Council Speaker Christine Quinn followed in the public health foosteps of her ally, Mayor Michael Bloomberg today, announcing that New Jersey would follow New York in proposing to raise the smoking age to 21.
They won’t say it publicly, but there is fear, genuine fear, among New Jersey Democrats that this year’s gubernatorial election will produce a Republican landslide not seen since the Tom Kean-era, threatening Democratic control of the legislature and key county offices.(5)
A former New Jersey governor predicts, regretfully, that Christie will get away with lying about the ARC tunnel
Don't get Richard Codey wrong: He'd love to see Governor Chris Christie pay for lying about his reasons for killing efforts to build a long-awaited, much-needed commuter rail tunnel under the Hudson River.
Codey, the popular Democratic state senator and former governor, routinely criticizes Christie, and was among the New Jersey officials who warned at the time that Christie was making a terrible mistake.
For once, Chris Christie has produced a viral video hit that doesn’t owe its popularity to conservatives.
If you’ve paid any attention to New Jersey politics in the past week, you’ve probably seen the clip of the Republican governor issuing a rousing defense of a Muslim-American lawyer he appointed to a judgeship, a matter that some commentators on the far right had been complaining about last month. (The YouTube video uploaded from the official “GovChristie” account had been viewed more than 160,000 times as of this writing.)
Only in New Jersey could it even possibly be a sign of a healthy, functioning political partnership when the president of the State Senate calls the governor "a rotten prick."
That's how Stephen Sweeney, a South Jersey Democrat who has led Trenton's upper chamber since 2009, characterized Chris Christie after the Republican governor used his line item veto powers late last week to cancel out funding for an array of health and social service programs that Sweeney and his fellow Democrats had inserted into the budget.