PolitickerNJ News Digest: June 1st

Camden mayor Dana Redd (bottom right) attended the debate

Camden mayor Dana Redd (bottom right) attended the debate

It’s Wednesday morning, and in New Jersey and, according to a new poll, residents are not looking favorably upon the possibility of Gov. Chris Christie seeking higher political office. Meanwhile, a former governor is continuing to voice her opposition to Donald Trump’s candidacy.

Quote of the Day: “Trump claims he can turn New Jersey competitive in November. These results suggest he probably needs to look elsewhere for a running mate if he wants to make that a reality,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, on state voter resistance to a possible Chris Christie vice presidential run.

Monmouth Poll: Christie would be an Albatross Around Trump’s Neck in NJ
Today’s Monmouth University Poll finds that Gov. Chris Christie would pose a liability in his home state of New Jersey to billionaire real estate tycoon Donald Trump on a national ticket.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Monmouth Poll: Clinton 38%, Trump 34% in New Jersey
It’s close.
The presidential election in New Jersey is close, according to this morning’s Monmouth University Poll
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Whitman to NJ GOP: Vote for Kasich or Cruz on June 7th
Staunchly opposed to billionaire real estate tycoon Donald Trump, former Gov. Christie Whitman (pictured above with her daughter Kate) wants New Jersey Republicans to make a statement in next Tuesday’s primary by voting for either Ohio Gov. John Kasich or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

FEC: Gottheimer the Only Challenger Lighting up the Fundraising Front
CD3 Democratic challenger Jim Keady this weekend received the endorsement of the Philadelphia Inquirer over his primary rival Frederick LaVergne.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Norcross and Law Square Off in CD1 Debate
The race for congress in New Jersey’s first congressional district will hinge on a young newcomer’s chances against U.S. Representative Donald Norcross in the Democratic primary next Tuesday. Former IBM consultant Alex Law, who reached the minimum age to serve in congress while his campaign was already underway, didn’t mince words at a Tuesday debate hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Sumter to Speak at Emerge NJ Commencement
Amidst musings that she may be considering a 2017 Democratic gubernatorial run, Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D-35) has been announced as the Emerge New Jersey’s 2016 Commencement Speaker. Sumter will speak during the June 11 event at BlueWave NJ President Marcia Marley’s home in Montclair.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

A Chronicle of the Morris County GOP Freeholder Primary
Morris County has long been one of the most strongly Republican counties in New Jersey. But, the unity behind one party doesn’t mean that the primaries in Morris go smoothly. More often than not, the primaries are rife with struggle as two or more differing groups of Republicans battle to become the GOP nominees.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

A Wide-Swinging Pendulum: a Short Recent History of NJ Prez Politics
Veteran Essex County operative Tom Barrett likes to point out that Bill Clinton turned New Jersey into a blue state, but poll numbers released today by Monmouth University show Clinton’s wife, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on shaky ground in the Garden State.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

For Veteran Caputo: 1960 and 2008 Stand out as Memorable Prez Elections in NJ
Veteran Assemblyman Ralph Caputo cites two presidential elections when asked by PolitickerNJ which stand out in his memory.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Veteran Dem Operative Maer to Join Capital Health Systems
Veteran operative Kelly Stewart Maer is heading to Capital Health Systems to head up state and federal government affairs for the Hospital System.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Brown Moves Toward 2017 Guv Run With Formation of Statewide PAC
It’s real.
Evesham Mayor Randy Brown plans a press conference in Marlton tomorrow, supposedly to announce his formation of a statewide political action committee.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Mercer Sheriff’s Officer Pleads Guilty to Providing Paper with Juvenile Pics
Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy announced that a Mercer County sheriff’s officer pleaded guilty today to a charge that he unlawfully provided a newspaper with three arrest photos of a juvenile. The newspaper published the photos and named the juvenile.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

A Deep Dive Into the Bloomfield Mayoral Race
The Bloomfield mayoral race has been rife with drama. Now, there is just one week left until voters make their way to the polls to decide if incumbent Mayor Michael Venezia gets to keep his seat or if challenger Councilman Joe Lopez will have an advantage in becoming the new mayor of Bloomfield headed into the November general election.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Parole Board pick poses new hurdle for Sweeney
Senate President Stephen Sweeney took to the Senate floor in 2011 to do something leaders of his rank rarely do in Trenton: He apologized.
Charles Stile, The Record Read more

Sweeney: New state rescue plan unlikely to solve Atlantic City’s problems
Did you think the drama over Atlantic City was over now that Gov. Chris Christie has signed a long-debated rescue package?
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

Christie’s son graduates from Princeton
Governor Christie’s oldest son is among the newest graduates of Princeton University.
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Opinion: Degnan’s terminal
New Jersey commuters passing through the Port Authority Bus Terminal have a champion: John Degnan. The Port Authority chairman has become a powerful and effective ally for the most ignored commuter in the metropolitan region. Last week, Degnan restated his unabashed support for a new bus terminal in midtown Manhattan.
The Record Read more

Bill looks to push mob out of N.J. recycling industry
A state lawmaker wants tougher background checks for New Jersey recyclers and waste haulers after a state investigation found organized crime elements remain active in the industry.
S.P. Sullivan, NJ.com Read more

Jon Bon Jovi welcoming Hillary Clinton to N.J. Wednesday
When presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton returns to New Jersey Wednesday, her campaign will get a bump from Garden State rocker Jon Bon Jovi.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

N.J. owes $37M to counties for Medicaid overpayments, U.S. says
New Jersey owes its counties $37 million because they paid too much in Medicaid expenses as the nation recovered from the Great Recession, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. said Tuesday.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

EDITORIAL: Governor should stop raiding open-space funds
Gov. Chris Christie’s poison veto pen was back in action last week when he blocked a bill that would lay out spending plans for about $100 million to be directed toward open space from corporate business taxes.
Asbury Park Press Read more

Christie Monmouth judge nominee in trouble
Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to award tenure to state Superior Court Judge Paul Escandon is in trouble after the Monmouth County jurist couldn’t give a good explanation to lawmakers on why he gave a confessed mob killer custody of the killer’s three kids.
Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press Read more

Lawmaker proposes testing child care center water for lead
A New Jersey lawmaker has introduced legislation that would require child care centers be tested for lead in drinking water.
Associated Press, Read more
Two Dems fighting for chance to unseat MacArthur
A traditionally competitive South Jersey congressional seat has a wrinkle this year: a rare Democratic primary contest between two dogged candidates who each received an endorsement from a local party organization.
Jan Hefler, Inquirer Read more