Morning Digest: August 22nd

Fight of the Week: Donovan v. Pascrell

Fight of the Week Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan v. U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Paramus mayor’s race: Candidates in closely-divided Bergen borough spar over taxes, towing issues

PARAMUS – When voters go to the polls in November to pick between the two Paramus mayoral candidates, the decision could come down to two issues starting with the letter T: taxes and towing. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Rep. Garrett’s office apologizes for photo used in Facebook ad

Rep. Scott Garrett’s office apologized for mistakenly using a picture of what appears to be a medal-laden Russian military uniform in his Facebook ad that asks people to “LIKE my page to learn what I’m doing to support veteran’s benefits.” (Jackson/The Bergen Record)



Clinton, Cuomo trump Christie in New York, new 2016 poll shows

A new poll shows voters in neighboring New York heavily favor a pair of familiar Democrats — their former U.S. senator, Hillary Clinton, and their current governor, Andrew Cuomo — over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and other Republicans in a hypothetical 2016 presidential race. (Johnson/The Star-Ledger)



Paterson officials say businesses must close at midnight

Tresia Magee has lived in this Paterson hotspot for 40 years and welcomes the city’s attempt to cut crime by telling businesses lights out at midnight starting the second week of September. (Hill/NJTV)



Christie deciding whether to sign 39 bills

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s Legislature is on break, but there is still some intrigue in the Statehouse over how Gov. Chris Christie will deal with 39 bills lawmakers passed in June.



Rep. Lance: Congress needs to work in bipartisan manner

New Jersey is the second slowest state in the nation in processing Supplemental Nutrition Aid applications and the state could lose federal aid if it doesn’t get fixed. Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7) told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that Congress could work together in a bipartisan manner to make sure that does not happen. (Williams/NJTV)


Nutley mayor ‘upset’ about stabbing incident at his Lyndhurst club

A 21-year-old East Orange man turned himself in to police after authorities sought him for allegedly stabbing a man in Nutley Mayor Alphonse Petracco’s nightclub parking lot in Lyndhurst on Monday, Aug. 11. (Kukaj/The Bergen Record)






Opinion: Gov. Chris Christie’s costly legal bills are mounting burden for N.J. taxpayers

The good people of New Jersey, already shelling out top dollar to keep their cash-strapped state running, have a new burden to carry: their governor’s legal bills. (The Times of Trenton)



Five ideas for strengthening the state’s political parties

An August 15, 2014 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Chesler reaffirmed the place of political parties in the State’s electoral system. (Brindle/for PolitickerNJ)



Opinion: U.S. stance on Israeli-Palestinian conflict weakens Israel

SINCE THE founding of Israel in 1948, it has been the bedrock of U.S. foreign policy to support Israel politically, economically and militarily. The one inviolate rule was that Israel must always retain its qualitative military superiority. Until now, both political parties have in a very non-partisan manner adhered to this principal. (Yudin/for The Bergen Record)



Ervolino: Bergen County has long list of legends who couldn’t make the cut

Former President Richard Nixon didn’t make the cut. Actor James Gandolfini did. Nixon opened trade to China, initiated detente with the Soviets, said “Sock it to me” on “Laugh-In” and insisted he wasn’t a crook. (Ervolino/The Bergen Record)

Morning Digest: August 22nd