Morning News Digest: February 16th

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Winners and Losers: Week of February 9th

WINNERS (PolitickerNJ Editor)

Winners and Losers: Week of February 9th

 

 

Blue Oyster Lesniak

A YouTube video made by state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) is circulating on the Internet this weekend, a parody of an old Saturday Night Live sketch that featured Christopher Walken, which the senator’s political enemies are gleefully sharing as evidence that Lesniak has jumped the shark. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Blue Oyster Lesniak: opponents unamused by senator’s SNL parody cowbell video

 

Dem Guv hopefuls converge on Essex labor breakfast

It was a ring-kissing contest over bacon and eggs, or so it would appear, as Essex Democrats engaged in a major show of political chest-thumping this morning, welcoming at least three potential candidates for governor to Mayfair Farms to join County Party Chairman Leroy Jones at his annual labor breakfast. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Dem Guv hopefuls converge on Essex Labor Breakfast

 

 

Brown formally launches LD2 re-election bid

Burnishing his alliance with Republican Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-2) today formally announced his intention to seek re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly at the historic Irish Pub in Atlantic City.

Brown formally launches LD2 re-election bid | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Felice backs Cappola in LD 38 GOP Assembly scramble

RIVER EDGE – Bergen County Freeholder John Felice endorsed fellow Republican Anthony Cappola in the state 38th Legislative District Assembly race on Friday, the same day that the GOP duo of Ed Trawinski and Mark DiPisa announced they would be running together. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Felice backs Cappola in LD 38 GOP Assembly scramble | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Gill to join Murphy non-profit organization

Brendan Gill, one of New Jersey’s most battle-tested Democratic political operatives, has been hired by the non-profit organization led by Phil Murphy, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany and a potential 2017 Democratic gubernatorial candidate. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Gill to join Murphy non-profit organization | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Bucco joins Bramnick in Assembly debate challenge

Assembly Republicans are ready to rumble.

Deputy Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) joined the ranks of his fellow GOP members clamoring for a debate between the Assembly’s top leaders this morning with a statement decrying more than a decade of Democratic control in the legislature’s lower house. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

Bucco joins Bramnick in Assembly debate challenge | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Sweeney, in Newark, talks about Anderson, Christie and Atlantic City

NEWARK – After touring a preschool in Newark to underscore the importance of early childhood education on Friday, state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) answered questions about a range of issues that affect both New Jersey’s largest city and the state as a whole. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Sweeney, in Newark, talks about Anderson, Christie and Atlantic City | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Republican Trawinski formally declares LD38 candidacy with DiPisa

In a joint statement, Republicans Ed Trawinski and Mark DiPisa today formally announced their candidacy for Assembly in the battleground 38th legislative district. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Republican Trawinski formally declares LD38 candidacy with DiPisa | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Atlantic City meltdown may haunt Chris Christie

Chris Christie has an Atlantic City problem.

Casinos on the famed boardwalk are failing. The crime rate is one of the highest in the state. And now the New Jersey governor’s decision to bring in an emergency manager to turn things around has created a nasty political backlash. (Flynn and White/Politico)

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/atlantic-city-meltdown-chris-christie-115204.html#ixzz3RudIL05W

 

 

Gov. Chris Christie’s approval rating sink to all-time low

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s approval ratings have hit an all-time low, according to a new poll.

In a Rutgers University-Eagleton poll released on Friday, 53 percent of New Jersey voters view Christie unfavorably and just 37 percent hold a favorable view of the governor — down 7 percentage points in two months. (Breitman/Politico)

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/poll-chris-christie-approval-ratings-115173.html#ixzz3Rudes8cz

Morning News Digest: February 16th