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WINNERS Tom MacArthur In arguably the most competitive contest of the season, the CD3 Republican candidate forced Comcast to take down an inaccurate Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) television advertisement – the second of three forced off the air. “Our attorney was literally on the steps of the Ocean County Courthouse to file our defamation lawsuit against the DCCC,” MacArthur said in a victory dance shortly after the ad came down. (PolitickerNJ)




CD3 race: In first joint appearance, Belgard, MacArthur spar over insurance backgrounds and DCCC ads

During their first joint, on-air interview for NJTV’s “On The Record with Michael Aron” tonight, CD3 candidates Tom McArthur and Aimee Belgard clashed over issues ranging from equal pay for women to job creation in the South Jersey district — but the most fiercely debated topic of discussion had to do with both candidates’ roles working in the insurance industry. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Cooper University Health System Announces Death of Its President and CEO, John P. Sheridan, Jr.

CAMDEN – The executive leadership of Cooper University Health System is saddened to announce the death of its President and CEO, John P. Sheridan, Jr. and his wife, Joyce. (Editor/PolitickerNJ)




State Dems open Woodbridge HQ, Booker and Bell trade on ideology, as undercurrent of regional party politics abides

WOODBRIDGE – In terms of creating the kinds of dramatic tension that produces a heroic public outcome, Jeff Bell has been a frustrating general election opponent for incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Union County and the politics of pie-eating

LINDEN – The stage stood over Wood Avenue downtown, in that business district sprinkled heavily with Polish butcher shops as a more permanent matter, today enhanced by a ZZ Top lookalike rock band, barbecue grills and a block stocked with old cars, as two men got ready for a showdown surging with political optics. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Bergen County Exec’s race: Weinberg, Vainieri Huttle, Sarlo back Stellato’s leadership, whatever county exec campaign outcome

HACKENSACK – With only 39 days left until Election Day, some observers of Bergen County politics wonder if the Bergen County Executive ballot box battle is only a test between Republican incumbent Kathleen Donovan and her Democratic challenger, Freeholder Jim Tedesco. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Fight of the Week: MacArthur v. the DCCC

For the second time in what is turning out to be a grueling, no-holds-barred contest between the Republican and Democratic candidates in New Jersey’s third congressional district, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has been forced to take down a controversial ad attacking the former candidate, Tom MacArthur. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Star-Ledger’s Moran picture post says more than words

NEWARK – A recent photo posted on Facebook by Star-Ledger editorial page editor and columnist Tom Moran of the newspaper’s recently abandoned newsroom is shocking, but tells a stark truth. (Politicker Staff)




CD 5 race: Cho, Bergen Dems slam Garrett’s Hurricane Sandy campaign mailer “hypocrisy”

RIDGEWOOD – Roy Cho, the Democratic candidate in the Fifth Congressional District, assailed a recently-issued campaign mailer from Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett that centered on post-Hurricane Sandy aid. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Political ‘star power’ and the campaign for governor: Michelle Obama, Chris Christie in WI Monday

MILWAUKEE/HUDSON (WITI) — Voters take to the polls in the November general election in a little over a month — and on Monday, September 29th, both candidates for governor will welcome a “political celebrity” to the Badger State as the campaign enters its final push ahead of November 4th. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be in Hudson, Wisconsin with Governor Scott Walker, and first lady Michelle Obama will rally with Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke in Milwaukee. (Sachs, Lemoine/Fox6Now)




Christie ramps up 2016 push

With a bridge scandal potentially behind him, Chris Christie is taking a now-clear road to help fellow Republicans — and himself — on the campaign trail. As head of the Republican Governors Association, Christie is ramping up his stumping for governors nationwide, trying to regain ground ahead of the 2016 race for the White House. (Schroeder/The Hill)




Will N.J. Republicans vote to override Christie’s veto of a bill they voted for?

TRENTON — Democrats who lead the Legislature have tried dozens of times to override Gov. Chris Christie’s vetoes of their bills — not once with success. (Friedman/NJ Advance Media for




Ethics complaint filed over Edison mayor’s free legal help on distracted driving ticket

EDISON – A New Jersey activist has filed an ethics complaint in an effort to find out whether it was inappropriate for the mayor of Edison to get pro bono legal help for a distracted driving ticket. (Amaral/NJ Advance Media for




Use of cameras for police cars and officers on the rise in N.J.

A motorist accused an Elmwood Park police officer of speeding through a red light before their cars collided two months ago. Until recently, the claim would have been difficult to prove or dispute. But since the department installed cameras in patrol cars a year ago, there’s a simple solution: Watch the video. (Dazio, Phillis/The Bergen Record)




Rick Santorum returns

Rick Santorum helped drag out the 2012 Republican primary, sending Mitt Romney limping into the general election. Santorum’s lesson: Get in even earlier in 2016. (Palmer/Politico)




Atlantic City alerts employees of possible layoffs

Atlantic City officials confirmed that a pre-notice layoff letter had been sent Tuesday to all municipal employees, informing them that the city will file a layoff plan with the state next Wednesday. (Urgo/The Philadelphia Inquirer)





Political Insider: ‘Guv Fulop’ branding is waiting in the wings

There was an interesting poll this week by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind that asked registered Democratic and Republican voters who they see as a possible replacement for Gov. Chris Christie in 2017 – or sooner. The results show that Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, a Democrat, has a lot of work to do. (Torres/The Jersey Journal)



Jackson: TV ads hint at a spirited fight for 5th District seat in Congress

In a sign voters in North Jersey’s 5th Congressional District could see a more fiercely contested race than they have in years, both Rep. Scott Garrett and challenger Roy Cho began running ads on TV this month. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)




Sweeney: Christie pension commission report nothing new

A special commission on New Jersey’s public retirement system says it is carrying $90 billion in unfunded pension and health benefit liabilities. That’s about three times the size of New Jersey’s budget this year, $33 billion. This probably won’t surprise many people. (Ingle/The Asbury Park Press)

Morning Digest: September 29th