Morning Digest: September 9th

No specifics – but lots of bi-partisanship, leaders say – following AC summit

ATLANTIC CITY – Following a closed-door meeting of state lawmakers and local business leaders at the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority here today, Gov. Chris Christie, refusing to go into specifics on what was discussed, said that  “everything is on the table” when it comes to finding solutions to Atlantic City’s ailing gambling economy. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




FDU Poll: Christie approval rating at 46%; Clinton beats Christie 45-42% in NJ match-up

Perceptions of Governor Christie do not appear susceptible to seasonal shifts, good news if he decides to run for president in 2016, according to this morning’s Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll of New Jersey voters. (Politicker Staff)




Source: The game behind the game in Atlantic City

They went behind closed doors today, those power players trying to summon a strategy for an embattled Atlantic City. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Christie writes off Democrats’ Bridgegate anniversary presser as “nakedly partisan”

ATLANTIC CITY –  Gov. Chris Christie had some strong words this afternoon for the trio of Democrats who dared to resurrect feelings of scandal surrounding last year’s closing of access lanes at the George Washington Bridge with a press conference in Fort Lee this morning. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




ELEC: Records show NJGOP with nearly $300K deficit; sources say financially floundering party casts doubt on Christie’s coattails and leadership

The New Jersey Republican State Committee has a nearly $300,000 deficit, according to ELEC, as it scrambles to raise money this week to avoid embarrassing the governor while he barnstorms the country. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




U.S. Senate race: Booker releases tax return

NEWARK – The campaign of incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) released his 2013 personal federal income tax returns on Monday. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




After graphic Rice video surfaces, LD4 Assemblywoman questions PTI in football star’s case

Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera (D-4) on Monday questioned the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s decision to offer Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice after observing video evidence that shows the football star assaulting his then fiancé in an elevator. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Yudin lashes out at Democrats after Ft. Lee event

Bergen County GOP Chairman Bob Yudin struck back hard at Democrats who earlier today lunged at Gov. Chris Christie on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the George Washington Bridge scandal. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




DNC Chair, Currie, Watson Coleman slam Christie on 1st anniversary of Bridgegate

FORT LEE – Gov. Chris Christie might hope that any remembrance of the September 2013 George Washington Bridge access lane closures, known colloquially as the Bridgegate scandal, be forgotten as he gears up for a potential run for the 2016 presidential nomination. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Christie takes action to allow legal sports wagering

Trying to prop up the state’s wounded gaming industry, through a combined statewide directive issued by the Attorney General’s office and a motion filed on behalf of Governor Chris Christie in the U.S. District Court, the Christie Administration took action today to allow casinos and racetracks to operate sports pools “without fear of criminal or civil liability,” according to the governor’s office. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Ray Rice, ex-Rutgers star and campus idol, falls from grace

The image of Ray Rice has been ubiquitous at Rutgers for years, from the coveted anchor spot of a celebratory video montage during home football games to the autographed jersey hanging in the lobby of the team’s training facility. The university has been putting photos of Rice’s smiling face and helmeted head to use for publicity since the days he ruled the field for the Scarlet Knights, even after the Baltimore Ravens’ running back was suspended for the first two games of this NFL season for his involvement in a case of domestic violence. (Sullivan/The Bergen Record)




GWB probe: New email exchange raises more questions

Two days after an email surfaced in January linking the George Washington Bridge lane closures to a deputy chief of staff in Governor Christie’s office — and with questions swirling about who else was involved — a top Port Authority executive who had resigned amid the scandal received some advice in a private message from a longtime friend. (Boburg/The Bergen Record)




Christie says casinos and tracks can offer sports betting

Governor Christie — hours before hosting a “summit” meeting in Atlantic City after the closing of several casinos — made an announcement Monday that supporters predicted would provide a quick boost: the go-ahead for New Jersey’s racetracks and casinos to offer Las Vegas-style betting on sporting events such as the NFL and NBA. (Brennan, Reitmeyer/The Bergen Record)




President Barack Obama addresses Ray Rice video

President Barack Obama weighed in Monday on NFL player Ray Rice’s suspension from the league after release of a video of the former Baltimore Raven hitting his wife. (Epstein/Politico)




Obama’s brain drain 

President Barack Obama has a big to-do list for his final two-plus years in office. But he doesn’t have all the key people in place to pull it all off. (Samuelson/Politico)




N.J. pols will eat on $4.20 per day this week 

ELIZABETH — When state Sen. Joseph Vitale goes grocery shopping, he said he normally stops at Wegmans and buys what he needs for the week plus “maybe a few extras.” (O’Neill, NJ Advance Media for






Kelly: Memories of Fort Lee gridlock remain vivid one year later

Debbie Cohen can’t forget the constant wail of car horns punctuated by the staccato cursing of drivers. Some memories just don’t go away all that easily. (Kelly/The Bergen Record)




Dems’ unspeakably lame Bridgegate stunt

High Above the Hudson River, nestled in the lush greenery of Fort Lee Historic Park, the grand George Washington Bridge serving as the backdrop, the Democratic National Committee celebrated the one year anniversary of the scandal known as Bridgegate…Or at least I think they did. (Nuzzi/The Daily Beast)




Chris Christie’s sports-betting about face: Lesniak called his bluff

It’s pretty funny that the courts continue to outlaw sports betting. After all, what is the legal racket but a high-stakes gambling game? (Mulshine/The Star-Ledger)

Morning Digest: September 9th