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Samson to retire from firm, Chiesa to take on expanded role
Helmed by the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who found himself at the heart of scrutiny around Bridgegate, the law firm of Wolff Samson is set to transition to the Jeff Chiesa era, PolitickerNJ has learned. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Woman to Christie: ‘Tone it down if you want to become president of the United States’
MATAWAN — It was a rare sight — Governor Chris Christie borderline remorseful as he defended his notoriously combative actions in front of a woman who had bluntly told him she really feels he needs to “tone it down a little bit if you want to become president of the United States.” (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
After releasing new details, Christie maintains he has ‘no second thoughts’ about Exxon settlement
MATAWAN — Gov. Chris Christie went at it again with an audience member over the state’s recent $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil over a series of environmental damage lawsuits, saying he has “no second thoughts” when it comes to the final settlement figure during his 134th town hall here today. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Green: Mapp has lost his mind
Embroiled in an intensifying county committee fight, Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-20) and arch rival Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp this afternoon escalated an already toxic exchange, as Green counter charged and denied his playing anything other than a supportive role for gays. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Lesniak calls for the rejection of ExxonMobil agreement
Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-20) on Tuesday denounced what he called misleading statements by Governor Chris Christie, Acting Attorney General John Hoffman and DEP Commissioner Robert Martin about the proposed legal settlement with ExxonMobil, and said the agreement offered by the administration should be rejected. (PolitickerNJ)
Christie met by NJEA protesters — again — at Old Bridge town hall
MATAWAN — Around 100 protesters lined the street in front of the Old Bridge High School ahead of Gov. Chris Christie’s 134th town hall this afternoon, hoping to send the Republican a strong message on his administration’s failure to fund the state’s public pension and benefit system.
Do it, they chanted. It’s the law. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Mapp demands that Green apologize to LBGT community on Statehouse steps
An apparent sexual incident in a parking lot has spilled into the middle of that ever caustic rivalry between Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) and Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp, two leaders engaged now in a fight for local party control. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Booker, Pascrell ponder N.J.’s national political reputation as Menendez matter muddies the water
PATERSON – U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-9) both spoke publicly in Paterson on Tuesday about proposed legislation that would protect against predatory tax-time products. Last week proved that only one thing is as certain in New Jersey as death and taxes: politicians getting indicted. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
LD20 Dems Primary: Monteiro and Farina hit incumbents on dual public jobs holding
In the 20th District, two challengers running in the Democratic Primary today hit their incumbent opponents in a sensitive area: dual public jobs holding, showing a willingness to scrap for an advantage in what is classically one of New Jersey’s most competitive primary districts. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Doherty says Paul ‘brings a lot to the table’ as a GOP prez candidate
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul kicked off his Republican presidential bid today and on the issues, at least, has the attention of state Sen. Mike Doherty (R-23), the New Jersey State Senate’s most conservative member, who shared a stage with Paul during the 2013 U.S. Senate campaign of Steve Lonegan, and who endorsed Paul’s father for president in 2012.
“He brings a lot to the table,” Doherty said of Paul. “He talks to a lot of issues that a growing movement of Republicans support, including his views on foreign policy. Before troops are sent in, the commander should seek declaration of war that would rally the entire country and do what’s necessary to achieve a victory. That’s the most moral and ethical thing to do: obtain a declaration of war and crush the enemy. Undeclared actions ultimately will bleed the country dry and we will become a second rate bankrupt country.” (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Booker on Paul 2016 presidential bid: America “wants people that can work together”
PATERSON – U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has a unique perspective on U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) just-announced presidential bid, a view based on bipartisanship.
Together with Paul, a Republican who is now ramping up a national campaign, Booker, a Democrat with a national profile, is co-sponsoring legislation designed to revamp the American criminal justice system.
