Morning News Digest: January 6th

O'Dea: emotional.

O’Dea: emotional.

White House-bound? 5 paths for Chris Christie in 2016

With 2015 off to a rolling start, the biggest blip on the radar of New Jersey politics is once again the political ambitions of the state’s top lawmaker: Gov. Chris Christie. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

5 paths for Chris Christie in 2016 | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

At Bergen freeholder reorganization meeting, “access” watchword of new relationship with new county exec

HACKENSACK – In the middle of the Bergen County Freeholder Board reorganization meeting on Monday night, Jim Tedesco, the new Bergen County Executive, set the tone for his relationship with the board. He did it with the use of one word: access. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

At Bergen freeholder reorganization meeting, “access” watchword of new relationship with new county exec | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

NJDOT engineer pleads guilty to second-degree misconduct, inflating cost of rail project

A suspended senior engineer for the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) pleaded guilty today to official misconduct, admitting that he and an alleged accomplice solicited a railroad company to fraudulently inflate the cost of a state-funded railroad repair project by more than $700,000 and pay them $325,000 in bribes, Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

NJDOT engineer pleads guilty to second-degree misconduct | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Menendez, Fulop and Hudson pols blast Christie-championed PATH privatization plan

JERSEY CITY – Gov. Chris Christie came to bury the ARC Tunnel not to praise it, and now with Caesar seemingly clumsy-footed on another issue, the purveyors of Hudson politics came to praise PATH and with that, presumably politically bury Christie. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Menendez, Fulop and Hudson pols blast Christie-championed PATH privatization plan | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

N.J. Politics Roundup: Christie’s Cowboys trip sparks controversy; governor to hit road again

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s celebration in the luxury box of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones continued to draw attention Monday.

Christie’s office said Jones paid for the trip. But a Super PAC with links to Hillary Clinton asked for information on how much the trip cost.

Meanwhile, the governor defended his fandom during a radio interview. He said he would also hug Mets owner Fred Wilpon. And he noted that he will continue to go to Cowboys games during the playoffs. (Johnson/NJ.com)

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/01/nj_politics_roundup_christies_cowboys_trip_sparks_controversy_governor_to_hit_road_again.html#incart_river

 

 

N.J. Supreme Court to hear affordable housing arguments today

TRENTON — The decades-long battle over how much affordable housing is needed in New Jersey returns to the state Supreme Court this morning. (Johnson/NJ.com)

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/01/nj_supreme_court_to_hear_affordable_housing_arguments_today.html#incart_river

 

 

Christie administration requested changes to Meadowlands bill that could open Liberty State Park to development, sponsor says

TRENTON — A last-minute addition to a bill critics say could open Liberty State Park to private development was inserted at the insistence of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration, according to one of the bill’s sponsors. (Friedman/NJ.com)

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/01/christie_administration_requested_changes_to_meadowlands_bill_that_could_open_liberty_state_park_to.html#incart_river

 

 

Christie administration requested changes to Meadowlands bill that could open Liberty State Park to development, sponsor says

NEWARK — U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker spent part of New Year’s Day in Essex County to help swear County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo into his fourth term in office.

The senators (both D-N.J.) were just two of the speakers at a ceremony Thursday to swear in DiVincenzo and the nine freeholders elected to the board in November. Other speakers included U.S. Reo. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-10th Dist.), state Senate President Stephen Sweeney and state Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, the county said in a release about the event. (Mazzolla/NJ.com)

http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2015/01/booker_menendez_help_swear_joe_divincenzo_into_fourth_term_as_essex_county_exec.html#incart_river

 

 

Lots of pomp, few specifics as Hudson County freeholders begin new term

JERSEY CITY – Everyone was all smiles at tonight’s reorganization meeting of the Hudson County freeholders board, where the board’s nine members were sworn in for three-year terms and there was little mention of last year’s election drama.

There was also little mention of what the freeholders plan to do for the next three years. Freeholder Bill O’Dea said he wants to join Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s fight to end veteran homelessness, but O’Dea’s colleagues were vaguer about their immediate goals.

The nine swearings-in were performed inside the rotunda of the historic Brennan Courthouse on Newark Avenue, in front of dozens of family members, friends and elected officials. (McDonald/The Jersey Journal)

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/01/hudson_county_freeholder_reorg_meeting.html#incart_river

Morning News Digest: January 6th