PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 12th

Diaz during happier political times at a 2014 event co-helmed by Vitale.

Diaz during happier political times at a 2014 event co-helmed by Vitale.

It’s Wednesday in New Jersey, where the governor recently received some bad news about presidential polls and residents mourn the passing of a former first lady.
New Jersey voters: ‘Presidential’ does not describe Chris Christie
Over a month into Gov. Chris Christie’s official 2016 run, voters back home still do not see him as presidential material, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Fifty-four percent of New Jersey registered voters say “presidential” does not describe Christie at all, versus 29 percent who think it describes the governor somewhat well and just 14 percent who say “very well.” These numbers are little changed since April, as have other positive traits that would be considered important to his presidential run.
(Politicker staff, Politickernj.com)
Poll: Christie Polling at 2% in Iowa, tied with Paul
With just six months until the Iowa caucuses, businessman Donald Trump (17 percent) leads the field of Republicans among likely GOP caucus voters, according to a poll from Suffolk University.
(Politicker Staff, Politickernj.com)
Brick Twp. candidate facing sex charges to drop out of race
Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore told PolitickerNJ that after a conversation he had with Dan Toth earlier Tuesday, the Republican candidate for local office in Brick has decided to give up his council candidacy to focus on defending himself against charges of criminal sexual misconduct with a minor.
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
Ex-Marlboro mayor pleads guilty to rape charges in Delaware
One of Marlboro’s most infamous mayors — he was imprisoned for taking $245,000 in bribes during his tenure — is once again behind bars after admitting he raped and sexually abused a relative when she was a child.
(Karen Yi, Asbury Park Press)
AC emergency manager’s concerns weigh on rescue legislation
Mayor Don Guardian said Tuesday that Gov. Christie may be weighing two objections from the city’s emergency manager to the languishing legislation to rescue Atlantic City’s finances, including whether casinos should be paying the city at a higher level for a longer period.
(Amy S. Rosenberg, Philadelphia Inquirer)
LD2 Republicans Allege Deceptive Claims in PAC-Sponsored Assembly Ads
Following the release of two campaign advertisements from the General Majority Political Action Committee, Republicans in the first and second districts are crying foul. The television ads themselves attribute the tabled referendum to build casinos in North Jersey to “special interests” in Trenton, but some have noted that the spots’ accompanying Web copy places the blame on “Trenton Republicans who are
trying to bankrupt our economy and take thousands of jobs to North Jersey.” The referendum was in fact originally drafted under Senate
President Stephen Sweeney (D-3).
(JT Aregood, Politickernj.com)
Perth Amboy mayor collides with county party organization over attorney appointment
There’s a backroom rumble going on right now in Perth Amboy, where Mayor Wilda Diaz is trying to install her choice for city law director and meeting with resistance from the Middlesex County Democratic establishment.
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
Lack of community support leaves McGreevey’s prisoner reentry program uncertain
Former Governor Jim McGreevey’s prisoner re-entry plan has his a roadblock. While McGreevey’s program was popular with local and state officials and received a $4.2 million grant from the state to open, local residents near the proposed site on Martin Luther King Drive and Bayview Ave did not feel the same.
(Alyana Alfaro, Politickernj.com)
Bramnick calls NJEA endorsements a sign of delay for pension changes
During a press conference at the state house Tuesday, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) spoke to the New Jersey Education Association’s recent decision to endorse solely Democratic candidates during the 2015 state assembly elections.
(JT Aregood, Politickernj.com)
Christie sinks in first N.H. poll taken after GOP debate
Gov. Chris Christie, who has staked his entire 2016 presidential campaign on winning New Hampshire, fell into 11th place there in the
first poll since he sparred with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in the raucous debate last week.
(Matt Arco, NJ.com)
N.J. GOP leader: Assembly Republicans preparing for ‘open warfare’ in upcoming election
Assembly Republicans who want to reclaim power are preparing for a well-financed attack by Democrats and unions in what the chamber’s GOP leader is predicting to be “open warfare” ahead of the November election, in which all 80 seats top the ballot for the first time since 1999.
(Dustin Racioppi, The Record)
Former N.J. First Lady Jean Byrne dies at 88
Jean Byrne, New Jersey’s First Lady from 1974 to 1982, died Sunday while surrounded by her family. She was 88.
(Kevin Shea, NJ.com)
Booker: Forum is opportunity to bring people together
The number of prisoners incarcerated in this country has quadrupled in four decades. Straining budgets and crushing communities of color. NJTV News Corespondent Michael Hill was in East Orange to moderate a forum on prison reform with Sen. Cory Booker.
(NJTVNews.com)
Officials approve expanded N.J. bear hunt, report says
The state Fish and Game Council Tuesday voted to expand the bear-hunting season, a controversial decision that wildlife officials say is nonetheless warranted to control populations in a state home to some of the largest concentrations of the animals in the country.
(Paul Milo, NJ.com)
Worker claims racial bias following demotion
A Paulsboro borough employee who was demoted earlier this year has filed suit against the mayor, three members of borough council and the town claiming she has been subjected to a racially hostile work environment.
(Rebecca Forand, NJ.com)
Christie & Trump shunned by anti-tax group in 2016 fundraising appeal
The anti-tax Club for Growth, which has funded primary challenges to congressional Republicans deemed not fiscally conservative enough, shunned Gov. Chris Christie and businessman Donald Trump on Tuesday as it encouraged its backers to contribute to any of five other GOP
presidential candidates.
(Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com)
Christie, Senators to meet with feds on rail tunnel funding
Governor Chris Christie and U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez will meet with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx next week to talk about Hudson River rail tunnel funding.
(Larry Higgs, NJ.com)
High Court rules for county police critics but…
Opponents of the Camden County Police Department won a state Supreme Court ruling Tuesday — but the decision came several years too late.
(Jim Walsh, The Courier-Post)
Bergenfield chief to be 1st woman to head a Bergen County municipal police force
Cathy Madalone was working in Bergenfield’s Riewerts Memorial Funeral Home one night in the early 1990s when she noticed a coworker filling out an application to become a police officer. Madalone, a Staten Island native, had applied to the NYPD a few years earlier, but she hadn’t heard back and, anyway, was enjoying her new job as an aspiring funeral director.
(Nicholas Pugliese, The Record)
Cedar Grove Township Council attorney resigns; hiring ordinance discussed
There was a changing of the guard in Cedar Grove, but no delay in discussion for an ordinance that would ensure that residents are hired first for large developments.
(Dylan Moroses, The Record)
Bill signed by Christie ensures continuation of traffic-ticket revenue to Bergen County
Governor Christie signed a bill this week that eliminates a concern raised by opponents of the consolidation of the Bergen County Police within the county Sheriff’s Office — the loss of revenue from traffic tickets.
(John C. Ensslin, The Record)
Jackson no-knock rules debated amid Lakewood boom
It’s a rule to keep solicitors off a Jackson Township doorstep. But at what point could it become an edict to keep the Jewish community bottled up in Lakewood?
(Mike Davis, Asbury Park Press)
Former education commissioner named to Brick’s BOE
A former state education commissioner has been selected to fill a vacancy on Brick’s Board of Education.
(Amanda Oglesby, ASbury Park Press)
A.C. schools wait on Christie’s OK for aid
A bill that authorizes an additional $20 million in state aid for the Atlantic City school district’s 2015-16 budget has still not been signed by Gov. Chris Christie.
(Diane D’Amico, The Press of Atlantic City)
PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 12th