Morning News Digest: November 21st

The (full!) PolitickerNJ Interview: Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato

ATLANTIC CITY — Up three floors at the Borgata, at the end of the hall in a plush suite overlooking the skyline of this sprawling seaside city, Lou Stellato stood in front of a full length mirror, meticulously fixing a blue tie. Occasionally he’d stop to think deeply on a question, posed by these two reporters, or grab something from the bedroom. He was multitasking, as it were — no new thing for him — having graciously agreed to give the press a half hour of time he probably didn’t have. Soon after, he would descend downstairs, an aide or two at his side, to a ballroom on the ground floor where Bergen County Democrats were toasting their newly-minted county executive, Jim Tedesco. (Brush, Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Menendez reacts to Obama’s immigration executive action

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) issued the below statement in reaction to President Obama’s executive action on immigration. (Politicker Staff)




Mercer Freeholder Frisby forms exploratory committee for LD15 seat

ATLANTIC CITY – Mercer County Freeholder Samuel T. Frisby announced on Thursday at the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference that he is forming an exploratory committee to evaluate a possible run for the 15th Legislative Assembly district seat vacated by U.S. Rep.-elect Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12). (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




At Baraka’s ‘North Jersey Explosion’ party, Kenney says ‘I’m interested’ in blowing up LD 29

ATLANTIC CITY – The New Jersey League of Municipalities conference is known for its semi-staid cocktail parties. It can also be known for a good time. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s Wednesday night party, held at Dusk inside of Caesars, was on ’til the break of dawn. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Transcript: President Obama’s immigration address

Washington (CNN) — My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration. For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It’s kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities — people not trapped by our past, but able to remake ourselves as we choose.




Chris Christie’s reaction to Obama’s executive order

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie criticized President Obama for the executive order he’ll announce Thursday evening, saying “I don’t think what he’s doing tonight, the method by which he’s doing it helps to build a trustful relationship,” presumably referring to the President’s interactions with Republicans in Congress. Christie, who is attending the Republican Governors Association annual meeting, said “Bipartisanship is not one of the priorities he [President Obama] wants to set.” (Chaggaris/CBS)




Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders

WASHINGTON — Spurning furious Republicans, President Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families.” (Pace/AP)




Chris Christie hedges on Obama immigration plan

Boca Raton, Florida (CNN) — Chris Christie — a self-styled truth teller with a penchant for political combat — was notably cautious Wednesday when pressed on President Barack Obama’s plan to issue immigration executive orders. (Hamby)




Republicans hammer legal case against Obama on immigration

Washington (CNN) — Opponents of President Barack Obama’s plan, which makes sweeping changes to the nation’s immigration system by use of executive order, focused their criticism on the legal case, saying Obama has overstepped the boundaries of his authority and is ignoring the will of the people. (Brander, Rosche/CNN)




On immigration, a tale of two presidents

Washington (CNN) — When George W. Bush couldn’t get an immigration overhaul though the Senate, he gave up. When Barack Obama couldn’t get a bill through the House, he changed the rules. (Collinson/CNN)




Gas tax hike proposed to replenish Transportation Trust Fund

Paying for the nearly empty Transportation Trust Fund to repair roads and bridges was at issue today. Lawmakers were calling for giving local governments a bigger share of the diminishing pie. The Assembly Transportation Committee field-tested ideas on how to save it. And where to spend it. NJTV News Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron was there and discussed the hearing with Anchor Mary Alice Williams. (Aron/NJTV)




Ruling expected on New Jersey sports betting

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge is expected to rule on whether sports betting can begin in New Jersey in defiance of the federal government and the nation’s biggest sports leagues.





Stile: Christie defends his right to criticize Obama immigration action

Governor Christie lashed out at President Obama on Thursday, hours before the president unveiled his sweeping executive order that shields 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. But the governor got even angrier when he was asked for his own plan to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws. (Stile/The Bergen Record)




Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie’s 2016 prospects

President Obama on Thursday announced his much-anticipated executive action on immigration, and in doing so he lobbed a grenade squarely into the 2016 Republican primary race. (Terbush/The Week) Morning News Digest: November 21st