PolitickerNJ News Digest: Aug. 8th

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Somerset Dems Executive Director Jon Evans, and Somerset Democratic Committee Chair Peg Schaffer at Saturday's campaign kickoff.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Somerset Dems Executive Director Jon Evans, and Somerset Democratic Committee Chair Peg Schaffer at Saturday’s campaign kickoff.

It’s Monday, and before we start another five days of politics in Trenton, it’s time to take a look at last week’s winners and losers in the aftermath of the Democrat’s national convention.

Source: No TTF Vote Monday

A Democratic source familiar with the negotiations said Friday that there will not be a vote on funding the Transportation Trust Fund on Monday. That day marks the deadline for New Jersey State Senate President Sweeney (D-3) to clear the stumbling block of the TTF vote and post his own bill to require quarterly payments into the state’s underfunded public pension system.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more
Source: No TTF Vote Monday

Jersey City Police, Teachers, Firefighters Jointly Criticize Sweeney

Leaders from Jersey City’s police, teacher and firefighter unions released a joint statement on Thursday to express enmity with New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney for his controversial call’s this week for the U.S. Attorney from New Jersey and the New Jersey Attorney General to investigate the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). Sweeney’s statements about those groups came after they said they would no longer make financial contributions to campaigns until a pension amendment was ensured for November’s ballot.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more
Jersey City Police, Teachers, Firefighters Jointly Criticize Sweeney on Pensions

Plot Thickens in Monmouth as Ousted Republican Goes on the Attack

Early signs that Monmouth County will be one of the crucial proving grounds for a badly wounded Republican party in 2017 emerged Friday, as former Republican Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini called for her Democratic successors to acknowledge their ties to the NJEA. Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) called for state and federal investigations of the group this week after the state’s largest teachers’ union threatened to withhold campaign cash from state Democrats.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more
Plot Thickens in Monmouth as Ousted Republican Goes on the Attack

National GOP Divided, Some NJ Republicans Still Wary of Trump

Last month in Cleveland, Ohio at the Republican National Convention businessman Donald Trump was named the Republican Party’s official presidential nominee. Nationally, that nomination and Trump’s subsequent controversies have caused discord within the Republican Party with leaders like New York Congressman Richard Hanna deciding to endorse former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president over Trump.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more
With National GOP Divided, Some NJ Republicans Still Wary of Trump

Buoyed by National Narrative, Dems Go on Offense

CD7 Democratic candidate Peter Jacob and Somerset County Democratic Freeholder candidate Maria Rodriguez discuss their chances of making an indentation this year in Republican-dominant Somerset County.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more
WATCH: Buoyed by National Narrative, Dems Go on Offense (VIDEO)

Zwicker Considers the Terrain in Somerset County

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16) analyzes the 2016 contest and beyond in Somerset County.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Meet the 1 Democrat holding up N.J. Dems’ historic pension, gas tax votes

Senate President Stephen Sweeney says he’s just one vote shy in his quest to line up enough lawmakers to override Gov. Chris Christie’s opposition to a road funding tax package — something New Jersey’s top lawmaker says would pave the way for a final vote on a constitutional amendment requiring the state to make payments for public worker pensions.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Christie’s pit bulls vs. me: A peek behind the curtain

Now I know what it feels like to have my e-mails hacked, and then published. Ick.
Tom Moran, Star-Ledger Read more

5 reasons why the NJEA union is so influential in Trenton

Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s decision to delay a voter referendum on public worker pensions unleashed a new level of animosity by state labor unions last week, when they vowed to withhold all campaign contributions until he takes action.
Matt Arco and Susan K. Livio, NJ.com Read more

Christie rips NBA ‘grandstanding’ in All-Star game move over anti-LGBT bill

Gov. Chris Christie on Friday ripped the NBA’s decision to move its 2017 All-Star Game from North Carolina to another location because of the state’s controversial anti-LGBT law.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

N.J. vets who want to use marijuana to relieve PTSD waiting on Christie

Veterans and others in New Jersey are waiting on Gov. Chris Christie to decide whether they’ll be allowed to legally treat their post-traumatic stress disorder with marijuana.
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Is your town’s ban on political lawn signs unconstitutional?

With barely three months left before the presidential election, 2016 candidate lawn signs are sprouting like mushrooms throughout the Garden State.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com Read more

Desperate N.J. needle exchange programs plead for cash

Strapped for cash and fearing for the future, the operators of New Jersey’s five needle exchange programs launched an online fund drive this week so they could continue the work that has helped prevent the spread of HIV and hepatitis C among intravenous drug users.
Susan K. Livio, NJ.com Read more

North Jerseyans can reach estate tax threshold easily

Peggy Sheahan Knee, an estate lawyer in Hackensack, often works with families that think they don’t have to worry about estate taxes because they don’t own all that much.
Kathleen Lynn, The Record Read more

Stile: Sweeney using Christie playbook for 2017 governor’s race

Calling the New Jersey Education Association a ruthless political machine that will stop at nothing to “protect the pocketbooks of its members” has become almost a routine line of attack in the tumultuous six-year reign of Governor Christie.
Charles Stile, The Record Read more

Port Authority reform hits a snag

Around the Port Authority, it is simply known as “Rule 3.”
It is one of the reasons that legislative reform of the bi-state agency — which continues to reel from scandals such as the George Washington Bridge lane closings and the “chairman’s flight” — has stalled.
Paul Berger, The Record Read more

Stuck with Chris on the morning after

after the election. Chris Christie awakens early after a fitful sleep and the emotional hangover from the news that Donald Trump’s losing presidential bid will now sink into history like a bag of cement that fell off the back of a truck. Thump.
Mike Kelly, The Record Read more

Judge denies casino agency’s bid to take AC piano tuner’s house

A judge ruled Friday that an Atlantic City man can keep his longtime property, saying the state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority’s attempt to take over the building lacked “any specific and viable plans” and was a “manifest abuse of the eminent domain power.”
Michael Boren, Inquirer Read more

October Taj Mahal closing may sway NJ casino expansion vote

The closure of Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal casino, planned for Oct. 10, may help bolster the arguments of both sides in a referendum over putting casinos in northern New Jersey.
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