Morning Digest: September 18th

Guv prospects Fulop and Sweeney add voices to Silva, Stack and striking 1199 SEIU workers

UNION CITY – They tried out their blue collar tough guy tonsils today in front of a purple-shirted crowd of striking healthcare workers – two of three as-yet-undeclared Democratic candidates for governor: Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3). (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Menendez in Washington: ‘We have to think about what is necessary to defeat ISIS’

WASHINTON, D.C. – Speaking as chairman at a Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on Capitol Hill today, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said the United States and the Obama Administration “would be fools” not to take the terrorist threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, a growing militant group in the Middle East, seriously. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




With Scotland on brink of independence vote, N.J. Scots watch and wonder about future

KEARNY – For over 100 years, Scottish culture has been a part of Kearny’s culture as waves of Scots came to this Hudson County town to start new lives. The Scots who remain in Kearny after decades of steady dissemination to the suburbs are now transfixed to their televisions. On Thursday, they will watch what could be the end of an over 300-year relationship back home – the potential breakup of the United Kingdom as Scotland votes on independence. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Former Hoboken mayor caught in anti-corruption sting disbarred

HOBOKEN – Peter Cammarano, the former Hoboken mayor caught in a statewide federal anti-corruption sting, was officially disbarred on Wednesday in a unanimous state Supreme Court ruling. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Firefighters back Tedesco in Bergen County Exec’s race

The Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey tonight announced their endorsement and support of James Tedesco for Bergen County Executive. (Editor/PolitickerNJ)




Democratic and Republican lawmakers announce package to fight drug abuse ‘epidemic’

TRENTON – Lawmakers in both the Assembly and the Senate announced this afternoon their intent to introduce a 21-bill legislative package to wipe from the streets what they see as one of the largest health crises facing New Jersey residents today: heroin and prescription drug abuse. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Republican candidate withdraws from council race in Closter

CLOSTER – Republican Councilman John Kashwick has dropped out of the race for council and has been replaced by Robert DiDio. (Slater/The Bergen Record)



Politician accused of dropping pants, hurling racist slurs dropping out of race

A South Plainfield borough council candidate is bowing out of his race after revelations that he allegedly shouted racist slurs while mooning patrons of a local diner. (Amaral/NJ Advance Media)




Chris Christie supports Republican candidates during visit to New Hampshire

NASHUA, N.H. —New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was in New Hampshire on Wednesday to support Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein and U.S. Senate hopeful Scott Brown.




Christie to attend fundraiser for Bell

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie will campaign closer to home after spending the last few months backing Republican gubernatorial candidates around the county.




Lawmakers to discuss Port Authority reforms

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers from both sides of the Hudson River are working on legislation to improve transparency and accountability at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Morning Digest: September 18th