Anticipating the summit: clashes mark Atlantic City ahead of Christie landing
On the eve of tomorrow’s third summit in Atlantic City, state Senator Jim Whelan (D-2) slapped at Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-2), accusing the Republican assemblyman of playing politics with delicate legislation Whelan says aims at putting the gutted gaming capital on an upward swing.Brown may be counting on a bigger, executive-level stick wielded by Governor Chris Christie, with whom Whelan already had words last time the governor hit town. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Rodriguez sworn in as West New York commissioner as mayoral fight simmers
WEST NEW YORK – Gabriel Rodriguez raised his right hand as West New York Mayor Felix Roque swore him in as a town commissioner on Wednesday night. But as the routine procedure took place, there were reminders that Roque and another commissioner, Count Wiley, are getting ready to put up their dukes in what is anticipated to be Hudson County’s best political fight of the year. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
LD20 Democrats unanimously back Holley for Assembly seat
Union County Democrats tonight formally appointed Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley to fill an open seat in the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 20th Legislative District.
Members of the Union County Democratic Committee from the 20th Legislative District municipalities of Elizabeth, Hillside, Roselle and Union unanimously selected Holley to assume the seat left vacant by Sheriff Joe Cryan, who nominated Holley. Elizabeth Councilman At-Large and Municipal Democratic Chairman Frank Cuesta seconded the nomination. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
New Start New Jersey the ‘antithesis’ of Christie’s State of the State, Murphy says
NEW BRUNSWICK — Could Phil Murphy give a better State of the State Address than Gov. Chris Christie?
The former Ambassador to Germany and prospective 2017 gubernatorial candidate suggested he might, if his event today with 501(c)(3) non-profit New Start New Start New Jersey was an indication. Murphy, speaking to PolitickerNJ about the top state Republican’s speech this morning, said he saw a lot of talk coming from Christie on the Assembly floor last week but not “a lot of solutions” or “proposals” for addressing New Jersey’s biggest problems. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Was 2012 Christie’s lost opportunity?
In the summer of 2012, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie crossed the Hudson River to go to Winged Foot Golf Club in Westchester County, New York to play golf as the guest of a club member, according to a PolitickerNJ source who said he was present upon Christie’s arrival. After entering the clubhouse, Christie was reportedly surrounded by club members who exhorted him to run for president. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Camden Dems select Young for freeholder post
Today Camden County Democratic leaders, led by Party Co-Chairs U.S. Rep. Donald W. Norcross (D-1) and State Senator Jim Beach (D-6), announced their enthusiastic support for Jonathan Young, Sr., to fill the vacancy on the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Young received the endorsement of Camden County’s state legislative delegation, the Camden County Freeholder Board, the Camden County constitutional row officers, and the Democratic mayors and municipal Democratic leaders of Camden County. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Christie on Obama’s address: ‘It was a campaign speech’
The Philadelphia Inquirer has Gov. Chris Christie’s reaction to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address last night.
“I thought it was a bit disconnected from reality, but not (the) least bit surprised. It was a campaign speech,” Christie said. “I thought he had an opportunity to try to unite the country last night and he didn’t take it, and that’s’ unfortunate.”
Read more here. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
After Obama’s speech, Menendez unloads Cuba to-do list on Kerry
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, followed up on a State of the Union Speech by President Barack Obama that was warmly received by fellow Democrats with his own ice-cold letter to Obama’s secretary of state.
Explaining his decision to lift the U.S. embargo against communist Cuba, Obama last night said it was time to try something different. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Bad news for Chris Christie in latest poll
TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey’s governor and potential GOP presidential contender is having trouble in his home state, this time getting his job approval rating higher than 50%. (Ingle/Asbury Park Press)
Scott Walker, Chris Christie heading to U.K next month
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced Wednesday he will be leading a trade mission to London next month — one day after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office offered details about Mr. Christie’s own trip to the U.K. in the coming weeks. (Sherfinski/The Washington Times)
New Jersey resident weighs in on Chris Christie
News reports here on the East Coast tell us that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie received an especially warm welcome from Iowans when he attended the recent inauguration of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. He was showered with hugs, kisses and pleas for him to run for president in 2016. (Doherty/Des Moines Register)
Bon Jovi, Jerry Jones & Chris Christie
Gov. Chris Christie’s much discussed friendship with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones began with none other than Jon Bon Jovi. WNYC has confirmed that the Jersey-born rocker was the first to connect the two. (Katz/NJSpotlight)
Christie leads Romney narrowly among NJ Republicans
TRENTON – There’s not much of a home-field advantage for Gov. Chris Christie heading toward 2016.
Christie, who is considering running for president, holds only a 6-point lead over 2012 nominee Mitt Romney among New Jersey Republicans in a hypothetical 2016 primary, according to new Quinnipiac University poll results. (Symons/Asbury Park Press)
New Jersey governor to hire emergency manager for Atlantic City
(Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will install an emergency manager in Atlantic City to assume control of the struggling gambling hub, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
The Journal, citing an unnamed senior administration official, reported that Christie is expected to announce hiring corporate restructuring attorney Kevin Lavin to handle the city’s strained finances and daily operations on Thursday.
The Journal also said Christie would bring in Kevyn Orr, the restructuring lawyer who led Detroit through its bankruptcy as the city’s emergency manager, as a part-time consultant to the recovery effort. (Reuters
Ex-US ambassador ‘serious’ about run for New Jersey governor
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) – President Barack Obama’s former ambassador to Germany said Wednesday that he’s serious about running for New Jersey governor in 2017.
Philip Murphy said after a policy summit at Rutgers that he hasn’t made a final decision about running but is traveling the state to build support and discuss policies. (Catalini/Associated Press)