Five things we’re thinking about: Week of October 21

This week, we’re 1) contemplating Booker’s US Senate win, 2) anticipating a glut of new marriages in the state in light of a judge’s sanctioning marriage equality, 3) parsing The Star Ledger’s endorsement of governor Chris Christie over state senator Barbara Buono in the New Jersey gubernatorial race, 4) tallying the financial toll of the government shutdown, and 5) checking out Newark photographer Tim Dingman’s Open Doors photos.

What else should we be thinking about? Tweet #fivethings @brickcitylive, or leave a comment below. Wondering about why the stories on Brick City Live look the way they do? Read this essay.

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New Jersey elects Newark mayor Cory Booker as 4th popularly elected black Senator in American history

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The New York Times put his win in context:

Mr. Booker brought excitement to a city that has long struggled to shake off the cloud of the riots that nearly destroyed it 46 years ago. And with his national profile, he also attracted more business development, including Newark’s first new hotel and supermarket in decades, and millions of dollars in philanthropy, including a $100 million pledge to the city’s long-failing schools from the Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg….

Still, the campaign “made Booker more human, less Superman,” said David Redlawsk, the director of the Rutgers poll, pointing to the drops in his favorability.

The question now for Mr. Booker is how he plays his celebrity in the Senate, a chamber where show horses tend to stumble.

He has promised that he will continue to live in Newark. He has also said he intends to keep up his presence on Twitter.

Read the Times’ full story on Booker’s win here, and watch his victory speech below.

Image credit: Flickr user JD Lasica

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Elation, confusion accompany New Jersey same-sex marriage ruling, which enable weddings to begin today

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Via USA Today:

With the advent of same-sex marriage in New Jersey, couples are thrilled and, in many cases, confused about how to proceed.

Advocates and others are claiming that the state of New Jersey did not give ample instructions to town clerks and others on how to administer marriage licenses to same-sex couples…Several couples planned to marry minutes after the state began recognizing the unions. Yet other said they had not been able to get a license. New Jersey law requires that couples wait three days between obtaining a license and getting married.

Read the full story in USA Today

Image credit: Flickr user Fibonacci Blue

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The government reopens

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After being shut down for 16 days, the government finally reopened last week. Still, the shutdown took a toll. According to Time Magazine and other sources, the shutdown cost $24 billion. The costs via Time.

  • About $3.1 billion in lost government services, according to the research firm IHS

  • $152 million per day in lost travel spending, according to the U.S. Travel Association

  • $76 million per day lost because of National Parks being shut down, according to the National Park Service

  • $217 million per day in lost federal and contractor wages in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area alone

Read Time Magazine’s full story.

Image credit: Flickr user kereifsnyder

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The Star Ledger endorses Christie for governor

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Why? In The Star Ledger’s words:

Our own view is that Christie is overrated. His spin is way ahead of his substance…Why then, are we endorsing him for a second term? Because his challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono, is a deeply flawed candidate.

Read their full rationale here.

Image credit: Flicker user Bob Jagendorf

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Check out our Open Doors coverage

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Open Doors’ principal photographer Tim Dingman has been chronicling the festivities in pictures all week. Check out our special Tim Dingman Open Doors section here, and look for an exciting announcement regarding Tim Dingman and Brick City Live’s art coverage in a week or so.

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