Daily Archives: 04/02/2012

.@NJDC Claims @GovChristie Repeatedly Offends NJ Jews

From the National Jewish Democrat Council: In light of his trip to the Jewish state, and the offensive remarks he’s made of late to the most senior Jewish elected officials representing his home state, NJDC President & CEO David A. Harris [saff] issued the following challenge: Read more »


EIA. Gov GRAPH: Fossil Fuel (Oil, Coal) Sales From Federal Lands Down Compared to Most Bush Years

EIA.Gov: Fossil fuel sales of production from Federal and   Indian Lands, FY 2003 — FY 2011
(quadrillion Btu)

Fiscal   Year

Crude   Oil and Lease Condensate

Natural   Gas Plant Liquids

Natural   Gas


Total   Fossil Fuels

2003 4.0 0.35 7.3 9.6 21.2
2004 3.9 0.39 6.9 9.9 21.1
2005 3.8 0.36 6.6 9.8 20.5
2006 3.4 0.32 6.0 9.3 19.0
2007 3.6 0.40 6.0 9.6 19.6
2008 3.3 0.39 6.0 10.3 20.0
2009 3.7 0.34 5.8 9.8 19.6
2010 4.3 0.42 5.5 9.6 19.9
2011 3.7 0.41 5.0 9.5 18.6

Fidler Files Claim Against Storobin Over ‘Paid Consultant’ Pushing Votes

Fidler is accusing a “paid consultant” to Storobin of submitting 120 ballots, including 16 absentee ballots for people who wound up at a voting booth on Election Day. “[T]his fact is evidence that Alla Pometko submitted false absentee ballot applications” and those voters must have been “unaware” that Pometko had them sign absentee ballots, Fidler’s filing says. After recounting uncontested paper ballots, Storobin leads Fidler by 1 vote. The two sides are now fighting over which contested ballots should be counted. – Azi Paybarah


.@DaniGilbert, Outreach Person for @TheDemocrats, Runs “Jewbags” and “Jew Cash Money Team”

WFB: The Democratic Party’s newly appointed Jewish outreach liaison is pictured on Facebook in a series of provocative photos with her friends holding dollar bills and referring to themselves as “Jewbags” and the “Jew cash money team.”

Dani Gilbert, who has been a staffer in the office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.), was recently appointed as the Democratic National Committee’s Jewish outreach liaison, according to her Twitter feed. Read more »


Ed Koch Backs @RoryLancman in #NY6 Dem Primary Due to Israel

Ed Koch Writes: “On the issue of supporting the state of Israel, while I am certain both Grace Meng and Elizabeth Crowley do support Israel, I have found Rory Lancman’s knowledge and insights to be superior on what has to be done on the part of the United States to provide our ally Israel with security against its many enemies in the Mideast region and protect it from the existential nuclear threats of Iran. I believe Rory Lancman will be a great asset to the New York delegation and will serve the people of the 6th C.D. in the best possible manner. – NYDN


Republican Eric Cantor Backs Lone Republican in #NJ9 Race, @RabbiShmuley

Politicker: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is throwing his support behind the man who calls himself “America’s Rabbi,” Shmuley Boteach, who is running for Congress in New Jersey’s 9th district. Mr. Boteach’s campaign received the maximum $5,000 donation from Mr. Cantor’s political action committee, ERICPAC. Read more »


America’s Top 50 Rabbis for 2012 According to Newsweek

Here are some names and details of the Newsweek List of America’s Top 50 Rabbis: Read more »


PHOTOS: Christie in Israel


To Keep Their Friendship Going, Rabbi Shmuley Will Not Ask Booker to Endorse

Jersey City Mayor Cory Booker and Congressional Candidate Rabbi Shmuley Boteach are close friends. The only difference is, the first is a Democrat and Boteach is a Republican. When asked on Twitter if he expects Booker to endorse him, Rabbi Shmuley wrote as follows:

Mayor Cory booker is a brother & dearest of friends. i would never put him in situation where he had 2 endorse. He is America’s best mayor. Boteach continued: “mMy friendship w/ cory transcends politics & is deeply personal. ours is friendship over 20 years that is deeply spiritual & never political.”


Mofaz: Top Goal Is To Topple Bibi

MK Shaul Mofaz, who won the Kadima primary last week, will be appointed on  Monday as the new opposition head, replacing former Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi  Livni. At the first Kadima meeting since his victory, Mofaz said this morning, “We  are embarking on a new and common path. Any action we take from now on will be  for the sake of one mission — to replace Netanyahu’s bad and cold  government.” Last  Tuesday, Mofaz won 61.7 percent of the votes in the Kadima primary — a  total of 23,987 votes —and Livni took 37.2 percent — a total of 14,516  votes. – Forward


UPDATE: National Gas Average at $3.925 for FOUR Consecutive Days

This is very odd, but according to AAA, the average price for a regular gallon gas stood overnight at $3.925; exactly the same price of the previous twree days.

The current price is close to the record $4.111 reached in July 2008. Today’s average is higher than the 2011 average of $3.52 a gallon, which broke the record annual average set in 2008 at $3.24 a gallon.


JStreetPAC Contibutes $50,300 for Brown vs. Mandel

Marion Star Reports: Half the $4.1 million Mandel raised so far from individuals coming from outside Ohio, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. The No. 3 metro area donating to Mandel’s campaign is New York City, where he has snagged more than $340,000 in contributions. Brown has raised about 63 percent of his individual contributions from Ohio – about $3.3 million – and the remaining 37 percent ($1.9 million) from outside the state, according to the center’s analysis of 2011 donations. The biggest source of cash for him outside of Ohio was the Washington, D.C., metro area, where he has collected about $375,000.

The top single source of contributions for both Brown and Mandel were PACs that bundle donations from members and forward the money to favored candidates. For Brown, that translated into a $50,300 boon from the JStreetPAC, a liberal Jewish group that supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Messages left with the JStreetPAC’s press office were not returned. So far, the Club for Growth has helped to steer more than $275,000 to Mandel’s campaign, according to Barney Keller, the group’s spokesman.


POLL: Dems Drive Civics, Volvos, Leafs; Repubs Roll in Mustangs, Audis, Pick-Ups

Strategic Vision, a marketing research and industry forecasting firm, recently conducted a large-scale survey to determine the most popular cars among Republicans and Democrats, respectively.  While the results aren’t too surprising, they’ve given statistical proof to what many have often assumed.

After interviewing more than 38,000 people, the study found that the most popular car among Republicans is the Ford Mustang convertible, followed by the Audi A8 sedan, the Mercedes GL-Class, the Ford Expedition, and the Ford F-150. For Democrats, favorites included the Honda Civic Hybrid, the Volvo C30, the Nissan Leaf, the Acura TSX Sport Wagon, and the Ford Fiesta.


“Jersey to Jerusalem Trade Mission”

WSJ Reports: Mr. Christie flew out to Israel on Sunday, and begins his itinerary on Monday with a trip to the Western Wall and other sites of religious significance in Jerusalem. He will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the afternoon. Read more »

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