PolitickerNJ News Digest: April 4th

Atlantic city

It’s Monday, the start of a new week in Trenton, where the rhetoric on Atlantic City continues, but action is still lacking.

Quote of the Day: “I think you work things out. Particularly if you have local officials and, I might add, a Republican mayor who seems like a reasonable guy,” – Phil Murphy, attacking Gov. Chris Christie’s approach to the political deadlock on the state’s role in Atlantic City.

2017 Lines Drawn in Assembly Members’ A.C. Takeover Positions
Last week saw Governor Chris Christie announce that he will withdraw his support for North Jersey casinos if Assembly Speaker Vince Prieto(D-Hudson/Bergen) continues to refuse to post an Assembly version of the Atlantic City takeover bill. Accusing Prieto of being a “waterboy” for Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop on New Jersey 101.5, Christie has maintained that Prieto’s objections to breaking union contracts through the takeover legislation is really a feint for damaging Fulop’s rival for the governorship: Senate President and takeover sponsor Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester).
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Murphy: Prieto Has a ‘Rightful Concern’ on AC Takeover
The state is divided on how to deal with Atlantic City. In one corner sits Governor Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney, claiming that an AC takeover and the PILOT bill are the way to go if casino expansion is ever to pass. In the other corner sits Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, ardently arguing that the takeover bill goes too far and damages pre-existing collective bargaining in the city.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

South Jersey Assembly people to Speaker Prieto: Failure to Act in AC Not an Option
Mr. Speaker –
There is a financial crisis in New Jersey. A financial crisis which is resulting in an unprecedented situation in the history of our great state. We are sitting at a crossroads. Never before has a New Jersey city been on the verge of outright bankruptcy or financial collapse. Never before has the full faith and credit of our state been called into question. Never before have so many thousands of people and families been at risk of financial ruin. The repercussions of this crisis threaten the financial stability and well-being of every government entity in the state of New Jersey.
Lou Greenwald, PolitickerNJ Read more

PAC Air War Intensifies in Orange Mayor’s Race
The Orange race for mayor has gotten so brutal that the latest mail features the image of a swan – as an instrument of war.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

A Byrne Birthday Celebration Among Friends
Former governors and their friends gathered at Inglemoor in Livingston Friday to celebrate the 92nd birthday of former Governor Brendan Byrne.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Sayegh to Amend Lawn Signs, Filings to be in ELEC Compliance
Paterson Ward 6 councilman Andre Sayegh says he plans to amend both his ELEC filings and lawn signs in order to be in compliance with ELEC regulations. The move by Sayegh comes after his challenger in Ward 6, Al Abdelaziz issued a statement criticizing Sayegh for failure to include a “paid for” line on campaign materials as required by ELEC.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie mocks caller on pensions, but was he right?
Few things get Gov. Chris Christie more irate than a discussion about public employee pensions.
The Republican governor went into full rant on the issue Wednesday night, berating a caller to his monthly call-in show who had suggested the country was founded pensions.
The Auditor, NJ.com Read more

Trump’s convention manager once embroiled in N.J. housing scandal
The veteran Republican political operative hired by GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump to direct his convention operations was a lobbyist in the center of a Reagan administration scandal involving a New Jersey housing project.
Brent Johnson and Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

Workers, activists, protest low minimum wage in Journal Square
Dozens of workers and local activists gathered in Journal Square this afternoon to demand that minimum wage be a “living wage.”
Caitlin Mota, The Jersey Journal Read more

1909 law may put brakes on Pilgrim oil pipeline in N.J. and N.Y.
Environmentalists are hoping an all-but-forgotten section of a 107-year-old New York law will disrupt plans to build two parallel oil pipelines from Albany to New Jersey by allowing individual towns to block it from going through their communities.
Scott Fallon, The Record Read more

Control of state courts becomes a top political battleground
Much attention is being paid to the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy, but equally partisan battles are being waged for control of state courts around the nation.
Associated Press Read more

A patient’s tale of medical marijuana use
Dana Kelley recalls the exact moment when her neurologist suggested she try medical marijuana.
The retired Army Intelligence linguist said it caused her emotional upheaval and led her to question her willingness to continue living in constant pain.
Jan Hefler, Inquirer, Read more

A.C. residents demand meeting with Christie on takeover
Some local residents want to take the battle for the city’s future right into their neighborhoods.
Thomas Barlas, Press of Atlantic City Read more