PolitickerNJ News Digest: Feb. 29th

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Donald Trump: Getty Images.

Good Monday morning. State officials today are preparing to take the first steps toward eliminating the estate tax while the head-scratching continues over Gov. Chris Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump.

Quote of the Day: “It’s a signal that we are serious about getting the Transportation Trust Fund renewed. It’s a positive signal that we’re serious about having a bipartisan agreement,” – Sen. Paul Sarlo, on why he’s sponsoring a bill to eliminate the estate tax.

Trump Tells Christie to ‘Go Home’
Having collected the clutch endorsement yesterday of Gov. Chris Christie, billionaire real estate tycoon Donald Trump today told Christie to “go home.”
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Bill Eliminating Estate Tax Going to Senate Committee Monday
A Democratically sponsored bill to elminate the state inheritance tax will go to committee Monday, and primary sponsor Paul Sarlo (D-36) is calling it an overture to the governor as both sides come to a compromise on transportation funding.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

PNJ Poll: Should Christie Campaign Avidly Out of State for Trump?
Let us know how you feel about the possibility of the governor heading back out onto the campaign trail.
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Fulop’s Inchon South Jersey Beachhead
Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) has strutted around North Jersey with impunity, invading Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s Hudson County backyard with relish in the company of such personages as state Senator Ssandra Cunningham (D-31) and former Hoboken Councilwoman Beth Mason.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Sweeney and Guardian: Can the Feud Hold Out?
If any one clash of personalities has dominated 2016 so far, it has been the unending and unenlightening shouting match between Republican Atlantic City mayor Don Guardian and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3). NJTV’s Michael Aron touched on the feud between Guardian and the Senate President in his remarks at the New Jersey Chamber’s congressional dinner Thursday, calling the fits and starts of the takeover negotiations New Jersey’s latest “pissing match du jour.”
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Passaic Dems Jump To Support Pascrell After Jones’ Challenge
Passaic County Democrats want to make one thing clear: they are supporting Congressman Bill Pascrell in CD9 despite former Paterson Mayor Jeff Jones’ entry into the congressional race.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Passaic Dems Endorse Their Candidates
Passaic County Democratic Chairman John Currie announced his endorsement of Democratic candidates.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Wisniewski Looks Toward Super Tuesday for Sanders Campaign
With the March 1 mass election day known as Super Tuesday less than a week away, New Jersey Bernie Sanders chair Assemblyman John Wisniewski said that he is confident that the Vermont senator’s presidential campaign will continue to thrive regardless of polls that have former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton besting him in many of those upcoming primaries.
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Bloomfield Town Attorney Sues for Termination
Former Bloomfield town attorney Brian Aloia is claiming he was illegally fired and has filed paperwork to sue the town and their new representation. Earlier this month, the town dropped Aloia from his position and appointed Michael Parlavecchio of the law firm Bevan, Mosca and Giuditta to the position of town attorney.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Trump caught retweeting Mussolini quote in elaborate setup
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump came under fire Sunday for retweeting — posting on his Twitter page — a quote by the late Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

Christie funder Meg Whitman calls Trump endorsement ‘political opportunism’
Hewlett-Packard chief executive Meg Whitman, a major contributor to Gov. Chris Christie’s ill-fated presidential campaign, called his endorsement of businessman Donald Trump “an astonishing display of political opportunism.”
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

Christie defends Trump endorsement
Governor Christie, in his first interview since dropping out of the Republican presidential primary race, defended his controversial decision to endorse Donald Trump, whose inflammatory comments have made him the nation’s most divisive political figure despite his status as the party’s front-runner to win the nomination.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Newspaper publisher: Christie said he would ‘never’ back Trump
Shortly after Gov. Chris Christie announced Friday he was endorsing Donald Trump for president, the publisher of New Hampshire’s largest newspaper recalled how the New Jersey governor told him earlier this month he would “never” back Trump, according to a report by Politico.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

Will N.J. Republicans follow Christie and back Trump?
Only a handful of New Jersey’s Republican lawmakers have publicly supported Donald Trump’s bid for the party’s presidential nomination so far.
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Flurry of reactions behind GWB scandal; emails capture Port Authority officials trying to control damage
New York’s top appointee to the Port Authority and his chief of staff went to great lengths to investigate, control and limit damage from the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal, according to a trove of emails released in response to a lawsuit filed by The Record.
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Doubts about Atlantic City renewal project
It’s been almost half a century since the leaders of Atlantic City knocked down hundreds of homes in the South Inlet, displacing 4,500 people and declaring that an “urban renewal” oasis of shops, parks and maybe even a sports stadium would rise there.
Jeff Pillets and John Brennan, The Record Read more

When the government fails the people
On the day before Thanksgiving, a team of engineers studying possible water contamination in the northern hills of Passaic County sent a report to the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
Mike Kelly, The Record Read more

A dramatic reversal for Christie the moderate
Chris Christie once boasted that his compassionate, Big Tent style of inclusiveness won the support and admiration of New Jersey’s Latino voters.
Charles Stile, The Record Read more

Christie says Trump ‘is going to be the Republican nominee’
Gov. Chris Christie said Sunday that while he doesn’t agree with Donald Trump on every issue, he believes the billionaire businessman is the strongest candidate against the Democrats this fall.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

N.J. public employee unions irked by Christie call to cut health benefits
Gov. Chris Christie’s budget address came with a public challenge to cut $250 million from state employees’ health benefits.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

So why does Donald Trump need Christie’s support?
After months of campaigning for himself, Gov. Chris Christie now will be campaigning for another presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump.
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Morris senator for Trump, ‘warts and all’
Most of the Republican legislators representing Morris County in Trenton are taking a wait-and-see attitude regarding the GOP presidential primary in the wake of Gov. Chris Christie’s exit from the 2016 election.
William Westhoven, Daily Record Read more

How often will Christie be away from NJ?
Since dropping out of the presidential race Feb. 10, Gov. Christie has emerged twice in New Jersey to make public remarks: during his budget address, and at a school ribbon-cutting in Newark.
Maddie Hanna And Andrew Seidman, The Inquirer Read more

Bridgegate jokes and VP speculation: Social media reacts to Christie’s Trump endorsement
For anyone on Twitter Friday afternoon, it was impossible to miss: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorsed Donald Trump for president.
Staff reports, The Inquirer Read more

State Police look to increase diversity on force
The number of black State Police troopers has fallen in the past decade despite a recruiting effort to diversify the force.
Donna Weaver, Press of Atlantic City Read more