Morning Digest: October 2nd

Kean, Webber join Pennacchio at patriotism-charged Morris County fundraiser

WHIPPANY – Joe Pennacchio planned on talking about New Jersey politics, the usual “Trenton stuff”, at his annual Republican fundraiser tonight — but then he asked his wife for advice. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Belgard slams MacArthur’s pay equity positions; compares them to Mitt Romney’s ‘binders full of women’

MOUNT LAUREL – On the same porch where she launched her bid for South Jersey’s third congressional seat against North Jersey businessman Tom MacArthur late last year, Aimee Belgard, Democratic candidate in CD3, today launched an attack on her Republican opponent and his refusal to support equal pay for men and women in the workplace. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




CD 5 race: Cho keeps up attack on ‘hypocrisy’ of Garrett Hurricane Sandy mailer; incumbent stays silent

NEW MILFORD – Roy Cho, the Democratic candidate in New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District, slammed Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett once again for what he called the “height of hypocrisy” in a recent Garrett campaign mailer focused on Hurricane Sandy. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Monmouth Poll: Booker v. Menendez

Monmouth University this morning released a poll tracking public opinion of the job New Jersey’s two U.S. Senators.  (Politicker Staff)




Quinnipiac: Christie job approval down

Gov. Chris Christie’s job approval rating has sunk to one of its lowest ever in the Garden State, according to this morning’s Quinnipiac University Poll. (Editor/PolitickerNJ)




Investigators: fire that killed Cooper Health System CEO and his wife was intentionally set

The fire that claimed the lives of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr., and his wife, Joyce, was intentionally set within the couple’s master bedroom, according to investigators assigned to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Arson Task Force. (George/Philadelphia Business Journal)




Chris Christie tanks: why new numbers could spell doom for his 2016 run

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s approval rating is at a near-record low, according to a brand new Quinnipiac University poll released this morning. The finding comes amid a drip-drip-drip of revelations concerning gross mismanagement of the state’s $81 billion pension fund. (Brinker/Salon)




Christie gets compassionate as he eyes 2016

Newark, New Jersey (CNN) — It’s something you don’t see every day: A Republican governor speaking at an inner city church, trying to end the stigma associated with drug addiction. (Bash/CNN)




Poll: Hillary Clinton tops Chris Christie in N.J.

Hillary Clinton is handily beating Gov. Chris Christie in his home state, according to a new poll Wednesday. (Breitman/Politico)




3 questions Chris Christie will ask before deciding on presidential run

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie says he hasn’t decided yet whether he’ll run for president. But he says in a nationally broadcast interview that his decision will hang on the answers he gives himself to three critical questions.




2 bodies recovered in Boonton Twp. trench collapse

BOONTON TOWNSHIP — The body of a second landscaper killed after a drainage trench collapsed Wednesday has been recovered, according to the mayor. (Dazio, Norman/The Bergen Record)




Sweeney wants trust fund fix to boost transportation spending to $2 billion

As lawmakers are waiting to hear from Governor Christie on how he plans to renew the nearly broke fund that pays for New Jersey’s road, bridge and rail improvements, Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he wants the fix to boost transportation spending to $2 billion annually. (Reitmeyer/The Bergen Record)




Poll: Obama at all-time N.J. low, Booker slips

President Obama’s approval rating in New Jersey is the lowest it has ever been and Sen. Cory Booker, a fellow Democrat who is seeking election to a full term next month, has slipped along with him, a new Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll found. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)




Revel sold for $110 million at auction

Atlantic City’s cloudy economic forecast brightened a bit when Revel drew a winning bid — $110 million from a company that says it wants to reopen Revel as a casino. It’s a little ray of sunshine. (Flanagan/NJTV)




‘Real Housewives’ couple faces sentencing for fraud

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The married stars of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” are due for a dose of unscripted reality. Morning Digest: October 2nd