It took 36 years, but we may finally have a sequel to the legendary Twinkie Defense. To summarize, the Twinkie Defense was formulated by attorneys for Dan White, the San Francisco city supervisor who killed Mayor George Moscone and fellow Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1979.
It was June 2013, and I had just published a major expose in The Star-Ledger about how one of New Jersey's most politically connected engineering firms parlayed secret -- and illegal -- campaign donations into millions of dollars in government contracts.
If pet stores are legally allowed to use unethical and inhumane breeders and brokers and to keep those sources secret, consumers have no way of making informed decisions when they bring a new pet into their family.
With this kind of momentum on the pro-marriage equality front, it's little wonder that among the conservative forces who have spent the past decade focused and organized in their efforts to defend traditional marriage, attention seems to be shifting to a new controversy.
New Jersey faces a grave constitutional crisis. Few are talking about it. Governor Christie has launched a dangerous and myopic campaign against the principles of judicial independence and separation of powers.
I may be mayor of a host community for Super Bowl XLVIII, but there's no question about it, I'm no football expert. But I do know a smoke and mirrors deal when I see one, as has been the case with Super Bowl XLVIII here in New Jersey.