Morning Digest: September 24th

Mobbed – again – in CT diner, Christie says he’s here to show Foley is ‘the kind of Republican that Chris Christie supports’

STAMFORD, CT – Round two of Chris Christie’s stumping streak with Republican hopeful Tom Foley in Connecticut shared many of the same optics as the New Jersey governor’s first visit here. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Foley on Christie’s Democratic appointments: ‘It’s good government’

STAMFORD, CT – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s receptivity toward appointing Democrats to top positions in his state might have had some scratching their heads this week following the approval of Christie’s nominees to two key departments, but it was no big issue for the Republican hopeful in Connecticut’s gubernatorial race, Tom Foley, who appeared with Christie at a retail politicking stop at Curley’s Diner here today. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



The Dialogues of Prieto: speaker hopeful of Fox’s influence; evades questions of gas tax

LAWRENCEVILLE – The New Jersey Assembly Transportation Committee on Wednesday will begin hearings to explore ways of mending New Jersey’s broken Transportation Trust Fund. As these discussions begin, Governor Chris Christie has appointed Jamie Fox, a veteran Democratic political strategist to assist in negotiations. (Swain/PolitickerNJ)



CD3: MacArthur rejoices with news that DCCC to pull ‘Fire” ad

The following is a statement from Republican congressional candidate Tom MacArthur in New Jersey’s Third District upon learning that Comcast’s attorneys advised the campaign that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) will pull “Fire” from the airwaves. (Politicker Staff)



The political delineations of Linden: Gerbounka v. Armstead Part II

So it comes down to this on Nov. 4th in blue collar – heavy on Polish and Eastern European pop. post WW2 with African-Americans entrenched too – Linden: a rematch between two men who ran against each other four years ago. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



The PolitickerNJ Interview: Bell on Fox: ‘If you get Jamie Fox out of Democratic Party strategizing, that’s a service for the Republican Party’

Jeff Bell knows Jamie Fox. The Republican nominee for U.S. Senate met the new Department of Transportation (DOT) commissioner over a decade ago. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



At Bergen County Senior Picnic, retail politics opportunity drives pols into the park

PARAMUS – While watching operatives for Congressional candidate Roy Cho following their man around with colored carnations, each tagged with information about Cho, at this year’s Bergen County Senior Picnic, it was hard to determine whether Tuesday’s event was a prime spot for fall retail politicking, a swag war, or both. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



State senator holding up renomination of Board of Public Utilities member

A state senator is holding up the renomination of a utility regulator in a political fight that echoes the one stalling judicial nominations and backlogging courts in Bergen County. Sen. Kevin O’Toole, R-Cedar Grove, is refusing to support – at least for the moment – another term for Joseph Fiordaliso on the state Board of Public Utilities. (Sheingold/The Bergen Record)



The GOP’s 2016 foreign policy problem

The worsening crises overseas have made Republicans sound downright excited to run against Hillary Clinton, hoping to use her record as secretary of State on everything from Benghazi to the Russian “reset” as an indictment of her expected candidacy. They’d certainly be aided by favorability ratings that have dipped in recent weeks as Clinton’s record has been more closely scrutinized. (Indeed, she’s already distancing herself from the president’s foreign policy, which she helped him run, before the midterms are even completed.) (Kraushaar/The National Journal)



Rail car oil shipments emerge as Bergen County election issue 

Controversy over crude oil railcar shipments rumbled through Bergen County politics Tuesday as candidates in the County Executive race signaled their concern about safety hazards. (Ensslin, Fallon/The Bergen Record)



Syrians in NJ react to airstrikes

The aftermath of U.S. and Mideast allies’ missiles that bombed sites in Syria known as strongholds of terrorists with the Islamic State. “Once again it must be clear to anyone who would plot against America and try to do Americans harm that we will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists who threaten our people,” said President Obama. (Hill/NJTV)



Poll: Christie’s job ratings down slightly

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A new poll finds Gov. Chris Christie&#821
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New Jersey lawmakers look at transportation fund

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) — Advocates for transportation upgrades will get the chance to state their case before New Jersey lawmakers.



Chris Christie veers right on climate change as 2016 approaches

Climate change is taking center stage once again — at the United Nations on Tuesday, and on the streets of New York City Sunday, where hundreds of thousands of activists marched to demand action. But across the Hudson River in New Jersey, there’s an environmental battle of a different kind being waged. (Frumin/MSNBC)



Chris Christie denies report he shed 85 pounds, but won’t talk numbers

STAMFORD, Conn.–New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has clearly lost weight since his lap band surgery last May, but he won’t talk numbers, only to say the 85-pound figure the New York Times reported Monday is “wrong.” (Walshe/ABC News)



Why won’t Democrats talk about Obama’s fundraising?

Last week, President Obama headlined a $100,000-a-plate fundraiser at the swank Jefferson Hotel in downtown Washington on behalf of the Democratic Party’s Senate campaign arm. The ticket price was high—even by modern standards. But beyond that, there was almost no information to be found about it. (Oliphant/The National Journal)




The Backroom


CD3: firefighter letter sparks questions in labor

The main conflict in the CD3 race hinges on Burlington versus Ocean counties. Republicans know they need big numbers in GOP-heavy Ocean to spurn what Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard picks up on her home base, where Democrats outnumber registered Republicans, 88,000 to 64,000. (Politicker Staff)



Soliman to host fundraising luncheon for Fulop

This doesn’t mean U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has already picked out a gubernatorial candidate, sources insist. The senator told PolitickerNJ reporter Mark Bonamo yesterday that it’s way too early to talk guv 2017. (Politicker Staff)





Editorial: Freeholders bear some blame for Lucas fiasco

Former Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas was convicted last week of falsifying tax returns and fraudulently obtaining funds to purchase a piece of property that netted him nearly $1.2 million in farmland preservation taxpayer money. (The Asbury Park Press) Morning Digest: September 24th