Dean anchor legs Murphy-dominant opening day of state Dems’ conference
ATLANTIC CITY – We’re going to go to Paterson. We’re going to go to Camden and Jersey City and then we’re going to go to Trenton and we’re going to win it all! (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Chris Christie’s 2009 answer on the Iraq War: ‘Mistakes were made’
When he ran for governor of New Jersey in the 2009 Republican Primary, Chris Christie was hardly forthright when PolitickerNJ asked him about the War in Iraq, an action facilitated by Congress and undertaken by then-President George W. Bush, the man who made Christie U.S. Attorney. In fact, Christie gave exactly the same Orwellian answer as Jeb Bush: “Mistakes were made.” (Editor/PolitickerNJ)
Christie on pension crisis: Union members will ‘pay the price’
SPARTA — Gov. Chris Christie said at a town hall today that it is members of public sector unions who will “pay the price” for their leadership’s refusal to negotiate a way out of the state’s $80 billion pension and benefit crisis. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Fulop, backed by pols and union leaders, denounces proposed NJ Transit fare hike, slams Christie
JERSEY CITY – As light rail trains clanged behind him at Exchange Place in Jersey City, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop rang Governor Chris Christie’s bell, denouncing his administration for a proposed nine percent increase in NJ Transit fares that would be accompanied by service cuts. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Assembly passes resolution condemning Exxon settlement
TRENTON — With only brief across-the-aisle debate, members of the state Assembly today approved a resolution to condemn — and “vehemently oppose” — the state’s controversial settlement with the oil giant Exxon Mobil over a series of environmental damage lawsuits. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Christie shines more light on his immigration stance
SPARTA — Potential presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie’s stance on immigration crystallized a little further today when an attendee at his 137th town hall here asked him what he would do to stem the “invasion” of undocumented immigrants into the country if elected in 2017. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Kyrillos to MacInnes: ‘You’re affable but wrong’
From his perch on the Senate Economic Growth Committee, state Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) sparred this morning with former state Senator Gordon MacInnes of Morris County over S-2879 and S-2880, which modify economic incentive programs and provide $75 million in tax credits under Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant Program for certain infrastructure at State’s public research universities. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Labor dollars and outside cash inflame already hard-boiled Morris Freeholder race
The financial support of labor for the Cesaro ticket in Morris County brought the Krickus Team out of their chairs this week in fighting mode in an increasingly bruising Republican Freeholder Primary, as Cesaro jabbed at his rivals for taking far flung money of their own. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Mastrangelo goes after Cesaro in charged Morris Freeholder contest
Morris Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo jumped feet first into the middle of the Republican Freeholder Primary today with a statement aimed squarely at his rival Freeholder John Cesaro, who’s up for reelection and in a bitter fight with his former running mates Freeholders Dave Scapicchio and John Krickus.
Mastrangelo backs the latter two incumbents and rejected Cesaro’s recollection of a public disagreement. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Chris Christie shrugs off doubts, hires two top campaign aides
Despite sagging poll numbers and lingering fallout from the Bridgegate scandal, Chris Christie continues to take steps to run for president in 2016.
The New Jersey governor has made two new hires for his prospective campaign, bringing on Tom Dickens to serve as his national field director and Hayden Stone to be his national director of data and analytics, according to a source familiar with the moves. (Isenstadt/Politico)
NJ Democrats to focus on future at annual meeting
ATLANTIC CITY – – New Jersey Democrats are converging on Atlantic City for their annual conference where the focus will be on building the party’s future.
The New Jersey State Democratic Committee is expecting about 600 to 700 attendees beginning Thursday at Harrah’s Resort. (Asbury Park Press)
New Jersey Assembly condemns Christie’s $225 million proposed settlement with Exxon
TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey Assembly is condemning a proposed $225 million settlement in an environmental dispute with ExxonMobil that Republican Gov. Chris Christie has described as “a really good deal.” (Catalini/Minneapolis Star Tribune)
N.J. doctors fight plan to limit hospital bills
Pushback came from many sides Thursday as Democratic lawmakers in Trenton unveiled a plan to corral high out-of-network charges and protect consumers from surprise medical bills when they go to the hospital. (Washburn and Racioppi/The Record)
Christie names nominees to State Investment Council
Governor Christie has re-nominated the chairman of the State Investment Council, and pegged two investment professionals to fill vacant seats on the board, which oversees the state’s pension investments.
Christie announced the nominations Thursday, along with a list of other appointments, several of which he’s making for a second time after the state Senate failed to confirm them last year. (Hayes/The Record)
Congratulations to Samantha Maltzman and Orin Schepps
PolitickerNJ would like to take a moment to extend congratulations to veteran Democratic Party fundraiser Samantha Maltzman.
Maltzman is getting married on Oct. 18th in Morristown to certified public accountant Orin Schepps.
We wish the happy couple the very best. Mazel tov! (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Christie re-files nominations
Governor Chris Christie re-filed the following nominations with the State Senate. These nominations were filed during the 2014 annual session, but were not acted upon by the Senate. The Governor’s nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the State Senate. The Governor also filed additional new nominations with the Senate. (PolitickerNJ)
Services for Margaret Stack
Services for Margaret Stack, the mother of state Senator (and Union City Mayor) Brian P. Stack will be held as follows:
Wake – Friday, May 15th – 2:00 PM – 9:00 P.M.
Funeral – Saturday – May 16th 9:30 A.M.
Both will be hosted by St. Anthony of Padua Church at 8th Street and Central Avenue in Union City. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Edison Township Dems and the Aftermath of ‘Doc’: ‘a Bloodbath’
The departure of Thomas “Doc” Paterniti as chairman of the local Democratic Party creates a showdown among four candidates seeking to replace the Edison icon.
Sources predict a bloodbath as “Doc’s” protégé Anythony Russomanno, a close ally of Mayor Tom Lankey, attempts to put the organization on his back. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Independent expenditure launched in support of Lesniak as proto-campaign ramps up
A filing has been made with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to launch an independent expenditure organization in support of state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20), a potential 2017 Democratic gubernatorial candidate. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Obama scheduled to go to Camden on Monday
President Barack Obama will travel to Camden on Monday to meet with law enforcement officers and young people, according to a published report. For the full PhillyVoice.com story on the President’s visit, go here. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Richardson affirms support for Alston and Flores in LD31
Running for a 31st District Assembly seat against the Hudson County Democratic Organization, Bruce Alston and Washington Flores yesterday picked up the endorsement of former Jersey City Councilwoman Viola Richardson. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Mahr formally kicks off reelection bid in Fanwood with The Torch
Having lost her attempt to become the Democratic candidate for the Assembly from the 22nd District, Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr regrouped with a well-attended fundraiser last night as she gears up for her reelection bid in November. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)