Morning News Digest; December 22nd


Presenting: PolitickerNJ’s 2014 Year in Review

Here it is, another pristine masterpiece for public consumption, incidentally one of those confounding contradictions that endure within the broad provenance of democracy. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Winners and Losers: Week of December 15th

Joe Cryan. The veteran lawmaker from the 20th District finished his tour of duty in the legislature this week and now moves on to serve as sheriff of Union County. We’ll miss him. A former state party chairman and assembly majority leader, Cryan was one of the intellectually best equipped lawmakers in the state over the course of his 12 years in Trenton. (Politicker Staff)




Fight of the Week: Chris Christie versus Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush’s announcement this week that he’ll actively explore a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination has predictably sent the media and political sphere into a frenzy. One of the primary offshoots of that frenzy, of course, has been the question of how the former Florida governor’s early entrance onto the field might impact the chances of that other East Coast moderate also mulling a bid: New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Frisby claims Mercer Freeholder Board ‘retaliation’ over potential LD15 Assembly bid

TRENTON – Mercer County Freeholder Samuel T. Frisby asserted that his possible denial of the leadership of the Mercer freeholder board is “retaliation” for his potential run for a 15th Legislative District Assembly seat. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Some local officials fume over Atlantic City rescue package

Wealthy casino moguls aren’t the only ones unhappy with deals being cut in New Jersey’s ailing gaming mecca. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Christie to Obama: demand return from Cuba of cop killer Chesimard

Governor Chris Christie sent President Barack Obama a letter on Friday, urging the president to demand the Cuban government’s immediate return of convicted cop-killer and escaped fugitive Joanne Chesimard to New Jersey to face justice before any further consideration of normalized U.S.-Cuba relations. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Senate Democrats fail to override Christie’s pension veto

Governor Christie will be able to continue making the state’s pension payments at the end of the fiscal year — a plan that led a judge to allow him to cut last year’s contribution to close a budget deficit. (Hayes/The Bergen Record)




Getting Chris Christie’s goat: Activists try to rile up governor, pile up some YouTube hits

SEA BRIGHT, N.J. — Sandy Booket came to the town-hall meeting intending to ask Gov. Chris Christie a serious question — about rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Sandy. But then Christie called on her and, in that instant, she changed her mind. (Fahrentholt/The Washington Post)




New Jersey governor Chris Christie travels to Dallas for another Cowboys game

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie attended another Cowboys, this time traveling to Dallas.




What will new rules on Cuba mean, and why are Cuban-American pols upset?

It’s been a busy week at the Marazul Agency in North Bergen, which books tours to Cuba. The president’s announcement is the biggest potential boost to business here, ever. (Cruz/NJTV)




Five New Jersey laws from 2014 that may affect you the most

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Political Insider: Is hopeful NJ gubernatorial Dem candidate following Corzine’s footsteps?

Meet Jon Corzine … No, wait, I mean Philip D. Murphy. It’s easy to mistake the two because there’s a very close resemblance. I don’t mean that they look alike, but rather — in a “Star Wars” sort of way — the noblesse oblige DNA appears strong in both men. (Torres/The Jersey Journal)




Hillary Clinton *drops* to a 49-point lead for the Democrats’ 2016 nomination

The year 2014 brought a mixed bag for Hillary Clinton’s presidential hopes. Her popularity continued to decline, her book tour drew mixed reviews (along with her book), and some in the liberal wing of the part are urging Elizabeth Warren to challenge her for the Democratic presidential nomination. (Clement/The Washington Post) Morning News Digest; December 22nd