Morning Digest: July 28th

  Winners and Losers: Week of July 21st Christopher Rodriguez Governor Chris Christie this week announced his selection of the


Winners and Losers: Week of July 21st

Christopher Rodriguez

Governor Chris Christie this week announced his selection of the CIA operative as New Jersey’s next Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP). (Politicker Staff)



Torres saddles up with Fulop and Baraka for mayors’ initiative

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Paterson Mayor Jose Torres, and municipal officials on Monday will announce the launch of a strategic partnership with mayors from across the state to address public safety issues. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



CD3 race: MacArthur’s wife calls latest Belgard For Congress press release “disturbing and sad”

A new voice has entered the congressional debate between Republican businessman Tom MacArthur and Democratic hopeful Aimee Belgard in CD3. The speaker? (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



AG’s Office: former EO water commish pleads guilty to conspiring to manipulate water testing

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a former top official of the East Orange Water Commission (EOWC) pleaded guilty today to conspiring to manipulate testing of the agency’s water supply to falsify results and report lower levels of a regulated contaminant in the drinking water supplied to customers. (Editor/PolitickerNJ)



Fight of the Week: Christie v. Astorino

When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie looked askance at the chances of Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino versus New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic incumbent, it wasn’t just the shot that echoed across the Hudson. Instead, the verbal skirmish that ensued could have national repercussions. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Menendez and Booker join Transportation Sec. Foxx in call for Highway Fund extension

PARSIPPANY – Newly a resident of Bergen County, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) test drove his sun-dappled side here in equally leafy Morris County next to his fellow upper house federal lawmaker, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and a brace of labor brass, including VP of the NJ Laborers Union Ray Pocino. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Meadowlands track owner eyes casino nearby

At more than 750 acres, the Meadowlands Sports Complex has plenty of places for a casino, should one be approved by state officials. (Brennan/The Bergen Record)



Little sunlight as Obama raises super PAC dollars

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years President Barack Obama railed against the surge of unlimited spending flowing into American political campaigns, arguing that average voters were being shut out of a secretive system that lets special interests bankroll elections.



For Chris Christie, New Jersey pension battle presents a test for 2016

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. — There was a faint ripple of applause as Chris Christie’s black SUV pulled up to the waterfront gazebo, and it was all but drowned out by a loudspeaker blaring the Beach Boys. The turnout was modest as well, unless you counted the 200 or so grim-faced police officers and firefighters from across the state, who far outnumbered the locals. (Tumulty/The Washington Post)



Christie to visit Kansas, Oklahoma ahead of November elections

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s role as chair of the Republican Governors Association will be keeping him busy in August, particularly in America’s heartland. Mr. Christie is slated to travel to Kansas on Aug. 20 for a roundtable with incumbent GOP Gov. Sam Brownback, according to a copy of an invitation viewed by The Wall Street Journal. The suggested minimum contribution is $25,000 to attend the private event at the home of doctors in Mission Hills, a suburb of Kansas City. (Haddon/The Wall Street Journal)



Christie bridge scandal committee privately interviewing potential witnesses behind the scenes

Attorneys for the special legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal have been interviewing potential witnesses behind closed doors, according to committee members, who expect others yet to be subpoenaed will also be privately questioned. (Sherman/The Star-Ledger)



CNN Poll: Romney would now beat Obama (but not Clinton)

It looks like some people are having second thoughts about their presidential vote in 2012. A new CNN/ORC International Poll says that, if the 2012 election where held today, Republican candidate Mitt Romney would defeat President Obama in the popular vote by 53%-44%. (Jackson/USA Today)



Woodbury native leaves senate job to work for Sweeney

After more than 31 years working in the United States Senate, Woodbury native Karin Elkis has left federal service to become the chief of staff for the Senate Democratic Caucus, working alongside state Senate President Steve Sweeney. (Imbesi/The South Jersey Times)



Mayor’s daily, early morning check of AC’s pulse

ATLANTIC CITY – Every mayor of this vexing town deals with its ghosts at some point and maybe that is why they are drawn to very physically take in the entire place every day. (Rosenberg/The Philadelphia Inquirer)




Jackson: Federal report on Newark police department may come back to haunt Cory Booker

When the U.S. Justice Department issued a damning report last week about civil-rights abuses by the Newark Police Department, Sen. Cory Booker — who served as the high-profile mayor of the city while the abuses were piling up — said the federal involvement was a positive step. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)



Political Insider: smooth sailing lately for WNY Mayor Felix Roque

Lately, West New York Mayor Felix Roque has been more content with his political life. It’s been smooth going, or “suavé.” (Torres/The Jersey Journal)



Fulop gets a free pass on his mini-Bridgegate: Moran

Two months after Gov. Chris Christie’s crew deliberately snarled traffic at the George Washington Bridge, another manufactured traffic jam bottled up one of Jersey City’s port terminals for several hours on consecutive days. (Moran/The Star-Ledger)



The time the RGA helped Christie win a landslide: The Auditor

The Republican Governors Association doesn’t pay for landslides, Gov. Chris Christie says. Except when it does. (The Auditor/Star-Ledger)

Morning Digest: July 28th