Christie spokesman responds to gay conversion therapy debate
Responding to criticism from his likely gubernatorial challenger, Gov. Chris Christie’s office said Thursday the Republican governor does not believe in so-called gay conversion therapy.
The governor’s office responded to a telephone news conference earlier today during which Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono referred to Christie’s refusal to publically reject the controversial therapy as “disgusting.”
Mercer GOP waits for word from Inverso
The Mercer County Republicans held their annual nominating convention last night, but one party member was absent from the room
Darryl Isherwood- PolitickerNJ.com
Andrezjcak, Space sworn into office
TRENTON – Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver today swore in the General Assembly’s two newest lawmakers.
Assemblymen Robert Andrezejcak, (D-1) and Parker Space, (R-24), officially assumed their roles in the New Jersey Assembly.
Matthew Arco- Politickernj.com
Latest from State Street Wire
Health Dept. responds to medical marijuana critics
TRENTON – The state Health Department on Thursday issued the following statement following criticisms from medical marijuana advocates about what they claim is the slow pace of the program’s implemention.
Minhaj Hassan – State Street Wire
Assembly approves bills dealing with human trafficking, animal cruelty, more
TRENTON – The Assembly approved legislation that would put restrictions on people convicted of animal cruelty.
Matthew Arco-State Street Wire
Bills focusing on Energy Master Plan, employees computer passwords, passed
A1098: This bill requires 911 dispatchers to call for mutual aid assistance within 10 minutes if the basic life support ambulance service provider initially called does not respond.
Minhaj Hassan- State Street Wire
Bills to hike cell phone fines, have monitors for rebuilding projects passed by Assembly
TRENTON – The Assembly on Thursday passed bills that would have monitors for rebuilding projects and hike fines for talking on cell phone while driving,
Minhaj Hassan-State Street Wire
From the Back Room
Lance staffer registers lanceforsenate.com
An aide to U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance earlier this month registered the domain name www.lanceforsenate.com, but a spokesman said the Congressman has no plans to run for Senate, “now or ever.”
Aide John Byers registered the domain through Go Daddy on March 4. The site is not functional and shows only a homepage picture unrelated to Lance
Darryl R. Isherwood – PolitickerNJ.com
Christie expects FEMA to revise flood plain maps
Governor Christie said Thursday that he expects the Federal Emergency Management Agency to update flood-elevation maps drafted after superstorm Sandy to make them less aggressive.
Melissa Hayes and Shawn Boburg-The Record
Jersey City election 2013: 2 mayoral candidates engage in critiques
The four Jersey City mayoral candidates engaged in a spicy, two-hour debate last night as they met for the first time in the 2013 campaign season
Terrance T. McDonald-Jersey Journal
Watchdog group says Democratic group must follow campaign finance rules
TRENTON — The state’s campaign finance watchdog agency today told an out-of-state Democratic group that intends to take part in this year’s Assembly and Senate races that it must register as a campaign committee and adhere to contribution limits.
Matt Friedman- The Star Ledger
Stile: Separating Sandy and politics easier said than done
In his State of the State speech, Governor Christie characterized superstorm Sandy as one of those rare traumatic events that “are above politics.”
Charles Stile-The Record
Don’t overreach on gay conversion therapy
Imagine being forced to take “flirting classes,” designed to teach a gay teenage boy how to talk to the opposite sex. Being ordered to masturbate to images of women. To undergo electric shock treatments, and take medicine to induce vomiting when a therapist flashes a photo of two men holding hands.
All administered with parental consent — and the false promise that it will change your sexual orientation.
Star Ledger Editorial