More blows to halfway house reform: Yes, the escapee from a Newark Community Education Centers facility was just sentenced to 45 years for murdering his girlfriend – the deceased sister of Stella Tulli who has written diaries in Blue Jersey. So Stella receives some small measure of closure. The larger problem of CEC’s greed, indifference to its clients, malfeasance, and influence peddling goes unattended. CEC, with its pay-to-play largesse and connections with Gov. Christie, Joe DiFrancesco, Bill Palatucci and many others, has been able to stifle reform and protect its financial base. Reform legislation promised over a year ago has yet to materialize. Even more indicative of the insidious power of CEC, The Record reports, “The state has also decided not to try and recoup roughly $587,000 in overbilling by the halfway house operators.” The State should not even have to try to recoup the overbillings which NJ Comptroller Matthew Boxer documented. The funds should just be returned, but once again the administration bows to higher powers.
Christie launches attack ad: His first (I think) against gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono. Using a lot of bright yellow it begins by saying she has raised taxes and fees 154 times. Paid for by his own campaign committee not by an outside “independent” entity.
Public Schedule: (Your opportunity to cheer or jeer)
Buono/Silva gubernatorial campaign: Barbara Buono: with Senator Nellie Pou; Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez; Assemblywoman Marlene Caride; Assemblyman Ruben Ramos; Assemblywoman Annette Quijano; Assemblyman Angel Fuentes; Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco; Bergenfield Mayor Carlos Aguasvivas; Passaic Councilwoman Zaida Polanco: 11:30am, Press Conference with Latino Leaders, Pan-American Park, 460 20th Ave., Paterson; Barbara Buono: 2:00pm: The Bob Burns Show, WOND 1400 AM; Milly Silva: with Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith, 4:00pm, Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, Irvington Municipal Hall, 1 Civic Square, Irvington; Barbara Buono: with Senator Loretta Weinberg, Assemblyman Gordon Johnson and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, 6:30pm, Campaign Office Opening, 549 Cedar Ln., Teaneck; Barbara Buono: 7:30pm, LGBT Meet & Greet, 336 Springfield Ave., Hasbrouck Heights.
Christie/Guadagno gubernatorial campaign: Chris Christie: 10:00am, tree planting ceremony, Zoetis corporate headquarters, Florham Park.
Senate candidate Steve Lonegan: 5:30pm, private VIP reception with Steve Lonegan and Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno ($1,000 per person) and 6:00pm, General Reception ($200 per person), both events at 4 Harding Lane, Rumson.
Senate & Assembly Environment, Energy & Solid Waste comittees, 7:00pm, to hear testimony on the progress of Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, Jersey City Council Chambers, City Hall, 280 Grove Street, Jersey City. Listen live here.
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