PolitickerNJ News Digest: June 14th

Lesniak, left, and 32BJ SEIU NJ Director Kevin Brown.

Lesniak, left, and 32BJ SEIU NJ Director Kevin Brown.

It’s Tuesday, and in New Jersey the reaction continues over the Orlando nightclub killings while politicians also battle over the transportation trust fund and the expansion of casino gaming.

Quote of the Day: “This fight isn’t just a fight about gaming — it’s about protecting the livelihoods of thousands of middle-class families who will lose their homes and their jobs,” – Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, opposing expansion of New Jersey casinos beyond Atlantic City.

Senate Lawmakers Confident of TTF Offer
Senate lawmakers from both sides of the aisle detailed a suite of bills at the State House Monday, saying that they are confident the legislation’s offer of a gas tax hike alongside a phase-out of New Jersey’s inheritance tax and new tax write-offs for charitable contributions will go a long way toward funding the depleted Transportation Trust Fund with a minimum of partisan rancor.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Menendez ‘Appalled’ by Trump’s Reaction to Orlando Killings
On the day after an AR-15 rampage in an Orlando nightclub left 49 people dead, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) acknowledged the coming gun debate in presidential politics.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Coalition Fighting North Jersey Casinos Announces Formation
The No North Jersey Casinos Coalition held a press conference at the Trenton State House on Monday to announce that the group had formed and was standing in opposition to the proposed North Jersey casinos that many NJ lawmakers want to see built in locations like Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Weinberg Makes the Case for North Jersey Casinos as Opponents Mobilize
The debate over two proposed casinos in North Jersey reignited this week as an Atlantic City legislator and the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey joined the newly formed No North Jersey Casinos Coalition in arguing against new locations above the Raritan. Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37), co-sponsor of a bill that would put the question to voters in the form of a ballot question, called those arguments against casino expansion shortsighted.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

32BJ SEIU and Lesniak Team Up to Take Down Jet Fuel Loophole
State Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) wants to close a loophole that allows airlines to avoid tens of millions of dollars in jet fuel taxes.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Menendez, NJ Puerto Rican Community Move Against PROMESA Bill
A group of Puerto Rican elected officials and advocacy groups came together earlier today to align themselves with U.S. Senator Bob Menendez’s (D-NJ) opposition to a Puerto Rican debt relief bill otherwise known as PROMESA.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Menendez on the Orlando Killings
U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) appeared here today to offer his views and his condolences in the aftermath of the Orlando killings.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Lesniak Takes a Moment of Silence for the Orlando Victims
Appearing at a labor rally earlier today, state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) paused for a moment of silence in the aftermath of the biggest mass killing in American history, which occurred yesterday in Orlando, Florida.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Eustace Says Garrett’s Orlando Statements ‘Election Year Opportunism’
This weekend, a lone gunman entered a gay club in Orlando, killed 50 people and wounded 53 more. In light of those events, elected officials from around the nation have issued statements of support and sympathy for the victims and their families.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Despite Loss in Mayor Primary, Lopez Keeps County Committee Seat
While Team Venezia won big during last Tuesday’s primary election, there is one victory they were not able to claim: the county committee seat of Venezia’s mayoral challenger Councilman Joe Lopez.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Educational Services Company CFO Admits Tax Crimes
A Pottersville man today admitted filing a false tax return and evading corporate taxes of American Tutor Inc., a company that offered supplemental educational services to New Jersey school districts, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
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Brown: North Jersey Casinos Need Firm Tax Rate in Place Before November
Following the announcement of a new anti-casino expansion group in the run-up to November’s vote on a ballot question to allow new casino locations in North Jersey, one Atlantic County legislator is calling the proposal to amend the constitution and allow new casinos incomplete.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Report: Chris Christie Reduced to Fetching Donald Trump’s McDonald’s Orders
Chris Christie has assured the public that he is not Donald Trump’s hostage. But a new report suggests that he may be the Republican nominee’s indentured servant.
Eric Levitz, NYMag.comJ Read more

Christie says US leaders should acknowledge ‘radical Islam’ inspires violence
A day after the largest mass shooting in American history, Governor Christie urged leaders to strengthen the country’s fight against terrorism – including acknowledging “radical Islam” as an inspiring source of the violence.
Dustin Raciopi, The RecordJ Read more

Christie takes aim at gas taxes, pensions, property taxes and teachers union
With the state’s Transportation Trust Fund less than three weeks away from running out of money for new road, bridge and rail projects, Gov. Chris Christie said the fix being pushed by the Democratic-controlled legislature lacked sufficient tax breaks to be signed into law.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.comJ Read more

Fight brewing over higher N.J. gas tax
Gov. Christie on Monday suggested that he wasn’t ready to support a proposal to revise New Jersey tax policy, including a hefty gas tax hike and phaseout of a levy on estates of the deceased.
Andrew Seidman and Maddie Hanna, InquirerJ Read more

Road funding gets push, but no green light from Christie
A package of proposed cuts to retirement and estate taxes in New Jersey would cost the state government $1 billion a year in lost revenue, to be partially offset by $500 million in tax increases to fund the state’s transportation network, backers of the plan said Monday.
Christopher Maag, The RecordJ Read more

Christie challenges Morris chamber to back fight with teacher’s union
Gov. Chris Christie called on Morris County business leaders Monday to back him in his fight against New Jersey’s public-teacher’s unions and Democrats backing a proposed constitutional amendment “that will necessitate at least a $3 billion tax increase on the people of New Jersey.”
William Westhoven, Daily RecordJ Read more

Paterson councilman wants St. Joseph’s hospital to make $600K ‘contribution’ to the city
Councilman Andre Sayegh is looking to push St. Joseph’s Healthcare System to make a $600,000 “community service contribution” to city government.
Joe Malinconico, The RecordJ Read more

South Jersey business leaders form coalition against North Jersey casinos
South Jersey business leaders, casino union representatives and elected officials gathered at the State House on Monday to announce the formation of a group dedicated to defeating a proposal to extend casino gambling to North Jersey.
John Brennan, The RecordJ Read more

Is There Bipartisan Light at the end of the TTF Tunnel?
A newly released bipartisan plan to replenish New Jersey’s going-broke Transportation Trust Fund calls for a more than doubling of the per-gallon tax that motorists here currently pay at the pump. But it’s how the same plan would impact other taxes, including New Jersey’s notoriously high property tax bills, that its sponsors and supporters are hoping will drive the debate in the State House over the next few weeks.
John Reitmeyer, NJ Spotlight