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Assembly Budget Committee Public Hearings

Yesterday, Bill Orr reported on the first of several public meetings of the Senate Budget Committee. This morning, its the Assembly's turn, with the first of several meetings; this one being held in Collingswood. Prior to the start of the session, I spoke with Chairman Gary Schaer:

News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New Jersey residents owe $30 Billion in federal students loans NJ's public 4-year colleges are among the nation's most expensive, with generous financial aid packages that nevertheless not every student in need can qualify for. President Obama is prioritizing ways to help those staggering under debt from their higher education. Show More Summary

Marlboro School Board meeting tonight: Board VP Victoria Dean's racist Facebook post a likely issue

An update on a couple of incidents of apparent racism on Facebook - and very questionable judgement - from two Monmouth County Leaders. Both were dug up originally by Jersey Shore Insider. Union Beach Mayor Paul Smith: Yesterday we showed...Show More Summary

Public Comment on Christie's Budget Begins in Bergen County

Former president George W. Bush knew what a budget was. As he explained, "It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it." The NJ Budget Summary starting July 1, 2015 has over 80 pages replete with numbers, and the final Budget Detail report when available will exceed 500 pages. Show More Summary

My Testimony on "One Newark" Before the NJ Legislature Today

These are remarks as prepared for my testimony today on One Newark. More to come. Cross-posted with Jersey Jazzman. Mark Weber Testimony before the Joint Committee on the Public Schools New Jersey Legislature Tuesday, March 10, 2015 INTRODUCTION Good morning. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, March 10, 2015

TODAY 11am: Chris Christie "Town Hall" in Somerville Van Derveer Elementary School Gymnasium on Union Ave. If you go, ask Gov. Christie if agrees with the letter to Irans leaders signed by 47 Republicans in the U.S. Senate. Record his answer with your phone, even if it's only audio). Show More Summary

Union Beach, New Jersey - What a winner you have in Mayor Paul Smith

Here's something Union Beach Mayor Paul Smith posted last night on Facebook: I took the screenshot above in case Mayor Smith takes his post down. His Facebook page is public - you can see it here. A couple people flagged this for me after the meme was described in this post from Jersey Shore Insider (which did not show the image). Show More Summary

NJ Attorney General's office conducts raid on North Bergen Municipal Hall

Late this morning, investigators from the office of Acting Attorney General John Hoffman entered the North Bergen township hall leaving with boxes of documents. An all too-common Jersey event. Senator Nick Sacco is also North Bergen's mayor (and also the Asst. Show More Summary

Making things Right

Up until recently, the State of New Jersey figured it would take $9 billion to make things right at pollution sites that were created by Exxon Mobil Corporation. In a surprise move, the Christie administration proposed a $225 million settlement, less than 3% of the original value. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, March 9, 2015

2016 Roy Cho won't run in 2016. All things Christie Bob Ingle misses the "straight shooter". Where did the money come from when Christie ran RGA? A Top 10 list. More bad poll numbers. Doblin on Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts pressShow More Summary

An Attractive Candidate - By GOP Standards

With 24 GOP U.S. Senate seats up for grabs in 2016, vs. only 10 Democratic seats, the Republicans will be scrapping for every one, hoping to retain their majority. If Senator Menendez is forced to leave prematurely, they will be no less dedicated to that 25th seat, whether it is in a special election or during the normal 2016 cycle. Show More Summary

Thoughts on a successor to Sen. Menendez were he to leave office soon

Following news of a possible indictment, questions arise regarding the ramifications of Sen. Bob Menendez relinquishing his job soon. So far it's only a possibility, and Menendez says he is not about to leave. Many people would regret losing his voice on immigration reform, but not so much on Iran, Cuba or some other matters. Show More Summary

Weekend News Roundup & Open Thread for March 7-8, 2015

Municipalities with trouble Courier Post: Take the poverty of a row house's owner, add years of municipal neglect and you get the case study of 1510 Louis St. in Camden, the only building knocked down so far out of 593 earmarked for planned demolition by the administration of Mayor Dana L. Show More Summary

Dismantling the EPA

Chris Christie has been a disaster for New Jersey's environment. From his pull out from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to his stacking the Pinelands and Highlands Commissions with his proles, Christie has been a friend of polluters, not people. Here he is in Iowa, bragging about his dismal record.

Lessons not learned: Sen. Menendez and NJ Politicians Breaking Badly

It is too early to determine the fate of U. S. Senator Bob Menendez who CNN reported will be indicted on charges related to favors he provided to his largest campaign contributor, Dr. Salomon Melgen. Sen. Menendez has responded, "Let me be very clear - very clear. Show More Summary

Menendez: I am not going anywhere.

Senator Menendez delivered short remarks a few minutes after 7:30pm, followed by the same statement in Spanish. He took no questions. Text is on the jump page. Watch: Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream Text of Menendez' statement is on the jump page. Show More Summary

BREAKING: Feds prepare criminal corruption charges against Senator Bob Menendez

UPDATE: Brief statement from Menendez' office, below. Wow. From CNN: The Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat, alleging he used his Senate office to push the business interests of a Democratic donor and friend in exchange for gifts. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, March 6, 2015

Sorry for the late roundup this AM, people. Flu is kicking my ass today - Rosi. Christie tries to govsplain his sketchy Exxon decision Blah blah blah somebody else's fault blah blah blah. Meanwhile, Christie's chief counsel, who he administration inserted into the process, had a stake in Exxon Mobil. Show More Summary

Christie tries to govsplain developing Exxon scandal, goes after Campbell

When Gov. Christie's back is to the wall because of problems/issues/mistakes/scandals/random crap that arises on his watch - or due to his own direct policy and decisions, Christie reverts to type. He blames others, and by name to avoid dirt sticking to him. Show More Summary

ICYMI, Watch: The Other PARCC

I've been in a flu fog for days, so somehow forgot to post this when it came out a few days ago. It's local, it's Jersey, and whether you have kids in NJ public schools or not, it's worth your watching. It's where your money's going, in many cases it's why your neighbors are aggravated. Show More Summary

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