Morning Digest: August 15th

Christie ‘thinking’ about presidential run 

OCEAN CITY – Gov. Chris Christie may not have a solid answer to the question of whether he’ll run in 2016’s Republican primary just yet, but he seems to be growing more comfortable with the question. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Christie sizes up national political scene at town hall: ‘We are at a tipping point’

OCEAN CITY – In a tirade against Barack Obama’s policies as U.S. President at one of his summer town halls here today, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he’s “embarrassed” that he has to pay $3 dollars for his kids’ prescriptions when he goes to  his local pharmacy. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Christie makes Atlantic City a top priority at latest town hall

OCEAN CITY – Premature whispers and perked ears greeted a lonely U.S. Rep. Frank Lobiondo as he entered the Ocean City Music Pier here today ahead of Gov. Chris Christie, who found himself tied up with sunscreen-greasy handshakes and polite greetings with eager beachgoers on the boardwalk outside. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Who would be best positioned to succeed Fulop as mayor of Jersey City?

Everyone in the New Jersey political establishment is watching the 2016 presidential election, and gaming the dominos that lead to the door mat on the front steps of Drumthwacket. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



On redemption, repentance, and a Jim McGreevey comeback: Is it in the cards?

Since leaving the governor’s desk 10 years ago, Jim McGreevey has resigned himself to a quiet life of worship and personal reflection that, from the looks of it, couldn’t be farther cry from his days in Trenton. One gets the impression, from talking to him, of a man who’s gone through deep, personal reform, and whose last concern is the political ambition that defined his younger years. “It’s profoundly different,” he says when asked how his life today compares with that of his past. “Hopefully it’s about my sense of trying to contribute and trying to give back to the community.” (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Middlesex crossroads: developing guv’s race places Central Jersey county in battleground column

Once the towering inferno of John Lynch, the Middlesex County Democratic Organization now tries to refashion on those charred remains, something out of Chris Christie’s squeak-out win over Jon Corzine (2009), his trouncing of home county candidate Barbara Buono (2013), and Bonnie Watson Coleman’s 2014 demolition of Linda Greenstein. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Fox beats Demofonte in rematch to become new NJ FOP president

Bob Fox of Cherry Hill today became the NJ Fraternal Order of Police’s (FOP) new president at the cops’ labor meeting in Pennsylvania. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Sources: Guv hopeful Murphy continues to make the party rounds

PolitickerNJ tossed the name “Phil Murphy” at a morning woman jogger Thursday and received a dumbfounded look tinged with irritability. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Christie faces angry casino workers ahead of town hall

On the day after he announced a two-day summit next month on the future of Atlantic City, casino workers worried about layoffs awaited Gov. Chris Christie’s arrival. (Aron/NJTV)



Senate Pres. Sweeney says officials are missing information on integrity report

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the state hired an integrity monitor to make sure no fraud or abuse happened while distributing aid, but Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) has called it a whitewash. Sweeney told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that not all the necessary information to determine how the job was being done was available. (NJTV)



NJ Sierra Club Director: fracking bill’s about clean water, not politics

Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have banned fracking waste from being trucked across the Garden State. New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that the fracking bill is not an issue about politics, it is about clean water. (NJTV)



Court crisis in Bergen County nears end as N.J. lawmakers agree on six of seven judicial nominees

Bergen County’s state senators said Thursday they were all but finished with their deal to move seven backlogged judicial nominations and end a stalemate that has threatened to all but shut down the court system in the county. (Phillis/The Bergen Record)



House Democrat unveils bill to demilitarize local police

WASHINGTON — A Democratic congressman plans to introduce a bill to restrict a Defense Department program that provides machine guns and other surplus military equipment for free to local law enforcement agencies across the country. (Daly/Associated Press)



New Jersey’s jobless rate inches down

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey’s unemployment rate edged down one-tenth of a percent in July to 6.5 percent, but still remains above the national average of 6.2 percent. (Associated Press)



Caesars AC: security guard among 8 arrested

ATLANTIC CITY – A recently-fired casino security guard used his knowledge of when and where large sums of money would change hands to help plan and pull off a daring robbery that netted more than $180,000, authorities said Thursday. (Associated Press)



Rep. Holt in Manville to deliver mail and a message

MANVILLE – Robert Ahr has been delivering mail since 1993 after retiring from the Army. In less than four years he will be eligible to retire from the U.S. Postal Service, but his goal is to keep working. (Bichao/Gannett)





Simplify Pay-to-Play with one state law

A lone PAC contribution to Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson’s campaign highlights the need for pay-to-play reform in New Jersey. (Brindle/for PolitickerNJ)


Morning Digest: August 15th