Morning News Digest: November 24th

THE PolitickerNJ interview with Essex County Executive Joe DiVIncenzo; Gov. Chris Christie with Dallas Cowboys; President Barack Obama on Hillary Clinton as president; a new face in LD15 and more!


DiVincenzo wants a fifth term as Essex County Executive

WEST ORANGE – If Lou Stellato received the crown of Caesar in Atlantic City for having marshaled Democrats to fight and win, Joe DiVincenzo demanded the crown in absentia by virtue of having strategized sufficiently to not have to fight – and win. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Republican Pauls jumps into LD2 contest, goes after Mazzeo

In what will be one of the most watched legislative districts in NJ 2015 politics, at ground zero of an ailing casino industry, Atlantic County Freeholder and labor leader Will Pauls today announced he will seek the Republican nomination for General Assembly for the Second Legislative District. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




At Newark rally, praise for Obama’s executive immigration action

NEWARK – A small crowd of about 50 labor leaders, community members and elected officials in Newark on Friday applauded a big move by U.S. President Barack Obama. On Thursday night, Obama announced he would use his executive authority to prevent the deportation of up to five million undocumented immigrants and allow many to work legally. The move echoed from Washington, D.C. to the steps of Grace Episcopal Church on Broad Street. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Gusciora on potential LD15 dogfight: ‘Nothing should be easy’

TRENTON – Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-15) today welcomed a heated contest in Mercer County’s upcoming special convention to replace outgoing U.S. Rep.-elect Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12), as well as possible Democratic primary dogfights in November of next year — but downplayed the notion that Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson and Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes are as deep in disagreement over who should fill the seat as recent reports suggest. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Obama to Republican critics on immigration: ‘Pass a bill’

(Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama shrugged off criticism of his executive action on immigration with a challenge to House of Representatives Republicans: if you don’t like it, do something.




Christie’s billionaire booster: Home Depot Langone’s fundraising is powerful weapon

If Governor Christie does decide to run for president, he’s already locked up one of the most prolific fundraisers in Republican presidential politics. (Hayes/The Bergen Record)




Former West Windsor councilman announces run for 15th District Assembly seat

WEST WINDSOR — Former West Windsor Councilman Kamal Khanna announced Sunday his intentions to run for state Assembly in the 15th District. (McEvoy/The Times of Trenton)




Mike Tyson scheduled to appear at Jersey City function with Jim McGreevey: The Auditor

Back in April, Jersey City’s Employment and Training Program conference on prisoner re-entry brought in former NBA star Jayson Williams — convicted of assault for the accidental shooting death of his chauffeur — as a guest. (The Auditor/NJ Advance Media for




Hillary Clinton would be great president: Barack Obama

He told ABC News Mrs Clinton was not “going to agree with me on everything”, which could be a welcome break for voters after his eight years in office. (BBC News)




Cowboys pre-game pics: Governor Christie greets Garrett; Jay-Z on field

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett (right) visits with New Jersey governor Chris Christie before their game with the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Sunday, November 23, 2014. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)




Chris Christie and the late Marion Barry: very different, very colorful

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week’s recommendations are long portraits of two of our more colorful politicians – from totally different worlds: Marion Barry, who died this weekend, and Chris Christie. (Meyer/Scripps)






Essex Freeholder-elect Timberlake to be named board president, sources say

ESSEX COUNTY – Sources have told PolitickerNJ that Essex County Freeholder-elect Britnee Timberlake will be named freeholder board president. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)






Jay’s Jersey Political 4-Pack

This past week most of Jersey’s political bandwidth was sucked up by the League of Municipalities’ annual convention-pooloza down n Atlantic City.  I put together this list of newsy odds-n-ends that may have escaped your attention while you were busy schmoozing. (Lassiter/PolitickerNJ)


Morning News Digest: November 24th