NJ Politics Digest: GOP Candidates Still Distancing From Christie

Gov. Chris Christie. Christian Hetrick for Observer

Republican gubernatorial nominee Kim Guadagno is making an unlikely play to win over police and firefighters, hoping to peel off support from rank-and-file union members in part by endorsing an idea Gov. Chris Christie vetoed in May.

And other Republicans are running away from Christie’s 23-cent hike in the gas tax, which has proven to be political kryptonite in competitive legislative races this year.

The jury is set for Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial, with six men and six women picked to return to Newark on Sept. 6 for opening arguments.

Quote of the Day: “Recently, I have been sitting down with each of them and have been saying just that: ‘Release your locals.’” – Kim Guadagno about her meetings with public safety unions.

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Guadagno Makes Long-Shot Bid for Public Safety Workers
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Train Derailment, Subway Delays Foul Another Morning Commute
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NJ Politics Digest: GOP Candidates Still Distancing From Christie