Morning News Digest: October 27th

Winners and Losers: heading into the vortex

Camden clearly wants to show a big vote spike down there for little brother in CD1. Empowering Lou Stellato and strengthening the north are not part of the wide-reaching plan. (Politicker Staff)




Elections 2014: NJ Republicans using Obama fatigue to drum up support

With just over a week to go before election day, Republicans in New Jersey are using a familiar tactic to turn out voters and damage the names of their Democratic opponents: link them to President Barack Obama. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Bergen County Exec’s race: Donovan, Tedesco boost their bases in weekend campaigning

BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. – Republican incumbent Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan and her Democratic challenger, Freeholder Jim Tedesco, engaged their respective bases on a sunny Saturday in Bergen with 10 days left before Election Day. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




The statewide senate race and the Gilmore Dynamic

The allies of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker are confident they will defeat Gold Standard champion Jeff Bell on Nov. 4th. But they want to beat him by more than 11 points, which was the 2013 margin of victory by Booker over movement conservative Steve Lonegan. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




CD 5 race: Garrett, Cho clash on issues at sole face-to-face debate

WASHINGTON TWP. – Republican incumbent Congressman Scott Garrett and his Democratic challenger Roy Cho met face-to-face on Friday in the sole debate between the two candidates for New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Booker v. Bell in LWV debate

TRENTON – In their lone debate, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) routinely celebrated regular “folks” in making a case for bipartisanship while excoriating his Republican opponent as a Tea Party extremist who blames President Barack Obama for the world’s ills. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Burlington County Dems up with second ad in freeholder race

The campaign of Burlington County Freeholder candidates Tom Pullion and Mike Schmidt went up with its second television ad of the race today, slamming Republican Freeholder Board members Mary Anne O’Brien and Bruce Garganio for their records on taxes and alleged “inside deals” cut with local contractors. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




What about the pigs?

By the looks of it, the two seemed like long-lost buddies, reunited again on mutual path to success. “Hi, this is my friend Tom MacArthur,” the affable governor said as he made his way around the establishment, introducing the third district congressional candidate to patrons like he was family. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Christie and Cuomo amplify quarantine measures to protect NJ/NY citizens

In a press conference in New York City this afternoon, governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of New York appeared together to address rising concerns about the Ebola outbreak. Tensions heightened yesterday when Craig Spencer, a New York resident who had just returned from Guinea working with Doctors Without Borders, was diagnosed with Ebola. (Swain/PolitickerNJ)




After spending big on midterm elections, change is unlikely

It’s the most expensive midterm election ever, with congressional candidates, parties and independent groups spending $4 billion already — $24 million in New Jersey’s 12 races for the House alone. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)




While blistering Obama, Christie praises George W. Bush’s leadership

Governor Christie argued Saturday night that President Obama did a lousy job as a world leader. (Stile/The Bergen Record




George P. Bush says dad ‘moving forward’ on 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeb Bush is “moving forward” on a potential 2016 White House run and it appears more likely he’ll enter the Republican race. That’s the opinion of his son, who’s running for office in Texas.–election.html




Chris Christie talks midterm elections 2014, 2016 presidential possibility

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appeared cautious about the chances of the Republican gubernatorial candidates in the midterm elections this year, saying that 12 races are too close to call, while offering a tease about a potential 2016 presidential candidacy of his own in an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.” (Gibson/IBTimes)




Judge halts New Jersey’s sports betting plan

A federal judge on Friday granted a request from the four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the NCAA to temporarily stop New Jersey from allowing legalized sports betting. (Porter/The Associated Press)




White House ponders life with a Republican Senate

Nervous that Democrats could lose control of the Senate, the White House is already discussing how to cut deals with a Republican majority. (Dovere/POLITICO)




Polls give Republicans edge in critical states

Republicans are on the precipice of taking control of the Senate for the first time in eight years, new NBC News/Marist polls released Sunday show, but the GOP has yet to lock up many of the key battleground races. (Shepard/POLITICO)





What Colorado’s elections this year could say about 2016

DENVER — Over the next nine days, the focus in Colorado will be on the competitive Senate race between Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and his challenger, Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, and on the gubernatorial contest that pits Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper against former Republican congressman Bob Beauprez. (Balz/The Washington Post)




Chris Christie stuck her in ‘prison.’ So Ebola nurse says she’ll sue

Kaci Hickox treated Ebola patients in West Africa. She’s a hero. (Diamond/Forbes)




Christie, Sweeney, Fox avoid talk of gas tax at turnpike ribbon cutting

Get ready to say goodbye to the annoyance of that daily traffic jam at the merge of the southbound lanes around exit 8A. Officials — including the governor and senate president — cut the ribbon on the Turnpike-widening project, what they’re calling the largest expansion in the history of the Turnpike. (Cruz/NJTV)




In Iowa, Chris Christie bemoans Obama’s ‘vacuum of leadership’

Campaigning for Republican Gov. Terry Branstad in Iowa on Saturday, Gov. Chris Christie, R-New Jersey, bemoaned a “vacuum of leadership” from President Obama – but he told a packed Republican crowd in the first-in-the-nation caucus state that he can see the light at the end of the tunnel.




Chris Christie, GOP governors play offense in final election stretch

With nine days to go before Election Day, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sounded positive Sunday about Republican chances of holding or winning key races for governor this year. (Camia/USA Today)




Christie to decide 2016 race early next year

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he doesn’t know yet if he’s running for president in 2016 but will decide early next year. (Gass/POLITICO)






The Secrets of New Jersey

IN his very first promise as governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie pledged on Inauguration Day in 2010 to shine daylight on the workings of his government. “Today a new era of accountability and transparency is here,” Mr. Christie said. “Today, I will sign executive orders that will make our finances, our budgeting and our processes more transparent for all citizens to see. Today, change has arrived.” (Walker/The New York Times)




Christie’s bad bet

New Jersey needs money, badly. And, clinging to his presidential dreams, Gov. Chris Christie has placed a sucker’s bet on legalizing sports betting there — one that looks like an even longer shot after a U.S. District judge Friday granted a temporary restraining order to stop the books from opening Sunday. (The New York Daily News)




Stasi: Chris Christie and Kimberly Guilfoyle put the ‘con’ in conservative

Who put the “con” in and took the “serve” out of Conservative? Last week, two very visible neo-neo cons, separated by age, gender and weight, but not ideology, proved once again that if you’re not a rich, unattractive, aging blowhard male, or a gorgeous younger female who dresses like a hooker and sounds as liberated as Anastasia Steele, you don’t belong in their tent. Thank God. (Stasi/The New York Daily News)




Cory Booker’s debate prep stand-in: The Auditor

When Democratic Sen. Cory Booker’s campaign needed a debate prep stand-in for his Republican opponent, Jeff Bell, it knew who to call: Bill Castner. (The Auditor/NJ Advance Media for




Roy Cho for Congress in the Fifth District: Editorial

No matter how you feel about Scott Garrett, this is undeniable: After serving 12 monotonous years in Congress, he isn’t what you call a Tough Read. (The Star Ledger Editorial Board)




The Record: Cho in the 5th District

A PRAGMATIC conservative can represent everyone living in the 5th Congressional District. For more than two decades, moderate Republican Marge Roukema did just that. But for the past 12 years, the 5th District has been represented by a dogmatic conservative who believes ideology trumps compromise. That should change. (The Bergen Record Editorial Board)


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