N.J. Political Digest August 17: Christie Says He’d Campaign for North Jersey Casinos

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It’s Wednesday, and New Jersey is buzzing after Gov. Chris Christie held a press conference during which he blasted Democrats for the Transportation Trust Fund impasse, expressed support for expanding casino gaming in the state and said the curtain is far from down on Donald Trump’s presidential hopes. Christie’s role in the Trump campaign will reportedly lead to his sitting in on classified security briefings. For all this and more New Jersey political news, read on.

Quote of the Day: “Having been the subject of a number of front-page New York Times stories, I look at it with at least a healthy skepticism,” – Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor and head of the Donald Trump transition team, on a New York Times report linking Trump’s campaign to a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.

Christie says he will vote yes on expanding casinos
Gov. Chris Christie says he plans to cast his ballot in favor of expanding casinos to northern New Jersey this November.
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Christie to attend Trump security briefing
Donald Trump adviser Chris Christie will attend Trump’s first classified briefing on Wednesday in New York, ABC News is reporting.
Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press Read more

N.J. class of 2015 owes an average of $30,536 in student loan debt, survey says
New Jersey always seems to make it into the top tier when it comes to being an expensive place to live, and new data shows the state ranks ninth nationally in a new survey of student loan debt.
Patricia Alex, The Record Read more

NJ Activists Want Transparency in Police-Related Shootings
Shelia Reid wants justice for her son.
But she says the way police shootings are investigated in New Jersey makes that impossible. That’s why Reid and civil rights advocates are rallying to convince the state to take over all investigations of police-related shootings.
Hank Kalet, NJSpotlight Read more

Conservationists Fight Shift of Public Beach To Private Developer
wo prominent conservation groups are challenging the transfer of more than an acre of public beachfront property to a private developer to rebuild an amusement park in Seaside Heights.
Tom Johnson, NJSpotlight Read more

Christie: Trump can still win
The presidential election will not be rigged and Donald Trump still has time to win, Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday. But there is still “some concern” that the election system is unfair, said Christie, who gave his strongest support yet for voter identification requirements at the polls.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Christie: Never expected Fulop endorsement
Gov. Christie said Tuesday that he had not expected to win the endorsement of a high-profile Democrat for his 2013 reelection campaign, a week after court filings showed that two of the governor’s former allies had sought to use a business deal with Steve Fulop to gain his support.
Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Read more

Christie: Blame Senate Democrats for N.J. road construction shutdown
Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday squarely placed blame for a protracted impasse on transportation funding that has idled road projects across New Jersey on the Democratic-controlled Senate, saying lawmakers should return to Trenton and pass a bill.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Risky like Revel: Taxpayer-backed NJ mall a model for Clinton?
The state-subsidized, $2.6 billion “American Dream” mall and rec center in New Jersey’s Meadowlands, promoted by Canada-based Triple Five, isn’t just a bad idea: It’s also a taste of what federal make-work projects will look like after Hillary Clinton is elected President, warns bond-watcher Matt Fabian, partner at Connecticut-based Municipal Market Analytics and publisher of its daily MMA Report newsletter.
Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Read more

Assistant House Democratic leader to appear at rally for Garrett opponent Josh Gottheimer
Assistant House Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn, the highest-ranking black Democrat in Congress, will appear at a rally for congressional candidate Josh Gottheimer.
Kim Lueddeke, The Record Read more

Christie unleashes on NJEA and its ‘dreadful group of leaders’
Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday didn’t join Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s call for state or federal prosecutors to investigate public workers unions for alleged extortion for threatening to pull campaign contributions over a pension vote.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Christie signs bill banning N.J. pension investments with businesses boycotting Israel
New Jersey on Tuesday became the third state in the nation to put a law on its books to oppose a movement that encourages a boycott of Israeli goods and services.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Laborers’ union rallies for Transportation Trust Fund in Jersey City
More than 1,000 construction and transportation laborers have lost their jobs throughout New Jersey since July, and they’re making their anger known.
Corey McDonald, The Jersey Journal Read more

Trenton council to vote on 15% pay hike for themselves, top officials
Trenton City Council next month will consider giving double-digit pay raises to themselves, the mayor and the city’s other appointed officials.
Cristina Rojas, NJ.com Read more

N.J. Political Digest August 17: Christie Says He’d Campaign for North Jersey Casinos