The odds of Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop becoming governor

I wonder what the Las Vegas odds will be for Fulop’s becoming Governor of NJ?

The voters handing a mayor of Jersey City the key to the governor’s office is Wittpenn’s folly — as Wittpenn, Fagan, Jordan, Smith and Schundler all can attest. A particularly interesting case is the original — that of Wittpenn. It’s said that Frank Hague actually machiavellied (machiavelli verb, intransitive. Only used in NJ. Can you say machiavelli? I knew you could!) with Wally Edge (not THAT WALLY EDGE! You DID know that was a nom de plume, didn’t you!) to insure the Republican win.

And as far as governors of NJ even having a connection to Jersey City, there’s just three that come to mind: Abbett, Moore and McGreevey. The public saw the intellectual, progressive side of Moore, even though there was the shadow of an association with Hague. Abbett, leader of the Jersey City Masons, and McGreevey, who lived here before his family fled to the suburbs, are often described as the two worst governors of New Jersey.

AND, for having Mayor of Jersey City on your resume as a smart career move, you better give it some thought. To whatever degree it was fun while it lasted, for the lucky few it was worth nothing in the end. For most, it turned out to be a bad idea — a time waster at best if not or a path to a prison cell. The only exception that I can think of is Anthony Cucci. And that’s not because of any substantial benefit accrued, but because he only was running a social club after his military service and before politics.

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Operatic production of Gilligan’s Island to be staged at Liberty State Park is now being planned.

An operatic production of Gilligan’s Island to be staged at Liberty State Park is now being planned. A diamond with many facets, this will be part reality show, part drama, part tragedy, part comedy, and part farce — just like Jersey City is each and every day any which way. This jewel in a week long festival setting will establish Jersey City as the Bayreuth on the Hudson (That’s pronounced “BUYroit,” not “Buyright” or “Beirut” — with all the 99 cent stores and street corner shootouts we’ve already got those last two covered.) and will mean prosperity for all. (For those that need like the Strange Interlude small print, “prosperity for all” boils down to some one percenters in New York raking in the big bucks, union guys from the suburbs doing all right, and last but nearly naught least menial minimum wage jobs dropped on the backs of the locals.)

The part of The Skipper will be offered to Ray Lesniak. Suggestions and applications for the other roles are being accepted.
Raymond Lesniak

NJ State Senator Raymond Lesniak

Any and all who wish to participate are encouraged to email anthony.olszewski@gmail.com

Governor Cuts Direct Aid to Schools, but Champions Tax Breaks for Wealthy. What’s wrong with this picture?

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> From: “Loayza, Eva” > Date: April 23, 2012 3:57:06 PM EDT > Subject: Prieto: Governor Cuts Direct Aid to Schools, but Champions Tax Breaks for Wealthy. What’s wrong with this picture? > > > News from > Assemblyman Prieto > > For Release: > April 23, 2012 > Assemblyman Vincent Prieto > Budget Committee Chairman > p: 201-770-1303 > e: AsmPrieto@njleg.org > www.assemblydems.com > > Prieto: Governor Cuts Direct Aid to Schools, but Champions Tax Breaks for Wealthy. What’s wrong with this picture? > > > (TRENTON) – Assembly Budget Chairman Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) issued the following statement Monday concerning cuts in direct school aid under Gov. Christie’s proposed budget following the Assembly Budget Hearing: > > “We entrust school districts with the education of our children, yet under the current administration, the resources they are getting to meet this responsibility keeps shrinking. > “The increase in school aid claimed by the governor is nothing more than clever smoke-screening. Truth is, the amount of direct aid going to schools under his proposed budget is still much less than what was allocated two years ago. This means less money for districts to hire more teachers, purchase classroom supplies and reduce classroom sizes – all crucial components to student success. > “Short-changing school districts, while vigorously defending tax breaks for millionaires makes no sense. Surely even a fifth-grader can recognize the wrong in this scenario. Selling out the education of New Jersey students to appease a national Republican audience and ideal is disgraceful. > “At the end of the day, while the governor keeps going on national stages, the people of New Jersey must deal with his property tax increases here at home.” > > On The Net:

Governor’s Must Finally Support Access to Quality Health Care for Working Class Families

 
 
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From: “Hester, Tom”
Date: Apr 18, 2012 1:26:20 PM
Subject: Prieto: Governor’s Must Finally Support Access to Quality Health Care for Working Class Families
 

News from

Assemblyman Prieto

For Release:
April 18, 2012

Assemblyman Vincent Prieto

Budget Committee Chairman

p: 201-770-1303

e: AsmPrieto@njleg.org

www.assemblydems.com

 

Prieto: Governor’s Must Finally Support Access to Quality Health Care for Working Class Families

 

(TRENTON) – Assembly Budget Chairman Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Wednesday after the Assembly Budget Committee heard from the Department of Health and Senior Services:

 

“The department claims one of its main goals is to optimize access to the highest quality health care for the people of New Jersey, but unfortunately the governor’s record sadly says otherwise.

