Morning News Digest: January 28th

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The Cory conundrum: Booker for VP in 2016 examined

The buzz generated by Politico’s Monday article that identified U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) as a possible running mate for potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leaves New Jersey political observers with a key question: is the buzz for Booker as vice president the opening tones of a triumphal march, or just static? (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

The Cory conundrum: Booker for VP in 2016 examined | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

 

Republican Giordano feeling out Assembly bid in LD15

Anthony Giordano, a ten-year member of the Trenton Zoning Board of Adjustment, and 2013 Republican in the 15th District, has

announced that he is exploring another run for Assembly in 2015. (PIzarro/PolitickerNJ)

Republican Giordano feeling out Assembly bid in LD15 | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

 

Levinson wants governor, legislators to back PILOT program

Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson in his State of the State speech this afternoon will ask Governor Chris Christie, the Senate and the Assembly to support the PILOT plan championed by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-2). (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Levinson wants governor, legislators to back PILOT program | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

 

Menendez, Booker, Pallone speak out against federal plan to open Atlantic Ocean to oil drilling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Congressman Frank Pallone (D-6) released a joint statement on Tuesday protesting the Department of the Interior’s inclusion of the Atlantic Ocean in its Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program (Five Year Program) for 2017-2022. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Menendez, Booker, Pallone speak out against federal plan to open Atlantic Ocean to oil drilling | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

 

Rand Paul: ‘Place in the party for moderates’ like Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said Tuesday he hopes that enough moderates like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush enter the 2016 Republican presidential contest to divvy up the vote and pave the way for a conservative nominee. (Sherfinski/The Washington Times)

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/27/rand-paul-place-party-moderates-chris-christie-jeb/#ixzz3Q7Q6lZ57

 

 

 

 

Chris Christie really wanted to know how you spent Monday night, New Jersey

I don’t know if you have already heard about this, but there is this storm on the East Coast this week. Some places seem to care, I think.

Anyway, as the winter weather hit New Jersey on Monday, Gov. Chris Christie (R) advised residents to take note of the state-wide travel ban, asked that they check supplies of nonperishable food, and also told them to get at him on Twitter with their plans for that night. Because what else were they gonna do? There was a state-wide travel ban, guys.

Some people — cough cough — thought it was a bit … unexpected (?) to see Christie tweeting about Dunkin’ Donuts on Monday night, but others found it somewhat charming that the governor was so into everyone’s drinking family-friendly entertainment. (Larimer/The Washington Post)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/01/27/chris-christie-really-wanted-to-know-how-you-spent-monday-night-new-jersey/

 

 

 

Leaders in New York and New Jersey Defend Shutdown for a Blizzard That Wasn’t

It was an unprecedented step for what became, in New York City, a common storm: For the first time in its 110-year history, the subway system was shut down because of snow. (Flegenheimer/The New York Times)

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/28/nyregion/new-york-blizzard.html?_r=0

 

 

 

Chris Christie well known but not liked?

For those looking to see all the recent polling data showing Gov. Chris Christie floundering at home — due in some measure to his political movements abroad — put to good use in one revealing graph, check out this piece yesterday by FiveThirtyEight’s DataLab, a little speciously titled “Everybody Hates Chris Christie.” (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

From the DataLab: Christie well known but not liked? | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

 

LD 31 Assembly race could explode because of Jersey City slate choice, sources say

JERSEY CITY – Hudson County Democratic sources have pointed to a potential disturbance in the political forces at play in the 31st Legislative District Assembly race.

In LD 31, the traditional demarcation point for the two Assembly seats is the border between Bayonne and Jersey City. The mayors of the two Hudson County municipalities pick one Assembly slot each, according to the district’s unwritten rules. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

LD 31 Assembly race could explode because of Jersey City slate choice, sources say | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

 

Christie to get photo sprayed with Israeli prez

Ramping up a run for president and set for a trip to England on the heels of a jaunt to Mexico, Gov. Chris Christie continues his quest for foreign affairs set-pieces with a scheduled visit in New York tomorrow with President Reuven Rivlin of Israel.

Christie will not take scheduled questions from the press, according to the governor’s office, which listed the Park Lane Hotel encounter as “photo spray only at end of meeting.” (PolitickerNJ)

Christie to get photo sprayed with Israeli prez | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

 

Smith to leave Senate Majority Office

The Senate Democratic Majority Office’s assistant director for constituent relations is departing her post two months after being hired, PolitickerNJ has learned.

Roslyn Smith, the former executive director of the Essex County Democratic Committee who joined the Senate Majority staff under Senate President Steve Sweeney in December of last year, submitted her resignation letter today, sources told PolitickerNJ. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

Smith to leave Senate Majority Office | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis Morning News Digest: January 28th