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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.  

Bridgegate: Jamie Fox’s Problematic Lobbying Records

Sixty pages of lobbying documents – below the fold. Promoted by Rosi.

Last month the seemingly unending and ever-expanding political vortex known as Bridgegate sucked in yet another major figure in New Jersey politics and government, James P. “Jamie” Fox.

A story in the Bergen Record revealed that a subpoena from federal investigators to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey demanded information related to former Port Authority Chairman David Samson’s travel records and any communication he had with current Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox, previously the registered lobbyist for United Airlines.

United Airlines accounts for 70% of the flights at Newark Liberty International Airport which relies on transportation systems managed in part by the Port Authority. During Fox’s tenure as a lobbyist for United the airline setup special flights for Samson nick-named “the chairman’s flight” which provided Samson privileged flights to South Carolina where he has a home.

While Samson was receiving special favors from United Airlines the Port Authority was reviewing a multi-billion dollar proposal to extend PATH service from Newark Penn Station to the airport. The proposal was ultimately adopted and will provide considerable benefit to the airport and its largest carrier, United Airlines.

Documents received under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) show that Jamie Fox filed as a registered lobbyist for United Continental Holdings Inc. and served as the firm’s lobbyist for a period of years. Fox is a long time political insider in New Jersey – this is his second time as Transportation Commissioner and he previously served as the Chief of Staff to Governor Jim McGreevey. In between his government posts he has been extremely active in lobbying with records going back over a decade.

2014 New Jersey Stars

Tis the season for lists. So here goes. The brightest stars in 2014 include the well-known and the less well known. Some are newcomers and some have been with us for years. Some hold powerful jobs while others convey a powerful message.  

Go below the fold to celebrate these people and read why they shine brightly.

Feel free to add your own stars. There are many more out there.  

NJ Senate Today

The Senate Judiciary Committee has just commenced confirmation interviews for Jamie Fox as Transportation Commissioner, Richard Mroz as Chair of the Board of Public Utilities, and Upendra Chivukula as a member of the BPU. (You can listen here.) Both Fox and Chivukula are Democrats, a surprising step for Governor Christie. Fox has worked in the past for leading Democrats (he coined the powerful phrase “I am a gay American” for the resigning Gov. McGreevey), but has also served as a former Transportation Commissioner and Deputy Director at the NY/NJ Port Authority. Rumor has it that Christie, whose transportation fund is calamitously broke, may surrender his “no new taxes” policy and with help from Fox promote a gas tax increase. It is hard to remember when Christie nominations were scheduled so quickly before the Judiciary Committee. These appointments should sail through the vetting process today, and may even be presented this afternoon at a full Senate session.

At 2:00 pm there is a Senate voting session which includes a bill to reform the NY/NJ Port Authority, sponsored by Senator Bob Gordon and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg. This bill will have teeth as an identical bill has already passed the NY legislature. The PA – a bi-state agency – will be required to follow these regulations which call for increased transparency and accountability. The Assembly should act promptly to hold a committee hearing and schedule a vote. This bill is important but only a first step in reforming this complex, lone-wolf agency which in the past reported only to the two governors and even then was secretive about its actions and dismissive toward its customers.  

Fred The Fly was on the Wall At the Corzine Campaign

With his poll numbers going south faster than Jewish grandmothers on December 1st, the governor must be stroking his beard and pulling out what is left of his hair trying to figure out just what do to.

The commercial showing the Fat Angry Guy hustling out of Congress to catch a train just isn’t catching fire. It would only work if and only if (Duh!) people didn’t hate the 111th United States Congress so much. Latest poll has their approval ratings slip sliding lower than…hmm…uh..well… the 110th United States Congress. Good news for them is that their approval rating is probably higher than what will be for the 112th United States Congress. But, I digress.

Anyway, my good friend Fred The Fly was on the wall of last week’s Corzine for Governor campaign meeting—-the first one attended by new just-on-board political consultant, Jamie Fox. What Fred found out: While the black (double-X) Jamie Foxx got more than $10 million for his Oscar? winning performance in the bio-pic “Ray”; the white (single-X) Jamie Fox is working “unpaid”—getting zero, zilch, nada. Yup, that should motivate white-Jamie to put in his best work to turn the Corzine ship around. If not, the Corzine Campaign Company just might have to hire the black-Jamie to tell some jokes and cheer up the Company come Wednesday, November 4th.

While flying hither and yon, Fred The Fly also heard some new campaign slogans floating around the room, which were all rejected:

Vote for me, and I will buy you a house, too.”

Christie is a F.A.G.* (fat angry guy)

Jon Corzine: Just Do It

Re-arrange the letters of ‘Governor Christie’ and you get ‘Governs or Itchier’. Is that what you want, NJ?

Corzine: Mmm…mmm…good!

I’m Jon Corzine: Don’t Leave Home Without Me.

Vote for me: Booker will still be around in 2013, but I can’t run again.

Corzine: Because I’m Worth It.

…and the one that almost made it to the top of the list:

More popular than George W. Bush…in most of the State.

Maybe next week, Fred will flyover to where he is really attracted to–the Christie Camp.