PolitickerNJ News Digest: July 28th

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It’s Thursday, the last day of the Democratic National Convention, but still time enough for political maneuvering, backbiting and glad-handing in Philadelphia. And as his Democratic opponents jockey to replace him, Gov. Chris Christie’s political future isn’t looking as dark as some might have predicted.

Quote of the Day: ““I think that Governor Christie has actually positioned himself pretty well for 2020 in terms of trying to attract the people that supported Trump. The people that love Donald Trump are probably still going to love him in 2020 so Christie could try to run and attract that exact group of people,” –Seton Hall University Associate Professor of Political Science Matt Hale, on the governor’s political future.

Philly Days Two and Three Convention Takeaways
With politicians around the country gathered on our border, how is that affecting New Jersey politics?
Max Pizarro,, PolitickerNJ Read more

What to Expect from the Rest of Christie’s Term and Beyond
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was passed over by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to become his vice presidential running mate. That means that Christie will likely stick around the New Jersey State House and until his term as governor ends in January 2018.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Howard Dean and VA Governor Endorse Murphy for Governor
The first official endorsements in New Jersey’s 2017 gubernatorial race came down Wednesday evening as former presidential candidate Howard Dean and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced their support for former U.S. ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy at an event in Philadelphia.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Former Montclair Mayor Russo Exploring Guv Run
Former Montclair mayor and current councilman Bob Russo is actively exploring a gubernatorial run for 2017. In a conversation with PolitickerNJ on Wednesday afternoon, Russo said that he plans to announce his final decision on whether he will or will not run for governor by Thanksgiving of this year.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Sweeney Skips Delegate Breakfast Over Sponsor’s Support for Garrett
Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) is following through on his pledge to skip Wednesday’s delegate breakfast over a sponsor’s continuing support for U.S. Representative Scott Garrett.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Susan Sarandon Joins as Sanders Backers Take to DNC Media Tent
Irate Bernie Sanders supporters lined up in front of the media tent at the Demoratic National Convention Wednesday in support of Nina Turner, a U.S. Senator from Ohio who says the DNC booted her from her speaking slot at the last minute on the first night of the convention.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Judge Rejects Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Against Hoboken City Council
In October of 2015, Hoboken resident David Libeler was ejected from a city council meeting after inquiring about claims that Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s husband, Stan Grossbard, was involved in her administration despite being a private citizen. As of last week, Federal Judge Kevin McNulty rejected a motion filed by the City of Hoboken to dismiss Libeler’s lawsuit.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Moody’s: Atlantic City likely to default Monday without loan
A Wall Street firm says Atlantic City is likely to default Monday on a debt payment unless the state comes through with a $74 million loan it promised in May.
Associated Press, Read more

Trump mixes up Sen. Tim Kaine and Gov. Tom Kean
Former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean says Donald Trump is not the only one who has confused him with Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, a former governor picked last week to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate.
Herb Jackson, The Record Read more

PSE&G drops support for Garrett, Assemblyman says
The political action committee for the state’s largest power provider has agreed to halt donations to Rep. Scott Garrett, R-Wantage, after Democratic lawmakers put pressure on the company because of the congressman’s positions on gay rights.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

PSEG does right by cutting off donations to anti-gay N.J. Republican
U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett, New Jersey’s leading anti-gay crusader, took another well-deserved punch in the gut Wednesday when PSEG agreed to cut off the money spigot for his tough re-election campaign this year.
Tom Moran, Star-Ledger Editorial Board Read more

At convention, N.J. Democrats debate whether political correctness is a good thing
New Jersey Democrats have gotten so “PC” this week. And some who have made the pilgrimage to the Democratic National Convention proudly asserted that political correctness is part of the DNA of the Democratic Party.
Charles Stile, The Record Read more

Crooks with state pensions
Dozens of convicted criminals are collecting more than a million dollars in taxpayer-funded retirement checks, including at least one who is still behind bars, an Asbury Park Press investigation found.
Andrew Ford, Asbury Park Press Read more

How Can NJ Rescue Underfunded Pension System?
State public-employee pension systems across the country are facing a combined $1 trillion in debt, and many states, including New Jersey, aren’t getting much help on the investment side these days thanks to stubbornly low interest rates. Medical breakthroughs are also testing the math of pension systems as retired workers are now living much longer.
John Reitmeyer, NJSpotlight Read more

Christie to push school funding plan in Fair Lawn Thursday after canceling for Trump
Governor Christie plans to promote his school funding formula at a forum in Fair Lawn Thursday.
John C. Ensslin, The Record Read more

‘Revolution will go on,’ disappointed Sanders backers at N.J. camp say
“He broke our hearts.”
The morning after Hillary Clinton was officially nominated as the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders who have made a Salem County campground their home this week during the Democratic National Convention expressed disappointment.
Bill Gallo Jr., NJ.com Read more

Former Passaic Valley sewerage boss gets 5 years for using public employees for personal work
Four former supervisors at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission were sentenced Tuesday to prison and probation terms on corruption charges, bringing to a close a case that started five years ago with what authorities said was a cleanup of the agency.
Kibret Markos, The Record Read more