Morning News Digest: October 30th

Chris Christie to Sandy Heckler: 'Sit down and shut up!"

Menendez blasts state over Sandy recovery: ‘We must do much better’

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UNION BEACH – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) let his “Cuban get up on” him while talking about Hurricane Sandy recovery at a press conference today, raising his voice and pounding his fist on a podium as he decried the state’s handling of aid distribution in the wake of a storm that displaced thousands of residents and continues to affect many more. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




CD5 Race: Does Cho have the momentum to win against Garrett?

OAKLAND – If Democrat Roy Cho is successful in his plan to unseat Republican incumbent Scott Garrett in New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District, one factor will have been a surge of support following Garrett’s perceived gaffe in his campaign’s recent mailer about the aftermath on Hurricane Sandy. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




For Christie, Sandy volunteers are ‘God’s instruments’

UNION CITY – Gov. Chris Christie finished off his Hurricane Sandy anniversary tour here today on a hay-covered dirt patch in the front yard of a half-finished home, calling it “sacred ground.” (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Stockton Poll: MacArthur up 5 points over Belgard in CD3

Republican Tom MacArthur has a 5-percentage-point lead over Democrat Aimee Belgard over Burlington County in the 3rd Congressional District, according to a poll released today by the Stockton Polling Institute. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bell: the PolitickerNJ Interview

Using the immigration issue and what he hears as President Barack Obama’s double talk on the subject, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bell has tried to wrangle Latino voters in his bid to upset U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) next Tuesday. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Former Paterson Councilman Rodriguez and wife agree to lifetime ban from public office, employment

Going down fighting with a final run for mayor, he was done at the end of his last term and now he’s done for the future. Another chair of public officialdom in city hall or elsewhere will not be his. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




ELEC: BurlCo GOP had most COH on Sept. 30th with nearly $1 million

Bergen Democrats and Burlington Republicans spent the most money between January 1st and Sept. 30th of this year, according to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Sweeney: Hurricane Sandy victims still don’t have answers

On the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) went to Perth Amboy to demand that the state adopt the standards of his Bill of Rights to get the storm’s victims back into their homes. Sweeney singled out the administration of Gov. Chris Christie. (Sweeney/PolitickerNJ)




Sweeney v. Kean: Rumble in Monroe

They have a history of going head-to-head in urbane settings furnished by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce whose finery prevents things from getting out of hand. (Politicker Staff)




New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie argues with Sandy heckler

The second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy arrived Wednesday in a region where recovery in New Jersey and New York is happening unevenly, with many houses, boardwalks and businesses rebuilt but many people still unable to return to their homes. (




Chris Christie tells heckler off at Hurricane Sandy event: ‘sit down and shut up’

A heckler critical of Chris Christie’s post-Sandy efforts created a perfect storm at an anniversary event Wednesday, prompting the bellicose governor to tell him to “sit down and shut up.” (Adams Otis/New York Daily News)




Christie, Obama trade jabs as details of N.J. Ebola quarantine plan emerge

As Governor Christie and President Obama sparred Wednesday over mandatory quarantines for travelers exposed to Ebola patients, a draft of the state’s strategy to deal with the virus outlined how it would enforce those quarantines, transport people to hospitals and treat children of parents who may have to be isolated. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)




Lesniak super PAC sued by Elizabeth Board of Education candidates

TRENTON — A team of candidates for the Elizabeth Board of Education is accusing a super PAC closely tied to state Sen. Raymond Lesniak of illegally bankrolling its rivals’ campaigns. (Friedman/NJ Media Advance for





BurlCo Madness: Belgard’s Act II if she loses and Schmidt wins

If CD3 candidate Aimee Belgard cannot beat Republican Tom MacArthur in a Republican-leaning district this year, Democrats at least want one of two council seats, an outcome that would once again catapult Belgard to the forefront of state politics next year if she seeks re-election to the freeholder board. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Menendez, Castro, and a Clinton presidential ticket

UNION CITY -The U.S. Senator, moments after delivering a fiery oration about failed Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in New Jersey at a press conference this afternoon, was shuffling back to his black SUV when he was forced to wonder aloud about the future of a fellow Latino official also present at the Democratic star-studded event. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




House Majority PAC ad for Norcross in CD1: ‘There are 211 lawyers in Congress’

That new House Majority PAC ad you were looking for on behalf of state Sen. Donald Norcross’ (D-5) CD1 candidacy is up and running on Philadelphia network television. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




RGA: Christie to attend Walker events on Friday

Republican Governors Association (RGA) Chairman (and New Jersey Governor) Chris Christie will travel to Arizona on Thursday to attend events for GOP Gubernatorial Nominee Doug Ducey, to New Mexico to attend an event for Governor Susana Martinez, to Colorado to attend an event for GOP Gubernatorial Nominee Bob Beauprez, and then to Iowa to attend an event for Governor Terry Branstad, according to the RGA. (Politicker Staff)




The Menendez-Fulop Effect, Part II

All – or almost all – the statewide pooh-bahs were there packed into the Venetian, awaiting the start of state Senator Nick Sacco’s (D-32) program and looking around over their umbrella drinks to make sure this or that personage was present. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Booker headed back to Newark for Election Night

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) will be stationed at the Robert Treat Hotel on Election Night. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




At Union County breakfast, Sweeney v. Murphy v. Lesniak

Four-hundred Democrats spilled into the Mountainside breakfast hall this past Sunday with no great apprehension about Election Day, and found themselves chewing on bagels – and the speeches of three potential candidates for governor. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Monmouth Poll: views on Sandy recovery effort unchanged

As New Jersey marks the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, the latest Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll finds that Garden State residents’ opinions on some aspects of the recovery have improved slightly while others remained unchanged.  At the same time, fewer than half of state residents are confident that the state can prepare for another storm of Sandy’s magnitude. (Politicker Staff)






Stile: new energy for Roy Cho fails to attract donors

A routine campaign event along the banks of a scenic lake in Oakland on Wednesday illustrated just how much life has changed for Roy Cho, the 33-year-old Democrat running for New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District. (Stile/The Bergen Record)

Morning News Digest: October 30th