NJ Politics Digest: Get Ready for Another Supreme Court Fight Over School Funding

It’s the end of a busy week in Trenton and throughout New Jersey. With the Bridgegate trial set to open, Gov. Chris Christie said the scandal helped cost him the VP spot on the Trump ticket. Meanwhile, Christie is asking the courts to revisit its state school funding mandates and took the time to make it clear he was fed up with how money is being spent in urban districts. Democrats on Thursday postponed efforts to override the governor’s veto of a motor/voter measure but did consider measures to recycle cigarette butts.
There was no good financial news for families, this week, as a report shows the state is not enjoying the same type of wage increases being seen in other portions of the country. For this and all the rest of the state’s political news, read on.

Quote of the Day:“I’m sure it was a factor,” – Gov. Chris Christie, on whether the Bridgegate scandal played a role in Donald Trump’s decision not to select Christie as his running mate.

Christie seeks to reopen court battle over school funding
Governor Christie asked the state Supreme Court Thursday to overhaul the landmark school funding ruling that has steered the bulk of education aid to 31 of the poorest districts over three decades, in what he called a “historic legal action.”
Hannan Adely and Salvador Rizzo, The Record Read more

Christie: ‘My patience has run out’ with N.J.’s urban ‘failure factories’
Just hours after he announced that he’d was petitioning the state Supreme Court to scrap key provisions of the monumental school funding case Abbott v. Burke, Gov. Chris Christie drew sharp criticism from a retired special education teacher at a town hall meeting to promote his move.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com Read more

N.J. Democrats postpone attempt to override Christie veto on voter registration bill
State Assembly Democrats have postponed a planned attempt Thursday to override Gov. Chris Christie’s recent veto of a bill that would automatically register people to vote when they receive or renew their driver’s license.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

Bill putting armed, retired cops in N.J. schools passed by Senate
A bill creating a new class of police officer — and stationing armed, retired cops inside New Jersey schools — passed the state Senate on Thursday after lawmakers adopted an amendment recommended by the governor.
S.P. Sullivan, NJ.com Read more

Christie says GWB scandal helped scuttle chance to be Trump’s running mate
Governor Christie said he is “sure” that the George Washington Bridge scandal factored into Donald Trump’s decision to pass him over as his running mate, but “not a thing” gives him fear about next week’s trial of former aides charged in the traffic scheme.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

‘Naked Trump’ descends on Jersey City rooftop near Holland Tunnel
Since Wednesday morning, motorists heading into the Holland Tunnel have been greeted by a distressing sight: Donald Trump in the flesh. Literally.
Patrick Villanova, The Jersey Journal Read more

N.J. lawmakers tackle recycling cigarette butts, snack bags
New Jersey lawmakers are considering encouraging the recycling of snack bags and cigarette butts, but the first voting session since the summer break doesn’t include a plan to pay for road and bridge work.
Associated Press Read more

Do-nothing Dems blocking property tax relief, Republicans charge
Minutes before the state Assembly met for its first voting session since June, Republicans sharply criticized Democratic leaders Thursday for posting “nothing” on the agenda that addresses the state’s most significant issues: school funding and property tax relief.
Brent Johnson and Susan K. Livio, NJ.com Read more

Census shows no big payday for N.J.
Years of economic malaise showed broad signs of lifting in 2015 across the United States as higher incomes and other beacons of rising prosperity helped reverse nearly a decade of woe following one of the worst recessions in history.
For New Jersey, however, there was barely a seat at the party.
David Sheingold, The Record Read more

Poverty down at the Shore, but incomes stagnate
The long-awaited economic recovery has boosted median incomes across the country, but most households at the Jersey Shore are still waiting for the gains in prosperity to reach their wallets and pocket books.
Payton Guion, Asbury Park Press Read more

Christie’s state treasurer pick approved by state Senate
Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s pick to lead the state Treasury has been approved by the Democratic-controlled state Senate.
Associated Press Read more

Is it finally showtime for stalled $116M NJPAC development deal?
The show has been on hold for a decade, but the curtain may finally be rising on a long-delayed $116-million development project that will expand the footprint of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Ted Sherman, NJ.com Read more

Why are road deaths becoming more commonplace?
With the help of seat belts and other technologies, road fatalities have been falling as steadily as autumn leaves for nearly half a century, so some folks were surprised last month when federal authorities announced that this trend had reversed course by more than 7 percent last year for the first time since 1966.
John Cichowski, The Record Read more

WPU failed to properly investigate rape allegation, lawyers say
Lawyers for the family of a William Paterson University student who hanged herself in a dormitory bathroom last year said Thursday that the school mishandled an investigation into her death and her report of a rape that preceded it.
Patricia Alex, The Record Read more

Christie to appear on Fox News Sunday
Governor Christie will appear on Fox News on Sunday morning to discuss the presidential election, according to the network.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Legislators fighting JCP&L Monmouth power line
Two state senators have introduced resolutions in opposition to Jersey Central Power & Light’s controversial proposed 10-mile transmission line through northern Monmouth County, part of a growing wave of sentiment against the project.
David P. Willis, Asbury Park Press Read more

Town’s ban on electronic billboards ruled unconstitutional
The State Supreme court Thursday reversed a decision by the Appellate Division and ruled that the township’s ban on digital billboards is unconstitutional.
Dave Hutchinson, NJ.com Read more

Freeholder proposes end to double-dipping
The Burlington County Board of Freeholders will vote Sept. 28 on a proposal to prohibit the hiring of employees already collecting a taxpayer-funded retirement pension.
Carol Comegno, Courier-Post Read more

Largest indoor theme park in Americas coming to Meadowlands
— Welcome to the Meadowlands, SpongeBob Squarepants.
The undersea cartoon is one of the Nickelodeon properties that will be part of a theme park announced for American Dream Meadowlands.
Myles Ma, NJ.com Read more