By Loretta Weinberg In the seminal 1987 movie "Wall Street," Michael Douglas' character, Gordon Gekko, utters some of the most famous words in cinema history: "Greed is good." His argument is that pursuing profit above all else is actually a good thing. Bob Hugin must have seen that movie several times. From 2010-2017, Hugin was CEO of New Jersey-based pharmaceutical giant Celgene. Before that, he worked as a Wall Street banker, Hugin traded derivatives at JP Morgan, and would later take that Wall Street experience to Celgene, where his profit-at-all-costs maneuverings would eventually come into focus. Hugin doubled the price of Celgene's most successful drug, Revlimid, a cancer medication that was the company's main source of revenue, including hiking the price three separate times in 2017. A month's supply of the cancer drug runs between 9 and 11 times more than the median monthly home mortgage in Bergen County. Hugin was rewarded by being one of the … [Read more...] about Top N.J. Dem: Why the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate is wrong for us
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Ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein's "Frankenstein" laboratory on the Senate Judiciary Committee took a couple of months to do it, but it became the horror story of national television on Judge Brett Kavavaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. My prayer is that the people do not come to the streets with torches, axes and spears. The Democrat character assassination by Feinstein her fellow hatchet wielders was not only an insult to the nominee, but to accuser Christine Blasey Ford as well. Feinstein sat on Ford's letter alleging sexual assault, and failed to question the nominee about the claims at his initial hearing. Because the buck stops at her desk, Feinstein must take responsibility for exposing a letter that Ford asked not to be made public. I pray that the Democrats of this nation and Feinstein's home state, California, see the monster that she and her compatriots created. She'd better pray for the prayers of Judge Kavanaugh's daughters. On Sept. 28, the Times' print opinion … [Read more...] about ‘Dr.’ Feinstein’s Senate lab created a monster; Give N.J. a better U.S. senator
Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• It’s going to be another hot one. The record is 94 degrees at Tampa International Airport, set in 1990. But the forecast calls for 94, a tie, according to the National Weather Service. The average high is 86. Blame the humidity. And no rain expected to cool us down.• Eastbound E Fowler Avenue remained closed early this morning after a deadly, fiery crash left one dead and shut down Interstate 75 for hours on Tuesday. The Florida Highway Patrol said the crash started when another vehicle struck a semitrailer, causing it to plummet over the interstate overpass and crush a vehicle below. Stay with tampabay.com for the latest details on the horrific crash.• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including Mean Girls on the Tampa Theatre’s Rewind … [Read more...] about The Daystarter: Latest on fiery semitrailer crash at I-75; Florida’s governor’s race is tied; the U.S. Senate race is getting ugly
Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• It’s going to be another hot one. The record is 94 degrees at Tampa International Airport, set in 1990. But the forecast calls for 94, a tie, according to the National Weather Service. The average high is 86. Blame the humidity. And no rain expected to cool us down.• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including Mean Girls on the Tampa Theatre’s Rewind Move Series and Draq Queen Bingo.• No surprise, the latest poll finds the contest for Florida’s next governor to be tied between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis. Adam C. Smith writes that independents are evenly split between the two candidates.• The first debate between U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and his Republican challenger, Gov. Rick Scott, proved one thing: The … [Read more...] about The Daystarter: Florida’s governor’s race is tied; the U.S. Senate race is getting ugly; and more fallout from the Times investigation of Marlin Financial.
According to a new poll, the high stakes race for one of New Jersey's U.S. Senate seats is neck and neck. Democratic incumbent Robert Menendez leads Republican challenger Bob Hugin by only two points with five weeks left until Election Day, according to a Stockton University poll released Monday. Both hail from Union City. "With a two-point lead falling within the poll's margin of error, the Senate race at this point is up for grabs," Michael W. Klein, the interim executive director of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University, said in a statement. No Republican has been elected to the U.S. Senate in New Jersey since 1972. Registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by a nearly 2-to-1 margin in the Garden State. In 2012, Menendez beat Republican Challenger Joe Kryrillos, 59 percent to 40 percent. Menendez in attack ads has attempted to link Hugin to Donald Trump, who is very unpopular in the state. Hugin donated the maximum … [Read more...] about How important is it for N.J. to send two Democrats to the U.S. Senate?