NJ Politics Digest: Here’s What Northern Casinos Will Mean to State Taxes

It’s Wednesday, and a proponent of building casinos in northern New Jersey is proposing what tax rates the facilities would be charged. William Paterson University is facing a lawsuit stemming from its investigation into a student’s alleged rape and Assembly Democrats are gearing up to try to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a “motor voter” voter registration measure. For all this and the rest of the state’s political news, read on.

Quote of the Day: “We’ve lagged behind in terms of being transparent. There’s no use kidding anybody about that. The tax rate needs to be established,” – Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, discussing the tax rates to be charged if casinos are approved for northern New Jersey.

Tax rates floated for new casinos near New York City
New Jersey voters are being promised that millions of dollars in new funding will flow to programs for senior citizens, the horse racing industry and to help a struggling Atlantic City – if only they approve a ballot question authorizing two new casinos in the northern part of the state near New York City.
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Jury selection resumes in Bridgegate trial
A federal judge has begun the process of weeding out potential jurors for the forthcoming trial over the politically motivated George Washington Bridge lane closures.
Paul Berger, The Record Read more

Suit: William Paterson University’s botched rape inquiry led to student suicide
The family of a 21-year old student who hanged herself in a dormitory at William Paterson University last year has filed a lawsuit claiming the school failed to take steps to prevent and investigate her rape at a fraternity house two months prior to her death.
Patricia Alex, The Record Read more

State orders revaluation in Middlesex County borough
State officials will order South River, a small, blue-collar community in Middlesex County, to undergo a property revaluation — its first in three decades, NJ Advance Media has learned.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Jersey City council to OK $4.3M reval contract
The long-stalled Jersey City property revaluation will be one step closer to beginning anew tomorrow, when the City Council is set to vote on a $4.4 million contract with a Morristown appraisal company selected to oversee the process.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal Read more

Judge rejects effort to kill Jersey City referendum on election timing
A Hudson County Superior Court judge today threw out former Corporation Counsel Bill Matsikoudis’ legal challenge to the city referendum set for November’s ballot seeking to move local elections from May to November.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal Read more

NJSEA knows it ‘goofed’ on $1.15B Meadowlands megamall deal, group says
The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority plans to address a host of legal issues raised by a group opposed to its plans to issue $1.15 billion in public bonds on behalf of American Dream Meadowlands.
Myles Ma, NJ.com Read more

With FBI investigating Orange, mayor adds 3rd government job
With the FBI investigating potential corruption and extortion linked to current and former city officials, as well as the Orange Public Library, Mayor Dwayne Warren has added yet another government job to his weekly routine.
Jessica Mazzola, NJ.com Read more

Christie renominates acting Bergen County prosecutor for the job
Gov. Chris Christie has again nominated Gurbir Grewal to be Bergen County prosecutor.
Sara Jerde, NJ.com Read more

N.J. small business owners call for closing ‘unfair’ corporate tax loophole
A trio of small business owners are urging the Legislature to close a tax loophole they say allows larger corporations to dodge some or all of their New Jersey tax liability.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

How N.J.’s Lance helps reduce federal deficit
The federal deficit just got a little smaller, thanks to Rep. Leonard Lance.
The Auditor, NJ.com Read more

Assembly to attempt override of ‘motor voter’ veto
The Democrat-led Assembly on Thursday will attempt to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a bill that would automatically register to vote people who are applying for or renewing their driver’s licenses, learners permits or identification cards.
Matt Friedman, Politico Read more

Officials to join rally urging Christie to rescind plan allowing development near Highlands reservoirs
Top officials from New Jersey’s two largest cities will attend a rally today calling on Governor Christie to rescind a plan that would allow more residential development near Newark and Jersey City’s reservoirs in the Highlands.
Scott Fallon, The Record Read more

Black Lives Matter rally set for Middletown
There are parallels between the aspirations of the Black Lives Matter movement and the tenets of Unitarian Universalism, a realization that motivated local spiritual leaders to organize the first Black Lives Matter rally in Middletown.
Russ Zimmer, Asbury Park Press Read more

Former Paterson official alleges fraud in city’s youth services program
The city’s former youth services director, who resigned in August after three months on the job, has alleged Paterson employees falsified documents to generate funding for the program.
Joe Malinconico, The Record Read more

Petition backs transgender 14-year-old rejected from Camden Catholic
An online petition to support a 14-year-old who was initially accepted to Camden Catholic High School – and then rejected once officials there learned he is transgender – has collected more than 800 signatures.
Michael Boren, Inquirer Read more

N.J. report raises new concern over growing scrap-tire piles
Large and illicit heaps of discarded tires are reappearing around New Jersey, a state auditor’s study has found, and the report is urging a renewed effort to “monitor, identify, and remediate” them.
David O’Reilly, Inquirer Read more

Opinion: Thank watchdogs for finding embarrassing math error in Trenton’s salary hike
Confusion seems to abound at City Hall in Trenton. Last month, the administration of Mayor Eric Jackson sent City Council a salary ordinance that seemed to call for generous pay hikes of 15-percent or better over three years for the mayor and his top aides as well as municipal judges and department chiefs.
Times of Trenton Editorial Board Read more