Adelante: Inside the Elections, Implications and Machinations of NJ Hispanic Politics
One of the country’s Latino capitals, New Jersey claims a governor seeking higher office with the argument of an Hispanic-friendly narrative, front-line impact points of a national immigration debate certain to shape the dynamics of 2016 presidential politics, local battlegrounds reflecting changes in the relationships among Latino groups, and the ongoing slow motion reactions by party machines to the activities of 18% or 1.5 million of the state’s population.
The latest significant elections dynamic unfolded in Paterson. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
‘Unity’ the operative word at DeGise’s Hudson County Democratic bash
JERSEY CITY — Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise stood at one end, grinning giddily as he cast a sideways gaze over a jam-packed crowd nursing drinks at the bar. On the other end was Hudson County Freeholder Bill O’Dea, clutching a glass of nondescript liquor and going on about the novel or script or TV pilot he’s working on. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Sweeney, Weinberg strongly support Fox amidst Samson subpoena reference
TEANECK – State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) both unequivocally expressed support for New Jersey Commissioner of Transportation Jamie Fox after he was mentioned in a federal subpoena.
The Record reported last week that federal prosecutors have subpoenaed the Port Authority for records related to the personal travel of the agency’s former chairman, David Samson, as well as his relationship with Newark Liberty International Airport’s largest carrier, United Airlines. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Weinberg backs building of North Jersey casino
TEANECK – State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) said on Wednesday that she supports the construction of a casino in North Jersey, including in the Meadowlands region of her home county of Bergen.
“Yes, I do support it. I think we are in the right geography to attract a huge audience from the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area,” said Weinberg after a meeting jointly held with State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) to highlight the importance of maintaining social service programs during a difficult budget season. “[A casino] goes with what’s being built in the Meadowlands in terms of entertainment.”
Weinberg’s positive reference to the American Dream Meadowlands project now under construction was followed by a jab at the negative fate of another Meadowlands landmark. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Sheriff Billingham announces his retirement in Camden
Camden County Sheriff Chuck Billingham today announced that he would not seek re-election to his post this November but would serve out the remainder of his term.
Billingham was elected Sheriff in 2006, and is currently in his third term. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Chris Christie heads to Chicago to build support for 2016
TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie is heading to Chicago to build support for a potential 2016 run.
The Republican will attend two round table meetings Thursday afternoon.
Christie will then deliver the keynote address at the 8th Annual Northwest Suburban Republican Lincoln Day Dinner in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. (Associated Press)
Hundreds of New Jersey bridges in need of repair
TRENTON, N.J. (WPVI) — Well over 600 bridges in New Jersey are structurally deficient – some so bad they’ve been shut down like the one on Nottingham Way in Hamilton.
The transportation trust fund, used to finance bridge and road repairs, will be out of money soon.
A coalition of groups called ‘Forward New Jersey’ is urging lawmakers to find a way to pay for desperately needed infrastructure improvements. (Muchanic/ABC News)
Obama’s war draft to receive ‘rigorous oversight’, Lance says
Arguing that “any authorization of military force must lay out a comprehensive military strategy” in the U.S.’s fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) said today that the White House’s new war draft will be subject to “public hearings” and “rigorous oversight” in the coming weeks to see if it meets Congress’ standards. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Menendez ‘looks forward’ to debate on White House’s war draft
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today commended President Barack Obama’s proposed war draft to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, saying he looks “forward to the congressional debate on the Authorization for Use of Military Force to combat ISIL.”
“I welcome the Administration laying out the type of authorization they are seeking, and look forward to their continued involvement and engagement in order to achieve congressional approval of an AUMF,” Menendez said. “It is vitally important that we act together to send ISIL a clear and unified message that they will be defeated.” (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Rutgers-Newark law professor underscores importance of First Amendment in Hoboken blogger trial
In the aftermath of Tuesday’s decision by a Hudson County Superior Court judge to dismiss a defamation case filed against two Hoboken-based bloggers, a prominent Rutgers-Newark law professor highlighted for PolitickerNJ the importance of the First Amendment with regards to political life in New Jersey and the nation. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
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Atlantic City in a bind: More ‘uncertainty’ for the seaside gaming mecca with Revel news
So continues the tragic saga that is Atlantic City’s casino industry. In a somewhat surprising but probably foreseeable development yesterday, a deal to buy up a bankrupt Revel — the city’s newest and most expensive and, by many accounts, biggest flop of a casino – fell through when another investor walked away from the bargaining table. It’s the second time a deal to sell off the $2.4 billion behemoth has come undone — and the latest chapter in the story of Atlantic City’s down-spiraling gambling market, shrunk by nearly half over the last eight years. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Wisniewski bill seeks to fine governor for ethics violations
Having tormented the Christie Administration with Bridgegate, Christie nemesis Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) sees another lapse and consequently wants to subject the governor to the New Jersey Conflicts of Interest Law by allowing the State Ethics Commission to impose fines for executive ethics violations. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)