The Star-Ledger reports: “Gov. Chris Christie and the leaders of the state Legislature have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a 22-year-old federal law preventing them from legalizing sports betting at New Jersey’s horse racing tracks and Atlantic City casinos. The state’s appeal, filed last week and made public today, is a last-ditch effort by the governor and lawmakers. They have been rebuffed at every turn, losing three times in federal court to the NCAA and the nation’s professional sports leagues, which originally brought the high-profile case.” The sports leagues have until March 17 to respond.
Princeton-environs U.S. Rep Rush Holt, who ran against Cory Booker for Senate last year, will step down at the end of his term. Most famous for being a five-time Jeopardy! champion and an actual rocket scientists, he was not only championed scientific research funding, but was also among the more progressive members of the Democratic caucus.
The New Republic has a big story out, examining the patterns of questionable behavior by Chris Christie during his career, and a conservative website is taking exception to the illustration that covers it. The illustration, at left, is apparently racist.
The illustration shows Christie retrieving a newspaper outside an impressive home wearing boxers, an open bathrobe and a gold chain around his neck.
There is something overtly Italian-American stereotypical about it, markedly a reference to fictional crime boss Tony Soprano.
“Christie is half Sicilian,” remarked one person on Twitter who saw the image. “If someone portrayed a black politician as a gangsta I know exactly how The New Republic would react.”
Christie is, indeed, half Sicilian, coming from his mother’s side.
The Hoboken Record reports that Chris Christie’s attorneys are doing their own investigation into the Bridgegate scandal—even asking Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer for an interview about her allegations that members of Christie’s cabinet threatened to withhold Sandy recovery aid if she didn’t play ball on a development project the governor favored.
New Jersey’s government may not shut down after all. Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney are reportedly near an accord in public pensions—Sweeney last week threatened to shut down the state government if Christie didn’t stick to earlier promises on the issue.
AP reports on New Jersey’s vice preferences: “A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll finds 41 percent of respondents would support smoking marijuana recreationally if it became legal. That compares to only 32 percent who support gambling over the Internet, which is legal in New Jersey now. The poll finds support for online gambling has fallen, even as it enters its third full month and more than 150,000 online gambling accounts have been set up in the state.”
This might not help Philly’s hopes to host a Super Bowl. New Jersey Transit had issues getting people to and from the stadium by train—especially after the game had concluded:
The issues continued after the game, when the fans who arrived via NJ Transit attempted to return home. NJ.com reported that some fans spent “hours” attempting to leave MetLife Stadium.
“You can get out of any stadium in 45 minutes to an hour. We are at three hours just to get here,” Terry Thon, of Denver, told NJ.com, of the waits to get to the train station at MetLife Stadium. “Ahead of him was another 45-minute wait to get on his next train, he said.”
AP: “Gov. Chris Christie’s office has agreed to pay $650 per hour to the lawyer representing the governor’s office in a traffic jam scandal. And the lawyer says that’s a discount. … Randy Mastro says the is 40 percent less than he usually charges clients and 20 percent less than other attorneys in the New York office charge.” Christie’s office released the info on Tuesday night.