Morning Digest: June 10th


A different side of Bridget Kelly: ‘someone that I thought very highly of’

TRENTON – Since news broke in January that former Gov. Chris Christie staffer Bridget Anne Kelly told a Port Authority executive last year it was “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” the former aide has been characterized in several ways. (Arco/PolitickerNJ)



Christie’s chief of staff: ‘I don’t know why the bridge lanes were closed’

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie’s chief of staff told lawmakers he had no idea who ordered lanes closed to the George Washington Bridge in September. (Arco/PolitickerNJ)



Newark Runoff Elections: Quintana v Baraka with council control at stake

Control of the Newark City Council hangs in the balance in Newark, where lame duck Mayor Luis Quintana is going all in behind the runoff candidacy of incumbent Central Ward Councilman Darrin Sharif with an eye on council leadership. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)


Battleground Bayonne: Davis ‘ready to take city hall’ on eve of mayoral runoff battle against Mayor Smith

BAYONNE – Jimmy Davis, the insurgent Bayonne mayoral candidate running against incumbent Mayor Mark Smith in Tuesday’s showdown in the Peninsula City, told that he never prepares his remarks before he gives stump speeches. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)


GWB Scandal: Christie aide grilled over ‘lack of curiosity’ about lane closures

Governor Christie’s administration has spent more than $3 million responding to the George Washington Bridge controversy, according to bills released Monday, the same day that Democratic lawmakers grilled Christie’s chief of staff over why he didn’t do more to get to the bottom of the lane closures. (Statehouse Bureau/The Bergen Record)



Eleven more unions sue Christie over pension plan

Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to take $2.4 billion meant for the pension system violates the state and federal constitutions, according to a lawsuit brought by a group of public-worker unions and individuals. (Rizzo/The Star-Ledger)



Chris Christie looking to recover from clumsy political scandal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chris Christie is plunging into what amounts to a cross-country revival tour, looking to recover from a clumsy political scandal and reclaim his place as a promising Republican presidential prospect.



Gov. Christie spends day visiting Camden schools, praises superintendent

CAMDEN – In his second trip to Camden in as many weeks, Gov. Chris Christie spent all of Monday visiting schools throughout the city, meeting with students and officials before announcing a state partnership that he said would expand “cradle to “college opportunities” for youth. (The Star-Ledger)




Is New Jersey’s pay-to-play law in danger of being found unconstitutional?

The answer to that question may be clearer after September 30, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will hear arguments in a case challenging federal pay-to-play law. (Brindle/for PolitickerNJ)


The only thing Congress can agree on these days is ending the war on drugs

Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation’s draconian and costly war on drugs. (Lassiter/PolitickerNJ)

Morning Digest: June 10th