Morning Digest: August 20th

Bergen County Exec’s race: Fort Lee Mayor Sokolich sees Bridgegate investigations as potential election catalyst

FORT LEE – Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich was the emcee of Tuesday’s meet-and-greet event at the Richard A. Nest Adult Activity Center in his Bergen County borough, introducing U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr., (D-9) to the lunchtime crowd of about 50 people. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Christie on Ferguson shooting: ‘Give the justice system an opportunity to play itself out’

LONG BRANCH – As protests in Ferguson, MO, continue to rage this week over the shooting of an unarmed black teen by local police, Gov. Chris Christie today urged observers of the controversy to use discretion when forming judgments based on media reports and headlines, especially when it comes to making “generalizations” about law enforcement officers. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Bergen County Exec’s race: Tedesco, Pascrell see certain synergy in South Bergen

FORT LEE – If Democratic Bergen County Executive candidate Jim Tedesco hopes to win in the fall, he will have to make inroads in a place where the streets are familiar to Republican incumbent Kathleen Donovan: South Bergen County. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Christie talks pension reform, Atlantic City and Bruce Springsteen at latest town hall: ‘ I know him and you’re wrong’

LONG BRANCH – Gov. Chris Christie kicked off another installment of his “No pain, No gain” town hall  summer series here today as the season closes in on Labor Day, but this conversation at the Jersey Shore was different in at least one way than those he’s held in weeks past. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Booker, Pascrell support Obama response to Ferguson civil disturbances

FORT LEE – A convergence of state and local officials outside of a Bergen County senior center is a far cry from the fevered streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the Saint Louis suburb continues to be roiled by unrest more than a week after an unarmed black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Rice calls on Education Commissioner, Attorney General to launch Newark public schools investigation

NEWARK – As the school year starts anew under a controversial reorganization plan that has had community members and lawmakers at odds, state Sen. Ronald Rice (D-28) is again calling on top state education and law enforcement officials to investigate administrative and fiscal mishandlings within Newark’s public school system. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



U.S. Sen. Booker meets with football team in Wayne, senior citizens in Fort Lee

WAYNE — U.S. Senator Cory Booker visited constituents in North Jersey on Tuesday, sharing stories of his football career with the Wayne Hills High School football team before going to Fort Lee to discuss Medicare and Social Security with senior citizens in Fort Lee. (Park, Tat/The Bergen Record)



No arrest for Gov. Perry, but mug shot to be taken

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge opted Monday not to issue an arrest warrant against Gov. Rick Perry, but the Republican still faces the unflattering prospect of being booked, fingerprinted and having his mug shot taken — and has assembled a team of high-powered attorneys to fight the two felony counts of abuse of power against him.



Hopeworks aims to increase understanding, reduce crime in Camden

Fourteen-year-old Saiheem Lewis recalled the day his now imprisoned father came home drunk or drugged again and went after Saiheem’s mother with a knife. (Hill/NJTV)



Asw. Stender: NJ has lost health care for women

For the fifth year in a row, state funding for women’s health clinics has been cut — this time by $7.5 million. Six women’s health clinics that provided routine checkups and cancer screenings have closed. Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-22) told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that the women’s health clinics provide various services. (NJTV)



Christie campaigns in Kansas, Oklahoma today

Another day on the out-of-state campaign trail for the governor on this Wednesday, August 20th, 2014. (Symons/Asbury Park Press)



Passaic Council introduces measure requiring all employers to provide paid sick leave

PASSAIC — The city council on Tuesday introduced an ordinance to require all private-sector employers to provide their workers with paid sick leave. (Cowen/The Bergen Record)



Political Insider: Is Mayor Roque gaining while opposition is waning?

The acceptance of West New York Mayor and Dr. Felix Roque by the Hudson County Democratic Organization has led to the mayor hosting a fundraising event tonight at the Son Cubano restaurant on the North Hudson waterfront that seems more of a unity rally than a Cuban criollo dining experience. (Torres/The Jersey Journal)

  Morning Digest: August 20th