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 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

Op-Ed

The future of NJ Politics should not be politicians investigating politicians

By JON BRAMNICK Voices around the country agree with our concern that "bipartisan committee led by John Wisniewski is partisan." Below are observers who agree Wisneiwski's committee is not bipartisan: Chuck Todd, NBC News: "Democrats made a mistake... Read More >

Contributors

(4-16-14) New Jersey Vote By Mail Law - The voter turnout for New Jersey’s November gubernatorial election was the lowest since the days of prohibition, coming... more »
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 »
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 »

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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