Morning Digest: August 13th

Fight of the week: Ruiz v. Sarlo

As he tours North Jersey as part of a summer shore-up swing, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) this afternoon has scheduled events with both state Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36) and state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29). (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



On 10th anniversary of “gay American” speech, Sweeney “disappointed” that former N.J. Gov. McGreevey resigned

HACKENSACK – On the tenth anniversary of the speech that turned New Jersey politics on its ear, state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), a potential gubernatorial candidate, assessed the short time in office of the man who left the Trenton stage a decade ago under intense scrutiny: former Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevey. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Former LD13 campaign manager indicted in fradulent robocall investigation

An investigation by a Monmouth County Grand Jury into a 4 a.m. robocall that occurred the morning of the Republican primary last year smacked indictments on at least one person yesterday, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Sarlo squires Sweeney on first leg of senate president’s TTF tour

LYNDHURST – They came in waves of black sedans through the rain with young men, umbrellas in hand, leading the way on foot across the drab post industrial parking lot, the local diner a mashed accordion of metal  across the street and the bridge in the background looking like the soon-to-be-demolished set piece in a Ben Gazzara movie. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Sarlo on potential future Senate President spot: “There is no talk of who the next Senate President is”

HACKENSACK – State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), the potential gubernatorial hopeful from South Jersey, toured North Jersey on Tuesday, perhaps testing the waters of the communities alongside the Hackensack and Passaic rivers for a statewide run. Among those at his side in Hackensack was state Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36), one of Bergen County’s boldface politicians. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Fulop plays in Burlington County freeholder contest

In a classic skunk at the garden party political move, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop plans to boost the fortunes of Burlington County Democrats next month at a crabfest fundraiser for the pushed-around party organization’s freeholder ticket. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



MacArthur calls DCCC attack ad ‘repulsive’; Belgard For Congress returns fire

A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee-sponsored television ad targeting the Republican nominee in CD3 — one of two cable ads the committee released today in the lead up to the November election — has the dueling campaigns of Tom McArthur and Democratic hopeful Aimee Belgard at it again. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Without McGreevey, no Christie, experts say

TRENTON On Aug. 12, 2004, Gov. James E. McGreevey decided to come clean with himself, his family and the voters. Announcing he was a “gay American,” McGreevey told the nation he was resigning and ending the political career he had spent decades building. (Symons/Gannett)



Sweeney visits Hackensack University Medical Center cancer center to tout medical care

Senate President Stephen Sweeney toured the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center Tuesday to highlight what he said was the state’s high quality medical facilities. (Phillis/The Bergen Record)



Christie campaigning in Maine, Alabama, Mississippi

BANGOR, Maine   — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the Republican Governors Association will spend millions in Maine to help Gov. Paul LePage win another term. (Hayes/The Bergen Record)



Ice water dumped on Chris Christie

NEW YORK — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is proving again he doesn’t mind a little humiliation. The Republican on Tuesday posted on his Facebook page a video showing two of his kids dumping a bucket of ice water on his head. (Associated Press)



How to sum up Chris Christie in one word? ‘Bridges,’ Rand Paul says.

Quick — what’s the first word that pops into your head when you hear Chris Christie’s name? (Sullivan/Washington Post)


Remarks were not an attack, Hillary Clinton tells Obama

Hillary Rodham Clinton called President Obama on Tuesday to assure him that comments she made in a recent interview with The Atlantic were not intended “to attack him, his policies or his leadership,” according to a statement released by Mrs. Clinton’s spokesman. (Chozick/The New York Times)


1st Congressional District remains without representative

An office park in Haddon Heights. The signage says “Office of Congressman Rob Andrews,” but Andrews resigned six months ago. (Aron/NJTV)



Deadline to clear up health law eligibility nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says the clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health law.



Camden County deals with overcrowded jail

“We’re overcrowded,” said Camden County Department of Corrections Warden David Owens. (Wanko/NJTV)



Poll: with Revel closing, is it time to build casinos in North Jersey?

In 2010, the Revel Casino Hotel was the cornerstone of a plan by Gov. Chris Christie to revitalize Atlantic City and reverse its slumping fortunes. Today, the Revel said it will close down in September and lay off more than 3,100 workers. (Rizzo/The Star-Ledger)






Is Cory Booker in danger of getting his bell rung by Jeff Bell?

New Jersey’s political establishment was thrown into a mini-tizzy with the release last week of a poll which showed U.S. Sen. Cory Booker leading his largely unknown opponent, Jeff Bell, by only 10 points. (Golden/NJ Spotlight)



Assembly Speaker Prieto doesn’t get it on ethics: Editorial

The most powerful man in New Jersey’s Assembly, Speaker Vincent Prieto, has three public jobs and is now consulting on the side for private clients whose names he will not reveal. (Star-Ledger Editorial Board)

Morning Digest: August 13th