ANDY KIM DECLARES VICTORY
After more than 24 hours of counting votes in CD3
CD7 flips to Democrats
Tom Malinowski 50.91% - Leonard Lance 47.54%
CD11 flips to Democrats
Mikie Sherrill 56.10% - Jay Webber 42.79%
In a foregone conclusion engineered by South Jersey Dem machine
And bizarrely, Moms Demand Action, Van Drew 52.24% - Grossman 45.91%
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Kellyanne Conway changed her Twitter profile
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NJ Legislature to End Death Penalty?

Hearings will be taking place Thursday morning to consider a bill that would remove capital punishment from NJ law, Newsday reports.  The Senate has already passed the bill, and Codey has demonstrated his willingness to sign such a measure.  Corzine, too, is opposed to the death penalty.

This measure is both symbolic and economic: the NJ capital punishment system, which hasn’t performed an execution in forty years, dumps $10 million annually into maintenance of the system.

One important point of argumentation should it come in handy: the founder and three senior members of New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, the leading interesting group behind this bill, have all lost a family member due to murder.  They’re not soft on crime–they’re right.

LTE on Laurel Hester

Great letter to the editor supporting Laurel Hester, who is trying to get pension benefits for her partner. Below are some excerpts, but go read the whole thing.

Since we pay our police good salaries and provide them with medical and pension plans, this garbage about Lt. Laurel Hester of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office not being able to pass her pension on to her registered domestic partner because she is gay is pure bull.

She did the same job as the heterosexuals did, took the same risks, and deserves the same benefits.

Hearing the freeholders talk about contracts and rules makes me sick.

I’ve lived in this state for 45 years, and I’ve seen politicians caught cheating on their taxes, police fixing tickets and doing racial profiling, judges doing drugs in public buildings and a whole slew of other crimes that should have sent them to jail, but instead they were allowed to retire on the public dime.
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But now that it’s a gay person they would have to bend the rules for, suddenly they have a conscience, morals and a desire to follow the law to its fullest extent.

A Gangsta Sendoff

AG non grata Peter Harvey is throwin’ an exit bash.  Among those invited include rappers, and entertainers of all sorts:

All 9,600 employees of the state Department of Law and Public Safety, along with actress and singer Queen Latifah, rap artist “Jadakiss” Phillips and actor and rapper Anthony “Treach” Criss, have been invited to a farewell reception for departing state Attorney General Peter C. Harvey.

Invitations for the event have been e-mailed to state employees and mailed to more than a dozen celebrities. They include actors Michael Douglas and Jason Alexander, New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, comedian Joe Piscopo and hip-hop artists and rappers — some of whom have had brushes with the law, sources inside the state’s law enforcement agency said.

Also invited were Fat Joe, RUN and DMC, Wycleff Jean, DJ Angie Martinez, MC Lyte, Baller Kenny Anderson, actor William Baldwin, and Doug E. Fresh !!!  (I just can’t believe Funk Master Flex isn’t on the ones and twos, y’know spinnin’ da steel wheels…

Are you down with OPP? Are you gonna make it?

Funny thing is how some of the folks attending the AG’s BUH-BYE show are ex-criminals. 

News Roundup

  • A kitten hitchhiked its way across 70 miles of the Turnpike on the bottom of an SUV. If it’s newsworthy enough for the Associated Press, it’s good enough for us.
  • Mike Ferguson has taken $1000 in political contributions from Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to three felony charges today and $1000 from Adam Kidan, a former business partner of Abramoff, who plead guilty in December to conspiracy and fraud. Blue 7th PAC is demanding that Ferguson return the dirty money.
  • The Philadelpha Inquirer editorial board comments on the “sad state of disrepair” of New Jersey’s school system.
  • On Thursday, an Assembly committee may finally consider the smoking ban that passed the Senate. There is only one voting session remaining on January 9th.
  • Assemblyman John Wisniewski, chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee, is proposing a plan to raise the gas tax by 3 cents a year for 5 years. He claims the average driver will pay about $1.30 more per week. “That comes out to a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.”
  • Corzine nominated Nina Mitchell Wells for Secretary of State and reappointed Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth as adjutant general and head of Military and Veterans’ Affairs.
  • The state will contibute $2.5 million in 2006 to help families pay their heating bills. Last year the state provided $2.2 million.
  • “Anytown USA” is a movie about the 2003 mayoral race in Bogota, NJ. “‘Anytown USA,’ shot on digital video, ventures backstage at headquarters for all three mayoral rivals.” Check out the full review.
  • The most important poll ever is here. Have you voted yet?
  • Kyrillos the new Norcross

    With all the attention paid to Norcross during last year’s election, it is no wonder we haven’t heard much from him. However, this is Jersey, and we wouldn’t be complete without some really rich dude with political connections wanting to grab some land, by any means possible. Except this time, the really rich dude is a sitting State Senator.

