Apr
07
2014
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#Obamacare kills 1,800 New Jersey kids’ healthcare policies.

Why? Oh, the usual reason: the federal government swooped in and slapped a bunch of extra requirements on an existing state-run program, thus automatically invalidating the current policies. As is typical in these cases, the parties involved were not able to work out how to get around the problem – kids don’t give money to Democrats, so there was of course no Obamacare exemption given in return – and so 1,800 kids have lost their coverage and the parents now have to scramble to keep their children insured.  Oh, and a special wrinkle: this program was for people who made too much money for Medicaid, but were still having trouble buying policies on their own.  That means that there’s going to be no subsidies for them, in this brave new healthcare world that has been inflicted upon us by the Democratic party.

But hey, remember: no child of a federal Democratic official was harmed by this policy – and New Jersey will probably not vote for the Republican candidate in 2016 – so from Barack Obama’s point of view there’s actually no problem. Guess those parents shouldn’t have deluded themselves into thinking that they were real, huh? (more…)

Feb
04
2014
6

Rob Andrews (D, New Jersey-01) cuts and runs. While still under an House Ethics investigation.

Gee.  I wonder why.

Rep. Robert E. Andrews, D-N.J., will resign from Congress this month to take a job with a Philadelphia Law Firm, according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Andrews, a Pelosi ally, is scheduled to host an 11:30 a.m. press conference in his southern New Jersey district, the newspaper also reported.

The 12-term Democrat is currently under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, which was reportedly questioning whether the congressman used funds from his re-election campaign to pay for a trip to Scotland for his family.

More on that: (more…)

Nov
03
2013
2

If you can vote in the Princeton, NJ Council election, vote for @Fausta.

Every election is important:

Democrat incumbents Jenny Crumiller and Patrick Simon face Republican challenger Fausta Rodriguez Wertz next week in a contest for two three-year-term seats on the Princeton Council.

Fausta is a woman and blogger of excellent character and intelligence, long known to me; and she would make an excellent addition to the Princeton Council. If you can vote in that election, I urge you to vote for her.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

Oct
13
2013
2

New, believable video claims Cory Booker doesn’t actually maintain a Newark residence.

Oh, Cory. You don’t even live in Newark?

Moe Lane

PS: …Steve Lonegan for Senate.

PPS: I know that people find this bizarre, but: I do miss many things about New Jersey. Especially the way people talk up there. You just can’t get good sarcasm down here; it’s like the pizza.

Oct
11
2013
3

#DOOM in the New Jersey Governor’s race.

I don’t like calling DOOM before I’m absolutely, positively sure, but: the New Jersey governor’s race is over.

Yeah, I know that you knew that already, but Barbara Buono’s response should start making Democratic state legislators up for re-election nervous. That’s the response of somebody who thinks (accurately) that she was hung out to dry by her own party establishment and who has decided that she doesn’t care whether people expect her to take one for the team anyway.  Which means that it’s the response of somebody who doesn’t care if her own party wins the downticket races on Election Night.

Fine by me.  The more seats we gain in the state legislature, the more future candidates we can cultivate. Buono wants to help us with that out of spite, well, that’s not my problem.

Sep
25
2013
5

STRIPPERS! Nekked pictures of one! Who DMs! With Cory Booker! (Link NSFW)

See, Buzzfeed, that’s how you subtly get the point across while still warning your readers about the pictures of perky, naked breasts that can be found at this link.

:pause:

What?  I didn’t put them up myself, did I?

(more…)

Sep
13
2013
3

Barbara Buono (D CAND-GOV): the Alvin Greene of New Jersey.

It is a measure of just how poorly that this woman is doing in her bid to beat Chris Christie in the general election that I will get media points from her campaign for spelling her name correctly* and noting that she’s running for Governor of New Jersey. Another measure:

[Barbara Buono] was by then the party’s nominee, and the party needed a new state chair. In New Jersey, the gubernatorial nominee has always been granted the right to pick the chair, no questions asked. But when Buono picked her guy, the party big shots simply refused to accept her choice and forced her to settle on a different candidate. “They didn’t just throw her under the bus,” says Buono’s former campaign aide. “They threw her under the bus and drove over her back and forth, over and over.”

Hell, even the people in my own party who cordially despise Chris Christie aren’t talking about Buono.  That’s how bad off she is.

Via

Moe Lane

*I am, in fact, a cruel man and a bit of a jerk when it comes to Democratic candidates and politicians.  But I’m not a bully. Well, OK, I am a bully to trolls.  But only to them! And they deserve it, anyway!

Aug
29
2013
6

… @CoryBooker has an imaginary friend called #T-Bone?

But there’s a picture of him, and everything!

T-bone

…Oh, Cory.  I really am disappointed in the man; it’s such an easy error to avoid. (more…)

Aug
14
2013
1

Oh, yeah: Steve Lonegan, Cory Booker, won the New Jersey special primaries.

Yeah, they had them yesterday.

With nearly all precincts reporting late Tuesday, Booker had about 60 percent of the vote in the Democratic contest, with Pallone, who had the support of Lautenberg’s family, a distant second. Lonegan had about 80 percent of the vote in the GOP contest.

Obviously, I want the Republican candidate to win – any Republican over any Democrat is my default reaction – but it’s going to be interesting to see how much help Steve Lonegan will actively try to get out of Republican New Jersey governor Chris Christie. They, ah, have a bit of a history.

Yes, I know: that is a remarkably bloodless way of putting it,  First, do no harm is also something that I try to default to.

Moe Lane

Jun
23
2013
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BTW: Fausta Wertz (@Fausta4Council ) is running for Princeton Council.

I keep forgetting to bring this up:

Here’s her campaign website. Fausta is a lovely woman and a good blogger who I have known for years; if you happen to be eligible to vote in Princeton, New Jersey’s Council elections, you should by all means vote for her.

Jun
08
2013
2

Update on the NJ Senate special election.

Cory Booker makes it official: he’s running for NJ-SEN (special): he announced it today.  Here’s the thing, though: so is Rep. Frank Pallone.  For that matter, so is Rep. Rush Holt, but Holt’s brand of progressive is probably not envelopes-of-cash-under-the-table enough for the Democratic Senate primary.  In other words: this is a two-man show, and Frank Pallone is going to startle a lot of people outside of New Jersey by not folding like a cheap suit.  Pallone has been hungry for a Senate seat for the last decade, and absent a sudden resignation by Bob Menendez this is pretty much going to be the man’s best shot. And… well, I do not want to libel the man or anything, given that I used to live in his district; so let us just say that the Congressman may have a somewhat jaundiced view of the mayor of Newark presuming to switch jobs before Newark is fixed.  Or even stabilized. (more…)

Jun
06
2013
4

Tanker full of Scotch crashes, explodes in NJ. #NOOOOOOOOOOO….

DO NOT WANT.

Tanker truck carrying 6,000 gallons of Scotch overturns, catches fire on New Jersey road

Commuters traveling this week on the Garden State Parkway may find themselves saying “l’chaim” as they drive past Woodbrige.

If there’s a fragrance of whiskey mixed with diesel fuel in the air, that’s because a tanker truck filled with 6,000 gallons of Scotch overturned on Tuesday, spilled its load and then caught fire on King Georges Road in the Fords section.

Oh, God. The humanity. The humanity.

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