Morning Digest: September 12th

Stockton Poll: Christie approval rating at 53% in NJ; Obama’s at 44%

Gov. Chris Christie’s approval ratings in New Jersey crack 50%, while fewer voters approve of the job President Obama is doing, according to a Stockton Polling Institute poll released today. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



NJ AFL-CIO files ethics complaint alleging pay-to-play in pension investment decisions by Christie Administration

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO has filed a complaint with the State Ethics Commission calling for an investigation into lucrative pension fund management contracts awarded to top political donors to Gov. Chris Christie and the Republican Party. (Politicker Staff)



Ballot brouhaha emerging in West Orange mayor’s race

WEST ORANGE –  Driving west from Newark, the fastest way to get to West Orange is to take Route 280. To have a place on the ballot of this year’s mayoral election in the 46,000-person Essex County township, candidates have to file 280 ballot petitions. These petitions have now created a burgeoning controversy in West Orange before its November non-partisan election. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Torque Point Mount Laurel: battleground potential in sprawling Burlington town

Talk to the chairmen in both parties in Burlington and they both acknowledge Mount Laurel as a key Election Day torque point. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Governors Cuomo and Christie forge bi-state group of law enforcement and security agencies to enhance terror preparedness

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Governor Chris Christie today announced that they will bring together top officials from local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety offices to enhance security preparedness and coordination in the New York-New Jersey region, according to the New Jersey Governor’s Office. (Politicker Staff)



Judiciary reform goes beyond extending retirement age, says Carroll

TRENTON – Extending the retirement age for state judges — the primary subject of discussion at an Assembly Judiciary Committee hearing today — isn’t the only problem ailing New Jersey’s judicial system, according Assemblyman and committee member Michael Patrick Carroll (R-25).




Baraka nominates Gonzalez for municipal judgeship

Newark Deputy Clerk Kenneth Lewis told PolitickerNJ that a letter from Mayor Ras Baraka submitted today to the clerk’s office nominates At-Large Councilman Carlos Gonzalez for a municipal court judgeship. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Mosquera stuns committee with story of domestic violence

TRENTON -It’s personal for Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera (D-4). (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



U.S. Senate race: Bell bashes Booker on economics; Senator strikes back on residency

NEWARK – With two recent polls showing incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) with a 13-point lead over Republican challenger Jeff Bell, Booker’s rival responded by questioning polling methods and the senator’s economic policies. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Assembly Judiciary Committee debates extending judge retirement ages

TRENTON – On their first day back from summer recess in the Statehouse today, members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee mulled the idea of extending the mandatory retirement age for Supreme and Superior Court judges in New Jersey. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Sources: Gonzalez poised for departure from Newark City Council

Carlos Gonzalez, the veteran Newark At-Large councilman from the North Ward, is poised to leave the City Council, sources tell PolitickerNJ. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



CD3 race: Political calculations in Carpenters endorsement, Muller hiring

The race in South Jersey’s third congressional district is heating up this month with two key developments. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Baraka’s Gonzo move

The backroom politicking in Newark right now revolves around At-Large Councilman Carlos Gonzalez, but sources are wondering out loud if the local conversation may boomerang up to the assembly. (Editor/PolitickerNJ)



Chris Christie’s birthday party and the elephant in the room

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s 52nd birthday celebration was replete with vestiges of the past. (Catanese/US News and World Report)



Chris Christie, Mitt Romney hold court

Chris Christie and Mitt Romney held court at a private fundraiser Wednesday night with nearly two dozen high-profile Republican donors and bundlers. (Palmer/Politico)



Rick Scott to campaign with one of GOP’s least-liked in FL: the ‘horrific’ Chris Christie

Say you’re Rick Scott, and you’ve struggled for years to overcome a likability problem — then why not campaign tomorrow with one of your party’s least-liked major candidates to run for president, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie? (Caputo/Miami Herald)




Democrats’ whopper of a strategy flop

President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies hoped to capitalize on the recent wave of companies ditching the U.S. to slice their tax bill as a populist issue to fire up the progressive base and bash Republicans as slaves to corporate interests. (White, Dixon, Faler/PolitickerNJ)




Remembering our North Jersey neighbors

The Bergen-Record’s 9/11 memorial




Former Gov. Kean discusses 9/11

Co-chair of the 9/11 Commission and Former Gov. Tom Kean (R) spoke with NJTV News Senior Correspondent Mike Schneider about the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in an extensive interview. (Williams/NJTV)




Christie wants more tax breaks for Atlantic City

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie says he will sign a bill laying out new tax incentives for businesses only if non-gambling projects in Atlantic City are eligible for more aid.





Stile: Christie’s smoking-ban veto is noticed beyond N.J.

It was hailed as a straightforward step to protect the public from the dangers of secondhand smoke at crowded beaches and public parks. (Stile/Bergen Record)

Morning Digest: September 12th