ELEC is out today with a report on the financial strength of New Jersey’s county political parties. And the big news is there’s a lot of money floating around, and most of it sits with the Democrats. Combined, the Republicans… Read more
Good morning, Blue Jersey fam! We cleared our non-partisan elections yesterday. Now what? Baraka Romps Chaneyfield Jenkins, Coasts to Reelection Once a self-styled outsider, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka scores another term with 77 percent of the vote. Now, in 2018,… Read more
It’s not Election Day yet. But we have a winner. Not in the presidential election, but in the 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial election. Former Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy has successfully cleared the Democratic field and has been anointed by… Read more
Understanding parliamentary procedure might be harder than understanding quantum mechanics. Most of us know little about the inner workings of what happens on the legislature’s floor or the complexity of how a bill becomes a law. What happened to the… Read more
The effort to override Christie’s veto of the gun control / mental health bill suffered the slings and arrows of abstentions. Too many legislators who previously voted for the bill and who in principle may have seen nothing wrong with… Read more
ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS REDUX Democrats win their largest N.J. Assembly majority in 36 years. It will be the first time that Democrats will hold Assembly seats in LD 11 since 1991. LD 16: Provisional ballots in the race between incumbent Donna… Read more
The Assembly in June passed the gun/mental health bill 74 to 0. Six legislators were listed as not present (Herb Conaway (D), Grace Spencer (D) , Thomas Giblin (D), Linda Stender (D) , Holly Schepisi (R), and Shavonda Sumter (D)…. Read more
The legislative joint committee investigating the swirl of scandal around the 5-day North Jersey traffic snarl intentionally created by top Christie flunkies in both his inner office and at the Port Authority, has readied its next 4 subpoenas. It is calling:
We’ve already posted video from Steve Kornacki’s Sunday show, his very strange Q & A with Belmar’s mayor (see Steve Kornacki asks Matt Doherty a direct question. Does he answer it?). I want to post 3 more for you, in case you missed them. Loretta on MTP was especially good. Below the fold, John Wisniewski on This Week and Bonnie Watson Coleman doesn’t back down on Kornacki.
Bramnick’s accidentally-made point that forgiveness is not a conservative value isn’t even what I got out of what he said. To me, Bramnick appears to suggest Christie did in fact do something wrong, requiring forgiveness, which Christie himself has denied. Promoted by Rosi
Last night Bonnie Watson Coleman gave the New Jersey Christie Party (Democrats and Republicans welcome as long as you swear fealty to Governor Chris Christie) a little cover on Bridgegate by suggesting the Governor should consider resigning.
Her mild statement, said by many others over time (including by NJ residents at publicly funded “town hall” meetings), is amplified by Watson Coleman’s position as a Bridgegate legislative investigation committee member and a candidate for the open Congressional seat in CD12.
But even when given an opportunity like this the GOP enjoys making little mistakes. Here’s part of Assemblyman and formerly top-mentioned US Senate candidate Jon Bramnick’s admission that forgiveness is a progressive value:
“The most surprising part of Assemblywoman Watson Coleman’s statement is that her record has been the most progressive when it comes to giving people who make mistakes a second chance,” he said.
See, progressive means giving people second chances. Which means that the opposite is true for conservatives, unless of course it’s for their own.
Sometimes they tell the truth about themselves without even meaning to.