PolitickerNJ News Digest: Aug. 3rd

Senator Cory Booker snaps a picture with supporters on his way onto the Battleship New Jersey in Camden's harbor

Senator Cory Booker snaps a picture with supporters on his way onto the Battleship New Jersey in Camden’s harbor

It’s Wednesday, and in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie is trying to continue to support Donald Trump while backing off from a fight with Gold Star families. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, there’s speculation about Sen. Cory Booker’s future. For more of the state’s reaction to the national political race, and other New Jersey news, read on.

Quote of the Day: “I’ll give my advice to him as I always do: personally and privately, and then he can do with my advice whatever he wishes,” – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, on trying to steer Donald Trump through the controversy following his feud with the Khan family.

Christie Defends Khan Family, Criticizes Obama’s Remarks Against Trump

Governor Chris Christie weighed in on the latest controversy surrounding the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump Tuesday. Trump derided the Muslim parents of a soldier killed in Iraq after the soldier’s father, Humayun Khan, called Trump unqualified for the office during a speech at last week’s Democratic National Convention.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

In DNC Speech, Some See the Groundwork for Booker’s Political Future

With the Democratic National Convention over and nominee Hillary Clinton seeing a resulting bump in the polls, some experts are saying that New Jersey’s own Senator Cory Booker could go down as the breakout personality of this Democratic nominating cycle. Booker gave a well-received speech the first night of the convention where he made the case for killing Republican nominee Donald Trump with kindness.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Gallup Poll: Americans More Positive About DNC Than RNC

Following the back-to-back Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio and last week’s Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Americans are more favorable toward the Democratic Party than the Republican Party, according to Gallup poll results released on Monday.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Calls on GOP Counterpart to Denounce Trump

Following Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s comments deriding Humayun Khan, the father of a fallen U.S. soldier, the chairman of Atlantic County’s Democratic organization is calling for his GOP counterpart Keith Davis to rescind his endorsement for the one-time Atlantic City casino magnate. Khan had spoken against Trump at the Democratic National Convention last week, calling Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration dangerous.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Graham: ‘Trump is Putting a Nail in His Own Coffin’

When Pal’s Cabin was still ground zero for Essex County political activity, John Graham used to be in there all the time in advance of the 2008 Presidential contest, lining up financial support for his old pal Hillary Clinton. A millionaire inside game player as the founder and CEO of Fairview Insurance, Graham was the Frank Sinatra of that scrappy New Jersey political rat pack otherwise known as The Group, a Mary McCarthy novel derivative of Bill Clinton junkies who seemed bound once again for the White House.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Monmouth Sheriff Candidate Joins Trump Criticism in Khan Comment Wake

Marlboro Councilman Jeff Cantor–a candidate in the Monmouth County sheriff race–added his name to the list of those criticizing GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump for his comments about Humayun and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a slain Muslim American soldier. Following a speech made by Humayun Khan at the Democratic National Convention, Trump levied criticism against the family. Cantor, a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve who has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, released a statement on Monday denouncing Trump as “horrendous” and “without redemption.”
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Corrado-Fronted LD40 Ticket Plans to Head Into 2017 as a United Front

A slate for New Jersey legislative district 40–Passaic County Clerk Kristin Corrado for senate along with Wyckoff Mayor Kevin Rooney and former Wyckoff Mayor Christopher DePhillips for Assembly–was announced in back in April. When the Corrado slate announced their intentions to run, they also announced the endorsement of all of the then-serving GOP chairs in the four counties that LD40 spans: Morris, Essex, Passaic and Bergen.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Back From the DNC: All Political Banter Aside

Back from the Democratic National Convention (DNC), I’m reflecting on the events of the week and comparing them to the events of the Republican National Convention (RNC) one week prior; and the differences between the two campaigns are stark.
Keiona R. Miller, PolitickerNJ Read more

N.J. teachers union won’t donate to Democrats until Senate votes on pension ballot measure

The union representing New Jersey teachers has told Democratic Party leaders that it will not make any campaign contributions this year until the Senate votes on a constitutional amendment requiring that the state make quarterly payments to the public employee pension fund, a top Democratic official confirmed Tuesday.
John C. Ensslin, The Record Read more

Christie calls for Weinberg, Wisniewski to turn over DNC emails

The two Democrats who headed the Legislature’s investigation into the George Washington Bridge scandal should be investigated themselves, Governor Christie urged Tuesday, saying an email from a national party staff member to one of them earlier this year suggested rampant collusion.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Report: Son of former N.J. Gov. Brendan Byrne ‘likely’ to make gubernatorial run

The son of former New Jersey Gov. Brendan T. Byrne, who ran the state from 1974 to 1982, may pursue his father’s former office, according to a news report.
Nick Vadala, Inquirer Read more

In light of horror stories, N.J. Senate to probe student loan program

State lawmakers have called a hearing next week to investigate whether New Jersey’s student loan program is in need of a major makeover.
Adam Clark, NJ.com Read more

Sweeney suddenly in no hurry to act

For almost a year, Senate President Stephen Sweeney has led the campaign for a constitutional amendment to force the state to make its annual payments to public employee pension systems.
Charles Stile, The Record Read more

Maria Comella, ex-top Christie aide, backs Clinton over Trump

One of Governor Christie’s top former advisers who helped craft his image and launch his ascendance in national politics said Tuesday she will vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton, disowning the choice of her party and former boss.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Critics: Christie’s last-minute budget cuts hurt N.J.’s most vulnerable

More than a month after Gov. Chris Christie slashed nearly $300 million in Democratic spending initiatives from the state budget he signed into law, nonprofit groups on Tuesday said they will weaken New Jersey’s social safety net for the most vulnerable residents.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

While Trump says Clinton is the devil, Christie says ‘No’

Gov. Chris Christie doesn’t agree with Donald Trump that rival Hillary Clinton is “the devil,” but the governor still doesn’t think she should be president, either.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

N.J. PARCC scores, participation up in 2016, Christie says

New Jersey made gains in both PARCC participation and overall PARCC scores during the second year of the controversial test, Gov. Chris Christie announced today.
Adam Clark, NJ.com Read more

Christie: Don’t wait going to MVC

Gov. Chris Christie is telling people worried about long lines at the state Motor Vehicle Commission to not wait until the end of the month.
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New N.J. attorney general confirmed

The state Senate confirmed Christopher Porrino as New Jersey’s attorney general Monday. Gov. Christie had nominated him in June.
Jan Hefler, Inquirer Read more

It’s now up to Gov. Christie on whether medical pot can be used for PTSD

A bill that would let victims of post-traumatic stress disorder use medical marijuana passed the New Jersey Senate on Monday. An identical bill was approved by the Assembly on June 16, so the measure now awaits Gov. Christie’s consideration.
Jan Hefler, Inquirer Read more