PolitickerNJ News Digest: Aug. 12th

North Camden

North Camden

It’s Friday, and with Election Day just a few months away, it’s time to take a look at how state Democrats could benefit from Donald Trump’s candidacy. Meanwhile, Moodys Investor Services is looking a bit more optimistic about Atlantic City and some congressional candidates are getting physical as they stump.For this, and all the state’s political news, read on.

Quote of the Day:”This adds another layer of uncertainty to an already complex situation, given that the state, Atlantic County, and the city have yet to determine how the PILOT payments will be divided among (the remaining casinos),” – David Jacobson, of Moodys Investors Service, on the Taj Mahal casino closing on plans to straighten out Atlantic City’s finances

Six Places New Jersey Democrats Could Gain Ground in 2016

While the presidential race between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton has been dominating the national conversation ahead of November’s general election, a number of races in New Jersey demonstrate a potential for shift as state Democrats continue to make strong efforts to put down roots in long-held Republican districts and counties.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Moody’s: State Loan Will Cover AC Until Takeover Deadline, But Long-Term Risk Remains

Atlantic City is seeing a glimmer of good news. Ratings agency Moody’s is calling New Jersey’s $73 million bridge loan to its declining gaming capital a “credit positive” for the resort town, which has seen its bond rating sink to junk status in recent years. The agency downgraded the city’s rating again during a political standoff over a potential state takeover of its finances in April.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Eying Down-Ticket Victories, Monmouth County Dems Get Booker’s Blessing

Democrats bracketing with Hillary Clinton got a major vote of confidence Wednesday. Senator Cory Booker gave his blessing to candidates in one of the state’s most politically volatile counties that night at a campaign event hosted by Monmouth County Democratic chairman Vin Gopal, offering praise for the chairman who has turned a one-time Republican stronghold into contested territory by helping to elect Democratic State Assembly members and mayors.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Paterson Councilman Told Voters Living in Another Town Wasn’t a Problem

While Paterson Ward 2 Councilman Shahin Khalique may have defeated incumbent Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman in the city’s May election, the saga continues in that ward race. According to a report by the Paterson Times, new audio evidence submitted to the New Jersey Superior Court by Akhtaruzzaman features Khalique telling a voter that living in Clifton and voting in Paterson was “not a problem.”
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Gottheimer Challenges Garrett… on the Pull-Up Bar

While Congressman Scott Garrett and challenger Josh Gottheimer have started to duke it out for fundraising dollars and support in congressional district five, this week both men have taken on another challenge: doing pull-ups.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

New Jersey and New York at war over replacing Port Authority Bus Terminal

It’s official, New Jersey and New York are now at war over replacing the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Christopher Maag, The Record Read more

NBC reports another Paterson employee got overtime while doing personal tasks for mayor

An NBC News report on Thursday evening identified a sixth city employee who it said collected overtime while doing odd jobs for Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres or his relatives.
Joe Malinconico, The Record Read more

The NJ MVC should shut down until the wait times are under control

Welp, I have a simple fix for the problems plaguing the Motor Vehicle Commission: Shut it down until the computer problems are resolved.
I should’ve called for this back in July in print, but instead I let the MVC press office dazzle me with their “skip the trip” song and dance. I should have called for it again on-air on NJ101.5 when I spent two hours listening to people around the state complaining, culminating with MVC chief Ray Martinez telling me the long waits were unacceptable.
Jeff Edelstein, The Trentonian Read more

Bombshell casts shadow over Christie’s narrative of denial

Donald Trump’s accusation last December that Governor Christie lied about the George Washington Bridge lane closings carried little weight.
Charles Stile, The Record Read more

If Chris Christie wasn’t flat-out lying, then that fake Bridgegate study was his idea

That text message from former Chris Christie staffer Christina Renna stating he “flat-out lied” at a Dec. 13, 2013, press conference is quite interesting in light of what Christie said at a press conference earlier that month.
Paul Mulshine, Star-Ledger Read more

Bridgegate, like New Jersey traffic, doesn’t go away

Somebody’s lying. It’s that simple. Nearly three years after traffic problems in Fort Lee, the only thing the public knows for sure is there is lying going on. The question nearly three years ago is the same question today: Who?
Alfred P. Doblin, The Record Read more

Demand for Booker on the rise in 2016

Cory Booker was the easy one to spot at the Italian Festival: He was at the center of a swarm of people, leading the charge with selfies and Snapchats as he moved up and down the festival midway.
Susanne Cervenka, Asbury Park Press Read more

The medical marijuana movement just got some really bad news

The Obama administration will uphold the ban on researching the therapeutic benefits of marijuana, once again rebuffing requests to remove the plant from the list of the drugs, like heroin and LSD, that are considered to be the most addictive and lacking medicinal value.
Susan K. Livio, NJ.com Read more

N.J. mayor back to work after stroke: ‘I’m feeling good’

Mayor Michael Gonnelli is back on the job.
After suffering a stroke on June 8, the Secaucus mayor has returned to town hall on a limited work schedule while he continues to recover.
Corey McDonald, The Jersey Journal Read more

He worked for Christie and Giuliani, but won’t back Trump

If two of your former employers are now top advisers to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, does that mean you’re likely to support the celebrity businessman, too?
Not if you’re Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff.
The Auditor, NJ.com Read more

Guadagno touts Wyndham, tourism in N.J.

As one of the world’s largest hospitality businesses, with properties on six continents. Wyndham Worldwide is used to acting globally. But on Wednesday at the company’s world headquarters at 22 Sylvan Way, Chairman and CEO Steve Holmes, cheered on by more than 1,000 employees, was thinking locally.
William Westhoven, Daily Record Read more