Author Archive: Jason Springer

Ethics & Lobbying Sham passes Congress

So they pass an Ethics & Lobbying reform bill by a vote of 217-213 that basically reforms nothing…

The Washington Post weighed in

House members should reject the diluted snake oil that Mr. Dreier and the GOP leadership are peddling as bold reform. Their bill, which is expected to come before the House for a vote today, is an insult to voters who the GOP apparently believes are dumb enough to be snookered by this feint. The procedures under which it is to be debated, allowing only meaningless amendments to be considered, are an insult also — to the democratic process.

Congressman Rothman voted against the bill saying

“We need real, comprehensive lobbying and ethics reform in Washington. Today, I supported proposals to permanently ban lavish gifts, ban the use of corporate or privately owned jets for official travel, stop ‘dead of night’ special interest provisions in legislation, require lobbyists to file more informative and accessible public disclosure forms, require Members of Congress to wait at least 2 years before going onto lucrative lobbying jobs, and enforce the ethics rules that are being ignored by the broken House Ethics Committee. 

“Unfortunately, the Republican Leadership of the House majority instead rammed through a watered-down bill. It does practically nothing to stop the practices that led to an energy bill written by and for oil companies such as Exxon, which continues to post record profits.

“I voted against the Republican Majority’s sham ethics and lobbying ‘reform’ legislation and I would do it again. It makes a mockery of the word ‘reform’ and insults the millions of Americans who want to see real change. We wasted taxpayer dollars keeping the lights on for this vote.”

Enough said

Reporters ready for Jr. Primary

So it looks like Paul Mulshine of the Star Ledger is practicing his questions for the upcoming primary and I found it a very entertaining column…

“Sen. Kean, how would you feel if an illegal alien doctor were to be mowed down with a .50-caliber semi-automatic assault weapon while performing a partial-birth abortion on a minor without her parents’ consent?”

Or something like that.

and then there’s this jewel…

And then there’s the chance that the ultra-liberal New Jersey Supreme Court will enrage conservatives by issuing a Massachusetts- style edict recognizing same-sex marriage between now and June 6.

Could be fun. For me, anyway, if not for Tom Kean Jr.

When I called his people for comment, spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker said the candidate doesn’t want to comment on the contro versy other than to say he won’t be debating Ginty. Great idea, but it’s a bit late. The debate has already begun.

Mulshine is exactly right. The debate has begun and it’s one Jr. had hoped to avoid. He will have to take positions and actually let people realize he isnt his father. Should be interesting to watch him do this tapdance.

What question would you ask?

Got Potholes?

We all hate it.  You’re driving down the road and all of a sudden you’re driving through a pothole screwing up your tire, your alignment, and anything else that generally can go wrong.

The NJ Department of Transportation wants to help.  They have established a hotline, 1-800-POTHOLE for you to call and a website for you to report potholes on state roads in need of repair…

Let them know what roads need a fixin so we don’t all pay for it on our cars later.

Big doings in NJ’s 14th Legislative District?

So Politics NJ has all kinds of juicy tidbits about what may be going on in NJ’s 14th Legislative District. 

According to Bill Albers at Politics NJ,

Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro) says she is considering a challenge to five-term Republican State Sen. Peter Inverso (R-Hamilton) in 2007.

Greenstein said that the 14th district Senate seat is “something that I would be interested in,” but noted that the decision to run will require careful consideration.

At the same time, Wally reports:

Democratic insiders are saying that John Cimino, the son of former Assemblyman and state Personnel Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Cimino, is showing serious interest in challenging two-term Republican Assemblyman William Baroni in 2007. An executive with UBS Securities, LLC, Cimino is a member of the Hamilton Township Redevelopment Agency and the Economic Development Advisory Commission.

Don’t forget about Dan Benson who ran with Linda in the last election cycle. Sounds like some competition and it will be interesting to watch this shake out…

WWJD?

What Will Junior Do?

So Tom Kean Jr. has 3 days until Tuesday to make a decision and Bergen County Republican Chair Guy Talarico says the clock is ticking…

According to PoliticsNJ, Bergen County GOP Chairman Guy Talarico has given U.S. Senate candidate Tom Kean Jr three days to decide whether he will run on the organization line. READ the letter

This is made more interesting by the fact that it’s set against the backdrop of the infighting withing the Bergen County Republican Organization

Junior has to choose. Will he run on the line of Party chairman Talarico and Todd Calguire? Or will he run on the line with Alan Marcus who is callenging Talarico for chair along with Kathleen Donovan? Donovan and Calaguire are both vying in the primary to unseat Democratic County Executive Dennis McNerney in November.

I’m gonna sit back, make some popcorn and enjoy the show.  Won’t you join?