Nearly 3,000 Gay Marriages in Jersey, So Far

The Star-Ledger reports: “A total of 2,955 gay couples were married in New Jersey from Oct. 21, when same-sex weddings began under the orders of a state judge, through the end of March, according to the state health department. At the same time, 43,619 heterosexual couples were wed. That means about one of 15 marriages performed in the state during that period were for same-sex couples.”

The paper adds: “Activists said they expect the pace will increase as the wedding season begins next month. One observer said gay marriages could bring up to $94 million to New Jersey’s economy over the next three years. She suspects many couples from Pennsylvania, which does not allow gay marriage, will also cross the border to get hitched.”



Poll: Jersey Voters Skeptical of Christie Vindication

Politico reports: “New Jersey voters think an investigation commissioned by Gov. Chris Christie’s office that cleared him of wrongdoing in the George Washington Bridge scandal is a “whitewash,” according to a new poll. Of the 96 percent of New Jersey voters who had heard of the controversy over the lane closures and resulting traffic jam on the bridge, allegedly ordered by Christie’s staff as political retribution, 56 percent said the investigation was a “whitewash,” according to a Quinnipiac poll out Wednesday. Thirty-six percent said the investigation was a legitimate one.”

One other bad bit of news for Christie: Two-thirds of Jersey voters believe he ordered the bridge closure; Christie has denied involvement.

Our Five Favorite Parts of the Chris Christie New Yorker Profile

You’ve already heard about the Joy Behar incident. There are a lot more golden tidbits in this week’s New Yorker profile of Chris Christie. Here are five of our favorite:

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Former Christie Associates Talking to Bridgegate Grand Jury reports on the latest goings-on in the grand jury investigating Bridgegate:

David Wildstein, the former Port Authority official at the center of the George Washington Bridge lane-closings scandal, spent several days meeting with federal prosecutors in Newark last week, according to a report posted online by a Washington-based publication that says it covers “insider news” about the U.S. Department of Justice.

The publication, called “Main Justice,” is also reporting that Charlie McKenna, former chief legal counsel to Gov. Chris Christie, met secretly in mid-January with investigators in the office of New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

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Tesla Challenges Jersey Car Regulations

The conflict is simple: Electric car-maker Tesla Motors wants to sell its vehicles directly to the Jersey car-buying public. New Jersey officials want Tesla to use dealerships, under state laws that really, truly aren’t about preserving the livelihoods of the state’s car-dealers but most assuredly are about accountability to consumers. Or so they say.

In any case: “Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to go to court to appeal New Jersey’s ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks. The notice, filed last week to the state appellate division, seeks to overturn regulations imposed by the state Motor Vehicle Commission that require new-car dealers to have franchise agreements before they can be licensed. Those regulations, proposed last fall and implemented last month, effectively will prohibit Tesla from using its direct-sales model. The company, based in Palo Alto, California, has been selling cars at two locations in New Jersey for about two years.” (AP)

Chris Christie Tells Diane Sawyer: No Bridgegate Responsibility

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NJ Gov. Chris Christie was interviewed Thursday night by ABC’s Diane Sawyer, and made the case that he shouldn’t be blamed for the “Bridgegate” scandal afflicting his administration — not even to the point that his abrupt personal style might’ve accidentally influenced the staffers who sought revenge on a Democratic mayor by creating traffic problems near the George Washington Bridge at Fort Lee.

But he feels bad about the affair: “You don’t sleep, you don’t eat,” he said.

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