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
So BLUE JERSEY did too (and we VOTED HERE)
The night Hillary Clinton lost
For my Hillary sisters. From your Bernie sister.
(And why I’m voting Bob Menendez)
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If there’s a blue wave coming, what are the issues driving it?

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  • It’s time to vote on a new slogan for New Jersey. Even on stupid votes, it seems we have to hold our nose and vote for the lesser of five evils.
  • Attorney General Peter Harvey issued an order to New Jersey cops saying that they could not use “ethnicity, religious affiliation, or religious practice” as the sole factor when deciding whether to investigate someone for terrorist activity.
  • As Xpat already noted earlier, the company hired by the state to collect our tax dollars has been overcharging the state while at the same time bribing senior officials at the Treasury Department.
  • House Republicans LoBiondo and Smith voted against the defense bill that includes spurious provision to allow drilling in Alaska’s National Wildlife Reserve. Ferguson and Frelinghuysen flip-flopped by voting for the bill, even though they had previously voted against drilling in ANWR.
  • A bill sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith creating a national umbilical cord blood bank passed the House by 413-0 and was signed into law today.
  • Corzine announced more staff appointments.
  • Next State Slogan

    Governor Codey announced today the five finalists in the contest to decide New Jersey’s next state slogan.  They are, in no particular order:

    • New Jersey. Expect the Unexpected
    • New Jersey, Love at First Sight
    • New Jersey, Come See For Yourself
    • New Jersey, The Real Deal
    • New Jersey, The Best Kept Secret

    You can vote for one at www.nj.gov/slogan.

    Witty critiques of the finalists below the fold.

    How the fate of Labor Hangs in the Balance of the TWU Strike

    Dear god, what a barrage of anti-labor commentary I have had to deflect since I seem to be the only person in the Universe (besides Scott Schields) seemingly supporting the TWU and its use of Strike force to achieve their goals.

    My opinions on this have been pretty much summed up in my comments on this post, but I think more airing out is necessary.

    First off, I am truly amazed that I have had to defend the TWU’s actions when discussing them with known liberals.  What happened to the glorious days when all liberals would get behind anyone who thought collectively they had been pooped upon by the upper echelon’s of society or “the man.” Particularly when so much evidence demonstrated that said pooping upon was a reality?

    This is most definitely the case in the TWU strike. As a matter of fact, as far as striking goes, this can be the end all be all of the entire labor movement as we know it… (more below the fold)

    DCCC targeting LoBiondo

    LoBiondo could be vulnerable in 2006 congressional election

    While I disagree with the headline, the substance is encouraging.  The DCCC is actively recruiting either Assemblyman Van Drew or Assemblyman-elect Whelan to challenge LoBiondo next year.  Both are non-commital, but they also aren’t ruling out a run.  Van Drew especially makes this an interesting race.  I don’t think LoBiondo’s vulnerable, nor am I convinced either Democrat will win, but the two Assemblymen will draw dollars into the district and force the Republicans to defend a seat they had previously taken for granted.  Since neither would have to give up their Assembly seats, they might decide they have nothing to lose.  And a close loss could even bolster their name recognition within their own Legislative districts, since both have been talked about as potential State Senate candidates in 2007 (Van Drew would particularly be a dynamite candidate, and could shut Republicans out of the 1st LD by pulling in another Assembly candidate to fill his vacant seat in a Senate run).  I’d say the only risk is a LoBiondo blowout, a possibility considering the way the district was redrawn after the 2000 Census.

    Responsibility Cannot Be Delegated

    The State Treasurer is playing the state for a fool.

    According to a report released by the State Commission of Investigation:

    State employees who received gifts of liquor, meals, spa treatments and other perks let a Missouri tax collection company overcharge the state more than $1 million, a report by the State Commission of Investigation revealed yesterday.

    Wanna know why we can’t balance our budget?  Because our tax-dollars first go to pay for these illegal perks, then convince our “public watchdogs” to sleep while we get bilked for billions.

    And don’t think it’s just because we have a “few bad apples”.  We  have a bad system.

