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Chris Christie Turns His Back on a Dying Child’s Father, Literally

promoted by Rosi

This story is not new, but this Reason.TV piece on it is.  This should be spread far and wide to combat the idea that Christie isn’t a right wing ideologue who cares more about his beliefs than the health of his constituents — including two year old girls.

I never understand why the GOP, the party of “small government,” is always so interested in getting between doctors and patients.  They want to limit medical marijuana prescriptions (including the kind that doesn’t get you stoned), prevent stem cell research, and ban doctor’s even talking about abortion without telling them what words to use.

NJ:7 GOP incumbent Leonard Lance only agreed to 2 debates against Ed Potosnak. Here they both are.

In NJ-7, as Blue Jersey reported earlier, GOP incumbent Leonard Lance agreed to just two debates against Ed Potosnak; one for TV (hosted by News12, taped outside NJ-7) and one in Scotch Plains, Union County, hosted by the League of Women Voters. He would not go head-to-head in his home-county Hunterdon, Somerset, or Middlesex.

We now have both debates available on video, both below.

A few observations: Lance goes – many times – to the dusty GOP tactic of mentioning Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as though she’s some kind of demi-witch, just in time for Halloween, with evil intentions that well-meaning Republicans must protect America from. It’s quite overdone, and in the News 12 debate, Potosnak finally calls him on it, and reminds him of who he’s actually running against and who he’s not. The DADT conversation is interesting; Lance voted against the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (he rates only 38% Human Rights Campaign’s scorecard). On the War question, Potosnak is unequivocal, a very clear position. Lance uses the opportunity to claim bi-partisanship with Obama, and try and trump Potosnak by showing off an incumbent congressman’s access to classified briefings. Not too subtle. Also interesting is how assertive, aggressive even, he is toward Lance’s record on several issues, particularly on economic issues. More than a few times, particularly in the News12 debate where the candidates are sitting 2 feet apart, Potosnak stared him down. Lance is good on his feet, a consummate speaker, but several times he appeared rattled and angry.

For the rest of this, frankly, I feel too close to this race (it’s my District, and I helped bring Democracy for America (DFA) into the race, full disclosure) to be objective. So, Blue Jersey, I’d be interested in what you think. Of both debates.

NJ-7 Debate, sponsored by News 12 New Jersey 10/20/10

The only other debate (just 2 days earlier) is very different, and you can watch it after the jump. So, jump:

April 17, 2006 News Roundup

  • Senate wannabe, Tom Kean jr., isn’t thrilling anybody with his lackluster poll numbers and severe lack of fundraising thus far. In four of the five polls taken on the race, Senator Bob Menendez is leading. It also doesn’t bode well for Kean that in a recent Quinnipiac poll, 29% say that the primary reason they would vote for him is because his father is well-liked former Governor Tom Kean.
  • The Principal of Montville High was suspended for disabiling the fire alarm system after students kept pulling them as a prank. Long story short, there actually was a fire and although it was small and thankfully everyone was ok, things could have turned out much differently. Kids- don’t be stupid and pull the fire alarm. Administrators- don’t be stupid and disable the alarms. It’s just not safe.
  • Even though the general election is still months away, Scotch Plains parties met and have met to decide on their party’s ticket for the town council elections. Three candidates from each of the major parties filed in time to be on the ticket for the June primary election. Visibly missing from the ballot will be Board of Adjustment and Town Councilman Frank Rossi, who has decided not to run for reelection citing increasing family and work responsibilities.
  • Speaking of elections, tomorrow is school board election day!! Who’s excited? Don’t lie. You know you are.
  • Westfield residents are facing a 3.85 tax increase if they vote tomorrow to approve the school budget. Last year, the school budget was voted down by residents. Also in Westfield, there are three open seats for the school board and four candidates running, as 18-year-old Jesse Garfinkel recently withdrew his candidacy due to his  upcoming attendance at Northwestern University in September.
  • Former Governor, Christie Whitman, is pleading for the Republican party to stop being so confrontational if they want to regain control of the House of Representatives. Good luck with that.
  • File your income taxes yet? If not, get on that. The IRS doesn’t like to wait. But you have until midnight tonight so GO!!!