Morning News Digest: January 21st

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Fox freezes municipal aid tied to TTF dollars as negotiations intensify

Embroiled in backroom negotiations over the depleted state Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), state Department of Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox is telling government sources that he intends – for the foreseeable future and until leaders reach a deal – to shut down municipal aid dependent on TTF dollars. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Fox freezes municipal aid tied to TTF dollars as negotiations intensify | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Watson Coleman and Obama embrace at the U.S. Capitol

U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) embraced President Barack Obama tonight when he appeared in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol to deliver his State of the Union speech. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Watson Coleman and Obama embrace at the U.S. Capitol | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

MacArthur worried about Obama overreaching with executive action

Newly sworn-in U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-3) said he agrees with some of the goals President Barack Obama laid out in tonight’s State of the Union speech.

“However, I’m concerned that some of what the President discussed will just continue the trend of partisan gridlock and unilateral executive overreach,” MacArthur said. “Increasing taxes by $320 billion to pay for a slew of new programs is a step in the wrong direction, especially when some of those new taxes will hit middle class families saving for college. On top of that, I think there are too many unanswered questions right now on some of his other ideas, like what an influx of federal money will do to the underlying cost of community college. (PolitickerNJ)

MacArthur worried about Obama overreaching with executive action | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Currie praises Obama’s call to extend paid sick leave

Today, Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee John Currie reacted to President Obama’s State of the Union address with the following statement:

“Tonight, in his State of the Union address, President Obama embraced what Martin Luther King Jr. called the fierce urgency of now — pointing out that middle class families are desperate for policies that extend equal opportunity for all, not just the wealthy. (PolitickerNJ)

Currie praises Obama’s call to extend paid sick leave | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Menendez reacts to Obama’s State of the Union speech

In its coverage of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech tonight, CNN lingered on a certain Cuban American senior senator from New Jersey and his ongoing irritation with Obama over the president’s executive action on Cuba. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Menendez reacts to Obama’s State of the Union speech | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Pocino on Fox’s decision to freeze municipal funds: ‘only logical’

Ray Pocino, vice president and Eastern Regional manager for the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), reacted to the news today that Department of Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox wants to freeze municipal project funds as long as the state lacks a replenished Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Pocino on Fox’s decision to freeze municipal funds: ‘only logical’ | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Christie seeks what only ‘polar opposite’ Wilson attained among NJ governors

Notwithstanding their obvious physical dissimilarities – they could double as Laurel and Hardy in a celestial presidential theater piece – and their distinct separation on issues, Woodrow Wilson and Chris Christie stand about as far apart as possible in the annals of New Jersey-to-national transition politics, according to George Mason political science Professor Jeremy Mayer.

“They’re polar opposites,” Mayer told PolitickerNJ as Christie revs up his presidential campaign ahead of 2016. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Christie seeks what only ‘polar opposite’ Wilson attained among NJ governors | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie To Travel To London

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will travel to London early next month for a trade mission that will double as another opportunity to bolster his foreign policy credentials ahead of a potential run for president.

The three-day trip to England, beginning February 1, will be the Republican’s third foreign trip in recent months and his first outside of North America during his second term. While in the United Kingdom, Christie is slated to meet with business leaders, dignitaries and government officials, his office said. (Colvin/Associated Press)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/20/chris-christie-london-trip_n_6509660.html

 

 

Chris Christie meets with tech leaders in Virginia, edgers closer to forming leadership PAC

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is meeting Tuesday with technology leaders in Northern Virginia in what is sure to be read as another sign that he is looking to expand his base of support beyond his political backyard.

Bobbie Kilberg, a veteran GOP fundraiser and head of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, said she is hosting the roundtable luncheon for Mr. Christie at LMI, a technology company in Tysons Corner. (McLaughlin/The Washington Times)

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/20/chris-christie-meets-tech-leaders-virginia-edges-c/

 

 

Proposed New Jersey Gas Tax Hike Draws Opposition

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A proposal to raise the gas tax in New Jersey is drawing opposition.

The low prices, like $1.79 per gallon at the Delta station in Little Falls, have some people saying now is the time to raise the gas tax, but others are saying absolutely not. (CBS News)

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/01/20/proposal-to-raise-new-jersey-gas-tax-draws-ire/

 

 

Booker releases video message reaction to Prez State of the Union

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued a YouTube reaction to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Speech tonight.

Booker’s reaction to the speech can be seen here. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Booker releases video message reaction to Prez State of the Union | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Lesniak ridicules Republican response to Obama

Veteran state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) threw a jab via twitter at the response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech delivered by Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa.

Lesniak ridicules Republican response to Obama | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

Morning News Digest: January 21st