Facebook and twitter lit up in the Garden State last night as locals speculated over whether or not that was Gov. Chris Christie they spotted in the Cowboys’ box with Jerry Jones.
Christie has made no secret of the fact that he is a Cowboys fan, but whether of not this particular appearance — while the Cowboys squared off against the New Jersey-based NY Giants — impacts Christie’s poll numbers remains to be seen. It can’t help that the Giants lost. Christie also received bad news this weekend about New Jersey’s poverty rate.
This week, as Catholic clergy around the state — and country — were using the pulpit to call for immigration reform, NJ News Commons made a story available to the entire NJ news ecosystem on the role of New Jersey clergy of all denominations in supporting the state’s immigration population. The story is available for embedding here.
Newark Now has an interview with Essex County Freeholder Rolando Bobadilla talking about crime and that nasty Millburn home invasion that was caught on nanny-cam.
You may have heard this story picked up by other media this weekend: The Record reported that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey sold off the rights to the World Trade Center name in 1986 for $10 to a non-profit organization established by one of its executives, Guy Rizzoli— who then earned millions licensing the name through the group, the World Trade Centers Association. The Association now wants space in the new building in exchange for use of the trademark. Read more here.
In other news: WBGO questions whether or not a rise in handgun permit requests will result in a rise in handgun crime; NJ Spotlight posts a list of the top school superintendent salaries in the state; Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and his chamber of commerce are at odds over a bill to ensure paid sick time for workers; and the Shore enjoys a big weekend with good weather and Miss America.
Finally, we leave you with a laugh as jazz guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo add some dance moves to their performance of Swan Lake in Morristown this past weekend. Make sure you listen long enough to hear their stylings of Beethoven’s 5th.
Our full roundup:
Chris Christie raising eyebrows with NFL team allegiance Newsday
Poverty in NJ Reaches 52-year High NJ.com*
Port Authority sold rights to World Trade Center name for $10 in 1986 The Record
10 Bucks for a Multi-Million Dollar Name WNYC/NJPR
Clergy Are Often Immigrants’ Biggest Advocates NJ News Commons*
Catholic priests to advocate for immigration reform during Sunday services NJ.com*
Exclusive Interview with Essex County Freeholder Rolando Bobadilla Newark Now
Video: Frank and Vinny dive into Swan Lake, from the Minstrel in Morris Township Morristown Green*
FDU Poll on Improving NJ Schools WBGO News
NJ Sees Sharp Rise in Handgun Permits WBGO News
The List: Top Salaries for New Jersey School Superintendents, 2012-2013 NJ Spotlight*
Burlco zoo is sad shadow of happier days Philadelphia Inquirer
Accusing state of inactivity, environmentalists ask feds to test water in Paulsboro NewsWorks*
With great weather and Miss America in town, the Shore stays hot NewsWorks*
Jersey City Mayor Plans to Introduce Bill to Ensure Workers Paid Sick Time NJTV*
*Stories with asterisks are available for reposting through the NJ News Commons Story Exchange.