In New Jersey, Chris Christie and his staff face allegations that they punished their political opponents by causing traffic jams. In New York City, new City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is rewarding her allies with plum jobs. So what counts as effective carrot-and-stick politics, and what's crosses the line? Brigid Harrison, of Montclair State and David Plotz, editor of Slate, discuss.
NJ Senator Frank Lautenberg died this morning at the age of 89. The Senate's longest-serving member -- and last remaining WWII veteran -- reportedly died of complications from pneumonia. Chris Christie will appoint a replacement for the Democratic representative. Brigid Harrison of Montclair State and Congressman Bill Pascrell discuss Lautenberg's life and political legacy. Post your eulogies to Frank Lautenberg below, and discuss who you think Chris Christie should appoint to replace him.
Brigid Callahan Harrison, professor of political science and law at Montclair State University, explains the negotiation over payouts for unused sick time for public employees in New Jersey and what the purpose of sick leave is.
Melinda Henneberger, Editor in Chief of Politics Daily, discusses the nationwide fallout from yesterday's primary elections. Joining her will be Brigid Harrison, professor of political science and law at Montclair State University, who will look specifically at yesterday's Primary elections in New Jersey.