I have seen a lot of diaries on the upcoming Election Day. Some of them are woeful predictions of a crushing loss of the Senate. Others are ridiculously rosy predictions of upset victories and "holding serve". Still others are not so veiled beg-a-thons for candidates that need last minute money to conduct an advertising blitz.
New Jersey Democrats have struck a deal with Governor Christie that may make a dent in the current budget deficit:
TRENTON – A deal on interest arbitration caps for unionized police and firefighters has been struck between the administration and legislative leadership, according to a source familiar with the discussions. Gov. Chris Christie’s office, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) could roll details of the agreement as soon as tomorrow. The announcement will extend a version of the former law that was allowed to sunset in March, a source said.
Details on a compromise were scant, however talks have been ongoing since the Assembly allowed the law that put a 2 percent cap on interest arbitration to expire after Prieto refused to post a proposal for a vote that was offered by the governor and approved by the Senate.
In March, Senate and Assembly lawmakers passed a bill that would extend the cap, which was set to expire at the end of the month, until the end of 2017. The proposal that went through both chambers also significantly loosened the existing cap. In return, Christie conditionally vetoed the bill to add language to largely put it back in line with the existing cap.
Commentary, after the Cheetoh.
Pardon the hit and run here, but this is all there is to this breaking story thus far:
New Jersey election law regulators on Tuesday said that Gov. Chris Christie's re-election campaign committee can use unspent funds—and raise more—to pay its legal fees and expenses to comply with document subpoenas in the investigation of last fall's George Washington Bridge access lane closures that crippled traffic.
Tonight, we gather to pay tribute to Staff Sgt. Robert E. Thomas, Jr., who finally gave his last full measure for his country after a long and gallant convalescence in an Army Hospital.
To fight aloud, is very brave -
But gallanter, I know
Who charge within the bosom
The Calvary of Woe-
Who win, and nations do not see -
Who fall - and none observe -
Whose dying eyes, no Country
Regards with patriot love -
- Emily Dickinson
Staff Sgt. Thomas, 24, of Fontana, CA, died Friday, September 13th in Texas, where he was being treated for horrific burns received in Afghanistan on April 21st in Maiwand, Afghanistan in an explosion described by the Army as a "non-combat-related incident". His family never gave up on him, though, throughout his courageous battle.
Sgt. Thomas, who was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, was a squad leader in a mortar platoon with the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division out of Fort Bliss, Texas. He deployed to Afghanistan in December and, sadly, was scheduled to come home to his loving family soon after his accident. He previously spent 10 months as a squad leader during a tour in Afghanistan in 2010.
This is not a diary, but it deserves more than a comment. People are asking how the Zimmerman jury could have reached the verdicts reached on all of the counts charged. As a lawyer, I wanted to see the jury instructions that were given in this matter, as they can make a big difference on how a jury see the facts adduced as evidence in a trial.
Mitt Romney and his silver spoon slobbering minions must be idiots to allow this tax thing to stretch out so long. Anyone who can't figure out how to put a spike in this issue is not fit to hold the Nuclear Football. Who wants to see a guy whine? I'd respect him a little if at least managed to get his Magic Underpants in a twist, and fight back effectively. Even my Republican partners can't stand this simpering Bataan Death March on cable news every night.
If Romney and his crew of cretins had a half a brain between them, this is what would Mittens say, on national TV, during something everyone who is likely to vote in November is watching (like Jersey Shore):
Please join us tonight in paying tribute to two more young men who gave their last full measure for their country, Army Staff Sgt. Christopher L. Brown and Marine Cpl. Christopher D. Bordoni. May their families remember them as the humorous and fun loving family men they were.
NOTE: Must leave. Will answer all comments in the a.m.
Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don't remember me at all.
I didn't want to write this diary. I have been on a hot streak, not having to write a diary on my assigned IGTNT diary days for about my last seven assignments. My son in law has been in Afghanistan since August, and he was home for two weeks lately. He got back on the date that I drew to write a diary. There were five casualties on the day he got back - none near his base. I can't imagine what it must be like to get that call. I weep for the families of these brave men.
Today, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie nominated Chatham Borough Mayor Bruce A. Harris, an openly gay African American and Executive Assistant Attorney General Philip Kwon, a Korean American, to fill two open seats on the New Jersey Supreme Court. Neither has ever served as a judge before. Notwithstanding that fact, both are expected to be easily confirmed. Both sides of the aisle are praising these nominations.
Please join us tonight in honoring Spc. Sean M. Walsh, 21, of San Jose, Calif., who died Nov. 16, in Khowst province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained after encountering indirect fire. Indirect fire is Army speak for an enemy mortar shell or a rocket that actually manages to hit a target.
Sean Walsh was assigned to the 185th Military Police Battalion, 49th Military Police Brigade, Pittsburg, Calif. Sean was a peacekeeper, who thought he was on his way home to his family. I can't imagine the battle of the heart that he had to fight to go away, and leave his family behind. God must have had a plan for him Please welcome him home. Until eternity.
Update: Bed time. Will answer all comments in the a.m.
I thought I would share this with all of my fellow Jerseyans, just in case you haven't see it yet. Courtesy of the New Jersey State Democratic Committee:
It's a pop up. It doesn't always appear, but you can find it here:
Sgt. Timothy D. Sayne, 31, of Reno, Nev., died Sept. 18 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
The bustle in a house
The morning after death
Is solemnest of industries
Enacted upon earth, -
The sweeping up the heart,
And putting love away
We shall not want to use again
- Emily Dickinson