Morning Digest: September 26th

Chris Christie, Bridgegate bruises, and the Jamie Fox era manager-for-presidential argument

The crowd of Republican big shots turned their heads skyward with the sound of a helicopter, descending like a Close Encounters of a Third Kind vision in a refinery-clear New Jersey sky absent the Orson Welles voice-over. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Bramnick, Doherty, Kean, ‘one statewide shot,’ and the CD7 dynamic

Talk to establishment Republicans and most of them – when prodded on gubernatorial 2017 politics – acknowledge the frontrunner status right now of Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno.





Union City Police arrest grieving Falto for making threatening comments about Stack

Union City Police last night arrested a man who had wanted to run against Mayor Brian P. Stack earlier this year. They charged Jose Falto after complying with his directive to confiscate his gun and then hearing him make what they construed as a threatening comment about the mayor. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Sweeney weighs in on Christie’s liberal appointments: ‘He had no choice’

The big debate among insiders and observers in the Statehouse last week revolved around the legislature’s  approval of two of Gov. Chris Christie’s nominations, both well known Democrats, to key state positions —   Jamie Fox, a longtime political operative and former transportation commissioner, to the Department of Transportation, and Upendra Chivukula, a respected assemblyman with a track record of progressive environmentalism, to the Board of Public Utilities. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Bergen County Exec’s race: GOP Freeholder Felice, endorsing no candidate, says Bergen County Exec race will be “close”

HACKENSACK – The reelection campaign of County Executive Kathleen Donovan, the Republican incumbent, released a list of 17 campaign co-chairs on Tuesday. Two boldface Bergen Republican names were noticeably absent: Sheriff Michael Saudino and Freeholder John Felice. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




NJ Bureau of Securities sues former Monmouth County fire chief

The New Jersey Bureau of Securities, represented by the Division of Law, has filed suit against Vincent Falci, 55, of Middletown, and various investment companies he operated, after he allegedly defrauded 182 investors through the sale of approximately $5.4 million in unregistered securities. (Politicker Staff)




Christie pension commission warns of shortfalls

The panel Governor Christie commissioned to develop solutions to fix the state’s underfunded public employee pension and health benefits systems warned Thursday that changes must be made. In a preliminary report, the panel detailed the causes of the shortfall but offered no specific recommendations for fixing the problem. (Hayes/The Bergen Record)




Christie helps mark opening of new Long Branch elementary school

Governor Christie visited a new Long Branch school Thursday to celebrate the completion of the first School Development Authority project started and completed under his tenure after he halted the program in 2010 and called for a complete review and overhaul of spending. (Hayes/The Bergen Record)




Candidates in contentious New Jersey race to meet

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The candidates in New Jersey’s contentious and close 3rd Congressional District race are set to appear together and answer questions.




Christie ramps up travel in midterm homestretch

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie has already spent more than a third of his second term outside New Jersey, mostly stumping and raising money for fellow Republicans.




Chris Christie’s popularity in New Jersey is down

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s job approval rating is slightly down since the summer, and his out-of-state travel and the speculation around a possible 2016 presidential run, once assets, might be a reason for the decrease. (Schwartz/The Washington Post)




Crunch time for Jeb Bush

It’s now or never for Jeb Bush. The former Florida governor flirted with presidential runs in 2008 and 2012 but ultimately demurred, always with the flickering possibility of mounting a campaign down the road. But at 61 years old, the second son of former President George Herbert Walker Bush is now likely facing his last shot at the White House. (White/Politico)




GOP bids farewell to top target in Holder

The GOP’s favorite punching bag in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet is calling it quits. After six
years of hostile exchanges at congressional hearings, scores of lawmakers calling for his resignation and a historic House vote holding him in contempt, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that he plans to leave by the end of the year. (Gerstein, Everett/Politico)




Hurricane Sandy created wave of homeless children, data show

TRENTON — The devastation of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 contributed to a record number of homeless children in New Jersey that academic year, with nearly 8,700 students temporarily living in shelters, motels, or doubling up with family and friends, according to federal data released by national child advocacy groups. (Livio/NJ Advance Media)




Citing Ronald Reagan, N.J. Sen. Cory Booker opponent Jeff Bell calls for immigration reform

TRENTON — Jeff Bell, the Republican who is challenging U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), says his party has been “unwelcoming to Hispanic voters” and that he favors a guest worker program that would put immigrants in the country illegally on a path to legal status. (Friedman/NJ Advance Media)

Morning Digest: September 26th