Morning Digest sponsored by ForwardNJ: October 8th

A regional class ceiling: Christie tries to go where Northeastern GOP Presidential candidates find it hard to get to

As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gears up for a potential 2016 run for the Republican presidential nomination, the Garden State politician has to face a hard truth about how where he is from could impact his chances. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)





Belgard dismisses questions about party support in CD3

WILLINGBORO – Congressional candidate Aimee Belgard today brushed off intimations that her campaign efforts in the third district have been scorned by South Jersey’s Democratic establishment, arguing that she’s seen an “outpouring of support” from allies throughout Burlington and Ocean County and condemning the partisan politics that lead to questions about party allegiances. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)





Sweeney shows up in Union; Cryan introduces Fulop as governor

It was awkward. The big room at Galloping Hill Catering Hall made it easier, but the sight of Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) wandering in to the fundraising event for Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-20) caused some back chatter. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)





Menendez fundraising for challenger to Wisconsin Gov. Walker

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) just invaded Gov. Chris Christie’s turf in Wisconsin with an afternoon email blast to fundraising backers seeking support for Democratic challenger Mary Burke. Burke is running against incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)





CD3 race: Belgard nets national committee endorsement in fight against a ‘broken’ Congress

WILLINGBORO – Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard has netted another endorsement in her quest to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3) in South Jersey’s third congressional district — this time from the National Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM). (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Bergen County Exec’s race: Freeholder counsel fires back at Marcus legal notice

HACKENSACK – The counsel for the Bergen County Freeholder board fired back at a cease and desist letter from a prominent Bergen political consultant and public relations executive that was made public last week, asserting that it is an attempt to “intimidate legitimate political and governmental expression.” (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)





Donovan and Tedesco trade fire in new web ads

The campaigns of Republican Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan and her Democratic opponent James Tedesco hit each other hard today in ads. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Top Jersey City official said ‘all white people have a little Hitler in them’ in 1995 speech

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s chief of staff gave a speech at a Chicago college nearly 20 years ago in which he “repeatedly” used a homophobic slur, called the Pope the “Antichrist” and said that “all white people have a little Hitler in them,” according to a contemporaneous newspaper account. (McDonald/The Jersey Journal)




Republicans brace for 2016 free-for-all

The message from Republican officials has been crystal clear for two years: The 2016 Republican primary cannot be another prolonged pummeling of the eventual nominee. Only one person ultimately benefited from that last time — Barack Obama — and Republicans know they can’t afford to send a hobbled nominee up against Hillary Clinton. (Haberman, Sherman/Politico)




Ted Cruz thinks Chris Christie is the Rudy Giuliani of 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) isn’t too worried about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), even though the two politicians could run against each other for president in 2016. The reason: He thinks Christie is a pushover whose moderate appeal makes him akin to ex-New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who famously flamed out in the 2008 GOP primaries. (The Week)




Christie aide discussed pipeline with husband, a top exec at firm behind project, emails show

TRENTON — An aide to Gov. Chris Christie traded emails last year about a controversial gas pipeline through the Pinelands region with her husband, who is a top executive at the company behind the project, records obtained by NJ Advance Media show. (Baxter/New Jersey Advance Media for





In first 100 days in office, Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson works to rebuild relationships

TRENTON – In his first 100 days in office Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson and his administration have been focused on making repairs to the structure of government and relationships shattered by former Mayor Tony Mack. (Pizzi/The Times of Trenton)





Blunders renew questions about Biden’s discipline

WASHINGTON  — Vice President Joe Biden’s supporters often brush off his slips of the tongue as byproducts of the speak-your-mind politics many Americans crave. But this time, Biden’s verbal blunders are causing more than just a few rough headlines and a momentary nuisance for the White House. (Associated Press)





Judge rules Revel auction fair

A tense showdown at Camden Bankruptcy Court where multi-millionaire developer Glenn Straub again called the recent Revel auction unfair. After the $2.4 billion casino went belly-up, Straub offered $95 million during the auction that culminated in a contentious, all-night bidding war. (Flanagan/NJTV)





Newark Council adopts budget amendments ahead of state aid deadline

As the city council prepared to consider major budget amendments on the day before their state-mandate deadline, it looked like there might be more nays than yeas, but it is perhaps a measure of just how rich Mayor Ras Baraka is in political capital that his mere presence at a council meeting turned skeptics into enthusiastic supporters. (Cruz/NJTV)




Christie, former NJ governors, hundreds more, honor John and Joyce Sheridan at memorial service

TRENTON — Bouquets of white flowers lined the stage and sat underneath a picture of John Sheridan and his wife Joyce at the Trenton War Memorial where hundreds gathered today to pay their respects. (Arco/New Jersey Advance Media for




N.J. quality of life rating drops to lowest in 4 years, poll finds

TRENTON — New Jerseyans are giving their quality of life in the Garden State the lowest-ever rating — or at least since a survey began measuring it four years ago. (Friedman/New Jersey Advance Media for )








Source: Chaneyfield Jenkins meets with Sweeney in Newark

State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) had a lunchtime meeting with Newark’s Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins on Tuesday, according to a source. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)


  Morning Digest sponsored by ForwardNJ: October 8th