Author: jrlassiter

Trenton's Hypocrisy Chronicles, Mary Pat Angelini Edition

(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from both parties -- who "talk the talk" but don't "walk the walk."  No doubt, whoever takes the Jersey Hypocrite of the Year Award in 2014 will richly deserve it.  It's too early to give out the award now, but it's not too early to make nominations.  Which is why I submit, for your gracious consideration, my nominee for Trenton Hypocrite of the Week: Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini. 

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The only thing Congress can agree on these days is ending the War on Drugs

(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just because the War on Drugs is an epic failure.)  

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What do you get when a City Hall scandal rocks the capital city in New Jersey? Low voter turnout

(State House) -- Trenton is one of several large New Jersey municipalites with "non-partisan" elections for Mayor today.  Here's a little tutorial about this race and what you might expect once the ballots are counted later this evening.

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420 Solutions to Christie's Budget Woes

(Cherry Hill, NJ) -- There's a bipartisan bill in Trenton to legalize, tax and regulate Marijuana sales in NJ.  Let's pass it already. 

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There was a time when Atlantic City, NJ ruled the world. Let the comeback begin.

(Absecon Island, NJ) --With his shocking win in last year's election, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian emerged as one of the most intriguing figures in the New Jersey political constellation.  But this is not entirely a political story.  Mostly it's about a renaissance in Atlantic City that seems increasingly self-evident.  

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Grading Chris Christie's Biggest Defeats

Watching Governor Chris Christie's shocking BridgeGate implosion, it's easy to forget the time when he truly seemed unstoppable.  Blessed with incredible political gifts and a Jersey bluster to match, Christie seemed to be -- to paraphrase his campaign -- playing 3-D chess while the rest of us were playing checkers.  It's an audacious analogy but given Chris Christie's meteoric rise,  a fair comparison.  But despite his well-earned (carefully-cultivated) alpha-dog persona, Chris Christie's opened a few cans of whoopass in his day. 
That's what this post is all about: recalling the times Chris Christie tasted defeat.  

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Scutari's Bill Drop Imminent and a Gazillion Marijuana Myths

Won't be long before Senator Nick Scutari drops a bill to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use in NJ.  I'm guessing his marijuana legalization bill hits the hopper on (or about) March 25th.  For folks like me working to end marijuana prohibition, that's good news.  But late March isn't far off so we don't have much time to dispel the gazillion or so marijuana myths which curtail our collective ability to enact sensible marijuana policy in New Jersey. 

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Now's the time to tax, regulate and legalize marijuana for personal use in New Jersey

(Trenton, NJ)--Each year New Jersey sends about 22,000 people to jail for smoking pot.  Waging such a punitive drug policy  is costly: annually we spend $127,000,000 clogging up our jails and legal system in the name of marijuana prohibition.  

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 29th

Belmar mayor's race: a wave of post-Sandy project politics stirs up seaside Monmouth borough BELMAR - When Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty rolled out his re-election campaign in February, he did so still basking in the glow of what many residents of the 6,000-person Monmouth County seaside borough saw...

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

Contributors

My Republican Hillary Clinton Experience    There is a veritable plethora of reportage in print, internet, television and radio media speculating as to whether Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic... more »
(8-27-14) All Americans Should Support Gov. Perry - Political prosecutions have no place in American life. Those who use the justice system as they are using it in Texas... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast

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