- The federal Securities and Exchange Commission is examining Our Fair State’s past budget tricks where the state skipped contributions to pension funds. Questions of whether the state misrepresented the pension-fund maneuvers to investors who were considering buying state bonds are being investigated.
- Gov. Corzine slammed the plan to devote the whole penny of last year’s sales tax increase to property tax relief: “It’s just money in one pocket versus another…. It does little to protect whether we will keep in place the rebates.”
- PoliticsNJ is reporting it is “likely” that Stuart Rabner will replace James Zazzali as Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court and Anne Milgram will become Attorney General.
- The non-profit group Environment New Jersey yesterday issued a damning report on climate change’s effects in Our Fair State, urging lawmakers to pass strong global warming legislation. Needless to say, the NJ Business & Industry Association didn’t like it.
- Hammonton farmers are shipping in bees to keep the blueberry industry alive during the honeybee population collapse, the reason for which has yet to be determined.
- A state investigation has shown that 350 employees of the Trenton School District may not have cleared required background checks– some were not fingerprinted, some were not subject to the check. Trenton school officials plan to appeal the report; Superintendent Rodney Lofton: “One thing I’ve learned so far is that just because the Department of Education wrote a report it doesn’t mean it’s accurate.”
- A Superior Court Judge ruled that the mayor of West New York could not prohibit the Cuban Parade of New Jersey from going through the town. Mayor Silverio A. Vega has claimed the parade does not do enough to recognize the struggle of Cubans.
- In a desperate bid to keep a dead story alive, Republicans apparently are going to file their lawsuit today to force the release of emails between Gov. Corzine and union organizer/former flame Carla Katz.
- Get ready for Bill Gormley, television analyst.
Open Thread: What say you today, Blue Jersey?