Goya, Unanue Family, the stars of the show as Christie and Fulop take center stage
JERSEY CITY – There’s not a vacant U.S. Senate seat right now, otherwise one might have reached the conclusion that Gov. Chris Christie and the GOP were doubling back on Andy Unanue, briefly a 2008 contender for statewide office. But the Unanues – who 40 years ago built an industrial city on a swamp – capped now by the spectacular grand opening of a new corporate headquarters here – don’t need elected office apparently. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Christie met by protesters at New Brunswick bill signing
NEW BRUNSWICK — With Gov. Chris Christie set to appear at a treatment center here for a bill signing of opiate abuse prevention legislation, a small group of protesters gathered outside to condemn the Republican’s movements on a different issue: namely, his decision to send some 150 state troopers to Baltimore to help quell the rioting there. (Brush/PolitikerNJ)
FDU Poll: Menendez’s favorable rating at 23%
New Jersey voters are paying close attention to the recent federal indictment of Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, and many believe that despite his claims to the contrary, he is guilty as charged. That’s the bad news from the most recent statewide survey of registered voters from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind. The good news is that he’s not alone! Most also believe that politicians frequently do the kinds of things that’s been alleged of the Senator. Apparently he’s in good company. (PolitickerNJ)
The PolitickerNJ Interview – Joseph Lagana
The Bergen County-based 38th Legislative District will be in the eye of the storm this November as one of the few truly competitive Assembly race battlegrounds in New Jersey. State Assemblyman Joseph Lagana (D-38), 36, was elected to the Legislature in 2013 and along with his Democratic counterpart, state Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-38), is trying to hold off the Republicans in what is expected to be a close race. Pointing to the line “I am the master of my fate” from a copy of his favorite poem, “Invictus,” close to his Secaucus law office desk, Lagana told PolitickerNJ why he believes that he’s fated to stay in the Assembly. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Sweeney is ‘in bed with public labor’, Christie says
At a bill signing outside an addiction treatment center here today, Gov. Chris Christie slammed the state’s top Democrat, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), for his plans to push another millionaire’s tax in this year’s budget. And Sweeney, who announced the proposal at a press conference in Trenton yesterday, had equally strong words for Christie: among other things, he accused the Republican of neglecting the state’s ailing economy to chase an unlikely presidential bid, and excoriated him for the stagnant growth New Jersey has seen under his tenure. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Christie suggests NJ trooper detail in MD is paying it forward
NEW BRUNSWICK — Over the shouts of protesters who gathered here today to explicitly condemn him for it, Gov. Chris Christie today defended his decision to send a team of state troopers to the riot-torn city of Baltimore, suggesting it’s the same support other states showed New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Christie on indictments: ‘I don’t think it has much to do with me’
NEW BRUNSWICK — Gov. Chris Christie reacted to the news that long-awaited indictments in the federal investigation into Bridgegate might finally drop tomorrow at a bill signing here today.
“I don’t know what’s going to be done,” Christie said to reporters during a press conference afterward, his voice nearly drowned out by the shouts of protesters nearby. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Sweeney’s proposal ‘like a bad horror movie’, Bucco says
TRENTON — For Assemblyman Anthony Bucco (R-25), yesterday’s press conference in Trenton was like watching a “bad horror movie.”