    Ladies and gents, meet Sen Joseph M. Kyrillos Jr. (R-13).  Thanks to Arthur Kamin for the spotlight piece in today’s APP:

    “Restrict Rutgers Recruiting” letter in Star Ledger

    The Star Ledger published my LTE on Marines’ helicopters at Rutgers:

    Restrict recruit tactics

    Your Dec. 11 story “Rutgers students march on Marine recruiting office” reports that recruiters offer free helicopter rides to Rutgers students to show that Marines fly. The recruiter said, “When we’re up in the air, it’s not as if we tie you up and make you sign something.” Maybe not, but it is still coercive. Colleges and universities cannot restrict recruiters without losing federal funding, even in the face of the military’s open discrimination against gays, the subject of FAIR vs. Rumsfeld, a case before the Supreme Court. It is inappropriate for recruiters to bring helicopters, Hummers, weaponry, rock walls and mobile cinema centers to campus. The university is obliged to provide military recruiters with “entry to any campus … equal to that of other employers.” It is not required that the university permit military hardware. Helicopters and Hummers have no place on campus. In this climate of war, spying on student groups, compiling ethnic information on possible recruits and spending billions to find ever more reluctant recruits, we should join with the students and get our state university’s policy changed.

    Protest ‘Justice Sunday III’ (sic), Jan 8, 6:30pm Philly

    Women’s groups and suburban Philly Dem groups will be joining too.

    JOIN AIDS ACTIVISTS IN PROTEST AGAINST THE RADICAL RIGHT

    Philadelphia SUNDAY JANUARY 8 at “JUSTICE SUNDAY III” (sic)

    Jerry Falwell. Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council. James Dobson from Focus on the Family. Rick Santorum. All coming to Philadelphia on Jan 8 to rally on “Justice Sunday” to pack the Supreme Court. This event will be telecast live across the country.

    Happy New Year, everybody.

    “Justice” is the right to health care and effective HIV prevention, reproductive freedom, and freedom from homophobia and bigotry — not fundamentalist extremism from the extreme right wing.

    Join ACT UP Philadelphia, people of faith, people of conscience, women’s health groups and other friends in Philadelphia at 7 PM on Sunday January 8 2006 to protest “Justice Sunday III” — a national rally for religious extremist groups who are fighting for a judiciary that is as reactionary as they are.

    “Justice Sunday III” comes just one day before the Senate Judiciary Committee opens hearings for Supreme Court Justice Nominee Samuel Alito.

    “Justice Sunday III” will include notorious fixtures of the radical right Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family, and Jerry Falwell along with Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

    These right wing religious groups exert extraordinarily powerful influence over White House policies on HIV prevention, global AIDS, science, sex education and public health.

    Join us outside the Greater Exodus Baptist Church, at 704 North Broad Street at 6:30 for a spirited rally and protest.

    For more information please call ACT UP Philadelphia at (215) 386-1981

    Farewell from Asbury Park, N.J.

    The lead story on Salon.com today is all about the club scene in Asbury Park in the late 60’s and early 70’s when Bruce Springsteen got his start, and the town itself went into a thirty year period of decline. The riots were devastating. I wonder if anybody reading this remembers those times.

    The late ’60s was a volatile musical period, and that was reflected at the club. “In the beginning of the Upstage,” said Tallent, “it was all about blues and jazz. And at the end it was all about Cream and Hendrix and how fast and how hard can you play. We weren’t inventing it. We were just part of what was going on at the time. What was special was that we had a venue in which to do it.”

    100,000 hits

    According to our traffic log, someone in Newark just logged the 100,000th page view at Blue Jersey and they came via Dump Mike. Blue Jersey has also been picking up new registered users. There are now nearly 240 Blue Jerseyans. There have been lots of new signups lately, so if you’re new here, or even if you’ve been here a while (for the benefit of new folks), introduce yourself below and let us know where you’re from. If you haven’t signed up for an account yet, you can do so here. It’s quick and painless, unless you’re a carrot.

    Blue 7th PAC calls on Congressman Mike Ferguson to Give Back Campaign Contributions From Corrupt Sup

    Blue 7th PAC called today for Congressman Mike Ferguson (NJ7) to immediately return or donate to charity the thousands of dollars he has received from his supporters Jack Abramoff and Adam Kidan.  Both Abramoff and Kidan have plead guilty to multiple criminal counts related to a $147 million casino deal gone bad.

    “The more we learn about the number of political criminals who financially and politically support Congressman Ferguson’s political career, the more shocking it gets,” said Nathan Rudy, chair of Blue 7th PAC.  “Each time we learn more about the culture of corruption in Washington D.C., we find a connection to Congressman Ferguson.”

    Ferguson is the only member of New Jersey’s Hosue delegation to continue to keep contributions from Abramoff.  Reps. Frank LoBiondo and Jim Saxton, the other two New Jersey members of Congress who received money from Abramoff, agreed to return the contributions after the indictment.