May the games commence! New Jersey needs legislative debates
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) this evening urged the New Jersey media to schedule public debates, and we heartily concur. (PolitickerNJ Editor)
Two North Bergen Parks and Rec employees charged with theft
Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced this morning the charging of two employees of the North Bergen Department of Parks and Recreation.
Abraham Garcia, 56, of North Bergen, and Walter Somick, 46, of Wayne, stand accused of third-degree theft by deception and third-degree tampering with public records or information, for allegedly submitting false timesheets to collect numerous hours of pay for times when they were not working for the department, Hoffman said. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
AG expands on defense of Exxon settlement, calls it the result of ‘litigation’
TRENTON — Acting Attorney General John Hoffman expanded on his defense of the state’s $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil over a series of environmental damage lawsuits today, arguing the final figure represents a carefully-litigated medium between what the state’s lawyers had estimated the company’s liability to be versus what Exxon estimated its liability to be during trial. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
West New York mayor’s race: Police report filed alleging Wiley in fist fight; opposition campaign denies allegations, slams Roque campaign tactics
WEST NEW YORK – A police report filed in West New York earlier this week suggests that West New York commissioner and mayoral candidate Count Wiley was involved in a fist fight, an allegation vehemently denied by Wiley’s campaign. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Sweeney wants Christie to give up ‘revisionist history’ of economy and come back to NJ
TRENTON — Red in the face and crusading against what he called a “revisionist history” of the state and its economy, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) delivered a sweeping condemnation of Gov. Chris Christie’s leadership at home and his “misguided priorities” abroad during a press conference in the statehouse this afternoon. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
North Bergen mayor’s race: Wainstein calls on Sacco to resign after township parks employees criminally charged
NORTH BERGEN – In the wake of the state Attorney General’s Office filing criminal charges against two employees of the North Bergen Department of Parks and Recreation, North Bergen mayoral candidate Larry Wainstein called on longtime incumbent North Bergen Mayor and state Senator Nick Sacco (D-32) to resign. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
George Orwell Alert: What is the worst word/expression in politics right now?
George Orwell Alert: What is the worst word in politics right now?
Lessons in Leadership: Madam Mayor… Own Your Mistake!
A powerful lesson in leadership: take responsibility for your actions as well as your words… especially when things go wrong. (Adubato/PolitickerNJ)
Hoffman calls NJ state trooper response in Baltimore an ‘opportunity’
TRENTON — Acting Attorney General John Hoffman said today that Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to send some 150 state troopers to Maryland to assist in the fierce riots sweeping the city of Baltimore this week is an opportunity showcase the “dedication and professionalism” that law enforcement officers have exhibited in New Jersey. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Sarlo wants to talk to Stockton’s acting prez
Responding to the imminent departure of Stockton University’s president, Senate Budget Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-36) today sent a letter to the university requesting that the acting president and/or chairman of the board of trustees appear before the committee this Thursday. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Christie and Sweeney find themselves on opposite ends
According to a NJ Advance Media report published on Sunday, Sweeney said Democrats are likely to send Christie a budget that includes tax hikes and budget cuts to include another $1.8 billion pension payment by the end of the year. (Scott/NJ101.5)
Christie and Sweeney find themselves on opposite ends
Christie Says He Still Holds Out Hope for Budget Deal with Democrats
Gov. Chris Christie says that this year he’s looking to negotiate a budget deal with lawmakers – possibly managing to avoid a repeat of last year’s messy budget season.
“The fact is that we have until June 30 to pass a budget and I’m confident we’ll do that,” Christie said last night during his monthly radio show on NJ 101.5 FM.
Christie sends N.J. State Police to Maryland amid riots
TRENTON — New Jersey is sending 150 State Police troopers to Maryland to help restore order in Baltimore after riots erupted in the city, Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday.
Christie ordered a State Police “assessment team” to Maryland after he spoke with Gov. Larry Hogan Monday evening, Christie announced on his Twitter account. Additional troopers, including 100 troopers providing “operational support,” will travel to Maryland throughout today. (Arco/NJ.com)
Christie in New Jersey Wednesday for Goya foods event, bill signing
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie will take questions from reporters in New Jersey for the first time in months.
The likely Republican presidential contender will hold a press availability on Wednesday afternoon following a bill signing ceremony in New Brunswick.
Christie is signing a pair of bills aimed at helping to curb prescription drug abuse in the state.
NJ Lawmakers Want Answers About Alleged Fraudulent Activity Post-Sandy
They altered insurance reports and cheated Hurricane Sandy survivors out of money to fix badly damaged homes. Now New Jersey’s House representatives want federal hearings to get to the bottom of who knew what when.
