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Blog Profile / Blue Jersey

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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Don't Run the Country Like a Business

In political campaigns, you often hear candidates promise that they will run the country like a business. To me, that's almost a disqualifier. I live in New Jersey's Third Congressional District, and the two major party candidates are running for a seat being vacated by the retirement of a former NFL football player. Show More Summary

Christie's Summer of Failure - And Ours

Promoted by Rosi, who is not as convinced as the writer or the first commenter, of the eventual outcome. As the dog days of Summer set in (actually, it's pretty cool out today, now that I think about it), the nearly unbelievable extent of the failures of our strong-willed governor have clearly emerged. Show More Summary

ICYMI: Colbert buys his own Sarah Palin website

I love me some Stephen Colbert, that devilish, Montclair-flavored man whose raised eyebrow keeps me sane. But I missed this. Colbert, not to be outdone in superdooper patriotism, has launched his own Sarah Palin Show More Summary

Transforming Newark

The two biggest items in the Newark budget are school education which is controlled by the state and the police department which is now under federal monitorship. Soon the city will likely have to cede authority over its budget in order to gain State funds and other assistance to balance its books. Show More Summary

Where were you in 2013?

Promoted by Rosi. smh. The NJ State Democratic Committee sent out a fundraising e-mail this morning with the subject line: Stop Chris Christie. Where were you guys in the 2013 gubernatorial election? AWOL!

News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, July 31, 2014

Chris Christie The Transparency Governor: NJ Law Journal reports that multiple watchdog organizations and media outlets claim the Christie administration hs adopted a stance in which requests for information made under the state's Open Public Records Act are being routinely denied out of hand, leading to an increasing number of court fights. Show More Summary

Christie disrespects a high school student asking him a question at Belmar "town hall"

Kristin Towkaniuk, 17, is the president of the Newark Students Union and a member of NJ Communities United. Here she is in Belmar today at Christie's "town hall" where questions are supposedly encouraged, asking him when he'll do a similar...Show More Summary

Rep. Donald Payne Jr. scorches the Republican House for Obama hatred and wasting time

We don't generally report on the lonely moments that House members get for star-turns on their pet issues. There's nothing wrong with those speeches, and I'm grateful they're televised. They always seem so isolated to me, from the real-time work of Congress. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Quick! Quick! Look presidential. In August - Mississippi, Alabama, Kansas, Maine, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Illinois. And a family vacation. And back to New Hampshire tomorrow. In Colorado, an accusation against Christie and RGA from Tom Tancredo,...Show More Summary

#1More DCCC Mistake

This diary is not specifically about New Jersey, but with an anti-environment governor who kowtows to the pollution industry, it's very relevant for the Democratic Party here. I guess you could say I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat. I'm an elected Democratic committeeperson and I honestly can't find any Republican worthy of consideration for my vote. Show More Summary

Saving New Jersey's children three zip codes at a time

Cross-posted with Marie Corfield blog. - Promoted by Rosi. Yesterday the mayors of New Jersey's three largest cities, Ras Baraka of Newark, Jose Torres of Paterson and Steven Fulop of Jersey City, announced a bold move to collaborate on reducing violent crime in all three cities. Show More Summary

Bail Reform: A Better Course of Justice Needed Now

There has been broad agreement among Democrats and Republicans for years that our bail system requires reform - but less agreement on the precise changes to be enacted. After back-and-forth discussions legislators are nearing an agreement on two bills, but unresolved issues remain which might derail the reform. Show More Summary

An Important week for Transgender and LGB Americans

Babs Casbar Siperstein is the first out transgender person to ever be elected to the Democratic National Committee, and the first on the DNC's Executive Committee. The highest-ranking out transgender Democrat in American history is a New Jerseyan. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

'Don't we have anything better to do?' Frank Pallone and a couple House colleagues blast Republicans for trying to revive anti-Obamacare fever. Brava, Linda Stender, for this on Christie & women's health care For the 5th consecutive time - the elimination of $7.5 million in funding for women's health care. Show More Summary

This is how Chris Christie talks about you when he's out of state.

This is how Gov Christie talks about New Jersey when he's with his Republican buddies: We have the Washington Post and reporter Valerie Strauss to thank for making sure we got to see what Christie's doing when he's riding with his Republican friends, and leaving all thoughts of accountability to New Jersey behind. Show More Summary

@StarLedger Editorials: Consistently Wrong About Newark Education

Cross-posted from Jersey Jazzman. I reached the end of my rope with the Star-Ledger Editorial Board and its chief, Tom Moran, a long time ago. When it comes to education -- particularly in Newark -- both the paper's unsigned editorials and Moran's columns have displayed massive ignorance. Show More Summary

Blue Jersey was down this morning & afternoon.

Blue Jersey and the network of blogs served by the Soapblox system was down for part of this morning and afternoon. We're now back up an hoping to resume our usual Monday chores of covering New Jersey politics. If you were here earlier and got a blank white screen or a dreaded error message, believe me, we share your frustration. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, Juy 28, 2014

Today's roundup brought to you by hot glue guns, little twinkle lights, and imagination at the Shore. Jackson: Federal report on Newark police department may come back to haunt Cory Booker Booker tried to stop the investigation in 2010...Show More Summary

@GovChristie: Education Politics, Not Education Policy

Cross-posted from Jersey Jazzman. Remember Chris Christie's big idea from this past winter? He was going to lengthen the school day and the school year. It was urgent that we do this immediately: "This is a key step to improve student outcomes and boost our competitiveness. Show More Summary

Weekend News Roundup for July 26-27, 2014

We're now at the point that people have to offer a $1,000 reward to get access to documents that the Christie administration claims it can't find That's what Fair Share Housing Center is doing - right now for a document Judge Mary Jacobson...Show More Summary

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