Morning Digest: August 4th

Winners and Losers: Week of July 28th

WINNERS Chris Christie Confronted with the prospect of having to choke down a double whammy of losing seats in governors’ contests while spending time away from New Jersey, the governor this week racked up a win with his entreaty to pass bail reform. (Politicker Staff)



Christie snaps at reporter who asks about investigation

PARSIPPANY – Gov. Chris Christie took the head off of a reporter this afternoon who asked him about a law enforcement probe of his administration. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Christie says Scott Walker’s re-election in Wisconsin ‘huge’ priority for RGA

PARSIPPANY – Any devilish notions political junkies might have had about Gov. Chris Christie letting a potential rival sink unassisted during his re-election campaign went belly up at his press conference this afternoon. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



‘Unless there are changes made to the system itself, we cannot tax our citizens enough, even if we wanted to,’ governor says

PARSIPPANY -Gov. Chris Christie this afternoon tried a flanking move in his public pensions and benefits chess game with the Democratic Legislature, leaning on the optics of what he promised will be an apolitical squad of fiscal experts. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



At Christie’s urging, Assembly to vote Monday on bail reform

Governor Christie’s renewed push for bail reform will be decided Monday after he urged lawmakers during a special joint session of the Legislature on Thursday to act immediately. (Phillis/The Bergen Record)



In dealing with Chris Christie, NJ Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto is the wild card

Just weeks before Vincent Prieto became speaker of the state Assembly, the former body-builder vowed that the lower house would be more muscular in its dealings with Gov. Chris Christie and the state Senate. (Friedman/The Star-Ledger)



Exclusive: George Pataki rips Chris Christie for failing to support Rob Astorino’s bid for N.Y. governor

ALBANY — Three years after urging Chris Christie to run for president, former New York Gov. George Pataki is now taking him to task for turning his back on the Republican candidate who is trying to unseat Gov. Cuomo. (Lovett/The Daily News)



Hillary Clinton’s fee for a hometown speech: free

Hillary Rodham Clinton apparently gives a steep hometown discount. The former secretary of state, who regularly commands $200,000 for speeches, returned to her adopted hometown, Chappaqua, N.Y., on Sunday to address seven high school seniors at their graduation from a summer scholarship program. In this instance, she spoke for free. (Mueller/The New York Times)



Sen. Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton not ‘fit to lead the country’

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Hillary Clinton is not “fit to lead the country” Friday, mocking the former secretary of state’s comments about her wealth and condemning her response to the September 2012 attack on a U.S. facility in Benghazi. (Miller/CBS News)



Philly mom faces jailtime due to New Jersey’s strict gun laws

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — When Shaneen Allen was pulled over in New Jersey last year, the Philadelphia woman assumed it would be a routine traffic stop. (Shipkowski/The Associated Press)



New Jersey flights check for pollution at shore

OVER THE JERSEY SHORE (AP) – The image on a satellite photo snapped by NASA showed a big green arrow off the New Jersey coastline, starting in New York Harbor and spanning almost to Atlantic City. (Parry/The Associated Press)



U.S. Sen. Booker wants to be bridge builder for issues

The Department of Veterans Affairs is getting a $17 million house cleaning. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker was one of the senators who cosponsored the bill and he told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that he worked with people across the aisle on the issue, which means a lot to New Jerseyans. (Williams/NJTV)



A senator’s second wind

Democratic State Senator Ray Lesniak has been in the legislature and a key power broker in New Jersey politics for decades. Now, as Sen Lesniak’s career gets a new lease on life, he talks with Michael Aron about power plays and new and enduring priorities. (Aron/NJTV)





Kelly: Three mayors in new approach to combat crime

SUMMER is not generally considered the best time to fix the government. But on a sun-washed patch of sidewalk last week in Jersey City, not far from some of the city’s most violent neighborhoods, three mayors decided to form a loose coalition to combat crime. (Kelly/The Bergen Record)



Racism in the bail reform? Not so fast: Moran

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference was a beacon of moral leadership in the days when it was run by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (Moran/The Star-Ledger)



Jeff Bell’s surging senate race against Cory Booker

In his Senate run against Cory Booker, Republican Jeff Bell is doing nothing the experts tell you a candidate should do — and everything they say you shouldn’t. But here’s the extraordinary thing: He continues to close the gap against a man who is supposed to be “unbeatable.” (The New York Post)



Morning Digest: August 4th