NJ Politics Digest: Was Christie the Governor Who Cried Wolf?

It’s Monday morning, and as the state celebrates Labor Day, some shore-area merchants are steamed that the state declared a state of emergency and Tropical Storm Hermine turned into a business-busting dud. Meanwhile, folks who work in Pennsylvania could be facing a tax hike, as Gov. Chris Christie ends a tax-abatement agreement with Pennsylvania. In Rahway, the mayor – a former DMV manager – is in hot water for allegedy hitting a parked car while driving a city vehicle while his driver’s license was expired. For all this and more state political news, read on.

Quote of the Day: “(Gov.) Christie loves to declare states of emergency. They have to recognize there’s a significant economic impact before they make these decisions,” Atlantic City restaurant owner Frank Dougherty, on the state’s decision to declare a state of emergency and urge visitors to leave town.

Shore merchants: ‘They scared everyone away’
With apologies to all the people who left for home Saturday because of Hermine, and to stung shore merchants, Sunday was a mostly gorgeous day at the Jersey shore.
Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Read more

Jersey Shore businesses take financial hit by far-off Hermine
Meandering in the Atlantic more than 300 miles from land on Sunday, Tropical Storm Hermine slowed to a crawl but still threatened storm surge flooding at the Jersey Shore, where merchants were angry that forecasts had scared away vacationers, ruining their usually lucrative Labor Day weekend.
Amy Rosenberg and Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Read more

Christie ends income tax pact with Pa.; commuters could pay more
Cross the Delaware River for work? Your taxes could go up in 2017.
Andrew Seidman and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Read more
Promising outsiders, Trump team led by Christie insiders
Donald Trump is pledging that the government he appoints will bring sweeping change to Washington’s culture. So far, that promise comes with a heavy New Jersey accent.
Associated Press Read more

Mayor Jackson clarifies raises for Trenton officials
A resolution sent to city council members last week proposes a three percent salary increase over a two-year period for certain management and other non-union personnel, including the mayor, department directors and municipal judges.
Penny Ray, Trentonian Read more

Shore season hurt by new marketing, fall in Canadian dollar
It’s said you have to take the bad with the good.
The idiom applies perfectly to the Jersey Shore, where good weather can drive a seasonal economy, and bad weather can bust it.
Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Read more

Mayor hit parked car while driving with expired license, report says
Mayor Samson Steinman allegedly hit a parked car while driving with an expired license early on Aug. 26, a report says.
Marisa Iati, NJ.com Read more

N.J. legal bills top $5.1M in fight for sports bets
While state officials weigh whether to take their battle over sports betting to the U.S. Supreme Court, legal bills for their so-far unsuccessful effort have topped $5.1 million.
John C. Ensslin, The Record Read more

Labor Day is 59th day without work for construction biz
For thousands of laborers in New Jersey, the holiday in their honor will simply be another day out of work as a political stalemate in Trenton over transportation funding enters its second month.
Mike Davis, Asbury Park Press Read more

Will Bridgegate spawn a Fulop scandal?
The Bridgegate trial opens in just three weeks, and Chris Christie’s political fate isn’t the only question on our minds. Here’s another: Is Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, a man aspiring to be governor, also going to be one of its casualties?
Star-Ledger Read more

Bitterness blooming early for 2017 governor’s race
It hardly came as any surprise Thursday to see two of the three Democrats most visibly angling to become New Jersey’s 56th governor holding low-key, grip-and-grin photo ops in Newark, home to the largest cache of registered Democrats in the state.
Charles Stile, The Record Read more

Guadagno raising her profile with regular radio spot
During the morning commute two weeks ago, a man identified as Bob in Woodbridge called into New Jersey 101.5 FM with a long-winded question for the “governor.” What can the state do to help revive Atlantic City?
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Christie’s voodoo economics on transit
It is not a happy Labor Day weekend for the thousands of construction workers who lost their jobs when Gov. Chris Christie pulled the plug on all hundreds of road projects this summer.
Tom Moran, Star-Ledger Read more

Christie touts ‘good news’ on Hermine
Hermine, the unpredictable coastal storm, is shifting east, and that’s “good news” for New Jersey coastal communities, Gov. Chris Christie said Sunday.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

Bye-bye bennies or hello, Chris Christie?: The Guv’s got a lot to learn about the Shore
I was at my local surf spot the other day when I ran into a fellow surfer. He pointed out that the lifeguard stands had already been taken off the beach for the season.
Paul Mulshine, The Star Ledger Read more