Morning Digest: August 25th

Winners and Losers: Week of the West New York Waterfront

WINNERS Felix Roque “Do you believe in miracles?” This is the renegade who was literally in leg-irons at the end of 2012, ready to buy a one-way ticket back to Cuba after he finished his prison term. But the mayor of West New York beat federal conspiracy hacking charges, and made peace with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ). This week at Son Cubano, the entire Hudson County Democratic establishment (including former Mayor Silverio “Sal” Vega, who was rumored to run) signaled their support for the incumbent mayor, who next year seeks a second term in office. (Politicker Staff)




Bramnick in Bergen: Paid sick leave laws part of “left-wing” Democrat plans for post-Christie future; Fulop objects

FAIR LAWN –  On a stop at a Bergen County hardware store, state Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) hit the Democrats with a figurative two-by-four, attacking the recent push for paid sick-leave legislation in New Jersey municipalities. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Ruiz seeks Hespe’s intervention in Newark School’s debacle

Senate Education Chair M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29) today conveyed her dismay over the condition of the Newark Public Schools in a sitdown with Acting Education Commissioner David Hespe. (Politicker Staff)



A push to reform how N.J. taxes heirs

New Jersey has some of the highest property tax bills in the country, something residents have cursed for years and lawmakers have promised to cure. (Reitmeyer/The Bergen Record)



The Christie-Giuliani connections

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has had a lot in common with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for a long time—two Northeast Republicans known for their tough talk, Italian-American roots and taste for the national spotlight. (Haddon/The Wall Street Journal)




NJ’s Sen. Cory Booker campaigns for Mark Udall, disses the other Cory

The other Cory — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, not Congressman Cory Gardner of Colorado who wants to unseat Sen. Mark Udall — implored Coloradans on Saturday to make the effort to ensure Udall wins his re-election bid. (Bartels/The Denver Post)




Bergen County armored vehicle plan may face scrutiny as Obama orders review of military gear for cops

President Obama has ordered a review of federal programs that supplied nearly half a billion dollars in military equipment to municipal police departments last year, amid criticism of the heavily armed response by local law enforcement agencies to protests in Ferguson, Mo. (Nakamura/Chokshi/The Washington Post)




A new playbook for hospitals: How investors pursue a financial turnaround

A century ago, a nun often stood outside a factory in the city of Passaic on paydays, holding a tin cup as she begged for donations to care for the poor at St. Mary’s Hospital. It was an era before health insurance, before Medicare and Medicaid, and before health care became the fastest growing sector of the American economy. (Washburn/The Bergen Record)




New Jersey towns giving wearable cameras to police

Police in Atlantic City are the latest of at least 20 law enforcement agencies in New Jersey to start wearing body cameras during patrols. (Mulvihill/The Associated Press)




New Jersey’s Weedman in fight to appear on the ballot

The perpetual political candidate who calls himself Weedman is in a legal struggle to get back on November’s ballot for a congressional seat. (Mulvihill/The Associated Press)




Perry slams Obama during New Hampshire appearances

Libya. Egypt. Israel. Syria. Ukraine. Iraq. Rick Perry ticked the countries off one-by-one, his list of what he terms President Barack Obama’s foreign policy failures. (Hernandez-Arthur/CNN)



Labor council blocks unions’ invite to Corbett

PITTSBURGH (AP) – An umbrella group for Pittsburgh-area labor unions has told Gov. Tom Corbett he can’t march in the city’s Labor Day parade, despite an invitation from at least two individual unions.




Democratic Governors Association gives $1.25 million to super PAC backing Malloy

HARTFORD >> Connecticut Forward, an independent expenditure Super PAC formed to help Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, has gotten a $1.25 million infusion of cash from the Democratic Governors Association. (O’Leary/The New Haven Register)




Pat Quinn’s magic number: 1 million

Ten weeks from Election Day, the race for Illinois governor is much different from last time—yet it still could be another nail-biter that comes down to turnout in Cook County. (Merrion/Crane’s)





Political Insider: Hudson Democrats bask in light of WNY mayor’s fundraiser

It was supposed to be a fundraising event for West New York Mayor Felix Roque. While he collected more than $100,000 from the $1,000-a-head gathering at the Son Cubano waterfront restaurant, it was obvious that the Hudson County Democratic Organization was in the spotlight here. (Torres/The Jersey Journal)



Scandals hiding in plain sight

The laboratories of democracy are blowing up. A rash of relatively convoluted, thoroughly unsexy political scandals involving governors is moving through the country. So many of them involve Republican presidential hopefuls that conspiracy theorists could argue they must be manufactured, or at least overhyped, by wily Democratic strategists. At least one Democratic governor has also been implicated, though. (Rampell/The Washington Post)

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