“FEMA has just completely mishandled its primary obligation to help disaster victims and it’s been going on for two years now,” said Congressman Tom MacArthur. (Vannozzi/NJTV)
FEMA Official: No Evidence of Insurance Fraud Post-Sandy
Hearings opened today aimed at uncovering how fraud occurred post-Sandy and how the federal flood insurance program might be reformed. NJTV News Correspondent Michael Hill’s been monitoring the proceedings in D.C.
Fraud in this case is a word a FEMA official said be careful throwing around. First, this task force includes all four senators from New Jersey and New York. They heard how about how the low payouts are slowing the recovery. (NJTV)
HUD Designates Camden as Urban Hope Center
If this is what you think of when someone mentions Camden, New Jersey, Mayor Dana Redd brought in some of her friends in high places to show that you’re only seeing part of the picture.
“Camden is changing. Camden is on the move. Camden is coming back,” said Congressman Donald Norcross. (Cruz/NJTV)
Bergen GOP freeholder candidate Mitchell hosts fundraiser in Paramus
PARAMUS – More than 100 people attended a fundraiser Tuesday night for Republican Bergen County Freeholder candidate John Mitchell.
The event, held at Biagio’s in Paramus, drew a host of GOP stalwarts from around Bergen County. Those in attendance included Bergen County Republican Organization Chairman Bob Yudin; Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino; state Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-39), 38th Legislative District candidates Anthony Cappola and Mark DiPisa; and former 38th Legislative District candidate Fernando Alonso, an attorney from Oradell who is a senior lecturer and the director of several programs for Hispanic students at Fairleigh Dickinson University. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Sweeney shows up at Cunningham fundraiser
Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) attended state Senator Sandy Cunningham’s (D-31) intimate Liberty House fundraiser this evening in Jersey City.
Others in attendance included former state Senator Bernie Kenny (D-33) and LD31 candidate Bruce Alston. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Report: Bernie Sanders to jump into Dem primary
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders might become the first official challenger to Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, according to reports that say the well-known independent is planning to launch a campaign for the Democratic nomination on Thursday.
Vermont Public Radio broke the story earlier today. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Christie to hold once routine, now rare press avail tomorrow
Gov. Chris Christie, as he charges ahead with what looks like an inevitable presidential bid, has not held an open-ended press conference in New Jersey in six-some-odd months. The slow extinction of the once-routine event has drawn the ire of state and local reporters, many of whom have bemoaned the prospect of being shut out by an upwardly-mobile governor after years of direct access.
But that’s about to change, according to Christie public schedule for Wednesday, April 29th. According to the governor’s office, Christie will indeed have a press availability tomorrow, following the signing of two bills to help prevent prescription medicine and opioid abuse at a treatment center in New Brunswick. Details below. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
MacArthur’s former firm ordered to pay over $8 million in back overtime
A California judge has ordered U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur’s (R-3) former insurance services firm, York Risk Services, to pay over $8 million in back overtime and interest to 122 employees who sued the company, according to a report in the Burlington County Times.
Read the story here. (Editor/PolitickerNJ)
Dog Day Afternoon
In what looks like the ultimate Get Smart operation, an ally of the Wiley camp is posing as a hotdog vendor while actually mostly distributing campaign literature in the increasingly acrimonious and ridiculous West New York mayor’s race, according to allies of the Roque Camp.
According to an ally of incumbent Mayor Felix Roque, the man above is not working and at a local school distributing literature favorable to challenger Commissioner Count Wiley. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Wimberly fundraiser draws Democratic Party players
Some of North Jersey’s leading Democratic lights turned out last night to Newark’s 27 Mix in support of Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-35) of Paterson.
Those in attendance included power attorneys David Pascrell and Elnardo Webster, Paterson Councilwoman Maritza Davila and former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
NJ Citizen Action joins pension lawsuit
New Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA) today filed an amicus curiae legal brief in support of public worker unions suing Governor Chris Christie for breaking the law and refusing to fully fund the pension system. NJCA is also introducing into evidence a video proving that – when he signed his 2011 pension and benefits reform bill – Christie understood full-well he was making a binding contractual commitment to pay down the unfunded liability of the pension system. (PolitickerNJ)
Bloomberg: ‘The Chairman’s Flight’
This today from Bloomberg as the state awaits expected indictments tied to Bridgegate:
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey is investigating whether United employees made improper attempts to influence Samson at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, according to people familiar with the investigation. The authority oversees Newark Liberty International Airport.”
Read the full story here. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)