Morning Digest: September 3rd

In Union County, an Irish son could follow in his father’s footsteps

When the late John Cryan gave up the rolling hills of Roscommon, Ireland, in 1948 for the streets of Newark’s West Ward in New Jersey, he had little schooling in the ways of politics. But it wasn’t long before the Democrat built for himself a legacy whose shadow still casts itself over Essex County’s political establishment. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




At public hearing on One Newark school enrollment plan problems, city residents voice frustration

NEWARK – All nine city council seats on the second floor of Newark’s City Hall were filled by an array of Essex County’s state legislators on Tuesday night. They faced over 100 Newark residents at a hearing called by state Sen. Ron Rice (D-28) about the problematic school enrollment plan engendered by the controversial One Newark school reorganization plan. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Mercer County Dems – and a handful of gubernatorial potentials – honor Holt at Mountain View fundraiser

EWING – The verdict is in: for Democrats in New Jersey, Mercer County — and specifically the Club House at the Mountain View Golf Course — was the place to be tonight. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




A test for Lou, Part 2: former Mayor Stellato’s style the opposite of operative Ferriero

The focal point for this season’s politics, Bergen prepares for the Nov. 3th corruption trial of former Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero, even as the party looks to the Election Day leadership of Ferriero’s organizational heir, sitting Chairman Lou Stellato on Nov. 4th. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




From Newark’s Ironbound, a Mexican-American watches, and wonders about, Christie’s trip to Mexico

NEWARK –  On the eve on New Jersey Gov. Christie’s trip to Mexico, the Mi Pequeno Mexico restaurant hums with lunchtime activity. Many political observers look at Christie’s three-day trip as a foreign affairs-focused run-up to a 2016 run for the Republican presidential nomination. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Cho’s 2016 horizon: in to win now, CD5 contender has his own party to win over, sources say

Talk to the people in Roy Cho world and they have a straight-ahead 2014 intent. “Our plan, plain and simple, is to win in 2014 and for Roy to be running for reelection in 2016,” said the CD5 Democratic candidate’s spokesman, Derek Roseman. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Christie’s Jersey delegation for Mexico trip

Governor Christie will travel to Mexico for what the front office describes as a trade mission from September 3-5. The following group of business and community leaders will join him… (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




CD3 race: At Burlington County diner, LIUNA endorses MacArthur for congress

EDGEWATER PARK – Standing in a diner deep in the behind-enemy-lines territory of his CD3 competitor Aimee Belgard, a freeholder here in Burlington County, Republican hopeful Tom MacArthur today accepted an endorsement from the American-Canadian Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA). (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




DCCC launches second ad in CD3 race

Cautiously hoping to turn the tables on the Republican competition in the lead-up to the November general election, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched its second ad of the season in CD3, where Democratic hopeful Aimee Belgard is facing off against conservative businessman Tom MacArthur. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




N.J. builders trade group sues Jersey City

NEWARK – The Associated Builders and Contractors, New Jersey Chapter (ABC-NJ), a trade group representing construction contractors throughout the state, has filed suit against Jersey City over the city’s insistence on requiring Project Labor Agreements (PLA) on private construction projects that receive favorable tax treatment. The city ordinance at issue, the lawsuit contends, goes against both federal and state law and effectively prevents non-union “merit shop” contractors from participating in large construction projects underway or planned within city limits. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Analysis: Christie clashes with Democrats over funding priorities

Governor Christie wants state lawmakers to get to work on pension reform when they return from their summer break this month. Democratic legislative leaders want to focus on the state’s ailing transportation infrastructure. (Reitmeyer, Maag/The Bergen Record)




In rare international trip, Christie heads to Mexico

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie begins his second foreign trip as governor Wednesday with three days in Mexico, travel taken as the Republican eyes a 2016 bid for president and seeks greater exposure to foreign policy. (Haddon/Wall Street Journal)




What to know about Christie’s trip to Mexico

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie will be heading to Mexico on Wednesday for a three-day official trade mission. Christie’s schedule is jam-packed.




NJ Gov. Christie to attend fundraiser for Hogan

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to attend a fundraiser this month for Republican Larry Hogan, who is running for governor of Maryland.




Clifton council race kicks off with 15 candidates

CLIFTON — Fifteen City Council candidates on Tuesday cemented their places on the November ballot, but one of the seven incumbents — Matt Ward — is not seeking reelection. (Green/The Bergen Record)




Senate control on ‘knife’s edge’

Some $400 million has already been spent in the battle for the Senate. Yet the record-shattering early money has hardly budged the half-dozen races that will decide the fate of the upper chamber, and two months out from Election Day, top officials from both parties say the election truly could go either way. (Hohmann/Politico)




Bridge scandal: former Christie aide Bill Stepien is working for Republicans again

TRENTON — A top political adviser Gov. Chris Christie famously cut off when the George Washington Bridge scandal heated up in January has re-emerged as a consultant to a Republican advocacy organization with ties to a key Christie ally. (Friedman/The Star-Ledger)




Eric Cantor: Beltway big shot to Wall Street titan?

Eric Cantor is trying to pull off an audacious reinvention: morphing from Washington powerbroker to Wall Street rainmaker, all while keeping his political influence alive. (Sherman, Palmer, White/Politico)




Concern over Gov. Christie’s safety takes detour in New Jersey 

A debate over secrecy and Gov. Chris Christie’s safety took a strange turn in the Labor Day weekend traffic. Citing security concerns, the New Jersey governor refuses to release records showing which hotels he stayed during official trips. Yet his press office publicly identified which vehicle in the governor’s motorcade usually carries Christie. (Lagerkvist/NJ Watchdog)




Chris Christie’s motorcade followed by driver in road-rage incident

Chris Christie’s Labor Day jaunt to the Jersey Shore turned nasty when a miffed driver trailed the governor’s motorcade — claiming he got cut off by a vehicle in the convoy. The caravan, made up of a front vehicle carrying Christie and a second vehicle at the back, was driving to the New Jersey governor’s summer residence on Island Beach State Park early Monday morning when the incident occurred. (Larson/The Daily News)




Echoing Times Square, downtown Jersey City gets a no-car zone

JERSEY CITY — Class had just let out on a recent Monday evening at JC Taekwondo and Kickboxing Academy on Newark Avenue. Children wearing bright white keikogi practiced their moves on the sidewalk and chased each other through the street. They darted around families pushing strollers, diners sitting at painted picnic tables and weary commuters trudging home from the Grove Street PATH station a block away. (Chaban/The New York Times)

Morning Digest: September 3rd