Morning Digest: September 30th

Dems fail to pry sufficient number from abstemious GOP caucus to pass debt report bill

TRENTON – The Assembly this afternoon could not summon the necessary votes to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of A961, as Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) prevented Democrats – some of them outraged – from peeling away an adequate number of his caucus members. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



In floor speech, Greenwald goes off on the front office

TRENTON – In a calculated move designed to make the GOP caucus look cowed by executive power, Democrats fell short of overriding Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of A961, but not before Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-6) issued a caustic critique of the administration from the floor of the chamber. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



In first TV ad buy, Donovan goes after Tedesco – and Ganz and Voss – all at once

The Kathe Donovan Campaign got tough in Bergen County this morning, looking to smother their Democratic challengers in Donovan’s first TV ad of the season. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



N.J. court orders parole for cop killer

It remains one of the nation’s most infamous murders of a police officer, a New Jersey Turnpike killing connected to the racial politics of the 1970s and the dramatic prison escape of a woman who fled to Cuba and is one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. (Koloff, Phillis/The Bergen Record)



Christie campaigns for Gov. Walker in Wisconsin 

HUDSON, Wis.  — Wisconsin’s tense race for governor got some political star power Wednesday, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie urging Republicans to step up their support for a potential presidential rival, Scott Walker. First Lady Michelle Obama, meanwhile, was campaigning for former state commerce secretary Mary Burke. (Bakst/The Associated Press)



N.J. Supreme Court denies motion to block raises for Bergen County sheriff’s officers

Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan is facing another defeat in her long-running bid to derail a contract negotiated by Sheriff Michael Saudino for his officers, with the state Supreme Court refusing to allow further delay in paying out raises to the union. (Rimbach/The Bergen Record)



Chris Christie stops in Wisconsin to stump for Scott Walker

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie travels to Wisconsin on Monday to help Gov. Scott Walker there in his tough re-election fight, an appearance that will pair two possible 2016 Republican hopefuls. (Haddon/The Wall Street Journal)



Detectives probe deaths of Cooper CEO, wife

Investigators Monday continued to look into the deaths of John P. Sheridan Jr., the top executive of Camden-based Cooper Health System, and his wife, Joyce. (Walsh, Courier-Post)



Mayor Don Guardian declines to lower taxes to save Trump Taj Mahal

Mayor Don Guardian told the owners of the Trump Taj Mahal that he cannot agree to massive tax breaks for the struggling casino. The Trump Taj Mahal is in bankruptcy court at present and expects to close its doors on November 13, if no last-minute miracles happen. If the casino and resort shuts down operations, Atlantic City will lose another 2,800 jobs. (Larson/Legal US Poker Sites)



Former ratepayer advocate socked with $11,000 fine for ethics violations

A former ratepayer advocate has been fined $11,000 for ethics violations, most of which stem from her simultaneously working for the state while serving as president of the Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce (AICC), and allegedly influencing the awarding of government contracts to five vendors associated with the group. (Johnson/NJ Spotlight)



Jim Webb, former senator from Va., takes on his party’s hawks. And maybe Clinton.

Jim Webb has built an entire persona on being a contrarian outsider whom no one sees coming. The Democratic former senator from Virginia has regularly unnerved members of his party by citing a GOP icon, Ronald Reagan, as his hero. His storied unwillingness to play by the accepted rules of modern-day campaigns has established him as one of the true political eccentrics of the age. (Costa/The Washington Post)






Donnelly leaving Senate Majority Office

The Senate Majority Office is losing a longtime staple of the operation. (Politicker Staff)






In tribute to John Sheridan, a good and great man

I first learned late last night from television news that John P. Sheridan, Jr. and his wife, Joyce had perished in a house fire. I say without exaggeration that I am still in a state of shock over this. (Steinberg/PolitickerNJ)

  Morning Digest: September 30th