Morning Digest: July 30th


With looming deadline on bail reform, Christie calls Legislature into special session

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie is calling the legislature into special session Thursday to address recent bail reform legislation before a looming deadline next week, according to a letter from the governor’s office today. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Bramnick joins Brown in Atlantic City; says ‘we need to continue our commitment to the five-year plan’

ATLANTIC CITY – At a press conference on The World Famous Steel Pier here today, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) joined Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-2) and other Atlantic County officials in voicing his support for continuing the state’s commitment to a five-year plan that would revitalize the gambling mecca’s economy and keep casinos out of North Jersey. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



GOP gubernatorial gutcheck: names circulating toward a post-Christie landscape

A political insider this morning mentioned to PolitickerNJ that he thinks Gov. Chris Christie will stick it out through the end of his term if the feds drop indictments related to Bridgegate, compelled to stay in New Jersey – despite all the national bridge-building – by an unforgiving national media. (Politicker Staff)



Christie calls special legislative session for Thursday on bail reform

For the first time since 2012 when he pushed legislators to cut taxes, Governor Christie has called a special session of the Legislature for Thursday aimed at acting on bail reform, which is one of his top priorities and has the support of some Democrats. (Phillis/The Bergen Record)



Unions update lawsuits over New Jersey pensions

New Jersey public-employee unions suing to overturn Governor Christie’s decision to cut state contributions to the pension system filed new court papers Tuesday outlining the Legislature’s recent attempt to generate more money to cover the benefits of retired state workers. (Reitmeyer, Hayes/The Bergen Record)



Christie makes amends with mentor

They are unlikely political friends— Chris Christie, the brash former prosecutor who opposes abortion rights and is skeptical of environmental regulation, and Tom Kean Sr. , the courtly elder statesmen of New Jersey Republicanism, an abortion-rights supporter and conservationist. (Haddon/The Wall Street Journal)



New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to visit Biloxi Aug. 13

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be in Biloxi next month as he swings through the south as part of another jam-packed month of travel boosting Republican candidates.



Astorino hits Christie for Cuomo-event plan

ALBANY—Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino once again escalated his row with New Jersey governor Chris Christie, saying that a planned appearance at a whitewater rafting event hosted by Governor Andrew Cuomo would have been “a roundabout endorsement” of the Democratic incumbent. (Vielkind/Capital New York)



Rand Paul, Cory Booker tease each other on making DC ‘hot’ list

Mirror mirror on the wall, are Rand Paul and Cory Booker the most beautiful of them all? The answer is yes, at least according to an annual assessment of D.C.’s best-looking people. (Saenz/ABC News)



N.J. appeals court sides with Christie over Sweeney in Rutgers lawsuit

A state appeals court has upheld a controversial appointment Gov. Chris Christie made to Rutgers University’s Board of Governors last year, ruling against an effort by state Senate President Stephen Sweeney to reverse the move. (Johnson/The Star-Ledger)



Paterson police reaching out to neighboring towns in anti-crime effort

Paterson police officials have taken the first steps toward creating a regional law enforcement task force that would encompass towns that border the city, echoing a more comprehensive anti-crime initiative announced Monday to share law enforcement and social services with Newark and Jersey City. (Koloff/The Bergen Record)



Another cop sues Hackensack, claims ‘repeated acts of retaliation’

HACKENSACK — Months after the city settled the last of more than 20 civil rights lawsuits filed by police officers during the tumultuous final years of the disgraced police chief, another officer has filed a legal complaint peppered with familiar claims of intimidation and unfair punishment — this time under new Police Director Michael Mordaga. (Akin/The Bergen Record)





Stile: Bail reform could boost Christie

Holding forth before small, friendly crowds under a shaded gazebo at the Jersey Shore might be far more agreeable for Governor Christie than facing a State House chamber stuffed with stony-faced lawmakers, unhappy at being summoned back to Trenton for a special session of the Legislature. (Stile/The Bergen Record) Morning Digest: July 30th