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Why Does Christie Benefit and Obama Doesn’t?

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Governor Chris Christie consistently gets kudos for being willing to work with President Barack Obama on issues related to the recovery from Hurricane Sandy.  But for some reason none of that credit accrues to the President, who is often accused of being unwilling to cross party lines.

In fact, Obama’s embrace of Christie and willingness to appear with him demonstrates that he is willing to be open to working with Republicans, and shows that the issue is more with Congressional Republicans being willing to work with him.

Tired of partisan politics? Bring it to the Table

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Bill to Decriminalize small amounts of Marijuana garners 18 co-sponsors.

22,439 people were arrested in New Jersey for possessing less than 50 grams* of cannabis in 2009.

FreedomIsGreen.Com, a local blog devoted to advancing more enlightened cannabis policy in New Jersey is reporting an an intriguing new bill on the Assembly docket that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in the Garden State.

The bill, which already has 18 co-sponsors (5 from the GOP) was introduced by Assemblymen Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer) and Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris), the same bi-partisan duo that introduced the state’s nascent medical marijuana law.

Quote of the Day: As enduring as an egg under the foot of an elehant

With the new year in 2010 will come a transition to our new Governor, but some believe that the honeymoon he receives will be very short:

As is customary, Democrats and Republicans will genuflect before the altar of bipartisanship, which will be as enduring as an egg under the foot of an elephant.

I think the current fiscal climate coupled with the political climate will make it seem like they never even took a honeymoon at all.


The Senate session at 1 PM TODAY is to discuss the Party Democracy Act ethics reform bill.  Think of it as making our democracy more democratic by preventing the loopholes in our County Committee system that created such a monster as Joe Ferriero.

Please CALL your NJ State Senators. This bill will help EVERYONE avoid the problems and pitfalls in a system where our state legislators can be CHOSEN without a full general election.  (Think Blagovevich and Burris).  

Roughly one third of our sitting state legislators were chosen by the County Committees that some folks want you all to think are nothing more than country clubs or moose lodges or something like that.  We can pick a STATE SENATOR by just having a county committee special election.  The Committees MUST be run in a fair and democratic way.  

This Act will help make those Committees work for our constituents, not just the Party Bosses, like Ferriero and Norcross.


Malone uses partisan attack to call for bi-partisanship

You have to love the NJ GOP.  It’s not like Republican Assemblyman Joe Malone called on his own members of Congress to work in a bi-partisan manner to help pass the stimulus.  That doesn’t really matter because now he is looking for a bi-partisan effort to distribute the funds.  From his press release:

In a letter written to Governor Jon Corzine today, Assembly Budget Officer Joseph Malone called on the governor to establish a bipartisan panel to oversee the disbursement of federal stimulus funds that will ensure an open and fair process.  In addition to bipartisan representation, Malone’s letter also suggested that members from both the executive and legislative branches be included on the panel.

There’s nothing particularly wrong with calling for bi-partisan members to distribute the funds, but then Malone can’t resists the chance to take his partisan shot:

Recent events regarding spending decisions have led to a general lack of confidence by the public regarding the ability of elected officials to wisely spend tax dollars.

Hmm, I wonder who he’s talking about there?  I feel pretty safe in assuming he’s hitting at the Democrats in power and not George Bush’s two terms in office. Then Malone goes on to attack the stimulus as he hopes to steer how to spend it:

And, despite the characterization as a “stimulus,” these are tax dollars.

Wow, big surprise there.  He joins other republicans who want to set terms, but still can’t even acknowledge it’s a stimulus package without putting quotes around the word.  He’s taking after LoBiondo with that.  Malone continued:

Also, it is important that a broad consensus be achieved regarding how the federal funding is to be used.  It would be unwise to create new or expand existing programs knowing that there will be no money to continue that funding once the federal assistance dries up.  I am sure that you have heard that governors of other states have expressed concern with taking certain components of the federal stimulus funding because of associated requirements.  These are the types of decisions that should be reviewed by a bipartisan panel.

Why doesn’t he just suggest the state turn down the money like Louisiana’s Governor if he’s so opposed to it?  After not doing anything to help get the funding, including even asking his colleagues in Congress to support the efforts, Malone now wants to now dictate how it will be used. He talks about the lack of confidence in elected officials forgetting that he is one himself.  Sounds like Republican bi-partisanship to me.