PolitickerNJ News Digest: June 3rd

Ahead of Tuesday's Primary election, State Senator Nick Sacco (D-32) last night regaled members -of the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO).

Ahead of Tuesday’s Primary election, State Senator Nick Sacco (D-32) last night regaled members -of the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO).

It’s Friday, and in Trenton, all thoughts are on Tuesday’s upcoming primary election. There are battles, endorsements and just a little bragging ahead of the contest.

Quote of the Day: “This is the people talking. Since when did the politicians become more important than the people?” – state Senator Joe Pennacchio on Donald Trump’s primary success.

As Time Ticks Down, Sanders Volunteer Tears Into Statewide Director Wisniewski
It looked like a good idea at the time: Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) polishing his Bridgegate street cred by backing Vermont revolutionary Bernie Sanders, but long intact establishment foundations Wiz forged proved problematic and conflicting over the course of this cycle, as evidenced by the irritability expressed this morning by a Sanders stalwart.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Candor in Sanders Land: Wiz Fires Back at Grant
Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) this afternoon struck back at the Bernie Sanders volunteer who griped that the assemblyman has done little more than tangle up his legs as an establishment brand name improbably trying to plant his own flag on revolutionary turf.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

NJ Black Mayors’ Alliance Backs Hillary Clinton for Prez
The N.J. Black Mayors’ Alliance for Social Justice yesterday formally backed Hillary Clinton for president following a meeting with the Democrat.
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Pennacchio: Trump’s Nomination is the ‘Will of the Voters’
Earlier this week, former Governor Christie Todd Whitman urged Republicans to cast protest votes for either Ohio Governor John Kasich or Texas Senator Ted Cruz in New Jersey’s June 7 primary. Also this week, a Monmouth University poll showed that presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump currently trails likely Democratic candidate nominee Hillary Clinton by only four points (34% to 38%) in a New Jersey general election.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

At the Bar Down the Street: Pre-Election Day June 7
The insider sat on his stool, jaw dangling apparently irretrievably, its utility now limited to pointing the chin vaguely in one direction or another down the length of bar to note those other disparate, dissipated examples of the human condition in his midst.
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Debate Between Norcross and Law Cancelled
The final debate between incumbent congressman Donald Norcross and primary challenger Alex Law has been cancelled. The event was scheduled for Thursday night, but personal conflict between Law and the Gloucester County NAACP led organizer Loretta Winters to call off the debate.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

As Online Gaming Bill Advances, Caputo Makes the Case for North Jersey Casinos
A bill to require online gaming companies to identify their brick-and-mortar casino backers advanced Thursday, with an Assembly panel approving the plan from Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-28). The combination of online gaming’s rise and the proliferation of out-of-state competition has cut into Atlantic City’s one-time monopoly on gambling, leading to the closure of four casinos in 2014 and the city’s ratable base sinking to all-time lows.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

In Morris, Krickus Calls Out Freeholders for Union Donations
Candidate for Morris County Freeholder John Krickus issued a press release on Wednesday claiming that the Team Morris freeholder slate—consisting of incumbent freeholders Tom Mastrangelo, Doug Cabana and Kathy DeFillippo—received large donations from political action committees that were not reported until after the 11-day pre-election New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) deadline had passed.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Oroho Predicts Strong NJ Showing for Trump, Substantial Labor Support
With New Jersey’s primaries just a few days away, one state Senator is predicting a strong turnout for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump once primary season ends and the real estate tycoon goes up against likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Steve Oroho (R-24) compared Trump to the late Ronald Reagan, saying that independents and even traditionally Democratic labor voters will flock to Trump’s pro-business platform.
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Three NJ Political Operatives Honored in TNJ’s ‘Forty Under 40’ List
The Network Journal, a business news website and magazine for black professionals, has honored three New Jersey political operatives on their 19th annual ‘Forty Under 40’ list.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Lesniak: Clinton Allies Didn’t Trust that a Southern Baptist Could Dent Jersey
Running for governor in 2017, state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) this afternoon looked back on his tenure as chair of the Democratic Party in 1992 when Democrat Bill Clinton defeated incumbent Republican President George Bush.
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Public evenly split on North Jersey casino plan, poll finds
New Jersey residents are evenly divided on whether the state should allow two casinos to be built in North Jersey, according to a Monmouth University poll that found that 48 percent support a proposal on the Nov. 8 ballot 48 percent opposed.
John Brennan, The Record Read more

Trump, a Self-Proclaimed Outsider Was Once a N.J. Political Insider
One morning in the mid-1980s New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean walked into in his office at the Statehouse in Trenton. His secretary said Donald Trump, the casino owner from Atlantic City, was on the phone. Kean figured Trump wanted something from him.
Matt Katz, NJSpotlight Read more

N.J. among worst of the worst when it comes to state fiscal health
New Jersey beats only Massachusetts, Connecticut and a hurting Puerto Rico in a new state-by-state comparison of fiscal solvency by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

N.J. Assembly committee advances bill placing restrictions on daily fantasy sports company employees
Employees of daily fantasy sports companies who operate in New Jersey would be barred from participating in the contests — even through an industry competitor — under a bill that unanimously cleared a Assembly committee on Thursday.
John Brennan, The Record Read more

Gun advocates are target of ire at Jersey City gun violence panel
Andrew Kemp, whose adopted son was murdered two years ago on Grove Street, is mystified by the nation’s struggle to put an end to urban violence.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal Read more

Phil Murphy: Christie is forcing N.J. taxpayers to donate to Trump
Democratic candidate for governor Phil Murphy accused Gov. Chris Christie of forcing all New Jerseyans to donate to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com Read more

Khalique wins contested Paterson council election after conclusion of recount
A hand-count of paper ballots on Thursday morning confirmed Shahin Khalique’s controversial victory in last month’s election for the 2nd Ward City Council seat.
Joe Malinconico, The Record Read more

Christie signs bills banning Import of threatened trophy animals
Big-game hunting trophies of endangered animals are no longer allowed in New Jersey, after Governor Christie signed a pair of bills inspired by a dentist’s controversial killing last year of Cecil the Lion outside an African animal sanctuary.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Democratic mayoral candidate accused of being a right-wing Republican
Two slates of Democrats are battling it out in the county’s largest municipality’s primary, but the latest melee centers on whether the party-backed mayoral candidate is a Democrat at all.
Michelle Caffrey, NJ.com Read more

Jane Sanders talks Bernie, Chris Christie and tax returns
While New Jersey’s presidential primary will likely inflict more damage on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, his wife isn’t yet saying the Democratic race is over, at least not publicly.
Payton M Guion, Asbury Park Press Read more

Codey, Cooney spar for charity in Boonton
Former New Jersey Gov. Richard Codey and former boxing great Gerry Cooney traded low blows for a higher purpose Wednesday, sparring and talking smack at a Main Street boxing gym to drum up publicity for a big charity event on June 18.
William Westhoven, Daily Record Read more

Firm: North Jersey could kill half of A.C. casinos
– A Wall Street analyst predicts as many as half of Atlantic City’s eight casinos could be forced to close if voters in November approve two new casinos just outside New York City.
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New Jersey Supreme Court gets new associate justice
New Jersey’s Supreme Court is getting a new associate justice following a long impasse over the political balance of the court.
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Judge says it’s too late to change Ocean County ballot
A federal judge in Trenton last week cited the Democratic Party’s use of superdelegates before dismissing a motion that alleged superdelegates at a South Jersey mini-convention had unfairly skewed the endorsements ahead of Tuesday’s primary.
Jan Hefler, Inquirer Read more