Author: jrlassiter

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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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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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 25th

  After 'briefly' meeting with Christie in Aspen, Astorino says he can live with not having Christie's help New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino's campaign described their candidate's fundraising trip to Aspen last night as a success - even if they will not be depending on the chairman...

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NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I... Read More >

Contributors

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(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... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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