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Is Menendez The Choice?

The Fix — a political blog for the Washington Post — is reporting that Congressman Menendez rushed back from vacation to meet with Governor-elect Corzine.

Rep. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) interrupted a trip to Puerto Rico over the weekend to return to the Garden State to meet with Gov.-elect. Jon Corzine (D), according to several knowledgeable sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the private nature of the meeting.

The sources would not discuss the nature of the meeting, though it seems likely to have been centered on Menendez’s possible appointment to the remaining year of Corzine’s Senate term.  Many informed New Jersey observers expect Corzine to announce his pick this week. Menendez has been mentioned as the likely pick, though Reps. Rob Andrews, Rush Holt and Frank Pallone are also in the mix.

Menendez’s political opponents — both within the Democratic Party and in the GOP — appear to be circulating negative stories about him in the press, such as a New York Times article from last week that mentioned Menendez’s relationship with a top aide.

Earlier I posted a link to an Inside Edge piece wondering about money Corzine had given to Albio Sires, widely considered Menendez’s successor should one be necessary.  But XpatT noted that Air America was saying Nia Gill was to get the nod.

At this point it is all quesswork and supposition.  I still think Juan Melli should get it.  Anyone who sets up a weekly political happy hour is definitely suitable for the US Senate, but that’s just me. 

I included a poll for the fun of it after the fold.  Vote for who you THINK will get it, not who you WANT to get it.  I included Mr. Melli!  If you choose OTHER, please say who it is in the comments.

Bear Season OPEN

Now go shoot enough bears to stop the bear hunt next season.  Use this as an open thread to post frustrations about Bear rugs, Bear heads, and Bear trophies of all sorts.  You can also join the poll to give us an idea of how many Black Bears live in New Jersey.  Since the state of New Jersey doesn’t seem to know or care about the official tally, maybe we can help them along…

Now load that shotgun and get your beagles on the ready… and of course be VEWWY VEWWY QUIET


Budgeting by pathology

Anyone who wants to get rich quick should study the ways of the laboratory rat.

In particular, study a classic experiment in which a lab rat must push down a lever in order to get food. If food arrives every time the lever is pressed, the rat will simply press the lever and eat until is no longer hungry, at which point it finds something else to do. If food never arrives, then the rat loses interest and ignores the lever.

But if the food arrives at irregular intervals, randomly and according to no obvious pattern, then the rat will push and push and push the lever until it is too exhausted to move, and even then its paws will twitch in eagerness to get back to the lever.

This behavioral quirk is called random reinforcement, and it is the vehicle that keeps casinos afloat and lotteries in business. And, as this Star-Ledger story makes clear, it fuels the purchase of lottery tickets so powerfully that the proceeds from ticket sales are now a vital source of income for New Jersey government. Trouble is, the lottery acts as a regressive tax that draws money from people in the lower economic tiers, who view the lottery as a kind of long-shot Wall Street investment.

New Jersey Politics 101 launches today

Update: The 101 guide is getting noticed. Hotline’s Blogometer:

NJ state politics too confusing? Not sure who Goerge Norcross is, or why you should fear him? Blue Jersey has a handy beginners’ guide to NJ politics, which will expand in the near future.

Matt Stoller at mydd:

Over the past few years, I’ve had discussions with lots of people in and around the party, and one thing is very clear.  No one knows how the Democratic Party works, especially newcomers.

Bloggers at Blue Jersey have done the most logical thing possible to fix this – they’ve written a guide called New Jersey Politics 101.

I’m sure there are errors, but there is no other place to get this information. Newspapers, take note of what’s been done here.

Today we’re finally ready to go live with NJ Politics 101 – a guide created by the Blue Jersey community which is intended to serve as an introduction to government and politics in the state of New Jersey. We hope that after reading this guide, you will feel comfortable reading about and contributing to the discussions on issues affecting the state.

The guide contains three main sections – Government & Politics, Issues and Important Names in NJ politics. It is intended to be updated regularly with current information. If you have comments, corrections, suggestions, updates or would like to contribute content for this guide, send us an email or leave a comment below.

Help Us Make A Documentary

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our names are Sneha Mehta and Teddy Stern.  We are filmmakers based in New Jersey (Fort Lee and Englewood, respectively).  Right now, we are working on a documentary about the healthcare crisis.  While this is a national problem, we have been focusing on our home state of New Jersey.  With New Jersey residents paying the highest premiums in the nation, we believe that our state is suffering too much to just keep “staying the course.”  

