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Statements: Weinberg, Sweeney

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg:

This is a sad day for our state. Unfortunately, it’s a day we expected would come. We learned over the last year that there was a lack of accountability at the authority and a culture of retribution within the governor’s office that created an environment where abuses could occur. The lane closings were a symptom of the culture that existed.

“Hearing the details of how the scheme was carried out was sickening.

“The crimes alleged to have taken place are serious and the kind of actions that erode public trust in government and public officials. The individuals charged today will have their day in court and those who abused their positions will be held accountable.

“I am glad that Mr. Wildstein took responsibility for his actions. That will help the residents of Fort Lee better understand what happened.

“I commend the US Attorney for his work. While the ongoing inquiry created obstacles for the joint committee, including preventing us from interviewing key players, we were careful not to interfere with or to obstruct the federal investigation.

“When we started our work on the joint committee, none of us could have imagined we’d be here today with the indictment of high-level public officials. We must finish the work to reform the Port Authority and get rid of the secrecy within the agency which allowed the employees to use the levers of government to advance their own interests.

“We must implement reforms that will ensure this kind of abuse of power never happens again.”

Senate President Steve Sweeney:

“These are serious charges that include the abuse of power and the betrayal of public trust. They should continue to be pursued thoroughly and those found to be responsible must be held accountable. Senate Majority Leader Weinberg, who was the first legislator to call attention to Bridgegate, and the Legislative Select Committee on Investigation deserve credit for exposing the wrongdoing, as does the U.S. Attorney for the professional manner in which he has been conducting his investigation. The legal process must now be allowed to do its job.”

Christie tries to govsplain developing Exxon scandal, goes after Campbell

When Gov. Christie’s back is to the wall because of problems/issues/mistakes/scandals/random crap that arises on his watch – or due to his own direct policy and decisions, Christie reverts to type. He blames others, and by name to avoid dirt sticking to him. Where, frankly, it often belongs.

And so it is that we get Christie’s statement of today as the Exxon Mobil controversy reaches critical mass and national news. This is Chris Christie trying to govsplain away what he just got caught doing, by trying to throw Bradley Campbell – who was commissioner of NJ DEP when the Exxon lawsuits were filed and wrote this in the N Y Times yesterday – under the bus.

Hat/tip Kevin Riordan of the Philadelphia Inquire. Try to contain your lunch:  

BWC says No on Netanyahu – her statement

Bonnie Watson Coleman will not attend. She joins a list of 55 Democrats planning to skip the speech; that list includes senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Al Franken, Sheldon Whitehouse and Patrick Leahy. House members boycotting include John Lewis, James Clyburn, John Conyers, Donna Edwards, Keith Ellison, Raúl Grijalva, Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Rep. Donald Payne Jr. was still on the fence earlier today. Dem members of the NJ delegation sending clear messages that they will show up are both our senators Menendez and Booker, and Rep. Donald Norcross. (The Hill has a whip list).

The Congressional Black Caucus made clear early they see Netanyahu’s acceptance of Boehner’s invitation as disrespect to Pres. Obama. Cory Booker is the only CBC member in the Senate; he’ll attend. BWC, the newest member, will not.

Her statement, on the jump:  

Cami Anderson, through a staffer, tries to lecture Newark Students. But she gets SCHOOLED by them.

Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson, who left a board meeting last night rather than face up to Newark Students Union demands that she immediately resign, issued a statement this morning about last night’s student sit-in inside 2 Cedar Street, HQ of Newark Public Schools.

Brick City Live transcribed it. I have it posted below the fold.

I’ll post the students’ reply above the fold, because I think they have more credibility and more Newark residents behind them than Cami does. Via Newark Students Union Facebook page (emphasis theirs):

“Official statement from Cami is all lies! They did not respect us when they refused to hear our demands & waited until the media was crazy to give us food… Also, she had her assistant read the statement to us… She didn’t have the nerve to talk to us herself. Plus adults didn’t force us to do this. It was a STUDENT MOVEMENT!”

Linda Greenstein replies to that leaked Mercer County video

I reached out to Sen. Greenstein before our posting today of this video, leaked originally to Down With Tyranny, associated with the Blue America PAC, whose ‘paid for’ disclosure appears on the video, and which has endorsed Greenstein opponent Bonnie Watson Coleman. Her campaign sent this statement:

Greenstein:

“This thinly veiled attempt at intimidation from unnamed party bosses unfortunately reeks of the kind of sexism successful women have had to contend with throughout history.  Anonymous smears calling an accomplished female senator “erratic” and claiming that she has a pattern of “confused behavior” is nothing so much as code for “keep the little woman out of our smoke-filled back room.” It is no coincidence that the Democratic Party, on their watch, has never sent a woman to Congress.  Unfortunately for these anonymous party bosses, she has refused to back down from shining the light on how these backroom politicians have worked to promote their agenda. Instead, she will continue to run an aggressive campaign so that every single woman in Central New Jersey knows that their next Congresswoman will never back down from representing the interests of women everywhere, even in the face of intimidation and sexist threats.”

Sen. Greenstein’s reference to accusations that she is “erratic” with a pattern of “confused behavior” come from this post at The Daily Beast by Olivia Nuzzi.

Congressional primaries, even in well-educated districts like NJ’s CD12 are by nature low-turnout, with the majority of party voters paying little attention. That said, is this leaked video from an obviously stressed, and contentious process meeting inside the Mercer Democratic Party enough to impact this race?  

Rutgers student organizers on Condi’s Rice’s commencement withdrawal

Rutgers students who organized the successful campaign to draw attention to Condoleezza Rice’s awful Iraq War record and object to the school’s cheapening their diplomas by handing her an honorary one, put out a statement today. It reads, in part:

“Her actions in the Bush administration involved lying to the American people, leading to a war that destroyed nations and hundreds of thousands of lives, and enacting policies of “enhanced interrogation,” more commonly known as torture. We do not believe such an individual should be held by our school as an example to be honored, nor should a violator of international law be presented with a Doctorate of Laws.”

More on student and faculty #noRice strategy. Plus, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, a little … confused.

Statement of the student organizers of the Rutgers #noRice

Here is the statement we got today from student leaders of the #noRice campaign at Rutgers, organized against a  appearance by George Bush’s Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who had been scheduled to receive an honorary degree, give the commencement speech, and pick up a $35,000 speaker’s fee:

It is with great pleasure that we, students of Rutgers University, receive the news of Condoleezza Rice declining the invitation to deliver the commencement address at Rutgers this year. This was one possible outcome that we hoped to accomplish after much hard work over the past few months, following a variety of campaign actions by students and faculty.