“Millionaires have zealously had their tax breaks protected by this governor, but New Jerseyans struggling to make ends meet have watched as the governor:

·         Eliminated funding for family planning;

·         Froze FamilyCare enrollment for adults;

·         Reduced personal care attendant reimbursement rates;

·         Increased co-payments for Early Intervention Services;

·         Reduced funding for cancer research;

·         Eliminated funding for the Rapid AIDS test;

·         Reduced reimbursement to nursing homes;

·         Reduced reimbursement to Special Care Nursing Facilities; and

·         Reduced reimbursement rates for Federally Qualified Health Centers.

“Clearly, optimizing access to quality health care for working class residents is not a priority of this governor. I thank the commissioner for testifying today, but the governor’s poor record when it comes to providing access to quality health care sadly speaks for itself. It’s even worse when you consider these are the same families who have endured the net 20 percent property tax hike realized under this governor.

“It’s time for the governor to change course and finally support access to quality health care for working class families.”

 

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Cunningham Statement on Announcement of Barchi to Succeed McCormack as Rutgers President

 
 
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From: “Roderer, Alise”
Date: Apr 11, 2012 12:41:27 PM
Subject: Cunningham Statement on Announcement of Barchi to Succeed McCormack as Rutgers President
To: “Roderer, Alise” <ARoderer@njleg.org>
 

New Jersey Senate Democrats

 

FOR RELEASE:

 

CONTACT:

April 11, 2012

 

Alise Roderer

 

 

(609) 847-3700

 

CUNNINGHAM STATEMENT ON ANNOUNCEMENT OF BARCHI TO SUCCEED McCORMICK AS RUTGERS PRESIDENT

 

 

TRENTON –; Senator Sandra Bolden Cunningham, D-Hudson, Chairwoman of the Senate Higher Education Committee, made the following statement regarding the announcement of Dr. Robert Barchi being named the 20th President of Rutgers University:

“I am pleased with the appointment of Dr. Barchi to head Rutgers University.  During this time of transition for New Jersey’s higher education system, I am confident that Dr. Barchi will be an advocate for the students, faculty and staff of Rutgers.

“With the expected acquisition of Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the School of Public Health by Rutgers University, Dr. Barchi’s knowledge and experience as a neurologist, a professor and researcher in the medical field, and most recently the President of Thomas Jefferson University, one of the nation’s most respected health science universities, will prove to be a great asset to Rutgers.

“Additionally Dr. Barchi bears an excellent record as a successful fundraiser at Thomas Jefferson University and as a strong academic advocate as Provost of the University of Pennsylvania – skills that will help Rutgers to continue its tradition as a public higher education institution with a national reputation for excellence.  

“I thank Dr. Richard McCormick for his years of dedication to Rutgers University, and I look forward to working with Dr. Barchi in the months and years ahead as we strive to provide an even more sound and successful public university system here in New Jersey.”;

 

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Continued Questions on Christie Medicaid Plan ‘Extremely Concerning’

 
 
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From: “Hester, Tom”
Date: Apr 4, 2012 2:13:10 PM
Subject: Prieto: Continued Questions on Christie Medicaid Plan ‘Extremely Concerning’
 

News from

Assemblyman Prieto

For Release:
April 4, 2012

Assemblyman Vincent Prieto

Budget Committee Chairman

p: 201-770-1303

e: AsmPrieto@njleg.org

www.assemblydems.com

 

Prieto: Continued Questions on Christie Medicaid Plan ‘Extremely Concerning’

 

(TRENTON) – Assembly Budget Chairman Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Wednesday on continued questions surrounding the Christie administration’s still-unapproved plan to revise the Medicaid health care program for low-income New Jerseyans:

 

“It’s extremely concerning that the Christie administration is still unable – with just three months left in this fiscal year – to explain in complete detail its plan to revise this health care program vital for so many New Jerseyans.

“We know the full $300 million in savings isn’t going to be realized, and the committee was previously told the loss of the waiver savings wasn’t going to be a problem because other savings would be identified.

“Yet, budget documentation lists $206.7 million in supplemental spending to cover the waiver losses. 

“That’s not identifying other savings. 

“That’s simply requesting more money.

“It’s long past time for the Christie administration to get a better grasp of this situation and provide taxpayers assurances the budget won’t be adversely impacted and that key health care programs will be maintained.”;

 

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