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News Roundup and Open Thread for Thursday, April 26, 2007

  • The first debate for the Democratic Presidential primaries is tonight on MSNBC at 7pm.  It will be streamed live at msnbc.com, if have internet but not cable TV.  Each candidate gets 11 minutes, so you can look forward to seeing as much of Mike Gravel as John Edwards.
  • New Jersey Congressmen voted on party lines on the Iraq War:  The Democrats to fund the war with a withdrawal deadline, the Republicans with Dennis Kucinich to cut off funding.  In fairness, Republicans do expect to later borrow the money to stay indefinitely.
  • Conservative Michael Doherty is the most likely challenger to Frank Lautenberg, according to politicsnj.com.  The article says he  hopes to run on fiscal conservatism and is “described as “hard-edged” by colleagues and prone to displays of anger.”  I’d like to hear fiscal conservatives discuss the fact that every four months we waste more money in Iraq than New Jersey owes.  The article also discussees Republican perceptions of Tom Kean Jr. and the alternative of Bill Baroni. 
  • Adult high schools have been closing across the state.  Some community colleges have been offering GED classes to make up for the loss of opportunity.
  • The Daily Targum describes Rutgers students lobbying for student aid in Washington.
  • Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland counties are starting a joint program to prevent child abuse.  The idea is to help financially stressed families before there is abuse.  The funding comes from the state.
  • The Asbury Park Press is reporting rumors that a Monmouth County Republican freeholder candidate will be switched.  Both candidates deny the rumor, and rumored replacement, DiBella, has stronger words:

    It’s my understanding the speculation is coming from the various blogs related to Monmouth County politics, and quite frankly in my opinion the blogs are nothing more than a compilation of rumors, lies and innuendo.”

  • New Jersey has filed an appeal asking for the possibility of a terrorist attack to be considered in the relicensing review of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant.  Meanwhile, the Press of Atlantic City reports that a spokesman for Unplug Salem says that if PSEG would just build cooling towers to save the fish, Unplug Salem might stop.  Vineland officials, by the way, are considering a new power plant (not nuclear!). 
  • Senator Frank Lautenberg’s Amtrak legislation passed the Senate Commerce Committee.  You can read the details of the bill in Lautenberg’s Amtrak press release.
  • Governor Codey has changed his original flooding disaster assistance request include the entire state.  Representatives Andrews and LoBiondo had asked for the inclusion of South Jersey, and got quick results.  Thanks!

    This is an open thread, let us know what you are thinking!

  • Quote of the Day

    Steven Goldstein responds to a group of lawmakers seeking to write discrimination into the state constitution:

    “The move to ban marriage for gay couples in the state has as much chance of succeeding as I have landing on Mars in the next hour.”

    For future reference, the leaders of this movement in the Assembly:

  • Assemblyman Michael Doherty, R-Warren/Hunterdon
  • Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, R-Sussex/Hunterdon/Morris
  • Ferguson Will Not Challenge Lautenberg

    Via PoliticsNJ:

    Rep. Michael Ferguson has ruled out a bid for U.S. Senate against Frank Lautenberg. Chris Jones, Ferguson’s Chief of Staff, says that the 36-year-old Ferguson will positively not run for statewide office in 2008, and will seek re-election to a fifth term in the House. State Sen. Thomas Kean, Jr., Assemblyman Bill Baroni and Assemblyman Michael Doherty are viewed as the most likely contenders for the nomination to challenge Lautenberg, who will be 84 when he seeks his fifth term.

    And Wally Edge says don’t count Kean Jr back in it so soon.

    Had Ferguson lost to Stender, or had he run for the U.S. Senate, there was a good chance that State Senator Thomas Kean, Jr. would have run for the House instead. (He finished second in the 2000 primary, behind Ferguson.) Now the 38-year-old Kean must decide whether he is willing to chance a second statewide loss (something that usually signals the end of a political career) by running against Lautenberg — or even against the more conservative rivals in a contested Republican primary.

    So, it’s down to Baroni and Doherty. Any other strong contenders?

    Marriage equality whip count

    Where does your delegation stand?

    Bernard Kenny (D-33) (Majority Leader) (Star Ledger 10/27/06)
    Loretta Weinberg (D-37) (Star Ledger 10/27/06)
    Barbara Buono (D-18) (Asbury Park Press 10/27/06)
    Reed Gusciora (D-15) * (Garden State Equality PR 10/25/06)
    Brian Stack (D-33) * (Garden State Equality PR 10/25/06)
    Wilfred Caraballo (D-29) * (Speaker Pro Tem) ( ”  ” )
    Mims Hackett (D-27) * (Blue Jersey 10/26/06)
    Jerry Green (D-22) (Blue Jersey 10/26/06)
    Joe Roberts (D-05) (Assembly Speaker) (Trenton Times 10/27/06)

    * indicates the legislator will sponsor the Caraballo/Gusciora/Stack marriage equality legislation

    The rest below the fold.

    GOP Demands, then Whines About Budget Cuts

    The neverending chorus of GOP demands for more and more budget cuts came to a very brief halt yesterday. As part of the many proposed cuts to the state budget, Corzine wants to save $734,000 by shifting the burden of deer carcass removal on local and county roads to local municipalities.

    As Fred Snowflack notes, the complaints came from Republicans representing areas that would be affected by the proposal:

    Predictably, there were howls of protests from the mostly Republican lawmakers who represent areas, northwest New Jersey comes to mind, where dead deer are likely to be found on local roads.

    Queue the whining:

    “This is just a redistribution of costs,” said Assemblyman Guy Gregg, R-Morris.

    He correctly defined the effects of budget cuts. Someone give this man an economics degree. Interestingly, he only seems to object when the costs are redistributed towards his constituents.