PolitickerNJ News Digest: July 26th

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It’s Tuesday, and state Democratic leaders are in Philadelphia, helping to nominate Hillary Clinton as their party’s presidential candidate and, some of them, hoping to advance their own gubernatorial dreams.

Quote of the Day: “Nothing we do as public officials is private, really. And I guess we’ll all become more and more acutely aware of that.” – State Senate Minority Leader Loretta Weinberg, on the leaking of Democratic emails that led to the downfall of Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz.

Murphy Weighs in on DNC Wikileaks Hack at Delegate Breakfast
Gubernatorial hopeful Phil Murphy praised DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s decision to step down Monday morning at a delegate breakfast before the official start of this week’s Democratic National Convention. Washerman Schultz announced Sunday that she would be resigning after the convention because of leaked emails showing that she and DNC staff may have extended preferential treatment to Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the primary.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

NJ Dems React to Wasserman Schultz’s Resignation on Convention Floor
On the floor of the Democratic National Convention, three of New Jersey’s most prominent Democrats shared their thoughts on DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz’s imminent resignation following controversial intra-party emails published by Wikileaks. With Wasserman Schultz set to step down after the convention, New Jersey State Democratic Chairman John Currie said he expects the DNC will emerge stronger with Hillary Clinton as the party’s nominee.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Sweeney Moves Swiftly to Restore Order, Bonhomie
All’s well that ends well, right? So it seems in the case of NJ’s biggest power company’s support of Congress’ anti-gay crusader, Rep. Scott Garrett. Perhaps without appreciating the breadth of his intolerance, PSE&G has been bankrolling Garrett’s reelection efforts. And while it’s surely PSE&G’s prerogative to support whomever they like, if they pick folks like Garrett, the PR blowback should come as no surprise.
Jay Lassiter, PolitickerNJ Read more

The Scene at City Hall: Sanders Supporters Take Love Park
Hours before their preferred candidate is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention, supporters of progressive primary contender Bernie Sanders continued protesting outside of City Hall in Center City. Enlivened by leaked emails that point to a pattern of preferential treatment for presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton on the part of DNC leadership, Sanders supporters are fighting it out to the bitter end.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Libertarian Party Chair: NJ Dems and GOP are Interested in Johnson
Patrick McKnight is the chair of the New Jersey Libertarian Party. According to McKnight, this year’s tumultuous election between major party candidates Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton has opened the door for the Libertarian Party to grow both in New Jersey and nationwide. This year, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is running for president as the Libertarian nominee
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Gusciora Wants to Bring Single-Payer Healthcare to NJ
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-15) announced on Monday that he plans to introduce legislation to establish a single-payer healthcare system in New Jersey.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie: Dems’ gas tax plan to end N.J. road project shutdown ‘dead on arrival’
Gov. Chris Christie on Monday rejected the latest transportation funding bid by Democratic legislative leaders to raise gasoline tax in exchange for a patchwork of tax cuts, calling their offer “dead on arrival.”
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Sen. Cory Booker calls for unity in primetime DNC speech
Before 10 a.m., Sen. Cory Booker had already hit three delegate meetings, exhorting Democrats at each stop to coalesce after a splintering primary contest and defeat Donald Trump in the presidential election.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

READ: Full text of Cory Booker’s speech at the DNC 2016
Here is the text of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s address to the Democratic National Convention here Monday, as prepared for delivery.
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N.J.’s Booker gets star treatment as he campaigns for Clinton
Though he’s not on the national Democratic ticket this fall, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker will play a major role in electing the people who are.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

Booker warns of voter apathy in speeches before delegates
Hours before he was set to speak at the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker warned that voter apathy could keep eventual nominee Hillary Clinton out of the White House.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Analysis: Christie’s political star finds new light
It looked as if Governor Christie was running out of chances for a political life beyond New Jersey.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Ex-Newark Mayor Sharpe James backs Phil Murphy for governor at DNC 2016, report says
Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James, who served prison time for corruption, is backing Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Phil Murphy.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Sanders’ N.J. leader says emails are ‘damning’ but Democrats need unity
The New Jersey lawmaker who served as Bernie Sanders’ Garden State campaign chair said Monday that the email scandal that exploded on the eve of the Democratic National Convention has clearly “exacerbated tensions” in a party already dealing with shaky unity.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

Miss America pageant didn’t deliver promised benefit to Atlantic City, analysis shows
New Jersey rolls the dice by continuing to fund the Miss America pageant during a time of struggle for Atlantic City. But a new report shows the promised economic benefit of the competition never materialized.
Amy Kuperinsky, NJ.com Read more

Christie breaks with Trump VP choice Pence on who should be next Indiana governor
Just ten days after Gov. Chris Christie was edged out by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be Donald Trump’s running mate, the New Jersey governor is publicly breaking with Pence over who should replace him on the Indiana ticket.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com Read more

Lance skips convention to host town hall in Chester Twp.
While Republicans from across the nation gathered last week to nominate Donald Trump for president, Rep. Leonard Lance sat out his party’s convention to sit with his constituents in the 7th District and listen to their questions and suggestions about how to make America great again.
William Westhoven, Daily Record Read more

Former Gov. Codey, concerned about heat, visits Dover rooming house
Former New Jersey Governor and current Senate President Richard Codey paid a surprise visit Monday to an Orchard Street boarding house, acting on what he said was information that the home was excessively hot and that the mostly elderly resident men there were not receiving the kind of proper care mandated by the state.
William Westhoven, Daily Record Read more

Long, Winding Road For Competing Education Plans
Since Gov. Chris Christie and state Sen. Steve Sweeney proposed competing plans for remaking school funding in New Jersey, it’s been more talk than action.
John Mooney, NJSpotlight Read more