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Governor Sees his Shadow: Six More Weeks of Yelling at Public Employees

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It’s Groundhog Day, again in Trenton. And this year is no different as the news media eagerly awaited whether Governor Chris Christie would see his shadow, as he emerged from the State House. 

“This is a very exciting time of year. The Occupy Trenton folks have made it through a cold winter. The State Street lobbyists are in full bloom,”‘observed Jeff Tittel, Executive Director or the Sierra Club. “It is a very clear day right now, and we should be able to see the Governor emerging from his meetings very soon.” 

Then the special announcement came, as Christie appeared on State Street, after an early morning meeting with his cabinet. 

“At 8:45am, on February 2nd, 2012, Governor Christie emerged from the gold-domed Capitol building on State Street. And the Governor did see his shadow, and we will have six more weeks of his yelling at public employees.” 

The governor did get started early this year,  by calling Assemblyman Reed Gusciora “numbnuts”. “From the governor’s early activity, we should have been able to predict the results for the next six weeks,” added Tittel. 

New Jersey To Issue Its Own Currency? Springsteen And Sinatra To Appear On New Paper Money.

Cross-posted at What Exit NJ?

“My personal favorite for the One Hundred Dollar bill is Joe Piscopo.”

“Everyone agrees that Jerry Lewis (of Weehawken) or Lou Costello (of Paterson) should be on the One Dollar bill,” said Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll, sponsor of bill A-1776. “And that either Frank Sinatra (of Hoboken) or Bruce Springsteen (of Long Branch) should be on the One Thousand Dollar bill.”

Carroll is the main sponsor for legislation, A-1776, that would “…immediately initiate, create, fashion and grant authority to the state of New Jersey to print monetary paper currency to be valid for all debts public and private for the state  there in.” The bill is cosponsored in the State Assembly  by fellow legislators Allison Littell McHose (NJ-24), Erik Peterson (NJ-23), and John DiMaio (NJ-23). The same legislation  is sponsored in the Senate by Senator Michael Doherty as S-117.

“The Obama administration has so devalued American currency, by its failed economic and fiscal policies, that this is the best a state can do,” noted Carroll.

Under Article I Section 8 of the Federal Constitution, Congress has the authority to:

   “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures; To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States.”

One would think that this alone would deter Assemblyman Carroll,  — however he claims that “Article I Section 8 merely refers to ‘coin money’, and not paper currency.”

“In an originalist interpretation of the Constitution, as the Founding Fathers would have us interpret the document, there is no mention of ‘paper money’ –  just ‘coin money’ “, noted Carroll.

“Obviously, the intent of the Framers was to leave this to the Several States, under the 10th amendment–which says  ‘The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.’ The Founding Fathers clearly had it in mind for states  to issue their own paper currency. It is only liberal activist courts that have subverted this Original Intent.”

Additionally, under A-1776, “An  exploratory New Jersey Currency Commission shall be set up in the following manner: Two members shall be appointed from the general public  by the governor;  Two members shall be appointed by each house of the legislature; and the Seventh member shall be the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, unless he is a ‘liberal’, whereby the governor shall have the power to appoint his own additional nominee subject to the advice and consent of himself.”

The New Jersey Currency Commission  shall have the power to decide which persons, living or dead, will appear the on the various denominations of the paper money.

“There are those liberals who have their favorites; Princeton is lobbying for Woodrow Wilson or Paul Robeson. My personal favorite for the One Hundred Dollar bill is Joe Piscopo. That ‘I’m from Jersey’ bit from 1980s SNL still cracks me up,” finished Carroll.

New Jersey Plan to Make Money With Formula One Grand Prix: “Charge Tolls”.

Cross-posted at What Exit NJ?

“E-Z Pass is a remarkable toll collection technology that makes race car driving more convenient.”

Governor Chris Christie announced this week that in 2013, there will be a Formula 1 Grand Prix race in New Jersey. The plan includes the cooperation of the mayors of Weehawken and West New York, two cities geographically involved in the circuit’s layout.

However Mayors Richard F. Turner of Weehawken and Felix Roque of West New York, both had the same concern, “How does New Jersey make money on this?”

“Tolls. And the sale of E-Z Pass  to Formula One Grand Prix top drivers, of course. We have already received E-Z Pass  applications from Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, and Mercedes GP star Michael Schumacher, as well as several other top drivers,” added Christie.

“E-Z Pass is a remarkable toll collection technology that makes race car driving more convenient, and will help Formula One drivers save money through discount plans offered by many toll facilities. It will reduce traffic congestion for everyone in the race,” noted New Jersey E-Z Pass Director Jorge Ramon Caceres.

