NJ Politics Digest: Could NJ Be The Site of White House North?

It’s Monday, the start of a new week. And as Donald Trump prepares to enter the White House next month, the Star-Ledger looks at the chances his golf club in Bedminster will serve as his base when he is away from Washington.
The newspaper also takes a look at Ocean County’s Lacey Township, and why it ranked No. 2 in New Jersey municipalities with the highest percentage of votes cast for the Republican candidate.
The weekend also saw New Jersey residents and politicians react to news of the death of former Cuban President of Fidel Castro, while the Asbury Park Press investigated how towns are cashing in on municipal courts to raise revenue.

Quote of the Day: “I lost my home, I was foreclosed on, because I got screwed at every turn. We need some change,” Hurricane Sandy victim Nancy Wirtz, on why she is one of the voters who helped Lacey Township rank No. 2 in the state in the percentage of residents who voted for President-elect Donald Trump.

Will Trump’s Bedminster golf club be the new Camp David?
He went there to prepare for a presidential debate, and returned last weekend to conduct interviews of possible cabinet appointees.
Kathleen O’Brien, NJ.com Read more

Welcome to Trumplandia: How this N.J. town reflects national trends
Chuck Monjoy couldn’t find a Donald Trump sign, so he made one.
He took a cardboard box, drew the word “TRUMP” with a heavy black felt-tip pen, then propped it up outside his commercial property on Route 9 in the Forked River section of Lacey Township.
Mark Di Ionno, The Star-Ledger Read more

State senators to Trump: Make Gateway tunnel project a priority
Marking the anniversary of the 108th anniversary of the Hudson rail tunnels, six state senators on Saturday urged President-elect Donald Trump to make good on his promise to rebuild infrastructure and build the Gateway Tunnel Project.
Tom Haydon, NJ.com Read more

Will Trump White House snuff out N.J. push to legalize marijuana?
New Jersey lawmakers say they’re concerned about what President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general could mean for marijuana legalization, but they’re still planning to move forward after Gov. Chris Christie’s term ends in 2018.
Associated Press Read more

Inside the municipal court cash machine
Somewhere in between burying her mother and taking care of her sick father in Maryland, Neptune resident Karen Marsh forgot to renew the licenses for her two rescue poodles.
Kala Kachmar, Asbury Park Press Read more

Next guv battle: Clinton vs. Sanders, Jersey style?
Earlier this year, Americans watched as the Democratic Party’s chosen candidate was suddenly drawn into a dogfight with an upstart populist.
Mike Davis, Asbury Park Press Read more

Dems stick with Menendez despite charges, but ’18 looms
He’s battling federal corruption charges that include bribery, but Sen. Bob Menendez does not have to fight for the support of New Jersey Democratic leaders.
Herb Jackson, The Record Read more

N.J. Cubans celebrate news of Castro’s death
Jubilation filled Bergenline Avenue Saturday as residents celebrated the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Fausto Giovanny Pinto, NJ.com Read more

N.J.’s Menendez: Castro’s death brings Cubans ‘one step closer’ to freedom
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey’s most prominent Cuban-American politician, said Fidel Castro’s death offered an opportunity to bring democracy to the communist-controlled island.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

Kelly: Castro left behind deep wounds
Eduardo Ochoa’s eyes scanned the wall of photos.
There was Lister Alvarez Lopez. And Orlando Zapata Tamayo. And Plinio Prieto Ruiz. And Blas Rueda.
Mike Kelly, The Record Read more

Cuban-born Hamilton Council President feels ‘good’ about Fidel Castro’s death
When Cuban-born Hamilton Council President Ileana Schirmer woke up Saturday morning and learned about the death of Fidel Castro, she was pleased with the news.
Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, The Trentonian Read more

Despite Trump threats, N.J. cities to stick with policies on immigrants
As speculation continues over how President-elect Trump may change immigration policy, Gov. Christie said last week that the incoming president has a “much different feeling” about supplying so-called sanctuary cities with federal funding.
Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Read more

New Jersey seeks settlement, looks to legalize stun guns
New Jersey’s attorney general wants to settle a lawsuit that would end the state’s ban on civilians buying stun guns.
Associated Press Read more

Without more rain, N.J. water bills could jump
If North Jersey fails to receive abundant rain this winter, residents could get hit with bigger water bills next spring.
James M. O’Neil, The Record Read more

Post-Sandy dune construction to begin in Margate, Longport
The federal government has awarded a contract for the construction of dunes and replenishment of beaches on Absecon Island, clearing the way for post-Sandy recovery work to begin in Margate and Longport before the end of the year, the Christie administration announced Friday.
Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Read more

Reviving the death penalty in N.J.: The case for and against
Two New Jersey senators want to bring back the death penalty for what they call the “most heinous acts of murder,” including terrorism and attacks on police officers.
Michael Boren, Inquirer Read more

County library systems face taxing dilemmas
Stone Harbor will get a brand new library to celebrate the new year. As part of the Cape May County Library System, the facility will be available to all county residents.
Diane D’Amico, Press of Atlantic City Read more

Fight over expanding gaming is set to continue
The resort’s seven remaining casinos may have dodged a bullet when voters rejected a plan to allow North Jersey casinos, but the fight to expand gambling in the state is set to continue.
Nicholas Huba, Press of Atlantic City Read more

Opinion: Governor, please sign pension funding before you go
He’s says he’s back. To stay.
Till January 2018, although many suspect he’s sitting by the phone, hoping for a call from Trump Tower offering him a job. He may have already begun packing. If he hasn’t started yet, right across the hall the Lieutenant Governor, who’s not allowed to be busy these days, has enough time and more than enough energy to shove his stuff into a suitcase and walk him to the Amtrak station.
Joan Quigley, The Jersey Journal Read more

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