Morning Digest: June 9th

Background Bayonne: Sources: Signer of anti-Davis voter fraud complaint tied to newspaper with alleged contract with Smith-led city government

BAYONNE – The signer of an affidavit claiming that the campaign of Bayonne mayoral candidate Jimmy Davis has committed voter fraud in his effort to unseat incumbent Mayor Mark Smith is tied to a local newspaper that reportedly has a contract with the Smith-led city administration, according to sources. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



GWB Bridge inquiry panel to hear from top Christie aide

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie’s chief of staff is scheduled to go before a New Jersey legislative committee investigating traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge. Kevin O’Dowd is due to testify Monday under oath. (AP)



Chris Christie to appear on Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

NEW YORK — If you believe Chris Christie’s going to put himself at the mercy of a late-night comic, we’ve got a bridge to sell you. But it’s true. NBC said Monday that the New Jersey governor is booked to appear on Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight” show on Thursday, alongside comic Chris Rock and musician Kacey Musgrave. (AP)



North Jersey police retirees cash in while lawmakers stall

In the last three months alone, North Jersey taxpayers have been put on the hook for $1.5 million in payouts to eight police officers — including five chiefs — to cover thousands of hours in unused sick, vacation and compensatory time. (Tat, Hayes/The Bergen Record)



Chris Christie to make several visits in Camden

South Jersey day for Gov. Chris Christie Monday, who has a number of appearances lined up in Camden, as well as an interview on a Philadelphia sports talk station. The main purpose of his visit appears to be the announcement of a Camden Promise Program partnership, which will take place at noon at Camden High School. That noon announcement will be followed by a news conference. Prior to that, however, the governor will appear at the U.S. Wiggins Elementary School for a classroom visit. (Schoonejongen/Asbury Park Press)



Chris Christie’s record on civil liberties blasted on ACLU report card

Gov. Chris Christie deserves only a D+ grade for the way his administration has handled citizens’ rights during his first term, according to a report card released today by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. (Johnson/The Star Ledger)



Florida makes it tough for Chris Christie

Florida Governor Rick Scott has a hard job. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s is even harder. In fact, Florida is part of the reason why. (Nikpour/Sun Sentinel)



Ramsey featuring three-way mayoral race

RAMSEY — Three candidates with sharply diverging views on how well the municipal government is serving the community will face off in November to replace Chris Botta as mayor. (Pries/The Bergen Record)



Political Insider: Campaigns for Bayonne mayoral runoff should have battle standards

Calls I received from Bayonne residents, including some old-time pols, have the same theme. “The city has gone crazy!” people say. They are referring to the runoff election campaigning by both sides — Mayor Mark Smith and his vassals; and the opposition, Jimmy Davis and the pirates, or vandal hordes. (Torres/The Jersey Journal) Morning Digest: June 9th