Morning News Digest: October 16th

Rutgers Poll: ‘Trustworthy’ trait takes downward skid for Christie

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Trust in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has continued to decline further after hitting an all-time low last March, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Just 22 percent of Garden State voters now say “trustworthy” describes Christie “very well.” Another 35 percent think it applies only “somewhat well.” Nearly 40 percent say the character trait no longer applies to the governor. (Politicker Editor)





CD3: Tax records cast long shadow over testy Belgard v. MacArthur forum

SOUTHAMPTON – Pressed by her Republican opponent on her record as an Edgewater Park councilwoman, Democrat Aimee Belgard found herself explaining aloud during a testy meet-the-candidates forum tonight why she decided to vote for a tax hike on small business owners two years ago. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Prieto, Sacco and Fulop project Hudson power at speaker’s fundraiser

Secaucus – It’s swampland here, which means a lot of battered catwalks take up the slack where the roads dead end. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)





LoBiondo nabs PBA endorsement as Hughes looks to close the gap

EGG HARBOR – Joined by a scrum of law enforcement officers in the parking lot of the Tony Canale Training Facility here this afternoon, U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo welcomed an endorsement by the New Jersey State Policeman’s Benevolent Association — and exuded confidence at the prospect of re-election in South Jersey’s second congressional district. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)





CD5 destination: Monmouth’s 5-point game intensifies rivals

The Monmouth University polling numbers in CD5 today put politicians in both parties on high alert, with a key Democratic leader sensing a wounded, beatable incumbent in U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) and the Republican chairman from Bergen objecting to the notion that Garrett will lose. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




U.S. Senate race: Bradley remembers Bell, backs Booker

RIDGEWOOD – In 1978, Bill Bradley and Jeff Bell stood across from each other on the New Jersey field of political battle. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Newark Mayor Baraka issues report on administration’s first 100 days

NEWARK – Newark Mayor Ras Baraka set the tone for a press conference on Wednesday highlighting his administration’s first 100 days with a simple sentence and a wildlife reference. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)





Monmouth Poll: Garrett 48%, Cho 43% in CD5

GOP incumbent Scott Garrett holds a narrow 5 point lead over Democrat Roy Cho in the race for New Jersey’s 5th district House seat, according to a Monmouth University Poll. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)





Bell wants Obama to walk the beach with Booker

As first reported by PolitickerNJ, President Barack Obama is in town today for a closed door fundraiser in Union as his poll numbers stagger downward in New Jersey. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




CD3 race: Belgard raises $580K this quarter

Aimee Belgard raked in over $580,000 from 5,875 contributions in the third fundraising quarter, according to the CD3 Democrat’s campaign. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Amid casino industry shakiness, political survivor Caputo endures

BELLEVILLE – It’s difficult to picture a more eclectic New Jersey room, with everyone from state Sen. Ronald L. Rice (D-28) to Steve Adubato, Sr. to a casually grinning Dale Florio to a local American Ninja crammed into Nanina’s in the Park amid twinkling finery as political survivor Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-28) gracefully navigated. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




CD 5 race: Bradley comes out for Cho at Ridgewood rally

RIDGEWOOD – Bill Bradley is beyond politics. The cerebral former U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate has left the political stage. Yet Bradley, a Rhodes Scholar, former Princeton and New York Knicks basketball star and author, still captures the imagination of many, a combination of athletic glory and intellectual gravitas. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




N.J. lawmakers ask Giants, Jets owners to call for Goodell’s firing

In a letter sent Tuesday, two state senators asked the owners of the New York Jets and New York Giants football teams to call for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s firing because of how he has handled domestic violence within the league. (Phillis/The Bergen Record)




Booker fundraising outmaneuvers his GOP challenger

New disclosures show Democratic Sen. Cory Booker raised more than five times as much money as GOP challenger Jeff Bell during the summer and even picked up support from a Republican millionaire from Lakewood who considered running for Senate himself. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)




New Jersey Assembly to debate sports betting bill

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State lawmakers are set to debate legislation that could allow sports betting in New Jersey to move forward.





Christie stops short of endorsing Ebola travel ban

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie stopped short of joining fellow Republicans in endorsing a proposed ban on travel from the West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak.




FBI investigated U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Sr. over campaign contributions, records show

TRENTON — The late U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Sr. was scrutinized but never charged in a federal probe in 1988 over allegations he accepted campaign contributions in return for promising to give someone assistance with Newark city government, new FBI records show. (Baxter/NJ Advance Media for




Chris Christie ‘will be a candidate in 2016,’ former McCain adviser predicts

NEW BRUNSWICK — Gov. Chris Christie may not have made up his mind on 2016, but Steve Schmidt, a senior adviser to U.S. Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, has a firm prediction. (Arco/NJ Advance Media for




N.J. Sen. Menendez’s legal expenses top $1 million amid probes

TRENTON — U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez has now raised and spent approximately $1 million on legal bills amid Justice Department and congressional investigations. (Friedman/NJ Advance Media for




Authorities: Sheridan fire 911 caller heard noises from fire, not people trapped

MONTGOMERY – Although a neighbor who dialed 911 to report last month’s fire at the home of well-known political figure John Sheridan Jr. said he heard noises that sounded like people were trapped inside, authorities today said they believe the banging was caused by the blaze. (Redmond/NJ Advance Media for






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LUPE-PAC packs the house in New Brunswick

They packed Panico’s in New Brunswick last night, a network of politically active and insistent Latinas and those they honored as they made an emphatic case for more power in this state. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

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