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Our  Budget Brouhaha 

There are big stakes, and little time to resolve substantial budget differences between Governor Murphy and the leadership of the Legislature – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin. These are the three key players who will determine the…
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I KNEW Garden Staters Weren’t Idiots

And here I thought you were talking about the 717, 973 of us who didn’t vote for Steve Lonegan yesterday (though I am still worried about the 578,985 who did. But about this other thing, yeah absolutely, carry on. Promoted by Rosi.

Contrary to their weird love of Chris Christie and his dubious record of success, it turns out New Jerseyan’s aren’t idiots after all.

As the government shutdown enters its third week, New Jersey’s registered voters reflect the rest of the nation’s disapproval and assign blame to the Republican Party, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

Just one quarter think congressional Republicans did the right thing by insisting to defund Obamacare. As a result, Republicans are suffering the brunt of the blame: more than half of Garden State voters say the shutdown is the GOP’s fault, while 19 percent blame President Obama. Only 5 percent blame on Democrats in Congress, although 20 percent say there is blame enough for everyone.

That’s 52 percent blaming the GOP in Congress, 19 percent blaming President Obama, and just five percent blaming Democrats in Congress.  That means by a 2-1 margin folks here in the Garden State blame the GOP over the Democrats.

Now we need to tie this around the necks of the six GOP House members from New Jersey, get some good candidates and return NJ to a majority Democratic House delegation.

Lonegan: When I win, Obama will fold

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This one cracks me up, and continues demonstrating that Steve Lonegan may be a successful businessman but his judgement and basic arithmetic skills are limited.

Lonegan’s campaign issued a statement encouraging Republicans in Washington “not to capitulate to the president’s unreasonable demands” until after Wednesday’s special U.S. Senate election in New Jersey. According to Lonegan, he will win that race against Democratic Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker. That in turn will cause Obama to give in to the Republican demands to stop the health care law.

“When I win, Obama will fold,” Lonegan said in the statement.

Someone should tell Mr. Lonegan that there are currently 54 Senators caucusing with the Democrats, and 45 caucusing with the Republicans.  If Mr. Lonegan wins, that will change to 54 with the Dems, and 46 with the GOP.

Doesn’t really tip the scales, Mr. L.  

UPDATE: It’s worse than I thought.  I’d forgotten Governor Chris Christie appointed Jeff Chiesa to the US Senate, so Mr. Lonegan won’t change the ratio at all.  

In fact, the only way it changes is if Booker wins and the Democrats pick up a seat. Heh.