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This article by Barbara Fox was prepared for the January 18, 2006

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Between the Lines

Now we don’t want to get off on the wrong foot with our newly anointed governor, and our concerns as we write this on Tuesday morning may well turn out unjustified when you read it on Wednesday morning, but we have to raise an eyebrow at the planning for the new governor’s inaugural ball.

According to dire faxes sent out by the Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association and Plainsboro Police, the governor’s ball at Jadwin Gym on Tuesday night and the shuttle parking for guests at the Forrestal Center would clog Route 1 and ancillary roads throughout the rush hour. Business in the Forrestal Center area, the traffic planners suggested, should consider closing down at 3 p.m. to enable the governor and his party pals to move easily to and from the gala.

Here we have yet another governor promising to reduce the state’s perpetual budget deficit and cut property taxes. Who will pay for this budgetary sleight of hand? Businesses, of course, and the hard working taxpayers who work for them. For some of our Route 1 businesses, the first installment may have come in the form of a disrupted work week. Could this party have waited until Saturday night?

Feedback on our last issue: It’s time for a few alumni to come to the aid of their colleges. First we get word from Jim Baglivi, a U.S. 1 deliverer and a Notre Dame alumnus, Class of `59, responding to Richard K. Rein’s column mentioning Joe Paterno’s recent problems with the National Organization for Women. In that column Rein defended Paterno and mentioned that Paterno should get credit for, in effect, deflating college athletes’ egos by being one of the only major college coaches not allowing his players to have their names on their uniforms.

Baglivi’s response: "Notre Dame University, a minor player in college football, has not had names on their jerseys since 1985. Lou Holtz was the new coach in 1986 and his first act was to remove the names from the uniforms."

Meanwhile, if you have been following the Sam Alito hearings, you have heard nothing but bad news about Old Nassau – a place where old-fart alumni moaned about women and minorities, a place that Senator Joe Biden didn’t particularly like in the first place, a place that Alito, Class of `72, wasn’t thrilled with either.

The Supreme Court nominee contrasted the Princeton campus to the surroundings he enjoyed in working class Hamilton Township. "I couldn’t help making a contrast between some of the worst of what I saw on the campus and the good sense and the decency of the people back in my own community."

Unwittingly Alito may have made the same point that a lot of political observers have made in recent years: That Republicans have aligned themselves with the working class, once a Democratic stronghold, and that Democrats have aligned themselves with, well, fussy guys like Joe Biden.

But one of our insomniac staffers checked into C-Span in the wee hours of the morning to report that he had actually heard Alito address some matters of jurisprudence. The verdict: That Alito may well be against abortion, but he sure is smart. Maybe he has a classmate who could run FEMA.

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