PolitickerNJ News Digest: June 2nd

Rutgers students who support Bernie Sanders.

Rutgers students who support Bernie Sanders.

It’s time again to take a look at what happened in New Jersey politics in the last 24 hours, including a visit from Hillary Clinton, a report on money raised for the upcoming gubernatorial contest and a presidential endorsement in a local congressional race.

Quote of the Day: “It’s rare that attentiveness to an issue is so high. Call it the Caitlyn Jenner effect,” said Krista Jenkins, professor of political science and Director of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind.

Joined by Booker and Bon Jovi, Clinton Slams Trump at Rutgers Newark
Just one day after a Monmouth University poll placed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a mere four points ahead against her likely foe in the November General Election businessman Donald Trump, the presidential hopeful took the stage at Rutgers Newark to espouse on why her presidency would be better for the future of America than her competition.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Pre-Election Fundraising by Guv Candidates or their Allies Tops $10.6 Million
With the official starting date for the 2017 gubernatorial election still eight months away, committees with ties to potential candidates already have raised $10.6 million and spent $5.8 million, according to an ELEC analysis.
Joseph Donohue, PolitickerNJ Read more

FDU Poll: Public Opinion Divided on Transgender Rights
Debates over the rights of transgendered individuals have roiled those in states across the nation. Here in the Garden State, the most recent statewide survey from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind finds people are paying close attention to these debates and remain divided over how far society should go to accommodate the rights of the transgendered community.
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Marlene Caride to Replace Patrick Diegnan as Assembly Education Chair
Assembly Speaker Vince Prieto (D-32) appointed a new committee chairwoman Wednesday. Bergen Democrat Marlene Caride (D-36) will replace Patrick Diegnan (D-18) of Middlesex as chair of the Assembly Education Committee following his appointment to the state Senate last month.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Obama Endorses Norcross Ahead of Final Primary Debate
President Barack Obama weighed in on one of New Jersey’s most volatile congressional campaigns Wednesday, offering his official endorsement to incumbent U.S. Representative Donald Norcross in the congressman’s reelection campaign. Norcross is facing a grassroots challenge for the Democratic nomination from progressive upstart Alex Law, with the two scheduled to debate Thursday before the primary next week.
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Burlington GOP Braces for Two Crucial Cycles as Evesham Mayor Unveils Statewide PAC
The Republican bid for the governor’s mansion in 2017 saw another early development Wednesday as Evesham mayor Randy Brown formally announced the formation of his “One Team, One Vision, One New Jersey Political Action Committee.” Though such committees are usually precursors to bids for elected office, Brown said the PAC will merely seek out ways that the state can clear the path for new private investment.
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Burlington GOP Braces for Two Crucial Cycles as Evesham Mayor Unveils Statewide PAC

Perth Amboy Council Members Unite Behind Mayor Diaz’s Challenger
There are five members of Perth Amboy’s city council. One of them, Fernando Irizarry, is running on Mayor Wilda Diaz’s slate in the November election. Another, Councilman Joel Pabon, is running against her. The other three are supporting Pabon as he aims to win the seat Diaz has held for eight years.
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Perth Amboy Council Members Unite Behind Mayor Diaz’s Challenger

More Persecutions Obama Style
While President Obama runs around the world trying to make the Guinness Book of World Records for Presidential firsts, his administration continues to work what sure looks like a checklist of petty personal vindictiveness masked by misguided self –righteousness.
Donald Scarinci, PolitickerNJ Read more

We Can’t Afford PARCC
As I sit on the train heading back home to Paterson from Trenton I feel the need to express my discontent with the NJDOE’s proposal of making passing PARCC a graduation requirement.
Corey Teague, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie: N.J. is prepared for Zika virus
A day after the first baby delivered in a New Jersey hospital was diagnosed with birth defects caused by the Zika virus, Gov. Chris Christie assured the public on Wednesday the state is ready to respond when the mosquito-borne illness migrates to the state.
Samantha Marcus and Susan K. Livio, NJ.com Read more

Christie disputes report saying he’s helping new Trump super PAC
Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday vehemently disputed a new report that said he is helping to coordinate a new super PAC to support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Brent Johnson and Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

State finds Kean University flouted state law in purchasing $250,000 table
Kean University flouted state law and its own policies in spending $250,000 for a Chinese-made conference table, according to a state investigation released Wednesday.
Pat Alex, The Record Read more

Ex-Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission official admits employees did work in his home
A former supervisor at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission admitted on Wednesday that he allowed commission employees to do personal work for him while they were on commission time.
Kibret Markos, The Record Read more

Christie vows continued support of charter schools in N.J.
Gov. Chris Christie championed his message that charters schools are a boon to urban communities across the state during a visit to Village Charter School in Trenton Wednesday.
Greg Wright, NJ.com Read more

Gov. Christie supports Donald Trump’s bashing of the press
Expect the press bashing to continue.
Gov. Chris Christie, the chairman of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s transition team, indicated Wednesday he had no issue with the billionaire putting the press on blast the previous day.
David Foster, The Trentonian Read more

Has NFL coach and mayor just waded into 2017 race for N.J. governor?
Randy Brown, a longtime south Jersey mayor and assistant NFL football coach, on Wednesday took what could be his first major step toward seeking the Republican nomination to succeed Gov. Chris Christie next year.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

Gannon keeps out-raising, outspending Sierchio in Morris sheriff race
With the June 7 primary election just days away, Republican Morris County Sheriff candidate James M. Gannon continues to raise more money and outspend GOP challenger John G. Sierchio.
Peggy Wright, The Record Read more