It must be nice

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, R-Harding,  ranked 14th on the list of the wealthiest members of Congress according to the annual survey by The Hill newspaper.

Rodney”s net wealth was reported to be at least $19.9 million. And showing that the recession does not impact all, his wealth increased in the past year by $2 million.
Most of his wealth lies in stock investments in Proctor&Gamble.
And most shockingly, perhaps, to the average person is the fact the congressman listed NO DEBT for either 2008 or 2009 .

Talk about wind power _ here comes a hurricane

At his press conference today Gov. Christie was asked a few questions about the fact Hurricane Earl may impact New Jersey this weekend.

He said the usual things: Something along the lines of the state being ready for just about anything.

But he missed a great opportunity to talk about how a hurricane may be great for the wind power initiative he just signed.  🙂

Highlands nominees coming soon

Many in northwest New Jersey, especially conservative Republicans, would like to see the state’s Highlands Council disappear.

Deciding what to do with the council is now the job of Chris Christie. His transition team report trashed the council and the governor has let multiple vacancies on the council to remain. Many members are serving as holdovers.

Christie said today that he plans to name nominees to the council by late September, early October. He said many names have been forwarded to him and that he is consodering them.

The Schundler fallout

When you get past the politics, it will be interesting to see how Bret Schundler’s firing meshes with supporters of charter schools, vouchers and other forms of alternative education. Bret was a champion of those causes. But will the next commissioner feel the same way?

Schundler in the cross-hairs

 Check out this statement by the governor’s press secretary:

“We regret that Mr. Schundler continues to sully his own image by engaging in revisionist history.  His attempts to cover up misleading the Governor are evidenced by the contrast between his letter to Secretary Duncan, in which he describes making a verbal clarification at the presentation, and the video released by the U.S. Department of Education.  Mr. Schundler was the Administration’s only source for what occurred in the Race to the Top presentation.  All of the Governor’s statements were based on Mr. Schundler’s account.”

Looking to the government for help

You have to love these conservative Republicans. Take Bret Schundler, who says he was fired _ as opposed to resigning _ as education commissioner, because he needs unemployment benefits.
Fine, if the man is entitled to benefits, he should get them.
But it is a bit ironic that a conservative is looking for the government to help him out. Listening to the rhetoric of the right, I thought the government was BAD!

This race is over

Have you seen the video _ it is on our web site _ of Commissioner Bret Schundler and other officials making their case at the U.S. Education department for Race to the Top funding. When asked for what was missing from the state’s application _ funding data for 2008 and 2009 _ the team from N.J. was clueless. So, the questioner gave them more time to fund it. About 30 minutes later, they were asked again. The info was not there.

Part of the governor’s point the other day was that New Jersey verbally provided the feds with the required figures at the Aug. 11 meeting. But that did not happen.

This truly should end all attempts to blame the Obama Administation for the state not getting funds and also invite thought on how long Schundler is going to be able to keep his job.