David Sirota has a name familiar to many on the left — he became known first as a Democratic political consultant, then as a columnist and radio host. These days he’s aiming for a different job description: Muckraker.
Chris Christie announced last night that he was vetoing a bill that would have banned smoking in most of New Jersey’s beaches and parks.
“While I appreciate the sponsors’ concerns regarding the risks posed by smoking and second-hand smoke, I am not persuaded that a prescriptive, one-size-fits-all State ban on smoking at public parks and beaches is advisable at this time,” Christie wrote in his veto statement. “Too often, policy-makers at more centralized levels of government encroach into areas of public policy previously reserved for local governing bodies.”
Yes, it sounds like Christie is using this statement to help set himself up for a presidential run as a small-government conservative.
Gov. Chris Christie was mum Monday after a day of talks aimed at saving Atlantic City, the rapidly declining resort town. “I don’t want to” reveal details of closed-door talks with community and business leaders, Christie said.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie issued a directive Monday allowing his state’s casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting without fear of criminal or civil liability.
His action is likely to be challenged in court by the professional and collegiate sports leagues that fought New Jersey’s efforts to overturn a ban on sports betting in all but four states. That effort ended with the U.S. Supreme Court declining to hear the case.
Christie had seemed to accept the Supreme Court’s ruling. Instead, Monday’s order seems to sidestep it. The state attorney general’s office provided an opinion (below) suggesting New Jersey officials had the authority to repeal old state-level prohibitions on sports betting — as long as the state essentially gets out of the way of the betting — so long as the state doesn’t license those operations for sports betting, in violation of federal law. (In plainer English: The feds can’t stop Jersey from repealing its own laws against sports betting. It can stop the state from licensing those operations. So Jersey is choosing a path forward that lets people bet without the state having quite so much regulatory control over it.)
Long story short: Casinos and race tracks can take sports bets starting today. Lawsuits almost assuredly to follow.
Gov. Chris Christie is in Mexico this week — ostensibly on a trade mission, but probably also burnishing his presidential credentials — but there’s one thing he really doesn’t want to talk about. Immigration. Read more »
WNYC’s Matt Katzreports that Gov. Chris Christie today was asked to comment about events in Ferguson, Mo., and whether there’s a problem with the way police deal with young African Americans. Christie responded with an angry tirade against discrimination … against police.