Blog Profile / Blue Jersey

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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

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Dear President Obama

Cross-posted with Marie Corfield. Promoted by Rosi Welcome to the Garden State. I hope your visit to Camden is successful. This letter is a long time coming. I have drafted it in my head many times as I lie awake at night wondering how much longer I can afford to remain in my profession and still keep my integrity, passion, drive, and yes, my home. Show More Summary

Welcome to Camden, President Obama. Here are some things I think you need to know - about education

Keith E. Benson is Education Chair at Camden County NAACP, a teacher at Camden High School, and a Doctoral student at Rutgers University GSE. This is the 2nd post today addressed to President Obama - the first was from James Harris, immediate past president of NJ NAACP. Show More Summary

Welcome to Camden, President Obama. Here are some things I think you need to know.

James Harris is the Immediate Past President of New Jersey NAACP (2005-2013). He opposed the abolition of the Camden Police Department as President of the NAACP New Jersey State Conference on grounds it was a racially motivated effort to destroy the Police Union and replace African American and Latino police officers with Whites. Show More Summary

Rethink the 2016 NJ Budget: Expanding Health Care Coverage in New Jersey

Noontime every Mon & Wed as the legislature considers NJ's next budget has been our 7-week series - with Anti-Poverty Network - of where NJ should be allocating our resources, Rethink the 2016 NJ Budget. Maura works at New Jersey Citizen Action and the NJ for Health Care Coalition. Show More Summary

Lost Opportunity

promoted by Rosi There are 565 different municipalities in New Jersey, with an even larger number of school districts. Each one of these has its own administrative overhead, so smart consolidation and sharing of services is a reasonable path to cutting costs. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, May 18, 2015

President Obama in Camden today Obama highlighting Camden police accomplishments Christie also touts. White House police task force releases recommendations - hours before his visit to Camden - that sound like the Camden force's public relations front. Show More Summary

Weekend News Roundup & Open Thread for May 16-17, 2015

Shorter Chris & Mary Pat Christie - at the Preakness: We don't care if we've tanked New Jersey's economy. There are fancy drinks with umbrellas, rich Republicans and horsies here! Christian much? Stay classy, Seton Hall University. And...Show More Summary

I'm a teacher, not a priest.

NJ State Senator Joe Kyrillos has introduced SR 128 - a non-binding resolution that urges the College Board to revise its framework for the Advanced Placement United States History course. Kyrillos criticizes the framework, claimingShow More Summary

I Finally Heard from My Congressman

Boom. Promoted by Rosi. After he was installed in the Congressional seat he purchased, I've written to my congressman, Tom MacArthur, on several issues. Never received a single response. Today, the wealthiest Congressman from New Jersey sent me an email asking for money. Here's his letter with my response (in blue).

Is the NJ pension crisis Christie's Waterloo?

Cross-posted with Marie Corfield. Promoted by Rosi. It's the 15th of the month, and once again, along with thousands of other public employees across the state, I made my legally-required pension payment. How about you, Gov. Christie? No? I didn't think so. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday,, May 15, 2015

Obama to Camden on Monday He's coming to see the "national model" of pollcing the new Camden force is advertised as. He's likely to get a very different story if he veers off the official presentation and talks to many of Camden's residents. Show More Summary

Beginning tonight - Ras Baraka calling Newark men to Occupy the Block

This week, Mayor Ras Baraka is calling on the men of his city of Newark to hold court with him on specific streets; he's calling it Occupy the Block. The first Occupy the Block just started at 4:30pm at Clinton Ave and Chadwick today. Show More Summary

Christie: This morning in his comfort zone?

After Bridgegate indictments, a battering at the Supreme Court, and declining poll numbers, this morning at 10:30 Christie is holding another Town Hall show. He is at the Sussex County Technical School at 105 North Church Road in Sparta in the land of rolling hills and countryside. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, May 14, 2015

The secretly-funded Azerbaijan junket Washington Post: Leonard Lance among 10 members of Congress who took an all-expense trip to Azerbaijan that was secretly funded by the state-owned oil company. Scramblings and denials in D.C.. Lawmakers, spouses, and 32 congressional aides. Show More Summary

This is what it looks like when 1,000 people shut down Broad Street, Newark

Hand-picked by Chris Christie, and with her high-paying job protected by him despite obvious incompetence, Newark School Superintendent won't attend board meetings, fails at accountability to parents, unsettles and disrespects community. Show More Summary

What Deflate-Gate Teaches Us About Chris Christie

promoted by Rosi Tom Brady, the brash and beautiful four-time Superbowl Champion quarterback for the Patriots, is scheduled to miss the first four games of the 2015 NFL season because some of his underlings broke the rules. Chris Christie,...Show More Summary

Chris Christie is Running. But When?

In a recent diary here, commenter lebleu posits, "Christie is not running [for president] or will run and quit abruptly." Mr. or Ms. lebleu may be right - at least for 2016. It's plausible that Christie knows that his chance to gain the GOP presidential nomination is about as slim as the possibility of Ed Forchion becoming our next governor. Show More Summary

AC on the precipice as Christie drags his feet

In Gov. Christie's pell-mell rush toward the presidency one of many crises he left unattended by the roadside has been action to help Atlantic City and County. It is not as if the woes of this area came upon us suddenly. Gaming revenue...Show More Summary

Rethink the 2016 NJ Budget: Investment in Preschool Would Mean Savings in the Future

Noontime every Mon & Wed as the legislature considers NJ's next budget, we present our 7-week series - with Anti-Poverty Network - of where NJ should be allocating our resources, Rethink the 2016 NJ Budget. Sharon is Policy & Outreach...Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Huge stretch of Amtrak Northeast Corridor shut down after derailment in Philadelphia - 6 dead at least, more than 140 injured. New Jersey's economy Analilia Mejia & Phyllis Salowe-Kaye: Paid sick days protect workers, families. But don't count on it: NJs clean-energy budget for FY2016 holds steady at $345M. Show More Summary

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