Citing financial concerns, the Obama administration has begun quietly winding down one of the earliest programs created by the president’s health care overhaul, a plan that helps people with medical problems who can’t get private insurance.
In an afternoon teleconference with state counterparts, administration officials said Friday the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan will stop taking new applications. People already in the plan will not lose coverage.”
Can you see the cracks in this monstrosity, Save Jerseyans?
Governor Chris Christie held a “Mobile Cabinet Meeting” today in Union Beach, New Jersey (Monmouth County), Save Jerseyans, where he addressed a number of issues hot button issues directly related to the Hurricane Sandy relief effort.
Governor Chris Christie filed the following Superior Court judicial nominations this afternoon, Save Jerseyans:
SUPERIOR COURT Nominate for reappointment Arthur Bergman (East Brunswick, Middlesex) Nominate for reappointment Sherry A. Hutchins-Henderson (West Orange, Essex) Nominate for reappointment Robert J. Mega (Clark, Union) Nominate for reappointment Bonnie J. Mizdol (Paramus, Bergen) Nominate for reappointment Kenneth J. Slomienski (Wallington, Bergen) Nominate for appointment Peter A. Bogaard (Chester, Morris) Nominate for appointment Bradford M. Bury (Watchung, Somerset) Nominate for appointment J. Randall Corman (Sayreville, Middlesex) Nominate for appointment Angela White Dalton (Howell, Monmouth) Nominate for appointment Katie A. Gummer (Rumson, Monmouth) Nominate for appointment Daniel R. Lindemann (Wayne, Passaic) Nominate for appointment Linda E. Mallozzi (Union, Union) Nominate for appointment Arnold L. Natali, Jr. (Little Silver, Monmouth) Nominate for appointment Michael F. O’Neill (Branchburg, Somerset) Nominate for appointment Christopher D. Rafano (South River, Middlesex) Nominate for appointment Nesle A. Rodriguez (Jersey City, Hudson) Nominate for appointment Joseph W. Oxley (Red Bank, Monmouth) Nominate for appointment Donald J. Stein (Haddon Heights, Camden) Nominate for appointment James P. Wilson (Roselle, Union) Nominate for appointment Mara E. Zazzali-Hogan (Shrewsbury, Monmouth)
ADMINISTRATIVE Nominate for appointment Joseph A. Ascione (Westfield, Union)
Trenton Democrats lie like it’s their profession, Save Jerseyans. If it was an Olympic sport, they’d win the gold every year. They’re that good. Or bad. Brazen is probably a better descriptor.
State Sen. Nicholas Scutari’s Judiciary Committee is a case study unto itself. The Democrat Chairman decries perceived imbalances prospectively engendered by Governor Chris Christie’s Supreme Court nominees, only to turn around and inject hyper-partisanship into the confirmation process by shirking his constitutional duties and allowing hearings to devolve into political circuses.
A new round of nominees allows for fresh examples of bad faith behavior under the Dome. The aggressive Christie Administration communications apparatus has zeroed in on two particularly (and wildly) disconnected Scutari statements, both uttered by the Democrat Judiciary Chairman exactly one (1) year apart:
12/12/12:Senator Nicholas Scutari: ”All I got is the names of some people who I’m vaguely familiar with, and we’ll start from there …” (Salvador Rizzo, “Democrats: Approving latest Supreme Court nominees by mid-January will be ‘impossible,’” Star-Ledger, 12/12/12)
12/12/11:Senator Nicholas Scutari: “Mr. Hanna, I’m looking at your credentials and they’re obviously very impressive with regard to your legal experience …” (Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, 12/12/11)
The BPU isn’t exactly an obscure position in the state governmental flow chart, folks. Scutari should know who Hanna is… after all, he praised Hanna just one year ago before his own committee. Now he’s only ”vaguely familiar” with the BPU chieftain?
Specifically how, in Christie’s opinion, Judge Bauman and President Hanna go beyond preserving “the partisan balance” on the state high court by depriving Republicans of a GOP seat (he’s long held that Justice LaVecchia is an indy despite having been appointed by Governor Whitman).
The SCONJ’s current composition is D+2, R+2 and Ind+1. Christie’s nominees, if confirmed, would give Republicans a one seat advantage (thereby conforming to the “tradition”).
I’ve never thought there was much utility in this unwritten tradition since the party labels mean little on this decidedly left-leaning court but hey, I’m also not a Trenton Democrat desperately trying to land a political punch!
Governor Christie has once again put forward a pair of thoughtful nominations to the New Jersey Supreme Court. Both Judge Bauman and President Hanna have extremely impressive professional and legal backgrounds, and both received unanimous approval by the Senate to their current positions, a testament to the impressive nature of their qualifications.
David and Bob have received extensive praise in the past by the same Democrats who will soon consider their nominations to the Supreme Court. I sincerely hope that past praise is a sign that Democrats are ready to give these qualified individuals a fair hearing, something that that previous nominees were unfortunately denied for purely partisan purposes.”