NJTV political correspondent Michael Aron reports that there is finally a result in the closely contested race for assembly in Atlantic County: Democratic challenger Vincent Mazzeo has defeated the Republican incumbent John Amodeo by 40 votes — negating the one assembly seat that Republicans thought they had picked up on the coattails of Gov. Christie’s landslide victory.
Listening to Bruce Springsteen is a religious experience for many. Perhaps that’s why Rutgers will be offering a one-credit course examining the theology behind the Boss’s songs. NPR reported it, and New Brunswick Today picked up the story.
From bridges to pig cages, Gov. Christie steals the spotlight yet again.
Sarah Gonzalez of NJPR followed up on Star-Ledger reporting about suspicious lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in September that blocked up traffic for hours into Fort Lee. Steve Strunsky of the Star-Ledger reported that Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich has questioned whether the closures were “punitive” due to the fact that he did not endorse the governor for reelection. Gonzalez reports that Port Authority officials backed away from previous claims about a traffic study during a meeting on Wednesday. To be continued. (more…)
This week, NJ News Commons is on the road, spending time with media in South Jersey. We’ve visited the Press of Atlantic City, Karen Sweitzer of Cape May County Moms, and the South Jersey Bureau of the Philadelphia Inquirer — with more to come.
To mark this occasion, today’s roundup is all South Jersey, all the time. You’ll note that a number of stories below are following close vote counts that are just being resolved (or remain unresolved) a week after the election. We’ve also included one of Kevin Riordan’s terrific columns; this one features former political rivals who have become good friends after a personal tragedy.
Several outlets reported on casinos revenues being up, as well as on the tragic death of a teenager in Vineland — the second in two weeks.
Five days out, the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan continues to make news as millions are without food, water and basic services in the Philippines. NJ media continue to report local reaction, with WNYC and NJPR covering the metropolitan Filipino community’s response, The Record covering the North Jersey Filipino community, and the Press of Atlantic City providing coverage in the south. (previously, the Star-Ledger and Philadelphia Inquirer posted stories.) The Jersey Journal/NJ.com and NJTV chronicle the response of Jersey City Filipinos. (more…)
State Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. has survived a challenge to his leadership, retaining his post by a 10-6 vote yesterday. NJ Spotlight notes the “bizarro” aspect of the challenge, as Gov. Christie was backing another Republican supported by Democratic Senate President Stephen Sweeney.
Chris Christie may have beaten Barbara Buono by a landslide, but some local contests were much more exciting in towns around New Jersey.
Red Bank Green reported on a nail biter in which Cindy Burnham was the first Republican to gain a seat on the Red Bank town council in five years. Burnham topped the tally by a single vote. Democrats have requested a recount. (more…)
Charles Stile wrote of how Christie’s strategy to woo key Democratics paid off big time. The Trentonianeditorial board was less sanguine about Christie’s win, opining that the newly released Double Down book strikes a “discordant” note in Christie’s “coronation.”
Meanwhile in Metuchen, Barbara Buono did not go gentle into that good night, delivering a scathing concession speech that took fellow Democrats to task for a “betrayal” of their own party. (more…)