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Does South Jersey get the short end of the stick? Live streaming research on disparities in state funding

If it sounds wonky, that’s because it is. This afternoon, we’ll be covering the Walter Rand Center’s Our Piece of the Pie: Distribution of State Funds to Municipalities in North, Central, and South Jersey. The event features research by Dr. Michael Hayes….
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What’s next for North Jersey?

What we will see unfold in North Jersey will be akin to the last 10 minutes of a Godfather movie, although it will probably take place over the next five years or so.

With the broken state of the post-Ferriero Bergen County political machine on display for the entire state to see, Steve Adubato, George Norcross, and Brian Stack are going to invest heavily in a long-term process whereby Bill Pascrell Jr. becomes the de facto boss of Bergen County in the same way that he is currently the de facto boss of Passaic County.

Bernadette McPherson will replace Lou Stellato as DCBC Chair and her first act will be to restore the BCDO acronym.  Paul Sarlo will probably survive long enough to win re-election one more time, primarily because he will cut a deal with McPherson and Pascrell to replace Gary Schaer in the Assembly with Ritzy Moralez, but I don’t expect to see him on the ballot come November 2017.  He might consider a gubernatorial bid that year if only to avoid the image of being ousted.  Depending on how much McPherson likes being County Chair and how well she does in the job, she will replace Sarlo in the State Senate with herself or Moralez.  Pascrell will use South Bergen as his launching pad and will continue to make inroads in Bergen, attempting to co-opt or replace local leaders.

Because neither Schaer nor Sarlo have been well-liked by Bergen County progressives, it is unlikely that they will respond negatively at first to the inroads that the Pascrell machine makes into South Bergen and may even go so far as to align themselves with him to further cleanse the county party of its last remnants of the Ferriero regime.  It will be interesting to see how they respond when Pascrell and his acolytes try to replace the county conventions, which Bergen has historically used to award its party line, with a Passaic-style Executive Committee, which has historically been a rubber stamp for John Currie, who has historically been a puppet of Pascrell.

Pascrell, Albio Sires, and Brian Stack will join Donald Payne Jr. in endorsing Steven Fulop for Mayor of Jersey City, who will win in a landslide, and return the favor by supporting Stack or a Stack acolyte for the position of HCDO Chairman.  Pascrell will join the Adubato-Norcross-Stack effort to re-elect Chris Christie, nominating Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage to be his sacrificial lamb as both Barbara Buono and Dick Codey see the writing on the wall and choose to run for re-election to the State Senate rather than get slaughtered in a rigged election.

North Jersey to suffer more sea level rise?

The consensus Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) forecast is that global warming will lead to a one foot rise in sea level by the end of this century. (As I understand it, this is mainly expansion of the warmer oceans, and could be higher depending on ice melt.) The BBC is now reporting on a new result:

But this is a global average; and now a Dutch team has made what appears to be the first attempt to model all the factors leading to regional variations…

Of the 13 regions where the team makes specific projections, New York sees the biggest increase from the global average

The BBC and the Dutch may call the region New York, but I think it’s safe to say the North Jersey shore is included. To be sure, it seems it’s just 20% higher than average, and I imagine the uncertainties

Deep thought on the political impact of the NJ Turnpike Series

Congratulations to the Yankees and their fans on advancing to the World Series.  I anxiously await the trash talking that will commence between Yankee and Phillie fans across the state.

On the political implications, I would say that Jon Corzine is the winner. Because how many more potential voters in New Jersey will be seeing his ads with the Yankees playing the Phillies than any other combination of teams. He probably couldn’t ask for anything more as you will have the possibility of 5 games leading up to election day where all eyes will be on Fox.

The fun will begin Wednesday night.

Redistricting in 2010: LD33-LD36

So here we are again-5 hypothetical districts down and 8 to go.  In this diary I am going to construct hypothetical districts for LD33 – LD36.  Keep in mind, I am renumbering to fit my own paradigm and am paying no attention to the current numbering system.  One major element we did learn is that there cannot be any larger than a 10% difference in population from the smallest district to the largest district.  Newark and Jersey City pose the biggest problem because I made it clear I didn’t want to break up any cities.  I still think I will be able to stay within the 10% differential, but won’t know for sure until I finish with all 13 districts.  

Redistricting in 2010

Matt’s thoughts on redistricting – – promoted from the diaries by Rosi

I don’t know what anyone else in the Blue Jersey community thinks, but I know nothing aggravates me more in New Jersey politics than the configuration of our current Congressional and Legislative Districts.  If one were to Google Incumbent Protection Plan – New Jersey should be at the top of the list. Democrats and Republicans share the blame on this matter. Legislators cut deals all over the State to make their districts safer – and we should not let that happen again in 2010.  

