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News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, December 3, 2012

Pinch hitting again, so add any stories missed into the comments as always.

Christie to get minimum wage bill today

  • The New Jersey Legislature is expected to send Governor Christie a bill increasing the minimum wage after the Assembly takes a final technical vote on Monday. The bill increases the minimum wage by $1.25 per hour to $8.50, and allows automatic adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index. The Legislature is also advancing a resolution that would place the wage increase before voters next November.
  • Toll Hikes Take Effect And Anger Motorists

  • Toll hikes went into effect at all of the Port Authority’s Hudson River crossings, and drivers heading into –and in some cases avoiding them were not happy.
  • Showdown over Dunes and more Sandy news

  • Following the extensive damage from Hurricane Sandy, towns and residents are preparing for a fight with those property owners who have opposed the building of dunes along the shore line.
  • Deadline nears for homeowners with major Sandy loss to file for reduced 2013 property taxes
  • Work begins to replenish beaches on the Jersey Shore
  • Press of Atlantic City: Property losses will raise tax bills in towns Hurricane Sandy tore up
  • We don’t need no stinking climate risk study

  • Just a few months before Sandy devastated hundreds of New Jersey’s commuter locomotives and railcars, state officials were so confident they were protected from extreme weather, that they decided it wasn’t even necessary to study ways to weatherproof NJ Transit’s rolling stock against unruly new climate patterns.
  • Could you live on $4/day for food?

  • Cory Booker did a little grocery shopping this weekend. A very little. The Newark Mayor is taking the Food Stamp challenge and will spend one week, beginning Tuesday, eating only what food stamps can provide.
  • Residents Out Of Homes, Investigation Continues in Paulsboro

  • NTSB said it will investigate whether tidal surge from Hurricane Sandy played a roll a train derailment and chemical spill in Paulsboro. The NTSB will also look into a red light signal the crew received as it approached 139-year-old bridge.
  • NTSB: Conrail studied problems day before NJ crash
  • As cleanup crews scramble to pump the toxic chemical out of the creek, officials have extended the evacuation order through Saturday, which means that members of 48 households in the evacuation zone won’t be able to get home for the rest of the week.
  • Senate President Sweeney and Local officials in Paulsboro say they are pushing for more federal support in repairing railroad infrastructure to ensure that the train derailment that happened on Friday never happens again.

    Superintendent defers salary to help with “cash flow problems”

  • The Superintendent for both the Salem County Vocational Technical School District and the Salem County Special Services School District, last week asked the combined board of education for the two districts to withhold the portion of his salary contributed by the Special Services School District until June to help cope with some “cash flow problems” the district has been experiencing in recent years.
  • Bear Hunt begins today

  • Hunters hit stores Sunday to purchase permits and last-minute items to prepare for the state’s third consecutive annual bear hunt, which begins today, while opponents prepared to protest.
  • 37 cases of Fungal Meningitis

  • New Jersey health officials say 37 cases of fungal meningitis have now been reported in the state. The cases, two confirmed and 35 considered probable, are linked to a recalled, potentially tainted steroid produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.
  • Electronic Giants Under Pressure in North Jersey

  • Massive losses. Plummeting share prices. Thousands of layoffs. They are telltale signs that the Japanese corporate parents of three of North Jersey’s most prominent corporate neighbors are in trouble.
  • Surprise tax on medical marijuana

  • A lawmaker who was influential in getting New Jersey’s medical marijuana law passed said he was stunned by the Christie administration’s announcement last week that the drug would be taxed.
  • Debate Watch Roundup: Obama & Menendez

    Wednesday night’s the first presidential debate. Despite Gov. Christie’s jacked up Romney expectations , this debate may be the Mitt’s last chance to rescue a failed campaign from oblivion. Bring on the popcorn.This first debate will focus on domestic policy, and will come from the University of Denver, Colorado, moderated by Jim Lehrer of PBS. (full presidential debate schedule)

    Thursday night, the action shifts closer to home, with the first debate between Senator Bob Menendez and his GOP rival state senator Joe Kyrillos, will be broadcast by NJTV from Motclair State University (Senate debate schedule details).

    We’re seeing partial lists of events popping up at different sites for the pesidential. So, this is an attempt to pull the listings together for people shopping for a fun place to watch Obama/Romney (Wednesday) & Menendez/Kyrillos (Thursday) slugfests, and maybe get some phone-banking in too. If you know of additional watch parties, please post the info in comments.

    Debate Watch party info below the fold for both the Wednesday debate (presidential), then the Thursday (U.S. Senate).  

    News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    Here’s the stuff that jumped out at me this morning – feel free to add links in the comment section as well as show your massive love for the choice of links I found 🙂

    Today’s theme, snowy disgustingness.


