Morning News Digest: March 4th

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LD22 Agony: Kennedy vs. Mahr gets decided Wednesday

So it goes down Wednesday in Union County, a demolition derby pre-primary between former Rahway Mayor Jim Kennedy and Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

LD22 Agony: Kennedy v. Mahr gets decided Wednesday

 

 

Police and Fire benevolent associations file lawsuits to mandate funding

In the aftermath of Gov. Chris Christie’s budget address, the leaders of the state’s police and fire benevolent associations today announced their decision to file separate lawsuits aimed at making Christie comply with the full funding of public pensions. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Police and Fire benevolent associations file lawsuits to mandate funding

 

 

Sauro to run with Fiocchi in LD1

Republican incumbent Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-1) will not be alone in his bid for re-election in South Jersey’s first legislative district this year.

Jim Sauro, a local businessman and Cumberland County freeholder, announced today his intent to join Fiocchi on a ticket and seek the GOP nomination in LD1. The news solidifies what many expect to be a heated Assembly race in the district, pitting the two Republicans against sitting Democratic Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D-1) and his own running mate, who has yet to be selected. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

Sauro to run with Fiocchi in LD1 | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Despite ‘powerful statement’, Schaer doesn’t ‘necessarily agree’ with Netanyahu visit

Stressing that he didn’t “necessarily agree” with the leader’s visit, Trenton’s first orthodox Jewish lawmaker nevertheless praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address in front of a joint session of Congress today, calling it a “powerful statement” on the the country’s role in deliberations over a nuclear-armed Iran and place in a politically-tense Middle East.   (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

Despite ‘powerful statement’, Schaer doesn’t ‘necessarily agree’ with Netanyahu visit | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Menendez praises Netanyahu’s speech, applauds congressional setting for message

Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker as well as numerous members of the New Jersey delegation crowded into the joint session of Congress today to hear Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, denounce a nuclear weapons deal the Obama Administration wants with Iran.

Menendez has been especially vocal in his own opposition to the deal.

He doubled down in the moments after the speech. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Menendez praises Netanyahu’s speech, applauds congressional setting for message | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Rice to lead delegation to D.C. seeking relief on Newark schools leadership

NEWARK – State Sen. Ron Rice (D-28) stood with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and an array of the city’s civic leaders at City Hall to announce a trip tomorrow to Washington, D.C., hoping to get federal assistance regarding a question that has roiled Newark: the direction of the city’s public school system under the leadership of Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson.

“Tomorrow is a very important day for those of us in leadership and who have come through the civil rights movement. We’re in a time here today that reflects 1967,” said Rice on Tuesday, referring to the civil disturbances of that year that tore Newark apart. “The government has a responsibility at all levels to make sure that people’s rights are protected.”

Rice’s comments came days after the most recent spike in controversy regarding Anderson’s guidance over the Newark school district, New Jersey’s largest. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Rice to lead delegation to D.C. seeking relief on Newark schools leadership | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Allies to Hold First Event for Bundlers

Gov. Chris Christie’s supporters are holding their first event for bundlers backing his potential presidential bid, in an effort to catch up with others in the possible 2016 field who have been cornering high-dollar contributions.

The Republican governor’s political-action committee, Leadership Matters for America, is holding a breakfast for supporters on March 16, according to a copy of the invitation viewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The event in suburban Bernardsville, N.J., is limited to 25 donors who commit to raising between $25,000 and $100,000 for the PAC by March 31. Those who meet the targets will be added to the PAC’s finance committee. (Haddon/Wall Street Journal)

http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2015/03/02/new-jersey-gov-chris-christie-allies-to-hold-first-event-for-bundlers/

 

 

Jury finds DiBuonaventura not guilty of misconduct in Moriarty arrest

A jury this morning found Washington Township Police Officer Joe DiBuonaventura not guilty on 14 counts of misconduct in

connection with his 2012 traffic stop of Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-4). (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Jury finds DiBuonaventura not guilty of misconduct in Moriarty arrest | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

14 unions make common cause in suit against Christie

Fourteen unions under the auspices of the New Jersey AFL-CIO announced today that they want to take Governor Chris Christie to court to compel him to make New Jersey Annual Required Contribution to the pension system for FY 2016.

The suit presses Christie to follow the 2011 pension law he signed, specifically the requirements of Chapter 78. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

14 unions make common cause in suit against Christie | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Aronsohn decides against CD5 2016 bid

In that intense backroom collision among Josh Gottheimer, Roy Cho and Paul Aronsohn for Democratic Party support to run in the 5th Congressional District in 2016, one of those names just dropped out, according to a letter obtained by PolitickerNJ. Aronsohn, the mayor of Ridgewood, whose mayoral term ends in 2016, today in an email expressed his decision not to run for the chance to square off in a general election against incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5). (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Stile: Pro-life focus new for Christie
During his first term, Governor Christie insisted that it was an “unprecedented” budget crisis that forced him to veto $7.5 million in funding for women’s health clinics, including some operated by Planned Parenthood. (Stile/The Bergen Record)
Christie holding town hall
Governor Christie is planning to hold a town hall-style event in Fair Lawn Wednesday morning as he pushes to again change public employee pensions and health benefits amid sluggish state revenue growth. (Hayes/The Bergen Record)

 

Morning News Digest: March 4th