Morning News Digest: April 13th


New Jersey and Hillary: Baby Boomer history only – or the prospect of history?

The Clinton phenomenon has a particular history in New Jersey, but longtime party members and allies recognize that the candidacy of Hillary Clinton will have to expand on the past and show immediate relevance in order to avoid looking like a formerly rained-out Baby Boomer cheering section struggling to shock paddle past glories.

“I’m running for president,” said Clinton this afternoon in her video launch. “Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion; so you can do more than get by, you can get ahead, and stay ahead, because when families are strong, America is strong. So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote because it’s your time, and I hope you’ll join me on this journey.” (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

New Jersey and Hillary: Baby Boomer history only – or the prospect of history? | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis



Speziale on questions after Scott killing: ‘legitimacy’ the key to law enforcement

The Walter Scott shooting in South Carolina resulting in the arrest of a police officer on murder charges highlighted just the latest graphic instance of a white cop killing an unarmed black men.

The video of Scott getting shot in the back and killed has departments nationwide facing skeptical communities who want harder assurances that such a shooting or killing or abuses of police power won’t happen in their midst.

“It hurts us all because the community distrusts us based on one incident,” said Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale. “But one officer’s decision-making [in South Carolina] does not change what we do. No. We have to be in front. We can’t be knee jerk. We stay committed to our authority.” (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Speziale on questions after Scott killing: ‘legitimacy’ the key to law enforcement | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis



The ARC of PACs and the new world domain of ‘public’ debate

Jolted – at least on paper – by the indictment of a U.S. Senator, the State of New Jersey nevertheless plods along almost without acknowledgement of the event. Senator smenator seems to be the collective yawn from those masses of working stiffs convinced after years of observation that New Jersey politics synonymously connotes corruption. (Editor/PolitickerNJ)



On verge of Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign launch, N.J. politicos assess her chances

The waiting is apparently over – former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will launch her 2016 presidential candidacy on Sunday through a video message on social media, according to a CNN report.

PolitickerNJ got reports from both sides of the aisle to see what they thought of Hillary’s long-anticipated second run as a Democratic candidate for the White House. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

On verge of Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign launch, N.J. politicos assess her chances | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis



Degnan doubtful Bridgegate was caused by traffic study

TRENTON — With indictments in the federal investigation into Bridgegate potentially looming, Port Authority Chairman John Degnan said today that a legitimate traffic study was probably not the reason employees of the bi-state agency decided to shut down commuter lanes at the mouth of the George Washington Bridge in 2013. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

Degnan doubtful Bridgegate was caused by traffic study | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis



Gas prices rise $0.02 in New Jersey, could drop by summer

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices rose by 2 cents over the last week in New Jersey, but the organization that measures price trends says they could drop by summer.

Figures released by AAA Mid-Atlantic show the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded rose from $2.16 to $2.18 in New Jersey last week. Nationally, the average stayed flat at $2.40 per gallon.

New Jersey’s average is $1.20 lower than a year ago. (Associated Press)



Warren County businesses can tap into New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno’s expertise

Local business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs can get help cutting through New Jersey’s red tape at a program in Washington Township with the lieutenant governor later this month.

Several state agencies and a few private companies will attend Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno’s free “Resources for Business Growth” event from 3 to 7 p.m. April 28 at Hawk Pointe Golf Club in Washington Township to talk with business owners. (Peters/Express-Times)



Promoting ‘Jersey fresh’ to consumers in Canada

Assistant State Agriculture Secretary Al Murray says they will attend the 90th annual Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s trade show in Montreal. The trade show and convention runs this Wednesday through Friday. According to Murray, our northern neighbor is a major Jersey Fresh consumer.

“Blueberries are a huge market, particularly in Canada. Probably about a third of everything that we grow,” Murray said. “A lot of people have asked why we go north, and it is largely because the seasons are compatible. While we are shipping our early spring greens, Canada is still under snow. And then when we move out of the spring and go into the summer, that is when they are getting started. So we don’t really compete with each other.” (Cutter/NJ101.5)

Promoting Jersey fresh in Canada



Jersey comeback is Chris Christie’s goal in New Hampshire

TRENTON – With the George Washington Bridge scandal casting a shadow over his White House hopes, Gov. Chris Christie this week travels to New Hampshire to state his case to the nation’s first-primary voters.