    The weather outside is frightful

    A disgusting snowy icy mess this morning.  Safe commute to everyone that has to test out the roads.  In related news, Governor Christie left for Aruba last night just as the storm hit, saying, “I can melt the snow with my laser-like icy glare, even from Aruba”.  So everyone should just stick it.

    Pollution concerns in Union Twp. over idling trucks, which is against the law.  Except when it isn’t against the law.

    The Governor is just so…..um….delightful.  Yeah, that’s it…

    Governor Christie uses the tired “if [PERSON X] were alive today, he/she would support me line with the double whammy of tainting the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King and touting his “most children left behind” education policies.

    Christie will use this data to show how charter schools are TEHAWSOME, but if half of the students are doing better in charter schools than the local schools, doesn’t that also mean that half of the students in charter schools are doing worse than in the local schools?

    I’m guessing that Christie won’t be citing this though….

    ….or this one, giving New Jersey schools one of the top scores in the nation.

    They’re making a list…..

    Today kicks off New Jersey’s redistricting process, which promises to get interesting since the Republicans have another shadow group funding their own special interests.

    Frosty, the comments, on Supreme Court “vacancies”

    Charlie Stile on the “Supreme Court showdown between Governor Christie and Senate President Sweeney.

    You’re a foul one…..

    Bay Head police chief removed by prosecutor after accusations of stealing money from the PBA.  

    You’re as cuddly as a cactus

    Theft of 19 catalytic converters in Wayne – part of a trend across the US.

    You’re a nasty wasty skunk

    Attempted theft of $500K of perfume in Cedar Grove.

    Congressfolks are back….in town

    And as the House will debate the “repeal and replace” of the Health care bill, an estimated 129 million people have “pre-existing conditions”

    What about all of those out of work elves?

    As Christie wants to focus on picking fights with everything instead of creating jobs, the impact of no job is taking its toll on out of work men and their families.

    News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, October 18, 2010

    Christie, Dems face off on taxes

  • There’s a lot of finger pointing in Trenton, as Governor Christie and the Democratic Legislature trade barbs over the future of New Jersey tax policy.

    Christie on how to wreck fix the economy

  • As the love affair between the Governor and the mainstream media continues, Chris Christie sat down with USA Today to explain why, among other things, he favors an extension of the Bush tax cuts for America’s wealthy.

    Adler beats Runyan in fundraising

  • Congressman John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) out raised challenger Jon Runyan (R-Beat Farm) $3.03m to $1.12m, with respective cash on hand of $1.66m and $404k.

    First debate in New Jersey Seventh

  • Just three days after the cancellation of their first debate, Congressman Leonard Lance and progressive challenger Ed Postonak will square off. Today, at 11:00AM!

    Little’s Army swamps debate in CD-6

  • Congressman Frank Pallone met Tea Party upstart Anna Little in their first and only debate last night, where he was greeted by a room full of Little’s conservative supporters.

    Room empties for Rush

  • Congressman Rush Holt faced an empty room following the Pallone/Little face-off, as he took questions and answers from the audience Notably, one Tea Party “activist” asked about Barack Obama’s citizenship.

    Cue “All I Have To Do Is Dream”

  • Camden County Republicans seem to think they have a shot at their first seat on the Freeholder Board in two decades.

    Adler endorsed by Inquirer

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer says Congressman John Adler is simply the best.

    APP: Holt for Congress

  • The Asbury Park Press wants two more years of Rush Holt.

    APP: Throw out county incumbents

  • The Asbury Park Press also endorsed a bipartisan set of challengers for the Freeholder Board.

    Man shot dead trying to stop fight

  • A Jersey City man was shot dead last night as he tried to break up a sidewalk fight.

    This is an open thread…

  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, July 15, 2010

    Christie declines to join sport betting suit

  • Citing limited resources, the Christie Administration has declined to join State Senator Ray Lesniak’s challenge to the 18-year old law banning sports betting.

    First time unemployment numbers spike sharply

  • While overall joblessness may be slightly down, first time applications for unemployment benefits soared to their highest weekly number in two decades.

    MSM hearts Chris Christie

  • The Economist devotes several pages of this week’s issue to singing Governor Christie’s praises, with a healthy dose of criticism thrown in for good measure.


  • For the second day in a row, several New Jersey beaches were closed due to shark sightings. Experts say the animals are attracted by the unseasonably hot weather and abundance of fish.

    Corzine transition finishes well within budget

  • Former Governor Jon Corzine’s wrapped up operations on Monday, spending far less than the $250,000 allocated

    Don’t forget to break!

  • New Jersey law enforcement officers are rightly implementing a crackdown on drivers who disobey the law and fail to come to a halt for pedestrians at crosswalks. The law was enacted April 1.

    Christie takes aim at…superintendents

  • Governor Christie travled to Spotswood yesterday to criticize compensation levels of many of New Jersey’s public school superintendents.,

    This is an open thread…enjoy it over lunch…