Just Another Day in Jersey
Posted by Ryan on April 1, 2008
Here are a few tidbits from the Garden State on this very slow news day:
Truckers, looking for vengeance due to high diesel prices, take it out on (where else!) the New Jersey Turnpike by stalling traffic in one of the nation’s busiest corridors. Tax and cut Governor Jon Corzine was not present to extract extra tolls from the truckers (I heard there were seat-belt issues involved).
A New Jersey Mathematician at NJIT has figured out a mundane way to pick winning baseball teams… yet, on this kind of news day, this is good stuff: pick the obvious teams and have a disclaimer that pitching, rookies and other intangibles may affect the outcome… so, when can we go to Vegas with this guy?
Another buzz around town happens to be about a new book which just hit the shelves of my local Barnes and Nobles, called The Soprano State: New Jersey’s Culture of Corruption, which cites (of all things) corruption at the very heart of New Jersey politics! Oh my!
And by the way, 84 year old New Jersey Senator Democrat Frank Lautenberg has decided to run for reelection this year! I can’t wait for Jon Corzine to make his first age crack at McCain (a whopping 13 years younger than Lautenberg). I wouldn’t put it passed Corzine, who might just have the Legislature levy a “speaking about McCain” tax to ease the property tax burden.
Corzine, who can’t raise taxes quick enough on every little thing he can imagine, is under threat of a laudable, if ultimately laughable, recall effort — the folks at the center of the recall consider themselves “Whigs” to boot! Nice.
Sometimes one just has to sit back, exhale, and think: wow, I love this state!