Morning Digest: September 15th

Winners and Losers: Week of Sept. 8th

WINNERS Ray Lesniak Governor Chris Christie this week reversed himself on sports wagering, acknowledging the good sense of a bill the veteran 20th District state senator had previously seen vetoed by Christie. (Politicker Staff)




Bergen County Exec’s race: Donovan opens South Bergen campaign headquarters

CARLSTADT – Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan returned to her South Bergen roots to open up her campaign’s Legislative District 36 offices on Friday night. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Pascrell – with Tedesco – lays down South Bergen campaign footprint in Lyndhurst

LYNDHURST – When you’re late here on Sunday in this crammed-together conglomerate of Lyndhurst, Rutherford, Wallington, North Arlington, East Rutherford, Wood-Ridge and Carlstadt, the obvious explanation is mass went overtime. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Governor 2017: most Dems don’t know who they want; 27% prefer Codey

As Gov. Chris Christie paws at presidential turf 2016, some Democrats continue to gnaw at his heels, and Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll is there to monitor their movements. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




North Jersey schools brace for immigrant influx

Fourteen-year-old Elizita and her father arrived at the West New York registration offices around 7:15 a.m. Thursday, hoping to enroll her in school. (Alvarado/Bergen Record)




Rick Scott campaigns with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

CRAWFORDVILLE – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie campaigned with Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Friday and did what Florida Republicans have been doing for more than two years. They said Scott’s opponent — Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist — is a political opportunist who can’t be trusted. (Farrington/Tallahassee Democrat)




N.J.’s Christie expected in Granite state Wednesday

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be hitting the campaign trail in New Hampshire this week to stump for GOP hopefuls Walt Havenstein and Scott Brown. (New Hampshire Union Leader)




Gallo leaves Bayonne MUA; new director in place

A key member of the previous Bayonne administration, Steve Gallo has resigned as head of the city’s Municipal Utilities Authority. (Torres/The Jersey Journal)




Seven things Clinton achieved at the Harkin Steak Fry

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Sunday’s 37th and final Harkin Steak Fry was a momentous occasion for Iowa Democrats, who came together to celebrate U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin’s 40 years of achievements as a federal lawmaker, and to welcome Hillary Clinton back to Iowa after a long, tension-tinged absence. (Jacobs/The Des Moines Register)




The Bill Clinton show returns

INDIANOLA, Iowa — It was Tom Harkin’s day. But the Bill Clinton Show was very much in town. Before his speech at the Harkin Steak Fry, the former president lingered with reporters long after his wife had left his side, reminiscent of their days together when she was campaigning for the Senate in New York in 2000, when she would return to their waiting SUV and he would continue responding to questions. (Haberman/Politico)




Politico Poll: 2014 voters gloomy over economy

If the nation’s economy is on the mend, the voters of 2014 aren’t feeling it. Despite continued signs of a halting but persistent national comeback, midterm voters remain frustrated and unhappy with the state of the economy, according to the latest POLITICO poll of likely voters in 2014 battleground states. Many appear to blame President Barack Obama: 57 percent of these voters disapprove of his economic leadership. (Burns/Politico)




Would a GOP senate be king of the world?

If the Republicans win the Senate in November, the first thing they’ll say is: Finally, we can pass all of our bills and force President Barack Obama to deal with them. The second thing they’ll say is: Oh, wait a second. This is the Senate. (Nather/Politico)






Political Insider: activist shakes up freeholder meeting by questioning OEM appointee’s business ties

On Thursday evening, the Hudson County Freeholders approved a resolution reappointing Mickey McCabe, owner of a Bayonne-based ambulance service, as the county Office of Emergency Management’s  (OEM) deputy coordinator of medical services for a three-year term, starting immediately. (Torres/The Jersey Journal)




Jersey City mayor Steve Fulop raises money for Massachusetts candidate for governor: The Auditor

TRENTON — Much has been made about Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop traveling around the state, presumably to lay the groundwork for a future gubernatorial run. (The Auditor)

Morning Digest: September 15th