The PolitickerNJ Interview: Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg
Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (R-8) is by most measures and many accounts a strange breed of Republican. The daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants who grew up in Burlington County, she’s the first Republican Hispanic woman to be elected to New Jersey’s legislature. She’s from South Jersey, a place where the political clout of Democratic power broker George Norcross III makes life for Republicans — any Republican — tough. And in her downtime, when she’s not working the political circuits of Trenton or her home district, she’s working the track with the Penn Jersey Roller Derby League — a place where “the hits are real, there’s nothing set up, and people are blown away,” she says. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Source: Brown will not run again in LD8; and the BurlCo district’s strange trip
Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-8) of Evesham will not pursue re-election this year.
Coming out of the Republican convention in Atlantic City, a source told PolitickerNJ that Brown would not run again. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
The Wheels on Chris Christie’s Campaign Bus Are Coming Off Before It Even Rolls
This morning, The New York Times will hit doorsteps with a front-page take-down detailing Chris Christie’s “Fondness for Luxe Benefits When Others Pay the Bills.” Parties with Bono at King Abdullah’s palace and $30,000 hotel bills cannot be expected to play well in Iowa, where last night a new Des Moines Register poll showed Mr. Christie tied for eighth place with the support of only 4 percent of Republican caucus goers. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Chris Christie’s Rich Friendships
There are so many people who consider Chris Christie a true friend, according to Chris Christie. This isn’t just a matter of love but of legality, because New Jersey’s ethics rules stipulate that the state’s governor has more leeway in accepting gifts from his personal friends than from, say, businessmen with an interest in the Port Authority, or from the king of a Middle Eastern country. Unless, that is, the governor is a guy like Christie, whom no mogul or monarch could resist. According to a report in the Times, when Christie was asked why King Abdullah of Jordan “picked up the tab” for a weekend getaway for the governor—and three of his children, his wife, her mother, his mother, and his stepfather—his office cited the true-friend rule. “King Abdullah invited the governor and his family to Jordan as his personal guest so the two families could spend time together,” a spokeswoman told the paper. They’d met at a dinner given by Mike Bloomberg, a detail that was somehow offered as proof that the relationship was real. The family time included a thirty-thousand-dollar bill at a Kempinski hotel and “a Champagne reception in the desert.” (Davidson/The New Yorker)
Christie’s London Trip Goes Awry
LONDON—Reporters were told to expect brief remarks for the press from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday when he emerged from meeting with British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. And as he emerged from 11 Downing Street—the Chancellor’s official residence—Christie stayed true to his word, but just barely. “We had a lot of fun,” he said, before joining his wife in a waiting car and driving away. (Miller/TIME)
Wall Street Journal editorial slams Chris Christie on vaccines
The Wall Street Journal’s influential editorial board rapped New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the knuckles for “meandering” on vaccines.
“The real public health problem isn’t a lack of parental choice but a lack of common sense about vaccines,” the Journal said in a late-Monday editorial. It added that lawmakers should do more to promote vaccine use. (McCalmont/Politico)
New Jersey’s Revel Casino asks court to let sale go through
Feb 3 (Reuters) – New Jersey’s shuttered Revel Casino on Tuesday asked a federal judge to lift a stay on its pending sale to a Florida investor, arguing in a filing that creditors will be harmed if the deal does not go through soon.
IDEA Boardwalk LLC, which operated a bar and a nightclub at Revel – one of four Atlantic City casinos that closed down last year – has sued to block the sale, saying it will lose $16 million in investments under the deal. (Reuters)
Fireworks set to go off at Newark council meeting about Triangle Park project
NEWARK – A potential change in the direction of the more-than-decade long effort to build Triangle Park, a park meant to provide a pedestrian link between Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood, Penn Station and the Prudential Center arena and spur downtown development could be a flashpoint for controversy at a Newark City Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)