Reacting to Senate President Steve Sweeney’s announcement that he plans to push for another millionaire’s tax in this year’s budget, Bucco said today that the state doesn’t “need a proposal that hurts our already struggling economy.” Republicans in general have scoffed at the idea of instituting a tax levied on the state’s top income earners, saying it would drive business from the state. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Van Drew isn’t pulling any ‘strings’ in LD1
Dismissing the idea that he is somehow “pulling the strings” in South Jersey’s first legislative district race, state Senator Van Drew (D-1) explained yesterday that it is simply the policy of those running on the party’s ticket to defer to their campaign spokesperson when it comes to “mudslinging” and “raw, unadulterated politics.” (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Christie, amid protests, defends decision to send NJ troopers to Baltimore
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Protesters angry over Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to send state troopers to help contain the violence in Baltimore dominated the governor’s first news conference in New Jersey in more than five months. (Associated Press)
New Jersey lawmakers plan new Port Authority overhaul
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A new bill to overhaul the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey could be coming soon, New Jersey lawmakers said Wednesday, the latest development after the failed March effort to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a bill passed unanimously in both states’ legislatures. (Catalini/Associated Press)
Former Christie Ally David Wildstein Set to Plead Guilty
David Wildstein, a former ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, is set to plead guilty, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, suggesting he may be cooperating with prosecutors probing traffic jams he ordered near the George Washington Bridge. (Voreacos/Bloomberg)
Christie Answers Questions from the Media About Bridgegate, the Budget and Baltimore
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie will take questions from reporters The event was a bill signing aimed at preventing the abuse of opioids and prescription drugs. But the big story was that, for the first time in months, Gov. Chris Christie took questions from the New Jersey press corps, all of them fighting noise from passing trains and noisy protesters. NJTV News Correspondent David Cruz was there. (NJTV)
Junius Williams: Little Has Changed Since Civil Rights Movement
While most Americans are satisfied with their local police, a Monmouth University poll has found African-Americans and Latinos more likely to report a family member had been harassed and blacks in particular were wary of the tactics police use to quell demonstrations. That poll was conducted before Baltimore where — after an overnight curfew — a relative calm has settled in the wake of widespread violence following the death of 25-year-old Freddy Gray while in police custody. Life there won’t likely get back to normal any time soon and the destruction caused by a few could take years to undo. Attorney, author of Unfinished Agenda: Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power and Rutgers Abbott Leadership Institute Director Junius Williams experienced the Newark riots almost 50 years ago and spoke with NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams about the similarities and differences in the Baltimore riots now and the Newark riots in 1967. (NJTV)
And Peg Schaffer’s Funniest Politician Award Goes to…
FRANKLIN TWP. – It was Somerset County Democratic Chair Peg Schaffer’s battle for the funniest politician tonight at the Imperia, and it came down finally to former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy versus Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) in a crowded field of contenders.
The two possible 2017 candidates for governor grabbed a microphone and – each in his turn – regaled the crowd of Democrats, which included Vice Chairman Zenon Christodoulou, Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D-17) and Schaffer’s law partner Joel L. Shain, the former mayor of Orange. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
WATCH: Christie’s bill signing drowned out by protest
NEW BRUNSWICK — A small group of protesters gathered outside the treatment center where Gov. Chris Christie appeared Wednesday for a bill signing, condemning the Republican’s movements on a wholly different issue: namely, his decision to send some 150 state troopers to Baltimore to help quell the rioting there.
Watch here. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Monmouth Poll: Blacks less satisfied with local police
While most Americans are satisfied with their local police departments, there are significant differences by race. Today’s Monmouth University Poll found African-Americans and Latinos are more likely to report that a family member has been harassed by the police and African-Americans are particularly wary of police using military-grade equipment to quell violent demonstrations. The poll was conducted before the recent events in Baltimore.
More than 7-in-10 Americans are satisfied with the job their local police department is doing, including 40% who are very satisfied and 32% who are somewhat satisfied. Only 18% are dissatisfied and another 10% are neither satisfied nor dissatisfied. There are some significant differences in this attitude by race. While 78% of whites and 66% of Latinos are happy with their local police, just half (50%) of black Americans feel the same. (Editor/PolitickerNJ)
Wildstein to plead guilty tomorrow, report says
David Wildstein, a former ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former editor of this website, will plead guilty on Thursday, according to a report this afternoon in Bloomberg.
The report says Wildstein may be cooperating with prosecutors probing traffic jams he ordered near the George Washington Bridge.
For the full report, go here. (Editor/PolitickerNJ)
Women’s Political Caucus of NJ breakfast brings out female force
NEWARK – A select group of New Jersey’s prime political players assembled at the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) breakfast Wednesday morning in Newark, promoting more bipartisan and independent female participation in the political process. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)