Last night on a New Jersey radio station, Chris Christie delivered an ode to mediocre rocker Bruce Springsteen:
"It’s not only just seeing Bruce, but it’s like when you’re in high school – you get a driver’s license, and you’re able to drive to the Jersey Shore and you’re driving down Route 35 and you’re heading into Seaside Heights and it’s a hot summer night and you roll those windows down and you have your eight track and you’re blasting it and you’re singing as loud as the music and you’ve got your friends in the car and they’re all singing. And you’re heading to the Boardwalk. And that’s New Jersey. And so my visceral, emotional attachment is because this is where I grew up. And he represents so many of the things that are great about our state. Grit and toughness and talent and emotion and success. And you know what? Everybody else around the world, country, when they would make fun of New Jersey when I was a kid. I’d say yeah but we’ve got Bruce, he’s ours. And so you know, let’s ‘spirit to the night’ baby ‘all night.’ Come on Eric, ‘all night,’" said Christie, beginning to sing.
The radio host refused to sing along. "Yeah I’ll do a lot of things, but I’m not singing along with you Governor," he said.
Christie tried again to coax him into song, "Come on Eric. ‘All night.’"
"Say goodbye Governor," said the host.
Finally, Christie signed off. "Spirit to the night everybody. Be safe, we’ll see you next month."
If Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey is found guilty of traveling to the Dominican Republic to engage in sexual intercourse with underage prostitutes, he could face up to 30 years prison. The appropriate law, which would seem to apply in this instance, is the Prosecutorial Remedies And Other Tools To End The Exploitation Of Children Today (or the Protect Act).
The FBI has raided the West Palm Beach office of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a local doctor with close ties to New Jersey Democratic senator Bob Menendez. The Miami Heraldfirst reported the story Tuesday night:
Frank Lautenberg, the 88-year-old New Jersey senator, suggested that Newark mayor Cory Booker needs a "spanking" for threatening to run for the Senate seat he holds.
"I have four children, I love each one of them. I can't tell (you) that one of them wasn't occasionally disrespectful, so I gave them a spanking and everything was OK," Lautenberg tells the Philadelphia Inquirer.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie has accepted the endorsement of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), according to an announcement from the Republican's reelection campaign. The organization "is one of the largest unions in the state, representing over 20,000 laborers across New Jersey primarily within the construction and manufacturing trades."
A reporter today asked the White House why folks in New Jersey and New York still don't have power "weeks" after Hurricane Sandy:
"Well, I would point you to the substantial and fast effort that the president oversaw in terms of the federal response to this terrible storm," White House press secretary Jay Carney said, dodging the question. "And I think that that effort ... has been documented."
It has been a little more than a month since Hurricane Sandy made landfall and pounded the Atlantic shores of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. Within hours, government big dogs, the president included, were on the scene promising speedy and comprehensive relief. When they left to attend to campaigning and other business, the bureaucrats arrived and took over. Now, things proceed slowly and in the usual fashion.
Charlotte Cory Booker won’t say if he’s running for governor of New Jersey, but when I ask if he’s going to challenge Republican governor Chris Christie next year at the Democrats’ LGBT caucus meeting Thursday afternoon, he answers with a nervous laugh.
St. Petersburg Doug Cabana has known Chris Christie for a long time. We’re standing in a ballroom at the welcome party for the New Jersey delegation, and Cabana is explaining to me how he was elected to the county board in Morris County two years after Christie had won a seat. “I’ve known him for 16 years,” Cabana says. “We were both freeholders,” as board members are called. “Now I’m still a freeholder and he’s”—Cabana gestures across the room at Christie, who’s mobbed by cameras, reporters, and Jerseyites—“well, he’s here.” Cabana flashes a smile that’s neither wistful nor bittersweet. It’s full of pride.