PolitickerNJ News Digest: Oct. 21st

Murphy (center) sits on the New Career Network panel.

Murphy (center) sits on the New Career Network panel.

It’s Wednesday in New Jersey, where Republicans aren’t buying a Democratic development plan and the governor receives a small bit of good news about his presidential run. Meanwhile, Moody’s is warning against a state pension proposal and New Jersey residents voice their opposition to raising the gas tax.

Quote of the Day: “They’re getting donors used to the idea of giving money, they’re accumulating money because of limits —
not for super PACs but for other entities — you know, for campaign-related fundraising. They’re getting their maximum
contributions in.” Montclair State University Political Scientist Brigid Harrison

Monmouth Poll: Christie in 9th Place in Prez Race with 3%
Today’s Monmouth University Poll of Republican voters nationwide finds no movement in the GOP presidential nomination contest. However, the results suggest that voter dissatisfaction with the party’s Congressional leadership has cast a shadow over the 2016 race. With no end in sight for the selection of a new House Speaker, GOP voters are divided over how much influence the conservative Freedom Caucus should wield in Congress.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Bramnick Unmoved by Sweeney-Lead Economic Development Plan
Following Senate President Steve Sweeney’s (D-3) press conference Monday calling for an ambitious new roster of Democratic economic development measures, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) issued a statement criticizing the Democrats’ ‘New Jersey: Investing In You’ plan.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Experts Call LD1 Race Dems’ and PACs’ Trial Run for 2017
In a slow election year that has seen state Republicans struggle to adequately fundraise, the Democratic side is showing off its deep pockets in the first district’s Assembly race despite its secure majority in Trenton. Experts are calling the strategy a trial run for 2017, and a way for the Democrats and independent super PACs to flex their fundraising muscle.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Bergen Dems Go for What they Hope is Coup De Grace with Tea Party Tag
The intense portion of the least intense campaign season in years has the two parties reaching for the heavy ammo.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Young Democrats’ Black Caucus Issue List of 50 Powerful ‘Young Black Democrats’
The New Jersey Young Democrats of America Black Caucus today issued its list of 50 powerful young Black Democrats of 2015.
PolitickerNJ Editor, PolitickerNJ Read more

LD38 Bedlam: DiPisa Doesn’t Want to Share Debate Stage with Wounded Cappola
They may remain bracketed together on the ballot, but LD38 Republican challenger Mark DiPisa doesn’t want to be in the same room as his former running mate, who authored a satirical screed ten years ago only to have the offensive piece boomerang on him in a competitive election season and slice him away from a former friend.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Murphy Launches Unemployment Initiative Ahead of Potential 2017 Guv Run
Former Ambassador Phil Murphy founded New Start New Jersey—a program aimed at boosting N.J.’s middle class—in 2014. Now, the probable 2017 gubernatorial candidate has taken that initiative a step further with the New Start Career Network, an organization aimed at helping the long-term unemployed over 45 years of age find jobs.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Menendez Slaps GOP Over Proposed ‘Trump Act’
U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) spoke out against Republicans’ “Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act” on the Senate floor Tuesday, calling the so-called “Donald Trump Act” anti-immigrant.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Rashawn Davis to Lead Reorganizing Essex County Young Dems Chapter
The Essex County Young Democrats (ECYD) this afternoon announced the reformation of an official Young Democrats chapter in Essex County.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Newark Planning Board Affirms North Star Charter School for Central Ward
The Newark City Planning Board last night approved Uncommon Schools Newark and North Star Academy’s plan to build a charter school on a currently empty lot at 377 Washington Street.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

Webb Done as a Dem Candidate for Prez
Jim Webb, the stolid Vietnam hero and former senator from Virginia, will exit the presidential contest today as a candidate seeking the Democratic nomination.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie and the Assembly Races
I was all set to write a column about the 2015 New Jersey Assembly races entitled “The Forgotten Election: The 2015 Assembly Races.” The article was going to discuss how, unlike previous off-year legislative races, this election would not be a referendum on the incumbent gubernatorial administration.
Alan Steinberg, PolitickerNJ Read more

Transportation Trust Fund at Center of Endless Debate as Election Day Looms
It’s the biggest issue nobody seems ready to do anything about. The Transportation Trust Fund, that mechanism for funding bridge and highway maintenance and mass transit projects, is mired in debt and unable to fund much of anything nowadays. But
what is this TTF? What was it supposed to do and how did it get so broke. Martin Robbins spent more than a quarter century as a policy planner for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the Port Authority, NJ Transit and a host of other transportation entities.
David Cruz, NJTV News Read more

PARCC scores: Most NJ students below grade level in math, English
The majority of New Jersey students in grades 3 through 11 failed to meet grade-level expectations on controversial math
and English tests the state says provide the most accurate measurement of student performance yet.
Adam Clark, NJ.com Read more

Moody’s warns of teacher pension risk to N.J. school districts under Christie plan
A new report from a Wall Street rating agency warns that Gov. Chris Christie’s seemingly dormant plan to overhaul government worker pension and health benefits to save the state billions of dollars could come at a risk to school districts if Christie’s proposed reforms don’t play out as envisioned.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Poll: New Jerseyans opposed to gasoline tax hike
Opposition persists among most New Jersey residents to raising the tax on gasoline even if it means they’ll get a break in death taxes.
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Senate Panels Move Could Force DEP to Roll Back Water-Quality Rules
After a lengthy hearing pitting environmentalists against the state Department of Environmental Protection, a Senate
committee yesterday approved a measure that could force the agency to withdraw a proposal to streamline water regulations.
Tom Johnson, NJSpotlight Read more

Christie opposes United flights between Newark and Cuba
Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday told the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey it would be “unacceptable” to begin
operating flights between Newark Airport and Cuba.
Matt Arco and Steve Strunsky, NJ.com Read more

Democrats take fresh aim at Christie with hearings on National Guard, lottery
After nearly two years investigating a lane-closure scandal that has lingered over Governor Christie and his presidential
campaign, New Jersey’s Democratic legislators are preparing to triple their workload in what they say is a check on the
executive branch.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Wayne council candidates’ debate cancelled after GOP disagrees with rules
A Tuesday night forum for candidates vying for the six seats on the Township Council was canceled after Republicans didn’t
show up out of objection to a rule that wouldn’t have allowed all of their candidates to participate.
Minjae Park, The Record Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Oct. 21st