Morning Digest: August 29th

Belmar mayor’s race: a wave of post-Sandy project politics stirs up seaside Monmouth borough

BELMAR – When Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty rolled out his re-election campaign in February, he did so still basking in the glow of what many residents of the 6,000-person Monmouth County seaside borough saw as a star performance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Faith, labor, and civil rights leaders convene in Camden to demand justice for Michael Brown

CAMDEN –  The protests in Ferguson, MO, may have dissipated as national outrage over the killing of an unarmed black teen slowly fades to a whisper, but that hasn’t stopped justice-seeking activist in New Jersey from continuing to embrace the cause: justice for Michael Brown.





Christie says Baraka should run the city not the schools

SEA BRIGHT – Back in New Jersey after an RGA swing through Arkansas yesterday, Gov. Chris Christie slapped at Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Speaking Spanish isn’t a pre-requisite for the presidency, Christie says

SEA BRIGHT – Queried by NJTV reporter David Cruz in the lead up to his trip to Mexico next month, Gov. Chris Christie, not a hair out of place on the shore as he sandwiched a quick New Jersey appearance between RGA stops on the national trail, said speaking Spanish isn’t a pre-requisite for the presidency. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Governor says he will vote ‘no’ on open space ballot question, blasts politicians seeking more gun regs

SEA BRIGHT – Gov. Chris Christie derided as irresponsible an open space measure on the November ballot secured earlier this month by the legislature. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Singer on the news out of Israel: ‘tragically sad’

State Sen. Bob Singer (R-30) confirmed the discovery of a body by Israeli authorities in the forest where Lakewood student Aaron Sofer went missing last Friday. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Christie keeps high profile as N.Y. Bridge probes advance

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s schedule is packed with travel, from fundraising events for fellow Republicans around the U.S. to trade meetings next month in Mexico. (Young, Dopp, Voreacos/Bloomberg News)




Bergen County sheriff puts use of armored military vehicles on hold

The Bergen County sheriff said Thursday he will delay using armored military vehicles until state and federal officials complete their reviews of the program under which police departments across the country acquired the surplus equipment free. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)




As Ferriero’s trial nears, political issues in play

With a new chapter in the corruption case against Joseph A. Ferriero, the once-powerful former Bergen County Democratic Party chairman, set to play out in federal court this fall, Republicans contend that the past remains relevant in county politics today. (Sudol, Ensslin/The Bergen Record)




Committee on shut lanes subpoenas cellphone records of a top Christie aide

The New Jersey legislative committee investigating the mysterious closing of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge last September has subpoenaed a cellphone carrier in an effort to uncover text messages exchanged by Gov. Chris Christie and a top aide as the governor’s administration sought to contain the fallout from the ensuing scandal. (Zernike/The New York Times)




Christie announces sea wall rebuild, answers questions in Sea Bright

The governor was back in the bosom of Monmouth County today, announcing an $8 million project to rebuild a section of the sea wall along the beach in Sea Bright. (Cruz/NJTV)




Christie: no point visiting border on Mexico trip

SEA BRIGHT, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie says there’s no point in him making a trip to the border while he’s in Mexico next week, despite criticizing the president for not doing the same.




Revel closing but property fight goes on

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A casino piano tuner in Atlantic City is fighting the state’s attempt to seize his late parents’ house as part of a redevelopment project connected to the closing Revel Hotel Casino.




Obama’s ‘strategy’ misfire

President Barack Obama tried to get himself a bit more political space Thursday to make a decision about whether to expand the U.S military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria, but in so doing he may have dealt himself a significant political blow by suggesting that his policy on the issue is adrift. (Gerstein/Politico)






Vote for the (alleged) crooks!

Laugh off the investigation. Ignore it. Or shake your ass with Jimmy Fallon. Three governors who have been seriously floated as possible contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 are under investigation in their home states. How they are coping varies dramatically. Texas Governor Rick Perry seems to have benefited from his troubles; New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was declared dead and is now bobbing back into the running; and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has mostly stayed quiet, perhaps thinking that ignoring the scandal will make it go away. (Nuzzi/The Daily Beast)




Here’s my plan for expanding gambling

Since 1978, casino gaming in Atlantic City has been an economic generator for all of New Jersey. At its peak, Atlantic City casinos employed more than 40,000 people. As part of the pact to allow gaming in New Jersey, the people made a commitment to assist senior citizens and individuals with disabilities with getting access to prescriptions and other desperate needs. Atlantic City has delivered on its promise; in 2006, gaming revenue reached a height of $5.2 billion. (Sweeney/for The Press of Atlantic City) Morning Digest: August 29th