Morning News Digest: May 20th

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Attack Mode: Morris County Freeholder candidates battle for (and over) influence

MORRISTOWN – The local Masonic Lodge stands like a mausoleum of the nation’s past in this sycamore bark-curling cubby-hole of American time, where evocations of George Washington come not just in off-handed references to the winter lodgings he and his men made here – but to estuary gracing the public spaces, leaving breathing mortals with the sagging task of trying to invest their own hourglass efforts with something meaningful if not memorable. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Attack Mode: Morris County Freeholder candidates battle for (and over) influence | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Alleged BPU/Verizon deal prompts Smith to call for hearings

A top state lawmaker wants hearings into a shocking alleged deal between the state Board of Public Utilities and Verizon, which allegedly raises rates on top of increases of 440 percent. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Alleged BPU/Verizon deal prompts Smith to call for hearings | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis


 

In Westwood mayor’s race, BCRO Chairman Yudin calls for GOP write-in candidate

WESTWOOD – An opportunity for Bergen Republicans to pick up a mayoral seat in Westwood in the aftermath of disturbances among local Democrats can still be gained if the local Westwood GOP puts pen to paper, according to Bergen County Republican Organization (BCRO) Chairman Bob Yudin. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

In Westwood mayor’s race, BCRO Chairman Yudin calls for GOP write-in candidate | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Sacco sworn in as mayor for seventh time in North Bergen

NORTH BERGEN – North Bergen Mayor and state Senator Nick Sacco (D-32) remembered walking door to door and up the hills of his hometown during his recently-concluded campaign as he was sworn in for a seventh term on Tuesday. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Sacco sworn in as mayor for seventh time in North Bergen | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Verbatim: Chris Christie on His Support in New Jersey

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, to Megyn Kelly of Fox News, when asked Monday about a Quinnipiac University Poll showing that his state’s residents, by 65 percent to 29 percent, think he would not make a good president. (The New York Times)

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/05/18/verbatim-chris-christie-on-his-support-in-new-jersey/?_r=0

 

 

Trial of former Christie allies delayed until November

The trial for two former aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie implicated in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal has been delayed until November 16. (Lerner/Politico)

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/chris-christie-aides-trial-delayed-bridge-scandal-118104.html#ixzz3ag8a6Qz8

 

 

George Washington Bridge Scandal Trial Postponed

A trial for two former allies to Gov. Chris Christie facing criminal charges related to the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal has been postponed to November from July.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Wigenton moved to postpone the trial against Mr. Christie’s former chief of staff Bridget Kelly and former Port Authority official Bill Baroni by four months to Nov. 16, according to an order filed on Tuesday. (Haddon/Wall Street Journal)

http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2015/05/19/george-washington-bridge-scandal-trial-postponed/

 

 

New Jersey senate leader hits brakes on pump-your-own gas

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey drivers won’t have to pump their own gas any time soon.

Senate President Steve Sweeney said on Tuesday that recently introduced measures to roll back the law requiring gas station attendants to pump gas will not pass as long as he’s in charge. (Catalini/The Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150519_ap_d4305ed5873d422e9160d519bddcaa89.html#slHZLetL7Gtto3MP.9

 

 

UPS to pay New Jersey $740k in late-package lawsuit

The United Parcel Service will pay New Jersey $740,000 to settle claims the package handler concealed late deliveries to avoid paying refunds on state-government packages, the Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday. (Ianieri/Press of Atlantic City)

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/business/ups-to-pay-new-jersey-k-in-late-package-lawsuit/article_9f49d1da-fe35-11e4-8959-c30ab90e2175.html

 

 

Christie schedules sit-down breakfast meeting with GOP legislators in early June, source says

Read more at New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is convening a Republican state legislators’ breakfast in the first week of June at Drumthwacket, the official governor’s mansion in Princeton, according to a source. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Christie schedules sit-down breakfast meeting with GOP legislators in early June, source says | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

BRIDGEGATE: New trial date set in Baroni/Kelly case

Upon the joint application of the government and defense counsel, U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton today issued a continuance order in the case of U.S. v. William E. Baroni Jr. and Bridget Anne Kelly.

The order sets a new trial date of Nov. 16, 2015, and sets out a schedule for pretrial motions. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

BRIDGEGATE: New trial date set in Baroni/Kelly case | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Fulop teams up with Dougherty in Morristown

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop flexed an arm into Morris County today, teaming up with Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty.

Fulop has already forged an urban mayoral alliance with Mayors Jose “Joey” Torres of Paterson and Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark. That team now apparently includes Dougherty, who expressed an interest – like his urban counterparts – in adopting body cameras for cops. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Fulop teams up with Dougherty in Morristown | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Pecoraro gets 33 months

A former vice president at a South Plainfield traffic safety equipment business today received 33 months in prison for evading income taxes on more than $2 million in withdrawals he made from the business for his own use, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Anthony R. Pecoraro, 52, of Colts Neck, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls to an information charging him with one count of tax evasion. Judge Walls imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court. (PolitickerNJ)

Pecoraro gets 33 months | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

New Jersey’s own ‘Whip’ Wilson: ‘I always wanted to be a cowboy’

Earlier this year, PolitickerNJ reported that Gilbert “Whip” Wilson, of the 5th legislative district, is leaving the Assembly to run for Camden County sheriff. Yesterday, he explained why.

“It became available, and I’m a law enforcement guy anyway,” Wilson said during President Barack Obama’s visit to Camden to talk about police reform.  “The idea is coming back to whence I come. I always wanted to be a cowboy in the movies.” (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

New Jersey’s own ‘Whip’ Wilson: ‘I always wanted to be a cowboy’ | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

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