Author: jrlassiter

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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Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, NJ Politics Edition

NJ Senate President Steven Sweeney probably wasn't thinking of some glib queen in Cherry Hill scrutinizing his much-buzzed "Twitter Thursday" campaign. Maybe he should have been.

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Chris Christie's Glass Jaw

If you're a fan of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Rush Limbaugh or (ironically) Barack Obama, this post is for you!

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Gay Marriage: Getting used to the idea is gonna take a nanosecond or two

Gay Marriage: Getting Used to the Idea is Going to Take a Nanosecond or Two "There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it." - Oscar Wilde

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Health care sign-up: An exercise in patience

October 1, 2013. 5:30 a.m. Alarm clock goes off and for once I don't hit snooze, like, four times. I'm out of bed (in no time, flat) and in the kitchen brewing a cup of tea. I'm excited because it's a big day for me.

After 14 years of being uninsured or underinsured, I'll sign up for proper healthcare insurance coverage today, thanks to the President's Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare.) I've had jobs in the past that offered healthcare. But right now I'm just a small-business owner struggling to find affordable coverage.

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One more step toward marriage equality

So we won in the legislature. Then we won in the court of public opinion. And now we've won in the actual courts. 

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 15, 2014

East Side Neighborhood Association hosts packed Paterson Mayor's Forum PATERSON – On the eastern end of Market Street stands a restaurant amid the clinging remnants of industry and a city’s trampled history, where inside under chandeliers in front of a crowd of 100 people, seven candidates for mayor made...

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Ryan's Budget Plan

BY ALBIO SIRES This week, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), released yet again another budget with misplaced priorities that will slow our economic recovery and destroy American jobs.  Rather than address the priorities of the... Read More >

Contributors

When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
 (4-9-14) Campaign Finance Reform as "Theater of the Absurd" - The U. S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week in McCutcheon, et al. v. Federal Election Commission brings... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »
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,... more »

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"A break-in occurred early this morning at the offices owned by Carl Sharif and two others at 660 Stuyvesant Ave. in Irvington, New Jersey. Several items are reported missing, including two laptop computers owned by Carl Sharif. There is also reported damage in the building. The Irvington police were called and a report was filed." - Jeffries campaign spokeswoman Lupe Todd

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