Thursday, June 22, 2017

Late night open thread

It's getting colder friends.
Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

So, the guy who wrote the pay to play law, to much fanfare, doesn't want to follow it

Mayor Fulop, Suez (formerly United) Water and the old checkbook are getting each other in trouble anymore. See, you'll recall when councilman Fulop did that great thing of creating a Jersey City pay to play law to help clean up government that was so good it was adopted by the state of New Jersey.

That's a fine accomplishment. Know what might be more impressive? Following your own damned law. Our play tonight comes in three acts, directed by Jersey Journal Terrence T. McDonald.

Act I The Money Flows
Suez and its political action committee gave Fulop's re-election bid at least $10,800 in the last four years, plus another $1,000 to the Fulop-controlled Jersey City Democratic Committee, campaign reports show. Those amounts exceed contribution limits placed on some city vendors by the city's pay-to-play law. (Add to this the generous 10K contribution to Fulop's SuperPAC in his canceled run for Governor)

Act II The Word Salad
Asked to comment, Suez spokeswoman Madeline Power said, "The Suez Political Action Committee ensures that all of its contributions comply with local, state and federal laws."

Act III Salience
Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the Washington group Public Citizen, helped draft New Jersey's pay-to-play ban, which was modeled after Jersey City's law. Holman reviewed the city's pay-to-play ban and the Suez donations for The Jersey Journal. "They would appear to be a direct violation of the pay-to-pay law," Holman said. "The MUA ... agreed to the pay-to-play policy, which it should, but is clearly not abiding by it."

So, as McDonald points out, it sounds like Fulop has no intention of following his own law or if he does at best in a slapdash fashion with plenty of excuses. Suez is willing to say anything and it would appear pay anything to keep the MUA contract that's coming up for them. This might lead some cynical reporter like Johnny to ask if Mr. Fulop meant the law he backed or if he only wanted to hurt former Mayor Healy with it.

Late night open thread

Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.
 -- John Locke

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Right about now Hoboken mayor Dawn Zimmer is holding a press conference...

...and in moments she will be announcing she will NOT seek re-election in Hoboken and that it has nothing to do with any supposed spot in a possible Phil Murphy administration should the Democrat win the governor's race in November. More throughout the day on this at the Jersey Journal.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Late night open thread

This was not the plan but with Comcast dropping in and out for the last few hours, Johnny's gonna post this and head home. Thanks Comcast.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Late night open thread

Here's hoping all the dads out there had a fantastic Father's Day! Don't ever take dad for granted, for all his faults he won't be around forever.

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Johnny will back the first candidate for Candice Osborne's seat IF

They are cool with Johnny calling them 'The Usurper' for no other reason than it sounds cool and like Johnny will have his revenge.

Jersey City Desk headline from the future: "Today the Ward E Usurper voted against a 20 year tax break for a 20" by 20" plot of dirt"

So there you go, Seems fair to Johnny anyway.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Late night open thread

The first person sentenced to the stocks in Boston was Edward Palmer, who created the stocks. What was his crime? Charging too much for stocks. Believe it, or else.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday, June 16, 2017


Every so often Johnny likes to toss a remix or special live version into the mix to keep things fresh in the ole music crisper. Tonight is such an evening as we start things off with a masterful remix, the Mother of Mercy Remix of Billy Idol's 'To be a Lover' which, if you're driving you might want to put on cruise control as this one can led to the lead foot twitch.