PolitickerNJ News Digest: June 7th

Donald Trump: Getty Images.

Donald Trump: Getty Images.

It’s primary day in New Jersey, where Hillary Clinton is hoping to wrap up the Democratic nomination, state GOP leaders are still trying to figure out how to handle Donald Trump and accusations fly in CD1.

Quote of the Day: “The concern is, as the standard-bearer for the Republican party, he may ultimately do the GOP irreparable harm,”- Republican Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, on Donald Trump’s remarks about a judge of Mexican heritage.

Bramnick Warns of Budget Risk as Pension Funding Bill Advances
After a bill to constitutionally mandate that the state make quarterly public pension payments advanced in committee Monday, Republican lawmakers and business groups are calling for the legislature to reject the plan in favor of cuts and reform. The bill, which cleared the Assembly Judiciary committee today, would require half-payments toward the state’s $83 billion pension shortfall starting in 2017, then full payments in 2021.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Law: Documents Show Collusion Between Norcross Campaign and County Officials
Congressional candidate Alex Law is alleging in the final days of his campaign that incumbent Donald Norcross’ campaign unethically cooperated with county-level officials in pulling out all the stops for his reelection campaign. Posting screenshots of what he claims to be internal memos between his opponent’s staff, the 25 year-old newcomer claims that Norcross’ congressional office also unethically participated in campaign activities.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Monmouth Poll: Christie Sags Beneath State Legislature
In case you didn’t know it already, New Jersey’s governor is really unpopular at home. The latest Monmouth University Poll finds Chris Christie’s job rating at an all-time low – even worse than the negative ratings earned by the state legislature. By a 2-to-1 margin, residents think the state is worse off for Christie’s time in office and the vast majority believe he endorsed Donald Trump primarily in the hope of getting a federal appointment.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

GOP Leader Ciattarelli Condemns Trump for Mexican Judge Remarks
Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) condemned comments by presumptive GOP Prez nominee Donald Trump this afternoon after asked by PolitickerNJ about Trump’s accusations against a judge of Mexican heritage.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Ten Reasons NJ Beats California (Or Settling the Gary Hart Mess Once and For All)
Chronic imposter California has long tried to front itself as relevant to the political process as it routinely occupies New Jersey’s primary day air space, which this year falls on June 7th, tomorrow.
PolitickerNJ Editor, PolitickerNJ Read more

In Prospect Park, Two Competing Democratic Slates Aim for Council
Prospect Park is a small Passaic County borough with less than 6,000 residents. Even so, this year’s Democratic primary has been full of tension as two opposing slates with one incumbent each aim for victory.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Chelsea Clinton Makes GOTV Stop With Menendez, Booker in North Bergen
After lying relatively low during the majority of the pre-primary season, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez appeared alongside Chelsea Clinton to campaign for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the day before New Jersey voters take to the polls in the state primary.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Tuesday is Primary Day for New Jersey voters
Tuesday is Primary Day in New Jersey. Registered Democrats and Republicans — and unaffiliated voters who are willing to declare a party affiliation at the polls — may cast ballots for nominees for president, 12 U.S. House races, freeholders and sheriff in Bergen and Passaic counties, and municipal councils.
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How N.J.’s 2.6 million unaffiliated voters can cast a ballot Tuesday
While registered Democrats and Republicans can only vote in their party’s primary on Tuesday, New Jersey’s 2.6 million unaffiliated voters are not left out of the process.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Judges hear arguments over fate of GWB conspirators list
New Jersey’s top prosecutor made a personal plea to a federal appeals court Monday asking judges to block the release of a list of people suspected of — but not charged with — involvement in the politically-motivated closure of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.
Paul Berger, The Record Read more

N.J. bill that would allow marijuana prescriptions to treat PTSD advances
Since his return from three tours of duty with the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, Leo Bridgewater said, three of his “combat buddies” have attempted suicide.
John C. Ensslin, The Record Read more

Blocked by Sweeney support of Horizon, lawmakers OK weaker insurance regulation
Blocked by Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s support of Horizon’s new line of discount health insurance plans, a Senate panel approved a watered-down version of legislation Monday that would require tougher scrutiny over “tiered” networks.
Susan K. Livio, NJ.com Read more

N.J. court hears housing dispute, promises quick decision
A panel of Appellate Division judges heard arguments Monday on whether New Jersey’s municipalities must zone for the many thousands of affordable housing units that were not approved between 1999 and 2015.
David O’Reilly, Inquirer Read more

Trenton Councilwoman Holly-Ward alleges ‘conspiracy’ for Democratic ballot position
A miniscule race in Tuesday’s primary — featuring some prominent names — figures to be one of the most controversial.
David Foster, The Trentonian Read more

It’s war, Republican-style, in Morris County
Whether you’re holding your nose while picking Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton Tuesday or writing in Mickey Mouse instead, keep an eye on the rest of your primary ballot. Believe it or not, you might find some interesting races in there.
Keith Ryzewicz, Morristown Daily Record Read more