Morning News Digest: Nov. 10th

GOP County Party chairs clash on Bergen outcome

Party Chairman Bill Layton had a good night on Tuesday, as Republicans maintained control of the Burlington County Freeholder Board – unlike what went down in Bergen County, where Republicans lost control of the county executive’s seat and failed to win two freeholder seats. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Gardner Post Game: VBMs a difference-maker in clerk’s race

To those onlookers from the far side of the county border, one of the surprise outcomes of Election Night occurred in Passaic, where incumbent GOP Clerk Kristin Corrado hung on and defeated Democratic challenger Jeff Gardner. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




LD29 Gutcheck: signs now point to Democratic Primary

Accelerated fundraising efforts by forces affiliated with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka suggest that the mayor’s political allies want to move forward with a plan to run primary candidates against LD29 incumbents Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer and Assemblywoman Eliana Pinor Marin. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




LD15 logjam: County Executive and Trenton Mayor try to come to terms

The champagne-soaked troops of Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) this week partied through some teeth gritting at her CD12 victory bash, as they try to figure out who will replace her. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




LD36, 37 and 38 by the numbers in Bergen

The three home county Democratic senators waged their own turnout war on Tuesday night. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



ICYMI: Democratic candidates for guv 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)



Analysis: Christie’s practice run is over

The national campaign that raised record amounts of money and earned him winning results is over, meaning it is time for Governor Christie to shift his focus to 2016 and the decision of whether to run for president. (Hayes/The Bergen Record)



Bergen County Sheriff’s Officers go big for Tedesco

They packed political debates, took to social media, put their message on billboards, sent out postcards — even brought a lawsuit to federal court. (Rimbach/The Bergen Record)



Bergen County Executive Donovan promises smooth transition for successor Tedesco

Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan said Friday that she was not surprised she lost her bid for reelection because the county has become increasingly Democratic, and that she will drop her lawsuit seeking to block the merger of the county Police Department into the Sheriff’s Office. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)



Chris Christie’s best week ever, day by day

For months, he’s been racing from state to state campaigning and raising money for the governors he represents as head of the Republican Governor’s Association. In the five days leading up to Election Day, he visited 19 different states. He dispersed, all told, $90 million in states where the margin of victory was 6 percentage points or less. And after this epic run, Chris Christie enjoyed a little rest and a lot of affirmation. (Elkin/Bloomberg)



Chris Christie’s RGA was good to his friends, too: Report

An International Business Times review this week of the Republican Governors Association — a group that raises and spends money to bring more governorships into the party fold — showed it booked a conspicuous slice of money from companies that have had contracts with Gov. Chris Christie’s administration in New Jersey. While under Christie’s leadership, the RGA has harvested a record $102 million in the past year. Now, it appears two people close to the New Jersey governor also benefited financially from Christie’s RGA chairmanship, reported. (Winsor/Sirota/IBTimes)



Christie’s contacts deliver

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tapped his local network of donors for more than $300,000 in political contributions for Republican governor candidates across the country, building more goodwill as he weighs a bid for president. (Haddon/The Bergen Record)



As Washington debates immigration reform, new citizens urge action

Today, 30 immigrants representing 15 countries became American citizens in a City Hall ceremony in Jersey City. (Cruz/NJTV)



The Backroom


The MacArthur 2017 scenario: not going to happen, Layton says

The buzz around GOP Congressman-elect Tom MacArthur in the 3rd Congressional District includes an argument that he would make the best Republican candidate for governor in 2017. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Hawthorne Confidential
Hawthorne has only had partisan government since about 1991. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Port terminals director gets 12 months for taking bribes

A judge today sentenced a maintenance director at Maher Terminals in Union County to 12 months in prison for soliciting and accepting cash bribes of more than $100,000 in return for demolition and construction contracts at a container ship facility, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)






From the PolitickerNJ Bookshelf: The Mystery of Eugene McCarthy

One of the most enigmatic and exasperating people in American presidential politics, the late Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota confounded and infuriated his anti-Vietnam War supporters when he refused to show passion as a presidential candidate in the 1968 Democratic Primary. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Malloy stayed true to his party, and won

When my dad was drafted in World War II, he was sent 1,500 miles from his home in the Bronx to basic training at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. To make life a little easier, married soldiers were allowed to live off the base. So my mom, originally from Brooklyn, traveled halfway across the country so they could be together. (Fink/for the Hartford Courant) Morning News Digest: Nov. 10th