Christie sits down with Elie Wiesel; talks prez politics, Israel
Examining a run for President of the United States, Gov. Chris Christie earlier today sought counsel from Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, the face of six million Jews lost in WWII, the survivor of the greatest crime in human history, who engaged Christie in his Manhattan office for an hour and a half. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
‘Uproar’ in Old Bridge over GOP town council primary
OLD BRIDGE — Sam Thompson’s got something of a mess on his hands in Old Bridge, where Republicans are fuming over his decision to tinker with the make-up of the local council ticket despite near-unanimous support for the candidate to whom he chose to refuse the party line. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Bergen sheriff, county executive unveil pilot police body camera program
HACKENSACK – Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino and Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco jointly announced a new pilot program to provide county law enforcement officers with body cameras in an attempt to stave off the civil disturbances that have shocked other parts of the country. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Essex County honors D. Bilal Beasley
NORTH BERGEN — A last-ditch salvo in the nonpartisan mayoral race here has the NEWARK – From every corner of Essex County, they came to honor D. Bilal Beasley this afternoon, singling out the late dapper, kindly and always politically engaged gentleman freeholder and Irvington Councilman with an honorary plaque in Governor Brendan Byrne Plaza. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Bergen Dem Chairman Stellato on Westwood Dems: “I will never go against any municipal committee’s wishes”
WESTWOOD – While there may be dissension among Westwood Democrats as to who their mayoral candidate should be in the fall, the Bergen Democrats’ undisputed overlord is committed to staying away from the fray. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Christie creates cybersecurity office
Governor Christie has created a new statewide office to bolster New Jersey’s defenses against hackers and cyber attacks, he announced Wednesday.
Christie signed an executive order establishing the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell, a central hub for analyzing threats and sharing information with residents, private companies and the federal government. (Rizzo/The Record)
Federal prosecutor wants GWB evidence kept private till trial
Federal prosecutors in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure criminal case want to keep more than 1.5 million pages of evidence out of public view until the trial of two indicted former aides to Governor Christie, court records show. (Boburg/The Record)
NJ Transit Commuters Concerned About Proposed Fare Hike
NJ Transit makes more than 955,000 passenger trips every day, many of them taken by commuters who depend on those trains and buses to earn a living. Now they’re facing a proposed 9 percent fare hike to help the agency fill a $60 million budget hole and riders are talking back at public hearings. (Flanagan/NJTV)
North Bergen Mayor Sacco targets potential future rival Katie Mocco
NORTH BERGEN – North Bergen Mayor and state Senator Nick Sacco (D-32) might have won by a 2-1 margin in last week’s election, but judging by his comments about a potential future rival, he is leaving nothing to chance. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Republicans meeting with health care reps today regarding out-of-network consumer protection bill
Read more at Responding skeptically to legislation they say was authored without bi-partisan input, Assembly Republicans are meeting in Trenton today with doctors and hospital representatives to get their opinions on S20/A4444, a complex, Democratic-sponsored bill aimed at shoring up rising out-of-network healthcare prices for consumers in New Jersey, according to a GOP source. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
LISTEN: Radio show host Malloy tees off on Sweeney on 101.5 FM
Angered by the Democratic leader’s decision not to hear a bill that would give people a chance to pump their own gas, Dennis and Judy ripped into Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) this week on their 101.5 FM radio show.
“You’re an ideologue who has socialist ideas,” said co-host Dennis Malloy, who also referred to Sweeney as a a knuckles-dragging neanderthal and called him the farthest thing from the country’s designs for Democratic leadership.
Sweeney was calm and respectful in response as Malloy basically teed off on the South Jersey Dem.
Listen to the exchange here. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Report: NJ Advance Media dives into Fulop’s City Hall
NJ Advance Media has a piece this morning delving into Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s hiring practices at City Hall.
Read the story here. (PolitickerNJ)