PolitickerNJ News Digest: Jan. 21st

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Good Friday morning here in New Jersey, where there’s drama among the Bergen County GOP and we speculate what Gov. Chris Christie’s next move might be.

Quote of the Day: “It is not something that I am jumping in to but at this point if you ask me if it is likely or unlikely that I will run, I will tell you it is very likely that I will run,” – Assemblyman Paul DiGaetano, on the likelihood of his pursuing the chairmanship of the Bergen County Republican Organization.

Will the Fight for BCRO Chair Impact Bergen’s Upcoming Elections?
While 2016 is only three weeks in, the year has not been kind to Bergen County’s already ailing Republican Party. The Bergen County Republican Organization (BCRO) has received one bit of bad news after the other: Freeholder John Felice wasn’t going to pursue reelection, Sheriff Michael Saudino was switching parties to join the ranks of Bergen’s Democrats and state Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) announced that he wouldn’t pursue reelection in 2017, causing uncertainly in the already shaky ranks.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

‘A Brief History of Time’ (As it Pertains to the 2016 Political Debacle) Part I
The announcement out of Florida that Jeb Bush would be running for president all but finished Chris Christie among that set of bar stool establishment Republicans in New Jersey who keenly respect that nexus of money and influence in American politics.
PolitickerNJ Editor, PolitickerNJ Read more

CD1: Law Has $10,336 Cash on Hand
According to his Federal Election Commission (FEC) report, CD1 challenger Alex Law has $10,336 in the bank right now, amassed for his Democratic Primary bid against incumbent U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D-1).
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

‘Very Likely’ DiGaetano Will Pursue BCRO Chairmanship
Wyckoff Mayor Kevin Rooney was the first to announce he would be challenging Bergen County Republican Organization Chairman Bob Yudin for the position he has held for the past eight years. Now, it seems likely that former Assemblyman Paul DiGaetano may be the next to throw his hat in the ring for the position.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Jani Joins Vision Media
Vision Media Marketing Inc. today announced the hiring of Amit Jani as the firm’s newest account executive.
A former member of U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone’s (D-6) district staff and current Hudson County Director of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee’s South Asian American Caucus, Jani will oversee day-to-day account management for several of the firm’s local government, corporate and political clients. Jani is a Jersey City resident and graduate of Rutgers University.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

With Christie Treading Water in the Polls, What’s Next After New Hampshire?
As the New Hampshire primary approaches and Governor Chris Christie prepares for his best shot at turning the tables and pulling ahead of the middle tier in the Republican presidential primaries, the numbers are pointing to a tough row for the governor to hoe. The latest national Monmouth poll shows Christie tied for fourth place with Ohio Governor John Kasich and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee at three percent. If the pattern holds and Christie’s resurgence dissipates, does anyone stand to gain from his endorsement?
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Currie on Clinton Campaign: ‘I’m Not in Panic Mode’
They’re not freaking out, Democratic State Party Chairman John Currie told PolitickerNJ as his predecessor on the state chairman’s throne, Assemblyman John Wisniewski, basks in Bernie Sanders euphoria.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Sweeney says Atlantic City officials won’t get permission from N.J. to file for bankruptcy
Talk by Atlantic City officials of possibly seeking bankruptcy protection for the cash-strapped casino resort city shows the extent to which they fail to understand their fiscal situation, Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Thursday.
John C. Ensslin, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie to keep schedule in New Hampshire during New Jersey storm
Governor Christie plans to spend the coming winter storm in New Hampshire and has lined up town hall events there throughout what is forecast to be a snowbound weekend, according to his presidential campaign schedule.
Salvador Rizzo, PolitickerNJ Read more

Paterson police director’s lawsuit against Port Authority put on hold
A whistleblower lawsuit against the Port Authority has been put on hold pending the delayed trial of two former associates of Governor Christie who are accused of a politically-motivated conspiracy to close access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.
Paul Berger, The Record Read more

Losing pension court case could cost N.J. big, Moody’s warns
Moody’s Investors Service again sent up a warning flare that a possible New Jersey Supreme Court ruling striking down cuts to public retirees’ pension benefits would soak the struggling retirement system with new pension liabilities.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Why did N.J. miss out on $300M in federal Hurricane Sandy aid?
New Jersey got only $15 million of the $326 million requested in disaster relief under a program funded in the Hurricane Sandy aid package in part because the state submitted “a weaker application,” a top federal official said Thursday.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

Atlantic City, N.J., to hold emergency meeting to discuss bankruptcy
Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian on Thursday called an emergency City Council meeting next week to discuss whether the distressed New Jersey gambling hub should file for municipal bankruptcy.
Reuters Read more

Atlantic City Council restricting, not ending its use of city cars
Atlantic City Council President Marty Small held a press conference Thursday to announce tightened restrictions on the use of city-owned cars by council members.
Reuben Kramer, The Press of Atlantic City Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Jan. 21st