He will face strong headwinds — polls showing him losing ground to the first and second tiers of the crowded GOP field. There also is uncertainty: the prospect for federal indictments stemming from the bridge scandal. (Jordan/The Daily Journal)



Chris Christie Gets Up Close and Personal With Voters

After 134 town-hall meetings in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie is taking his show on the road for the first time.

The potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate plans to hold town-hall meetings Wednesday and Friday in New Hampshire, home of the first-in-the-nation primary and a place that views the give and take between politicians and voters as a time-honored tradition. (Haddon/Wall Street Journal)



NJ Leads Nation in Declining Incarceration Rate

“I think this has been a seismic change in New Jersey,” said former Gov. Jim McGreevey.

McGreevey runs Martin’s Place — a program designed to rehab addicts and get them jobs. He says the key to driving down the rate of incarceration at prisons in New Jersey is not the key that locks a cell, but the one that opens a door to treatment. (Flanagan/NJTV)



Is a defining moment near for U.S. Attorney Fishman?

He has a gold-plated résumé, a roster of high-profile friends and one of the highest-ranking law enforcement jobs in the state.

Now, the legal legacy and professional reputation of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman could be, in large part, determined by one case. (Akin/The Record)



Changes ahead in N.J. for disabled; some fear loss of familiar programs

Inside a brightly painted, converted home in Fair Lawn, 25 developmentally disabled adults spend their days cooking, gardening, taking exercise classes and working side by side at large tables, packaging plastic combs, toothbrush holders and soap dishes for a local company. (Diskin/The Record)



CRDA website restored after being hacked by supporters of the Islamic State

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority‘s website has been restored after being hacked and replaced with a black screen and a list of poorly-spelled demands and pro-terrorism messages.

The hack may have been done by supporters of the Islamic State. The site says it was done by Team System DZ.

The site’s message reads, “I am Muslim and I love jihad I love isis <3. A message to all peoples of the world, especially governments. Islamic State List to restore the rights of Muslims who have been killed by your governments savage and unjust. Islamic state will restore dignity for Muslims. Will purge the land of muslims from the hypocrites infidels. It intervenes you will equip you to dwell in cemeteries.” (Press of Atlantic City)



Combating Atlantic City’s bad rep is ‘everyone’s’ job, planning department chief says

“I think the biggest problem we have is perception,” says Elizabeth Terenik.

But the woman leading Atlantic City’s Planning and Development Department has plans to fight that.

With the fate of the Atlantic City Alliance — the city’s marketing arm — unclear, Terenik is looking for ways to sell the area as a good place for businesses to invest and people to come live. (Cohen/Press of Atlantic City)



BlueWaveNJ 10th anniversary gala draws N.J. political luminaries

WEST ORANGE – More than 300 people attended the tenth anniversary gala for BlueWaveNJ, a political advocacy group dedicated to advancing progressive policies and candidates. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

BlueWaveNJ 10th anniversary gala draws N.J. political luminaries | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis


WNY mayor’s race: Wiley campaign lashes out against fraud lawsuit

WEST NEW YORK – The campaign of Commissioner Count Wiley, a West New York mayoral candidate, challenged a civil lawsuit recently filed against him, specifically questioning the motives of the suit’s plaintiffs.

“This is a frivolous, politically motivated lawsuit that is wasting the taxpayers’ dollars in West New York,” said Ralf Sanchez, Wiley campaign manager, on Friday. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

WNY mayor’s race: Wiley campaign lashes out against fraud lawsuit | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis



Perez named director of Trial Court Services

Acting Administrative Director Judge Glenn A. Grant today named Jennifer M. Perez director of Trial Court Services for the New Jersey Judiciary. She succeeds the retired Robert W. Smith.

According to a Judiciary press release, Perez will oversee the Judiciary’s five case management divisions, criminal, civil, family, municipal and probation, in addition to the automated trial court services and the programs and procedures units. She will play a critical role in strategic planning and project implementation and monitoring for the Judiciary and will work closely with other senior managers to ensure the smooth operation of the courts. (PolitickerNJ)

Perez named director of Trial Court Services | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis Morning News Digest: April 13th