Both Massa and Schumacher expressed concern that, “Having to stop every eight miles or so, and find change to pay a toll,” might impede their ability to be competitive.

“New Jersey remains a leader in hosting all types of national and international sporting events,” Governor Christie said, adding the Grand Prix of America to a list that includes last winter’s NCAA tournament and the Super Bowl in 2014. “While some pure race drivers will opt out of E-Z Pass , it is there for those drivers who wish to take advantage of the time savings it provides.”

World champion Sebastian Vettel, was equally impressed with the challenge of racing in New Jersey.

“It’s interesting, a good challenge,” said Vettel. “It’s very dusty to start with, but the track seems like it will be a new type of challenge…especially the toll lanes that give a lot of options to all the drivers. ‘Exact Change Only’. ‘E-Z Pass  lanes Only’. ‘Cash Only’. Toll-operators in case drivers need directions. We’ll see a good race in 2013.”

Placing a race in New Jersey, on a 10-year contract, “will be one of the best decisions you ever made.” Gov. Christie also said he is interested in bringing NASCAR to the track.

Christie Comes Out of the Closet: “I am a Non-Candidate American.”

“I stand for all the children in America who will grow up and some day may wish to not run for President. That’s freedom.”

In what was sure to be a shock to Republicans everywhere, and a revelation not unlike Jim McGreevey’s coming out of the closet a little over seven years ago, Christie revealed about himself what only close insiders knew up till now:

“I am not now, nor have I ever been a candidate for the GOP nomination for the presidency of the United States. I am a Non-Candidate American,” announced Christie in front of a packed crowd this week at the state house in Trenton.

For months there had been rumors: His brother, Todd, quietly confirmed it.

“I’m sure that he’s not going to run,” Todd Christie said. “If he’s lying to me, I’ll be as stunned as I’ve ever been in my life.”

However, amongst others  in New Jersey politics there were quiet whispers in the highest levels of the elite in the Republican Party.

Former Governor Tom Kean told the National Review Online that Christie is giving a presidential run “a lot of thought,” saying, “I think the odds are a lot better now than they were a couple weeks ago.”

His comments raised eyebrows in political circles because of the former governor’s role as a political mentor to Christie. Kean has not returned phone calls.

All in all, there were secret meetings when he was the US attorney, the redacted helicopter travel records failing to show who he traveled with in those rides–all led those in the know to be aware of the governor’s well kept “secret”.

Now that the cat is out of the bag, will Christie resign as McGreevey did?

“No, this is who I am. You’re stuck with me for the next two years, New Jersey,” said Governor Christie.

Christie acknowledged that life might be tougher for him in the Republican Party now, but noted that,  

“Non-Candidate Americans have rights, just like anyone else. They can have the same jobs, send their kids to schools, even marry other Non-Candidate Americans. I stand for all the children in America who will grow up and some day may also wish to not run for President. That’s freedom.”

NJ-3 District Congressman wants to know “Who Came to the US From China?”

Cross-posted at What Exit NJ?

China mapNJ-3 District Congressman wants to know “Who Came to the US From China?”

Congressman Jon Runyan (NJ-3) is launching an investigation of President Obama for refusing to “reveal who came from China” for a state visit.

“The only thing I heard from the White House was a question, ‘Who came  from China?’. This administration needs to be more open with the American people regarding foreign affairs,” said Runyan. “This is outrageous.”

Last week, the Obama administration issued an update of the presidential schedule from last winter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, and he passed the information onto Runyan in a phone conversation. Here is the transcript, obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act:

Runyan: Who came  from China?

Speaker Boehner: Hu from China.

Runyan: That’s what I want to find out.

Speaker Boehner: That’s what I said: Hu came from China.

Rep. Runyan: Are you the Speaker?

Speaker Boehner: Yes.

Rep. Runyan: And you don’t know this Chinaman’s name?

Christie Founded a He-Man Woman Haters Club Chapter in High School

Cross-posted at What Exit NJ?

he-man, chris christie‘Who gives a f#$k what ‘X’ equals anyway?’, the young Christie yelled at his algebra teacher.

Chet Helmsley, 72, a retired UPS driver from Morristown, used the New Jersey Open Public Records Act to obtain the Livingston High School records of the young Chris Christie, who graduated about 1980.

What did Helmsly find out?

“His grades were OK, I guess. And he was a baseball player. And with his brother, he founded a chapter of the He-Man Woman Haters Club,” noted Helmsley.

