Back in town

The governor has returned to New Jersey and will hold a press “availability” today in Freehold. One hopes the roads are clear enough for him to get there.¬† ūüôā

Which reorg meetings will the gov. attend?

When you win the Super Bowl, you go to Disney-World.

When you come back from Disney-World, what do you do then? If you are the governor, you go to town reorganization meetings.

There are six town¬†reorganization meetings in Morris County on New Year’s Day and do not be surprised if the governor shows up at one of them … Hanover is a possibility; The governor’s office called town hall the other day to inquire as to what time their¬†meeting is taking place. For those who are interested, it’s noon.

It's not the snow ….

The governor is getting some unwelcome national press about being in Disney-World while a blizzard hit New Jersey. That, in my mind, is NOT the issue. As we said yesterday, the issue is, Why is Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno out of state at the same time?

That just looks bad. It bears repeating — her only job as Lt. Governor is to step in when the governor is away. Someone here was not thinking clearly.

Why is she away at the same time as the governor?

Hey NJ Transit, the snow stopped 24 hours ago

Why is NJ Transit on an “enhanced” holiday schedule today.

Got a call from a commuter who tried to take the train from the Mt. Arlington train station today, but who was shocked to discover that there was no service. That is because trains do not run to Mt. Arlington on weekends/holidays and that is the schedule trains are on today.

Another issue here is that Mt. Arlington station, which opened amid great fanfare a few years ago, has been a great disappointment. Why? Well, for this very reason; no service on weekends and holidays.

Why is Sweeney Acting Governor?

Or in otherwords, why are Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno, the Lt. Governor, out of state at the same time?
The idea of creating the position was that the Lt. Governor would step in when the governor was away. Now, they’re both out of state and we’re back to having the Senate President as Acting Governor.
Can’t we coordinate vacation schedules here?

Let's bring Santa to Parsippany

That’s what U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J, wants to do.
The senator sent the following letter to Santa Claus:

Iam writing out of concern, because you may have to move from the North Pole due to the dramatic melting of Arctic sea ice.  The Navy’s chief oceanographer says that by the summer of 2020 the North Pole may not have summer ice and other scientists project that an ice-free Arctic is possible as soon as 2012! 

       Scientists overwhelmingly agree that polar ice is melting because of greenhouse gas pollution and I am working hard to reduce these emissions.  But there is probably nothing we can do in time to save the North Pole.  I am worried about your safety and your ability to deliver billions of Christmas gifts if the ice cap on the North Pole no longer stays frozen all year.  What will happen to your house, your workshop, the elves’ houses and your reindeer barns?  

      I want you to know that if you want to relocate to the beautiful state of New Jersey, I would be proud to assist you.  But given the climate you are accustomed to, I will understand if you would like to relocate to the South Pole.  Just be sure not to move to the Antarctic Peninsula or West Antarctic ice sheet, areas that are also experiencing rapid ice melt. 

       Please know that I will work to mobilize the U.S. federal government to assist when you relocate.  I am sure we can both agree that on a warming planet, we need to do all we can to save Christmas.     

Now, this is a joke. but I am sure there will be some Scrooges who are going to find something here to complain about,

NJ loses a seat; now the fun begins?

New Census figures will result in New Jersey losing one of its 13 seats in the House of Representatives.

So, which member of Congress will go?  It all depends on which party prevails in the battle that is to come.  We are talking about a 13-member committee with six Dems, six Republicans and one neutral chairman who will likely end up casting the deciding vote. 

When that happens, we will see either two incumbent Republicans or two incumbent Democrats put into the same district.