Tag Archive: Bruce Springsteen

News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, September 3, 2015

Parents suing New Jersey’s Department of Education over the use of new state exams and SAT and ACT tests to determine whether students meet graduation requirements. 

Calling it an “unlawful” overreach by the federal government, Gov. Chris Christie slammed President Obama’s new Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut emissions at fossil fuel-fired power plans across the U.S. Is anyone surprised?

Christie seeks financial advisor for state transportation projects. NJ Spotlight adds, “It’s not clear what money will be left to manage if Transportation Trust Fund goes broke at end of next fiscal year.” Is this just another way for Christie to postpone the inevitable? He already has a top-notch transportation commissioner in Jamie Fox.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Democratic state lawmakers urge Christie to sign legislation that would overhaul New Jersey’s voting laws. They ask him “to put presidential politics aside,” but it is unlikely he will as he has already criticized the bill. Nonetheless, it’s a fight well worth fighting.

The Record reports NY NJ Port Authority has $1.75M tab on outside lawyers to shield itself and its employees from an investigation into whether it improperly used toll money from its Hudson River crossings to fix state roads in New Jersey.

James O’Keefe, once and forever one of Rutgers’ most embarrassing alums, gets caught apparently breaking the law as he tries tripping up the Clinton campaign.

Christie slimes Hillary Clinton with his comments on her email scandal, says Star-Ledger editorial.

A $1 million theft of Apple laptops destined to NJ high schools last year: But, NY prosecutors said on Wednesday, a few things had not added up.

The conservative Manhattan Institute says, N.J. pension reform is one of a few in U.S. that saves money in long-term.

An early – and glowing – review of Freeheld: “a true story about a dying lesbian detective, her mechanic girlfriend, and the legal battle that changed New Jersey. This film’s a surprisingly tender love story.”

Chris Christie is a sad fanboy now: He says he used to be Springsteen’s friend, which may just be wishful thinking, but some newly discovered posts from a 15-year-old email listserv shed additional light on just how deep Christie’s devotion runs.  

What Christie’s presidential aspirations mean for New Jersey on the national stage

More great diary rescue from the weekend, also by josef. This time, on the impact our bellowing presidential wannabe might have on New Jersey's street cred with the rest of the country. Promoted by Rosi.

A Sunday thought piece appears on NJ.com today titled “What will Christie's 2016 run mean for N.J.?” In it, Matt Friedman wonders aloud how the state will go on after a Tuesday that will see Christie will finally declaring his candidacy for president. He brings up interesting points about how state Republicans have been distancing themselves from an increasingly unpopular governor whose approval rating is currently hovering around 30 percent and how a number of Democrats are lining up to succeed him now that they feel comfortable working against him. But the bigger question of how New Jersey will be represented on the national stage by candidate Christie goes unasked. If the governor keeps to his trademark style, the answer is “not well.”

I Don’t Hate to Say I Told You So … Again

promoted by Rosi

New Jersey is growing slower than any other northeastern state and lagging the nation as a whole, and many of us have been saying this for years.  There was no Jersey Comeback, and we were flabbergasted when progressive people would back Chris Christie with their names and work.

Wonder how Bruce Springsteen feels now about this quote from an official state press release 2 years ago, especially given how big a financial bust Revel has been:

“I stand with Governor Christie in his efforts to create jobs and make New Jersey’s economy come back,” Bruce Springsteen said. “So many people in our state need jobs, and the Revel and Governor Christie are delivering on that promise. That is why I will be playing this Labor Day at the Revel.”

ICYMI: Springsteen mocks Christie

Christie’s gotten a lot of mileage chumming up to Bruce Sprinsteen and trying to paint himself a regular Jersey guy. So this has got to hurt:

Governor, let me in, I want to be your friend,

There’ll be no partisan divisions.

Let me wrap my legs ’round your mighty rims,

And relieve your stressful condition.

You got Wall Street masters stuck cheek to cheek

With blue collar truckers.

And man, I really got to take a leak.

But I can’t, I’m stuck in Gov. Chris Christie’s Fort Lee traffic jam …

ICYMI: Springsteen mocks Christie

Christie’s gotten a lot of mileage chumming up to Bruce Sprinsteen and trying to paint himself a regular Jersey guy. So this has got to hurt:

Governor, let me in, I want to be your friend,

There’ll be no partisan divisions.

Let me wrap my legs ’round your mighty rims,

And relieve your stressful condition.

You got Wall Street masters stuck cheek to cheek

With blue collar truckers.

And man, I really got to take a leak.

But I can’t, I’m stuck in Gov. Chris Christie’s Fort Lee traffic jam …