Blog Profile / Blue Jersey

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Congress: The tail (Garrett and HFC) wagging the dog

There are 435 members of the House of Representatives - 247 Republicans and 188 Democrats. A majority vote of 218 members gets a new speaker elected. There are more than enough Republicans to achieve a majority. However if 30 Republicans...Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

She is a badass woman and we cheer her! Working Families chief Analilia Mejia talks about how her past has inspired her efforts to improve conditions for NJ's workers. Republicans get caught being jackasses: West Deptford Republicans...Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, October 8, 2015

Twenty-six years ago the state seized control of Jersey City's public schools: Now the state has returned to the city local control for both operations and personnel. The city has also agreed to form a working group that will help to take over the final component curriculum/instructions. Show More Summary

"It Doesn't Make Any Sense"

No. Mr Christie, it really "Doesn't Make Any Sense". When the horrible Oregon massacre occured, our Governor ordered flags in the State to be flown at half-mast. All of these gun violence prevention measures "don't make any sense:" Close...Show More Summary

Christie's irresponsible management of personnel

Although the NJ governor is widely considered to have the most powers of any state governor, Chris Christie has failed in his role of hiring, nominating, and retaining key employees. Cabinet members are relegated to acting heads, turnover...Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

Christie again protecting his political position and avoiding accountability at taxpayers' expense: The gov's replaced the top 2 lawyers in his office; one has expertise that can aid Christie's efforts to keep metadata from Christie's self-exonerating Mastro Report out of the hands of Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly. Show More Summary

QotD - Not Ready for Prime Time Edition

At tonight's League of Women Voters debate for the Burlington County Freeholders, the moderator asked each candidate whether or not they would support a resolution urging the U.S. Congress to strengthen the Voting Rights Act. One candidate, Kate Gibbs, a former executive director of the county Republican Party answered: "Can you explain the Voting Rights Act?"

Should We Prolong or End Unnecessary Suffering?

This week, former Jesuit student and current governor of California Jerry Brown signed a law that makes his state the fifth in the nation to offer solace and relief to certain terminally ill patients. California's "Death with Dignity"...Show More Summary

QOTD: Christie's New Bridge Crack

Now that Christie's Presidential hopes (at least for 2016) are a flaming heap left on the GOP's doorstep, folks have wondered whether Christie would run for the federal legislature. Apparently not. I would rather jump off the Brooklyn bridge than be in congress. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Christie If Christie's quest for the White House implodes, will he run for another office? Nope. Your daily dose of "pot, meet kettle:" Speaker Vincent Prieto, who has a part-time job in the New Jersey General Assembly responds to criticism...Show More Summary

East Coast mayors - including 4 in NJ - blast Verizon

If you didn't have one already, here's another reason to resent Verizon, which its critics are saying took a deal - years ago - to bypass some regulations in exchange for building a fiber network to every residential address in NJ's 70 most densely populated municipalities. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, Oct. 5, 2015

Christie had 2 private email addresses and now cites executive privilege to block release of any messages he sent from them to NJ govt officials, according to reporting by David Sirota at IB Times this morning. Christie has blasted Hillary Clinton for this same practice, suggesting she tried to hide what she was doing from the public. Show More Summary

Weekend News Roundup & Open Thread for Oct. 3-4, 2015

This is how you know something's wrong here: Menendez' corruption defense relies on a Supreme Court decision - Citizens United - that he once assailed and called 'a dark day for democracy'. Ouch. The people who bet on stuff for a living aren't betting on Christie. Show More Summary

QoTD: Posse Comitatus

Quote of the Day to Dem political operative Mike Premo, alum of NJ and now chief of staff for Ohio Senate Dems. You'll recognize the quote. "In future, if you're wondering, 'Crime. Boy. I dunno' is when I decided to kick your ass." [tosses lighter]

The Real Poop on Fracking

At last night's "Clean and Green" event in Trenton, Environment New Jersey's Doug O'Malley described the dangers inherent in the fracking boom. There's a lot of risk involved in going forward with an initiative that would only provide six years' worth of dirty energy.

New Jersey Democratic Leadership Buys into Voodoo Economics

Promoted by Rosi The other day I was seething at an article about Chris Christie's openness to raising the gas tax in exchange for ending or reducing the inheritance and estate taxes when I was shocked into fury by Senator Paul Sarlo's and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto's acceptance of Ronald Reagan's tax myth. Show More Summary

Clean and Green

Last night, a dozen civic and environmental organizations conducted a "Clean and Green" forum at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Trenton. Despite the inclement weather, a group of about 40 involved residents came to hear presenations on various topics including fracking, pipelines, civic engagement, and green jobs. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

Just in time for Banned Books Week, or maybe these parents didn't read about that... 222 parents at Rumson Fair Haven HS signed a letter seeking to remove Death and the Maiden from required reading lists and require the school to get...Show More Summary

ICYMI Panderdemic 2016: Christie on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

I'm a little late watching and posting Chris Christie's appearance on The Daily Show - he was Trevor Noah's first political guest. For the most part, Christie sets the tone in the interview; leaning forward, laughing at himself and batting away most of Noah's efforts to criticize him with humor. Show More Summary

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