The legislation proposed jointly last year by Booker and Paul, called the REDEEM Act, includes several components meant to overhaul the U.S. criminal justice system. It promotes states changing policies so children are steered away from the adult criminal justice system; constrains the solitary confinement of children and automatically expunges or seals the criminal records of juveniles who have committed nonviolent crimes, depending on their age. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Monmouth Poll: Clinton has 60% of nationwide Democratic support
The 2016 Democratic field continues to be dominated by Hillary Clinton according to the latest Monmouth University Poll of Democratic voters nationwide. The recent scandal surrounding the former Secretary of State’s use of a private email account while in office has not dented her standing among Democrats. But if Clinton should decline to run, Joe Biden appears to be in pole position for the party nomination with Elizabeth Warren nipping at his heels. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
ELEC: Contractors increased the number of checks they sent to PACs in 2014
Contributions by public contractors in 2014 fell 15 percent to $9.1 million in a year when no state officials ran for reelection, according to an Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) analysis of annual disclosure reports.
While total contributions fell, contractors increased the number of checks they sent to political action committees (PACs) and other groups that operate independently of parties and candidates, said Jeff Brindle, ELEC’s Executive Director. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Chris Christie Spills Nothing in the Kitchen
Gov. Chris Christie calls his pasta sauce “gravy,” once cooked many of his family’s meals, and believes garlic should be browned before being tossed into the skillet.
These tidbits were revealed in a new show marrying cooking and politics that debuts on New Jersey public television Wednesday. Whether the New Jersey Republican will run for president, however, wasn’t disclosed.
“Good try, though,” Mr. Christie quipped at host Nick Acocella when he tried to get the governor to divulge if he’s running for higher office. (Haddon/Wall Street Journal)
NRA snubs Chris Christie, Rand Paul
The National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee, will feature about a dozen potential Republican presidential candidates, but two prominent names will be absent in the Music City.
Neither Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky nor New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was invited to address the NRA’s Leadership Forum, NRA officials confirmed to The Tennessean. (Gass/Politico)
Christie coming to Union Beach
Gov. Chris Christie will be in Union Beach Wednesday afternoon to talk about a flood control project designed to protect the vulnerable borough from the next storm surge.
Christie will be joined by Bob Martin, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, at the public event, which is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Veterans Park at the corner of Florence Avenue and Front Street, according to the governor’s public schedule. (Zimmer/Asbury Park Press)
Ocean Residents to Get Tax Rebates for Shopping Local
“This is going to be big. This is going to be the way we offer discounts in the future. Why not? You go in, eat your way to lower property taxes,” said Ocean Township Mayor Christopher Siciliano.
It’s called Own Ocean — a property tax rebate program for residents in Ocean Township. It’s funded by the small businesses in town. Those that sign up choose the discount they want to offer customers who will use a card in stores. (Wanko/NJTV)
Pasta and Politics with Nick Acocella premieres Wednesday on NJTV
A ninja master of New Jersey politics is equally skillful with skillet and chef’s apron, as he proves in his new show, “Pasta and Politics with Nick Acocella,” which premieres tomorrow, Wednesday, on NJTV. (PolitickerNJ)
JC fire inspector gets a year and a day for taking bribes
A Jersey City fire inspector today received one year and one day in prison for accepting bribes in return for his assistance in providing prostitution businesses with certificates of occupancy and advance notice of inspections or law enforcement activity, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Phillip Procaccino, 56, of Belleville, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden to an information charging him with one count of attempting to obstruct, delay and affect interstate commerce by extortion under color of official right. Judge Hayden imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wins second term
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel won a second term Tuesday, defeating liberal challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in a hard-fought race that embodied the intra-party tensions Democrats are starting to experience across the country.(Sullivan/The Washington Post)
Fact checking Rand Paul’s announcement speech
It is often difficult to fact check presidential announcement speeches, as the candidates emphasize biography and utter a long series of platitudes. The speech on April 7 by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was no exception. But he did repeat some claims that we have previously fact checked – or made assertions that are worth parsing. (Kessler/The Washington Post)