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News Roundup and Open Thread for Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20): who has served in the legislature since 1983 says he will not run again for state senate, but with sufficient support he will campaign to become governor. An articulate, out-spoken senator who has led on many social and economic issues and currently has advocated strongly against the Exxon settlement, serves as chair of the Senate Economic Growth Committee and Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee.

Christie PAC Revenue: America Leads which recently reported $11 million in contributions got $2 million from Steve Cohen and his wife. Cohen recently pled guilty to security fraud. Christie received $1 million from the person who wants to build a casino in northern New Jersey, $50,000 from the Exxon lobbyist and more from dubious sources, as reported by David Sirota.

Christie PAC expenditures: After reaching $11 million through June 30, the PAC has spent in July: $864,000 in New Hampshire ads and $741,000 in national ads, the latter of which is through Fox media which might help assure him a slot on the Fox August 6 top-ten debate podium.

Republican Presidential nomination polls: Real Clear Politics  average of 6 most recent polls has Christie 10th (3.0%) behind Kasich and ahead of Perry. If Fox were to use these results Christie would make the Fox debate.

General Election Polls: Real Clear Politics shows Clinton beating all Republican challengers. She wins over Christie 50 to 40. Bush fares the best among the Republicans: 49 to 43.

Christie on guns: I’ll pardon legal gun owners arrested in NJ.

A look-back at Jersey guy Jon Stewart: TV’s not-so-fake news anchor ends his run soon on Comedy Central after telling us almost everything we needed to know about current events.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli: Analysis of his high-profile losses raises questions.

American Pharaoh races at Monmouth Park at about 5:50PM: TV and Lifestream information.  

News Roundup and Open Thread for Thursday, July 30, 2015

A heat wave continues today: stay cool and hydrated.

Despite an appeal to the Appellate Court from environmental groups: oral arguments start this morning on the NJDEP v. Exxon settlement case. Among others in protest, Sen. Ray Lesniak will submit his statement indicating, “The court should reject Christie’s settlement because it violates laws of the State of New Jersey, in addition to being unfair, unreasonable and inadequate.”

To dig or not to dig: Christie says he and Gov. Cuomo are committed to building a new trans-Hudson tunnel and will meet with the US Secretary of Transportation shortly. Christie has his demands. He, Cuomo, and the Port Authority are looking to the feds for substantial funding. With a dysfunctional congress that now can not even agree on how to refund the depleted US transportation account, this plan could be a tunnel too far. However, any news seems like good news for NJ Transit riders who just went through a week in hell.

Sen. Sweeney wants a $1 trillion federal loan program to rescue the states’ public worker pensions. A nice idea, but is this an impossible dream?

Christie’s vanity campaign: Real Clear Politics today indicates he is 10th (3.2) with Kasich now ahead of him in the national polls, 13th (2.3) in Iowa, 7th (5.0) in New Hampshire and 9th (5.7) in South Carolina.

Christie’s campaign proposes to sharply limit federal health care funding under Medicaid: NJPP says, “It would result in the loss of about $15 billion in federal funding for New Jersey over eight years.”  

President Christie’s’ choice for Supreme Court: would be a Samuel Alito clone. No surprise there, but it makes one wonder after so many harsh pronouncements on the road what he will espouse when he returns to his governor’s job in blue New Jersey.

Super PAC’s start to dominate races in NJ: POLITICO: Four of the five Democrats considering a run for governor in 2017 have super PACs. There was even one for a town council race in Parsippany.

Super storm Sandy lingering effects: slow rebuilding of homes and businesses, long insurance battles and mold that refuses to die – have taken a toll on the mental health of residents in its path.

Rutgers to give stipends to scholarship athletes: Under new NCAA rules they will receive up to $4,900.

Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh coming to New Jersey: The Haskell Invitational horse race takes place at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport Sunday. Don’t expect to find hotel space anywhere near there this weekend.

How slavery was written into New Jersey’s DNA: Salon’s fascinating early history of slavery in our state – including Mendham Township.