Morning News Digest: November 25th

Morning News Digest from PolitickerNJ


Source: Kempner and Gottheimer prep another group of Clinton for Prez backers

Hillary Clinton anchor fundraisers Mike Kempner and Josh Gottheimer welcomed the second round of Clinton fundraisers and friends to the Robert Treat Hotel tonight to polish the fundraising arm in the lead-up to a 2016 Clinton presidential candidacy. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




DeFalco departs Booker’s staff

Beth DeFalco, the former Associated Press reporter who in June went to work as the communications director for U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), has left her job, according to a source close to the senator. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Jackson wants Frisby to run in LD15, but Muoio also a ‘great’ candidate

TRENTON – Having just finished handing out frozen turkeys to at-risk families in the auditorium here at Parker Elementary School, Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson turned his attention to LD15’s fast-coalescing assembly race, where chatter over who will replace outgoing U.S. Rep.-elect Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) is growing ahead of a January Mercer County special convention. (Jackson/PolitickerNJ)




How Obama dumped Hagel

When President Obama first summoned Chuck Hagel to the Oval Office in October, he wanted to know how his Pentagon chief planned to cope with the dangerous new threat posed by the Islamic State that had drawn the reluctant president back into war in the Middle East, not to mention getting a sense of Hagel’s other plans for the final two years of Obama’s presidency. (Thrush/Politico)




Ferguson burning after grand jury announcement

A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson, 28, for firing six shots in an August confrontation that killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch said Monday night. (USA Today)




New York is one of three finalists to host the Democratic National Convention

Brooklyn’s still in the house. The Democratic National Committee announced this afternoon that Brooklyn, New York is now one of three sites in contention for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, beating out also-rans like Birmingham, Alabama and Phoenix, Arizona. (Barkan/The New York Observer)




Poll: Christie tied with Paul in New Hampshire

A new Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm New Hampshire Poll puts Gov. Chris Christie and a potential Republican primary nemesis tied for the top spot in 2016’s first presidential primary state. (Bloomberg)




Timeline of Christie’s nonresponse responses on immigration

All candidates for elected office have issues they’d rather not talk about. But some have one particular subject that they go to great, great lengths to avoid. For Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, that issue is immigration. (Bruggeman/National Journal)




New Hampshire voters are still holding out hope for Romney 2016

New Hampshire’s all-important stamp of approval is Mitt Romney’s to lose—if he runs, that is. (Nelson/National Journal)




Fox calls for transportation investment, trust fund replenishment at Newark event

Speaking Monday at a transportation symposium held in Newark by the Newark Regional Business Partnership, New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox said that he believes Americans have “accepted mediocrity” when it comes to transportation. (George/NJBIZ)




Advocates stress ‘deferred action’ does not mean path to citizenship

It inspired a rush of emotion from both sides of the issue, supporters calling it a positive first step and opponents calling it executive branch overreach. There’s been a lot of talk about what the president’s deferred action policy is but it’s important — say immigrant advocates — to remember what it’s not. (Cruz/NJTV)




Recount shows longtime mayor loses by 2 votes

EATONTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A recount has confirmed that the longtime mayor of a central New Jersey community lost his re-election bid by two votes.




Lawmaker, Linden mayor debate red-light cameras

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — The most ardent critic of New Jersey’s red light camera program and a mayor who wants to keep the cameras in his town have shared some pointed words.




Demarest council winner seated in unexpired term

DEMAREST — After squeezing out a very narrow victory, Gregg Paster was sworn in Monday night to a Borough Council seat. (Yellin/The Bergen Record)




Jackson: Menendez prods Menendez over ISIS

Sen. Bob Menendez is still hoping that Congress will pass a resolution spelling out the legal authority President Obama has and the limitations he faces in waging war in Iraq and Syria against the group calling itself the Islamic State. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)




Rape by fraud? N.J. lawmaker introduces bill to make it a crime

TRENTON — Imagine this: A man woos a woman to bed with tales of his riches, fast cars and a vacation home in Monaco. But he actually lives in his mother’s basement. (Friedman/NJ Advance Media for




Postmaster called cops on Matthew Sheridan weeks after parents’ death

MONTGOMERY — Just under a month after his parents died under mysterious circumstances, a Belle Mead post office official called police to report Matthew Sheridan was “angry” with her. (Hochman/NJ Advance Media for




Christie one of ‘least influential’ of 2014, GQ says – then backpedals

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie has made GQ magazine’s list of least influential people of the year, appearing in the December issue, which just hit stands. (Brodesser-Akner/NJ Advance Media for Morning News Digest: November 25th