Morning Digest sponsored by Eagleton Institute of Politics: October 13th

Fight of the Week: Christie v. Giuliani

Earlier this week, Ted Cruz, the congressman from Texas and one of a handful of Republicans politicians rumored to be gearing up for a presidential primary run in 2016, became one of the first potential candidates of the (pre-)contest to strike out at a prospective opponent when he was reported to have likened New Jersey’s own Gov. Chris Christie to the “Rudy Guliani of this cycle.” Far from an excusable offense, the comparison became an early indication that the 2016 race for the White House could be shaping up to be a seriously contentious melee between a number of substantially contrasting candidates — and without anyone having yet declared. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

Obama coming to NJ next week for fundraiser; Clinton to fundraise for Watson-Coleman

President Barack Obama is scheduled to be in Union next week, Oct. 15th, for a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) event where U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and other area Democratic pols will be in attendance. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

The Garrett effect: Will the conservative congressman help or hurt Bergen County Exec Donovan’s reelection bid?

HACKENSACK – They might both be North Jersey Republicans, but U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) and Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan aren’t exactly on the same political wavelength. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

South Jersey Democratic Party Universe Gutcheck

This is just the first in a series of regional capsules examining the state of a regional party lineup – in this case the South Jersey Democrats – and the potential for movement. Below are ten elected players in the South Jersey Democratic Party universe and their best chances for moving and where – and what might speed or inhibit their movement…(Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Where are they now? The 2008 Obama Change Team and how it played out

Many of them were upstarts. Some backed Barack Obama as a statement of forceful opposition to the coziness they felt existed between some federal Democrats (Hillary Clinton chief among them) and George W. Bush on the Iraq War resolution. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Biography of N.J. Gov. Brendan Byrne tells tale of “the man who couldn’t be bought”

A book launch event next week will celebrate the publishing of the biography of a well-respected fixture in New Jersey politics: former Governor Brendan Byrne. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Christie addresses state NAACP in Parsippany

PARSIPPANY – When Gov. Chris Christie agreed to speak at the NAACP New Jersey State Convention membership luncheon in Parsippany, he said it was because of the sincerity of the invitation from NAACP chapter president Richard Smith. (Izzo/The Daily Record)

Chris Christie vs. Republicans

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie , who heads the Republican Governors Association, was in Pennsylvania Thursday stumping for GOP Gov. Tom Corbett, who is facing re-election next month. This would be the same Chris Christie who won’t help New York’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, Rob Astorino, because Mr. Christie considers the Empire State race unwinnable. (Riley/The Wall Street Journal)

Sweeney rejects billionaire’s offer for Taj Mahal

“I can say this publicly: You’re getting nothing from us,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney. That double-barreled shot across the bow — from Sweeney aimed at Carl Icahn. The multi-billionaire offered to rescue the Taj Mahal from bankruptcy, but made demands: union casino workers must give up their pensions and health care plans. (Flanagan/NJTV)

NJ politicians debate Ebola precautions

Ebola is only a flight away. Here on our shores, political leaders are debating what to do next. U.S Representative Bill Pascrell had harsh words for a congressional colleague. (Duffy/NJTV)

GOP nominee Johnson gets help from NJ’s Christie

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Republican Jeff Johnson is getting a high-profile assist in the governor’s race from New Jersey’s Chris Christie.

Booker opponent Jeff Bell, nearly anonymous to NJ voters, is well-known to Washington conservatives

TRENTON — It’s a big problem for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bell, especially considering he’s running against Cory Booker, an incumbent Democratic political celebrity. (Friedman/NJ Advance Media for

What do LoBiondo, Hughes have to say in Second Congressional race?

With parts of eight different counties, the second Congressional District is the largest in New Jersey. For the past 20 years it has been represented by Congressman Frank LoBiondo, a Republican from Ventnor. (Forand/South Jersey Times)

Tedesco says county needs ethics watchdog

Bergen County Freeholder James Tedesco, the Democratic candidate for county executive, has rolled out an ethics policy that would create an inspector general to investigate allegations of conflicts of interest and ethics violations in county government. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)


Political Insider: Mayor Fulop forgiving those who’d be liabilities to ‘Gov. Fulop’

If he’s anything, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop is loyal to his people. He proved that when The Jersey Journal broke the story that Fulop’s chief of staff, Muhammed Akil, had made an inflammatory speech in 1995 at a Northwestern University conference held by the school’s black student alliance. (Torres/The Jersey Journal)

Christie’s NAACP speech won’t change his abysmal record on issues that matter to people of color

On Saturday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered the keynote address to the New Jersey State NAACP Convention. He touted some of the criminal justice issues that he’s worked on recently with African-American leaders, but over the course of his tenure as governor, Christie has an abysmal record when it comes to most issues that are important to communities of color. (Watson-Coleman, for The Root)–bc-christie-comment12-20141012-story.html Morning Digest sponsored by Eagleton Institute of Politics: October 13th