Jersey In Flames; Malloy Mellows; More Hartford Shakeups
On Wednesdays on Where We Live, we try to tackle as much of the news you need to know now as we possibly can. But it's a long, long week, don't ya know. So, the Wheelhouse Digest was created to let you see what we're looking at, talking about and shaking our heads over in the newsroom on those other days.
Let's get to it. It's Friday the 13th, and I'd like to crawl back under my desk and hide.
CHRISTIE: "I FEEL LIKE I WANT TO THROW UP"
Seaside fire destroys NJ boardwalk one year after Sandy.
Governor Chris Christie wasn't the only one. For everyone on the East coast who lived through last year's storm, the site of the Seaside Park boardwalk engulfed in flames yesterday was sickening. In the light of day, officials are calling it "total destruction." Gov. Dannel Malloy, a long-time nemesis of Christie, offered whatever help the state can provide. Here's hoping the Jersey shore can catch a break.
A MORE MELLOW MALLOY?
Paz explores a Governor trying to soften his edges heading into 2014.
The Dan Malloy the press likes is the one that spars with Chris Christie on MSNBC and says things to me like "you're wrong" during our monthly chats. But Mark Pazniokas finds that as the Governor's race starts to heat up, and barbs keep coming from the GOP, we're seeing a new "Zen Malloy."
FOLEY MAKES CLAIMS; COLIN ASKS QUESTIONS
Republican makes accusations about Malloy, voter fraud.
Everyone already knew Tom Foley was running for governor again. But his press conference this week just announced his "exploratory committee." But, as Colin McEnroe writes, Foley also seems to be "exploring" something he thought was a pretty bad idea before: public campaign financing. He also took time to accuse Gov. Malloy of improper dealings, and state voters of fraudulent activity. Colin sees some parallels to an old movie actor (who nobody in the newsroom younger than me has heard of).
SEGARRA'S NO GOOD, HORRIBLE, VERY BAD YEAR CONTINUES
Two more top city officials resign.
Following scandals over city credit cards and city-owned cars, now Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra is cleaning house again. The city's directors of finance and public works were asked to step down. This comes the same week after the city's deputy public works director was fired after crashing a city car and being charged with DUI. But hey, at least that iConnect thing is working, right?