The March to Healy’s Tavern: in Jersey City, old rivals find their way home to Hudson
JERSEY CITY – Drums, pipes, kilts and hard faces trudging behind Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes in this year’s annual one block St. Patrick’s Day Parade felt like staging area props and players for the next war, as though a moat or open field or another nondescript block would unleash house-to-house fighting or worse, an abiding grimly contained havoc finally diffused and prevented alone by the presence of a tavern with its doors flung wide. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Newark Mayor Baraka, in first State of the City address, calls out Christie, Port Authority
NEWARK – In his first State of the City address, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka took New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to task, demanding official approval so that the state’s largest city can ultimately help itself. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Fixing school funding ‘single most frustrating arc’ of tenure, Christie says
FREEHOLD — At his 131st town hall here today, Gov. Chris Christie said his administration’s repeated failures to overturn the state’s school funding formula has been the “single most frustrating arc during my time as governor.” (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Christie not responsible for ‘sins of the past’, but says he’s committed to fixing them
FREEHOLD — Appearing comfortable in this overwhelmingly Republican town, where former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won solidly over President Barack Obama in 2012, Gov. Chris Christie went about reassuring residents this afternoon that he is not responsible for the “sins of the past” that have left the state facing major fiscal problems — but that he won’t shy away from solving them either. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Sweeney, Senate leadership push Port Authority to sell assets to fund rail tunnel
NEWARK – State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), flanked by ranking Senate members, business and labor leaders, called on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to sell some of their considerable real estate holdings to pay for the construction of a new railway tunnel between the two states. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Will the Barr vote boomerang on Sweeney in a Democratic Primary?
It’s too easy to use the word raucous, but it looked like a St. Patrick’s Day crowd bucking for a fight a day early yesterday in the senate gallery: green-shirted, loud and obnoxious and reining colorful invective on a single, smoldering, square-jawed target planted on the rostrum below.
They were actually furious environmental activists, fearful of the destruction of the environmentally sensitive New Jersey Pinelands, propelled into the statehouse hallways to torment state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3). (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
On Saint Patrick’s Day, Irish-Americans in New Jersey reflect
NEWARK – It took Rosemarie Mellody, the first female Grand Marshal of the Newark Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, just a few seconds to remind those at Friday’s parade about one link between Ireland and New Jersey that went back decades. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Bayonne contractor admits to collusion for HUD contracts
An owner of a plumbing and heating company in Bayonne admitted today to colluding with other contractors to secure projects funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants, according to an announcement by U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Weinberg and Mosquera to host gun violence roundtable with Gabby Giffords in Trenton
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-38) and Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera (D-4) will join former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords for a roundtable discussion on domestic abuse and gun violence in the statehouse tomorrow. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Report: More Exxon Mobil scrutiny
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s controversial deal with Exxon Mobil to settle an $8.9 billion natural resources damage claim for less than 3 cents on the dollar is now coming under additional scrutiny from New York City elected officials, according to a report by veteran New Jersey newsman Bob Hennelly.
Former federal official Cullari pleads guilty to fraud
The former assistant division administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), New Jersey Division, today admitted using a straw company to fraudulently obtain grant funds, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. (PolitickerNJ)
Christie repeats message about pension system at Freehold Town Hall
They say repetition is the key to success when selling a message. In his fourth town hall since the budget address Feb. 24, Gov. Chris Christie repeated almost the exact same lines he’s been delivering ever since. (Aron/NJTV)
Senate Dems propose new rail tunnel
World Trade Center’s among several Port Authority assets that Senate Democrats want to leverage — sell, basically — to drum up $3 billion down payment for a brand-new Gateway Tunnel under the Hudson. (Flanagan/NJTV)
Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, defying expectations, pulls off a big victory
TEL AVIV, Israel — In a dizzying outcome to a divisive and angry Israeli election campaign, preliminary official results early Wednesday pointed to a sweeping victory for the party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, paving the way for him to form a new government. (AP)
N.J. Supreme Court strikes down part of bias-intimidation law
The New Jersey Supreme Court struck down on Tuesday a section of the state’s bias-intimidation law that allowed a jury to convict a defendant even when bias did not motivate a crime as long as the victim believed he or she was targeted based on race, color, national origin or ethnicity. (Sampson/The Bergen Record)
Ballot positions are drawn for Passaic City Council
PASSAIC — Ballot positions were drawn Tuesday for the May city council election, with Gary S. Schaer winning the top spot. (Cowen/The Bergen Record)
Political leaders get an up-close look at Bergen County Technical High School
No sooner had State Senate President Steve Sweeney and a group of elected officials sat down with several students at Bergen County Technical High School on Tuesday than one of young people asked the question. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)
North Jersey farmers face tightened rules for tax breaks
What defines a working farm — and qualifies it for an extremely valuable property-tax break — is about to get tougher for large landholders. (Yellin/The Bergen Record)
80 years later, how would Atlantic City-based Monopoly look?
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Monopoly is turning 80. (Parry/The Associated Press)
Assembly panel holding hearing on Christie’s budget
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Members of the public and other stakeholders have another chance to weigh in on Gov. Chris Christie’s 2016 budget proposal. (AP)
In states with the first 2016 primaries, Democrats ask: Where’s Hillary?
In Iowa, Democrats want to see Hillary Rodham Clinton mingling in their neighborhood coffee shops, answering their questions and sharing laughs. In New Hampshire, they expect her on their living-room couches, listening to their tales of struggle. In South Carolina, they’re eager to hold hands with her and pray together. (Rucker/The Washington Post)
Obama heads to Cleveland to pitch economic recovery
Central N.J. Republicans to tap former state trooper, attorney to run for Assembly
A retired state trooper and a lawyer are Republicans’ picks to challenge Democrats for state Assembly seats this year in one of the state’s most competitive districts. (Friedman/NJ Advnace Media for NJ.com)
Maybe Chris Christie can break through with honesty about the budget
Both the House and the Senate are rolling out their budget proposals this week, and Republicans are already facing internal disagreements over how much money should be allocated for defense spending and how much to slow the increase in welfare spending. At the end of the day, both the House and Senate budgets propose cuts of about $5 trillion in projected spending growth over the next decade – out of $50 trillion spent in total. Yawn. (Rogers/The Washington Post)
Gov. Chris Christie’s allies seek to bolster support for presidential run
Chris Christie’s backers are moving to assure nervous donors that the New Jersey governor will have a clear strategy and enough money to compete in the 2016 Republican primaries after the bumpy start of his potential presidential campaign. (Haddon, Dawsey/The Wall Street Journal)
Tesla Closer to Being Able to Have New Jersey Dealerships
Tesla Motors Inc. is close to an important victory in New Jersey as a bill that allows up to four dealerships in the state passed both legislative bodies and awaits the governor’s signature.
A similar a bill in Georgia also has advanced, which would clear the way for five dealerships there. (Ramsey/Wall Street Journal)
Part of New Jersey’s Bias-Intimidation Law is Rules Unconstitutional
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the state’s unusual bias-intimidation law was unconstitutional, dealing a potential reversal to one of the most well-known hate crime prosecutions in recent history.
The state’s statute on bias intimidation was the only one of its kind in the nation in saying that defendants can be convicted of bias intimidation if their victims “reasonably believed” they were harassed or intimidated because of their race, color, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. (Zernike/The New York Times)