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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.  

Taking On the South Jersey Goliath

Whether you’re a disciple of South Jersey Democratic boss George Norcross, or just someone who is running for political office on the Democratic ticket, conventional wisdom says that you don’t get very far without kissing George’s ring. Even those people who are not part of his inner circle take pains not to piss him off if they hope to win an election here.

So challenging George’s brother Donald, who was handpicked to replace another Norcross acolyte who resigned under a cloud of scandal, is a hapless task, right?

Don’t tell that to Alex Law, a 24-year old systems analyst who has put his career on hold in order to challenge The (South Jersey) Donald.

Today, I sat down with Law to discuss his seemingly quixotic quest, his positions on key issues, and his plans for the campaign.

“An issue of our generation:” higher education tuition

With signs saying “Stop Tuition Hikes,” “Tuition Today = Debt Tomorrow,” and “$1.2 Trillion in Student Debt,” the student newspaper Daily Targum reported that Rutgers students protested yesterday at the board’s open budget hearing. One student is quoted by the Record as saying, “We need a tuition freeze because so many of my friends are struggling. This is an issue of our generation.”

The governor’s proposed budget reduces the operating expenses of our senior public colleges and universities. In the case of Rutgers state-operated support is proposed to decrease for the coming year by $50 million dollars. Recent credit agency downgrades brought on by Gov. Christie’s mishandling of the budget and economy will likely also result in higher interest rates for university bonds.

Students pointed out examples of unnecessary spending such as the $1.2 million in severance pay to former basketball coach Mike Rice and former Athletic Director Tim Pernetti.

 

Why Voting Rush Holt Still Matters

Adam Green is the co-founder of Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a Somerset/Edison native, and a friend of Blue Jersey. Promoted by Rosi.

On the merits, Rush Holt deserves to be a U.S. Senator.

But today’s Senate race won’t be decided on the merits. It will be decided by who has the highest name recognition on a sleepy summer Election Day. We all know who that is, and that’s why the PCCC did not get actively involved in this election.

Here’s why your vote matters anyway.

Rush Holt used his campaign to expand the debate and really educate the public.

His awesome videos about about why we should tax Wall Street speculators and pass Elizabeth Warren’s student loan plan will be forwarded around for years to come — and impact future debates.

This is in stark contrast to those who say nothing real in their campaigns.

Rush Holt deserves to be rewarded for thinking big. We need him to keep doing that in Congress, where he will continue to serve.

So, please vote today and show Rush that you support his big ideas.

If you agree, click here to share this post on Facebook and Twitter. You can also donate to Holt’s 2014 re-election to Congress here

Thanks for reading.

Why Voting Rush Holt Still Matters

On the merits, Rush Holt deserves to be a U.S. Senator.

But today’s Senate race won’t be decided on the merits. It will be decided by who has the highest name recognition on a sleepy summer Election Day. We all know who that is.

Here’s why your vote matters anyway.

Rush Holt used his campaign to expand the debate and really educate the public.

His awesome videos about about why we should tax Wall Street speculators and pass Elizabeth Warren’s student loan plan will be forwarded around for years to come — and impact future debates.

This is a stark contrast from those who say nothing real in their campaigns. 

Rush Holt deserves to be rewarded for thinking big. We need him to keep doing that in Congress.

So, please vote today and show Rush that you support his big ideas. Feel free to share this post on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also donate to Holt’s 2014 re-election to Congress here

Thanks for reading.

— Adam Green, Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder and Somerset/Edison native

Why Voting Rush Holt Still Matters

On the merits, Rush Holt deserves to be a U.S. Senator.

But today’s Senate race won’t be decided on the merits. It will be decided by who has the highest name recognition on a sleepy summer Election Day. We all know who that is.

Here’s why your vote matters anyway.

Rush Holt used his campaign to expand the debate and really educate the public.

His awesome videos about about why we should tax Wall Street speculators and pass Elizabeth Warren’s student loan plan will be forwarded around for years to come — and impact future debates.

This is a stark contrast from those who say nothing real in their campaigns. 

Rush Holt deserves to be rewarded for thinking big. We need him to keep doing that in Congress.

So, please vote today and show Rush that you support his big ideas. Feel free to share this post on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also donate to Holt’s 2014 re-election to Congress here

Thanks for reading.

— Adam Green, Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder and Somerset/Edison native

Why Voting Rush Holt Still Matters

On the merits, Rush Holt deserves to be a U.S. Senator.

But today’s Senate race won’t be decided on the merits. It will be decided by who has the highest name recognition on a sleepy summer Election Day. We all know who that is.

Here’s why your vote matters anyway.

Rush Holt used his campaign to expand the debate and really educate the public.

His awesome videos about about why we should tax Wall Street speculators and pass Elizabeth Warren’s student loan plan will be forwarded around for years to come — and impact future debates.

This is a stark contrast from those who say nothing real in their campaigns. 

Rush Holt deserves to be rewarded for thinking big. We need him to keep doing that in Congress.

So, please vote today and show Rush that you support his big ideas. Feel free to share this post on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also donate to Holt’s 2014 re-election to Congress here

Thanks for reading.

— Adam Green, Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder and Somerset/Edison native

Why Voting Rush Holt Still Matters

On the merits, Rush Holt deserves to be a U.S. Senator.

But today’s Senate race won’t be decided on the merits. It will be decided by who has the highest name recognition on a sleepy summer Election Day. We all know who that is.

Here’s why your vote matters anyway.

Rush Holt used his campaign to expand the debate and really educate the public.

His awesome videos about about why we should tax Wall Street speculators and pass Elizabeth Warren’s student loan plan will be forwarded around for years to come — and impact future debates.

This is a stark contrast from those who say nothing real in their campaigns. 

Rush Holt deserves to be rewarded for thinking big. We need him to keep doing that in Congress.

So, please vote today and show Rush that you support his big ideas. Feel free to share this post on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also donate to Holt’s 2014 re-election to Congress here

Thanks for reading.

— Adam Green, Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder and Somerset/Edison native

College Economics 101: Better Information = Better Decisions

A note: The Staff Writers at Blue Jersey – listed to the right – are also the de facto editorial board for the site. We’ve decided that declared Democratic gubernatorial candidates should have the opportunity to express their views here: a free forum that does not impose the restrictions often required from newspapers and other media outlets. In other words: we are the place where NJ Democrats can hear from the candidates in their own words.

So, starting today, any declared candidate for governor will immediately have his or her posts moved to the front page. This is not an endorsement of any particular candidate; it’s a service for NJ Democrats.

So far, Senator Barbara Buono is the only declared candidate in this race; therefore, her posts will automatically move to the front page. We’ll grant this privilege to any other declared candidate from now until the primary election.

We’ll spell this out further in a post this week. Until then, here’s Senator Buono.

Cross posted at BarbaraBuono.com

Today, the Senate Higher Education Committee passed a bill I authored, S-2187. It, quite simply, has a single purpose – empowering New Jersey’s students. It provides prospective students and their families with an easy-to-understand fact sheet about the cost of attendance.

We live in an Information Age.  It is an age in which knowledge is power.  Because of what we know today, we have the ability to live better lives.  With what we know, we can make better decisions – whether big or small – each and every day.

Just the other day, I did some grocery shopping for my family.  Before I went to the store, I checked a few different circulars to find out what was on sale.  When I went out to buy the groceries, labels on the shelves made the lowest prices clear. And later that day when I got started on dinner, nutritional labels told me all about the vitamins and nutrients my family would consume by eating that food.