Morning Digest: July 11th


Senate Judiciary Committee releases Degnan nomination

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie’s nomination to replace David Samson as chairman at the Port Authority was confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee moments ago, but not before receiving a thorough vetting from state senators on the committee. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Rice on Essex County judicial nominations: ‘There’s going to have to be a meeting of the minds’

TRENTON – Two weeks after Gov. Chris Christie yanked eight Essex County judicial nominations during a quarrel on the floor of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, state Sen. Ron Rice (D-28) told PolitickerNJ he’s confident the governor will come around. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Mercer County Exec Hughes backs Muoio for Watson Coleman’s Assembly seat

LAKE COMO – Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes has declared his support for Mercer County Democratic Chair Liz Muoio to step into the state Assembly seat soon to be vacated by Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15). (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Sweeney to challenge Christie’s rejection of greenhouse gas initiative

State Senate President Stephen Sweeney announced Thursday that he would challenge the governor’s decision to remove New Jersey from a multistate initiative to reduce greenhouse gases, through a rarely used legislative action. (Phillis/The Bergen Record)



Donovan continues to lead in funding

Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan continues to build a hefty lead in fundraising over her Democratic opponent, James Tedesco, getting large boosts from a leading state Republican and the county committee, according to the most recent round of campaign finance reports. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)



New Jersey eyes upstate casinos

Atlantic City’s already hobbled gambling industry could face another threat: casinos in northern New Jersey. Developers and some local officials, eager to tap into the New York City market and that of its populous suburbs, are floating the idea of building casinos far from Atlantic City, which currently holds the only gambling properties in New Jersey. Proposed locations include the Meadowlands and Jersey City, both mere miles from the city. (Dawsey, Haddon/The Wall Street Journal)



Robert Menendez: ‘Germans are so upset’

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez on Thursday said German citizens “are so upset” about the latest two cases of alleged U.S. spying on the European country. (Topaz/Politico)



EDA Approves $260M in Tax Incentives for Energy Company to Come to Camden

It seems everyone wants a piece of Camden lately. First the Philadelphia 76ers announced they’d bring a practice facility and offices to the tune of $82 million approved by the state last month and today the state’s Economic Development Authority approved $260 million in tax incentives for Holtec International, an Evesham-based manufacturing company in the energy industry. (Vannozzi/NJTV)



Chris Christie expected to stay out of spotlight during another ‘defining moment’

For Gov. Chris Christie, what happens behind the scenes this weekend could be more consequential than any time spent in the spotlight. (Arco/NJ Advance Media)



New Hampshire 2016 poll: Hillary Clinton lead shrinks

Hillary Clinton still leads the Democratic field in the race for 2016, but her advantage might be slipping in New Hampshire, according to a new poll. Fifty-nine percent of 257 likely Democratic voters in the state say they would vote for the former secretary of state in the presidential primary, per the latest WMUR Granite State poll released Thursday. While Clinton still holds a 45-point advantage on Vice President Joe Biden, the results mark a drop of six percentage points in the Granite State since April and an overall drop of 15 points in the last six months. (Gass/Politico)



Obama, congressional leaders close to deal on border crisis

WASHINGTON — Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on the nation’s southern border. (Werner, Caldwell/Associated Press)



Jersey City police chief is victim of ‘retribution’ by mayor, lawyer says

A lawyer for Jersey City Police Chief Robert Cowan told The Jersey Journal yesterday that Cowan’s impending demotion is an act of political retaliation on behalf of Mayor Steve Fulop. (MacDonald/The Jersey Journal)



Atlantic City mayor says town is making painful shift away from gambling

Atlantic City’s mayor says his city is in the midst of a painful transition from a gambling-centric resort to one where betting is only one of many things to do. (Associated Press)



Atlantic City needs a better bet beyond casinos

ATLANTIC CITY – Top New Jersey officials may be moving toward letting voters decide whether to expand casino gambling beyond Atlantic City a few years earlier than expected. (Associated Press)



Revel Casino, still shiny and new, teeters on the edge

ATLANTIC CITY—Much of Atlantic City’s bid to remake itself as more than a casino town was reflected in the Revel Casino Hotel, a glassy $2.4 billion skyscraper that opened in 2012—hailed by Gov. Chris Christie and local officials as a game-changer. (Dawsey, Haddon/The Wall Street Journal)



New Jersey to keep sex-assault evidence longer

TRENTON – New Jersey officials will be required to keep sexual-assault medical examination evidence, including DNA results, for at least five years if an accuser does not press charges, under guidelines announced Thursday. (Associated Press)



Controversial NJ insurance bill hits wall in Senate

A bill that had been speeding through the state Legislature before hitting a wall in the state Senate could result in higher insurance premiums for older workers and higher profits for New Jersey’s most influential Democrat, according to several left-leaning groups who protested it today. (Friedman, Livio/The Star-Ledger)



Longo sworn in as Cedar Grove’s new mayor

Portraits of past mayors adorned the walls, pride-filled families filled the room, and miniature American flags were offered to all who attended – that was the setting of Cedar Grove’s annual reorganization meeting where E. Romeo Longo and Joseph Chiusolo were sworn into their new roles. (Yancey/Verona-Cedar Groves Times)



New Jersey Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon to speak at Montclair Republican Club dinner

The deficit in pension liabilities for public employees is the “big elephant in the room” for New Jersey’s state budget, according to Montclair Republican Club President John Van Wagner. (Segedin/The Montclair Times)



Ohio Sen. Portman: Could consider ’16 presidential bid

Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman said Thursday he has definite plans to run in 2016 — at least for re-election. Whether he decides to aim higher, he said, will depend on the field of presidential candidates and the issues they campaign on. (Associated Press)




Torres raises $220K at Paterson fundraiser

Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres raised more than $220,000 to pay for his recent inaugural festivities at a fundraiser event in Paterson Wednesday night, according to a Democratic source who was present at the party. (Politicker Staff)




Chris Christie’s faking it on gun rights

A gun control bill landed on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s desk on July 2, the same day that two parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, took to the Trenton State House to try to convince him to sign it. (Nuzzi/The Daily Beast)

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