By Sam Stein
During his 21-hour talkfest on the Senate floor earlier this week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) went through a litany of examples that he said highlighted the abject failures of President Barack Obama’s policies.
One of them involved the case of John Connelly, a Rutgers student who found himself in debt, without a permanent job, and forced to sleep on his friend’s couch.…Read more
John is introduced about 3:30 into clip.
When Rutgers student activist heard he was mentioned in Sen. Cruz’ speech, he was on my way to a healthcare appointment that he could afford because his father’s insurance was extended due to the Affordable Care Act.Read more
In his latest article for Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi reports that Wall Street firms are now making millions in profits off of public pension funds nationwide. “Essentially it is a wealth transfer from teachers, cops and firemen to billionaire hedge funders,” Taibbi says. “Pension funds are one of the last great, unguarded piles of money in this country and there are going to be all sort of operators that are trying to get their hands on that money.”Read more
By John Reitmeyer, State House Bureau, The Record.
Governor Christie joined Newark Mayor Cory Booker — the Democrat running for U.S. Senate and the biggest name backing the governor’s opponent for reelection — to celebrate the building of a mixed development of charter schools, retail and housing.
Christie, a Republican seeking a second term, has pressed for more charter schools and for vouchers as a solution to failing public schools in New Jersey, particularly in struggling cities such as Newark.…Read more