Morning Digest: August 6th

U.S. Senate race: senior Christie adviser Palatucci vows fundraising help for Bell

NEWARK – Bill Palatucci, one of Gov. Chris Christie’s senior and most trusted advisers, told PolitickerNJ that he was in the process of organizing a fundraising event on behalf of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bell. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



CD3: Belgard demands that MacArthur divest from Russian and Chinese oil companies

Money made GOP power brokers comfortable with Tom MacArthur’s CD3 candidacy and now MacArthur’s general election opponent wants to make voters uncomfortable with the Republican’s money. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Garcia’s problems provide view into changing Hoboken

HOBOKEN – The scene inside Hoboken City Hall on Monday night could be well-described in one word: explosive. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



When it comes to guv plans, everyone wants to hang out with Passaic’s Jeff Gardner

Running for Passaic County clerk in a final reversal of gains the GOP made on Gov. Chris Christie’s 2009 coattails, Hawthorne Democratic Committee Chairman Jeff Gardner tonight welcomes Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) to a Brownstone fundraiser as yet another Democrat curious about statewide designs lands in the oddly shaped northern county. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Christie the unifier as four candidates vie to succeed retiring Brannigan as FOP prez

One of the most interesting races of the season doesn’t involve congress or mayor or future implications for governor, but the presidency of the New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police, where four men face off next week in a town-by-town lodge war to succeed retiring President Ed Brannigan (pictured). (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Sources: Brown to get through November election – then run for governor

Evesham Mayor Randy Brown has to get through this year to win a third term as mayor of the Burlington County town, pop. 45,000 plus. He does that – and he plans to run for governor, say Burlington GOP sources. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Analysis: Atlantic City casino closing may deal deep pain

New Jersey’s unemployment rate is dropping and tax revenue is ticking up, but casino trouble in Atlantic City appears to be threatening that recovery, and it comes as key political leaders are considering an end to the seaside resort’s monopoly on legalized gambling. (Reitmeyer/The Bergen Record)



Bergen joins counties with judge shortage

Bergen County Assignment Judge Peter Doyne has a problem on his hands. The number of judges in his courthouse is about to take a hit. (Aron/NJTV)



Christie signs ban on ivory sales, purchases

New Jersey has become the first state to ban the sale or import of ivory and rhinoceros horns in a bid to stem the state’s role as a major hub in the illegal trade of such products. (O’Neill/The Bergen Record)



The House GOP’s enduring civil war

The emergency immigration bill House Speaker John Boehner initially proposed last week was never going to become law — and he knew it. President Obama had already promised a veto, so the bill was mostly a political message, designed to show that House Republicans could act decisively in a crisis. (McManus/Associated Press)



NJ lawmaker wants to change gun law

When Allen was pulled for a routine traffic stop in Atlantic City last year she told the officer that she had a handgun in her car for which she had a Pennsylvania concealed carry permit. That permit doesn’t cross state lines and Allen’s ignorance of New Jersey’s strict gun laws doesn’t help her. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that on Tuesday, a judge refused to overturn a decision by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s office that would have blocked Allen’s bid to enter a pretrial program geared toward nonviolent offenders. (McArdle/101.5)



Poll: Christie trails Clinton in New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton among New Jersey voters surveyed in a poll about the 2016 presidential race.



Push is on for paid sick days in New Jersey cities

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A group is pushing to require businesses in six New Jersey cities to offer workers paid sick leave. An ordinance was introduced Monday in East Orange.



Bogota mayor says councilman hit him in closed session

BOGOTA — Mayor Tito Jackson said Councilman Evaristo Burdiez Jr. took a swing at him in a closed session discussion of the budget Tuesday night. (Morrison/The Bergen Record)



Paterson mayor looks to appoint three new judges

PATERSON – In an effort to resolve a backlog of cases, Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres is seeking to appoint three lawyers to vacant municipal judge positions. (Paterson Times)



Newark Mayor Ras Baraka seeks transitional aid, state oversight

Mayor Ras Baraka said today his administration was seeking aid from the state to address Newark’s looming budget crisis, even if the money comes with strings attached. (Nix/The Star-Ledger)



Hillary Clinton drops in on The Colbert Report to plug memoir

Hillary Clinton and Stephen Colbert went head-to-head in the name game on Tuesday night when the former Secretary of State made an unannounced visit to the Colbert Report. (Jenkins/Time)



Lenfest names himself publisher of Inquirer, Daily News,

Earlier this summer, new Interstate General Media Owner H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest said in an interview that his chief task would be to find a new publisher to oversee and unite Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and (Blumenthal/Philadelphia Business Journal)






Christie and the Bushes: made by W, undone by Jeb?

The Washington Post has a piece today that puts in print what every Republican close to Gov. Chris Christie has muttered lately. (Politicker Staff)



It’s pronounced ‘Haven-STEIN’

Veteran Republican operative Pete Sheridan will leave the Republican State Committee where he now serves as deputy executive political director. (Politicker Staff)



LD33 Outburst: Carmelo’s quandary

The firing last night of Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director Carmelo Garcia doesn’t bode well for him holding onto his assembly seat. (Politicker Staff)





Fulop: Jersey City, Paterson, Newark united front will improve each city

Crime recognizes few boundaries — urban or suburban. That’s why it’s so important to have police departments cooperate as regional crime fighters, especially to slow the movement of guns and drugs. But fighting crime is more than just good police work. (Fulop/for The Jersey Journal)

Morning Digest: August 6th