Morning News Digest: May 18th

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The PolitickerNJ Interview: NJDSC Chairman John Currie

ATLANTIC CITY — When Bill Maer, a prominent lobbyist at Public Strategies Impact, considers the career of his boss, New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie, he sees a litany of milestones that make supporting the septuagenarian, in his words, a “no-brainer.” It’s “impressive,” Maer says, as he rattles off a list of elections Currie helped win that have resulted in candidates — from Hispanic to African American in ethnicity — holding seats previously unoccupied by minorities of their color. In 1996, it was the Passaic County freeholder board’s first minority member; in 2000, the first female Hispanic member, who went on to become the board’s first Hispanic director four years later. “We were with him when we started in 1990 as chair, and so we saw what he inherited,” Maer says, referring also to Keith Furlong, another Currie spokesman. “He’s built the county, and by default has built the region, and by default built the party.” (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

The PolitickerNJ Interview: NJDSC Chairman John Currie | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Who’s HOT? Who’s Not? NJSDC Convention Edition

Atlantic City played host… (Lassiter/PolitickerNJ)

 

 

Booker rallies N.J. Dems at annual conference

ATLANTIC CITY – It might be considered an off year for election excitement by some political observers, but U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) was on fire at a gala dinner at the annual New Jersey Democratic State Committee conference in Atlantic City. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Booker rallies N.J. Dems at annual conference | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Spevak reelected New Jersey Young Democrats president

ATLANTIC CITY – State legislative aide Marshall Spevak was reelected as president of the New Jersey Young Democrats (NJYD) at the annual New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC) conference in Atlantic City on Friday. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Spevak reelected New Jersey Young Democrats president | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

NJ Dems honor county chairs at fired-up Atlantic City luncheon

ATLANTIC CITY — Silverware clinked and waiters hurried about the room as New Jersey’s Democratic Party paid tribute to a litany of its members at a mid-day luncheon at Harrah’s Resort and Casino here this afternoon. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

http://politickernj.com/2015/05/nj-dems-honor-county-chairs-at-fired-up-atlantic-city-luncheon/

 

 

Chris Christie to Call For Larger Military, Defend Intelligence Collection

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will call for an expanded military and defend American intelligence programs Monday in a speech laying out his foreign policy vision in New Hampshire. (Miller/TIME)

http://time.com/3882102/chris-christie-foreign-policy-military/

 

 

Howard Dean revives the ‘Dean scream’ to zing Chris Christie

Howard Dean turned his most infamous campaign blunder around on Chris Christie on Thursday night, zinging the Republican governor of New Jersey on his presidential aspirations, according to a report. (Gass/Politico)

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/howard-dean-scream-new-jersey-chris-christie-117988.html#ixzz3aUQ8DDsi

 

 

Paul Fishman, U.S. attorney for New Jersey, offers no wider opinion on Bridgegate

TRENTON – Chris Christie, then the U.S. attorney for New Jersey, declared in 2004 that an indictment of a fund-raiser for Gov. Jim McGreevey painted “a very vivid picture of the corrupt and broken political system in the state of New Jersey.” (Seldman/The Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20150518_Paul_Fishman__U_S__attorney_for_New_Jersey__offers_no_wider_opinion_on_Bridgegate.html#0P0q7fWjfz1pLAs0.99
 

DEP Evaluates South Jersey Gas Pipeline Route Through Pinelands

The DEP letter offers “regulatory review and guidance” and was requested by South Jersey Gas to evaluate eight different potential routes for their controversial proposed pipeline across New Jersey’s protected Pinelands. It would deliver natural gas to the BL England power plant. The evaluation considered several critical factors, including how much wetlands would be filled in, how many trees cut, how many streams crossed, does it disrupt endangered or threatened species? Based on those considerations, the DEP letter calls Route A “the preferred alternative” — it’s the route South Jersey Gas initially proposed. (Flanagan/NJTV)

http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/dep-evaluates-south-jersey-gas-pipeline-route-through-pinelands/

 

 

Booker, Menendez Call for Increased Transportation Funding

The senators took great pains to try not to make a connection between mass transit funding and this week’s deadly Amtrak derailment that killed eight and left more than 200 injured. But it was hard to talk about one without referring to the other today, and the Democrats were inclined to take the opportunity to make their points. (Cruz/NJTV)

http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/booker-menendez-call-for-increased-transportation-funding/

 

 

Obama to announce during Camden visit restrictions on military surplus for police

President Obama will announce a series of policing initiatives today when he visits Camden, including new restrictions on the types of military equipment that local law enforcement agencies can get from the federal government. (Jackson/The Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/obama-to-announce-during-camden-visit-restrictions-on-military-surplus-for-police-1.1336964

 

 

Stellato honored as N.J. Democratic county chairman of the year

ATLANTIC CITY – Bergen County Democratic Committee Chairman Lou Stellato was honored on Friday as the New Jersey Democratic county chairman of the year at a luncheon event honoring New Jersey’s Democratic chairs at the annual New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC) conference in Atlantic City. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Stellato honored as N.J. Democratic county chairman of the year | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Baraka helms launch of new 501(c)4 aimed at increasing political clout

n Atlantic City later this afternoon, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and ten African-American New Jersey mayors will announce the launching of the New Jersey Black Mayors Alliance for Social Justice.

A 501(c)4 designed to raise over $1 million for choice candidates and issues, the alliance consists of 15 New Jersey African-American mayors and will advocate for the state’s overlooked and marginalized residents and promote efforts to provide solutions to problems facing disenfranchised and minority residents. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Baraka helms launch of new 501(c)4 aimed at increasing political clout | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis Morning News Digest: May 18th