PolitickerNJ News Digest: July 21st

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It’s Thursday in New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie is still getting attention from friends, enemies and the interested for his Tuesday night speech in Cleveland. Meanwhile, reports indicate a compromise on a proposed state gas tax hike is looking unlikely and Hillary Clinton hits back at Christie’s ethics and his Bridgegate woes. Read on to catch up on all the state’s political news.

Quote of the Day: “Christie’s knack for irony nearly matches Trump’s own. Exhibit A: the same day the GOP doubled down on their collective antipathy for LGBTs, Trump made his convention debut to the musical stylings of a mixed-raced, gender-bending foreign national who died of AIDS, Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury,” – PolitickerNJ columnist Jay Lassiter, in a review of Gov. Chris Christie’s speech at the Republican National Convention.

Christie Looks to America’s Future During Latino Coalition Speech
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie followed up his well-received Tuesday night Republican National Convention speech with a presentation to the Latino Coalition’s Republican National Convention (RNC) luncheon on Wednesday afternoon.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more
Despite Divergence on Policy, MacArthur Says Trump is Sensible Choice
Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-3) is the only member of New Jersey’s congressional delegation to have made the trek from the Garden State to Cleveland to attend the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC). MacArthur is currently one of six Republicans serving congress from New Jersey.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Monmouth Democratic Chairman Declares Open War for Remaining Republican Seats
The chairman of Monmouth County’s Democratic organization made his intentions more than clear Wednesday night as he stood beside the freshmen Assembly members he helped to elect last year in the biggest upset of that otherwise sleepy off-year cycle. 2017, he said, will be about keeping newcomers Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling (both D-11) in office while setting the party’s sights on the state Senate.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Cruz Control: New Jersey Delegation Reacts to the 2016 Runner-up
By turns stunned, amused, curious and confounded, the New Jersey delegation (above) reacted to unsuccessful GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s refusal to endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

MacArthur Meets Senator Orrin Hatch
Moments before PolitickerNJ planned to meet with Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-3) in the depths of the Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday, a different meeting happened by chance
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

The Time Chris Christie Lost His Mind
Halfway through Chris Christie’s rollicking, delusional screed at the RNC last night, I checked myself. Was there something in the pot I just smoked or was I straight up tripping? Because there I was, on the couch, watching my governor and feeling very much in the throes of a surrealist bad trip.
Jay Lassiter, PolitickerNJ Read more

Freeholder Candidate Calls for New Casino in Morris County
A Democratic freeholder candidate is calling for his county to be considered as the potential site of a new casino in North Jersey. Mitchell Horn, who is running for a seat on the Morris County freeholder board, plans to vote in favor of a constitutional amendment to expand casino gaming outside of Atlantic City and believes the county would be well positioned to draw in gamblers.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

On Day Three of GOP Convention, LoBo Focuses on Firefighters
The shiny glitter of national-sized politics doesn’t compare to the fire engine gleam of public safety.
Slammed by his opponent for taking past campaign contributions from billionaire real estate tycoon Donald Trump, U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2) – far from the festive atmospherics of Cleveland, Ohio, where Trump last night accepted the Republican nomination for president – today announced two federal Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) totaling $167,408 to fire departments in Cumberland County.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

PNJ Editor Pizarro on NJ Capitol Report with Adubato and PiRoman
NJ Capitol Report this week features an interview with PolitickerNJ Editor Max Pizarro.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

Split Over Transportation Funding May Be Growing
Now nearly three full weeks old, the political impasse in Trenton over transportation funding is no closer to being resolved, and there are some signs key leaders may actually be moving further apart
John Reitmeyer, NJSpotlight Read more

Will Chris Christie get a second act?
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie’s speech to the Republican National Convention proved he might have made a good vice presidential pick for Donald Trump, especially when it comes to the traditional vice presidential role of savaging the opposition.
Errol Louis, CNN Read more

