Morning News Digest: October 20th

Winners and Losers: Week of October 13th


The Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly passed the veteran Union County assemblyman’s bill, which aims to make New Jersey higher education more affordable by freezing costs for the duration of a college student’s years in school. It is a fitting victory for the veteran Cryan, a favored candidate for sheriff in his home county and likely in his final days as a Trenton lawmaker. (Politicker Staff)




2014 Election Guide: November 4th Greasepoints Part I

We’re down to almost two weeks remaining before the secular version of Judgment Day. PolitickerNJ has taken a moment to isolate just some (with more to come) of the contests on Nov. 4th and their implications for the primary players of state – and national – politics. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Bergen County Exec’s Race: Donovan, Tedesco counterpunch over TV ad accusations

PARAMUS – Republican incumbent Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan and her Democratic challenger, Freeholder Jim Tedesco, took their TV ad war to the streets on Sunday, 16 days before voters go the polls. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Currie wants DCCC’s Israel to back up Cho in CD5 race

The leader of the Democratic Party in New Jersey wants the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to put resources into CD5. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




As Booker rallies Latinos in Passaic, Ebola joust with Bell persists

PASSAIC – In a basically moribund election cycle, a typically effervescent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) bounded onstage and attempted to inflate a public mood soured by the weather and jittery with Ebola. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




POLITICO poll: alarm, anxiety as election looms

An overwhelming majority of voters in the most competitive 2014 elections say it feels as if events in the United States are “out of control” and expressed mounting alarm about terrorism, anxiety about Ebola and harsh skepticism of both political parties only three weeks before the Nov. 4 midterms. (Burns/POLITICO)




POLITICO poll: Democrats in danger over Ebola

Voters who intend to support Republicans in the most consequential Senate and House elections this November had significantly less confidence in the federal government’s response to the occurrence of Ebola, according to a new POLITICO poll. (Shepard/POLITICO)




Christie visits to 2016 open-primary states could lay groundwork for non-base support

Governor Christie’s itinerary as he travels the country campaigning and fundraising for Republican candidates this year may be the road map for how he might blunt the power of the party’s conservative base if he were to run for president. (Hayes/The Bergen Record)




Judge voids Taj Mahal union contract with casino workers

“With the stroke of a pen, we’ve gone from middle class jobs in this city to working poor,” said Taj Mahal waitress Valerie McMorris. (Flanagan/NJTV)




Chris Christie’s possible Iowa advantage in 2016 presidential race

TRENTON — If Gov. Chris Christie is in need of an advantage in Iowa in the run up to the 2016 presidential sweepstakes, he has a friend in Gov. Terry Branstad. (Arco/NJ Media Advance for




Bill Maher calls on Gov. Chris Christie end pigs’ confinement in tiny crates

No one can say Farm Sanctuary workers in New York “do little” for their four-legged friends. (The Daily News)




See how much Chris Christie and his wife have made since he became NJ governor

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie and First Lady Mary Pat last year made the most money since the governor first took office, according to tax returns the governor’s office released on Friday. (Arco/NJ Media Advance for




Veteran north Jersey congressman finds himself in tough race

TRENTON — What a difference a poll makes. (Friedman/NJ Media Advance for






Political insider: the Fulop garbage flip-flop mystery

Wednesday evening I made the trek to Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto’s fundraiser in Secaucus. There I had a short conversation with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop about the city’s garbage transfer station plans in Greenville. Early the next morning, the mayor emailed folks announcing he was wrong and is no longer for this particular garbage-related issue. (Torres/The Jersey Journal)




Jackson: N.J. candidates flush with cash are happy to share the wealth

Along with spending $537,000 for television and Internet ads and $200,000 for polling and lawyers, Sen. Cory Booker’s campaign sent $85,000 last month to a Washington political fund that’s trying to keep the Senate under Democratic control. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)





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