Today, there are 45 million Americans without healthcare coverage and countless more who are dangerously underinsured. Too many Americans are forced to live day to day hoping not to get sick. Too many Americans are being drowned by insurmountable medical bills. What good is the most advanced medicine in the world when far too many Americans don’t have access to it?

Sneha Mehta and I explore these issues in our (currently untitled) healthcare documentary. There are only two of us working with a limited budget. But with your help, we can bring attention to the 45 million people who have been forgotten by our government.

Here is what you can do:

1) Do you have a video camera? Are you uninsured? We want you to videotape yourselves talking about how this crisis has affected you. Do you have friends that have suffered a healthcare injustice the world should know about? Interview them too!

2) Are you involved in the insurance or healthcare fields? If you have frustrations about the current crisis, speak out! We need to hear from you.   Are you willing to be interviewed? Let us know.

3) Our success depends on massive involvement. So PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE to as many folks as possible.

Please, email us at for more information.

Also, feel free to check for further updates.

AP nationalizes (and internationalizes) Laurel Hester’s struggle

From the Associated Press:Gay couples face uncertain legal landscape
UPDATE: The Guardian (UK) is also carrying this story. Only through an act of heartless, hate-filled stupidity could Ocean County’s freeholders bring so much negative attention to their county. Congratulations.

In New Jersey, one of a handful of states with a domestic partnership law, activists were dismayed by two recent cases dramatizing the law’s limitations. In one case, Ocean County officials refused to approve the transfer of death benefits to the lesbian partner of a cancer-stricken law enforcement officer, Lt. Laurel Hester. In another case, also involving lesbians who registered as domestic partners, 66-year-old Betty Jordan is suing the state because of a ruling that she is not entitled to the couple’s home and cars after her partner’s death in July.

Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality and one of New Jersey’s leading gay activists, said he was optimistic despite the two cases.

“The Hester case proves how progressive the state is,” he said. “The outrage from the entire state is unbelievable – it brings home to legislators how narrow and insufficient the domestic partnership law is.”

The State Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday unanimously approved a bill which would, among other things, extend the benefits provided by the domestic partner law to allow partners to receive inheritances from each other upon death.

While the legislature takes positive steps to improve the lives of all New Jerseyans, these five men (the Ocean County freeholders) are so afraid that two women might ruin their marriages, that they treat them like second-class citizens.

Rep. Mike “Mr. Embryo” Ferguson

Via Dump Mike:

Congressman Mike Ferguson’s views on contraception, stem cell research and abortion are so far outside the mainstream that his own colleagues have nicknamed him, “Mr. Embryo.”

From the May 25, 2005 Subcommittee On Oversight And Investigations Of The House Committee On Energy And Commerce hearing on Community Health Centers:

Mr. Whitfield: I am 52 today.
Chairman Barton: Today is your birthday, so happy birthday. I need to give Congressman Ferguson, Mr. Embryo himself, credit for that. . . that is going to be on your tombstone.

Chairman Barton is Rep. Joe Barton, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Mr. Whitfield is Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-1) and chair of the the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Ferguson sits on both committees.

Can I Not Buy Cigarettes Anymore?

OK. Before I begin, I would like to say that smoking is bad and it leads to cancer and all kinds of nasty stuff so people shouldnt do it.

NOW. In the NJ State Senate, there is a proposal to raise the age of purchacing tobacco (aka cigarettes, cigars) to 19.

Proponents of the legislation contend that raising the age would make it illegal for virtually all high school students to purchase cigarettes and less likely that they would share them with younger students. It would also help tobacco vendors enforce the law by making it easier for them to identify younger teenagers attempting to buy cigarettes.

The measure (S-2783) is co-sponsored by Codey and Sen. Joseph F. Vitale (D-Middlesex).

“A year may not seem like a long time in the grand scheme of things, but in the year between high school and life beyond, our kids begin to take shape into the people they will become,” he said. “We are hoping that those people will be nonsmokers, and by giving them an added year of wisdom, we will hopefully better prepare them to say no to smoking.”

…my opinion below…

Boycott Six Flags Great Adventure in Ocean County

I’ve received information from an Ocean County local that the single most effective action which may pressure Ocean County’s freeholders to change their minds about granting domestic partner benefits would be a boycott of Six Flags Great Adventure, which is located in Ocean County. According to people familiar with county politics, Six Flags “wields big, big, big time power” in Ocean County and is one of the few areas where non-county residents can have a major impact on the situation.

This boycott is also being supported by the Big Gay Picture.

You can contact Great Adventure at (732)-928-1821 or or by snail mail:

Six Flags Great Adventure
P.O. Box 120
1 Six Flags Blvd.
Jackson, NJ 08527