s out quickly, without any dawdling.

    State News

  • Attorney General Anne Milgram has contacted several popular social networking sites, to determine if New Jersey’s convicted sex offenders have created profiles.
  • The Jersey tomato: yes, it’s really that good.
  • State efforts to convince locals and environmentalists that it’s ok to dump dredging waste in Palmyra Nature Cove park aren’t working.
  • Wow. Bob Ingle comes completely unhinged, calling Assemblyman Fran Bodine, who recently switched parties to become a Democrat, “a turncoat trough-swiller” who was “so invisible…many thought he was long dead” and wondering if he was related to Jethro Bodine of the Beverly Hillbillies.
  • State Senate Majority Leader Bernard Kenny’s recent leg surgery appears to have been successful.
  • Remembering Merv Griffin, a visionary both in and out of state.
  • Dogfighting is a problem in New Jersey and one that should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
  • The Ocean Grove civil union lawsuit is headed to court.
  • The Home News Tribune supports slashing or eliminating the pensions of public officials convicted of corruption.

    Local News

  • Here comes a subpoena in the heated race for mayor in Toms River.
  • A huge drug bust in Franklin has led to the arrest of 28 people, and the seizure of about $9,000 of marijuana.
  • Police and local officials at Fairleigh Dickinson University held a campus gunman drill yesterday, designed to help prevent an attack on the school similar to the VA Tech shootings this past year.
  • An “impulsive” email might end up getting a Hillsborough school board member suspended.

    New Jersey is neither new, nor a jersey. Discuss.

  • News Roundup And Open Thread: Monday 8/13/07

    Announcement

    As Brian has mentioned several times in his roundups, he’s been volunteering on and off for the Whelan campaign in LD-2. We’d like to congratulate him on being hired by the campaign, and we know he’ll do great work helping to get a good team of Democrats elected down in Atlantic County. Since he’ll be working on the campaign in a formal role, Brian will be taking a sabbatical for a few months. Blue Jersey will be covering for him until he comes back. Since the format Brian has used has gotten some pretty good feedback, we won’t be messing with that too much. And of course, we wish him all the best of luck and anchovies and breakfast cereals and orangutans and fruit bats and other Monty Python references in his new position.

    Congressional Election

  • Frank LoBiondo has finally recognized that this whole Iraq issue is a big deal. He’s hinting that he might switch positions soon. Does anyone think that would be meaningful, given his nearly 5 year record as a reliable rubber stamp for George Bush?

    State News

  • Your car’s GPS system if you have one, may be a popular target for thieves.
  • Bronze Star recipient Major Frank DiOrio, from Lake Hopatcong, was recently featured as the Defense Department’s hero of the week.
  • Surfers have found this summer at the Shore pretty boring.
  • The AC Press attacks “Stop Snitching” campaigns, saying they encourage crime like the execution style murders that recently took place in Newark.
  • Alfred Doblin says indicted legislators Sharpe James and Wayne Bryant should resign.
  • If you’re gay, you can go to a wedding planner, but you’re still a second class citizen.

    Local News

  • Keith Kinard is changing the face of Newark’s public housing.
  • The Star Ledger says the recent indictment of Rider University officials in the binge drinking death of a student isn’t appropriate.
  • An editorial supports Ocean Township High School for restoring the drama club’s ability to perform The Laramie Project, which it had banned. Meanwhile, former Ocean Township mayor Terrance Weldon will be sentenced for accepting bribes August 27th.
  • Was it really opium? Or a poppy seed bagel? If this story sounds like a Seinfeld episode, it should.

    Speaking of, has your life recently mirrored a popular sitcom? Or has something from the state got you thinking? This is an open thread.

  • Wayne Bryant Must Go

    Over the past few months, the revelations of Senator Wayne Bryant’s backroom dealing have demonstrated that his legislative career long ago transitioned from public service to personal enrichment.  While a jury must consider him “innocent until proven guilty,” the voters, the party and Blue Jersey are under no such restraint and the evidence is overwhelmingly against him.

    And any reading of the evidence can only lead to one conclusion: Wayne Bryant must go.

    It is incumbent on those entrusted with public service to set aside personal gain in order to best serve their constituents.  Bryant failed at this simple task.  From arranging no-show jobs for himself to padding state contracts for campaign contributors, he missed no opportunity to fleece the public for personal benefit.  This should not be tolerated.

    Bryant must not be allowed to ride off quietly into the sunset at the end of his term like some cowboy hero – instead he must be pressured to resign immediately, surrounded by his cloud of disgrace and shame he built with his own actions. 

    Whether Bryant will spend time in prison, and how much, is up to a jury and judge.  But his continued presence in the legislature taints every action taken by good and honest legislators.  Better Bryant cast no votes than potentially corrupt votes.

    When we call for Bryant’s resignation, we are not contemplating the end of this week, month, legislative session, or term.  He should leave immediately, today.  And if he will not go willingly, the Senate Democratic leadership that has so publicly called for an end to the corruption Bryant so brilliantly symbolizes should take action to force him out, today.  There is no benefit to delay just as there is no compromise with corruption.

    Wayne Bryant must go, and the sooner the better.

    Wayne Bryant Must Go

    Over the past few months, the revelations of Senator Wayne Bryant’s backroom dealing have demonstrated that his legislative career long ago transitioned from public service to personal enrichment.  While a jury must consider him “innocent until proven guilty,” the voters, the party and Blue Jersey are under no such restraint and the evidence is overwhelmingly against him.

    And any reading of the evidence can only lead to one conclusion: Wayne Bryant must go.

    It is incumbent on those entrusted with public service to set aside personal gain in order to best serve their constituents.  Bryant failed at this simple task.  From arranging no-show jobs for himself to padding state contracts for campaign contributors, he missed no opportunity to fleece the public for personal benefit.  This should not be tolerated.

    Bryant must not be allowed to ride off quietly into the sunset at the end of his term like some cowboy hero – instead he must be pressured to resign immediately, surrounded by his cloud of disgrace and shame he built with his own actions. 

    Whether Bryant will spend time in prison, and how much, is up to a jury and judge.  But his continued presence in the legislature taints every action taken by good and honest legislators.  Better Bryant cast no votes than potentially corrupt votes.

    When we call for Bryant’s resignation, we are not contemplating the end of this week, month, legislative session, or term.  He should leave immediately, today.  And if he will not go willingly, the Senate Democratic leadership that has so publicly called for an end to the corruption Bryant so brilliantly symbolizes should take action to force him out, today.  There is no benefit to delay just as there is no compromise with corruption.

    Wayne Bryant must go, and the sooner the better.