Tag Archive: Morris County

Protest Slideshow: Outside Chris Christie “Town Hall” in Morris County

Today, in his homeboy territory of Morris County, Gov. Christie is road-testing his milky, Gandhi-mentioning budget plan among the reliably white and Republican folk of Stirling. Scandals – Bridgegate, misuse of Sandy funds, Hoboken mayor-threatening – and fallout are the backstory of every Christie public appearance now, though he skirts questions. On what he knew and when he knew it, Christie has clammed-up and lawyered-up. But Christie’s schtick isn’t working as reliably anymore. Cracks appear in the well-orchestrated mojo propaganda front. There are protesters now, outside and inside the Christie show.

My favorite from today, is the pregnant Ann Vardeman (NJCA) holding the sign about her soon-to-be baby.

“I feel badly about the kids.” David Wildstein, text.

“They are the children of Buono voters.” Christie Deputy COS Bridget Kelly.

Created with flickr slideshow.

Remembering a Progressive hero: Frank Herbert’s story

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of catching up with one of the best public servants New Jersey has ever produced.

He is not well-known even in Democratic circles, let alone the state of New Jersey, and he last served in public office when Leonid Brezhnev was Premier of the USSR.

Frank Herbert, however is definitely not someone to forget, particularly if you’re a New Jersey Democrat or – even more so – a progressive.

You see, Frank Herbert did 2 things that New Jerseyans and progressives should forever be grateful for:

1) He pushed for and got the Legislature to pass the law that created New Jersey Transit, a system that provides business and social lifelines for hundreds of thousands of our residents.

2) He is the only candidate in New Jersey history to win a Federal election as a write-in candidate. In doing so, he saved the Democratic Party from nominating a Holocaust-denying, KKK-loving extremist.

His story is in the extended section below.  

Anti-NJEA teacher who peddled Christie to teachers is LD-25 GOP candidate for Senate

William ChegwiddenWilliam Chegwidden is running for Senate. And it wasn’t long before supporters of the man Chegwidden is challenging in the GOP primary, incumbent Sen. Anthony Bucco, accused him of triple-dipping. Chegwidden is already mayor of Wharton and Morris County Freeholder Director, and the fact he’s also a teacher at Morris Knolls High School leaves him open to charges from his opponent that he’s overusing the state’s pension system. For his part, Chegwidden says teaching is his job, not an elected position, and he promises to give up mayor and freeholder if elected to the Senate.

But … where else have you seen this face before? Why, in a campaign ad, huckstering for Chris Christie, aiming at teachers.

It’s Chegwidden, right before the lady who tells you teachers’ pension and benefits will not change under “Chris'” plan and the one who reports that the NJEA says Christie will try to end collective bargaining. And that’s Chegwidden promising you:

Chris Christie will make sure education funding is sound.

Looks to me like Chris Christie owes William Chegwidden a lot. A lot – at the very least for helping him create the apathy that led any public school teacher in New Jersey vote for him in November of 2009. Here’s Senate candidate Chegwidden, when he was Christie huckster Chegwidden back in 2009:

A look at the new NJ-21 (and a brief history)

by Stephen Yellin

First, a friendly welcome to the residents of Kenilworth, Chatham Borough, Bernards Township and Far Hills (all 919 of you in the last case) to the 21st Legislative District of New Jersey. I hope you find your accommodations comfortable, as you’ll be staying here for the next 10 years. 🙂

Second, we in the 21st bid a fond farewell to Chatham Township, Madison and Millburn, which will now have a Democratic delegation to represent them in the form of Dick Codey, John McKeon and Mila Jasey. While this Berkeley Heights resident is more than a little jealous to be less than a mile away from having this awesome trio as my delegation, I take comfort in knowing that my friends at Drew University will get to know another awesome ex-Governor a lot better in the year ahead*.  

Quote of the Day

The quote of the day is from Loretta Weinberg:

“In an effort to overturn one of the biggest environmental accomplishments in New Jersey in the last decade, Governor Christie has stepped outside the bounds of statute and ignored residency rules and political party requirements which were intended to give balanced representation to the entire Highlands region. If the Governor disagrees with the purpose and intention of the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council, he and his allies in the Legislature can follow the appropriate steps to abolish it through the legislative process.  But he’s outside of his rights to stack the council with Morris County cronies who will do his bidding and dismantle the council from the inside-out.”

Morris County: Grover’s Mill Redux?

A few weeks ago strange red lights started appearing in the skies over Morris County, and some people suspected they were UFOs.  Actually, there were UFOs because they were flying objects people couldn’t identify.  Some people thought they were spaceships filled with aliens, then.

Now we have a series of Morris County earthquakes that are puzzling the experts.

Could it be that, just like in 1939 when aliens landed in Grover’s Mill, NJ and it was covered up by the government, that recent reports of the police saying the lights were balloon candles are hiding the fact that these aliens are creating earthquakes?

We report, you deride.