Morning News Digest: March 17th


Dems reject Republicans Port Authority reforms following failed veto override, will return to square one

TRENTON — Proclaiming they “have the stronger bill”, Democratic lawmakers who led the charge on today’s failed veto override of a 100 page Port Authority reform bill rejected pleas from their Republican counterparts to strike a bi-partisan compromise during a press conference following the vote.

“We are just going to keep doing this until we get it done,” said Assemblyman Robert Gordon (D-38), the primary sponsor of 2151. “Even if we have to wait for a new governor.” (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

Dems reject Republicans Port Authority reforms following failed veto override | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis



‘Kill the radio star’: O’Toole and Lesniak clash over Exxon settlement resolution

TRENTON — It was borderline pure pandemonium at one point, a racket of raised voices and gavel-banging that elicited a few gasps and some groans from lawmakers and onlookers gathered on the Senate floor during their voting session here today.

At issue was SCR158, a Senate resolution to “strongly urge” rejection of a move by Gov. Chris Christie’s to settle with Exxon Mobil for $225 million on a series of environmental damage lawsuits for natural resource damages at Bayway, Bayonne and other New Jersey oil refineries and sites earlier this month. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

O’Toole and Lesniak collide over Exxon settlement resolution | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis



Senate backs Barr after initially blocking him

TRENTON – The Senate just reversed itself and approved the appointment of Robert Barr to the Pinelands Commission. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Tom Barrett’s Irish American leaders from New Jersey (back by popular demand!)

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and its month long celebrations and festivities, once again presents a profiled list of statewide leaders and activists as a salute to New Jersey’s Irish Americans. (Barrett/for PolitickerNJ)



Cappola, DiPisa win LD38 Assembly race GOP nominations

HACKENSACK – Anthony Cappola and Mark DiPisa won the Republican nominations to run for the state Assembly in the 38th Legislative District on Monday night, emerging victorious in a field of three candidates.

The tally after all votes were tabulated at Bergen County Republican Organization (BCRO) headquarters in Hackensack was 187 votes for DiPisa, 152 votes for Cappola and 83 votes for Ed Trawinski. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Cappola, DiPisa win LD 38 Assembly race GOP nominations | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis



Bakke to run for GOP nomination in LD18

Veteran Middlesex GOP operative Synnove Bakke of East Brunswick will challenge for an Assembly seat in the 18th Legislative District. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Override of Christie veto on Port Authority reform bill fails by two votes

Senate Democrats needed 27 votes, including three Republicans, to override Gov. Chris Christie. (Aron/NJTV)



Aron discusses Exxon Settlement, Pinelands nomination, PA reform

Alot happened at the State House today. That’s where NJTV News Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron was. He discussed what went on with Anchor Mary Alice Williams. (Aron/NJTV)



Christie vetoes bill requiring state attorney general to OK transfers of military equipment

Gov. Christie signed a bill requiring the approval of local governments before military equipment may be shipped to police departments but blocked a companion bill that would have required the State Attorney General to also sign off on such transfers. (Koloff/The Bergen Record)



Christie administration seeks extension to appeal NJ court ruling on pension payment

Attorneys for Governor Christie are asking the court to give them until the end of the month to appeal a Superior Court judge’s decision last month that found the state cannot slash its pension payment for the current fiscal year. (Hayes/The Bergen Record)



N.J. Senate OKs resolution asking judge to reject Christie’s $225M settlement with Exxon

The Democratic-controlled state Senate fired a shot at the Christie administration Monday when it approved a resolution asking a state judge to vacate Governor Christie’s controversial $225 environmental damage settlement with Exxon Mobil – a decade-long case in which the state originally sought $8.9 billion from the oil giant. (O’Neill/The Bergen Record)



For Marco Rubio, Venezuela matters in 2016

The nation of Venezuela — like one of its leader’s key Senate antagonists, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) — may garner less attention in the U.S. press than some of its flashier rivals. (O’Keefe/The Washington Post)



South Jersey Democrats praise Senator Robert Menendez during Camden visit

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez traveled to Camden Monday to announce a $200,000 federal Environmental Protection Agency grant that will fund local efforts to draft a plan to clean up the city’s contaminated brownfield sites. (Laday/South Jersey Times)



  Morning News Digest: March 17th