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BlueJersey’s Jay Lassiter on Friday’s Radio Times

If you’re around and available today at 10am, I hope you’ll tune into Philly’s NPR call-in talk show “Radio Times”. I’ll be the guest for today’s first hour, joined my my friend and foe Brian McGovern of SaveJersey.com. The show runs from 10-11am. WHYY can be found at 90.9 on your FM dial, but you can also listen online.

With the election just 17 days away, there’s a lot to debate — pension benefits, NJN RIP, Marriage and marijuana — and I hope you’ll call in to join in the fun. The number is 1-888-477-WHYY

Carl Lewis’ NJ Senate Campaign Kickoff (Redux)

The Carl Lewis saga continues to play out in the 9-time-Olympic Champ’s favor, despite the Burlington Republican machine’s concerted efforts to have him throw off the ballot. The BurlCoGOP likes things the quick-n-easy way for reasons too numerous to name here.

Anyway check of this video where Carl discusses issues like education, the millionaire’s tax and jobs. Nadia Comaneci and Doctor Freud come as well.

Bill to Decriminalize small amounts of Marijuana garners 18 co-sponsors.

22,439 people were arrested in New Jersey for possessing less than 50 grams* of cannabis in 2009.

FreedomIsGreen.Com, a local blog devoted to advancing more enlightened cannabis policy in New Jersey is reporting an an intriguing new bill on the Assembly docket that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in the Garden State.

The bill, which already has 18 co-sponsors (5 from the GOP) was introduced by Assemblymen Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer) and Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris), the same bi-partisan duo that introduced the state’s nascent medical marijuana law.

Jay Lassiter vs. the NJEA: A behind-the-scenes assessment

In his critical post on the NJEA below, Jay Lassiter wrote one of Blue Jersey’s more provocative diaries, to be sure.  Yes, it was burning hot, but that’s our Jay.  We love him for being bold and blunt when we agree with him, don’t we?  Thus I can’t see the consistency in being offended by his same style when we disagree with him.  As a wise public servant once told me, the difference between being inflammatory and courageous isn’t really style at all.  It’s whether you agree with the speaker.

And it just so happens, I agree with Jay.  

Follow me below the fold to find out why.

I Know It’s Not Monday

Note: Jay went to the state house to testify today – Rosi

But I love Jay Lassiter.  We moved the clean needle bill out of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee today. Interesting vote on that one. We also established an overwhelming transcript to put on the desks of the entire legislature which spells out all the reasons why we must overrule the DHSS regs on Medical Marijuana.  Thank you Senator Nick Scutari for providing the leadership!

Blue Jersey Radio – 2010 Year in Review

Each week, Blue Jersey Radio streams live with New Jersey’s latest political buzz, interviews with newsmakers, and your stimulating calls. And each year, we get to take a week off, and just listen back to some of our favorite shows.

So, like we did back in 2007 and 2008, and 2009, we invite you again to sit back, relax, and “click on the pix” to have a listen back to some of this year’s Blue Jersey Radio Year in Review:


In such a tumultuous year, we were privileged to hear directly from a number of our representatives in Congress, including first-time guest Rep. Donald Payne, and returning guests, our dear friends, Rep. Frank Pallone and Rep. Rush Holt, all three of whom will be returning to Congress in January. (By contrast, Rep. John Adler didn’t manage to squeeze us in this election year, and he won’t be going back. Coincidence?)

Rep. Frank Pallone
Rep. Frank Pallone, NJ-6

Congressman Donald M. Payne
Rep. Donald M. Payne, NJ-10

Rush Holt
Rep. Rush Holt, NJ-12

NJ Legislators and Mayors

We also had the pleasure of being joined by state and local elected officials from around the state.

Sen. Linda Greenstein
Sen. Linda Greenstein, LD-14 (well, almost)

Asm. Peter J. Barnes III, LD-18
Asm. Peter J. Barnes III, LD-18

Asm. John Wisniewski
Asm. John Wisniewski, LD-19

Haledon Mayor Domenick Stampone
Haledon Mayor Domenick Stampone

Some of New Jersey’s Most Inspiring Activists and Leaders

We spoke with leaders of a variety of influential, interesting and inspiring organizations working to make a positive impact around the state.

Courage to Connect NJ’s Gina Genovese

Unseat Sean Kean
Unseat Sean Kean

Michele Jaker
Women’s Health Matters NJ’s Michele Jaker

NJ Policy Perspective's Deborah Howlett
NJ Policy Perspective’s Deborah Howlett

Annabel Park, Coffee Party USA
Annabel Park, Coffee Party USA Founder

Progressive Challengers

And we heard from the brave souls who stood up to challenge incumbents even in New Jersey’s toughest races, earning them an “A” on the political participation scoreboard.

Barry Bendar, Candidate for Congress in NJ-3
Barry Bendar, Candidate for Congress, NJ-3

Tod Thiese, NJ-5 Congressional Candidate
Tod Thiese, Candidate for Congress, NJ-5

Ed Potosnak, Candidate for Congress in NJ-7
Ed Potosnak, Candidate for Congress, NJ-7

Doug Herbert
Doug Herbert, Candidate for Congress, NJ-11

Camille Abate
Camille Abate, Bergen County Freeholder Candidate