Horribly sad news is rocking a stunned country tonight, Save Jerseyans; we’ve learned that New Jersey icon and acting legend James Gandolfini is dead of a heart attack at age of 51.
Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey and grew up in Park Ridge. His critically-acclaimed depiction of Tony Soprano on HBO’s The Sopranos redefined television, elevated Gandolfini to one of television’s most recognized figures and, in a totally unexpected way at the time, catalyzed a decade’s long interest in the Garden State among drivers of the popular culture…
Governor Chris Christie issued the following statement on Wednesday evening:
It’s an awful shock. James Gandolfini was a fine actor, a Rutgers alum and a true Jersey guy. I was a huge fan of his and the character he played so authentically, Tony Soprano. I have gotten to know Jimmy and many of the other actors in the Sopranos cast and I can say that each of them are an individual New Jersey treasure. Mary Pat and I express our deepest sympathies to Mr. Gandolfini’s wife and children, and our prayers are with them at this terrible time.”
Now that she survived Steve Lonegan’s challenge to her petitions, it worth getting to know the political novice who was able to get 2,285 nominating signatures in three days, Dr. Alieta Eck. That was a task that was too much for many seasoned politicians.
From the looks of how the Special Election Senate race is shaping up, Newark Mayor Cory Booker is going to win in a landslide anyway. Booker has a huge lead over Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and Congressmen Frank Pallone and Rush Holt in the independent polls for the Democratic nomination. Lonegan is within striking distance of Pallone, Holt and Oliver in the Monmouth University Pollreleased last Friday, but loses to Booker by 16 points.
The only hope for a Republican to win the Senate seat in October is for someone other than Booker to be the Democratic nominee or for Booker to be badly wounded, politically, in a bloody Democratic primary. That doesn’t look like it is going to happen…
Since Chris Christie’s standing with Republicans outside New Jersey has suffered as of late, Save Jerseyans, the Governor’s team may be trying to begin the reconciliation process that will almost certainly kick into high gear after November.
Step 2: publicly re-declare his love for the Dallas Cowboys…
A RINO from the Northeast would never pull for a Texas team like the Cowboys, right? It’s great base politics, folks, effectively being the sports equivalent of Cristina Kirchner resurrecting the Falklands issue whenever the economy tanks. Sure, it makes this Eagles fan throw up a little bit in his mouth (I’m sure you Blue Men concur), but of all the troubles in the world this isn’t among the worst. I guess.
Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic NJ) voted against it. No shock there. 5 other Republicans (including Florida’s Marco Rubio) also voted “NAY.” Attempting to explain his vote and avoid a base backlash, Senator Rubio cited a lack of “specifics.”
Chiesa previously voted to allow debate on the primary legislation during last week’s session. It now seems all but certain that (1) the Senate will pass it, (2) the House will spike it, and (3) true immigration reform will remain an unreachable goal pending a favorable change in leadership.
What else is new?
If you want to thank Senator Chiesa for today’s vote (and encourage him to go the right way on the final vote) click here for his D.C. office contact information.
I’ve already discussed how my Memorial Day Weekend in Ocean County was a bit jarring, Save Jerseyans.
You and I have seen the Sandy damage firsthand. That wasn’t anything new. What really touched me is the extent to which some Jersey Shore communities — particularly some of the Ocean/Monmouth towns that bore the brunt of the storm surge — are still far from fully operational.
I’m glad another Democrat realized that voting for Barbara Buono is antithetical to the state’s best interests, Save Jerseyans. It’s a promising development. I only wish that some of these Dems were jumping ship for ideological reasons, too, rather than simply having come to respect (and fear) this Governor’s gravitas.