Morning Digest: July 22nd

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Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich has died

Union County today mourns the loss of the longest-serving sheriff in New Jersey history, who died last night at the age of 83. (Editor/PolitickerNJ)



Cryan serving as acting Union County sheriff, poised to run in November

Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-20) is in position to succeed Sheriff Ralph Froehlich in Union County. (Editor/PolitickerNJ)



Reported anaconda sighting in Lake Hopatcong leaves locals defiant in face of roving reptile

LAKE HOPATCONG – Politics, in some ways, is about control. Right now, it could be argued that man does not control the four municipalities in Morris and Sussex counties that border Lake Hopatcong. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Cornered by press in Connecticut diner, Christie stumps for Foley

GREENWICH, CT – He came to stump for Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Foley — and to grab a bite to eat, maybe? — but Gov. Chris Christie soon found himself doing little of either, cornered by a near-crazed pack of reporters and cameramen asking questions on all manner of issues here at a diner this evening. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Sources: Prieto wouldn’t be a party to Handlin letter

The names of lawmakers wanting the attorney general to apply a full cavity search to the former chief’s claims about his boss, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, don’t include any Democrats from the lower house. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Weinberg and Greenstein join 4 Republicans wanting AG to look into ex-JC Chief’s claims

Lawmakers this afternoon affixed their names to a letter on Senate Majority Office letterhead backing up Assemblywoman Amy Handlin’s (R-13) call to the state Attorney General to look into a charge against Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop made by the former police chief. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Menendez calls for harsher response in Russia-Ukraine crisis, defends Israel against Hamas at Bayonne press conference

BAYONNE – At a press conference in front of the Bayonne Fire Headquarters here today, U.S. Senator and chair for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez (D-NJ) strongly underscored his conviction that the U.S. must be doing more to punish Russia and its President Vladimir Putin in the wake last week’s Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crash. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Malloy: Christie’s appearance in Connecticut ‘insulting’

Gov. Chris Christie is hours away from his appearance in a Connecticut diner at the side of Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



FDU Poll: Christie job approval rating 44%

As Governor Christie embarks on a multi-state tour as head of the Republican Governors’  Association, a statewide poll of registered voters from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind finds him unable to regain the luster he once had back home as a rising bipartisan star. His job approval remains unchanged since its January drop: a majority of voters are expressing concern over the direction the state is headed, and over half believe that it’s unlikely the governor was unaware of his aides’ behavior in the Bridgegate scandal. (Politicker Staff)



After reviewing integrity monitor report re. Hurricane Sandy aftermath, Sweeney ‘disappointed’

After perusing integrity monitor reports on Hurricane Sandy, state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) this afternoon unleashed a tornado of criticism on the Christie administration. (Politicker Staff)



Anti-gun protest greets Christie in Connecticut

GREENWICH, Conn. — They stood more than 100 strong, lining the road with signs chastising Governor Christie for vetoing an ammunition limit bill. (Hayes/The Bergen Record)



New Jersey judge says state wrongly denied records

TRENTON – A New Jersey judge ruled Monday that Gov. Christie’s administration must honor an activist’s public records requests for requests filed by others. The decision from Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson finds fault with the state’s recent strategy of denying such requests on the ground that people who ask for government records have a privacy right. A state government lawyer said that people can use government records requests to explore lawsuits or dig up dirt on political opponents – matters Jacobson said need not be confidential. (Mulvihill/The Associated Press)



Paterson hires 26 cops as efforts to stem street violence take shape

PATERSON — Mayor Joey Torres on Monday swore in 26 police recruits, delivering the first installment on a promise to add 100 cops to the depleted department in a city where residents are demanding that more be done to stop gun violence. (Cowen/The Bergen Record)



Roe remembered as a congressman who was ‘always there for the people’

Former Rep. Robert A. Roe was remembered Monday as a quintessential public servant who, in a niece’s words, “worked weekends and holidays to get the job done.” (Levin/The Bergen Record)



Outside Connecticut fundraiser, a protest over Christie’s veto of gun control bill

GREENWICH, Conn. — In Iowa, he was celebrated. In Connecticut, he was protested. (Barbaro/The New York Times)



Christie: No plans to campaign in NY for Astorino

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he doesn’t have plans to campaign for New York’s Republican candidate for governor because he doesn’t campaign for candidates he doesn’t think can win. (Associated Press)



Sen. Sweeney: Atlantic City needs to diversify economy

Atlantic City is losing a third of its casinos after Revel’s bankruptcy and the announcements that Showboat and Trump Plaza will be closing. Senate President Steve Sweeney told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that Atlantic City needs to focus on becoming a more diverse economy because the non-gaming revenues in the city are doing extremely well and are growing. (Williams/NJTV)



Israel solidarity rally held in Whippany

A standing-room-only crowd packed the Israel Solidarity Rally in Whippany and an emotional audience welcomed Sen. Bob Menendez with a standing ovation. Menendez repeated the USA’s pledge to support Israel even as it intensifies artillery and ground attacks against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. (Flanagan/NJTV)



Cory Booker: 3 signs the selfie senator has big plans

Jay Z may have waxed himself into hip-hop immortality with “99 Problems,” but Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is drowning himself in 99 selfies. (Ellison/The Root)



State signs off on Bergen County budget after freeholders tweak amount taken from trust fund

A contentious battle over the Bergen County budget has ended quietly after the Democratic-controlled freeholder board agreed to take a smaller amount of money from a trust fund than they originally wanted. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)



Hundreds turn out for procession for Waldwick cop killed in crash

They came in uniform, business attire and in their summer play clothes. Many had their own stories to tell about Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell. (Pries, Masters/The Bergen Record)



Atlantic City deathwatch – in one map

The city once dubbed “The Lungs of Philadelphia” is facing respiratory failure. (Tobey, Moyer/The Washington Post)



Zacche named acting chief of Jersey City police

JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven Fulop announced Monday the appointment of Deputy Chief Philip Zacche as Acting Chief of the Jersey City Police Department citing his strong leadership qualities and decades of supervising experience in the Department. (The Hudson Reporter)



Atlantic City Mayor Guardian attends White House non-discrimination act signing

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian was at the White House in Washington, D.C., Monday, to attend the signing of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA. (Press of Atlantic City)



Emerson appoints new borough administrator

EMERSON — Borough officials unanimously appointed Joseph Kolodziej as the town’s new administrator last week. Kolodziej will also serve as the borough clerk. (Wyrich/The Bergen Record)






Funeral arrangements for Sheriff Froehlich

Ralph Froehlich funeral arrangements. (Politicker Staff)

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