Morning Digest sponsored by M Public Affairs: June 24th


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Pension Payment Fracas: Labor attorneys blast Christie separation powers argument in reply brief

TRENTON – In their reply brief to the court today ahead of Wednesday’s scheduled ruling by Assignment Judge Mary Jacobson, the labor unions’ attorneys insist that the court has the authority to order the governor to make a constitutionally required expenditure to the state pension. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Assembly Minority Leader Bramnick attacks Dem leadership budget battle proposals

TRENTON – In the face of Democratic proposals seeking to solve the state budget impasse that include a potential millionaires’ tax, state Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) targeted the operative three-letter word, then unloaded with an anti-tax tirade. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



CD2: Running against LoBo now, Hughes looks to edge Van Drew ahead of 2016

TRENTON – In a CD2 race where a relatively unschooled Bill Hughes, Jr., has opted to take on 20-year incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, few would contest the obvious: that Hughes’ chances aren’t very good. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



CD9: unaffiliated Montilla steps forward to challenge Pascrell

A candidate has emerged from the May 13th Paterson mayoral scrap to announce his challenge of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9). (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



AG’s Office charges six with stealing more than $10K from school lunch program

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman today announced that his office charged six women, all public employees, with stealing a total of more than $10,000 from the federally funded free and reduced-price school lunch program by filing false applications for their children. (Politicker Staff)



CD3: MacArthur blames Obama for violent upsurge in Iraq; Belgard says district residents don’t want more boots on the ground

TRENTON – As President Barack Obama deploys up to 300 military advisers to Iraq with the intent of quelling sectarian violence, the candidates in the 3rd Congressional District weighed in on America’s role in the embattled middle-eastern country. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



2nd bridge inquiry said to be linked to Christie

Investigations into the Christie administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have zeroed in on possible securities law violations stemming from a $1.8 billion road repair agreement in 2011, according to people briefed on the matter. (The New York Times)



NJ Democrats’ budget plan with hefty tax hikes up for hearings today

A Democratic budget plan that takes a bigger tax bite out of businesses and millionaires will begin to work its way through the Legislature today, with hearings scheduled in the budget committees of the Assembly and Senate. (Rizzo/The Star-Ledger)



Republicans switch votes, tank Sweeney attempt to override Christie veto on Sandy Bill of Rights

Most of the state Senate’s Republicans who supported a bill aimed at helping residents frustrated with the slow pace of Hurricane Sandy aid today switched their positions and voted no on an attempt to override Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a measure. (Friedman/The Star-Ledger)



Democrats reach budget deal that raises taxes on businesses, millionaires

Democratic leaders in the state Legislature have reached agreement on a budget deal that raises taxes on businesses and income above $1 million, The Star-Ledger has learned. (Rizzo/The Star-Ledger)



Christie takes to the field for a celebrity charity softball game

Governor Christie took the field at Yankee Stadium for a charity softball game, playing third base before a nearly empty stadium, but attracting a lot of media attention. (Hayes/The Bergen Record)



Lawsuit roils Hackensack politics as manager claims retaliation by officials

A political coalition that swept into power promising to clean up Hackensack City Hall and put an end to costly legal disputes continued to unravel Monday as the city’s acting manager — who was hired by that coalition — filed a lawsuit accusing top officials of violating state law, condoning “mob-like and thuggish behavior” by the police union and conducting a smear campaign “to destroy his reputation.” (Kolof, Adely/The Bergen Record)



In election battle for Bergen executive, ‘style’ becomes key argument

Democratic Freeholder James Tedesco said Monday he will use vetoes and lawsuits more sparingly if elected Bergen County executive, while accusing his rival, Republican incumbent Kathleen Donovan, of “not being able to compromise and work together” during her first term. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)



Iowa Poll: Chris Christie gains on Hillary Clinton

Chris Christie has narrowed the gap with Hillary Clinton in Iowa, a new poll says. According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, the New Jersey governor trails Clinton 44 percent to 36 percent among Iowa voters, a 5-percentage-point gain since March, when he trailed 48 percent to 35 percent. (Topaz/Politico)



Chris Christie covers a lot of ground on softball field

Chris Christie gave an earth-shaking performance Monday as he hungrily dived for ground balls while playing third base in a charity softball game at Yankee Stadium. The New Jersey governor shut down the other team while manning the hot corner like a traffic barrier on the George Washington Bridge — and even made a crucial catch in the seventh inning to help his squad rack up a 7-6 victory. (The New York Post)




Sweeney fails to override Christie on Sandy Bill of Rights

Coming up short, all 24 Democrats voted in favor of today’s override of Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of Senate President Steve Sweeney’s (D-3) “Sandy Bill of Rights.” (Politicker Staff)

Quinnipiac: Clinton 44%, Christie 36%

Gov. Chris Christie trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a new Quinnipiac University Poll but is inching up in Iowa. (Politicker Staff)





Stile: Political goals complicate N.J. budget talks

Governor Christie, one of the nation’s most prominent Republicans, and Senate President Stephen Sweeney, the state’s most powerful Democrat, often boast of how they set aside their partisan differences for the greater good of New Jersey. The Jersey playbook of compromise is something Washington, D.C., should emulate, Christie says. (Stile/The Bergen Record) Morning Digest sponsored by M Public Affairs: June 24th