FDU Poll: The State of Christie is Upside Down
As Governor Chris Christie prepares to deliver his fifth State of the State address later today, a divided public assails the heretofore sure-footed Republican governor, with more in New Jersey disapproving of his leadership than approving.
By an even wider margin, more residents say the state is headed down the wrong track, according to this morning’s Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll.
Christie’s approval numbers are upside down and virtually unchanged from October, the last time PublicMind queried voters in the state, according to this morning’s poll. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Rumana confident in LD40 support, regardless of what 2015 may bring
Faced with the possibility of a fiery primary battle at the end of this year, Republican Assemblyman Scott Rumana (R-40) remains confident that he and his district running mate have the support needed to stave off any challenges to his home turf. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Tedesco moves to dismiss county legal action against Bergen Sheriff’s Office union
HACKENSACK – Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco submitted a stipulation of dismissal to the New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday, ending a prolonged legal battle that began with former County Executive Kathleen Donovan pitted against the union that represents the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
MacArthur urges Hagel, Pentagon to oppose new round of possible base closures
U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-3) said today that expected proposals by the Pentagon in its 2016 budget to close another round of military bases “would be a mistake” — putting the newly elected Republican congressman at odds with comments made by top Defense officials in Washington in recent days. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Senate committee releases controversial hunting bills
TRENTON – Several bills centered on hunting, including two controversial proposed measures, were released by the state Senate Environment and Energy Committee on Monday.
The two most controversial bills, both passed by a slim 3-2 margin, centered on where and how hunting should be allowed in New Jersey, particularly on Sunday.
One of the Senate bills (S1683) released authorizes Sunday bow hunting on federal military installations. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Eying a White House bid, New Jersey’s Chris Christie faces economic challenges at home
NEWARK, N.J. — As he casts his eye toward a potential presidential bid, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie must also take on some work at home. First up: a statewide address expected to touch on nagging economic issues that could complicate his political plans.
Observers expect Christie to use his fifth State of the State address on Tuesday to define his tenure as governor on his own terms, while not missing the chance to articulate his rationale for a potential run for president. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Christie’s Transit Chief Slams Proposed PATH Cuts, Says Services Should Be Extended
Gov. Christie’s head of transportation said Monday he is against any cutbacks in PATH service between New Jersey and Manhattan, opposing a report commissioned by his boss and Gov. Cuomo that suggested eliminating overnight service to save the Port Authority millions of dollars each year.
“This is not the way I would save money,” Jamie Fox, who once served as deputy executive director of the Port Authority, told a meeting of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. “Mass transit is the future of this state.” (Thompson/NBC)
More expected to flee New Jersey as baby boomers age
For Raymond Francisco, landing a job at the General Motors auto plant in Linden at 25 years old was like winning the lottery.
The New Brunswick native was a welder by trade, and enjoyed working hard for the good money he made at the plant. But when GM announced in 2002 it would close the factory — about six years after he started — Francisco decided he had to go where the jobs were.
That meant packing up his wife, two small children and moving to Lordstown, Ohio, where GM offered him another job at an assembly plant.
People are leaving New Jersey at a higher rate than 47 other states, just behind New York, which is No. 1, and Illinois, according to James Hughes, a demographer and dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. (Kachmar/Asbury Park Press)
How Long Can New Jersey’s Drinking-Water Supplies Hold Out?
Environmentalists want to know why the administration is stalling on a much-needed draft of a drinking-water master plan. (Johnson/NJSpotlight)
Three to receive Women’s Political Caucus of NJ awards
The Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey will honor at least three politicians at its Passion, Power and Progress Awards Ceremony, which will be held on Thursday January 15th at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick. Somerset County Democratic Committee Chair Peg Schaffer will receive the organization’s Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award.Getting the organization’s Good Guy Awards will be attorney Bill Palatucci, a close political confidant of Gov. Chris Christie; and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). (PolitickerNJ)
Bramnick to campaign in Jersey City on Saturday
On the surface, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick’s (R-21) decision to pound on doors this coming Saturday in Jersey City of all places looks like a running kick in the derriere of a possible 2017 general election gubernatorial rival: Mayor Steven Fulop. (PolitickerNJ)
Rosen voted interim head of OLS
The legislative services commission unanimously elected David Rosen, the budget officer for the Office of Legislative Services, to interim executive director of the non-partisan office during their meeting this afternoon.
Rosen — once named the “Dr. Kevorkian” of numbers by Gov. Chris Christie for his less-than-optimistic revenue projections — replaces retiring head Al Porroni at the office. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)