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JFK to Christie

Friday Nov 22, 2013  |  0 comments

New Jersey media mark the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination.

The Record has been providing month-long coverage, while NJ.com and WBGO today recount Kennedy’s visit to Newark. Diane Lilli of Jersey Tomato Press remembers the moment she heard the news — at her Catholic school in Rhode Island. South Jersey residents recall the moment in The Press of Atlantic City.

Meanwhile, Matt Katz discusses how Chris Chritie’s installation as the head of the Republican Governors Association marks the beginning of his run for President in 2016. The Inquirer notes that Christie is “the talk” of the conference.

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What Coattails?

Wednesday Nov 20, 2013  |  0 comments

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.

It’s not known yet if Amodeo will challenge. Two days ago, Amodeo expressed disappointment to NJ.com’s Darryl Isherwood that certain provisional ballots were not struck down.

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Christie Supreme

Tuesday Nov 19, 2013  |  0 comments

More good news for Chris Christie: The governor finally had a state Supreme Court nominee approved, as Faustino Fernandez-Vina received a 38-0 vote from the state Senate. Slightly less happily, Christie’s at the center of a recent Onion cartoon. Also, the Senate failed to override Christie’s veto of a bill banning gestation crates for pigs.

Meanwhile, Christie’s predecessor Jon Corzine received less positive news as the firm he heads, MF Global, was ordered to pay over $1.2 billion in restitution to customers by a federal judge.

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Bruce Almighty

Monday Nov 18, 2013  |  0 comments

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.

Meanwhile at Rutgers, Athletic Director Julie Hermann is amidst another controversy — this time involving accusations of bullying by a football player against the team’s defensive coordinator.

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A Bridge Closure Too Far?

Friday Nov 15, 2013  |  1 comment

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.

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All South Jersey

Wednesday Nov 13, 2013  |  0 comments

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.

Our full South Jersey roundup:

Vote count narrows margin between Amodeo, Mazzeo in state Assembly race Press of Atlantic City
Single vote separates Woodbury council candidates following election South Jersey Times

Vote count appears to seal win for AC mayoral challenger Guardian Philadelphia Inquirer

Vineland boy, 14, is second student killed in traffic in two weeks Press of Atlantic City
‘Unimaginable tragedy’ again The Daily Journal

From political rivalry to a personal bond Philadelphia Inquirer
Millville principal keeps word, kisses pig after students meet fundraising goal South Jersey Times/NJ.com*
South Jersey groups raising funds for victims of Typhoon Haiyan South Jersey Times/NJ.com*

NJ’s October casino revenues up by 3.6 percent Philadelphia Inquirer
AC casino revenues up, thanks to Sandy The Daily Journal

Rossi’s Bar and Grill will be next historic restaurant to leave Trenton Trentonian
Prudential Fox & Roach changes to Berkshire Hathaway brand Press of Atlantic City
Trenton business administrator says he will not reassign clerk despite receiving warnings The Times of Trenton/NJ.com*

Red Devils Eliminated in First Round News of Salem County

10 S. Jersey districts lagging in school aid Courier-Post
Wounded South Jersey police dog leaves hospital Associated Press
Photos: A Block of the Ocean City Boardwalk Is Gone Ocean City Patch
Christie spoils the tea party NewsWorks*
Holocaust Survivor Shelley Zeiger, of Moorestown, Dies Moorestown Patch
Body Found in Haddonfield Ruled a Suicide Haddonfield-Haddon Township Patch
1.35 million in N.J. living in poverty, new Census report finds NewsWorks*

*Asterisks are available for reposting through the NJ News Commons Story Exchange.

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NJ Filipino Community Responds to Typhoon

Tuesday Nov 12, 2013  |  0 comments

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.

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Tuning to The Christie Show

Monday Nov 11, 2013  |  0 comments

Chris Christie is everywhere.

Christie appeared on The Michael J. Fox Show on Thursday, then Fox and ABC on Sunday. Huffington Post parsed that coverage, while Politico debated whether or not Christie is the second coming of Rudy Guiliani. Rick Perry blasted Christie’s prospects, while Ross Douthat of the NY Times Review had advice for the guv.

The Record considers the ramifications of Christie leading the Republican Governors Association and also ponders his similarities to Bill De Blasio, the newly elected Mayor of New York.

Time cover featuring Christie and "Elephant in Room" headline causes controversy.
Kean Survives, Christie/Time Cover Controversy, Inquirer Intrigue

Friday Nov 08, 2013  |  0 comments

The fallout continues from Tuesday’s elections.

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.

The newly branded NJTV News reports on the Kean kerfuffle as well as the new assembly speaker Vincent Prieto

Councilwoman Sharon Lee gets a kiss from her son, Devon Ramsay, as returns showed her losing her seat. Credit: Red Bank Green
Guv Race a Snooze? Not So in Local Elections

Thursday Nov 07, 2013  |  0 comments

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.

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Purple Haze: Red Guv, Blue Legislature

Wednesday Nov 06, 2013  |  0 comments

The balance of power remains in New Jersey.

While Chris Christie won reelection as governor by a landslide, Darryl Isherwood picked the state GOP as one of the “Losers” in his new NJ.com column, noting that New Jersey Republicans failed to pick up any seats in the state senate and only one or two in the assembly despite Christie’s historic margin of victory.

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.

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