Morning Digest: August 21st

‘We believe in redemption’: Roque heads into 2015 with full backing of the HCDO

WEST NEW YORK – When local pain specialist Dr. Felix Roque delivered U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) from discomfort and restored him to the golf course, the congressman in return indulged the political fancies of his friend, which wound up causing Roque a world of hurt. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



CD3 race: Six years after Adler, Belgard faces a different set of challenges

The last time political observers in New Jersey witnessed an open seat race in South Jersey’s 3rd congressional district, it was in 2008, when the late John Adler, fighting for a post vacated by Jim Saxton, beat out the Republican competition to become the first Democrat to win in the red-leaning district in over a century. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



CD 1 race: Norcross campaign attacks Cobb for Facebook post

CAMDEN – The campaign of Donald Norcross, the Democratic candidate in the First Congressional District, sharply criticized Republican rival Garry Cobb on Wednesday for what the campaign asserts is a “disturbing pattern” in recent statements he has made. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Kyrillos on statewide, Monmouth GOP: “If New Jersey was run like Monmouth County, we’d be better off”

RED BANK – Joe Kyrillos’ perspective on New Jersey politics has roots in his Monmouth County home, but has stretched statewide because of a word critical in Garden State politics: relationships. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Sources: O’Dowd AG prospects ‘bleak’

He looked like a go for attorney general based on what insiders universally assess as a sterling record and statehouse likeability, but the mood around Kevin O’Dowd’s nomination has decidedly darkened. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Sires: ‘There’s despair in the air;’ Christie up against ‘right-wing agenda’ in prez bid

JERSEY CITY – Young people are despairing and the Democratic Party provides no hope, said U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8), in a sit down interview Tuesday with PolitickerNJ. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Billionaires silent after big splash

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, billionaire Michael Bloomberg and Citigroup exec Carlos Gutierrez gave immigration reform firepower last year, when they lent their money or names to the cause. (Palmer/Politico)



Lt. Gov. Guadagno signs bill requiring public high school students to learn CPR

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno signed a bill Wednesday mandating basic lifesaving medical training in the state’s public high schools. (Phillis/The Bergen Record)



Bergen County freeholders hire law firm to defend against public-records suit

The Bergen County Freeholders reluctantly agreed on Wednesday to pay up to $10,000 for an outside law firm to defend the county in a lawsuit filed by the Bergen County Democrats over a denial of their public records request. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)



Christie stumps for Kansas counterpart Brownback

KANSAS CITY, Kan.  — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie praised Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s leadership during a Wednesday stopover in the Midwest, hoping to give his fellow Republican a boost in the polls amid Brownback’s tougher-than-expected race against Democrat Paul Davis. (Hollingsworth/Associated Press)



U.S. Senate control could rest with well-funded women

WASHINGTON  — Control of the Senate could lie in the fortunes of female candidates and the deep-pocketed donors, like former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who are sending piles of cash their way. (Elliott/The Bergen Record)



Alternative water-tank sites could save Paterson’s Levine reservoir

The Passaic Valley Water Commission acknowledged for the first time that two Paterson sites could serve as alternatives to replacing the Stanley Levine Reservoir with huge concrete tanks, although both options come with significant engineering hurdles. (Cowen/The Record Record)



Belmar voters reject plans to build pavilions

BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — Belmar voters have rejected a plan to borrow $7 million to rebuild two beach pavilions that were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.



Baraka stores close to $40K for 2018 re-election campaign

Newark’s next mayoral election may be four years away, but at least one potential candidate is getting prepared. (Nix/The Star-Ledger)



Lonegan gets a new gig with group that employed Cory Booker U.S. Senate foe Jeff Bell

Steve Lonegan, the former Bogota mayor who has run for state and federal office six times in New Jersey, has landed a new gig. (The Auditor/The Star-Ledger)



New Jersey hotel settles Sandy price gouging case

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – A hotel in southern New Jersey has agreed to pay nearly $65,000 to settle allegations of price gouging in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the state attorney general’s office announced Wednesday.





Congress needs a long-term transportation investment plan

Projects can take years just to plan, design and acquire needed properties, and years more to actually construct. (Bartlett/for The Record) Morning Digest: August 21st