PolitickerNJ News Digest: Sept. 23rd

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It Wednesday in New Jersey, where we have a new pick for comptroller and the minimum wage is remaining the same.

Christie Taps Phil Degnan as his Choice for Comptroller
Governor Chris Christie this afternoon announced his choice of former federal prosecutor Philip James Degnan to serve as the next State Comptroller of New Jersey.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Prieto on No New Taxes Pledge Signed by Christie: ‘BS’
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) addressed a gas tax this afternoon as a way of replenishing New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Ten who Dared: What’s at Stake for the County Chairs on Nov. 3rd?
The title of this piece likely dates those who didn’t watch television prior to the 1970’s, when a show narrated by the late Anthony Quinn called “Ten who Dared” chronicled the exploits of the world’s great explorers.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Hudson County Officials Band Together to Challenge Horizon
Many of Hudson County’s elected officials gathered in front of Christ Hospital in Jersey City today to raise concerns about a plan recently proposed by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield to move to a tiered hospital insurance system.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Jersey City Expands Healthcare to Transgender Employees
Jersey City became the first and only municipality in New Jersey to promise expanded health coverage to transgender municipal employees.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Reckless Miscalculations in Paterson Student Enrollment
Incensed does not begin to express the ongoing frustration held by Paterson public officials, teachers and parents. After last week’s admission by the state-appointed superintendent of schools that professional demographers’ provided enrollment projections but far more immigrants have moved into Paterson than were expected, I was outraged given a prior conversation had with Dr. Evans on exactly this issue.
Shavonda Sumter, PolitickerNJ, Read more

U.S. Attorney’s Office: Bayonne Cop Pleads Guilty to Excessive Force
A Hudson County man today admitted using excessive force during an arrest, falsifying records in an attempt to conceal his conduct and helping a relative fraudulently obtain a home rehabilitation loan, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Tedesco to Undergo Back Surgery
On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III will undergo surgery
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ, Read more

A Message of Hope for the Community of Labor
Francis’ arrival in the United States is greeted eagerly by labor, immigrant rights and social and economic justice organizers. People from various faiths and political beliefs I’ve spoken with all seem equally excited, as he speaks to the hopes and aspirations of so many working families.
Ann Twomey, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Lesniak States His Case in ExxonMobil Cleanup Appeal, Jabs at Christie
Senator Ray Lesniak joined environmental groups and Director of the Sierra Club’s New Jersey chapter Jeff Tittel Tuesday in presenting a motion to appeal the governor’s settlement deal with ExxonMobil. The appeal concerns the oil giant’s environmental cleanup obligations and liability for long-term spills and environmental damage at Morses Creek in Union City over the last century.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ, Read more

In Monroe, Republican Mayor Candidate Seeks Change
Martin Herrmann hopes to become the first new mayor in Monroe in over 28 years. Current mayor Democrat Richard Pucci retires in December, creating a power vacuum in the booming Middlesex County town. As opposition, Republican Herrmann will face Pucci protégé Gerald Tamburro, the current city council president, and independent candidate Ken Chiarella.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

No 2016 Minimum Wage Increase in NJ
Despite an ongoing national conversation about increasing the minimum wage—including a discussion in New York for raising it to $15 per hour—the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced on Monday that no increase in the minimum wage would occur in New Jersey in 2016.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Christie Makes First NJ Public Appearance in 51 Days
It’s been nearly two months since Gov. Chris Christie’s made a public appearance in his home state and he made the most of it. NJTV News Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron caught up with him in Paterson. Aron told Anchor Mary Alice Williams that the event in Paterson was on drug addiction and not about Presidential politics.
NJTV News, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Christie law firm in GWB probe under fire for not keeping original notes of interviews with public officials
A high-profile law firm hired by the Christie administration to investigate the George Washington Bridge lane closures is coming under fire for its claim that it conducted more than 70 interviews but kept no notes of those sessions other than the final edited, summaries already released to the public.
Shawn Boburg, The Record, Read more

Camden Protesters Warn of Privatization Looming for City’s ‘Public’ Schools
Protestors — about 50 in all — met outside a conference downtown in the hopes of confronting Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard, the symbol of what they say is an effort to privatize the city’s schools.
David Cruz, NJTV News, Read more

Lawmaker wants hearing on N.J. lottery shortfalls
The chairman of the New Jersey Assembly’s budget committee said Tuesday he will convene a hearing this fall into the private lottery operator that has missed its revenue targets two years in a row.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com, Read more

Menendez rips into Trump on immigration
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez became the latest critic to lash into Donald Trump’s controversial plan to combat illegal immigration, saying the Republican presidential frontrunner’s proposals will never be put into action.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com, Read more

Christie defends — and distances himself from — Pope Francis
Gov. Chris Christie phoned into the Fox News Radio show “Kilmeade & Friends” while en route to his Trenton office late Tuesday morning, and soon found himself having to defend — and distance himself from — Pope Francis.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com, Read more

10th District Assembly candidates have genial debate
One of the Democrats running for a 10th district Assembly seat described his Republican opponents as “honorable men.” The GOP incumbents returned the favor, terming the challengers good people, and calling the campaign “very courteous.”
Jean Milke, Asbury Park Press, Read more

Monmouth candidate calls FMERA “worthless”
One touts the fact businesses know to come to her to solve their problems and create jobs.
Susanne Cervenka, Asbury Park Press, Read more

Environmental groups ask to appeal N.J.-Exxon settlement
Environmental groups and a state senator on Tuesday asked a judge to let them appeal his approval of a $225 million settlement between New Jersey and ExxonMobil Corp. in a long-running pollution case.
Andrew Seidman, Philadelphia Inquirer, Read more

Environmentalists, Lawmakers Trying New Tack to Keep Out Fracking Waste
Having failed — so far — to ban the disposal of fracking wastewater in New Jersey, the state is looking at dealing with the issue by tightening conditions when the material is disposed here.
NJSpotlight, Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Sept. 23rd