PolitickerNJ News Digest: May 10th



It’s Tuesday, and while Chris Christie is looking ahead to a possible role in shaping a Trump White House’s policy, state Democrats are still squabbling among themselves over the fate of Atlantic City. With all this going on, we still find time to take a look at some of today’s most interesting elections.

Quote of the Day: “You don’t think he is a brilliant, successful businessman, who can bring the kind of prosperity to America that he has brought to Atlantic City? Is that your point?” – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, taking a swipe at Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate.

Trump: If Prez Campaign Successful, Christie Will Lead Transition Team
Donald Trump announced today that Governor Chris Christie will lead his transition team if the billionaire tycoon wins the presidential election.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

AC Talks Fall Apart Again as Greenwald Blisters Prieto
Uh, oh.
After what most peripheral players digested as productive talks by Assembly members, Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Majority Lou Greenwald are at each other’s throats again.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Guadagno-Allied Building a Better NJ Boasts Event Presence of GOP Chairmen
It’s over.
That’s the message Kim Guadagno fan club Building a Better New Jersey wants out there, with an invitation to a policy discussion the group released today.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Weinberg Joins Opposition to Appointing Ocean Freeholder to Parole Board
Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37) announced her opposition to Republican Ocean County freeholder John P. Kelly being appointed to the State Parole Board Monday. The Bergen Democrat joined Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) in questioning Kelly’s qualifications and citing his participation in the board’s 2005 attempt to deny a county employee the ability to leave her pension to her dying same-sex partner.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Whelan: City Botched Negotiations Long Before Assembly Talks
As the two sides in the legislative debate over a state takeover of Atlantic City negotiate on a compromise between two dueling bills from Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Assembly Speaker Vince Prieto (D-32), the gaming capital’s state Senator said Monday that he places the blame squarely on the city’s shoulders for not approaching Sweeney with a counter-proposal weeks ago. Mayor Don Guardian and members of the city council have allied themselves with Prieto in pushing for two more years before the state takes over the city’s finances.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Five Tuesday Municipal Races to Watch
With just one day left until voters will get to cast ballots for the May municipal elections, PolitickerNJ decided to do a round up on which races to watch.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

As NJ Primary Approaches, Sanders Takes on Trump and Icahn in AC
Facing what he acknowledged to be a narrow path to victory during his remarks at Boardwalk Hall on Monday morning, Bernie Sanders appeared in Atlantic City to blast presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and get out the vote before New Jersey holds its Democratic primary on June 7. Sanders is trailing Hillary Clinton, who holds 94 percent of the total delegates she needs to seal the nomination.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

In the Shadow of Trump’s failed Casino, Bernie Does AC
Senator Bernie Sanders and his campaign juggernaut made a stop in Atlantic City, NJ today, wowing a ebullient, diverse crowd with Bernie’s message of a progressive revolution. The setting seemed especially prophetic: Boardwalk Hall, in the shadow of the bankrupt, long-mothballed Trump Plaza Casino, named for the man who most crassly epitomizes just how rigged our system really is.
Jay Lassiter, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie Goes After Prieto in the Aftermath of Closed Door Talks
Swatting the outstretched tag team hand of Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-6), Gov. Chris Christie had his own harsh words for Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) following all-day backroom talks by Assembly Democratic leadership.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Caputo Says Power Players Trying to Scapegoat Prieto
Present today at the behind-the-scenes powwow that included Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Assemblyman Ralph Caputo said based on what he heard he does not believe Prieto is pushing for bankruptcy as an option for Atlantic City and said everything he heard from Prieto suggested that the speaker wants to avert that unfortunate outcome.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Rutgers to Award Honorary Degree to President Obama
The Rutgers Board of Governors today voted to approve the award of an honorary Doctor of Laws degree to President Barack Obama when he addresses graduates at the Rutgers University-New Brunswick Commencement on May 15 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway – the 250th anniversary graduation ceremony.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

Mayor Parker’s Family Encourages Residents to Vote for Incumbents
Teaneck Mayor Lizette Parker was a supporter of incumbent councilpeople Mohammed Hameeduddin, Mark Schwartz and Dr Henry Pruitt before her untimely death last month. Now, her family is urging voters to continue her legacy and vote for the incumbents in the Tuesday municipal election.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Orange Mayoral Challenger Morrell Says Warren Had DPW Take Down Signs
One of the challengers in the Orange mayor’s race, Jan Morrell, is claiming that incumbent Mayor Dwayne Warren has had Orange Department of Public Works employees circling Orange and removing her campaign signs from the lawns of supporters. On the day before the campaign, Morrell’s team started circulating images of what appears to be a DPW truck with lawn signs in the truck bed.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Sayegh Wants Abdelaziz to Explain Possible Vote By Mail Fraud
Paterson’s Ward 6 Councilman Andre Sayegh released a statement on Monday afternoon claiming that his challenger Al Abdelaziz had potentially committed vote by mail fraud.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Sweeney Swears in Diegnan as LD18 Senator
Senator Patrick J. Diegnan (D-18) took the oath of office this afternoon as the replacement for Superior Court Judge Peter Barnes.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

Carol C. Norcross, 84, advocate for seniors, matriarch of a powerful South Jersey family
Carol C. Norcross, 84, a tireless advocate for senior citizens and the matriarch of South Jersey’s powerful Norcross family, died Saturday at her home in Cherry Hill after battling lung cancer.
Chris Palmer, Inquirer Read more

Permit process for new Hudson River rail tunnel could cost taxpayers $13B, report says
If the Gateway project to dig a new tunnel under the Hudson River proceeds like other big projects, the permitting process alone could take seven years and cost taxpayers $13 billion. That’s before the first shovel of dirt is even moved, according to a report released Monday by Common Good, a nonprofit group.
Christopher Maag, The Record Read more

N.J. Senate OKs bill on concealed handguns
The Senate voted 22-17 on Monday to begin rolling back new state regulations that make it easier to obtain a conceal firearms permit.
John C. Ensslin, The Record Read more

Christie says he’s budgeting $1M for college readiness
Gov. Chris Christie says he is asking the Democrat-led Legislature for $1 million in next year’s budget for a program that gives remedial students training to help them go to college.
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N.J. Senate agrees to Christie compromise on food stamps
The New Jersey Senate on Monday unanimously accepted a compromise with Gov. Chris Christie over access to food stamps for unemployed people living in economically distressed cities and counties.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Corruption? Here? Bill would require ethics training for elected officials
In an effort to stem public corruption scandals, the state Senate on Monday unanimously passed a bill that would require all New Jersey elected officials undergo ethics training as soon as they’re elected.
S.P. Sullivan, NJ.com Read more

Ex-Christie spokesman named acting NJ Transit chief of staff
Top level changes continue at NJ Transit as Michael Drewniak, the former spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie, was named interim chief of staff.
Larry Higgs, NJ.com Read more

Senator calls for Rt. 35 investigation
A state senator is calling for a federal investigation after an Asbury Park Press report revealed that the restoration of Route 35 has become one of the most expensive road projects in New Jersey history.
Russ Zimmer, Asbury Park Press Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: May 10th