Competitive elections are the bedrock of effective and accountable representation.  We need more “toss up” Senate and Assembly races up and down the State so that legislators are governing and serving the best interests of their constituents, and not best interests of corporate lobbyists and political insiders.  I will address the political implications that will arise (for example 2 incumbent Senators from varying or like parties falling in the same district), but will not make political circumstances the basis for my analysis.    

So in the interest of creating a more effective, and more importantly, more democratic, State Legislature, I am going to propose hypothetical legislative districts.  My formula will be simple: New Jersey’s population is approximately 8,682,661 people; therefore, each district should have roughly 217,067 people in them.  Secondly, I will make every effort to keep municipalities together within a County – it makes sense from a logical and logistical standpoint.  Finally, I will not breakup any cities or towns into separate districts.  Democrats effectively broke up Newark and Jersey City during the last go round, and even though my party benefited from it, I still think it is wrong.      

Some other notable points in how I will come about developing a hypothetical district: I will make every attempt to keep like communities together.  For example, my hometown of Wanaque shares a regional high school with neighboring Ringwood; as such, there is no reason why we shouldn’t share our State Senator and Assembly members.  I will make every attempt to make as many districts as possible competitive and will only be looking at Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Passaic counties in a vacuum-I don’t know enough about local politics and municipalities in the other counties, so I wouldn’t be able to render a fair assessment like I can for the aforementioned counties.  Therefore, I will only be creating hypothetical districts for LD27 through LD40 (while plucking the Passaic towns from LD26 and excluding LD30, which for whatever reason is listed with North Jersey legislative districts).  

New Jersey’s Top 10 Local Environmental Issues for 2009

Promoted by Jason Springer: I would add the licensed site professional legislation (LSP) as a top issue, since it will change the way many other environmental issues are handled.  That’s up for a vote in the Senate on Monday.

New Jersey, partly a mid-Atlantic corridor to the northeast, partly a suburban sprawl nightmare, is an environmental epicenter for not only the region but the nation. As progressives, we have a responsibility to preserve as much clean air, land, and water as possible for future generations. As New Jerseyans, we have a major stake in preserving the environment all the way from Bergen to Salem County. What might a list of the ten most important local environmental hot-spots in New Jersey look like?

Blue Jersey Radio talks NJ: The Movie – Tonight at 8:30 p.m.

Each week, Blue Jersey Radio streams LIVE with New Jersey’s latest political buzz, interviews with newsmakers, and your stimulating calls.

This week: Jeff should be joining us from Netroots Nation in Texas (assuming the airlines have him arrive on schedule) and I’ll be here in New Jersey as we welcome special guest Steve Chernoski, maker of the upcoming film NJ: The Movie.  We’ll also talk Netroots Nation with Jeff giving us the latest buzz from the ground in the lone star state and anything else you want to cover.

Tune in tonight at 8:30 p.m. and we can discuss.

We’re live from 8:30p-9:00p, and would love to hear from you. Just call: 646-652-2773

Talk to you then!

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New Jersey: Where’s the Line?

njthemovieThe NY Times had a piece over the weekend about New Jersey: The Movie, an upcoming film by a 30 year old filmmaker and Milburn Teacher, who grew up in Mercer County trying to figure out whether he was in North Jersey or South Jersey. Now he will try to find the answer and share it on the big screen for everyone else:

We got New York TV and Philadelphia TV. Some people rooted for the Giants and others for the Eagles, he said. I really didn’t know if I was South Jersey or North.

The question has been asked many times.  Some will say there is no divide, it’s just people living in the past.  Others will point to the media markets, sports teams and convenience stores as markers of such a divide.   I come from the mindset that there is a divide and there are so many factors that contribute to it, they are too numerous to list.  Chernoski takes the premise that there is a divide and he tries to figure out what causes it along with where it is:

Is it the old 609 or 201 area code line? Is it at the far northernmost Wawa convenience store? Is it where you can last buy Philadelphia Phillies baseball caps? he said. I felt it necessary to find out.

In the film, Mr. Chernoski, who teaches leadership and technology, goes to experts and plebeian citizens alike for answers. He asks his subjects certain questions to determine their northern- or southernness. There is the “hoagie-sub” question: “Hoagie” is a South Jersey term for a sandwich on a long roll, while a sub is the North Jersey version. No self-respecting North Jersey resident would know the Philadelphia Eagles fight song, and no South Jersey fan would wear a Giants T-shirt. Wawa stores dot the South, while North Jersey folks get their caffeine at a 7-11.

From our perspective at Blue Jersey, we tend to focus on the political ramifications of the Jersey landscape and the differences in thinking depending on where elected officials tend to call home.  Chernoski has a much more basic goal:

I don’t know how important it is to everyone, but it can bring up larger questions of identity, he said. I hope the film makes people think. Or at least decide whether it is appropriate to wear a Mets cap to Wawa to pick up a hoagie

If you’ve ever thought about the wonders of North and South Jersey, you may want to catch the movie. Where would you say the divide is and what causes it?