Morning Digest: September 10th

Christie ‘growing weary’ of implication that he’s neglected NJGOP

CAMDEN – Lest fellow politickers mistake his recent out-of-state travels or his red-on-blue bonding with compatriots across the aisle over issues like bail reform and Atlantic City as a mix-up of priorities, Gov. Chris Christie this afternoon found himself stomping out notions that he’s advanced his own political ambitions at the expense of the state’s Republican party. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




At school visit, Christie praises Camden by deriding Newark

CAMDEN – Gov. Chris Christie, on a visit to the Octavius V. Catto Community Family School here today, said the “renaissance” Camden’s school district has undergone in the last year should serve as a model for “other places” in the state currently struggling through their own education reforms — specifically in Newark, where the school year there has begun under a haze of ongoing controversy. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Fight of the Week: Atlantic City versus Fort Lee

Fort Lee – Anywhere with screaming cliff hawks has the potential – like an Edgar Allan Poe short story – to haunt somebody’s – anybody’s – conscience. In this case, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-Fl) and some NJ Dems wanted to torture Gov. Chris Christie with the memory of one year ago and the infamous lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. Throwing any number of Ninja stars in Christie’s presidential path, they started with invocations of profound disgust in the vicinity of the GWB. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




FDU Poll: Booker leads Bell by 13 points; Obama approval rating at 36%

Republican underdog challenger Jeff Bell is thirteen points behind incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) among registered voters, according to this morning’s Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll. If the election were held today, 42 percent say they’d support Booker with 29 percent favoring Bell, the poll finds. Over a quarter (27%) say they remain unsure whom to support. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Newark NAACP head: One Newark school plan sign of “racist mentality”

NEWARK –  On the sideline of a student protest against the leadership of Newark School Superintendent Cami Anderson on Tuesday, the leader of the Newark chapter of one of America’s most prominent civil rights organizations put race on the front line of the debate over the future of Newark’s schools. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Newark students continue protests against Cami Anderson, One Newark plan, call on Christie for city town hall event

NEWARK – More than 150 Newark public high school students left class on Tuesday morning and converged on Military Park in downtown Newark to teach their ongoing theme: School Superintendent Cami Anderson must go, and local control of the city’s schools must be restored. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




New Jersey lawmaker seeks review of Rice domestic violence case

CAMDEN, N.J. — The decision to let former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice into a pretrial intervention program after he was accused of assaulting his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City casino should be reviewed, the state Senate’s president said Tuesday. (Associated Press)




Whelan: ‘There is no single act or person or event that can turn this around’

You can hear the pain in state Sen. Jim Whelan’s (D-2) voice. This is his first year in retirement from teaching but the wave of unrest from the casinos closing in his hometown has him on edge. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Guardian sees ‘no reason’ not to support Brown in LD2

ATLANTIC CITY – Mayor of Atlantic City Don Guardian said yesterday that he sees no reason why he shouldn’t support fellow Republican and Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-2) in a bid for re-election that, if state Democrats get their way, may be hotly contested in 2015. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Nancy Pelosi the money juggernaut

Nancy Pelosi is almost single-handedly keeping House Democrats afloat. She has raised $80 million for her party this cycle and more than $400 million during her dozen years as party leader. (Palmer, Bresnahan/Politico)




Trump Entertainment heads to bankruptcy court

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Lawyers for a company that owns two Atlantic City casinos head to bankruptcy court.




Mitt Romney to attend Christie’s birthday fundraiser

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — The last Republican to run for president is coming to New Jersey to attend a fundraiser hosted by a Republican who is thinking about running for the White House.




N.J.’s big city mayors to seek joint crime solutions

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The mayors of New Jersey’s three largest cities are meeting in Newark to tackle crime and other problems by working together.




RGA Chairman Chris Christie endorses Rob Astorino after uncontested primary win

The Republican Governors Association (RGA) Chairman Chris Christie finally made a positive statement about GOPer running against Governor Andrew Cuomo. (Pickett/Breitbart)





Monmouth racetrack plans to be the first to offer sports betting in N.J.

TRENTON — Abandoning the enforcement of New Jersey’s sports betting ban was supposed to be Gov. Chris Christie’s tonic for the state’s ailing Atlantic City casinos, but it seems that for the near future, only the money hemorrhaging horse racing venue Monmouth Park will be making hay out of it. (Brodesser-Akner/The Star-Ledger)






NJ Budget shortfall was $275 million worse than Christie thought, document shows

TRENTON — The shortfall for the budget year that ended June 30 was even worse than Gov. Chris Christie anticipated, a new document shows. (Friedman/NJ Advance Media) Morning Digest: September 10th