Chris Christie is going to be re-elected as New Jersey’s governor this week, but forget that. Now’s the time to start focusing on his presidential prospects.
Because unless and until he says “no” to the prospect, the possibility of a GOP run is going to influence everything Christie does and how it’s seen. New Jersey isn’t just the place he governs. It’ll be his stage.
The New York Times has a stinging assessment today of Chris Christie’s governorship, saying the confrontational governor promised to eschew budget tricks used by his predecessor—but has adopted them instead, and to no good effect: The state’s economy remains highly distressed.
While New Jersey’s politicians are worrying about whether they should force the gay marriage issue any further, a menace is walking the plains, getting smarter, and plotting its revenge.
I’m talking, of course, about cows. Those damn dirty bovines have been giving Jerseyans trouble this week, with two cows recently making their escape from the back of a trailer as it was on its way to have them turned into delicious, delicious meatparts. The cows evidently got wise to the plan somewhere in Montvale, crashing out of their trailer and disrupting traffic for a period of time before police could wrangle them and bring rightful human order to the area.
Gay marriage has hit the Garden State this week, with some municipalities throughout Jersey following in the footsteps of Montgomery County by accepting license applications for same-sex couples without an official go-ahead from the state.
Chief among the towns participating are Monmouth County’s Asbury Park and Red Bank, says Garden State Equality executive director Troy Stevenson:
Finally, after months and weeks of talking, today is the special election in New Jersey to replace the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. In this corner, we have Republican Steve Lonegan, and in this corner we have Democrat and social media superstar Cory Booker. And while the race appeared to tighten in recent weeks, it still appears to be Booker’s to lose.
NewsWorks reports that New Jersey has authorized a second medical marijuana dispensary, in South Jersey’s Egg Harbor Township. The first center, in Montclair, already has more customers than it can handle. There are big fees, long wait times, and people aren’t getting nearly as much, er, medicine as they paid for. ”I had no idea it would take so long, I just have to sit and wait for a phone call,” said one disgruntled patient. Thanks, Obamacare.
Want rustic country charm, but don’t want to leave your 10-mile-radius? Well, you’re out of luck. But, if you can sacrifice rustic charm and put up with a winery in an industrial park in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we’ve got just the place for you.
Chris Christie, making sure the public knows he loves straight couples a lot.
NewsWorks reports that gay couples are ready to get married in New Jersey, following last week’s lower court ruling striking down the gay marriage ban there. Lambertsville resident Beth Asaro tells NewsWorks that she and her friends were trying to be patient while waiting out the appeals. ”People kind of rally around and understand what you’re going through, so we’re just playing it by ear,” she said.
And yes, the appeals are inevitable. The Inquirer reports: “The Christie administration asked Monday for a delay in a state court judge’s decision allowing same-sex marriage and requested that the case skip the appellate level and be decided by the New Jersey Supreme Court.” Christie didn’t issue any official statement, though, presumably because his zeal for looking like a bad guy in public is limited after all.
But Democrats have already responded, agreeing with Christie that the case should go directly to the state supreme court, the Wall Street Journal reports. “We’re calling on courts to take this issue up now,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney, the state’s top Democrat. “By Oct. 21, the people should know yes or no.”