Morning Digest Sponsored by Auto Alliance: September 16th

Bergen County Executive’s Race: Tedesco goes up on cable TV with introductory ad

James Tedesco, Democratic candidate for Bergen County Executive, goes up on cable television Tuesday for the first time this season. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Stockton Poll: Belgard and MacArthur tied in CD3

In New Jersey’s key 3rd Congressional District race, Democrat Aimee Belgard and Republican Tom MacArthur are tied in an early poll conducted by the Stockton Polling Institute. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Hudson County 2015: O’Dea: ‘I can’t deny Tommy’s lined up a lot of chess pieces’

Hudson County politics junkies are either starting to resign themselves to Democratic Primary peace next year when it comes to county executive – or going on self-indulgent tangents of denial. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)





Codey on gubernatorial polling: ‘Stupid to run your life based on running for governor’

TRENTON – New Jersey voters remember state Senator Richard Codey (D-27). (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Senate Budget and Appropriations releases NJTEAM Act, among others; Webber pleased

TRENTON – The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee blew through a host of bills during its hearing in the Statehouse today. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Christie and Cuomo announce Homeland Security and State Police leaders

TRENTON – Governor Chris Christie and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that they have directed their state’s respective Homeland Security Advisors and State Police Superintendents to immediately lead a bi-state review of current safety and security procedures. In light of the heightening of terrorist activity and increased tensions between America and terrorist networks, Governors Cuomo and Christie said they are “acting immediately” with steps to ensure that proper, effective, and coordinated protocols are in place and all appropriate law enforcement entities are proactively prepared for potential threats to the New York-New Jersey region. (Politicker Staff)




On capitol steps, legislators join business leaders in blasting New Jersey’s estate tax

TRENTON – Fired-up Republican and Democratic legislators on this cool Monday afternoon railed against New Jersey’s estate tax — or “death tax” — for driving capital out of the state and burdening families during a press conference on the capitol steps. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




NJ Assembly Republican Women to NFL Commish Goodell: resign

The women in the New Jersey Assembly Republican caucus have a message for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: clear out your desk. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Assembly approves bill establishing statewide gun buyback program

TRENTON – This afternoon, legislation sponsored by Assemblyman John McKeon (D-27), Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-6), Charles Mainor (D-31), Mila Jasey (D-27) and Gary Schaer (D-36) to create a statewide gun buyback program to cut back on the number of firearms out in communities throughout the state passed in the Assembly by a vote of 53-22-5. (Politicker Staff)




Assembly passes domestic violence bills; Casagrande says NJ ‘has a long way to go’

TRENTON – In a state scuffed up by the Ray Rice elevator scandal, the Assembly this afternoon passed a battery of anti-domestic violence bills, including A2154, which permits a witness under the age of 16 or a victim of any age to testify by closed circuit television in prosecutions for crimes or offenses involving domestic violence. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Fulop: Anti-recidivism effort issue could play statewide in N.J.

JERSEY CITY – Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop maintained that one of his key policy initiatives could cross over New Jersey’s urban and suburban political divide in a statewide race. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Senate Environment and Energy Committee advances challenge to Christie’s withdrawal from cap and trade program

TRENTON  – The legislature’s challenge to a move by Gov. Chris Christie to pull New Jersey out of a “cap and trade” emissions program made further headway today when the Senate Environment and Energy Committee affirmed that the withdrawal of the state from the initiative stands as a violation of legislative intent. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Bucco critical of Barnes’ labor bill aimed at state of emergency employment

TRENTON – Citing his experience as a business owner, veteran Senator Tony Bucco (R-25) criticized a bill (S-1717) which would prohibit an employer from taking any adverse employment actions against an
employee who is unable to actively work or perform regular duties at the employer’s place of business due to a declared state of emergency. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




MacArthur goes negative with network TV attack on Belgard

CD3 Republican Tom MacArthur went after his Democratic opponent Aimee Belgard today in a Philadelphia network ad. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Christie, Pelosi attend prisoner re-entry center ceremony

For the second time this year, Governor Christie went to Jersey City to promote programs that give drug addicts second chances. (Hayes/The Bergen Record)




N.J. legislation offered to limit militarization of police

As New Jersey reviews its policies surrounding a federal program that sends excess military equipment to local police, a state senator has introduced two bills to increase oversight of the distribution of firearms, armored vehicles and other items. (Rimbach/The Bergen Record)




Report: N.J. pension system sells stake in firm tied to Massachusetts GOP candidate

New Jersey’s pension system has reportedly sold its stake in a venture capital firm that has ties to the Republican candidate for governor in Massachusetts this year. (Reitmeyer/The Bergen Record)




Opposition to Passaic Valley Water Commission’s reservoir project gains steam

Grass-roots opposition to the Passaic Valley Water Commission’s Garret Mountain reservoir project found its political voice on Monday night, as the mayors from Paterson and Woodland Park vowed to intensify the fight to stop the controversial $135 million project from going forward. (Cowen/The Bergen Record)




3 Bergen County freeholders slam Donovan over hospital task force appointments

Three Bergen County Freeholders said Monday that the task force appointed to study the future of Bergen Regional Medical Center is not inclusive enough and has too many of County Executive Kathleen Donovan’s political allies. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)




Report: 38% of households struggle to afford necessities

Toms River resident Christine Labrutto browses Ocean County Hunger Relief’s thrift store. It’s one of the few places she can afford to shop. (Wanko/NJTV)




N.J. Gov. Chris Christie visiting South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is making his first visit to South Carolina, the home of the GOP’s first presidential primary in the South.




Judge tosses Jersey Shore town’s parking ordinance

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — A judge has ruled a Jersey shore town’s parking ordinance is unconstitutional and motorists might be eligible for refunds.




A long-shot bid in 2016 may suit Martin O’Malley

Martin O’Malley’s pollster had sobering news. Despite extensive time in the public eye and strong statements on controversial issues, the would-be candidate barely registered in a new survey. (Wagner/The Washington Post)




Good election year for bad boys of Congress

For the bad boys of Congress, 2014 is shaping up to be an awfully good year. As they endure humiliating headlines, damaging federal investigations and tough scrutiny of their personal lives, scandal-tarred lawmakers aren’t just surviving this midterm year. In many cases, they’re thriving. (Isenstadt/Politico)




In Congress, path clearing for Obama plan to aid Syrian rebels fighting Islamic state

President Obama’s plan to train and equip Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants appeared headed for quick passage on Capitol Hill this week, but congressional leaders have signaled that they will postpone a full debate on the use of military force until after the midterm elections. (O’Keefe, Gearan/The Washington Post)






Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor. (Brindle/for PolitickerNJ)




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