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QOTD Re: Your Track Record

Quote of the Day today goes to our friend Giancarlo Tello, taking note of Tom Moran’s advice how to vote in this post: Don’t love Hillary? Fine, but vote for her anyway “That’s what y’all said about Christie.” Giancarlo won’t…
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News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Exxon Mobil and the administration vs. NJ’s environment

  • Progressives had hoped for a crackdown against the polluter Exxon, instead they received a sellout against New Jerseyans and their environment. The judge yesterday ruled the consent agreement of only $225 million “was fair and reasonable.” Of the $225 million, $50 million will go to legal costs, $50 million to environmental cleanup and $125 million to the state’s General Fund.

  • Sen. Raymond Lesniak said he believes Superior Court Judge Michael Hogan’s concerns could give him an opportunity to appeal the judgment.

  • Margaret Brown, a lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council, called it  a “slap on the wrist for Exxon that will do little to undo the damage.” For comments from other environmentalists go here.

    NJ sports betting gets another thumbs down. A federal appellate panel once again upheld a federal ban on New Jersey’s bid to allow sports betting at the state’s racetracks and Atlantic City’s casino.

    DEAL OR NO DEAL?

  • Christie and Rabbi/politician Shmuley Boteach urge opposition to the Iran deal. Christie joined Jewish groups at Rutgers University to criticize the proposal and pressure U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and the NJ congressional delegation to oppose the deal. Christie said, “It’s not about politics.” The Star-Ledger reports, “Both Boteach and Sen. Menendez have received financial support from casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson who opposes the Iran deal.”

  • No War in Iran Action. Join move-on.org protestors today at Noon in front of Rep. Scott Garrett’s office at 266 Harristown Road, Glen Rock, NJ 07452.

    CHRISTIEOLOGY

  • Christie in South Carolina: Monmouth University poll reports that the governor as a first choice is 12th and as a second choice is 11th. His favorabily rating is negative 42% to 34%.

  • Moran: Christie on Bridgegate: “Telling it like it isn’t, again.” “Christie claimed that his administration was not under investigation at the time he deleted a series of text messages regarding the scandal.”

  • Gun proposals reflect Christie’s rightward shift on guns.

    Newark’s St. Michael’s Medical Center saga continues. The bankrupt St. Michael’s and the community want it to stay open, Barnabas Health (the largest NJ hospital chain) wants to purchase and then close it to reduce competition, Prime (out-of-state and for-profit) wants to buy it, invest capital and keep it open, and a state-funded consultant recommended it be converted into same-day treatment centers. The bankruptcy judge has ordered bids be submitted by November 3. Ultimately, as health lawyer John Jacobi points out, Saint Michael’s future rests in the state’s hands with the Health’s Commissioner’s “mandate” to decide “what is best for the people of Newark.”

    After union’s encouragement for Guv campaign, Sweeney says, issues like New Jersey’s flagging Transportation Trust Fund, higher education development and economic initiatives would be essential to his potential gubernatorial run.”

  • Cerf’s Up in Newark, and That Means More of the Same For Its Schools

    Cross-posted from Jersey Jazzman.

    Remember haters: Bob Braun broke the story first:

    Gov. Chris Christie and state Education Commissioner David Hespe have announced the resignation of Cami Anderson as state-appointed superintendent of the Newark schools. She will be replaced by Christopher Cerf, the former state education commissioner.

    Here’s the official announcement:

    Trenton, NJ – Commissioner of Education David Hespe today announced that Cami Anderson will be stepping down as State Superintendent of the Newark Public School District.

    “Superintendent Anderson has worked tirelessly over the last four years to implement a bold educational vision for the students and parents of Newark,” said Commissioner Hespe.  “Under Cami’s leadership, the Newark school district signed a landmark teacher’s contract, implemented One Newark, and increased flexibility and support in virtually every school in Newark.  We know that these positive educational reforms will continue to benefit the students and parents of Newark for years to come.”

    Superintendent Anderson will depart the district by July 8, 2015.  By July 8, 2015, Commissioner Hespe will recommend to the State Board of Education the appointment of Chris Cerf to the position of State Superintendent for the Newark Public Schools.  Mr. Cerf will be recommended for a three-year contract consistent with initial contracts in other state-operated districts including most recently Camden. [emphasis mine]

    Yes, that’s right: Chris Cerf, the former Acting Commissioner of Education for the entire state, won’t just be an interim superintendent for the state-run district; he’s going to be the permanent replacement.  

    The Star-Ledger Editorial Board Continues To Make Stuff Up

    Cross-posted from Jersey Jazzman. UPDATE: Trust me, you need to read what Bob Braun, who spent decades at the Star-Ledger, has to say about all this.

    I don’t care if you are a news reporter or an opinion columnist: if you write for a newspaper, your first priority is getting your facts correct.

    And yet, once again, the Star-Ledger’s editorial board just makes stuff up:

    Especially in larger districts like Newark, which lose hundreds of students each year and therefore need fewer teachers, seniority is a major impediment to a school’s ability to hang on to the best people.

    We see the repercussions every time a standout teacher gets a pink slip – like the “Teacher of the Year” for the Sacramento City Unified School District, or New Jersey’s own Christina Passwater, an award-winning literacy teacher at Whittier Elementary School in Camden. [emphasis mine]

    Is it true? Was an award-winning teacher really let go by the Camden City Public Schools? When I first read this, it didn’t smell right; claims that seniority ends the careers of dedicated teachers quite often turn out to be exaggerated when you start looking at the facts.

    So I did what Tom Moran, head of the S-L’s Editorial Board, should have done before he put this into print: I checked out the truth of the claim.

    It took maybe a total of 15 minutes of my time. I emailed the offices of the NJEA (of which I am a member) and asked if they could find out if Passwater was still teaching in Camden. A few back-and-forths later, I learned the truth:

    Christina Passwater is currently teaching in Camden, and is looking forward to teaching there again next year. The Star-Ledger editorial page got her story completely wrong.