Morning Digest: August 28th

Chris Christie’s Jekyll & Hyde complex

We all know the story: An amiable, even-keeled doctor, in an effort to separate the good from his darker impulses, concocts and consumes a secret potion that, momentarily, induces a metamorphosis of physical and mental being and turns him into a monstrous and unconscionable brute. Things go OK for a while, the doctor reveling in his cleverness and scientific acumen, but the experiment doesn’t last: The doctor soon finds himself unable to control the brute within, changing over more frequently and for longer intervals, until one day he wakes up permanently transfigured and ultimately exacts his own demise. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Ferguson 2014, Newark 1967: Could New Jersey’s largest city see mass unrest again?

NEWARK – The images of exploding Molotov cocktails lighting up the brutal, after-dark duel between protesters and police in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri earlier this month served to spur memories of the days that ripped apart Newark’s soul in 1967. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Fight of the Week: Christie versus Shumlin

Republican Governors Association Chairman Chris Christie versus Democratic Governors Association Chairman Peter Shumlin. It was hard to escape the optics: Christie zooming down to Arkansas for another campaign event, while Shumlin soaked up victory in his own low-key, low-turnout primary election. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Four North Jersey Democratic organizations come together in Lyndhurst

They crowded into the San Carlo in Lyndhurst this afternoon, not just the chairs of the four northern Democratic counties, but their attendant lower legislative delegations, for what amounted to a show of political power. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




WNY: Munoz says Menendez should stay clear of Roque

Newly returned from vacation, lame duck Hudson County Freeholder Jose Munoz surveyed the waterfront from afar as a raft-load of Democratic Party establishment insiders feasted on high-end finger food in the company of incumbent Mayor Felix Roque. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bell releases first ad on the radio

Republican U.S. Senate nominee Jeff Bell today released his first ad – a radio ad highlighting his gold standard proposal. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Exclusive: GOP poll of women: party ‘stuck in past’

A detailed report commissioned by two major Republican groups — including one backed by Karl Rove — paints a dismal picture for Republicans, concluding female voters view the party as “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion” and “stuck in the past.” (Sherman, Palmer/Politico)




Romney breaks away in Iowa

The day after Mitt Romney opened the door to another possible presidential run, a new poll shows he has a huge lead among likely 2016 Iowa Republican caucus voters. (Topaz, Brietman/Politico)




Sen. Barnes: bills would address sexual assaults on college campuses

A White House task force asserts one in five women is sexually assaulted while in college. Now the task force is partnering with Rutgers University to pilot a project that would be a model for schools across the country and a bill in Congress would fine colleges that fail to investigate reports. Sen. Peter Barnes III (D-18) told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that sexual assaults are a crisis and that he has put forward three bills for colleges to deal with the issue. (Williams/NJTV)




New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie campaigns for Asa Hutchinson

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is getting a taste of the south while making campaign stops on behalf of Asa Hutchinson in the governor’s race.




GWB probe: N.J. lawmakers subpoena AT&T for Christie aide’s phone records

Lawmakers investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closings are going after the telephone records of a top Christie aide, employing a new tactic in an apparent challenge to the aide’s earlier sworn testimony. (Boburg/The Bergen Record)




Bergen County freeholders discuss guidelines for military vehicles

The debate over the militarization of law enforcement in Bergen County reverberated at Wednesday’s Freeholder Board meeting, where a full-throated discussion took place over the wisdom of the Sheriff’s Office accepting two military surplus armored vehicles. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)



Bergen County Democratic freeholder requests inquiry into Donovan fundraising

A skirmish broke out this week over campaign contributions — not in the current race for Bergen County Executive — but in the contest four years ago, when Republican Kathleen Donovan was elected. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)




Englewood vigil concerned with use of deadly police force against minorities prays for healing, change

ENGLEWOOD — Civil rights leaders, county and municipal politicians and clergy in North Jersey called for unity and healing at a prayer vigil Wednesday that followed weeks of national attention and protests about the killings of unarmed black males by police. (Morrison/The Bergen Record)




Paterson businesses offer mixed reaction to proposed commercial curfew

PATERSON – David Gonzalez sees the dangers of staying open late at night from a perspective that most other city merchants cannot understand. (Malinconico/The Paterson Press)



N.J.’s Liberty National Golf Course gets 2017 Presidents Cup

Liberty National Golf Course will host the Presidents Cup in 2017 as part of a 25-year agreement that will bring the big-name international golf tournament as well as 10 other tour events to Jersey City, Governor Christie’s office announced Tuesday. (Phillis/The Bergen Record)




Christie says there’s no reason for Southern voters not to support a Northeast Republican in 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — If Gov. Chris Christie ultimately decides to mount a presidential campaign, he sees no reason he wouldn’t get support from Southern voters. (Arco/PolitickerNJ)




Defying allies, key lawmaker holds out for comprehensive Port Authority reforms

TRENTON — Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who is largely responsible for launching an investigation into the controversial lane closings at the George Washington Bridge that may derail Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential ambitions, has colleagues perplexed. (Strunsky/The Star-Ledger)




Trenton voters will decide on mandatory paid sick leave in November ballot question

TRENTON — It will be up to Trenton voters to decide if they want the city to require private businesses to pay employees for sick days. (Pizzi/The Times of Trenton)




Gov. Chris Christie talks sea wall in Sea Bright today

The Christie administration’s Shore focus for the last week of summer involves the governor himself on this Thursday, August 28th, 2014 … (Symons/Gannett)






Cumo enabled Christie’s tunnelgate

Last year, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s appointees blocked traffic at the toll booths feeding the George Washington Bridge. What has been dubbed Bridgegate created several hours of chaos, danger and inconvenience for thousands of commuters. (Teachout/for The Daily News) Morning Digest: August 28th