PolitickerNJ News Digest: May 18th


On this Wednesday, and even though the gubernatorial race is already in progress, some candidates still have their eyes firmly fixed on next month’s state primary.

With Dems Capturing Early Gubernatorial Buzz, How Will Republicans Compete?
Following one state Democrat’s official announcement of his gubernatorial bid yesterday, primary season for the 2017 election has begun in earnest. Former Golman Sachs executive and U.S. Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy faces a crowded field of anticipated rivals for the nomination, including Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Jersey City mayor Steve Fulop.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

CD1’s Alex Law Cries Foul as Norcross Boasts of Sanders Endorsement
The feud between congressional candidate Alex Law, his primary opponent and the chairman of Bernie Sanders’ New Jersey campaign continued this week as Law raised objections to fliers that claim incumbent Donald Norcross has the endorsements of both the Sanders campaign and the campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

OLS Budget Projection Creates Tremor of Havoc
The state Office of Legislative Services (OLS) late today circulated a memo with numbers that show a projected $1.1 billion below the Christie Administration’s budget projections over the next two years.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Anti-Poverty Network of NJ Chooses New Executive Director
The Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey announced Tuesday that it has chosen a new executive director following outgoing director Serena Rice’s decision to pursue the ministry. Longtime anti-poverty advocate Renee Wolf Koubiadis will take the helm June 20.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

In Bloomfield, Lopez Campaign Volunteer’s Car Vandalized
When Scott Hagy went to his car on the morning of Sunday May 15, he noticed that his car had been vandalized. A press release issued by Bloomfield mayoral challenger Joe Lopez is alleging that the vandalism happened because Hagy works with the Lopez campaign, currently facing off against the team of incumbent Mayor Mike Venezia.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Controversial plan by Democrats to redistrict state resurfaces
A controversial proposal by top Democratic state lawmakers that aims to change the way New Jersey redraws its legislative districts resurfaced this week — even as Republicans continue to warn it would allow Democrats to tighten their political grip on the state for decades.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

Former Eagle, N.J. congressman Jon Runyan to work for NFL
Former Eagles tackle and New Jersey Congressman Jon Runyan has re-joined the NFL and will serve as vice president of policy and rules administration, the league said Tuesday.
David Sell, Inquirer Read more

GWB scandal: Federal judge halts release of names of alleged co-conspirators
The highly anticipated release of names of people suspected of – but not charged with – participating in a political conspiracy to close access lanes to the George Washington Bridge has been delayed after an anonymous man won the latest round in a legal battle to shield his identity.
Paul Berger, The Record Read more

Ticket prices reinstated for Trump’s N.J. rally/Christie fundraiser Thursday
Tickets to this week’s Donald Trump rally in New Jersey were available free of charge for a few hours on Tuesday, down from their original $200 price.
Salvador Rizzo, The Record Read more

Porn gaffe trips up N.J. native running for Congress as conservative
Mike Webb, a current U.S. Congressional hopeful in Virginia, is a Jersey City born and bred politician described as a “Baptist Sinner Saved By Grace” on his Facebook election page.
Craig McCarthy, NJ.com Read more

Even with late primary, N.J. voter registration up
The Atlantic County Board of Elections office in Mays Landing was mostly quiet Tuesday afternoon, the last day for voters to register for New Jersey’s June 7 primary.
John DeRosier, The Press of Atlantic City Read more

Teaneck municipal court administrator accused of stealing money, arrested
The township’s municipal court administrator, who had been placed on administrative leave in October, has been accused of stealing more than $500 from the municipal court, police said Tuesday.
Mary Diduch, The Record Read more

Khalique stays on top in Paterson’s 2nd Ward election after provisional votes counted
After election officials counted 76 provisional ballots Tuesday morning, Shahin Khalique remained in first place in the race for the 2nd Ward City Council seat, but his lead was cut in half.
Joe Malinconico, The Record Read more

Chelsea Clinton campaigns at the Shore, calls Trump ‘unserious’
On the last day for residents in New Jersey to register to vote in the June 7 primary, Chelsea Clinton made two stops along the Jersey Shore to campaign on behalf of her mother, Hillary.
Alex Napoliello, NJ.com Read more

Meet the grandmother who helped Rutgers land Obama
How did a retired grandmother from the Jersey Shore help Rutgers University land the first commencement address from a sitting president in the school’s 250-year history?
Adam Clark, NJ.com Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: May 18th