Morning Digest: Happy 4th of July

The PolitickerNJ Interview: Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

JERSEY CITY – Gov. Chris Christie doesn’t have the temperament to be President of the United States; the stain of former Gov. Jon Corzine makes it hard for a self-funding Democrat to win statewide; Hillary Clinton’s still his candidate for president; and when they see each other, he and Steve Sweeney actually discuss something more strenuous than barbells – all points of view packed into an hour-long interview Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop gave to PolitickerNJ this afternoon in the wood-paneled office formerly occupied by Fulop’s predecessor Frank Hague. (PolitickerNJ)



Baraka’s new Newark, built with labor’s help, facing tough choices that could affect union support

NEWARK – In the midst of the blazing heat outside of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on Tuesday’s inauguration day in Newark, newly-installed Mayor Ras Baraka could look out from the stage and see members of an important political force that helped him win: organized labor. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Fight of the Week: Gill v. Christie (or Morales versus The Cake Boss)

TRENTON – It was a full 6-senator (plus one former state employee and one celebrity personality) pile-on, starting with a standoff over political appointments between state Senators Ron Rice (D-28) and Dick Codey and Gov. Chris Christie way back in 2010. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Winners and Losers: Week of Independence Day

At its best there are no winners and losers in this system, only the constant crisis – the bucksaw tension – of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. (PolitickerNJ)



Hoyer to endorse Watson Coleman at CWA 1039

U.S. Rep Steny Hoyer (D-Washington) will be in Trenton Monday morning to endorse the CD 12 congressional campaign of Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15). (Brush/PolitickerNJ)


Christie open to idea of North Jersey casino

Governor Christie on Thursday added his voice to state Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s newfound willingness to consider an end to Atlantic City’s casino gambling monopoly. “It’s a conversation I’m willing to have,” he told reporters. (Brennan, Hayes/The Bergen Record)



N.J. improperly withheld GWB info, judge rules

State officials improperly withheld records related to the investigations of George Washington Bridge lane closings from two reporters from The Record, a Superior Court judge ruled in Mercer County on Wednesday. (Akin/The Bergen Record)


Christie deals blow to gun control advocates

Two people who each lost a child in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School told us today they were in the State House yesterday dropping off 55,000 petitions and trying to see the governor. (Aron/NJTV)



Chris Christie’s Iowa trip will be a three-day swing

Potential 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie’s trip to Iowa later this month will be a three-city swing, with three fundraisers. (Jacobs/The Des Moines Register)



Donovan, freeholders spar over use of county trust funds

The battle over Bergen County’s 2014 budget intensified this week as attorneys for the freeholders and the County Clerk’s Office fired off letters defending the use of various county trust funds as a source of new revenue. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)



Veteran councilman, school leader, enters race for Little Falls council

LITTLE FALLS – Veteran politician and school leader William Liess has been selected by local Democrats to replace a candidate who had withdrawn from the November ballot for Township Council. (Green/The Bergen Record)



Manville families awarded $90.5M in asbestos case

MANVILLE – In a reminder of the lingering effects of the region’s toxic industrial past, the families of 11 borough residents who died from asbestos-related cancer were awarded $90.5 million this week for their pain and suffering. (Bichao/Gannett)



New Bayonne public safety director collected $320K payout when he retired as police chief in 2012

The man Bayonne Mayor James “Jimmy” Davis has appointed as the city’s next public safety director received nearly $320,000 payout for unused sick/vacation and comp time when he retired as police chief two years ago. (D’Onofrio/The Jersey Journal)



Poll: Obama ‘worst president’ since WWII

President Obama has topped predecessor George W. Bush in another poll, but not one he would like. (Jackson/USA Today)





The Record: Speziale returns

AN EARLY summer bit of déjà vu was all the rage this week in Paterson. First the return of Joey Torres to City Hall for a third term as mayor. Then Torres’ first high-profile decision as the new mayor — calling on former Passaic County Sheriff Jerry Speziale to serve as the city’s acting police director. (The Bergen Record)



Political Insider: Jersey City mayor receives his first-year report card

Steve Fulop has been mayor of Jersey City for one year. One year is not enough to measure an administration’s success, but it gives you an understanding of its direction and effort. Let’s start this cursory report card with the first three basic city concerns. (Torres/The Jersey Journal)



Chris Christie’s gun magazine veto was ‘craven cowardice’: Opinion

Leadership comes in many forms. It can include effectiveness, honesty and the ability to do the right thing, no matter the consequences. (Greenwald/special to the Star-Ledger) Morning Digest: Happy 4th of July