Morning News Digest: November 17th

Gubernatorial Gateway: the local logic of Stack-world

NORTH BERGEN – It seems a cruel twist of irony that the dateline is “North Bergen,” given the cement-mixed brand name state Senator Brian P. Stack forged in his hometown of neighboring Union City, where hordes of Stack’s followers jumped into cars, SUVs and buses and barged over the municipal line into Schuetzen Park for this annual Stack-fest. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




‘Aid in dying’ vote ‘deeply personal’ for two Republicans who voted against party line

Yesterday’s passage of A2270, the “Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act”, a bill that allows terminally ill patients to end their lives by obtaining and self-administering lethal doses of medication from a doctor, was the highlight of an otherwise predictable Assembly session, according to most insiders and observers. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Webber strikes back at Ciattarelli: ‘Kind of sick’

One Republican assemblyman is speaking out against a fellow caucus member for his support for and defense of a controversial aid in dying bill that passed narrowly through General Assembly earlier this week. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




LD15: Gusciora to run again

Blowing up published reports about his possible near-future landing in a judgeship, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-15) today said he plans to announce his reelection bid on Tuesday, November 18 at his annual campaign celebration, “Triumph in November,” at Triumph Brewing Company in Princeton. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Christie COS O’Dowd joins Cooper Hospital as senior VP

George Norcross III this afternoon announced Cooper Hospital’s appointment of the Chief of Staff of Gov. Chris Christie as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Rutgers professor Clement Price remembered for uniting Newark beyond politics

NEWARK – The rumor around Newark City Hall after former Mayor Cory Booker ascended to the U.S. Senate last year was that Clement Price, the esteemed Rutgers-Newark history professor, would be named interim mayor of New Jersey’s largest city. While that reported possibility never came to pass, the sad fact of Price’s death last week, and the responding powerful, positive affirmation of his life by Newarkers from all walks of life, showed that Price had something most politicians can only dream of: the true love of the people. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)





Former State Sen. Robert Littell dies at age 78

Former State Sen. Robert Littell of Franklin, a towering figure in Sussex County politics, died today at age 78. (Jennings/The New Jersey Herald)




Christie administration releases previously withheld N.J. tax information

Governor Christie’s administration has decided to release detailed information about state tax collections that was originally withheld from monthly revenue reports under a policy change first announced in September. (Reitmeyer/The Bergen Record)



Analysis: Is possible 2016 run behind Christie’s tighter grip on N.J. financial info?

Governor Christie won the 2009 gubernatorial election against incumbent Jon Corzine by promising to right New Jersey’s economy, fix a state budget riddled with debt and take on record-high property tax bills. (Reitmeyer/The Bergen Record)




Fellow Republican Walker says Christie does not have ‘Midwestern filter’

Governor Christie does not have a “Midwestern filter,” fellow Republican Gov. Scott Walker told a panel on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday. (Racioppi/The Bergen Record)




Jackson: simple advice for New Jersey’s newest representatives

Rep. Albio Sires had a simple message for fellow Democrats Donald Norcross and Bonnie Watson Coleman, who got their first official training last week for the House seats representing New Jersey they were elected to fill Nov. 4. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)




Paterson mayor collected more than $217K for inaugural ball

PATERSON – Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres raised more than $217,000 to pay for the inaugural ball he held at The Brownstone in July, according to campaign finance reports filed this week. (Malinconico/The Paterson Press)




Chris Christie’s gambling problem

ATLANTIC CITY – Gov. Chris Christie has a gambling problem — one that will stretch far beyond this resort city if he runs for president next year. (Jordan/Gannett)




Parsippany Council sues mayor, says he’s sending big bucks to politically connected attorney

MORRISTOWN — The Parisppany Township Council has filed a lawsuit against Mayor James Barberio, claiming he has authorized “illegal” use of township funds. (Horowitz/NJ Advance Media for




Chris Christie tells Iowa voters he’ll veto N.J. pig bill that’s unpopular in presidential battleground state

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie told Iowa pork producers he intends to veto a controversial pig crate bill currently sitting on his desk. (Arco/NJ Advance Media for




Do A.C.? Alliance is done in A.C.

Been there, done AC. Now it’s time to move on. That’s the message from the Atlantic City Alliance, the group created to promote the struggling seaside resort to other parts of the country. (Parry/Associated Press)




Governor Christie winning weight-loss campaign

William Howard Taft, the heaviest president in history, grew so tired of being ridiculed about his weight that he told his physician to put him on a diet, noting that “no real gentleman weighs more than 300 pounds.” (Layton/Hayes/The Bergen Record)





Ingle: AC mayor has the right vision for recovery

TRENTON — The state threw another summit on how to save Atlantic City. A lot of it sounded like same song, second verse. (Ingle/Gannett)




Be mindful of big picture

“We’ve got to stop the bleeding,” Gov. Chris Christie declared after this week’s summit aimed at staving off the financial ruin of Atlantic City. The next day, an advisory commission on gaming released a report offering several recommendations, most of which were directed at trying to keep the city from going bankrupt. (Gannett)






Tedesco’s transition team

Jim Tedesco, Bergen County Executive-elect, today announced the formation of his transition team, two weeks after defeating Republican incumbent Kathe Donovan in this month’s general election. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Webster and Giantomasi leave Genova Burns

The law firm of Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster is undergoing some significant changes, according to partner Angelo Genova (pictured). (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



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