Jaffe Morning Briefing: July 23, 2014


DENVER – Gov. Chris Christie, a buzzkill for the medical marijuana movement, will be heading today to the hazy epicenter of it all – Colorado – where pot is legal and plentiful. He will be in Denver to promote a gubernatorial nominee and then heads to Aspen tomorrow for a “public conversation” with other prominent Republicans. Expect the governor to be asked about this gem from April: “Go to Colorado and see if you want to live there. See if you want to live in a major city in Colorado, where there are head shops popping up on every corner, and people flying into your airport just to get high,” Christie said.

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL – Long-shot Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino – down 40 points against Gov. Andrew Cuomo – says Gov. Chris Christie should stop campaigning for governors nationwide if he refuses to shower him with some love. Astorino suggests Christie blindly support all GOP candidates, no matter what, or step down as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. In response, Christie says the RGA won’t invest in “lost causes” and “landslides.” Interesting to see what Christie’s endorsement of Jeff Bell for U.S. Senate in New Jersey will really mean.

TO WORK – The incoming Port Authority chairman rates the Port Authority bus terminal in New York a “3 or 4” out of a 10, but commuters would likely rate it somewhere under “0.” The good news is that John Degnan agrees the 60-year-old structure is “unacceptable,” he tells the Record, noting the spotty air conditioning system, broken ceiling panels and cracked tiles that welcome 200,000 commuters to Manhattan each morning. The Port Authority is expected to throw $90 million at the terminal for repairs – a good first step in Degnan’s tenure as chair.

WYCKOFF – Maybe someone had a really, really heavy beard. Or, more likely, there is a huge black market for razor blades. In any case, a Kearny couple is facing many charges for beating and dragging a Stop & Shop store manager across the sidewalk after he caught them trying to steal $700 worth of razor blades on Saturday, the Record reports.

NEWARK – With word the city cops will now be monitored by the U.S. Department of Justice, will the streets be any safer? The feds have been investigating the police department for three years, WBGO reports, and discovered cops have used excessive force, stole stuff and made illegal stops and searches. Mayor Ras Baraka says he is “excited” about the news to transform the department, as Newark will be the only municipality in New Jersey subject to this federal oversight. But, again, the burning question: will this federal monitor make a difference?

PATERSON – Starbucks, Panera Bread and all the other forms of ubiquitous gentrification have replaced what made our cities so unique. And so it’s with a sigh of relief to learn the federal government is grinding forward with a plan to include Hinchliffe Stadium as part of the Great Falls National Park. The Record reports the bill has moved through the House and a Senate committee will be discussing it today. It’s a no brainer to salvage the old stadium, one of only three Negro League stadiums still somehow standing. Hinchliffe Stadium was home to the New York Black Yankees and the New York Cubans. Larry Doby, the first player to integrate the American League, played there. Good to see Paterson officials pushing for a full – and long overdue – restoration.


NEW YORK – The owner of two of Manhattan’s biggest strip clubs is suing Deutsche Bank because its apparently welched on a $17 million loan after bankers finally discovered the X-rated nature of his business, the NY Post reports. It begs the question: Why does the owner of two strip clubs need $17 million?


It was this day in 1984 that New Jersey wins again, as Suzette Charles becomes the 57th Miss America. Not because she won the pageant, but because Vanessa Williams had to step down after nude photos surfaced. But, hey, Jersey loves a loophole.

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