NJ Politics Digest: Just What Did Christie’s Efforts For Trump Cost You?

Happy Thanksgiving, and one reason that New Jersey taxpayers might be giving thanks is that Gov. Chris Christie is no longer involved in a presidential race. An investigation by The Record has determined the governor’s out-of-state efforts on behalf of president-elect Donald Trump this summer cost taxpayers more than $80,000.
Other good news includes the possibility of more than $67 million in state funds going toward open space and recreational projects. Add to that new gun control legislation, the chance of a New Jersey native landing a spot as Commerce Secretary and a host of municipal news, and there is a lot to keep politics fans occupied as they wait on their turkey dinners today.

Quote of the Day: “All six of us, we’re ready to go,” – Gov. Chris Christie, on his family’s plans to spend Thanksgiving in Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ accommodations at the Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins game.

Governor Christie’s security detail cost taxpayers more than $80,000 this summer as the governor worked and campaigned for Donald Trump, according to documents obtained by The Record.
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Chris Christie gets bipartisan gun bill he might like
Republican Gov. Chris Christie in the last year has twice vetoed bills from Democrats requiring domestic violence offenders to surrender firearms.
Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press Read more

Funding For Open Space Projects

For the first time in two years, the state is looking to award up to $67.4 million in funding to municipalities, counties, and nonprofit groups to acquire open space and develop recreational projects.
Tom Johnson, NJSpotlight Read more

Kellyanne Conway: ‘I’m humbled by the opportunities I have’
Kellyanne Conway is the woman who broke the political glass ceiling. Conway’s the first woman to manage a successful presidential campaign.
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ACA’s future is in doubt, but Rutgers remains confident in new health care training program
Though the future of the Affordable Care Act is currently unknown following the presidential election, Rutgers University is staying the course in the rollout of a Certified Health Care Manager program — which the university is touting as the first of its kind in the country.
Anjalee Khemlani, NJBiz Read more

NJ Native Wilbur Ross Expected to Be Named Commerce Secretary by Donald Trump
President-elect Donald Trump is expected to select Wilbur Ross Jr. to head the Commerce Department, said two people familiar with the deliberations, a decision that would put a billionaire investor known for buying up failed companies in charge of the agency tasked with cultivating economic growth.
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Paterson cops accrue over 47,000 hours of comp time
With crime on the rise and the police overtime budget cut in half, the Paterson Police Department has relied increasingly on comp time as payment for detectives who work long hours on homicides and shootings, city and law enforcement officials said.
Joe Malinconico, Paterson Press Read more

Paterson moves ahead on $10.7M in debt for sewers, lawsuits
After rejecting a package of bond proposals that would have increased Paterson’s debt by about $13.5 million, the City Council changed course on Tuesday night and gave preliminary approval to the two most costly measures.
Joe Malinconico, Paterson Press Read more

Jared Kushner’s company settles with Pier Village tenant
Jared Kushner has emerged as a giant force in making his father-in-law, Donald J. Trump, president of the United States, a feat so impressive that he may have a new role: Middle East peacekeeper, according to The New York Times editors and reporters who tweeted portions of an interview with Trump at on Tuesday.
Michael L. Diamond and Dan Radel, Asbury Park Press Read more

3 priorities for Democrats on new Red Bank council
Red Bank’s Republican majority on the borough council — the first in decades — ended up lasting just a year. On Election Day, voters in town resoundingly chose two Democrats for the dais.
Asbury Park Press Read more

Suspended Wyckoff police chief to retire
Former Wyckoff police chief Benjamin Fox, who was suspended in August, has resigned from the department and will retire effective Dec. 1, according to an agreement released by township officials Wednesday.
Marsha A. Stoltz, The Record Read more

Court sides with Princeton U. in age discrimination suit
A former construction manager who sued Princeton University over age discrimination claims lost an appeal Wednesday.
Anna Merriman, NJ.com Read more

Perth Amboy agrees to pay $150K in sexual harassment lawsuit
The city will pay a $150,000 settlement to a secretary who had filed a lawsuit accusing the city’s former police chief of sexual harassment.
Spencer Kent, NJ.com Read more

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