Morning News Digest: March 6th

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Holds Election Night Party

Eustace says it’s time to elect the attorney general in NJ

Irritated by Attorney General John Hoffman’s role in the ExxonMobile settlement, a Democratic assemblyman up for reelection this year in a battleground district today called for an elected attorney general in New Jersey.

“Following the absurd settlement with Exxon for billions of dollars less than taxpayers deserved it is time to reevaluate the position of Attorney General in New Jersey,” said Assemblyman Timothy Eustace (D-38). (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Eustace says it’s time to elect the attorney general in NJ | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Democrats not budging on Port Authority reforms

TRENTON — Democrats say they’ve dropped anchor on the debate over reforms at an embattled Port Authority, refusing to compromise with Republicans or let up on a veto override bill slated for March 16th.

In a statement on the issue today, Senate Democrats rejected a proposed bill by Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-21) that he’s argued would meets them them half way in their efforts to overhaul and bring greater transparency to the bi-state agency, saying that it doesn’t go far enough. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

Democrats not budging on Port Authority reforms | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

LD 38 Assembly race: Bergen GOP examines candidates, Christie ripple effect

When the Bergen County Republican Organization (BCRO) selects its two Assembly candidates for the state 38th Legislative District at its nominating convention on March 16, its members will have a dual goal: find winning candidates, and find a way to deal with criticism of Republican Gov. Chris Christie. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

LD 38 Assembly race: Bergen GOP examines candidates, Christie ripple effect | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Sierra Club head slams Attorney General over Exxon settlement: ‘This is a bigger scandal than Bridgegate’

The director of one of New Jersey’s largest environmental advocacy organizations slammed acting Attorney General John Hoffman over news today that the Christie administration has settled a series of environmental damage lawsuits with Exxon Mobile for $225 million out of a sought after $8.9 million, calling the case a “bigger scandal than Bridgegate.” (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

Sierra Club head slams Attorney General over Exxon settlement: ‘This is a bigger scandal than Bridgegate’ | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Lesniak and Bramnick clash over Hoffman report on ExxonMobile settlement

Angered by reports about the Christie Administration’s settlement with ExxonMobile, state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) looked at Attorney General John Hoffman’s summary of the settlement this afternoon and denounced it as worse than reported. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Lesniak and Bramnick clash over Hoffman report on ExxonMobile settlement | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Source: Fulop and Cunningham reach consensus on LD31 slate

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and state Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-31) have decided on a consensus candidate in LD31.

A source told PolitickerNJ that Jersey City Committeewoman Denise Ridley, who works for a pharmaceutical company, will run with the support of both Fulop and Cunningham. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

http://politickernj.com/2015/03/source-fulop-and-cunningham-reach-consensus-on-ld31-slate/

 

 

Will Mahr run off the line with a candidate backed by Mapp?

This morning the eyes of Union County Democrats turned from Jerry Green to Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp, the Union County Democratic chairman’s local antagonist and the lone power player right now on record declaring the battleground inevitability of LD22.

“There will be a primary,” Mapp teased PolitickerNJ last week. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Will Mahr run off the line with a canddiate backed by Mapp? | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Chris Christie campaigns in South Florida

Chris Christie, whose presidential hopes have been running into increasing turbulence, will make his case Friday night before a large Palm Beach audience that includes many influential Republicans.

The New Jersey governor is no stranger to the Sunshine State; he appeared often with Gov. Rick Scott during the Florida governor’s 2014 re-election campaign. (Man/Sun Sentinal)

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-chris-christie-palm-beach-speech-20150306-story.html

 

 

Women’s Political Caucus stands with Mahr in LD22

The Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey today released a statement today in support of Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, who last night lost the Democratic line for an assembly spot in the 22nd District to former Rahway Mayor Jim Kennedy. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Women’s Political Caucus stands with Mahr in LD22 | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

 

Mapp says Mahr would be ‘a good person for the assembly’

Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp is ready to talk to Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr.

“It turned out the way it was rumored to be,” said Mapp, referring to last night’s victory by former Rahway Mayor Jim Kennedy over Mahr, the vice chair of the Democratic Party in Union County.

“I am surprised the organization chose not to go with Colleen Mahr,” added Mapp. “Despite the fact that she’s very actively engaged, she didn’t get the nod. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Mapp says Mahr would be ‘a good person for the assembly’ | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

Morning News Digest: March 6th