Morning News Digest: March 2nd

Budget Address

Port Authority reform override rescheduled for March 16th

Senate vote to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of legislation aimed at reforming an embattled Port Authority has been tentatively rescheduled from March 5th to March 16th, one of the bill sponsors has informed PolitickerNJ.

S-2181, meant to bring greater transparency to the bi-state agency, was vetoed by Christie last year after unanimously passing both the Senate and the Assembly. Democrats pushing the reform measure had originally planned a vote to override that veto in early March, using these last few months to garner Republican support. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

Port Authority reform override moved to the 16th | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis



LD 29 legislators deride decision to renew Anderson as Newark schools super

NEWARK – The entire state 29th Legislative District delegation unanimously derided the decision of the administration of Gov. Chris Christie to renew the contract of Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson for another year.

Christie’s decision to appoint Anderson to head Newark’s public schools in 2011 has created what many see as an educational impasse, especially after Ms. Anderson launched her school reorganization scheme, known as the “One Newark” plan, in September. Meant to improve the city’s public education system by increasing student options, the plan has left many parents angry, confused and frustrated. A widespread community backlash included vociferous student, parental and teacher protests. Prominent local politicians also spoke out, including state Senate education committee chair Teresa Ruiz (D-29), who stated that “the trust is gone” in Ms. Anderson’s leadership of the city’s schools. Yet Christie doubled down on his support for Ms. Anderson and her plan, renewing her contract for three more years in June. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

LD 29 legislators deride decision to renew Anderson as Newark schools super | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis



Inside Team Christie: Severe Dysfunction and 90% of top staff have left

A political junkie looking for a fix could do worse than clicking here, where the viewer can see the governor’s “Senior Staff.” Not only does one discover that the gov’s team is not great about updating its website (the link has not been freshened in at least four years). But the more startling revelation is the number of people listed who are no longer at the governor’s side. Nine of the ten names listed here are no longer in the governor’s office. Adding Mike Drewniak, the spokesman who just announced his departure (during budget week!), that’s 91% of Christie’s core advisors who have jumped – or been pushed – elsewhere.

According to a brutal story in the New York Times headlined Critics in G.O.P. Say Chris Christie Is in a ‘Bubble,’ one of the explanations for Christie’s struggles of late has been the unwillingness of those close to him–those in the bubble—to stand up to him. So let’s drill down into this list to examine what the loss of each has meant to the Christie administration. (Sanders/PolitickerNJ)

Inside Team Christie: Severe Dysfunction and 90% of top staff exited | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis



Chris Christie to California Republicans: ‘Take a deep breath’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, laboring to remain relevant in the presidential race, urged Republican activists Saturday to embrace a long nominating process – presumably one benefiting a potential candidate, such as Christie, lagging in current polls.

Speaking at the California Republican Party’s biannual convention, Christie continued to press his case that the election is far from over.

“Take a deep breath everybody,” he said. “We are 21 months away from electing our next president.”   (Siders/Sacramento Bee)



Chris Christie Jabs At the Media at CPAC

New Jersey Governor and likely presidential hopeful Chris Christie addressed his critics in the media and spoke out on his pro-life stance and passion for his job during his Q&A at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington at the weekend. (Lull/TIME)



West New York mayor’s race: Mayor Roque adds Guzman to his slate

WEST NEW YORK – West New York Mayor Felix Roque announced the final addition to his 2015 mayoral slate on Friday, adding Margarita Guzman to his team.

Guzman, who was born in the Dominican Republic, is an educator with over ten years of experience in preschool education, according to a press release issued by the Roque campaign. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Law from Universidad Tecnologica de Santiago and a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo. Additionally, Guzman also completed two certification programs at New Jersey City University for Secondary Education Spanish Teacher and Preschool Education. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

West New York mayor’s race: Mayor Roque adds Guzman to his slate | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis



Veteran operative Burton to start at AMG on Monday

Charles Burton will leave his post in the New Jersey office of United States Senator Bob Menendez on Monday March 2nd to join the Advocacy & Managment Group (AMG) headed by AJ Sabath and Lynn Haynes.

In Senator Menendez’s Office, Burton works on issues affecting New Jersey business and commerce, organized labor, transportation, the military and veterans. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Veteran operative Burton to start at AMG on Monday | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis



Jackson: Christie’s pension plan aims high

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was interrupted by cheers and applause several times at a conservative pep rally Thursday when he talked about his successful attack on public employees’ bargaining rights and job security, which propelled him into the spotlight from political obscurity. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)



Stile: Obamacare benefiting NJ budget

Amid the maze of numbers and pie charts detailing the Christie administration’s latest proposed state budget, a hard-to-ignore conclusion emerges: The federal Affordable Care Act has proven to be a blessing for New Jersey taxpayers. (Stile/The Bergen Record)



Analysis: Christie looks to turn pension rift to his favor

After Governor Christie laid out his dramatic plans for a second round of pension and health benefit reforms last week, his critics hammered him for what they see as his failure to live up to past promises he made to public employees and over his claim that he fixed the same problem four years ago. (Hayes/The Bergen Record)



Political Insider: Mayor Fulop says the city is prospering and in good hands

Listening to Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s State of the City speech on Tuesday, one gets a sense that the Hudson County seat is slowly coming out of its economic hibernation. The engine that drives the rest of New Jersey has been pushed for more speed and Fulop and company are trying to energize our local track by having installed a friendlier and accommodating development approval process. (Torres/The Jersey Journal)



For Hillary and Bibi, a long and sometimes fraught relationship

JERUSALEM — The phone call between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lasted 45 minutes. For 43 of them, she talked and he listened. The U.S. secretary of state lectured the Israeli leader, accusing him of trying to do an end run around American opposition to settlement-building and embarrassing Vice President Biden during a visit to Israel, according to interviews with people present during the 2010 call or who were briefed on it afterward. She read from a script for part of the lecture, so as not to miss any key points. By Anne Gearan



Solar project debacle creates rift among freeholders

When Assemblyman Parker Space and Freeholder Gail Phoebus held their $150-per-ticket campaign kickoff Thursday night, three of the “hosts” stayed away. (Jennings/New Jersey Herald)

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