“I discovered that in the ninth and tenth grades he and his brother were founding members of the ‘He-Man women Haters Club’, modeled after the club of the same name from the Little Rascals episodes.”

The He-Man Woman Haters Club was a featured club in two episodes of The Little Rascals, Hearts Are Thumps and Mail and Female, both 1937.

Butterfly Overseas Held In Connection With The Causing Of Hurricane Irene

An unidentified butterfly off the coast of Africa was being held in connection with being the cause of Hurricane Irene in the eastern United States. Late Friday evening, the butterfly had flapped its wings just west of Africa, possibly causing Hurricane Irene to be formed on the otherside of the world.

“This butterfly caused billions of dollars of damage from North Carolina to Maine,” reported Lt. Dan Briscoe of the US Homeland Security office in Washington. “It has been on the terrorist watch list for weeks.”

InterPol and US Homeland Security were working hand in hand, tracking this butterfly since it evolved from egg to larva to pupa to an adult caterpillar late last month. Based on a theory put forth by MIT meteorologist Edward Lorenz, who said, “When a butterfly flaps its wings in one part of the world it can cause a hurricane in another part of the world.”

“This particular butterfly is a day-flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, and is diurnal—that is active during the day and sleeps at night. This butterfly also has brightly colored wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight,” alleged Briscoe.

In other hurricane related news, Governor Christie was criticized by reporters for making appearances on national news shows on CNN and Fox News before appearing in local New Jersey media to report on Hurricane Irene.

However, spokesman Michael Drewniak put that issue to rest by that reporting that “Governor Christie most certainly did appear on several local news stations —- in Iowa and New Hampshire.”

 

Oppose These Proposed Amendments to New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act

In state rankings of consumer protection laws, New Jersey has one of the top Consumer Fraud Acts  in the country.

However, there are two bills (A3333 in the State Assembly and S2855 in the State Senate) which would greatly weaken the protections NJ receives if they get signed into law by Governor Christie. These bills propose to revise the individual cause of action under the Consumer Fraud Act (CFA) and make other revisions regarding applicability of the Act.

First, the Bill proposes to the CFA to limit any cause of action to a “consumer” rather than a “person.” Thus, this scheme significantly restricts the capacity of the CFA to the detriment of small business owners throughout the state.

More below the fold…

Bryant Conviction Upheld

New Jersey has enough corruption cases to fill headlines everyday.

But in case you’re interested: This week the Third Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Wayne Bryant’s appeal of his conviction on mail fraud and bribery.

So, the system does work.

For those of you who need a refresher, or cannot wait for the publication of “The Soprano State: The Sequel”: Waaay back in 2008 , Bryant was paid by University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Camden for a “low show” job as a ‘thank you’ for Bryant maneuvering millions in state funds to the school.

Bryant served as Chairman of the Senate’s Budget and Appropriations Committee back then.

And if a “low-show” job was not enough, the trial court determined that Bryant also had a “no-show” job to help pump up his pension benefits, this one for the Gloucester County Board of Social Services.

New Jersey math: One “low-show job” + One “no-show job” prison time.

But, Bryant appealed that NJ math result, arguing “that prosecutors violated their due process rights by interfering with their pretrial access to potential witnesses…and that the jury instructions were defective.”

The Third Circuit judges rejected Bryant’s appeal, and he stays put in federal prison.

So, it goes.  

From the “In case you’re interested file: Bryant Conviction Upheld

New Jersey has enough corruption cases to fill headlines everyday.

But in case you’re interested: This week rejected Wayne Bryant’s appeal of his conviction on mail fraud and bribery.

So, the system does work.

For those of you who need a refresher, or cannot wait for the publication of “The Soprano State: The Sequel”: Waaay back in 2008, Bryant was paid by University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Camden for a “low show” job as a ‘thank you’ for Bryant maneuvering millions in state funds to the school.

Bryant served as Chairman of the Senate’s Budget and Appropriations Committee back then.

And if a “low-show” job was not enough, the trial court determined that Bryant also had a “no-show” job to help pump up his pension benefits, this one for the Gloucester County Board of Social Services.

New Jersey math: One “low-show job” + One “no-show job” prison time.

But, Bryant appealed that NJ math result, arguing “that prosecutors violated their due process rights by interfering with their pretrial access to potential witnesses…and that the jury instructions were defective.”

The Third Circuit judges rejected Bryant’s appeal, and he stays put in federal prison.

So, it goes.