PolitickerNJ News Digest: Feb. 23rd

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It’s Tuesday, and in New Jersey the fallout from this weekend’s presidential primaries continues to dominate politics, with politicos weighing in on the campaigns of Trump and Rubio.

Quote of the Day: “Some of the things he says I think are spot-on. It’s how he does it, how far he goes. He smears people, he says nasty things and then he quickly changes it back.” – Senator Diane Allen, on GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.

Bateman: Imminent Trump Endorsements ‘Not Out of the Question’
As the crowded Republican primary field continues to winnow down, Governor Chris Christie asked his caucus to tread carefully as he considers his choice of an endorsement. Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) said that he wouldn’t rule out an official Christie endorsement for Donald Trump within the next two weeks.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Former Christie Fundraiser Kilberg Goes to Rubio
GOP fundraiser Bobbie Kilberg, who first supported tanked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, then tanked former Florida Governor Jeb Bush for the Republican presidential nomination, this week went to Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Singer Says He and Caucus Leaning to Rubio After Christie’s Exit
Senator Bob Singer (R-30) said Monday that after the abrupt endings to Governor Chris Christie’s and Jeb Bush’s presidential campaigns, he and his fellow former Christie supporters are leaning toward Marco Rubio, the governor’s former nemesis in New Hampshire — not to Trump. At least not yet.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Allen: Trump ‘Not Respected at All’
With the aftermath of the South Carolina primaries reshaping the field for all but frontrunner Donald Trump, South Jersey Senator Diane Allen (R-7) said that she is still holding out for Rubio or Kasich to win the nomination. Despite momentum that would seem king making for candidates in earlier primary cycles, Allen said that she doesn’t believe Donald Trump’s popularity will translate into the former reality TV star commanding respect.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Gaburo to Fellow GOP Chairs: Don’t Freak out over Prez Politics Right Now
Following Saturday’s meltdown by establishment doyen Jeb Bush and a first place finish in South Carolina by billionaire real estate tycoon Donald Trump, the chairman of the Somerset County Republican Party says people should stop freaking out and acting like the contest is over
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Uccio, a Republican Challenger in CD12, Wants to Unseat Watson Coleman
A GOP challenger who wants a crack at ousting incumbent U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12), just stepped forward this evening with an email blast announcement.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Kasich’s ‘Binder Full of Women’ Moment
Ohio Governor John Kasich just put his foot in his mouth.
As he continued to strive to be the establishment answer to billionaire real estate tycoon Donald Trump, he told a town hall crowd on the campaign trail that women “left their kitchens to go out and go door to door” for him on the campaign trail.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Orthodox Jewish Lawmaker Schaer Slaps at Nevada Democrats’ Saturday Caucuses
A powerful North New Jersey lawmaker today punched back at Nevada Democrats over rules governing the presidential caucus in that state on Saturday, which he argues disenfranchised sizable numbers of devoutly religious Democratic voters.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Led by Jamestown Associates, Jersey Firms Clean Up at the Reed Awards
Campaigns and Elections magazine held its annual gala last week, awarding its prestigious “Reed Awards” for excellence among political consultants. The dinner, held in Charleston, SC, turned out to be a love fest for New Jersey political strategy, especially on the Republican side
Kevin B. Sanders, PolitickerNJ Read more

Judge Rules Against NJEA’s Spiller in Montclair Board Case
Superior Court Judge Thomas Moore in Newark today ruled that New Jersey Education Association Executive Sean Spiller should not have accepted an appointment to the Montclair Board of Estimate.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Deutsch Holds Hobnob Fest for Murphy at his Morristown Office
Veteran attorney Ed Deutsch, managing partner at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, a member of Gov. Chris Christie’s transition team, and a close friend of Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13), last week hosted meet and greet for Phil Murphy at his law office in Morristown.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Veteran Public Affairs Exec White Goes to River Crossing Strategy Group
Government affairs firm River Crossing Strategy Group (RCSG) this week announced the hiring of veteran public affairs executive Timothy White, who specializes in managing issue advocacy campaigns and regulatory approval initiatives for real estate development and public utility projects.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Regarding Cuba, Gusciora Disrespectful and Arrogant Toward Menendez
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora’s flippant remarks about Senator Bob Menendez’s stance on the President’s race to normalize relations with the repressive regime of the Castro brothers were disrespectful and arrogant.
Rolando Bobadilla, PolitickerNJ Read more

Former Deportation Official Indicted on Bribery Charges
A federal grand jury today indicted a Somerset man for allegedly accepting cash bribes and sex in exchange for providing employment authorization documents and for concealing his employment of an undocumented immigrant at a hair salon he owned, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

Source: Former Paterson Mayor Jones Poised to Run Primary Against Pascrell
There is considerable speculation this week about an imminent political announcement by former Paterson Mayor Jeffrey Jones, who was bounced out of office in 2014 after one term with the help of his old foe, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9).
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more
Guess what campaign info Christie just sold to Marco Rubio?
Gov. Chris Christie’s now-suspended presidential campaign has sold its email list of supporters and donors to his former chief Republican rival Marco Rubio, the governor’s campaign spokesman confirmed Monday.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com Read more

Two former Passaic officials face criminal trials
A state judge in Paterson set trial dates for two former Passaic city officials in two separate cases after both men rejected the latest plea offers from prosecutors on Monday.
Kibret Markos, The Record Read more

Hackensack bridge symbolizes transportation fund dispute
A repair crew recently descended on a nondescript bridge over the Hackensack River.
Mike Kelly, The Record Read more

Atlantic City mayor slams state takeover plan as ‘fascist dictatorship’
Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian on Monday denounced a plan for the state to take sweeping control of the financially troubled city, saying the legislation would create a “fascist dictatorship” trampling on the civil and constitutional rights of residents.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

Newark accused of ‘Gestapo-like tactics’ after locking official out of office
The head of one of the Newark’s most important economic development arms is on his way out, and some officials are less than pleased about his unceremonious sendoff.
Dan Ivers, NJ.com Read more

Cory Booker’s big regret
In his book “United,” released last week, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker writes about some of the people he met en route to Washington, including drug dealers, tenant leaders and giants of the civil rights movement.
The Auditor, NJ.com Read more

N.J. lawmakers seek to limit college tuition hikes
With the cost of college rising and graduates swimming in student debt, New Jersey lawmakers are calling for a cap on in-state tuition hikes at the state’s public college and universities.
Adam Clark, NJ.com Read more

Jim Florio to appear on panel on gun control, 2nd Amendment
Former Gov. Jim Florio will be among the panelists at a forum on gun control at Saint Peter’s University tomorrow night.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal Read more

Bridgegate: The high cost of self-interest
In case you missed it —and that was what Gov. Chris Christie was hoping — taxpayers’ Bridgegate costs have now cleared $10 million. That includes $2.3 million in new invoices released by the state Attorney General late Friday in a classic news dump to minimize attention.
The Daily Record Read more

Christie butting heads with GOPers on beach smoking ban
New Jersey Republican lawmakers appear headed to a loyalty test with GOP Gov. Chris Christie over a bill on a statewide ban of smoking at public beaches and parks.
Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press Read more

Highlands mayor: Sorry I blasted ‘barren people’ with ‘no love in their life’
Highlands mayor Frank Nolan has apologized for his Facebook comments calling out the Monmouth County borough’s “barren people”
Dan Alexander, NJ1015 Read more

A.C. mayor proposes alternative to state takeover
The mayor of this beleaguered seaside resort stood outside City Hall amid the town’s signature background noise of wind and seagulls Monday and did not mince words about a proposed state takeover.
Amy S. Rosenberg, The Inquirer Read more

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