    “What began as an effort to privatize the collection of tax debt 12 years ago has evolved into a corrupt association whereby high and mid-level managers in the Divisions of Taxation and Revenue compromised their integrity and that of their department,” the report concludes. “As officials were lavished with gifts and entertainment by their outsourcing vendor, they turned a blind eye as their benefactor padded the billings.”

    Make a Difference in NJ Politics

    Politics matters.  Yet, for too many, the opportunity to have any real or lasting impact on politics is seen as being beyond their reach.

    No longer.

    Paul Wellstone dedicated his political life to giving a voice to the little people – the teachers and mechanics and housewives and school students – that have made this country great.  When he died, ordinary hard-working Americans lost a champion.

    Fortunately, his work has not died, but has lived on through the inspiration of his family, his friends, and his constituents.  Come learn how to make a difference the Wellstone way in NYC, January 27-29.

    https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/11421433/

    Register now, as seats tend to fill up quickly.

    Highlands maneuvering sparks revolt

    PHILLIPSBURG | Town officials want Warren County Freeholders to put a freeze on spending taxpayer money in their fight for amendments to the Highlands Act.

    They have questioned the estimated $250,000 Warren and Hunterdon counties have spent to date in their quest for changes to the controversial legislation and Tuesday night, council members passed a resolution urging Warren county officials to halt actions related to the Highlands Act.

    “We objected to it,” Councilman David DeGerolamo said. “Everyone in the county is paying for — and we don’t want to be a part of it.”

    More…

    Phillipsburg is a blue town in a red county of a blue state. They are pretty much the only ones doing anything newsworthy around here these days.

    Kudos to David DeGerolamo, the new chair of the Warren County Democratic Committee.

    NJ agrees to 7-state landmark pact to fight global warming

    New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have agreed to “join in the first mandatory regional program in United States history to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.”

    Today New Jersey also adopted the California Clean Car program, which will go in effect in 2009. In October, New Jersey became one of the first states to classify carbon dioxide as an air contaminant.

    The Bush administration and most Republican supporters in Congress have ignored the scientific community’s near consensus that man is causing global temperatures to rise. Meanwhile, they turn to pseudo-science to delay admitting the inevitable truth and taking appropriate action. Governor Codey said that “in the absence of federal leadership, these states have come together to take real steps to cut carbon dioxide emissions.”

    A statement from Gov Codey explains how the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative works:

    Under the plan, regional CO2 emissions will be capped at 121.3 million tons per year beginning in 2009 through 2014 (a level approximately equal to 1990 emissions), and will be reduced to 10 percent below this level by 2018. The cap-and-trade program established in the agreement sets limits on regional emissions, but allows companies to trade emissions allowances. Companies that do not have enough allowances to cover CO2 emissions must either reduce their emissions or purchase allowances from sources able to reduce their emissions below their prescribed cap.

    So what will it cost? Codey says: not much:

    The RGGI program is expected to result in very modest direct impacts on average residential household electricity bills. In 2015, the program is expected to increase average household bills in New Jersey between $3 and $5 per year, representing an average increase of 0.3 percent to 0.5 percent. Support for increased energy efficiency, achieved through both the RGGI program and other clean energy policies enacted by New Jersey, is projected to produce average household bill savings that exceed the price impact of the RGGI program. This combination of policies is expected to result in a net reduction in average household electricity bills.

    NJ will test for drugs, but who will they test?

    According to ESPN.com, NJ athletes will be tested for steroids…

    High school athletes whose teams qualify for championship games will face random testing for steroids under a first-in-the nation plan issued Tuesday by acting Gov. Richard J. Codey.

    The testing plan, which will take effect with the start of the 2006 school year, represents a one-strike-and-you’re out policy for individual athletes, but their teams would still be eligible to play in the championships without them.

    But Governor Codey isn’t done yet…

    Codey, who will leave office next month, said he’d like to see random testing for steroids and other drugs extended to all students — not just those on sports teams — within two to three years.

    How do you feel about this?  Do they stop at steroids testing or test for alcohol and tobacco as well since they are illegal at that age?  If you want to go down that road, I’m curious as to where you want to draw the line.