Morning News Digest: October 21st

Democratic candidates for guv 2017 swarm Tedesco with two weeks to go

Stampede! That’s the word out of Bergen County this afternoon as late commitments continue to pour in from fledgling 2017 gubernatorial candidates, falling all over one another for county executive candidate James Tedesco. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




CD 5 race: In Garrett country, Sussex voters offer mixed opinions

SUSSEX COUNTY, N.J. – Deep in the Sussex County section of New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District, local voters might not always tell reporters their last name. But regarding Republican incumbent Scott Garrett, they will tell you their opinion. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




FDU Poll: Booker up 16 points over Bell

This morning’s Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind Poll shows U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) leading Republican challenger Jeff Bell 56-40%, with Booker outpacing Bell’s favorables by an almost two-to-one margin (57% versus 29%, respectively). (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Christie says he ‘hasn’t given any deep thought’ to Bell’s gold standard

MORRISTOWN – Gov. Chris Christie, Republican governor and prospective presidential candidate, said today that he “hasn’t given any deep thought” to the gold standard, the alternative monetary policy touted and promoted by fellow conservative and U.S. senate contender, Jeff Bell. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Is McGreevey watching the West Orange mayor’s race and the Frank Addonizio jump

What former Orange Mayor Eldridge Hawkins, Jr. is attempting to do in West Orange is to become the first Essex County mayor of one town to become mayor of another town, in this case an adjoining town. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




CD3 race: The LaVergne factor

Congressional candidates in South Jersey’s third district, Democrat Aimee Belgard and Republican Tom MacArthur, will meet tonight in Columbus for their six face-to-face clash of a contentious months-long race. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: New Jerseyans doubtful of benefits of sports betting

Although Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation to allow sports betting at racetracks and casinos to try to help revitalize a flagging Atlantic City, many New Jersey residents are not sure the idea is a good bet for the resort town, according to this morning’s Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. (Politicker Staff)




BurlCo muzzle flash: Fulop v. Layton

With two weeks to go until Election Day, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop sees an opportunity in Burlington County. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Amidst out-of-state travels, Christie to campaign for MacArthur, Donovan over remainder of cycle

MORRISTOWN – With just over two weeks to go before polls open on Nov. 4th, Gov. Chris Christie said today he’ll be busy campaigning for fellow Republican candidates in-and out-of-state — though most of it will be out-of-state. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




The Tedesco question: Muskie or Biden

James Tedesco’s choke-up on the trail yesterday when talking about his family, chronicled by PolitickerNJ reporter Mark Bonamo, recalled two other famous campaign moments involving Democratic Party challengers. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




West Orange mayor’s race: Four candidates, one spot draws public to debate

WEST ORANGE – In the midst of a relatively civil mayoral candidates’ forum at the B’Nai Shalom synagogue in West Orange on Monday night, one flashpoint between two candidates drew out some of the tension inherent in the race. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Chris Christie campaigns for Beauprez issue that eludes New Jersey

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that he had the same idea as Colorado Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez about reducing regulations on vocational schools. (Bunch/The Denver Post)




Chris Christie signed a bill legalizing sports betting in N.J., so all the major leagues filed a lawsuit to block it

The four major sports leagues and the NCAA  sought an injunction in federal court Monday against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to stop sports betting in the state. (Schwarz/The Washington Post)




7 games of ‘would you rather’ with Chris Christie

The children’s game Would You Rather is good practice for politicians. Eventually they graduate from questions like, “Would you rather eat a spider or dip your hand in a bucket of them?” to ones like, “Would you rather bomb the brutal terrorists or not tacitly help the barbaric dictator?” (Elkin/Bloomberg)




In Georgia and across the country, GOP modernizes its voter outreach

MARIETTA, Ga. — Standing toward the back of the Cobb County Republican Party headquarters, chairman Joe Dendy marvels at the scene. (O’Keefe/The Washington Post)




Hillary Clinton is a bright spot on a gloomy Democratic election landscape

SAN FRANCISCO — In this midterm election season, it may not be good to be a Democrat — but it is very good to be Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Gearan/The Washington Post)




N.J. Democratic congressional candidate’s voting record raises residency questions

TRENTON — Roy Cho, the Democratic candidate who’s presenting a tough challenge to Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett, says he moved into the congressional district in the summer of 2012. (Friedman/NJ Advance Media for




Democratic candidate for Bergen exec vows more contact with freeholders, moves to promote mass transit

If elected in two weeks, Democrat James Tedesco said he will do something no other Bergen County executive has done: meet regularly with the Freeholder Board. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)




Christie to make 2nd trip to support Hogan

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is making his second trip to Maryland to support Republican Larry Hogan’s bid for governor.




Valerie Plame coming to Ridgewood to sign new novel

WHO: Valerie Plame. WHAT: Signing new novel, “Burned,” and discussion with fellow author Chris Pavone. (Yorio/The Bergen Record)




The Backroom


Bergen bar notes: speculating on the future

There’s no indication that she’ll step down after this term. In many ways, state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) is having the strongest, most effective legislative year of her storied and politically turbulent tenure. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Bergen invariably intensifies down to the wire: this time it was Ganz and Schepisi

Bergen Freeholder Chairman David Ganz and Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-39) scrapped tonight at a meeting of the freeholders. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)






The ugly truth about Cory Booker, New Jersey’s golden boy

It’s eight o’clock on a Sunday night in Jersey City, and for the first time this October it’s cold enough to see your breath in front of you with a deep exhale of the Hudson River air. It’s curious, given that, to see a group of a few dozen residents and visitors from neighboring towns assembled in a parking lot next to the train station—while the New York Giants are playing, no less. The workout-gear-clad mayor, Steven Fulop, is hopping up and down with his arms crossed over his chest for warmth, asking me when I think “he” will arrive. (Nuzzi/The Daily Beast) Morning News Digest: October 21st