Morning Digest sponsored by Forward NJ: October 7th

In his role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), Gov. Chris Christie campaigned in Trumbull, Ct. for GOP candidate Tom Foley - while Bergen County Sheriff Mike Saudino campaigned for Democratic county executive candidate James Tedesco in Bergen County - then walked back his endorsement.

Christie slams Malloy on third visit to CT: ‘He’s just not a good governor’

TRUMBULL, CT – He arrived late, said a few quick hellos, and even worked the phones inside for a while (“Hi, I’m Gov. Chris Christie and I was wondering if Tom Foley had your support for governor of Connecticut in November,” he said) — then fell to reaming Democrat incumbent Dan Malloy on a stage facing a crowd of ardent supporters gathered outside the small campaign office here today. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)





Christie: questionable pension investment allegations ‘flat out factually incorrect’

TRUMBULL, CT – Gov. Chris Christie bristled under the notion that his administration could have been implicated in allegations that the state violated its own pay-to-play laws by awarding lucrative pension fund management contracts to firms headed by top Republican political donors today, telling reporters at a press conference that any such accusations were “flat out factually incorrect.” (Brush/PolitickerNJ)





Near-record low approval ratings no issue for confident Christie

TRUMBULL, CT –  Gov. Chris Christie today dismissed recent polling numbers that show his job approval rating among New Jersey voters hovering around near-record lows, arguing that he’s received “no indication” that residents are unhappy with his leadership. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)





National Labor Relations Board issues complaint against Alaris

In the midst of a workers’ scrap, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint against Alaris Health alleging that the company broke federal labor law during contract negotiations with its employees’ union, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)





Monmouth University Poll: Booker 53%, Bell 38%

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) holds a 15 point lead in his re-election bid according to today’s Monmouth University Poll.  The poll of likely voters found that few know GOP challenger Jeff Bell or see any benefits in his main campaign plank of returning U.S. currency to a gold standard. (Editor/PolitickerNJ)





Bergen County Exec’s race: GOP Sheriff Saudino steps back from apparent backing of Tedesco, Dem ticket

HACKENSACK – Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino, a Republican, stepped back from his apparent declaration of support for Democratic Bergen County Executive candidate Jim Tedesco and the Democratic freeholder candidates. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)





Asm. Singleton: GPS monitoring would give domestic violence victims some stability

A domestic violence bill was introduced five years ago to crack down on perpetrators and protect victims. That bill was vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie, who ordered the attorney general’s office to study how technology could track domestic violence offenders. Its report says, “No law enforcement or court personnel can control the actions of the victim,” who “could choose to abandon her GPS in favor of reconciling with the offender, give her device to a proxy for the purpose of retaliation or revenge or simply forget to carry her device.” Which sounds to the bill’s sponsors like “blaming the victim.” Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7) told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that he has some concern with the report because it says victims would somehow use the GPS monitoring for retaliatory action. (Williams/NJTV)





Paid sick leave supporters launch campaign in Trenton, Montclair ahead of Nov. ballot question

TRENTON – With less than a month remaining before Election Day, a coalition of supporters of a Trenton ballot question requiring paid sick days for city employees is rolling out an awareness campaign. (Pizzi/The Times of Trenton)





Analysis: would an elected comptroller solve NJ’s pension crisis?

New York and New Jersey are high-cost states that share a regional economy, high state and local government payrolls and benefit plans, a wealthy tax base, and a scandal-ridden Port Authority. (Magyar/NJ Spotlight)





The Backroom


CD3 GOP Polling Memo: MacArthur up by 7 over Belgard

Gov. Chris Christie’s pollster polled the 3rd Congressional District and has Republican Tom MacArthur in the lead over Democrat Aimee Belgard, according to a memo by Adam Geller’s National Research, Inc. (Politicker Staff)



The names in the 29th District game

Two names continue to circulate as potential challengers next year to Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D-29) and Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-29) in Newark. (Politicker Staff)




Geraldo! Coming in to fundraise for the Monmouth GOP

Veteran reporter Geraldo Rivera, a former resident of Middletown, will fundraise for Monmouth Republicans on Oct. 15th at the Navesink Country Club. (Politicker Staff) Morning Digest sponsored by Forward NJ: October 7th