Fact-checking Christie’s takedown of Hillary Clinton at RNC 2016
“Time after time the facts, and just the facts, lead you to the same verdict both around the world and at home,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said about the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

Hillary Clinton hits Christie on Bridgegate after his fiery RNC 2016 speech
After New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie electrified an enthusiastic Republican National Convention audience by slamming former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee took to Twitter to hit back at the governor.
Matt Arco, NJ.com

Unusual spectacle in Cleveland: Christie at work as alpha lapdog
Auditioning apparently for the role of U.S. attorney general at the GOP reality show in Cleveland on Tuesday, Chris Christie partied like it was 2009.
Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Read more

NJ Trump delegate shares impressions halfway through GOP convention
Richard Mola, a Trump delegate at the Republican National Convention and Elmwood Park’s mayor, said that the plagiarism scandal around Melania Trump’s speech has barely registered on the convention floor, but that delegates had been bowled over by Gov. Christie’s speech Tuesday night that sought to build a case against Hillary Clinton.
Minjae Park, The Record Read more

3 ways NJ GOP think RNC 2016 is different
This week’s Republican National Convention has already been marked by a squashed a floor rebellion, plagiarism in Melania Trump’s speech and an appearance by Donald Trump on the first day of the convention — a break with tradition.
Karen Yi, Asbury Park Press Read more

GOP more on the fence than in Trump’s corner
It would have been easy to conclude Tuesday that Assembly Republican leader — and amateur stand-up comedian — Jon Bramnick is an enthusiastic supporter of Donald J. Trump, the Republican nominee for president.
Charles Stile, The Record Read more

Moran and Mulshine take apart Christie’s speech at RNC
In this video, Star-Ledger political columnists Tom Moran and Paul Mulshine breakdown Gov. Chris Christie’s barn-burning speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention Tuesday night.
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Christie’s RNC speech: Prelude to a 2020 presidential run?
He learned his lesson in humility.
Four years ago in Tampa, Gov. Chris Christie shocked and awed his fellow Republicans by hogging his moment on the national stage for a long talk about himself. Mitt Romney and his crew were livid.
Tom Moran, Star-Ledger Editorial Board Read more

Christie at RNC 2016: On foreign policy, a whistle from Donald Trump’s attack dog
The moment Chris Christie’s speech to the Republican National Convention ended, I got this message from Pat Murray:
“You win.”
Paul Mulshine, The Star Ledger Read more

Jersey business owner star of Clinton anti-Trump ad
On the same day Donald Trump officially secured the Republican nomination for president, his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton released another video calling his record into question, this time featuring a retired music store owner who says the one-time Atlantic City casino magnate partly stiffed him on a six-figure order decades ago.
Paul Milo, NJ.com Read more

New Jersey delegates hear CNBC star reject ‘war on cops’
New Jersey delegates to the Republican National Convention first heard a top state Republican decry political polarization and then listened as CNBC commentator and Bergen County native Larry Kudlow denounced the “war on cops” and Democrat Hillary Clinton’s suggestion police needed to be trained in recognizing and dealing with systemic racism.
Herb Jackson, The Record Read more

Voters think racial discrimination has worsened, new Monmouth U poll finds
A new Monmouth University Poll has found that most American voters think racial discrimination is a big problem that has only worsened.
Luke Nozicka, NJ.com Read more

Opinion: Chris Christie Has Disqualified Himself From Being Trump’s Attorney General
Chris Christie appealed to his authority as a former prosecutor in a speech at the Republican National Convention Tuesday. He purported to “present the case on the facts” against Hillary Clinton to “a jury of her peers,” calling for the amped-up GOP crowd to judge her guilty of various allegations, amid chants of “Lock her up!” Some observers took Christie to be auditioning for an attorney general appointment in the potential Trump administration, but in fact the speech was an open rejection of ethical norms for lawyers that disqualifies him to be a prosecutor of any kind, let alone the nation’s top one.
Bridgette Dunlap, Rolling Stone Read more