Morning Digest: September 22nd

Winners and Losers: Week of September 15th

WINNERS Chris Christie NBC News reported Thursday evening that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has determined after a nine-month investigation that there is ‘no evidence” so far that the governor had advance knowledge about any politically motivated scheme around the bridge lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. The investigation is, however, still “ongoing, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. (Politicker Staff)




CD3 shakeup: a real horse race?

When the races toward November’s general election for congressional campaigns in the state began in earnest earlier this year, the prospect of any one them turning out to be truly competitive seemed slim — including the one in South Jersey’s third congressional district, where Republican businessman Tom MacArthur is knuckling with Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3). (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Bergen County Exec’s race: Tedesco hits urban Bergen; Pascrell says Donovan ‘not connecting’

EDGEWATER – Democrat Jim Tedesco took his Bergen County Executive campaign to this densely populated Bergen County borough by the Hudson hard as part of a Sunday run through Bergen’s more urbanized, Democratic strongholds. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




In the aftermath of Scotland’s independence vote, N.J. Scots both reel and revel

KEARNY – On the day after Scotland voted 55 percent to 45 percent to stay in the United Kingdom, the reactions of those Scots and their descendants who immigrated in force to the Hudson County town of Kearny were as mixed as those in their homeland were in the days before the fateful vote. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Control at stake in Perth Amboy for Diaz, whose slate faces an ally turned foe

PERTH AMBOY – With the Del-Vikings on boom speakers, a black Trans Am nosed past the oldest City Hall in the country, engine growling two blocks above Hurricane Sandy-demolished docks restored in the months since as Perth bears down on yet another control election. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




D3: DCCC goes up on the air with third TV strike on MacArthur

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) this morning launched its third negative cable television ad against Republican Tom MacArthur in the 3rd Congressional District. (Editor/PolitickerNJ)




Former Tick Tock Diner manager gets 8 years for plotting to kill his uncle

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that the former manager of the landmark Tick Tock Diner in Clifton was sentenced to prison today for attempting to hire a hit man to murder his uncle.  The New Jersey State Police foiled the alleged murder plot and arrested the manager in April 2013. (Politicker Staff)




MacArthur: ‘I support strong action’ in Syrian, Islamic State conflict

LUMBERTON –  Republican businessman and congressional candidate in CD3 Tom MacArthur said today that he supports aiding “the people who are on the ground fighting” against the terrorist group ISIS/ISIL in the Middle East, indicating that he’d likely fall among those in Congress who voted this week to arm and equip moderate rebel fighters in Syria. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Fight of the Week: Baraka v. Joe D.

Carlos Gonzalez’s moment to become a Newark municipal court judge came and went in almost less time than it takes to bang a gavel earlier this month. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Quintana calls for Newark summit with Christie; on a 2015 Primary: ‘I see it as very difficult to beat the machine’

NEWARK – He has a new office, been there for two months, up on Mount Prospect Avenue, where he’s settling in as the at-large councilman again after serving as interim mayor. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Menendez: ‘I believe we are going to maintain a majority’ in the U.S. Senate

HOBOKEN – He’s in a dogfight, this U.S. Senator standing in the middle of silly season arguably beset nationally with more cowbell than Jeff Bell. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




NBC says it was wrong on Chris Christie report

NEWARK, N.J. — NBC says a report by Brian Williams on the network’s Nightly News program that federal charges have been ruled out for Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge scandal was incorrect. (Jordan/The Asbury Park Press)




Prosecutors press on with Bridge probe tied to Chris Christie’s office

The feder
al investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closures isn’t over, as attorneys for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie‘s staff respond to subpoenas and witnesses are called to testify before a special grand jury, said people familiar with the matter. (Haddon/The Wall Street Journal)




Bergen County Freeholder candidate enjoys ‘politics of agreement’ 

Wearing his monogrammed seersucker vest, a straw hat and sandals, David Ganz does not look like your typical Bergen County candidate on the campaign trail. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)




North Jerseyans among 250,000 in ‘People’s Climate March’

More than a quarter million people, including many from places like Teaneck, River Edge, Wayne and Montvale, marched, chanted and danced through Manhattan on Sunday, demanding that leaders take action on climate change at a coming United Nations summit. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)




6 U.S. Senate races Chris Christie really wants to win

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie says electing GOP gubernatorial candidates this November is his “first priority” as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. (Arco/New Jersey Advance for




The Backroom


Christie has packed two-day out-of-state schedule

Republican Governors Association (RGA) Chairman Chris Christie has a full schedule of out-of-state political events Monday and Tuesday. (Politicker Staff)





Stile: Potential presidential run by Christie adds urgency to next governor’s race

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop is often seen mingling at fundraisers for Bergen County freeholder candidates. Phillip Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive who served as President Obama’s ambassador to Germany, covered the cost for a sophisticated form of polling that helped Bergen Democrats pinpoint potential Democratic voters in Republican towns. (Stile/The Bergen Record)




Political Insider: the champion of ‘Hudson City’

Jersey City Councilman Richard Boggiano is considered by backers of Mayor Steve Fulop to be the Mr. Negative of City Hall. He’s never happy with Fulop initiatives and is generally at odds with the majority of the City Council — which is itself considered property of the mayor. (Torres/The Jersey Journal)




Chris Christie, better than ever

The unstoppable Robert Costa talks to a bunch of Republicans from all sectors of the party and finds them cheery about Chris Christie’s future. Yesterday, NBC News reported that a nine-month DOJ probe of Christie’s role in Bridgegate found nothing. And because Costa is Costa, he even got Chuck Laudner, who literally drove Rick Santorum around Iowa in 2011, to praise the Christie resurrection. “To have that not hanging over his head puts him back where he started from,” says Laudner, an activist who you would never expect to back the New Jersey governor. (Weigel/Slate)




Cory Booker challenger Jeff Bell raised $2.4 million… in 1982

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bell, who has struggled to raise money since entering the race in February to take on Democratic incumbent Cory Booker, didn’t always have that problem. (The Auditor/NJ Advance) Morning Digest: September 22nd