If you read the blog or my twitter feed you know by now that I am a big Cory Booker guy. He has done a great job as Mayor of Newark, NJ by actually stepping out in the community and making a difference.
A blizzard isn’t the only time you’ll see Cory Booker keeping the public informed via twitter. He routinely makes patrol trips at night with the Newark Police Department. Some may call this a publicity stunt ahead of possible runs for Governor or Senator but there is no camera following him around. I’ve been watching blizzard coverage on the news the last two days and have not heard one mention of Cory Booker.
Don’t get me wrong, I have no problems with Chris Christie going on vacation, I do have a problem with Lieutenant Governor being out of the state at the same time. This is the time first New Jersey has had a Lieutenant Governor but something like this makes me wonder why we created the new office if situations like this are still coming up?
There are plenty of critics of a “cold weather Super Bowl” but like I mentioned before, I love the idea. The snowstorm that hit the Northeast this week has given fresh ammunition to those who oppose a Super Bowl in the Northeast. Look around and you will find plenty of columns like this one in today’s New York Times criticizing the NFL. Yes, the NFL did postpone a game this week because of snow but so what? It was the first game NFL has had to postpone on game day because of weather since 1932. If the Super Bowl has to be postponed because of extreme weather it is not a big deal. No one will be hurt by a postponed Super Bowl. People will watch the game no matter when it is on and as mentioned earlier, the likelihood of a postponement is small.
“Due to public safety concerns in light of today’s snow emergency in Philadelphia, tonight’s Vikings-Eagles game has been postponed. Because of the uncertainty of the extent of tonight’s storm and its aftermath, the game will be played on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. This will allow sufficient time to ensure that roads, parking lots and the stadium are fully cleared. The National Weather Service states that a winter storm warning in Philadelphia remains in effect until 1 pm on Monday.”
People will cite this weeks Vikings/Eagles game as a reason why the NFL should move to the Super Bowl but what if the weather is nice? NHL’s Winter Classic in Pittsburgh is in danger because temperatures are expected to be too warm in Pittsburgh.
I don’t know who coined these words on twitter during the the storms last winter but they work for me. Twitterverse is referring to the storm as snOMG, snowpocalyse, snowmageddon. Whatever you want to refer to the Blizzard of December 2010 as, there is a lot of snow in the forecast.
Here are some periodic updates from Central New Jersey.
Around 1:30 PM
Around 6 PM
Yes, that does say 14 inches. This storm is only 5 hours in.
17 inches and counting
Around 9:00 AM
This is how the same spot looked before all the snow.