Morning News Digest: March 16th

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Winners and Losers: Week of March 9th

Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers: Week of March 9th | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

PolitickerNJ’s 2015 List of 40 under 40

Gabriela Mosquera. Fourth District Assemblywoman. A passionate advocate. (pictured below, far left.) (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

PolitickerNJ’s 2015 List of 40 under 40 | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Anatomy of a scandal: Political calculations in Menendez, Clinton controversies

If scandal is the stuff of which politics in this country — but particularly in New Jersey — is made, this week was a particular important one.

It should have been, at least. On the national stage, would-be two-time presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton found herself embroiled in an email flap that some say has forced her to fast-tracked an announcement for her bid for the White House, now expected as earlier as the end of the month. Days later U.S. Senator Bob Menendez was thrown under the same microscope, battling allegations that he used his senate seat to illegally aid a personal friend amid the specter of criminal corruption charges that some say are imminent. (Menendez/PolitickerNJ)

Anatomy of a scandal: Political calculations in Menendez, Clinton controversies | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Newark Saint Patrick’s Day parade brings Sweeney to North Jersey

NEWARK – On the day the Newark Saint Patrick’s Day Parade marched through the downtown of New Jersey’s largest city, many major political players marched through the city’s streets, including state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3). (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Newark Saint Patrick’s Day parade brings Sweeney to North Jersey | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

A call for a Hudson-Bergen light rail extension amid the specter of criminal indictment

ENGLEWOOD — Voice projecting confidently over the noisy workday traffic, surrounded by a scrum of federal and state officials bearing chilly wind on a cold March afternoon, it was almost as if U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) wasn’t a man days away from criminal indictment by the Department of Justice over allegations that he used his seat in Washington to illegally aid a personal friend. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

A call for a Bergen-Huson light rail extension amid the specter of indictment | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Report: ‘Bridgegate’ probe could wrap soon

A U.S. attorney-led investigation into possible abuses of power by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, including lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, is expected to close in the coming weeks, the Wall Street Journal reported late Friday. (Nelson/Politico)

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/chris-christie-bridgegate-investigation-ending-116072.html#ixzz3UY5tQ4S5

 

 

Today in Trenton

Nine Assembly Committee hearings and a jam-packed Senate session at 12 pm are scheduled for the statehouse Monday. Here’s a snapshot of what to look for. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

Today in Trenton | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis


 

Another try to override a Christie veto: Dems are 0 for 49

It has become a recurring feature of the Governor Christie era: A bill reaches his desk, he vetoes it, the Legislature mounts an override vote and comes up short. (Racioppi/The Bergen Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/another-try-to-override-a-christie-veto-dems-are-0-for-49-1.1289597

 

 

Report: JC Councilman arrested on DUI charges

Authorities arrested Jersey City Councilman Khemraj “Chico” Ramchal on drunk driving charges after an overnight crash at West Side and Communipaw avenues following a St. Patrick’s Day party at Casino in the Park, according to a report in the Cliffview Pilot.

For the story, go here. (PolitickerNJ)

Report: JC Councilman arrested on DUI charges | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

The Political Insider

A self-proclaimed “white, brown and black coalition,” a racially and ethnically diverse group of Jersey City residents, met under the rotunda of the Brennan Court House late Thursday afternoon to support two men running, without “official” approval, for the 31st Legislative District Assembly seats in the June Democratic primary. (Torres/the Jersey Journal)

http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/03/political_insider_the_peoples_candidates_announce.html

 

 

Fight erupts on use of NJ open space money

Just four months after voters in New Jersey overwhelmingly decided to put tens of millions of dollars into the state’s open space program, conservationists are accusing the governor of raiding the fund. (Fallon/The Bergen Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/fight-erupts-on-use-of-nj-open-space-money-1.1289600

 

 

Stile: Christie’s calibrated turn to the right

Governor Christie bluntly warned Republican activists in 2013 that the party won’t regain the White House if its candidates kowtow to conservative purists during the primaries. (Stile/The Bergen Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/stile-christie-s-calibrated-turn-to-the-right-1.1289285

 

 

Ferriero Trial: DeCotiis back on stand

Teaneck lawyer M. Robert DeCotiis returned to the witness stand today in the racketeering trial of Joseph A. Ferriero, and said he did not consider the $35,000-a-month payments from his client, the Mills Corp., to be bribes, extortion or kickbacks. (The Bergen Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/ferriero-trial-attorney-m-robert-decotiis-back-on-stand-1.1288050

 

 

 

 

Morning News Digest: March 16th