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News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Double-dipping government employees: NJ Watchdog reports, the biggest double-dipper is Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo who is paid $230,476 of which nearly $69,000 is from a state pension.

Three fourths of NJ sheriffs double dip: Essex County’s Armando Fontoura draws $207,289, including $62,393 from his pension.

Newark and Camden School districts in line to receive hefty private donations. NJ Spotlight says these school districts plan press conferences this morning to announce large donations.

Legislators press Christie on need for more psychiatric beds. NJSpotlight reports Democrats want answers on reversal of state call for services after hearing from hospitals.

Iran deal: using TV and online ads, J Street is trying to convince the undecided lawmakers to side with President Obama. NJ Sen. Cory Booker and Reps. Frank Pallone and Bill Pascrell have not yet annouced their position. PolitickerNJ reports, “Pallone says, “He’s honestly undecided.”

Chris Christie used the State Police helicopter four times for campaign travel, as he vies for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, according to records obtained by NJ Advance Media.  A spokesperson confirmed the state was reimbursed for the expense.

Republican Presidential nomination polls: According to the Real Clear Politics average of the most recent polls, Christie is 10th (3.0%) nationally, 11th (2.0%) in Iowa, 8th (3.0%) in New Hampshire and 11th (2.0%) in South Carolina.

DEP: No drought concerns yet for NJ, despite warnings from United Water about low reservoir levels. Nonetheless, with its three reservoirs along the Hackensack River now down to a combined 45 percent of capacity, United Water is asking North Jersey residents to voluntarily conserve water.

As school returns, The Record asks: “Will the state change standards that outline what kids should learn in each grade after a review ordered by the governor? Will New Jersey officials agree on a way to pay for the public employees’ pension fund, which has been underfunded for years? Will there be changes to the state tests that caused so much controversy last year?”

Appearing on Fox’s Hannity show, Christie says Springsteen is no longer a friend. No surprise there.  

News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Double-dipping government employees: NJ Watchdog reports, the biggest dipper is Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo who is paid $230,476 of which nearly $69,000 is from a state pension.

Three fourths of NJ sheriffs doubler dip: Essex County’s Armando Fontoura draws $207,289, including $62,393 from his pension.

Newark and Camden School districts in line to receive hefty private donations. NJ Spotlight says school districts plan press conferences this morning to announce large donations.

Legislators press Christie on need for more psychiatric beds. NJSpotlight reports Democrats want answers on reversal of state call for services after hearing from hospitals.

Iran deal: using TV and online ads, J Street is trying to convince the undecided lawmakers to side with President Obama. NJ Sen. Cory Booker and Reps. Frank Pallone and Bill Pascrell have not yet annouced their position. PolitickerNJ reports, “Pallone says, “He’s honestly undecided.”

Chris Christie used the State Police helicopter four times for campaign travel, as he vies for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, according to records obtained by NJ Advance Media.  A spokesperson confirmed the state was reimbursed for the expense.

Republican Presidential nomination polls: According to the Real Clear Politics average of the most recent polls, Christie is 10th (3.0%) nationally, 11th (2.0%) in Iowa, 8th (3.0%) in New Hampshire and 11th (2.0%) in South Carolina.

DEP: No drought concerns yet for NJ, despite warnings from United Water about low reservoir levels. Nonetheless, with its three reservoirs along the Hackensack River now down to a combined 45 percent of capacity, United Water is asking North Jersey residents to voluntarily conserve water.

As school returns, The Record asks: “Will the state change standards that outline what kids should learn in each grade after a review ordered by the governor? Will New Jersey officials agree on a way to pay for the public employees’ pension fund, which has been underfunded for years? Will there be changes to the state tests that caused so much controversy last year?”

Cory Booker: “I can be honest with you”

The above is the subject line in the senator’s email to me yesterday. He goes on to say, “I know I can always be honest with you. And honestly, summer can be a really difficult time to raise money.” OK I get it, and realize it’s a tough season for soliciting donations.

However, if honesty is so important please avoid the suspense and tell us soon honestly how you will vote on the Iran deal next month. You receive substantial support from forces that oppose the deal while colleague vultures are circling above for the kill. Please continue on your honesty track and let us know honestly the basis of your final decision – why you will vote in favor or against it.



Looking forward to your email on the matter. By the way, saying one is being honest is much over-used and often misleading.

NJ Catholics Organizing to Support the Iran Deal

Catholics in the United States have been mobilizing across the country all summer long to build support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (aka the Iran deal).

Two Pax Christi members who are active in their local Pax Christi region (Pax Christi New Jersey), Father Gene Squeo and Carol Fay, were so concerned about this issue, that they got up around 4 am on Friday, August 21st and paid last minute train fares to head to DC and meet with two of Senator Booker’s aides in his DC office.  

Gene and Carol were joined by three other faith community colleagues at the meeting – Marie Dennis, Co-President of Pax Christi International, Kate Gould of FCNL, who has headed up their Iran nuclear agreement activities for over two years and Bob Cooke of Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore.

News Roundup and Open Thread for Thursday, August 8, 2015

Tonight at 9:00pm is Fox’s debate between the so-called top ten Republican presidential hopefuls, and the winner will be: drum roll … Fox Corporation which will gain huge publicity, viewership and ad revenue. Will the Fox questioners ask Christie about his record in NJ? How will he fare? Do we really care?

Lower amount needed in short-term loans may bode well for NJ economy: “Somewhat brighter fiscal outlook may put pressure on Christie to accelerate payments into pension fund.”

NJ Hospitals lead nation in penalties for high readmission rates: Federal agency penalizes problematic readmission rates by reducing Medicare reimbursements.

Anger in portions of Jersey City’s African American community: results in former Gov. Jim McGreevey being kicked out of a meeting because they were not consulted on the location for a new prisoner re-entry center.

New Jersey won’t increase the weight of state tests (10%) on teacher evaluations in the coming school year: a relief for educators whose reviews are based in part on students’ scores.

NJDEP wants to allow PSEG Nuclear to continue drawing water from the Delaware River: Environmentalists argue that recycling cooling towers are needed to stop the killing of large numbers of marine life.